(I normally link all sources for pictures but this one took me to a site I would RATHER not link.)
God has truly blessed me to have a lot of gifts and talents. It wasn't until very, very recently that I realized that what I have are truly gifts.
Over the past two years I've truly lived Proverbs 18:16:
16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
I can't BEGIN to tell you the doors that God has opened for me.
Most of you who have been reading for any length of time know that I have ALWAYS loved photography. It was truly my first love and led me to do other crafty things.
I STILL love photography. I may not talk about it on here very much but I absolutely love it. I still shoot, and I shoot a LOT lol.
Some of you may or may not know that I'm the photographer for my church. LOVE IT. It's so much fun, I have a great time and I've caught ahold of the vision that my Bishop has for our church.
Long after he is gone, I plan on continuing to do the work he wants done. He made it plain and I caught on. QUICK.
Maybe three years ago I had an old friend credit me for his success and his love for photography. He said he used to watch me all the time then got up the nerve to ask me about cameras and such. I taught him everything that I knew. Little did "I" know there was a seed planted that would later bloom.
He told me that it was because of my love and the fact that I would take time to teach him what I knew and answer any questions he had that he was successful today. He has a couple studios and does a LOT of work. He has a thriving business.
I was JEALOUS when He told me that. I'm sitting here like mannnnnnnnnnnnn, why am "I" not that successful with my photography. I mean I do a lot of photo shoots but nothing on the level of what HE was doing. I kept talking to myself. Trying to figure out WHY was it HIM and NOT ME, when "I" taught him everything he knows lol. Yep I was JEALOUS.
After I finished my conversation with myself, I realized what was going on. I went to talk to Tony about it and I came to the realization that hmmmm maybe that isn't what God had for me. Maybe it was my job to just plant the seed.
Once I prayed about it and came to the conclusion that I had done exactly what God wanted me to do I was SINCERELY proud of him. I was SINCERELY happy for him.
Once you realize you have a problem ADDRESS IT or it can QUICKLY get out of hand.
All of that to say I got the best email from a pastor of one of our sister churches.
I mean just made my day.
I do what I LOVE. I don't expect or look for thanks and accolades from people but when someone takes time out to tell you they appreciate what you do? It means a LOT.
It's a LOT of work being church photographer lol. I'm normally at every event (unless I'm out of town and even if I wasn't the photographer I'd be there anyway because I LOVE the WORD and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE my church lol) and working almost until the sermon is preached. Would not have it ANY other way.
I still have to edit pictures and video and then add them to you tube and facebook which takes up a lot of time, but I LOVE IT. It doesn't feel like a "job".
I feel like I'm rambling. Hang in there and don't get discouraged. Keep using your gifts and talents and your gifts WILL make room for you.
I'm not perfect, just striving to be the woman God wants me to be. Keeping my life lined up with the WORD!