Archive

Tag Archives: faith

Cass Tech Demo

A Worthy Skyline. The view of Cass Tech and the Train Station before demo.

So do you know what you want to do for your life?

What if you are living out what god called you to do.

I hate to wait for things. It’s easy to think of waiting as doing nothing.

From the old testament David has really close feelings to God and really far away from God.

Slow down. Your week is gaining value even wwhen you are not doing anything. Stop trying to think you have a say or an ablilty to push in your life.

Man looks at the outside god looks at the heart.

Make the most of your season of waiting.

In David’s waiting he made the most of ye time instead of just dreaming about the future.

He wrote poetry and stringed instruments.

Psalm 27:14 wait for the lord patiently and he will strengthen your heart. Trusting god in the face of resistance. Private preparation equals public power through the holy spirit. Stripping away our selves and allowing the spirit to lead. Lead by spirit not by self.

We are called to encourage eachother.

While we wait, Take courage.

Real waiting isn’t standing around.

Gods timing is perfect.

While we walk in your way of truth we wait for you. It’s preparation. We are walking with as we wait for you.

Risking, tried stuff, growing and preparing. That is what waiting is.

Actively wait for god. He is preparing your heart. Getting ready for the moment.

This forty days to go hard after God and what we are really doing is waiting on God. nothing is going to happen if god doesn’t do it.

If god isn’t in it it will fail.

When he chooses to pour out his power we will be there.

It is only god who does something powerful in my life through this city in my heart.

If you think you’re here for Jesus to make much of you, youre greatly confused. You are here to make much of Jesus.

Advertisements

Where the trees are more important than the sidewalks.
Look what a tree can do in a lifetime.
There is something inside all of us that tells us we are empty, infinitely alone. Who wouldn’t want to relate to that effect with drugs and alcohol. The eternal that we can’t control, that there isn’t a remedy. Even our biology says so.

You must surrender, from the fall, from the attempt, surrender into that hole and accept the facing army of doubt. Along those lines of hopelessness lies. Hold like a shield, a sword and a compass the belief that nothing else can be. But Jesus.

There is a simple confidence with a heart in Jesus where the constant need to prove love is replaced with assurance that Love is alive.

I want to leave a legacy not that I am remembered but that I along with the individual entrepreneurs that make up Detroit, are starting during a time of the unknown, in this city, that all who continue to live know. During the false sense of security felt after the height of the recession and placed another and began as many had begun before. This space, where the culture of photography is embraced and grown.

plans fall like the rain in spring. I sometimes expect God to work in the excitement of amazing possibility. When the jobs fall through though God is there and he is telling me that they didn’t “fall through”, they are going according to plan, my plan. I have lost four large jobs this year that I “should” have had. One was going to take me from China to India to South Africa to Argentina. Another, was going to take me to India and yet another was going to take me to Kenya. And most recently I was asked to come over to London to live for one month, with my brother, and take four day trips around Europe shooting beautiful films. I tried so hard for that one to happen, my client, an amazing man I met in London while praying aloud, really wanted me to come over to work with him. All was in the clear, even a great budget, and then we realized 7 days before I was going to leave that I didn’t have a work visa. At that moment I was disappointed even though I had been praying through it. But praise God that my flesh was overcome by the Spirit and my joy was restored when the Lord reminded me of his faithfulness by saying, if your goals aren’t my goals and you are following me, then your goals shouldn’t be working out. At that moment like the spring rains I realized I was being restored from a moment of back faced to God faith.

I had an amazing day yesterday. I continued photographing at the boxing gym that is up the street from me located in a pretty crazy neighborhood. The lead guy is a role model for the kids. More to come later. See sample videos on my vimeo.com/stephenmcgee3 page.

11 of my 50 photography journals that Cathy and I created with inspirational quotes and field notes from my travels were sold at a market in Vietnam.

My nephew and I were photographed and printed in the Detroit News (http://www.detnews.com/article/20100506/BIZ/5060342/1001/Avalon-Breads-planning-growth–microbrewery)

I humbly photographed a funeral of detroit baseball announcer/legend, ernie harwell.

I sent out my VII Photo portfolio with an emphasis on video! Pray for that and the reception of my work amongst the 11 very respected and skilled photographers who will review it.

