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krista’s family session at centennial lakes | minnesota family photographer

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When I first met this family several years ago, I fell in love with the girls. They were absolutely precious!

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I have had the honor of photographing them several different times though the years but this year especially, I was struck but how quickly they are growing!

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We took a leisurely walk on a gorgeous afternoon, caught up on life and school. I even had a sweet conversation with the youngest about Paris and macarons.

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Here’s a peek at a few more of my favorites from our time together:

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Thanks again for the fun afternoon!

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we need solid food

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When I surrendered my life to Christ nearly two decades ago, I was eager to learn everything I could about God. In an effort to understand differences between churches/denominations, I started doing research and was struck by overall ties to the bible. So I began my faith journey by finding a church that taught directly from it. I made my first bible purchase at 33 years old.

Unsure how to approach the bible, I decided to join a women’s study. Along the way I learned about different tools and methods (comparing bible versions, using dictionaries, bible concordances, and commentaries) and after having a taste, I wanted more!

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As a Christian, it is important we mature in our faith by regularly digging into the meat of God’s word. When time is in short supply, it can be tempting to rely on sermons, devotionals, and authors to feed us. It’s important we don’t settle into a spot like that for long:

We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:11-14 (NIV)

God’s word is spiritual food for our soul. Just as children learn to feed themselves, believers must do the same to keep from falling away:

It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss, they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. Hebrews 6:4-6

Train yourself by constant use and you will find clarity.

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voter fraud in our upcoming election [conspiracy theory]

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Christians should not be participating in conspiracy theories. There is absolutely NO EVIDENCE of widespread voter fraud. This matter has been thoroughly investigated and all of the facts support this.

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To participate in the spread of mistruths is wrong no matter how much you feel it may be right.

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conspiracy theories

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Here are a few things that dictionary.com has to say about conspiracy theories:

A conspiracy theory is an explanation of an event that claims it was the result of a secret and often complex and evil plot by multiple people.

Conspiracy theories and conspiracy theorists who promote and formulate them often reject the standard or accepted explanation of unexplained or unusual events and claim that they are the doing of evil conspirators secretly conspiring behind the scenes.

Conspiracy most commonly means a secret plan by multiple people to do something evil or illegal.

In conspiracy theory, the word theory is used in a general way to refer to a proposed explanation that has not been proven. But conspiracy theorists don’t usually treat such theories as just guesses – they often promote them as fact, no matter how bizarre or far-fetched they may be.

Most conspiracy theories involve supposedly secret knowledge of the supposedly secret and evil dealings of powerful people, especially politicians, government officials, billionaires, and celebrities. Such plots are often claimed to have the goal of controlling world events and ordinary people.

It is shocking to see the number of Christians embracing conspiracy theories over fact-based knowledge and events in the face of a worldwide pandemic. Bottom line, participating in such folly is akin to spreading gossip and lies. Anyone claiming to have “secret knowledge” should put you on high alert, especial when the only “facts” given to support an assertion is the assertion itself. [It is reminiscent of Gnosticism which has been around for ages.]

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4:2-4 (NASB)

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there is a time to be silent, a time to meditate in silence & a time to speak

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The verse above captured my heart several months ago. Here are a few translations of the same passage:

I was mute and silent; I held my peace to no avail, and my distress grew worse. Psalm 39:2 (ESV)

I was mute and silent, I refrained from even good, and my sorry grew worse. Psalm 39:2 (NASB)

I was dumb with silence, I held my peace even from good; and my sorry was stirred. Psalm 39:2 (KJV)

Was David right in keeping his silence even from good? In Matthew Henry’s commentary, he says the following:

His silence was commendable; and the greater the provocation was the more praiseworthy was his silence. Watchfulness and resolution, in the strength of God’s grace, will do more towards the bridling of the tongue than we can imagine, though it be an unruly evil. But what shall we say of his keeping silence even from good? Was it his wisdom that he refrained from good discourse when the wicked were before him, because he would not cast pearls before swine? I rather think it was his weakness; because he might not say any thing, he would say nothing, but ran into an extreme, which was a reproach to the law, for that prescribes a mean between extremes.

There is a time to be silent, a time to meditate in silence, and a time to speak… and sometimes the best course of action requires all three.

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