loved

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While I love taking photos, I have never liked having my own picture taken.  My hair is never right, my smile looks fake, and the angle is never flattering.  But I experienced something this past weekend that had a profound impact on the way I saw a picture of myself.

The Sunday service had just finished, and I began tidying up the stage. A couple of ladies- whom I love dearly- came to the edge of the stage to chat with me. Trying to be lady-like, I knelt down to talk with them and sat with my legs tucked behind me.

We chatted about life and how our weeks had been, and then out of the blue, one of them said to the other-

“Quick!  Get your phone out and take a picture!”

“A picture of what?” I asked, confused.

“A picture of YOU!”

I thought it was a weird request.  Why in the world would she- out of the clear blue-want to take my picture?

And in that moment, I felt the Lord answer me-

because she loves you

“Don’t change a thing!  Just keep sitting like you are.”

So I continued to sit just as I had been, while they took my picture. I noticed my husband walking back into the sanctuary, and he began walking up towards us.  I started to laugh thinking about how odd this impromptu photo session must have seemed.

“Don’t move!”

And I sat as still as I could while they moved around to find the best lighting.

“Aww… see?  I knew it was going to be a good one!” They showed me the photo on their phone, and for one of the first times, I didn’t notice all those little flaws about myself that I usually do.

 I saw something very different-

I saw someone who felt loved.

Someone who felt worthy of having their picture taken.

It was such a sweet, sincere moment-  a simple, loving gesture that I will not forget.

I am so thankful to have this photo to always remind me that

I am

loved.

Let love be genuine.  

Romans 12:9

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I am loved.  And so are YOU!!! 

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Julie is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She has a passion for leading worship, writing songs, preaching, teaching, and thrift store shopping. Julie has two amazing teenage daughters, two dogs ("fur babies"), and one wonderful hubby :)

15 thoughts on “loved

    1. Thanks, Trini! It’s funny because I didn’t remember I had the bow in my hair until I saw that picture! My youngest daughter stuck it in my hair as I was going up to begin the service. She had it in her hair and then noticed it matched my dress perfectly, lol! Much love to you❤️❤️

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  1. There is a manifestation of Jesus in you and me. How can that not be beautiful? So happy you see what others see in you Julie. Let your lamp shine and be filled with oil, that the world would know him.

    Much love Tom

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    1. That is always such an amazing thought- Christ “in” us…thank you, Tom, for always sharing your thoughts. In that moment, I was overwhelmed with love- with His love 🙂 This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!! I hope you are having a wonderful week!

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