She takes gorgeous photographs, could be a Taylor Swift look-alike, and this year she is going to be brave. She believes in purpose over perfect. Her name is Lauren and she writes at Sincerely Lo. She is the kind of person who is beautiful inside and out. The inside is worth getting to know too. Really.The Lord has put so many dreams inside of this girl’s heart and sometimes, like all of us, doubt creeps in. You know what I am talking about? The worry, the what-if-I-can’t do it? And this year she heard a whisper and that whisper was one some of us would ignore. Lauren did not. The whisper was the word: brave. And so this is Lauren’s year of bravery, of taking in risks, in believing in what the Lord has for her and the dreams he has placed in her heart.Lauren loves Jesus, her husband, the Sincerely Lo Blog……and taking photographs.And she is pretty good at it too. Okay, that is an understatement. She is amazing at it. Just look how she captured the Cox family:As an aside, I think she perfectly captured this little family, their joy in each other, their closeness, and a type of inner radiance. It takes a special type of photographer to do that. And a little bit selfishly, I hope that Lauren’s word of the year–brave–applies to photography because she clearly has a God given gift.
One of my favorite things about Lauren is her heart to reach people who may have been hurt by the church (I count myself on that list) or people who are put off by the idea of God. Lauren writes about the fact that love works. It reaches out, just like Jesus did. It keeps reaching out no matter what. She writes, “You can never influence people that you reject” and how important it is to love the people it is the hardest to love. You don’t hear that a lot. Most people struggle to love the people that are actually pretty easy to love. After all, we are all busy. Life is crazy. But love works. Love works hard. And we should love hard.
Recently she was able to meet a few blogger friends in person. You’ve got a chance to get to know her through her words. I am telling you that you’ve got to hop on over to Sincerely Lo and get to know this girl and her heart. She’s worth the read and she’s worth the time and remember, she’s worth the love. Show her some!
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