Wednesday, April 17, 2019

πŸ€¦One week can change thingsπŸ€¦

The heart of a volunteer is never measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.
~DeAnn Hollis

This month has been a whirlwind, my mother passed away and I have had to deal with all the final affairs.  She had a antique and doll restoration business and digging out of all of that was just overwhelming.  One of the things she had on her wall was a reproduction of a Monet "The Garden",  I always liked that piece but I chose to give it away and hopefully add just a touch of it to the piece I was working on.   

Painting number three of my art project series.

 This painting is from a photo taken from Megan Pratt / World Vision of a volunteer "Dee Billing" visiting her sponsor child in Uganda.  The first time I met this lady was at a conference,  she was praying over all the cubeicals of the staff in the building.  I think she’s a pretty remarkable lady doing what she does in her eighties and I just couldn’t resist the sweet interaction in the photo.  (and of course the chicken) :) 

This is piece is already reserved for charity but you can be a world changer for a child like Dee here!   
Boston kept coming up on my spotify while I was painting this.  πŸŽΆ πŸŽ

The amazing thing is that I had no idea how valuable volunteers were until I was on the receiving end. 

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” 

 ~James Matthew Barrie

My mother was a collector, I mean vintage things, a lot of things you can’t just throw away, so when I had to be the administrator of the estate, I was overwhelmed and upset, it really was my worst fear to deal with all this.  I felt the weight of it in my body, the backaches and stress after was a real thing!  Stress shows up physical on me and I tried to manage work and the demands of the estate at the same time.   All the planning and help I could find for me fell through.   My son in-law helped on the weekend of the funeral.  My husband and I worked on it regularly, but every time we would spend hours on it, it wouldn't even put a dent in it and we were overwhelmed and time was running out on trying to list it. 

My husband knew someone from work that recommended her sister’s church, they sell items for their annual rummage sale.  He said they would bring a team to collect the things that they can sell for their youth programs and missions work. I agreed, thinking they would just pick through everything and I would still have to go back to work after. 

They showed up Monday morning and to my surprize many of them were seniors,   I texted my husband to tell him to pray that no one gets hurt, I was concerned.  

They cleaned out the entire house, top to bottom. I was in awe! (In shock more like it). I have been a volunteer for many years but I have never been at the receiving end of what this little church did for me. 
All with joy, achy knees, their own stories to tell me, organized tubs and bins, attention to every detail, all of it was hard work and done with a smile.  Not once did one of the neighbors offer to help until they witnessed this band of church volunteers, lay out a full potluck lunch in the middle of the neighborhood while they were hauling off antique furniture, packing nick knacks and other interesting finds.   It was quite the ordeal and they all got it done in two days
 What a miracle!
They are my heroes!  
I found this little patch in one of  boxes.
 Some of the proceeds are going to build a school in Malawi.
  “Everybody can be great…
because anybody can serve. 
You don’t have to have a 
college degree to serve. 
You don’t have to make your subject 
and verb agree to serve. 
You only need a heart full of grace. 
A soul generated by love”  πŸ’œ

 Martin Luther King, Jr.  
A friend came with his son and cleaned out the garage, and the weight feels lighter now.  I pray that I can feel 100 percent soon.
So in the middle of the mess, this happened,  "Franklin" my third grandchild.  I am so thankful to be in the delivery room with all three,  and he came in the most gentle and peaceful way!  
My son in law and his son Franklin. 
My daughter, the one that did all the work here! :)

My Easter post is a little different this year but I definitely can say God has been faithful, 
and to me that meant everything!

