MADI MYERS-COOK: SENIOR AT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY & HUMANITARIAN PHOTOGRAPHER
Earlier this year I was contacted by My Saint My Hero to take photos with a stranger of the company’s artisans in Medjugorje. I had no clue what to expect, but from the moment I met her I knew she was different. In the week that I spent with Madi Myers-Cook she lit my faith on fire with her connection to the Holy Spirit and ability to love in the most genuine and pure way.
One wouldn’t know this if they had just met her, but Madi wasn’t always strong in her faith. She was hurt, she was doubting, and she was in deep need of healing. God lead her to a job at a Life Teen Summer Camp and quickly began moving mountains in her faith. “There was a season where God put me through healing of really old wounds and I felt completely void of anything; utterly, physically empty. I went to mass to receive the Eucharist after this and as soon as I knelt down and put my forehead to the ground I saw the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen. God said, ‘Madi, this is the life I want to give you! A life of beauty, of adventure, of color, of life, of fullness.’ This is when he began to unfold my part in His redemptive story. God began to move my heart, being sensitive to the needs of those around me from my family to the poor in Haiti. In this way, he began to guide me to where my personal mission field was, and it has been the most beautiful and wild adventure I have ever been a part of.”
“God said, ‘Madi, this is the life I want to give you! A life of beauty, of adventure, of color, of life, of fullness.’ This is when he began to unfold my part in His redemptive story.”
Madi is living out her femininity through her constant belief that God’s plan for her is so much better than anything she could have ever imagined and following wherever that leads. “As a woman, one of the ways we live out our feminine genius is receptivity. I think the way God is unfolding my life is a testament to how He invites us into His story of redemption and restoration which are the best stories you could ever imagine. In my humanitarian photography- I tell the stories of the forgotten, invisible, orphaned, widowed, poor and broken. In meeting these people, seeing their faces, hearing their stories, I hope to first just purely love them, and then purely receive them. Out of that comes the image of their miraculous story of redemption, of hope against all hope. In this way, I hope the storytellers themselves can experience healing by being seen, known and loved, that the process of knowing and telling their story can serve as a minister of reconciliation and healing, launching them into the fullness of who they are called it be.” Her receptivity is how she lives out her femininity and it’s this gift that changes lives. When I first met her, I struggled so much with being envious of her relationship with God but I realized that was my own insecurity and my own lack of faith. As soon as I got to know her, and was swept up into her beautiful heart, my jealous tendencies were transformed into tendencies of love and friendship that I would never trade for the world.
“I think the way God is unfolding my life is a testament to how He invites us into His story of redemption and restoration which are the best stories you could ever imagine.”
Madi’s modesty reflects her knowledge that the God of the Universe adores her and has created her in His divine image. “To me, modesty is living into the power of the Holy Spirit and in fullness of who God created me to be. It means knowing that God is doing the constant work of redemption, of making me whole, by bringing a peace that surpasses all understanding and healing into every broken relationship. It is proclaiming God’s prophetic word over my life, that I was created for more, for greater, that I am not from this world, but rather my citizenship is heaven. Modesty is being empowered by the power of God to freely live out a feminine boldness that no one can offer but me. It means ABIDING and not striving. Knowing that I am a daughter of the King, no longer an orphan. I don’t have to look to the right or to the left to figure out who I am, all I have to do is to look into the Father’s eyes, the Son’s eyes, in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, and abide in that connection, rest in that presence.” If you need any practical tips of how you can live this out here are a couple of my posts explaining how I am doing it: Be Brave for the Girls Who Can’t and Put on Love
“Modesty is knowing that I am a daughter of the King, no longer an orphan. I don’t have to look to the right or to the left to figure out who I am, all I have to do is to look into the Father’s eyes, the Son’s eyes, in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, and abide in that connection, rest in that presence.”
Madi is living a life of holy recklessness, living solely to please God with no worry of what anyone else thinks, and through that has found boundless liberation in His love. Does she still struggle with being overwhelmed and feelings of desolation like the rest of us, of course, but she pulls through by falling back completely on God. She survives by having compete trust in His will. Madi Myers-Cook is the kind of woman who changes lives, who makes the world a better place just by the way she loves, and I am so blessed to be walking with her in her adventure with Christ.
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