Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Shelly Says ~ "Ignite the Passion"

Lately, God has been stirring in my heart. I was troubled by this at first.

Side Note: You may already know that I'm a photographer and that God has allowed me to take pictures for many, many years. He has even blessed me with a photography business that is solely based on word of mouth.

Earlier this year, I felt like God was saying that my photography would be changing. At first, I panicked. I thought God was saying, "No more photography. I'm doin' a new thang!" I became angry. I love taking pictures.

By the way, I have since confessed and repented of this anger.

Here's the deal though. Since then, I have come to understand that God might be changing my photography simply as I know it. : )

I believe that He is leading me into "Spiritual Photography."

While Spiritual Photography (I'm not even sure if that's a proper noun) is a very new concept for me, I understand that it's simply taking pictures of things that are spiritual.

This concept was shared with me by a new friend of mine. She said that she took a Spiritual Photography class. Interesting. A little nudge occurred as soon as she said the words.

Now, I feel like that could be how my photography is changing . . . from taking pictures of people back to my first love ~ nature ~ God's canvas!

If you're one of my photography clients, please don't panic. : ) This is not a done deal . . . just where I feel God is leading me. I wanted to share this with you today because it's such fresh, exciting news.

Just this morning, I got another nudge to get into Spiritual Photography. That's why it's on the brain.

If you're interested in viewing my work, you can visit my current portfolio by clicking the bold words.

I will keep you posted on the "nudgings."

Is God igniting a new passion in you? Is He rekindling an old one?

Spend some time in prayer today asking God to reveal how He wants to work in your life.

Tune in to that still, small voice that is nudging you towards God's will for your life.

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)

p.s. Is it any coincidence that my "people photography" business is sooooo slow right now? This is not of my own choosing, mind you. As I mentioned earlier, my business is strictly word of mouth (no advertising). I think "God is doin' a new thang!" (anybody remember the 80's DC Talk song?!?!) ; )


  1. Shelly, it is very nice to "meet" you. I look forward to seeing you in person at She Speaks. I know the Lord has great things planned for each one in our group. I am praying for you as you prepare!

    hugs, Mariel

  2. Hey Shelly,

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  3. Hi Shelly,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I enjoyed reading this post. May God bless you as you seek His leading into this potential new kind of photography! Maybe we can meet at She Speaks. I pray that God will bless you richly at the conference!

  4. Love your spiritual journey. :D

    Blessings, Nancy J Locke

  5. Hi, Shelly!
    Thank you so much for coming by my blog and for your encouraging comment. I was feeling a little goofy for my comment at Lysa's...I can't help but be relieved that you were blessed by it. :) And THANK YOU for praying for me by name! Thank you, thank you! I will be praying for you by name now, too. :)

    I am excited you are in Mariel's group...she is my roommate. We have never "met", but have been bloggy friends for a while. She is such a neat, neat lady who truly loves the Lord.

    I, too, hope we get to meet! Oh...and your photos are amazing! I am always in awe of those who are able to capture life so beautifully in photographs. Praying for you as you follow the Father's lead!
    Love and prayers,