I went out to meet this singer named Chris from Never Shout Never cause he wants to do films around the world with me and I with him and this other guy Russ Hubley who is awesome from Portland. it was crazy to see that many people singing his songs and then I walk downstairs right after the show, having never met him, (an 18 year old who got kicked out of high school and toured the country selling hundreds of thousands of singles by himself. then got signed to warner bros). I walked into a small cement room and he said, “i am a fan of your work”. we chilled for 3 hours and then I drove him to Taco Bell and ordered 42 dollars flat of tacos for all the busses. Drove back and watched the Mummy Returns which was horribly bad.
I love what I do. “Not many people can live like we do” a friend named Russ told me. I live the way I do Trusting the Lord will work. I think more people should have less jobs that structure their life accordingly especially if they are just in it for providing for themselves a lifestyle they admire.

Writings from a collective journal, 1820-1850, recently found and republished here.

The Sun May Rise

And Greet our eyes,

With natures leatis fair!

But dark as night,

IS friendship be not there.

Nor you bright star

That from afar,

Its oosary (ossuary) light pours down

ban ever vie.

With the soft eye,

That never gives a frown!

Friendship’s smile

May cheer the while,

When other joys have sped!

It is A flower,

That guides lifes bower

When youth and beauty is fade.

May Joys divine

Be ever thine

With Friendships wreath entwined,

And some kind friend

Thy steps attend,

To the with love combined.

L. W.

Leatis-Brit a trench or ditch that conveys water to a mill wheel

This is from the journal’s owner, Mary, to all her friends who will write over the next 30 years.

1821-1850

1st
Gladly I’d twine a wreath for thee
From friendships fair unfading tree
And bid it bloom unceasingly

To slain thy hours of loneliness


2nd
but where shall this rare plant be found.
does it eve grow, on the earthly ground
or only grace some heavenly mound


amid those lovers of happiness

3rd
It sometimes blooms neath suns bright skies
But when misfortune blasts arise
Quickly the sunshine friendship dies
and leaves but dull formality

4
Some bird of origin divine
I’ll seek to form this wreath of thine
plucked from the withering bond of time
to bloom for thee eternally

5th
nor i alone this wreath will twine
but all thy friends who trace a line

in this nespitle (?) of thine
shall form this wreath for thee

6th
this album then a wreath for thee
and every name a flower shall be
a pure bright gem of constancy
sacred to love and memory

Mary E. Harlow

I had my computer stolen after coming back from China while I was in San Francisco. Within two hours and without me knowing it was even gone, the SF Police called me telling me they had it. I was asked by the SF Police to send a message to be read in court. I only had 10 minutes to write it though. Pray for he criminal and for his heart to be changed. He had had crime in his life for many years. I believe in Jesus and in his power. He goes on trial in an hour.

Thank you for allowing me to send a message to be read in court. Thank you to the SF police Department for returning my computer as quickly as they did.

I would like to speak now to the defendant at this time with my words. What you stole that day was very important to me and held a huge project I was going to show to Congress and the Obama Administration. My computer was returned unharmed and even though it was very important I was not angry with you and I never held any resentment for what you did.

When I came in to pick up my computer I wanted to meet you and tell you that God loved you and that you did not have to go on stealing to live. God will supply everything you need to complete his will. His will is where true freedom lies and where you will never go hungry or alone.

I live a life dedicated to Jesus Christ and in that life forgiveness is a major part of it. I want you to know that if you search for Jesus your life will be changed as he softens your heart and gives you a reason to live. Ask Jesus to reveal himself to you and open your heart for his correction.

In the Bible there is a story about a man named Saul who was killing Christians. Jesus revealed himself to Saul and asked him why he was killing God’s people. Saul’s life was changed that day and changed his name to Paul. Paul spent the rest of his life telling people about Jesus. Paul wrote much of the New Testament.

As you head to jail I want you to know that Jesus is there with you. You deserve to go to jail. God is a just God but he is also a forgiving God. If you ask God for forgiveness you will be forgiven by him. Jesus Christ, God’s only son, came to this earth as an offering for our sin and died upon the cross so that all could come directly to God.

I pray that your heart will be changed as my heart was changed, as Paul’s heart was changed and that you will live your life for Jesus. I don’t know you but I love you as God loves you. You are still his son and still can have an amazing life in Him.

I will be praying for you as often as I can remember for your time in jail.

“For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.”- Psalm 33:4-5