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Where was Adam when Eve was lured into the serpents enticing trap?

  • Tending the animals?
  • Oblivious at this point of no shame in the relationship that Eve would wander off and do the forbidden? (Genesis 2:25)
  • Sleeping?

I really have no idea, but, when there are no other people to talk to what in the world could he have been doing? Or did it all happen so fast, Adam was at loss of what to do? It’s hard to fill in the gaps, but, you see that Eve was the main target first, and right when she ate, it was as if Adam was standing right there watching it all happen, but, just not sure what to do. ( I am not bashing Adam, btw) They were both equally at fault. They both were given a command on what not to do, and, when they decided to disobey God, they had to reap the consequences. And now our marriages are at stake everyday due to the sin that is in them.

I bring these questions up because I wonder how do marriages get where they are so separated from one another, both have no idea what the other is being lured into. Our marriage should be a safe place to share our struggles, not a place where our struggles our hidden from one another until it’s gotten so deep you no longer know that spouse anymore. Do not let your weaknesses become yours, let them be yours and your spouses. Fight together, not against one another. I am reminded of these lyrics from Casting Crowns, we are aware of our weaknesses, it just depends on how we handle them.

Be careful little eyes what you see
It’s the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you’re thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh be careful little eyes what you see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see

I am not sure which words from this song really spoke to you, but when you sense a red flag, or are already way past the slow fade, do not let it defeat you and think there is no more hope. We are reminded time and time again of the goodness that comes through trials. I totally get that most marriages go through dry sprouts, whether it is from the time of life you are embracing (little kids, empty nest, can’t have kids, stressful job situations, can’t seem to connect with friends…) the list can go on, and it’s sad that our marriage is attacked first, and it makes sense why….the serpent has been after marriages since the beginning, and does not plan on stopping. satan does not like unity, he wants division and anything that God wants for His people.
Here is my main point from all of this:
  • “Let no one deceive you with empty words” Eph. 5:6 Anything that is leading you to isolation and searching for something more than your spouse or God, turn around and run as fast as you can.
  • “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather EXPOSE THEM.” Eph 5:11 Children of God, if we do not confess our struggles/weaknesses/secrets to our spouse, eventually they will only separate us from one another that much more when it becomes too late. This is the person you vowed your life to, if you are afraid to share your struggles that control you, pray and ask God to give you the courage and for the Lord to prepare your spouses heart.
  • “Wake up, O sleeper” Eph. 5:14 Wake up and realize that we as individuals struggle way more than announced to the world, and sadly to the one we love the most. Get in tune with your spouse before they are lured off into something else that is “pleasing to the eye” Gen. 3:6a

What step will you take today for your marriage?

xoxo

Anna Pociask, MA

 

and to lighten the load after a hard topic to read on……. my little man thought it be cute to wear daddies shoes. 😉


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  • Brooke Danielle PhotographyJuly 18, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    Anna,
    I just happened upon your blog today and would like to say thank you for posting the above words, you clearly have a deep commitment to our Savior and to preserving the precious covenant of marriage. It is refreshing to see and hear about other people who love the Lord and hold marriage in such high esteem. May the Lord bless you both in your marriage and in your photography business!ReplyCancel

 

Anticipation

Nerves

Trembling hands

Excitement

Relief

Calm

Moments before you are in the arms of the one you love dearly there is so much emotion that basically controls us until we are locked eyes with our lover….. It is the new norm to see your bride/groom before the wedding. And it has come to be one of my favorite times of the day. The bride and groom get to really take in their emotions with one another without everyone staring at them….they laugh….they woo over one another…..and they kiss. Such a sweet time….here is a peek into a first look I set up for my bride and groom. Love this couple so dearly……

 

what are your thoughts on first looks?

xoxo,

Anna


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  • amyNovember 2, 2012 - 1:07 pm

    Hi Anna!
    Discovered your webpage from pintrest & thought I would come over and explore! Your photography is simply beautiful!!!!
    best wishes,
    amyReplyCancel

  • AKP PhotographyNovember 2, 2012 - 1:17 pm

    Stunning photos 😀 So much love!ReplyCancel

  • Anna PociaskNovember 2, 2012 - 2:14 pm

    Well thank-you so much ladies!! :)ReplyCancel

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.”

