THE DREAM:  It was sometime around the age of seven that two  radical concepts fervently burst into my youthful brain ... I realized that I wanted to live near the beach, and I realized that I wanted to become a photographer.   Life progressed, however -- as it tends to do -- and I pursued neither of the two ventures; then, as the oils and watercolors of time painted a much different scenario onto the canvas of my life, I became sidetracked with the ever-changing circumstances which life offered me ... and I left silly little dreams to their silly little dreamers.

 

THE REALITY:  Upon graduation from high school, I attended the University of Cincinnati prior to marrying and relocating to my husband's home state of Tennessee.  In Tennessee, I continued in my studies and became a certified freelance court reporter.  After working for approximately a decade in the field of court reporting, however, my nearly forgotten dream to live near the beach began to awaken within my heart, and a huge amount of fear accompanied a trusting faith in GOD as we made the decision to relocate to the *Great Sunshine State* of Florida.  Immediately upon our arrival to our new home, however, as I celebrated the gentle breezes of GOD’s blessings upon my life and basked in the joys of my new surroundings, I realized that our *leap of faith* was truly a blessed and guided one,  ... for, it was only upon my successful arrival to the doorstep of that long-forgotten memory, that I  realized that GOD had granted to me one of my heart’s deepest and oldest dreams.  And, it was then, as I began to appreciate GOD’s goodness to me, that I began to become hopeful in pondering that second dream of my childhood so long ago.  Was I being silly in wanting to follow a long-forgotten memory?   Was I truly hearing GOD's call from somewhere deep within the crevices of my frail human heart calling out for me to *TRUST HIM* with the rest of my life?  I knew of only one thing to do; and, as I began to pray for the strength and the courage to boldly trust HIS call, I enrolled in the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach, Florida.

 

THE REST OF THE STORY:  It has been amazing to watch GOD’s unfolding tapestry of sovereign majesty which has brought me to this place of hope and trust in my life, but I am truly most grateful to GOD that HIS timing has always been -- and always will be -- perfect.  As my father used to say when I was young,   “GOD doesn’t always come in a hurry, but HE’s always there on time!”  I have now come to fully understand that I can completely rely upon GOD’s hand of provision and upon HIS timing.  Thus -- only a few mere decades after HIS initial whispered call within the depths of my heart to serve HIM through photography -- it is only with the testimony of my LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, that I endeavor to serve HIM through Reflections of Grace Photography Studio; and, I do so only by HIS strength, and that not of mine own, for  ... 

 

'GOD FORBID THAT I SHOULD GLORY, SAVE IN THE CROSS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.'  (Galations 6:14)

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God

in the face of Jesus Christ.

                                                                                                                                                                                    II Corinthians 4:6