• ~Martha~

Hang In There

My engagement photos are BOMB!😍

I don’t mean to sound arrogant, but have you seen them? Samuel and I were obviously madly in love with each other and the photographer, Ruan Cowley, did an amazing job capturing these emotion in our pictures.

It’s funny now, looking back at these pictures and seeing all of the good things captured on film, when I know that I was feeling anything but good that morning.

I was upset with Samuel that day. Like any other couple we have our disagreements and get on each other's nerves on occasion. The day of the photo shoot just happened to be one of those days for us. It was a forty-minute drive to the hotel and I do not recall us talking to each other, except when he asked me for the venue's location.

Another cause for my bad mood was the fact that we were running late. Anyone near and dear to me will tell you that I hate being late. I’d rather be an hour early, than twenty minutes late.

We were 45 minutes late.


I felt like I was slowly dying on the inside.

However, the biggest cause of my sombre mood was the fact that I had a bad cold. I would rather have been in my pyjamas, eating mac 'n cheese and watching cheesy romantic movies but there I was, wearing a cute sleeveless blouse and shorts at 7 am in the morning.🤦‍♀️ I carried along with me a box of tissues, and it may not look like it, but I had to step aside and blow my nose every ten minutes throughout that photo shoot.

It was a rough morning.

It’s funny, because I look at these pictures now, and I don’t even remember how terrible I was feeling that day. I don’t remember how upset and frustrated I was with my then fiancé. All I see are beautiful memories of our love journey.

Regardless of my momentary annoyance, Samuel and I were head over heels in love and Ruan did a beautiful job of capturing the love and laughter that encompasses our marriage today.

I’ve been struggling with the concept of endurance lately and I believe God brought these memories to my mind to encourage me to keep on going.

I had another blog post in mind for this week, but I was encouraged by this memory and I suppose I felt the need to share my encouragement with you guys.

Maybe you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed. Maybe, like me, you’re beginning to feel the weight of weariness. Maybe you’re discouraged when you even think about starting. My encouragement to you is to keep on keeping on.

Sometimes you just need to push through. You may not feel like it. It may even hurt for you to do it now, but it may be worth it in the end. Sometimes you just have to smile and wave and keep on stepping. Sometimes you just have to show up and do the best you can under the circumstances you have been given.

The joy of reaping what your hands have sown will outweigh the difficulty of tilling the land.

I suppose I'm preaching to myself more than anyone else.

Cry if you need to but get yourself back up and run the race with diligence. One day you are going to look back and see the beauty that came from your endurance, but until then, just hang in there.

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