About the Name

“My sole devotion
My only focus
To worship You
My life surrendered
My heart abandoned
For more of You”

The lyrics to the song finally made sense to me that morning on the drive into school. Later on in the day I was quizzing a friend on her upcoming church history test.

“What are the five solae” I read off the sheet to her.

The internet defines the Five Solae as “five fundamental beliefs of the Protestant Reformation, pillars which the early Reformers believed to be essentials of the Christian life and practice”.

I looked ahead at the answer because I didn’t know it off the top of my head. The answer I found written beautiful written at the bottom of the page:

  • Sola Fide, by faith alone.
  • Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone.
  • Solus Christus, through Christ alone.
  • Sola Gratia, by grace alone.
  • Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone.

(The Latin word sola means “alone” or “only” in English)

It was a beautiful summary of the basis of my faith. I love the complexity of the Bible and it’s stories–but I also love how it can be summed up so simply for us to remember.

And the five solae are exactly how I want to live my life. All through Fide (faith), through basing my actions off of Scriptura (Scripture), through the power of Christus (Christ) in me, through theGratia (Grace) that he graciously gives to me, that I might give it to others,  and finally, Sola Deo Gloria (glory to God alone). I can only hope that every action, word, thought, and deed, will be to the glory of my Creator.

And I will fail. But that’s the beauty of the gospel–Christ is there to offer grace to me even on days when I fall on my face.

 

So, back to the reason why you came to this page . . . why did I choose the name Sola Photography?

Because I pray that in every part of my life, even in this photography, Christ will be glorified.

 

 

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He wants my heart.

“I wanna live with abandon
Give you all that I am
Every part of my heart Jesus
I place in your hands”

(Newsboys, Live with Abandon)

The words echoed through my little car as I hurried to school that foggy morning. I knew that I had so much to be thankful for, but on this particular morning everything that wasn’t going ‘right’ by my perspective was getting in the way of my gratefulness for what I did have.

All it takes is a look outside of ourselves to realize how good we have it. A look to the poverty stricken families in parts of Africa and South American who cannot send their kids to school. A look to the slums of cities in North America where people live in fear for gang violence. A look to areas of Myanmar where riots between religious groups threaten the safety of Christian missionaries. A look into our own communities where, we have so much opportunity to embrace and delve into scriptures, but we instead overlook it in favor of idols that this world offers us.

The world is crying out for it’s need of a savior.

But how are our lives responding to this cry?

Are we glorifying the Lord in every possible aspect of our lives? Reaching out to those in need? Surrendering our hearts to the Lord, and ridding our hearts of the idols that get in the way of our loving Him?

When we give our lives fully to the one who gave us life, it’s then that our earthly desires pass away and we adopt His desires. Like Paul so clearly lays out to us in Philippians 3:7-9: But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.”

So on days when everything is going the way we want or when everything seems to be falling apart, or on days when God feels miles away, or when the Lord’s blessings are so very apparent to us, we need to keep surrendering to his plan and desiring his purpose for our lives.

We have a treasure in jars of clay, are our lives displaying the significance of this treasure to the world?