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Words for My Heart

Written by Rachel Gnagy

Written By:  Rachel Gnagy @ Inscribed Photography

I love photography. I think that’s probably pretty apparent to most of you. =)

One of the aspects of photography that I love most is the ability of an image to speak to someone’s heart. Whether it is a picture of a landscape that brings back a memory, or an artistic picture that evokes an emotion, photography (and art in general) has the power to impact our hearts.

There are times where I’ll take a picture and look at it on the back of my camera and be reminded of a Scripture passage or a quote that I’ve heard. I like to incorporate some of these quotes and verses into my work and I’ll be sharing some of my favorites with you today.

If you’ve followed me on Facebook for any amount of time, you may have gotten the impression that I’m just a bit of a Lord of the Rings fan. Okay, that’s an understatement. I am a BIG Lord of the Rings fan (anyone else counting down the days until The Hobbit comes out??). Anyways, this picture was taken in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. The winding road reminded me of a poem that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote: “The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say.”

This poem speaks to my heart mainly because I have no idea what my future holds. My husband may find a new job in a different state and we’ll move. We don’t know. But one thing I do know – God is sovereign all the time. He knows where my Road is going.

I love the delicate way the potter is shaping the clay in this image. That’s the same way the Lord shapes us; gently, delicately, forming us into something perfect. It’s a relief to me to know that He is at work in my life, crafting me into something special. Just like a potter with clay.

I have a thing for books. =) I love having full bookshelves and being able to pull a book out and thumb through the pages to look something up. The quote reads, “When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more of yourself than was there before” – Clifton Fadiman.

There are a number of books that I have read over and over again. I really do think I see more of myself each time I read them.

Could there be a more peaceful image and verse than this? God will always be our Shepherd and our guide. For me, that means not having to worry about what will come in the future. God is in complete control of that.

This image doesn’t necessarily have a quote associated with it, but there IS a message in it. My husband and I are expecting our first child in early April. We are so excited and thankful!

Editors note:  Congrats to Rachel and her husband on the big news!  We are happy for you and can’t wait to see fantastic pics of your growing family!  Don’t forget – you can get in on a chance to win a big photo session from Rachel.  Click here for details!

About the author

Rachel Gnagy

Rachel Gnagy is a wife, mother, photographer, and coffee lover. She began Inscribed Design & Photography with the goal of inspiring others to experience God’s character and glory through her work. Rachel specializes in senior portraits, engagements and weddings, and fine art photography. She and her husband, Samuel, have three precious children, two boys and a girl.
Rachel began writing with Her View From Home in 2012 and loves the opportunity to communicate with other women. She shares her own images, photography tips, and favorite recipes.
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