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Shadow Seeker

Shadow Seeker

When I was a kid, I was terrified of the dark. If my parents weren't home, I would turn on every single light in the house until they got home.  I at least wanted to see a potential attack right before it happened, as opposed to being totally caught off guard. 

Okay, so I obviously watched wayyyy too much TV growing up. #CriminalMindsJunkie

But, as an adult, sadly I haven't grown out of that fear. Both literally and metaphorically. I still turn on a bunch of lights after watching a scary movie or if I hear a strange noise in my apartment. It sounds silly, I know.

What's even more ridiculous though has been my fear of the dark places and the shadows in my life. The places where I haven't yet seen the light of God's promises fulfilled. Try as I might, I can't turn on the light by myself and I find myself frustrated as a result. 

I am slowly learning though (emphasis on slowly) that the shadows are some of the areas where God has been doing the most beautiful work. Things grow and find shape in the dark: food, life, development (aka character). A baby grows in the womb, a dark place; seeds grow in the soil, another dark place, and film is developed in a darkroom....you guessed it, another dark place. You So Smart ;)

The dark places are also about protection. When things are prematurely brought to light, they run the risk of being damaged because they didn't have the opportunity to fully grow. In my shadows, I'm being protected by a Father who is simply saying, "not yet." 

Instead of running to turn on the light, I'm going to stay a little while longer and let the work be completed. Cause just like always, God's got this and I have no reason to fear.

My dear friend and photographer extraordinaire, Brittney Feliciano, captured some incredible low key shots that show the beauty that can be found when you use the shadows.  

Check out the pics below and then find her on Instagram, as well as her personal blog: @brittfeliciano |  http://brittfeliciano.com 

 How gorgeous is that rose?! Total Beauty and the Beast vibes. 

How gorgeous is that rose?! Total Beauty and the Beast vibes. 

 I LOVE the contrast of light and dark in this shot. 

I LOVE the contrast of light and dark in this shot. 

 I feel soooo chic in this photo - the black and white is gorgeous.  

I feel soooo chic in this photo - the black and white is gorgeous.  

 Channeling my inner Latina :) 

Channeling my inner Latina :) 

 The "Nina" face.  

The "Nina" face.  

 There's so much beauty to be found in the shadows.  

There's so much beauty to be found in the shadows.  

Hope y'all have a great week! 

Always,

Nina xo

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Magnolia Things

Magnolia Things