There’s a story behind how I came up with the cover of my book, “Financial Storms.” I was visiting my sister Judy, who lives in the middle of Florida, and was leaving her to go to the coast. Before I left I said to her, “I need to photograph a cover for my book and I have it in my mind to make a sand castle on the beach with the waves coming in to destroy it.” I told her that I would have to buy some buckets to make the castle when I got there. I arrived to the coast and I checked into my hotel room. I decided to take a quick walk on the beach before I went shopping for sand castle making buckets,. As I was walking, I noticed some women pointing at something on the beach and I looked to see what they were pointing at and there it was …….
Someone had made the most beautiful sand castle I had ever seen. I hurried back to my hotel room to grab my camera. I took photos of the sand castle and the waves and went back to my hotel room to work on the photos. So excited! Trust me the sand castle I would have made would not have impressed anyone. The next day, I took a walk on the beach and when I came to where the sand castle was, it was almost completely washed away. Talk about God’s perfect timing!
When my son was five years old, he was playing with some of the neighborhood kids when one of them knocked on my door to tell me that they had gotten into our van and accidentally shut the van door on Sean’s fingers. When I ran out to where he was, he was screaming at the top of his lungs and several people were surrounding him trying to open the door to the van. Ten minutes later a man with a crowbar bent the door frame releasing his fingers. Afterwards, I prayed for Jesus to heal my son and He did. Two hours after his fingers were released from the van door, you could not tell which hand had been injured. This healing was witnessed by over 7 people who had come out of their homes when they heard his screams.
I had taken on a second job so I could afford to advertise a new photography business I just started, when the Lord let me know that He wanted me to give all the money I had planned on spending on advertising and to give it to Him instead. What happened next forever convinced me that you cannot outgive God. He always gives you more back than the seemingly small amount you gave to Him.
This is a story of when I gave a man a very awkward word from the Lord without knowing it.
One week after going to Bible college, a thief broke into my son’s car. The damage to the car and the stolen goods added up to about 700 dollars. Discouragement set in, but through the power of prayer and faith, he was able to see a great victory that would encourage him to trust God for future finances.
Through a Gift of the Spirit, a Word of Knowledge, God lead us to open a one hour photo lab. What happened next was incredible.
This story is about the year that almost ended my dream. Medical debt and loss sales put me 86,000 dollars in debt in one year with no way to pay it. A very dark and depressing year for me. But the Lord was faithful and He made a way for me to experience victory in 2015.
My 14 year old son, Stuart, prayed for healing just to prove to me that it couldn’t be done only to be healed after he followed my instructions to pray each night before he went to sleep.
Tony and I started a photography business and had hoped to be instantly successful. That was the dream, but reality set in as we tried to figure out how to pay our bills and put food on our table week to week. The stress I experienced was aging me and I longed for peace but didn’t know how to find it. I turned to the Lord hoping He would be the answer to my problems. but didn’t really trust him because I didn’t know what I could trust Him to do. Faith was a new concept to me. Even so, there came a day where I had to find out if Jesus would do what He promised in His word and this is the story I am telling today.