A Leap of Faith

Hey friends… it’s been a while, hasn’t it?  I have started and re-started this post in my head hundreds of times, but there’s no easy way to begin other than just diving straight in.  But before I do, I wanted to thank each of you who reached out to me during this season where I […]

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phew, crying like a baby! you know katelyn and i love you and matt and we are here for what ever you need! thanks for sharing

Both Kay and I love you Rebekah and can’t wait to see the amazing things God will continue to do in and through your life.

Rebekah, this blog post was very sad and inspiring at the same time. I am so sorry that your health is causing you to pass on the torch. But you are so right when you say that God is in control and has a plan. He’ll never allow you to go through something you can’t handle. I will be praying for you and Matt as you guys go through this transition. Please know that even though you have to take a leap of faith and stop shooting weddings, you are and will STILL be my favorite photographer and a woman who I look up to very much. You’re inspiring Rebekah Hoyt!

PS. Thank you so much for sending a video to my fiance so that he could surprise me with it in the proposal video he made! Our wedding is May 4th and we can’t wait!

Sincerely, Tiffany Weaver

Wow Rebekah! You have us all in tears reading this! Such a proof of your faith to God and that is SO admirable! I hope you still come out for S&S get togethers!!! <3 You're so valuable in the photography community with your beautiful heart and soul! God bless you!!! Let me know if you need anything and more importantly, I hope you feel better! xoxo

Alyssa Eckhart

Rebekah, I am so proud of you! You are inspiration. It takes massive courage to do what you are doing. You are not letting anyone down. You are giving us all a reason to love you more. Not many people know how important it is to follow the path God has for them. To be doing His will in His favor, is the place we should always want to be. Seasons come and go but the love of God will always stay. Life is a journey. There are different twists and turns to our story. It’s not always about what we are doing, but who we are doing it with. Get ready to explore something new with God! This is the time to rest in His arms and embrace whatever He has next for you. I hope to see you soon! I miss you! I will continue to pray for you. BIG HUGS! love you cuz :) <3

Thank you for opening up and sharing with all of us Rebekah, it has been a joy following you and learning from you over the past few years and I will continue to follow and support you in whatever God leads you too! I will be praying as well!

AHH! Thank you so much for sharing your heart in this difficult time! Buddy and I are praying for you and Matt and I know God IS using and will CONTINUE to use this for his glory! You are such a gift! Love you! xoxoxo

Kendal

You are such an inspiring person Rebekah. Your courage is remarkable. You have personally inspired me with your heart for sharing and helping so many others. You will ALWAYS be a great photographer! Good luck on your journey and thank you for sharing!!!

I’m praying for you, Rebekah! I admire your transparency and your faith in God during this difficult and uncertain journey in your life. My heart breaks reading this but I know you are doing this after much prayer and counsel and I love you for that.

Sorry to hear about your struggles. I missed you and your posts. Glad to hear that you are on the mend though. I’ll be thinking of you.

You will be in my prayers and thoughts. I have so enjoyed watching your business (and life) grow. It is clearly evident that Christ is at work. That 2 Cor. verse has gotten me through some of the hardest times in my life. I hope truly that his power will be resting on you in this time. Much MUCH love.

Rebekah, I love your authenticity and your heart!! I’ll be praying for you in this transition!!

Rebekah, I can’t imagine how much courage it took to make this decision. I have loved following your blog, and had hoped to meet you one day and talk about all things photography and life! Many prayers and much love are coming your way.

Whitney Murphy

Keep on…keepin’ on! – your Florida fan

I’m am so sorry that you are going through another struggle. You have always been the most uplifting and inspiring person on your blog and the few times I’ve met you. I know that you will go on to more wonderful things. Even if you don’t know what they are yet. If you ever need anything please don’t hesitate to ask. I hope you do keep coming to S&S… I will miss you if you don’t :-) Sending many prayers.

love you so much, friend. i cannot imagine walking this path, but your faith to choose to rejoice in the midst of it is encouraging and incredibly convicting. you can bet my prayers won’t stop after this post. you will continue to be on my heart and in my prayers, and i know this season, and your response to it, is and will continue to glorify God in big ways. <3

Rebekah, you are a strong woman and I know that you will get through and fight whatever it is that’s causing you pain. I’ve only met you once, but I felt your incredible spirit and kind and loving heart from the get go. You’re a beautiful person inside and out, and it was so brave of you to share this with everyone. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and if you ever need anything (I’m serious…anything), please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!! Love you! <3

Thanks so much for sharing Rebekah! Ty and I are so thankful for you and your heart for sharing so much of what you’ve learned being in this industry! Your transparency is so admirable during this difficult time. I pray that you feel encouraged and so so loved as you continue to process everything. We’re praying for you girl! God has big plans for your future!! <3 <3

Rebekah I can only imagine the depths of courage it took you to put this out into the world, and although my heart still hurts for you, I take comfort in the fact that I know you have a loving God, a loving family, and a group of friends lifting you up and holding you close as you navigate this new season in your life. I am PROUD of your for making a decision to make your health a priority, and I will be praying for you for continued healing!! Jeremy and I are here for you anything that you need, anytime. Love you girl!!!!

