Share Your Talents

I am not a professional photographer.  I am someone who loves toDSC_0640 experiment with photography.  Years ago I bought a 35mm SLR camera which came with a telephoto lens and a nifty photography book. My brother is a middle school geometry and algebra teacher; I am not. So when it came time to calculate the mathematics of f/stop aperture numbers, I skipped those pages in the book and concentrated on the chapters focusing on being creative.  I bought a wide variety of filters and had a blast playing mad scientist with all the bells and whistles my old point and shoot camera couldn’t provide.  Learning to look for interesting angles, patterns, symmetry, textures and lines made taking pictures an exercise in artistry and fed my creative nature.

I now own a fancy digital SLR camera (at least it’s fancy to me).  Without having to buy film and pay for developing, playing mad scientist isn’t as expensive.  My theory is if you take enough pictures some are bound to be bad, some will be good enough to display as a rotating collage on my laptop, but a few will take me by surprise and be worthy to display in the arts and crafts exhDSC_0610ibit at our community fair.

The whole point in this article is to look for ways to bless people by sharing your talents with others.  Recently, a niece and nephew each got married.  Of course they hired professional photographers to capture the moments of their magical day.  I brought my camera to each wedding and looked for opportunities to take pictures from angles and locations the professionals missed.  Some pictures I deleted immediately, others I kept on my laptop’s hard drive but a few I felt great about sharing on Facebook.  My relatives loved the variety of pictures and they will be available to them free of charge at any time.

So don’t be afraid to make your gifts and talents available to bless others.  God gave them to you use not to hide under a bushel.DSC_0626DSC_0559DSC_0609

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Hello Everyone

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Forgive me if you have received this before.  We think it was lost in cyberspace!  Terry and I are going through the painful process of building Muddy Water Ministries website!  Even though we are very excited to have a website to share, we realize just how much we do not know in the computer world.  So thank you for your patience!!

Last month Terry and I were so  blessed with the arrival of our 9th grandchild, Hannah Joy.  Our daughter, Katie and her husband, Jason live in Florida with their 4 adorable boys.  They asked if I could come out and stay a while to help when Hannah was born.  I was excited to.  Terry travelled with me for the first part of the trip, but then I was privileged to stay a few more weeks.  I had so much fun getting to spend time with them.   Many memories were made.

The boys absolutely adored their new baby sister!  They would actually fight to hold her next.  Joshie, the youngest, proudly let me know that he was no longer the baby.  But when Jason would come home, Joshie would run to his daddy and plead “Hold me bigger, Daddy, hold me bigger.”  He would just melt in his daddy’s arms and he felt loved and secure.

That was such a word picture for me.  There are times in my life, that I need to know that I have a heavenly Father that I can run to and ask Him to hold me bigger, Lord, hold me bigger!

I’m so thankful that the Lord loves us and His promises are true!  Psalm 91:1-2  “He who dwells in the shelter of the most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”


Blessings!!!  Until next time…..AMA