Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Today we are grateful!
First of all, I just want to thank you so much for your sweet and thoughtful comments regarding Natalie's accident. There is nothing that will stop you in your tracks faster than a moment like that to make you realize how much you have to be grateful for! Obviously we're thrilled that Natalie was not seriously injured and that her healing is going remarkably well! Taking the time to focus on our gratitude for her quick recovery has opened up the valve of thanksgiving in our lives!
One of the first things to come to mind is how incredibly happy I am that I finished my schooling. Can I just tell you how many times I felt discouraged and wanted to give up?? It was so expensive and it didn't feel like I was going anywhere yet every single time the talk of quitting would come up my husband and family would cheer me on to continue like my own personal cheerleaders.
I'm so glad they did.
I remember the very beginning of my schooling and facing the harsh critiques of my classmates. It was humbling to say the least but as I look back it was during those hard moments of pointing out the flaws in my photos that really pushed me forward in my growth. This was the first time I entertained the thought of giving up and asked God to help me figure out if I was supposed to continue in my education. He blew my mind with His answer which I wrote about here.
As I continued on in my education I still didn't see that my photography was taking me anywhere and once again allowed my mind to wander to thoughts of quitting (ugh!).
Early one morning I was going over our bills and trying to figure out how to pay for the next quarter's tuition. It seemed like every time we would just get caught up from paying for the previous quarter, registration would open for the next term. I wasn't bringing in a single dollar at the time so it really seemed like an extravagant expense. So, one more time, I asked God for an unmistakable sign (slow learner).
Later that afternoon I received an email from a friend of ours saying that he was driving by our house earlier that afternoon (the same exact day I asked the Lord for a sign mind you) and he sent me a photo he took of a rainbow over our home. It is beyond amazing! The rainbow literally started on one side of our home and ended on the other. I remember looking at the photo and thinking, "Wow! God's promise over our home!"
No more excuses! I finished school.
I share this story with you because finally I am putting work up that I'm proud of! It took a couple of years plus lots and lots of practice but it's beginning to lead to work! I really had to press through during the times when it seemed like nothing was happening but now I'm watching my work be valued! I can't tell you how amazing that feels!
I want to encourage you that if you have a dream, passion, or gifting that God has put in your heart I don't think you should ignore it. I have loved photography for as long as I can remember and never would've even dared to dream that it could become a reality.
But it's starting to!
It sure couldn't hurt to take that gift, that precious thing in your heart and lay it before the Father. He placed such wonderful things inside of each of us that He wants to use! Also, it's super important to remember that his timing is not our timing. Don't get discouraged! Find yourself a couple of good cheerleaders and then ask the Lord to lead each step! If your heart is to follow His plan for you and then to fall in step behind his leading then you can't go wrong! He's got such remarkable plans for you! I would bet that he's just as excited to get started as you are!