I asked Kina from Above The Heavens if I could interview her and she said yes! Go check out her blog and subscribe because you don’t want to miss the interview she is doing of me, do you? The questions I asked her are in bold and her answers are in a plain font. Without further ado, here is the interview!
Why did you start your blog?
Funny story – one day I was editing my photography website, Roaring Lamb Photography and saw a ‘blog’ button. I really liked the idea of having a blog, and it looked so easy that I published a post right away – it was actually just a place holder. I think it said something like “Welcome to Roaring Lamb Photography’s blog! Check back soon for a post.” XD
I had no idea what the next post would be about, what I would call my blog, or what the theme of the blog would be, but I was very excited about it!
As I published more posts, my passion for living a God-glorifying life became a theme. I now publish a couple articles a month on things God is teaching me. Sometimes it seems like I’m only offering loaves and fishes – I wish I could do so much more! But small things in the hands of a great God are enough, and every once in awhile I’ll get a message from a reader saying my writing is changing their lives, or a post was convicting, and that is so so encouraging.
What do you like about photography?
Photography is a passion of mine – I got interested in it when I was 9 years old by gazing at and admiring the Christmas cards from friends and relatives each year. To me, photography is declaring to the world “see how awesome my God is!” Unintentionally, I sometimes get caught up admiring the creation in my photos, or my own photography ‘skills,’ and not worshipping the Creator. Whenever I find that happening, I repent and praise the Lord! What beauty HE has made! I actually just wrote an article on this subject titled Lights, Camera…. Why?
Do You Prefer Photographing People Or Nature?
Do I like chocolate or vanilla more? Apples or oranges? That’s a tough one, but I am an extremely outgoing person (97% extroverted!) and am in my element around people. I LOVE people!! So I would say people. And if you’re wondering why my portfolio is made up of photos from the great outdoors, I’ll tell you why: I don’t have my driver’s license yet. SHHH…. it’s a well – guarded secret. Without a driver’s license, I rely on my clients to drive to me, so I haven’t started advertising much yet.
However, God has blessed me with a couple opportunities to bless others through photography – a friend’s mother found out about my passion and asked me to do her son’s senior portraits. Two sisters, friends of ours, asked me to be an assistant photographer at both of their weddings. The King’s Blooming Rose Magazine asked me if I wanted to be a guest photographer – you can be assured the answer was yes. 😀 Since then I’ve been helping them put pictures in each issue and on their forum.
When I purchased my first camera, I asked that it would be a tool in God’s hands to glorify Himself – I gave Him my loaves and fishes, and He’s using it to bless others and bring Him glory even though I’m young and limited.
Why did you name your blog Above The Heavens
Above The Heavens comes from a verse I love, or rather, two verses I love: Psalm 57:5+11. They both say,
“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be above all the earth.”
This is my life prayer, that God would be exalted and glorified, and I ask that I would be a tool in His hand to accomplish that magnificent purpose. When people think of me, I want them to think as if I’m standing there with my finger pointed up, and I want them to look where I’m pointing. The purpose of life is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. At Above The Heavens I write to encourage myself and others to live for the utmost glory of God.
I can’t wait for the day when I will see His glory exalted above the heavens!
I also critique lots of things on my blog, – from why we photograph, to the message in a book, to things that happen around me. Proverbs 14:15 says, “The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps.” In addition I have an on-going series called Of God’s Faithfulness – I publish one part at the end of each month. This is where I share how God has been faithful that month. Occasionally I host contests or make a theme for a month and jump off the diving board having fun with DIYs. 😀
What are some blogs you recommend?
adam4d.com (I confess to obsession – I’m a theology nerd who loves to think. When I found this I nearly missed dinner because I couldn’t get off!)
girldefined.com (I would say Kristen + Bethany’s message is this: “Glorify the Lord by obeying Him in the role He has given you then reap His blessings” – I highly recommend their book, Girl Defined.)
Allison + Katie from “From Allison” and “Surrendered In Christ” are both very dear friends of mine and have influenced me and pointed me to Christ more than they know!
Awe thanks for putting me on there, Kina! and yes the KBR magazine is great!
What are your favorite non fiction books?
I mainly read historical fiction and non-fiction so I have a long list!
The Bible – a collection of 66 books written by various authors but inspired by God
Andrew Murray On Prayer by Andrew Murray (I only got a few chapters into the book before my brother ‘stole’ it from me, but from I what I read it is fantastic, and my brother loves it and keeps telling us what he is learning from it. I look forward to reading it once he’s done! XD)
The Building On The Rock Series by Joel R. Beeke and Diana Kleyn
Girl Defined by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird
Before You Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally
Choosing Gratitude by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
Women Of The Word by Jen Wilkin
Virtuous by Nancy Wilson
Thy Kingdom Comics by Adam Ford (aka Adam4d)
Will Our Generation Speak? by Grace Mally
Making Brothers And Sisters Best Friends by Sarah, Stephen, and Grace Mally
Sergeant York And The Great War by Tom Skeyhill
Foxe’s Book Of Martyrs by John Fox (I admit I didn’t read all of it… I kind of got the idea,
but I was so glad I read what I did.)
God Has A Wonderful Plan For Your Life: The Myth Of The Modern Message by Ray Comfort
Taking The World For Jesus: the remarkable story of the greatest commission by Kevin Swanson
Created For Work by Bob Shultz
The Holy War by John Bunyan (ok… this is an allegory, but it’s among my favorites, I HAD to include it!!)
Becoming God’s True Woman edited by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and Dana Gresh
Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns by T. David Gordon
Do Hard Things by Alex + Brett Harris
Beautiful Girlhood by Mabel Hale
Feminine By Design by Scott Brown
Wow! That’s a lot of books!
Here is you last question: if you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Family Camp. 😀
Oh, family camp is fun!
Thank you, Kina, for doing this interview! I enjoyed reading your answers!
Now for an announcement: I have twenty five subscribers!! Yay!!
I have been waiting to get 25 so that I could have a Q&A on my blog, but I didn’t want to say, “everybody subscribe so I can get 25 subscribers and do a Q&A” because then someone might subscribe, but not really care about my blog they just did it to help me out.
Anyway, next Thursday I will be having the Q&A, so comment down below with questions for me! If you can’t think of something to ask me, check out this post
to get some ideas.
Goodbye for now, Mandalynn
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