Nick Schneider, on Photography, and Walking With God

Today I am thrilled to welcome my new friend Nick Schneider. In the short time that I have known him, I have seen that he is a man with great morals, and integrity. These are admirable qualities to have, and so I thought it would be nice to share more about him with you today.

Welcome Nick!

Thank you for joining us today. We are blessed to have you here with us today, and pleased that you have agreed to let us know more about you. So, shall we begin?

You seem very religious. When did your walk with God start?

I was raised in the Roman Catholic Church and was a part of that denomination until I was 28. I was an award winning newspaper writer and photographer at age 26 and owned my own newspaper at 27. We published for 11 months and lost everything. A new house in the best part of town, 60 acres of land and our reputation was gone. Our business had failed and our personal finances crashed. I came to the Lord broken, hurt, embarrassed and needing a purpose in my life. That was in 1980. We had moved to a new town from our hometown in Tell City, IN to Morganfield, KY. As we drove into the small town in Western Kentucky, I knew there was something different here. We saw a service station that had a large sign that said, “Praise the Lord” on top of it. At the time we did not know it, but the owner of the service station would actually help to lead me to the Lord. It was amazing, God surrounded us with faith-filled, Bible-believing, Spirit-filled Christians who showed us love in a non-judgmental fashion. Our past and its failures did not matter. They showed us agape love. God was our way out of a place called ‘no way’.

In your blog you said that –

Let’s all be encouraged by the words of Philippians 4:8, which states:”Fix your thoughts on whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”

Walking daily as a Christian is a mindset that is brought forth in action, based on what it says in God’s Word.

What sort of things are true, noble, and just to you? Do you meditate on these more than on what is troubling you? If yes why?

First and foremost God’s Word – The Bible is true and just and available for each of us. The only prerequisite is our faith and belief. We have to know what it says and promises if we plan to follow it. Choose to be positive in the way you view things. Let the Word of God get in your heart and SPEAK the Word to every situation. If God said it in his Word we can believe it to be true. God cannot lie.

What made you start writing your daily devotionals? Are they therapeutic for you, as well as your readers?

My devotionals started on Facebook and Blogger in Feb. 2014. I went on a men’s weekend retreat called “Walk to Emmaus.” During the walk, God spoke to me several times that I had been writing for the world as a journalist for decades and now was the time for me to write for him and share the real “good news”. I have missed very few days writing a devotional since then.

Yes, I have had a lot of feedback from readers who have liked and benefitted from what I have written. That is satisfying. I personally benefit from doing the devotionals because they force me to get into the Word and find scriptural basis for what I write.

You also say on your blog that –

Daniel was committed to prayer no matter what.

Do we have the same commitment?

I have tried to develop a consistent prayer or quiet time that is not dictated by my circumstances. Too often we retreat to prayer only when things are bad, in a crisis time when we are looking for a lifeline to get us out of a jam that we have created by our choices. That is panic prayer. I think God wants us to enter into a time of praise, worship and thanksgiving when we pray…not just present our list of petitions and get out of there. We can pray when things are goibg well. We also must learn to listen when we pray. God might actually be wanting to tell us something. If we are not listening we are going to miss it. God wants us to communicate and that means talking and listening.

Do you think that this can also be true of other areas in our lives?

Yes, I do. I think this can be transferred to our relationships with others. Learn to listen and really hear the people around you.

Can you please tell us about the books that you have written? Where can we buy a copy?

I have one book published (2014) titled, “Decisions, ecisions, Decisions: Jumbo is Growing Up”. It is a faith-based children’s book on life’s skills and decisions. It is available on Amazon. I am working on two other books on faith and hearing God.

What drives you on an average day?

My love for the Lord and his love for me. He is in the business of raising up and saving sinners with his amazing grace

Is there anything that you haven’t yet done, which you still want to achieve?

That is hard to say. I have been very blessed and have done much. I guess I can say I still want to see all of my five grandchildren married. The oldest is 14 and the youngest will be 4 in May. That means I want to be around on this earthly journey for a few more years – God willing.

Who is your hero / heroine?

Tough question, I admire the life of the Apostle Paul and have learned much from his writings. My wife and mother would be my heroines. My wife and I will be married for 44 years in October. She is a strong and faithful prayer warrior who hung strong to her faith when I was weak. She is a remarkable wife, mother and grandmother.

My mother was probably the strongest person I know. Unable to have children of her own, she and my father adopted me when I was six weeks old. I was born in a home for unwed mothers in 1953. When I was 5 years old my father died of a heart attack at age 47. My mother never remarried. She worked several jobs most of her life to provide for me.

What is the kindest thing that anyone has ever done for you?

Wow, that really makes me think. I can remember several times in the months after we closed our newspaper and moved to Kentucky we were blessed with bags of groceries and clothes when we really didn’t have the money to buy anything. These people did I really know us. They were Christians and knew there was a need. They did not JUDGE us. They just loved us. They were the hands and feet of Jesus.

Can you please let us know more about your photography?

I have been shooting photos professionally since I was 16 when I went to work for my hometown newspaper. I had a news career that spanned nearly four decades. Since my retirement in 2014, I have enjoyed operating a part time photo business that produces art prints for sale. I specialize in nature, landscape and wildlife photography. I also enjoy shooting old barns and buildings. My work has been featured in area art shows, exhibitions and festivals. I do book special assignment commercial projects and some weddings.

What is your greatest blessing?

My wife, my two daughters and my five grandchildren. I have been blessed with dozens of professional awards over the years for writing and photography, but nothing compares with my family and my salvation through Jesus Christ.

Do you have / had a mentor?

I have several mentors in photography, people that I enjoy their work. Ansel Adams would be the most noteworthy. In writing, I have learned much from C.S. Lewis, Max Lucado and Rick Warren.

Who would you aspire to be like? That is easy….Jesus.

What is next for you Nick?

Time will tell. I just want to be open and available to do what God calls me to do.

Can you please give us the links to your social media / platforms so that we may find you easily?

Facebook page link:

https://www.facebook.com/Wordmaster1953

Photography Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/njsphotoimages/

Instagram page link:

Wordmaster53

If you had the opportunity to say something to those who are finding their lives difficult at the moment, what would you say?

Hang on, don’t give up. Have hope and gather up your faith. Give God a chance. God is enough for whatever you are facing.

Many times we look for something that is a ‘quick fix’ to satisfy the lack we have for a good relationship with God. We might read a few verses of scripture or say a quick prayer, but soon we are empty again and wanting more.

In Romans 15:13 we read, “May the God of hope, fill you with all the joy and peace as you trust him, so that we may overflow with hope in the power of The Holy Spirit.”

God is showing me more and more that to really satisfy that spiritual hunger we have to invest the time and energy to get filled up. We have to seek God, not just let him happen to come our way.

Always remember Philippians 4:6-7 NLT , which reads:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. “

I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions today Nick. We now know so much more about you. May you continue to be blessed throughout your life.

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