Praise Day 269: Today I praise God for stretching me beyond my comfort zone to do what He has called me to do!
This picture here was my very first "Professional" type photo shoot that I have ever done with a digital camera. I was a film girl and I was protesting vehemently against going digital! One year after Chelsea graduated from Mercy Ministries on her 15th Birthday, we went to visit Luisa, my sister, in Monterrey, CA for Chelseas 16th Birthday. She had gone one year without slipping back into an eating disorder that had almost taken her life! Luisa let me borrow her Mack Daddy Cannon Rebel for this photo shoot, and it was digital. I was honestly a bit nervous and I could not fathom loving it. . . . but I did! That was almost three years ago, as a matter of fact, Chelseas Birthday in Next Saturday! I have been teaching myself and taking a few classes to learn how to use my WONDERFUL Nikon D5000. If you look at my pics in my albums, I hope you can see that I am learning! Today, my wonderful husband informed me that it was time. . . .time to start what I have been so afraid of. . . . time to start being a bonafide Professional Photographer. . . . . and I am not gonna lie. . . . it scares me, and excites me all at the same time. I have been in love with photography for sooooooooooo many years! Photography for me is looking into the heart and soul of my subject and capturing the very essence of their being! When I look through the eye piece of my camera. . . . a whole new world opens up to me! I see deep inside each person and I find the beauty that lives within. I see the beauty within a wrinkled face. . . .the beauty in a childs silky soft skin. . . . each and every person holds beauty in some shape or fashion because each of us were fearfully and wonderfully made by an incredible creator! Today as I was putting together pictures on this website, I tried to avoid putting pictures of myself. . . . but God! He had me use pictures that at first glance, I did not want to see. All I could see was my size and my imperfections. Then God had me look deeper. As I looked with photography eyes that I look at everyone else with. . . .I saw what God sees! I saw love in my smile and joy in my eyes! I saw someone who cares more about people than she cares about things. . . . .I saw that even though there was not always make up and the clothes were plain and often worn with a hat, there was a woman there who does not have to rely on appearance to have friends, to love others, or to make a good impression! For the first time. . . . ever, I saw in MY pictures, a woman with GREAT value! Not because it was me but because I saw Christ living in and dwelling inside of me! Now I kind of got off track from my original intent, but God was revealing some of these revelations to me as I write! I know that God has given me a talent and an ability. . . . and now it is time for me to do one more thing that He called me to do. . . . and that is to be the Photographer that He called me to be! I am not perfect, but I do my best! Please be watching for me to start my career, and add it to the other things that I do! God is stretching me and He is using me. . . . and for that I am eternally grateful! I am grateful that my God loves me and that He is using me for HIS GLORY! May God bless you, and I pray that He will stretch you beyond your comfort zone and show you just how special you are and what a great plan HE has for YOUR life!
I am a fun loving Honeygram, wife and mother who loves Jesus with my whole heart! If you have any questions.....just ask me and I will do what I can to answer them! May God Bless You All!