  "Is He Worthy ?" πŸŽœ♬
Andrew Peterson


"Ain't No Grave" πŸŽ♫
Bethel Music


Because of the empty tomb, we have peace. Because of His resurrection, we can have peace during even the most troubling of times because we know He is in control of all that happens in the world.
Paul Chappell
  1.            πŸ€¦
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” -1 Peter 1:3

       πŸ€¦Happy Easter!πŸ€¦

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Moving Mountains

Mountains know secrets 
we need to learn. 
That it might take time, it might be hard, but if you just hold on long enough, 
you will find the strength to rise up.     
Tyler Knott

Once in a while you hear a story that is so inspiring it increases your faith.  A bit of heaven meets  earth, an amazing story of forgiveness by mortal enemies after the Rwandan genocide.

 This story is that, and when I saw them praying I knew I had to include them in my series of paintings.  

Painting number two is a story I found from Kari Costanza and the photography is from Jon Warren/World Vision.  

Andrew and Callixte truly hated each other and now they are working together and they are not only reconciled but are the best of friends.   Andrew's daughter is going to marry Callixte's son.    Full story here... Patricia Heaton on ET 

Living proof that God can

restore anything and

anybody, His redemptive power

 knows no end. 

“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matt 17:20

I was listening to ELO at the time.;)  πŸŽ
“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!”
John Muir

Witnesses of hope and reconciliation,

they are the best of friends now and

when they pray together, they move


 Photo credit World Vision/ Jon Warren
Donate to my art project to help feed the hungry, some of the greatest needs are with displaced families and children from fleeing conflict, war or famine. 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.
 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story
    those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
 those he gathered from the lands,
    from east and west, from north and south.
 Some wandered in desert wastelands,
    finding no way to a city where they could settle.
 They were hungry and thirsty,
    and their lives ebbed away.
 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
 He led them by a straight way
    to a city where they could settle.
 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
 for he satisfies the thirsty
    and fills the hungry with good things. 
Psalm 107:1-7

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Valentine πŸ’Ÿ

 What color is in a picture, enthusiasm is in life. Vincent Van Gogh​

This Valentine's Day my gift is a touch of color to brighten your day.  This year's weather has been brutal, very dreary and life's circumstances have also been tough this year.  I  found myself praying more and more for loved ones, friends and family more than ever.  
I know that Spring is around the corner and God is holding the ones we care about so deeply in His loving arms.

The most beautiful place to be in the world
 is in someone’s prayers. 

When your arms can’t reach the people who are close to your heart, hug them with your Prayers. ~Unknown

This brings me to the hummingbird. (God's Tiny Miracle)

I have been seeing them everywhere lately!  This joyous little creature painted with every color of the rainbow.  A work of art that God designed Himself. (the three pictures in the gallery above)

Out of all the hummingbird sightings, the most shocking one was when I was sitting on the couch with my husband and one flew at the window looking at us and flying back and forth. There are no flowers or feeders to attract the little hummingbird but he seemed more interested in us inside then trying to find food, but one of the most memorable ones (just a few days later) is when of a man came into my work with a little brown box and said to a coworker and me, "would you like to see my hummingbirds in my box"? 
"Your freaking me out" (this was too much, I thought) I said, and he proceeded to say he just got out of prison and he wanted to earn money to make these hummingbirds.  He opened the box, showing us two beautifully beaded hummingbirds. 


Heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey's end;
 through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Spread Kindness like Confetti

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” 
― Friedrich Nietzsche

People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Add a little color to your life!

Yellow... brightens mood, cheerful and uplifting

Blue... calming, relaxed and lowers blood pressure

green... restoring, clearing thoughts and natural

purple... luxurious, royal and good for creativity    

orange... brings energy and enthusiasm 

pink... calming and playful

“White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black. God paints in many colors; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.”
– G. K. Chesterton
Always remember you are loved!♡
so much so that He gave His one and only son and whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

“Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.” 
– Paul Gauguin

“For we were saved in this , πŸ’• but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” Romans 8:24-25

One of my Valentines,
sponsor a child today!
She mentioned in a letter that she’s grateful she doesn’t have to get married as a child. She is 12 now and I know she is realizing how powerful a sponsorship can be to a girl in country where other girls are getting married as children. 

Happy Valentine's Day!