What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story?

You may not realize it when you first meet someone, but who they are–I mean, who they really are–isn’t usually on the surface. I’m not saying that what you see is a facade or that everyone is fake, but we are more than who we appear to be. I can’t help but think of the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” But…we still do.

Hallie

Hallie | E.A. Creative Photography

It’s often difficult to see past those initial snap judgements about a person. Whether it be their hair style, their makeup (or lack of), their clothing, or even their shoes, we start to form an opinion of who they are from the first glance.

As time goes on, it becomes difficult not to allow those initial judgements to lock the person into a category in your mind.

The beauty in creation is that God has made us to image Him (Gen. 1-3) but He has also created us to be unique! There are so many different types of men and women. Their characteristics, outward appearance, preferences, and even sense of humor will vary depending on the person. This, in my opinion, only enhances the amazing aspects of God and His creative approach to creation.

We All Have A Story

So, with that said, I believe we all have a story and that it is immensely important.

For The Girls

For The Girls | E.A. Creative Photography

You see, I’m a photographer as well as a writer. It’s an interesting combination because the writer side of me craves the story of whatever I’m photographing, and the photographer side tries to tell that story through images. Whether it’s an event, a wedding, an engagement, or just friends at a BBQ, I desire to capture the story of it all. Why? Because that’s what touches people. That’s what connects them to the images I take. That’s what makes it real.

I believe God has gifted us each to have a story to share, but for a purpose. In the same way my images can connect with any viewer, our lives can be an “image” of God’s work. A living testimony.

We have a story to share for a purpose.

Sarah

Sarah | E.A. Creative Photography

You’ve probably heard it said, “Everything happens for a reason.” But do you believe it? Do you realize that what lies beneath the surface, those things that aren’t immediately visible, are extremely important to the Lord? That it’s this portion of you and the life you live that affects others?

Heather and Paul Engagement

Heather & Paul | E.A. Creative Photography

I want to encourage you today to consider your story. Be ready to have answers for questions like these:

  • What has God done in your past (you life)?
  • What is God teaching you currently?
  • What trials has God brought you through and what did you learn through them?
  • What is one thing you’ve seen God miraculously do in your life?

The answers to these questions are some of the most powerful tools and evidence of the Lords presence and working in your life. When you take time to realize what He is doing, it’s easier to remember that He will continue to work in your life just as He’s promised.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6

So, what is your story? Are you willing to share it with others?

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Krista & Cameron | E.A. Creative Photography

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Emilie Hendryx About Emilie Hendryx

Emilie is a freelance writer, photographer, and graphic designer living in Dayton, Ohio. She’s a member of ACFW and writes Young Adult fiction. In her spare time, you can find her designing fun bookish items for her Etsy and Society6 shops all while drinking too much coffee.
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Comments

  1. I loved this: “In the same way my images can connect with any viewer, our lives can be an “image” of God’s work.”

    So true. And what beautiful images, Emilie! These photos really do tell a short. You’re photography is wonderful. I’m glad you’re using your gift and sharing it.

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  2. I love this, Emilie! I worked as journalist for years and I loved hearing stories of all kinds from people who didn’t think they had anything to tell. I find that weakness in myself still, too. Do I really have anything to say? I’m reading through Restless by Jennie Allen right now and it’s neat to see how the things that have happened, good and bad, in my life are being woven together into a good purpose. Some days I’m still unsure what that is! Thanks for sharing this. And LOVE the photos!

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  3. Too true. Great job 😀

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  4. Thank you so much Lisa! Such truth – we all have stories to tell and they are ALL amazing even if we don’t feel like they are. Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet compliment about my photography as well 🙂

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