Jana Jenkins

You are an amazing woman Rebekah! We were so blessed to have you as our photographer! I am so proud of you for making this decision for yourself! I know God has something perfect for you and he is smiling at the fact that you are following Him every step of the way!

You are so loved, Rebekah <3 I so admire your courage, faith, and trust in God- truly inspiring. Praying with you through this difficult time, love- add me to that list of people that would be willing to do anything for you! God bless you sweet girl <3

What a beautiful and honest post. You are a talented photographer, but I am glad to hear that you are taking your health and family as a fist priority. I know that this is a tough time but I am sure god will guide your next steps. His plans are always better than our own.

Rebekah!! I am sure this was the hardest decision you have had to make, but you have such amazing people around you, Matt, family and friends to see you through this trial and change. You have inspired me in my photography journey and I can’t wait to see what amazing things the Lord will do in your life.

I’m so encouraged by you, Rebekah. I’ve loved following your blog & learned so much about your heart for Jesus, your husband and this industry. I can’t even imagine going through what you are, but thank you for sharing a piece of your heart with us & I’ll be thinking & praying for you!! xo!

Rebekah,
We haven’t spent much time together in person, but I have loved reading your blog over the past couple years or so and have so appreciated your knowledge and willingness to answer questions on Facebook. I had noticed of course that you had gone quiet during the off-season and wondered if everything was okay, but I just assumed you were taking a little vacation. I’m so sorry to hear you are going through a difficult time personally and that it has culminated in this huge change in your business. It’s one thing to have a health issue that makes it hard for someone to keep working at their job/career working for someone else, but when your job is your own business and the whole thing is you alone and represents years of your own blood, sweat and tears, that is so much harder to let go of. But as you do know, your health does come first, so you are doing the right thing. You can always come back to this when your health is back on track. Because you may have to sell your gear and you may have to rebuild your client base and everything, but the knowledge you’ve gained and the experiences you’ve had will stay with you and when you start again, you won’t be starting from square one. You are still so young and you have lots of time yet! And you do have a community here that loves and supports you. You are in my prayers and I have faith that you will get through this. We may not always understand the obstacles we encounter along life’s journey, but they are there for a reason and God’s plan for us is not necessarily the same as the plan we create for ourselves. This is not an ending… it is simply a detour. (( Hugs! !))

Rebekah, thank you so much for this post. What courage you have to write about your personal struggles. I admire you so much and reading this helps me to see exactly what is important in life. God‘s plan is always better than ours. I love the quote that you posted earlier that reads, “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” Boy, do I love that. Thank you again for your honesty and for sharing. I will be praying for you. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

This is truly inspiring to read this! It takes tremendous vulnerability, courage, and guts to post something so private and personal. I could hear your heart and soul in your writing. Thanks for being such a positive and encouraging example for me since day one!

I stumbled into your blog today and having never been here, just perused and saw your beautiful work. Then I read this post. My heart goes out to you and i hope you find peace in your decisions that you make with lots of prayers. Best of luck to you and hoping good health finds you so you can decide what your next journey will be!

I can’t even imagine how hard this decision was for you to make. And the blog post to announce it. I want to wrap you up in a giant hug. I know all about dealing with health issues, had them most of my life and still struggle daily. As sad as I am that you won’t be photographing weddings anymore (and me not featuring them anymore), I get it. I really, totally get it. You have to do what is 100% right for you. And I hope you do continue to use this blog as an outlet and write to your heart’s content. I think it may be good for the heart, good for the soul, but only when you’re ready. You have to focus on you and getting healthy again. Praying you find the right doctors to help you and that you’ll come out on top of all of this soon. Sending big hugs your way, Rebekah!! xoxo

Karima Evans

Rebekah – this was so inspiring. Thank you for the courage to share this with your viewing audience. My prayers are with you, my fellow classmate and I know all will work out for your good because you love the Lord. He’s got your back, front and side :-)

LVOE YOU. And still praying for you.

