Thankful for learning

Today was a fun day!  I had a photography class with some friends and family members. I am kind of good at lots of different things I dabble in.  I love being creative and learning new things.  I have always loved photography.  If you haven’t noticed all of my pictures on the blog, they are all taken by me.  I love to photograph scenery.  I feel like I am better at that than people.  I wanted to learn more, to get to know some of the ins and outs of my fancy camera.  To do more than be on the auto setting for every shot I take.

Our faith and relationship with God is very similar to photography.  We can’t truly appreciate the beauty of Him if we are always on auto focus.  We miss the depth, light and details if we don’t change our settings.  We need to dig deeper, to learn more, to focus our eyes, hearts and minds on the setting that brings us closer to Him. There are certain settings on your camera that allows you to focus completely on the object or subject of your photo while everything around it and behind it blurs out of focus. God so wants that from us!  To focus so intently on Him that the outside world just becomes a blur.  He should be our focal point each and every day.  Pictures can also have to much noise, life is definitely noisy at times.  If we just make some adjustments we can take the noise down and have a beautifully balanced photo, and relationship.  Some photos need more light, some need less. Just like some days I need more Jesus due to hard times or bad days, and somedays I need less.  He is there for all the days.  He is the light that guide us. Without light, pictures turn out dark and underexposed.  We need His light in us. His light will radiate through us and into this dark world. He will light our paths.

So Jesus said to them, “For a little while longer the Light is among you Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.  John 12:35


By Laurel Austin Henson

Laurel spent 8 months caring for her first husband after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He passed away at 33, leaving behind a daughter of 7 and 5 year old twin boys. After sowing millions of tears, Laurel sought out God daily and began to plan for a life of being a single mother, but ready to raise their children in faith, hope and love. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined when she brought Matt into her life, along with his 2 children. He was recently divorced and the providence of God had been leading up to this life for more than 20 years! Now Laurel is reaping joy with Matt and their 5 beautiful children. Thanks be to God for all the beauty created from the ashes of death and divorce.

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