2 de marzo de 2012

Permission to be BOLD

Last week I was getting ready to go to Vegas for WPPI (an annual photographers convention), I was finalizing the details with some of my photographer friends to have them as guests during the week I would be absent. I asked 6 amazing, beautiful, God-loving girls to share something with you; I wanted them to share what was in their heart at the moment and their entries literally changed my life! Thank you girls!!!

I read each and everyone of the words in the documents they sent me, and I have to say that I was amazed, grateful, blessed by their hearts. I have only met these girls online in the Pursuit 31 community on Facebook, and yet with the way they opened their hearts to me and to you out there reading this, I felt I knew them for a very long time. They talked openly about their faith, how they are trusting God to do great things in their business, and right then and there I felt I was letting them down. The pain grew bigger when God helped me realize that I was letting Him down too.

I left for Vegas, but my heart was pleading for a way to make things better. I didn't want to hide my love for my God, I wanted to be transparent in my blog posts, I wanted to be able to write freely and openly about my struggles, my joys, my ups and downs, my blessings and my learnings along this way, but I knew I couldn't do it alone. I prayed for an answer and what I didn't know is that my prayer was going to be answered the week I came back home.

Yesterday I was blessed enough to be part of a big announcement from a photographer who I admire, not only for her work, but also for the way she writes boldly about her relationship with God. That girl is Scarlett Lillian, from Scarlett loves Stephen photographers. I "met" (read stalked) her blog, her Facebook and after being part of a webinar her husband hosted last year, I was more interested in really knowing her.

Scarlett published a book in which she shares her heart, her prayers, her journey through building a photography business with God as her CEO. There as I was still lying in bed in the morning I jumped out and turned my computer on to witness a new chapter in her life. I watched the video, read her welcome letter and tears filled my eyes because she was giving me something I longed for, permission to be bold like her and write my heart out for everyone to read.

Even though this post is getting long, I want to thank Scarlett for sharing her heart like this, for pushing the bar higher in our relationship with God; I want to thank her husband Stephen too, because he's been an incredible man standing behind her, encouraging her to get closer to her Heavenly Father and to publish this book. I am blessed to be able to share this with you! I hope to meet you soon and have an authentic Mexican dinner!

Without further due, here I share with you a video where Scarlett herself tells you about her book.
Don't forget to visit www.choosecommitprosper.com Enjoy!!

Promo video for the book Prosper by Scarlett Lillian from Scarlett & Stephen on Vimeo.

2 comentarios:

  1. JESSICA!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh, my eyes filled with tears reading this. Isn't it amazing how God orchestrates His perfect timing? I'm so glad this book came along at a time you were praying for something to help draw you closer to the Lord's heart! That was my greatest prayer in writing this book. I'm so excited to have you be a part of the community too, and that's awesome that you are part of Pursuit 31 as well. Karen Stott has started an amazing place for women with P31! I admire you for taking the step to be bold and start opening up about your faith here on your blog. You will inspire more people than you know! Big hug!

  2. Dear Jessica,

    Every moment we take a leap of faith and have the courage to be bold despite our fears, it is a thrilling moment. Congratulations! I look forward to reading more of your new journey of courage and watch you "trust God to do great things through you in your business" as you continue to "be transparent in your blog posts, to be able to write freely and openly about your struggles, your joys, your ups and downs, your blessings and your learnings along this way....."

    God bless you and prosper you! Wonderful things are about to happen in your world.