John W. Whitehead

  

 

I love hearing from people when I see them out in public that they look forward to my picture a day with my kiddos and family on Facebook. It is so fun capturing their emotions, their quirkiness, their love, their beauty, their craziness, and them just being them. I get asked a lot from other moms if I teach classes on how to use a camera and capture day to day moments of their children. I do not, but, I would like to start creating little posts like this on how I shot my picture a day, that may help spur on your mommas out there!:)

  1. Enjoy the sweet moment, take a step back, frame it in your mind…and if the camera is close by, get down on their level and….snap it.
  2. With having 2 kids, and liking to shoot in high aperture (gives a lot of bokah)  keeping them on the same level with one another is key so one of them is not out of focus.
  3. Snack time is always a happy time, and a memorable time….but, this shot cracks me up because as my daughter is sticking her tongue out at my son, you can actually see the spit flying. THIS is what made the shot….the motion brings the picture to life.

 

 I challenge you to capture MOTION in this coming week. Bring your pictures to life with motion…….


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I am speechless when it comes to describing this wedding day, from the details, the venue, all who was worked with that day, and my beautiful bride……..first and foremost I need to give a huge shout out to:

Venue: J&D Farms

Floral:  Hothouse design Studio

Meghan Cease/Wedding Planner: M. Elizabeth Weddings and Events

Uptown Media

Amberly Shelton Paperie

Magnificent Cakes

I knew right when I was driving up the long gravel road to this venue, it was going to be a beautiful day! But, I seriously could have not made this day without all the lovely vendors that made this day so beautiful.:) The table was by far my favorite part of the whole day. I still hope I did it justice! It was glorious. Watch out pinterest, this wedding day has you beat. 😉 If  you are wanting a country/farm wedding day, this is the place to be married.


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Mystery: Something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain.

When was the last time you looked at your spouse, and said, our marriage is such a mystery!? No, but, I bet at times you have thought or even said, being married can be so difficult, so hard to understand, so hard to explain, and somedays wanted to throw in the towel and say being married to you, is impossible.

I would encourage you to read Ephesians 5:22-33 tonight with your spouse and discuss what stands out to you, what doesn’t make sense to you, where you would like your marriage to be in retrospect with this passage, because:

a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect (be in awe) of her husband. Ephesians 5:31b-33

Timothy Keller, the author of; The Meaning of Marriage really struck a chord with me. “Over the years you will go through seasons in which you have to learn to love a person who you didn’t marry, who is something of a stranger.” We will have to make changes, that we never intended to make, but when we can grasp the mystery of marriage–which is a lifelong journey, we will see that marriage is not about self-fulfillment, but self-denial. And that self-denial gets us closer each day to representing the beauty of Christ and the church.

Photo taken with my tripod on our vacation in California. I wanted to remember this trip as a refresher, reminder, revitalizing time spiritually for our marriage. As the bible is the center in this image, as we turn to God to be our center when we fail and not understand one another.

I want to end on a few points of encouragement:

  • Face your spouse, face the truth that is difficult and use it to grow together, not push you farther away. Whether this means getting counseling, or confessing hidden sin, and then pray. I had a couple (sunday school teachers) tell my husband and I that they never knew anyone in their class were hurting, until they came to them to tell them they were getting a divorce. Do not wait till its too late. It is never too late to work on your marriage.
  • Look at changing as a new journey, a new chapter in your marriage. No other relationship will be as intense, as passionate, more real than the commitment you have with your spouse. Change can feel uncomfortable, but, we have to die to the selfishness of wanting to be “happy” at all times. If we base our love on feelings and emotions, they will not last, we must look to love as an act of obedience–living out the vows we said to our spouse the day you became husband and wife. Love is constant–it never fails.
  •  Marriage should not be easy; it continually brings up our weaknesses and pushes us to a more mature character like marriage. But, if we live each day in our marriage striving to receive and not give, we are setting ourselves up for disaster. Pursue your marriage with a mystery that never gets old, but, continually striving to study it, learn from it, and grow from it.

 

What book are you reading on marriage right now? I am reading, The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller.

 

xoxo

Anna Pociask , MA

 


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  • Amanda WorrallOctober 22, 2012 - 11:46 pm

    Thanks for the post! I am re-reading Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie O’Martian. I read it when we were first married and now seven years later, I have a totally different perspective:)ReplyCancel

    • Anna PociaskOctober 23, 2012 - 1:09 am

      That is such a great book. I read that before I was married, while I was prayin for my future husband. Thanks for the reminder on this book, I think I shall read that one again too. 😉ReplyCancel