Rebekah, we have never even met (though I did excitedly point you out to my husband when he dropped me off at Abby’s workshop and I saw you running out the door), but I feel so deeply for you reading this post right now. It’s not the same at all, but two years ago as a middle school teacher I was feeling a lot of similar things in my life. I was stressed and suffering and uninspired and taking all of my grief out on the people I loved the most as a result. I knew I was in the wrong place and it is SO HARD to walk away from your comfort zone to something unknown. You will be okay and sooner than you think, you will be grateful that you made the hard decision. When you feel like you failed, just remember it’s EASIER to do what you’ve always done. Making the difficult choice to change will be rewarding in the end, ESPECIALLY when your health is involved.

That was a lot of comment from a stranger, but I just empathize like crazy and have loved following your blog. I’ve missed it this past month and have honestly found your Fotog Fridays posts to be the most practical, useful photography series I’ve read so far. I think I relate to your mix of creative and rational brain :) All this to say, GOOD LUCK with whatever comes next. It will be a good thing in life and kudos to you for making the tough decision. I’m only sad we never got the chance to meet! <3

Amy

I’ve been a follower of yours for a couple years now and while it was your photography that brought me to you, it is who you are as a person that keeps me coming back time after time. I pray you find the answers you are searching for and look forward to seeing where life takes you. All my best.

Brittany

This post speaks volumes about you as a person and how God is doing big things through you. You are so brave! We will certainly be praying for your health and for God’s goodness. xoxo

Sweet, sweet, humble Rebekah!!! You wonderful woman! What a post, and so thankful you are feeling better. You have been in my thoughts often. The inspiration, sweet encouragement and love you have shared with me on my own journey will never be forgotten and I am oh so grateful to you for that!!!! I consider you a wonderful sister in Christ…the most amazing part of you!! :) Your example in Grace and Faith will continue to bless myself and those that follow you and your beautiful work. No matter if you shoot wedding, stay at home, etc. you will always be an artist and a wonderful, Godly woman. I admire you much!! Much love and prayers!!! xoxo

I have tears in my eyes as I read this & I don’t even really know you in real life. But I am so glad you have shared w/ us what is going on b/c we’ve all been so worried about you & have been missing your blog so much. PLEASE, PLEASE keep this blog up, if for nothing else, about your personal life. I know God/the Universe has a great plan for you & will work things out for the best, even if it might be hard. Please know that you are in the thoughts & prayers of so many people, including those of us who have followed your blog for the past few years even w/o ever actually meeting you. I’m so sorry you have had to suffer through this but I think you are definitely choosing the healthy attitude towards it & b/c of that you will come out “on top” no matter what happens.

Rebekah, thank you for sharing this so publicly and being so real about it all! I briefly pondered this decision a little while back, and while my health problems ended up not being too serious, I remember facing the fear, unknown, and needing to trust God through it all! Praying for you and Matt and your future!

Brenda Melvin

Rebekah and Matt,

I am sitting here reading your Blog with tears streaming down my face! How Beautifully you have presented this entire portion of your life and how Blessed you are to have such a deep faith in God and in yourselves and your family and friends. You both are truly Blessed in so many ways. I will pray each day that you find yourself healing physically and emotionally and that because of your Faith, you will find what is ahead of you both and it will be good for you. It is said that “God my close one window, but he always opens another”. I am sure he has something great in store for you both!

Love and Best Wishes Always,

Brenda

Abbey Knouff

Rebekah, thank you for following God in this. I can’t even imagine the struggle and the pain of all that you are battling physically and having to say goodbye to what you’ve known for years. I admire your joy in serving God and praising Him through this. I noticed your absence and began praying for you. Your faith is a testimony of God’s grace in your life and it’s beautiful to see.

Here’s a quote from Paul Tripp:
“God meets you in one of the difficult hallways of your life, kneels down before you in condescending love, and asks you to trust his loving and wise rule, even though you don’t have a clue what he is doing… Real rest is found in trusting the Person who is in control of the things you don’t understand.”

Aw girl…I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately and trying my best to send you good healing vibes! You are so strong and brave, and I know you’ve got this! I think you are handling everything so well, and so graciously! Please, please let me know if you need anything at all! xoxo

You are one brave woman… and so so faithful. I read this with tears in my eyes because I preach “This is God’s business and if He decides to take it away one day, that has to be ok with me!”…. but I never really thought about what that would look like until today. I never considered how much I would have to give up and how hard that would be……this post was such a beautiful reminder that our identity is in Jesus Christ….. nothing else. When everything is stripped away, He is all that remains and while walking away from a business is devastating at the moment…. this is such a small piece of your story. He has great plans for you… even in the midst of the fog and uncertainty. We love you guys. I love your heart and your willingness to share all of this. This is such a bold proclamation that your life if not your own. We’ll be praying for you guys and this transition. xoxoxo

Rebekah! You are such a beautiful person. Thank you for sharing this publicly and reminding us all that nothing is more important than your health and your family. You and Matt welcomed Mike and I instantly into your wedding community and we are so grateful to know you both and be inspired by your work, your passion, and your beautiful soul. No matter what you do next, I know you will live life to the fullest and this journey is a reflection of your strength. Thank you for giving me a good cry tonight <3 We love you.

