It was one of the craziest sunset that I’ve seen here. A year ago I was there and I told myself I will come back and shoot this seen at 16mm to get the mountain range with the waterfall on the right and the main subject the lakes.. So proud to share this moment with the amazing @nancygui and mister @me_thomas_
Taylor Grey talks touring with bands such as New Hope Club and Why Don’t We in our August issue! Read it on our site — link in bio! | 📸: @camiliberty
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Lounging at newly opened @hotelsoloha along Keon’s Saik Road with its indigo blue wooden shutters and panel doors, curated tropical and forest-inspired artwork designed by local artists, and artisan furnishings. They have 5 types of rooms, the standard, superior, deluxe, loft and suite – with deluxe rooms starting from $250++ per night. Time for a staycation in this urban jungle chic aesthetic hotel 😍
What if God doesn’t just love you, but actually likes you?
I’ve noticed that I often minimize the significance of God’s love for me. When someone says “God loves you!” it often resonates with me as a mundane fact without the profound impact that it should have on my heart.
It’s kind of like when your parents say that they love you. Many of us know it to be true, but it’s also like, “Well yeah, your my parents. You’re supposed to love me.” I think many of us often experience this with God as well; “Well, yes God, you’re supposed to love me. The Bible told me so.” Continuing with the parent analogy, many of us grew up in fear of disappointing or upsetting our parents by doing something that they would disapprove of. And I think many of us experience a similar (if not an even greater) fear with God. This is the kind of god that many of us never end up experiencing a loving, caring, peaceful relationship with, because our fear inclines us to keep a safe distance. Similarly, how many of us end up developing a healthy, loving relationship with parents that we feared disappointing for most of our lives?
Over the last several years, I have been incredibly lucky and blessed to have developed deep friendships with both of my parents. I am ecstatic to consider my parents two of my closest friends. And I am finding that God is much more like the parent whom we cultivate an enjoyable, caring, and loving friendship with. Those parents don’t love us simply out of obligation. Instead they love us exactly for who we are. They love spending time with us, having conversations with us, laughing with us, crying with us, etc. These parents love us, yes, but their love goes beyond just parental love rooted in obligation. I think God is more like these kinds of parents. God loves you, yes, of course! But he also likes you and wants to be involved in your life just as a best friend would.
What if we viewed God as a best friend? How would your experience of God differ? What new things might you learn about God as a result? What new things might you learn about yourself?
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