*long sappy emotional post*
About 2 months ago, I was searching for something. I was trying to find a way to glorify God through photography. I had been struggling with creativity and inspiration, and I wanted to give back to Him what He gave to me. And then He gave me the idea for the Moniker Series. Through it, He showed me how much He has done in the lives of others, and He used that to humble me and teach me so much.
When I started this series, I told a few people "I really hope God uses this, I really hope I can do something for his kingdom." NEVER in a million years did I think He would use with youth. Never did I think He would use it beyond those who participated. But he did what he does, and did immeasurably more with it than I could ever ask or imagine.
Last night as I was taking pictures for youth, I had to sit down for a moment and just cry. Watching over 100 kids write their new names on their arms, seeing them tear up and realizing their true identity.... Tears of thankfulness, humility, comfort, and joy that can't even be explained just poured out of me. "Me, God? Why me? Thank you so much. Thank you." Is all I could say and all I could pray that night. I have never felt anything like this before.
To be used by God is the greatest, most humbling, and gracious thing I've ever experienced. I am so honored and privileged. I had been struggling with my worth recently, wondering if I should have even go to Costa Rica for missions because "what could I possibly do for them? Can God even use me?" And, not even for a second, did He let me question who He is, what He can do, or who I am in Him. He is so good and so faithful. I am seen and known by Him.
This is more than I could have ever hoped for from this series. And all I can say is thank you, God, for new names. #themonikerseries