Rebekah, I love your faith. I am so thankful that you are following the Lord wherever He wants you to go. I’m sorry you’re going through such a hard time right now. I will definitely keep reading your blog if you continue to share. I esp love reading “life” posts so if that’s *all* it is I would still be here for sure :)

Wow, wow, wow. You are amazing, Rebekah! Thank you for shining like Jesus and inspiring us to keep placing every detail of our lives in His hands. Praying for health and comfort for you <3

Thank you so much for sharing. I have followed your blog for quite some time and I am truly thankful for you sharing your heart on this blog. You have had such a positive impact on me and I don’t even know you. Thank you for this reminder that Jesus is all we need. I will keep you in my prayers and pray that God continues to give you the strength you need throughout this transition.

Wow Rebekah, huge hugs to you. I am so saddened and sorry to hear about this hiccup in your journey but I admire the incredible strength you have found and your vulnerability putting it out there. I hope that you find relief and joy in this next chapter in life; you truly deserve it. I will definitely miss your beautiful photographs – you have such a talent! I will be thinking of you during this season of uncertainty. Whatever life brings, I know it will be just as it was supposed to be.

You are in my prayers daily, sweet Rebekah! Thank you so much for opening your heart and sharing your story with us. I am SO proud of you for taking care of yourself! I know it isn’t easy. God has amazing plans in store for you! It is in His presence and through His word that we find rest and restoration. May God cover you in His love, provide you with the strength you need, and fill your life with joy! Sending you love and prayers!!

Kerry

Rebekah, though we’ve never met, I’ve been following your blog for a couple years because I kept seeing your name pop up among my friends’ wedding photos. (Particularly SA people – I think we must have just missed each other when we were at JMU!) I came to your site today to see how to contact you about a booking. I am so sorry to hear about your medical challenges. Please get lots of rest, physically, emotionally, spiritually, all of it! You are a talented soul and I hope to see your work again, but only when you’re physically much better. That’s the priority. Lots of luck to you in the coming months. Stay strong!

Like many others, I have tears in my eyes. I have always visited your blog regularly and was waiting for your next post during this quiet time. I have learned so much from you and I wish I could thank you some how! The industry will miss you, but I know God will use you in AMAZING ways! I am excited to follow your new journey, and I pray you and Matt will be overwhelmed with blessings! I still hope to meet one day and thank you for all you have done for me through your writings. You have encouraged me to be transparent with my clients, but know what to keep private. You have shown me it’s a great thing to track your financial progess, if that is something that is important to you! Thank you for all you have done, all you have shared freely, and the example you have set as a Godly business woman! xoxo

Kristen

Rebekah, I have been an anonymous reader and fan of your work for years now. We have a mutual friend, Shannon. She told me all about you when I was living in New York with her years ago. She and I both work for the same company, and I had always dreamed about becoming a photographer. She told me your whole story about how you went back to school, fell in love with photography, and started your own business. I started following your journey through your blog, and found myself checking back every week for your updates. Fhotog Friday was my favorite, I learned so much from you! After years of reading, I finally decided to also go back to school for my Certificate in Photography, you inspired me to do it. I’m now in school part time and working full time still. Regardless of where life takes you from here, you should be so proud of what you accomplished, and the lives you have touched through your work. Not every twenty something can check “Entrepreneur” off their bucket list. You have been such an inspiration, I wish you and your family all the best in this difficult time, and I wish you all the luck in whatever you do next.
Xo
Kristen

Girl – you are such an inspiration! I feel blessed to know you and be a part of the photography community with you. You are beautiful inside and out and I am so thankful you share your joys and sorrows in a transparent way. Keep trusting in Him for He already knows everything you need. I love you!

Oh Rebekah, this post just gave me catch in my throat. I’m so very sad for you, and for us in the photo community to be losing such an incredible shooter. I’ll be keeping you in thoughs and hoping for good karma to be making its way to you very soon. Be well petal, be well.

Rebekah, thank you so much for sharing your heart and your story with all of us. I have also been struggling with prioritizing my health over my business…you are so admirable! I pray that The Lord will continue to surround you with his love, guidance, and healing! xoxo <3

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I teared up! This was so great!!! I love everyone involved in the creation of this post!