A Daughter and Her Story

Last Monday was Senior picture day for my oldest. Senior pictures........... The traditional collection of photos of a senior in their las...

Last Monday was Senior picture day for my oldest. Senior pictures...........
The traditional collection of photos of a senior in their last year of high school. I have had several people ask me "how does it feel to have a senior"? Right now I am carrying around a mixed bag of emotions.

She is my oldest so I have never been through this before. How am I supposed to feel?

 From the time she was born I knew she was going to become independent of me
 and be her own person that is the goal...right?

All logic aside.....I love her and yes I worry a little about what it will be like at college for her...
will she make good choices? Make good friends, get her homework done, eat right, still want to go to church and still love Jesus?

So as my daughter, and my dear friend Shay, from Be Photography and I drove to Portland for the photo shoot I was contemplating these things. Me, I love the country, love living out in the sticks, my daughter loves the city. So for her photo shoot we drove into Portland, because she is creating her story. 
Shay & Bethany

 That's part of the process right? Allowing her to create her own story. When she was little we taught her things like brushing her teeth, how to tie her shoes, get her homework in, get along with her sisters, wash dishes, do laundry all of the important things in the natural. Then came the spiritual, going to church, reading the Bible, prayer, teaching kindness, love, forgiveness, and happiness for others.


We taught her about Jesus and His love for her. I remember as a little girl at the age of 4 she prayed and gave  her heart to Jesus. The years from ages 5 - 10, seemed it was easy for her to love Jesus with all of her heart because we had taught her to and she wanted to please. Then came the middle school years of questioning...... wondering, if God was there? Struggling with friendships, struggling with her identity. Did she really believe what we had taught her or was it only because we believed it. She had a season of rebellion in her eyes and heart, kicking at what our values were, angry at herself, angry at us and at times angry with God. It was as if she was like Jacob who wrestled with the angel. We had to give her space, room to breathe, room to process, room to embrace her own relationship with Jesus. Around the age of 15 she came out of it. She had wrestled with the cross and the One who gave His life and He had won her heart. She came through with her own story. One that she could share. A testimony of God's grace and love in her own life. One that no one could take from her because she had lived it. 

So our story of knowing Jesus had become her story. She embraced Jesus and made Him her own. She had learned to hear His voice as His sheep. Allowing His voice to drown out the other voices. It may look different from mine or her dad's but she has found her own way. 

And on the way home from the city, we stopped in the country at a little church while the sun was setting. Shay's great photographers eye caught the beauty of the sky and she had to get a few more.

I am grateful for the love that the Lord has for my husband and I am more grateful that our daughter has discovered His love for her own.

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Cindy Fincher: A Daughter and Her Story
A Daughter and Her Story
Cindy Fincher
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