do not worry | personal

“therefore i tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. are you not much more valuable than they? can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

[matthew 6:25-27]

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sometimes life just sucks (sorry if you don’t like that word), but it does. things happen that you don’t understand and you’re left wondering, “why?!” trust me. been there; done that. life is CRAZY and there are so many things that plague our minds. being a naturally anxious person, i tend to worry A LOT. i worry about the future. i worry about bills. i worry about my business. i worry about my family. i am pretty much a worry-wart! it stinks! i let it consume my life and it controls me! but what does worrying help? does worrying about how i am going to pay my bills by the end of the month actually HELP me pay my bills? um… i wish haha. does worrying about my business help it grow and improve?! not hardly! then WHY do i think it’s acceptable to spend so much time worrying when that does absolutely nothing to help?

if i took the same amount of time and energy that i spent worrying and actually did something productive with it, my life would be so more peaceful. like the verse says above, what good does it do to worry? absolutely nothing, but stress me out. God is going to take care of me! i need to trust that! i always feel like life in the movies is such much better, especially when you KNOW the movie will have a happily ever after at the end. i wish i knew that i’d make it through all of the tough stuff and see the light at the end of the tunnel, but right now i don’t. that’s where faith comes in. i have to believe that God is going to take care of me and get me through this. i have to trust that all of this will turn out for good and His glory. i need to STOP worrying. ha. SO easy, right? 😉

life’s not fair, clearly. i learn that more and more every day. it stinks and sometimes it’s hard. but at the end of it all, God will help me through it. He’ll be right there beside me every step of the way. and THAT should be enough to help me stop being such a worrier! 😉

p.s. do you like the peek of these gorgeous florals?  i had the pleasure of helping nikki with a bridal shoot at cnu on sunday before lauren and pat’s engagement session. it was so much fun! at the end of july, i can show you some behind-the-scenes bridal footage! so thankful for photography! God allows me to find peace through this art and i am so thankful for it!

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  • OMG. We are like the same person. I worry about EVERYTHING!!! I swear there is something new every week. My fiance knows me so well, he can tell when I’m stressed! He makes me spill whatever is on my mind, and honestly, it puts me in a better mood. That is, until I go to work the next day and have 6 more hours to think about all of it…It is so hard to STOP worrying! If you ever have any tips, please share them! I know talking about them does help me. I liked that you mentioned using the same energy you use worrying towards your business, that is SO true! I could seriously get a gold metal in “worrying,” so that would be great if every time you started to worry about something, you do something to improve the situation instead! Good luck in your business! Love the photo, and love following you!! 🙂

  • Wow… This was something I really needed to read today. I am the ultimate worrier and I have had a rough go at life lately. My heart has been so heavy and I am trying so hard to just put in all the faith that I have. It is so hard to function, my thoughts are everywhere. I am very anxious and stressed about what may come (and what may go), but I have my faith. I always say everything happens for a reason, sometimes I just wish I knew ahead what the reason is. Thanks for posting this today, it is a little bit of light shining through my rain cloud. 🙂

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a Richmond, Virginia WEDDING & PORTRAIT Photographer

I’m Virginia Ashley, but my friends just call me Ashley! I’m a wedding photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. Even though I live in RVA, I travel all over for photography, which is awesome because I LOVE to travel! I’ve been as far as California and have my passport burning a hole in my pocket!

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