Rise up, my Love.

We’re in quite a transition right now. I honestly have so much I want to say and want to share, but I am guarding my tongue. We both feel such an array of emotions right now that we’re trying to balance; controlling them when we need to yet feeling what we need to feel when the time is right.

I’ve really felt blessed lately watching spring rise up, even amidst the snow storms that have been trying to tear it down. I already love spring because there is such a beauty in the transformation of winter into spring. To me, this time it holds an even greater meaning because this time it portrays such a beautiful picture of transition. I feel like it is portraying exactly where Ted and I are right now.

Spring of 2006 I read this verse and it completely changed me and each spring since, I am reminded of this;

My beloved spoke, and said to me:
Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away.
For lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over
and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of singing has come,
And the voice of the turtledove
Is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth her green figs,
And the vines
with the tender grapes
Give a
good smell.
Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away!
O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
In the secret
places of the cliff,
Let me see your face,
Let me hear your voice;
For your voice
is sweet,
And your face
is lovely.

Song of Solomon 2:10-14

We are moving forward remembering this very thing; He is with us. Why should we live in fear? He has given us this dream, this vision. He is with us, calling us to rise up.

We are nervous, and yes sometimes frightened but mostly excited for the next step. We’re stepping out in such a huge way, leaving behind what we know to be comfortable to pursue photography and journalism. To pursue the dream God’s given us. We are feeling led in a different direction regarding training in photojournalism and when I am released to share, I will! Please pray for us for we are about to take the {biggest} leap yet!

I know we aren’t the only ones who have or who are walking through such a difficult transition. Any advice?

15 thoughts on “Rise up, my Love.

  1. Madre says:

    Jami, the best advice I can give you is to ENJOY the free time you and Ted will have until he starts work. Don’t stress about a job, don’t stress about unpacking everything, just relax after such a busy season and ENJOY each other and Chase. Go for walks, talk, come to Gram Gram’s house, dream, get outside, go for a drive to Estes Park, come to Gram Gram’s house, plan a once a week craft day with the girls and I, let me watch Chase and go have coffee and stroll around Old Town, take your drawing stuff or your camera and take pictures or sketch in Old Town (i will come along and watch Chase), spend time with your sisters, come to Gram Gram’s house, plant a garden with Ted, come to the kids baseball, softball games, just ENJOY this transition into what is next…spend all the time you can together now! I love you so much and am praying for you guys! See you Friday Come to Gram Gram’s House!!


  2. Angie says:

    Hey Jami, I was reading your blog which is so inspiring by the way! And thought about your transitioning. I have moved a ridiculous amount of times in my life and looking back I regret one main thing and that is not making the most of wherever God had me for however long. Looking back I think I missed out on a lot. So instead of pouring into the people or place I was in I would consume myself with the next step. So I want to encourage you to dive in to whatever is around you. I often think if I didn’t have YWAM I would find a church with mops or some other moms program, and you are so creative so many women would benefit so much from your crafts and frugleness (not sure if that is a word)! I say all that and realize I personally have a hard time stepping out and being in a new place, but I think you should know that many people will be so blessed by your friendship and creativity and experience as a mom, you have blessed and helped me! We will be praying for you guys!!


    • colourherhope says:

      thanks Angie for the encouragement and the great advice. you are right on, and i will def take that up and try to do it. make the most of where i’m at. we’ll miss seeing you guys and jonathan get more and more personality! We’ll stop back by and say hi though :)


  3. Melissa says:

    Oh my goodness… your mom’s comment was adorable! You are very blessed to have such a great mom ~ and I can speak from experience… living near family when you have a baby is WONDERFUL! Take advantage of it! When I read your post, what came to my mind is what I have to remind myself of so often: God’s plan & purpose for you really has very little to do with where you are, or what you are doing, or how wonderful or terrible your situation is… it’s all about His relentless pursuit of your heart. Because things will change, and a lot of times will be really tough and we don’t understand them, but if we allow ourselves to focus on the true & eternal work God is doing and not just our present circumstances, it makes transitions a little less traumatic. It’s how our heart responds to HIM in whatever circumstance we are in that matters… because this life is really not about “this life” – ya know? (I think I need to hear this myself right now!)


    • colourherhope says:

      wow, this was really good for me to hear. Relentless pursuit of our hearts. WOW. I love that and haven’t truly taken the time lately to realize it. That will help in this process, thank you for sharing!


  4. joshuabocanegra says:

    wowee! sounds like you guys are doing well. and your son is huge! at least in the picture. how have things been going for you guys?
    leaving denver?
    going to FOCO!?
    i feel like moving to ft. collins is every cheyenne child’s dream!!
    what are you guys going to do there?


    • colourherhope says:

      things are well, we’re just transitioning out of YWAM and into the “real world” for a bit. God has laid some pretty heavy dreams and visions on our heart in pursuing photojournalism. We’re taking a step and moving toward those dreams and it’s kind of frightening yet exciting. We’re going to ft.collins for a time, and you are right, it’s a dream of a cheyenne kid (when i lived there ft. collins was the next best thing), but we’re just there for a season. I will be writing more about our plans when we feel released to share, let’s just say they are crazy. :) Thanks for stopping in, and you are so right, my baby boy is huge, it’s not just the pictures, i’m luggin around a 20 lb little man everyday!


  5. emma says:

    I love you and know that you will be blessed as you walk forward.. It helps me to remember that God gives us dreams and delights to bring us the desires of our hearts. It is overwhelming and humbling. But He is good, and when we are walking in something so much bigger than ourselves we see HOW good he really is..


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