Food for Thought

As part of the New Beginnings Ministries Team, I am blessed to write a quarterly blog post sharing an encouraging message to women. I hope you find this helpful and a quick dose of inspiration today….

As a Family Help Specialist at Focus on the Family, I talk to a lot of troubled people each day. I hear about marriages in crisis, women contemplating abortions, men who are depressed and children who are confused about their identity. But today, one woman simply called for prayer because she just needed to be with God in ‘the moment.’ After we prayed, she told me that she knows and loves the Lord, she has memorized scripture, yet she really doesn’t seek Him when she needs Him in the moment.

The majority of people I speak with know and love the Lord and when they receive prayer, I can hear a sense of relief in their voice like a burden has been lifted. But for this woman, the burden was still there. Psalm 46:10 tells us to “Be still, and know that I am God” (ESV), so why can it be difficult to live out this command in the simple moments?

The practice of depending on the Lord is not just a commitment you make each year, each month or even each day. It is a commitment to rely in Him in every moment of our day. This is a learned habit! We are human and God knows this, which is why he asked us to consider it a joy whenever we are enveloped in trials because they are gifts from Him, reminding us to rely on Him alone. (James 1:2-4 NIV)

When my daughter is frustrated because her homework is challenging or when I’ve repeated myself four times asking my son to clean up his mess, THIS is when trusting God is essential. I whisper, “Jesus, help me,” and I take a deep breath. A calm comes over me and gives me grace in the moment. I am also teaching my children by example that we cannot go through this life alone – we must call on Jesus for our strength, wisdom and discernment. These simple and small ways to talk to your Father will lead you to go to Him more and more throughout each day. It just takes a small leap to start.

If you know and love the Lord, but have lost sight of your intimate relationship with Him, pray this prayer: “Lord, help me to seek you throughout my day. Encourage me to listen to you and to be still. When I’m faced with a difficult decision, instead of wrestling with my own opinions and fears, Lord, I pray that you are at the forefront of my thoughts so that I can ask you to lead me. God, give me the opportunity to know what it feels like to rely on you and you alone for all my days.”

MM

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Organic Beach Wedding

Congratulations to Sarah and Mark who were wed on October 18, 2014 on the beautiful beaches of the Emerald Coast. I had the privilege to travel to Florida for their wedding and to meet their close-knit family. I truly enjoyed photographing their wedding and capturing their love in front of their family. My brother, Kyle, was my second shooter which made the wedding even more fun! Some of Kyle’s images are seen here in the blog post, he is very talented.

I wish them a lifetime of happiness! Here’s the story of Sarah & Mark:

1. How did you two meet?

Mark and I actually met at a local county fair in 2001–so Kentucky, I know. We dated for a few years, and then decided to go our separate ways–we were so young! Four years ago, however, we happened to run into one another–starting talking, and the rest is history! For some reason I always knew that I would marry him.

2. What was your first date like?

So our first date was your typical high school date–dinner and a movie, nothing too spectacular :o)

3. Who proposed and how did it happen?

Mark proposed to me a few days before my 30th birthday. He surprised me at a park that we were strolling through after a quick late lunch/early dinner. He then had a huge surprise party for me directly following.

4. Describe what you think makes your relationship “work”.

We complement each other very well–we’re very much opposites. For whatever reason, that just works for us.

5. Where do they see themselves 5 years from now?

Married, with 2 kids–5, if it were up to Mark. Ha!

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what a lovely wedding, GORGEOUS dress and adorable love story!! you captured their big day so beautifully! love the colors you caught at the beach

Holy moly, gorgeous!!!!

Stacy

Lovely, girl! I love her dress, oh me its insanely gorgeous! And so is your work. :)

Castle Rock Rustic

I am a sucker for a red barn and fall leaves! Moving to Colorado has been such a blessing in so many ways, but especially when it comes to scenery. This little escape is just off the highway between the Springs and Denver, what a gem! The Horn Family was a blast to photograph – they are simply adorable! Enjoy this sneak of their session this Fall.

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Not your typical yearbook photos.

Not your typical yearbook photos! Glad I could help Tanner capture some great snapshots for his yearbook photo. He was a great sport – even got him laughing!

MM

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Fall Mini Lifestyle Sessions are here!

I adore Fall. However, I am from the south and this year will be my first Fall in Colorado, so my opinion may change here shortly! I am embracing the change and with that, I am now offering a limited number of mini fall lifestyle sessions in the Colorado Springs area.

For 20-minutes, I will capture your family, your children or your animals just being together and being yourselves. My style of photography is not to get everyone looking at me with cheesy grins! I strive to capture the true emotions, love and real moments between a family. I will guide you but will be a fly on the wall for the most part.

To book a mini session, give me a call at 850-485-0658 or email me at info@melissamowrey.com. Mini sessions are limited to families of 5 due to the short time we will have together. I look forward to meeting you!

xo

Melissa

 

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Daniel’s Park: Mountain Bridal Shootout

My first experience photographing the mountains of Colorado was a blast – the Denver Photo Betties planned an awesome bridal shootout for Denver/surrounding area photographers. The weather was gorgeous the entire afternoon, the models were beautiful and fun, and the other photographers were sweet and great to chat with! Can’t wait for the next shootout ladies!

MM

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Gorgeous!

Beautifiul

LOVE! These black and whites are gorgeous.

Jamie

What a cool location! SO fun!