December 22, 2011 jennyrain

One Word 2011 | Wonder


Wonder was my One Word for 2011.

Though it did not seem as if I was pursuing it intentionally… rather like a warm blanket on a cold winter evening, it was exactly what I needed to inspire me photographically.

About halfway through 2011 I sensed that God wanted me to lean into another word for 2011:

Faithfulness? Really? So I began to “Wonder” if I had failed at “Wonder” for 2011. As I struggled through what “Faithfulness” and “Wonder” had to do with each other, my friend Melissa and I had a pivotal conversation:

I said: My word is “Wonder” and what God has taught me is that before I can get to “wonder” I have to see “faithfulness” – now… how the two of them go together? I have no idea, but that is how my year is forming itself out.

Melissa said: I never would have thought of those two things, but think about how Peter and John got to see the wonder of the transfiguration because of their faithfulness to Jesus. How many times have I asked God for the wonder-full things without first remaining faithful to Him?

And just like that… the more I stayed faithful to the little things, the more God’s wonder showed up. My job was faithfulness in tasks He gave to me… God’s job was to display His wonder.

Mostly I saw that with my photography.

My weekends are primarily dedicated to photographic outings, whether they are photo safaris, lessons, photo shoots, or like last weekend – my first wedding. Sundays are a time mostly of processing those photos and watching my skills develop, seeing God’s hand of creativity show up in shots that I did not even know I had taken.

My job: Faithfulness and belief that God is a wonder-working God.

My photography skills – by the grace of God – grew this year and I am so thankful. After less than one year, I am already moving into a portfolio-building stage… which, when I stop to think about it, is pretty WONDER-full!

So though I could not actively pursue wonder – by seeking faithfulness in all of my tasks – God showed His wonder to me everywhere I went, and I am incredibly grateful.

I’ve already started contemplating my One Word for 2012 (below)… and it is a doozy!

Now I’m offline for the rest of 2011 getting the new site set up – see you next year!


I break things and trip a lot. I like to chase things like dreams, goals, ideas, and raindrops. I create things with words. Writing has been an outlet since I first discovered the magic empty space of a journal. Words dance around in my brain and often land amidst scraps of paper, find their way into journals, or etch themselves into blinking pixels. I hope my words fall like rain on tender souls in need of refreshing. Finding photos in random moments helps me share stories. During a trip to Africa the perfect trifecta of my first DSLR, mission trip, and dream-location happened and my love of photography became a reality. I'm currently writing my first book, "Will They Laugh if I Call You Daddy: Growing up with 2 Dads in an Evangelical World," I'm a board member for One Million Kids, and I believe that every kid of an LGBT parent should have an opportunity to #ChangeTheConversation with their story. My bio remains in process because I am.

Comments (8)

  1. Moe

    Yipee! I am so glad that we connected through these tubes. I tell you what. It was a wonder-ful experience seeing your photography on this blog. It’s beautiful and engaging. Keep doing what you are doing. In 2012 go out there and take some risks. 

    P.S. Take a risk and come to NYC to shoot our land and our people. 🙂

  2. Janmacy

    I love how faithfulness and wonder go together.  That is right, isn’t it?  The more faithful we are, the more we will see the wonder of God. 

    Beautiful.  I have so loved your photography.  It has been so inspiring this year. 
    Have a blessed Christmas

  3. Anonymous

    Such huge encouragement for all of us. Faithfulness in the little things brings wonders to living experience.Thank You Jenny.

  4. Well, it’s certainly been an interesting year for you!  I need to get you to do a Mustard Seed Year in 2013 since you have one word for 2012. 🙂

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