I'm so in love with this photo from Shelby Robinson Photography, as soon as I saw it, it reminded me of this old Hymn as I felt the words so appropriate and true to my heart. Dress by Vendetta Couture "On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, The emblem of suff’ring and shame; And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best For a world of lost sinners was slain. So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, Till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old rugged cross, And exchange it someday for a crown. Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world, Has a wondrous attraction for me; For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above To bear it to dark Calvary. In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, A wondrous beauty I see, For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died, To pardon and sanctify me. To the old rugged cross I will ever be true; Its shame and reproach gladly bear; Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away, Where His glory forever I’ll share."
"Even so, one step from my grave, I believe that cruelty, spite, The powers of darkness will in time, Be crushed by the spirit of light." ~ Boris Pasternak I adore this beautiful photo from Shelby Robinson Photography, the quote and image really tie into something I've recently dealt with. I'm slowly but surely gaining back a level of being open-hearted with my audience from Freckles Fairy Chest. When I first started out, I was a very naive business girl who thought everyone was nice and my friend, lol. I found it very easy to be open with my spirituality, and in a sense, wearing my heart on my sleeve to all who crossed my path. I would often write long messages to accompany my photos, become close with people I'd meet online in order to inspire others to live their dream. Somewhere along the line I learned about the horrible intentions people have in business, I was betrayed and very hurt. I've only come across a handful of incredibly spiteful people in my lifetime, and if there is one thing I've learned its that they are poisoned with misery! Do your best not to drink the poison of revenge and bitterness..I swear it becomes a visible curse on the face of the one feeding it, I've seen this happen and it is such a sad thing. Without realizing it, I shut myself off to further inspire my audience. I couldn't inspire others or open my heart when I had things to learn: how to completely forgive and love those persecuting you, constantly, and after years. It has not been an easy road, but one thing I am learning is to open my heart again, despite the intentions of spiteful people. Otherwise, I am of no use to this world. I was given a purpose in life, I consider it a blessing to have so many people admire what I do, and I do not take that for granted. I thank God everyday for my blessings and for the gift of creativity. I always say that it is a sacred gift, it is for me 100%. So to anyone reading this who has been hurt, do not let it change you, the heart is a fragile thing but is also capable to love others enough to impact the world for the better. ;-) I thank God for His peace, and being able to sleep at night with a clear conscience, as my actions and words hopefully continue to reflect the love and peace that is in my heart. We are all one step away from the grave...I'd rather go to mine with a happy heart and be able to hear "Well done" from my God. My prayer is that you walk through today with an abundance of love in your heart, even when others do not have it. Wishing you wings of wonder, and pixie dust plunder, Freckles