Wednesday, August 7, 2019

In Limbo🌺

 “It’s sort of hope amongst the ruins, I think. To me we’re all in the great wide open. I think life is pretty wild; I really want to like the world, but at the same time I have to write about what I see.” 
~Tom Petty

I have been busy planning an event over the last few weeks.  It was a big one for me and I had to spend a lot of time on it.   At the event we bounced out some cult members and their leader, a mime and a drunk, but besides that children were sponsored and four paintings sold for charity, I think the outdoor festival went well.  I was grateful for our safety with all the tragedies happening right now.  Unfortunately, looking for escape routes is part of the planning. but it can't compare to running for your life (with your children) and having no place to go that is safe, like it is for a refugee that is fleeing violence.   
  
The women that fixes up their home, beautifully and grows a garden, who sometimes walks daily to their friendly grocery store, connect with friends at church, chat with their neighbors for the latest happenings in the neighborhood does not want to leave their home town for a life in limbo, feeling unwanted and labeled "Refugee". 
    

With painting number 10, I wanted to do one that would highlight the refugee crisis but which one would I do, when there are so many refugees right now!

The statistics are staggering,at this time there are... 

1 Syria 5.6 million refugees 2 Afghanistan 2.5 million refugees 3 South Sudan 2.3 million refugees 4 Myanmar 1.2 million refugees 5 Democratic Republic of the Congo 833,400 refugees 6 Somalia 809,273 refugees

More than half of those refugees are children.

The one
that I chose was a refugee mother and a little girl named Jannatul (which means best heaven) holding each other because its all this mother has left after losing her husband and two other kids. 


https://www.worldvision.org/refugees-news-stories/day-life-rohingya-refugee-child


At night, Jannatul's mother sings her to sleep with a quiet lullaby. 
            Photo Credit World Vision 

“I pat her back and hold her closely in my arms,”says Salima. In the dark, there is peace until morning. The world's largest refugee camp is located near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.   Families live in small overcrowded and hot shelters made of bamboo and plastic tarps that often leak during monsoon season storms.
Photo credit World Vision/Jon Warren



hospitality

[ hos-pi-tal-i-tee ] noun
1) the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers.
2) the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly,generous way.

Do you remember a special time 
where someone was hospitable to you?🌺


"Aloha Spirit"
 ''Aloha'' is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation. ''Aloha'' means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return. "Aloha" is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence. ''Aloha'' means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.
Source University of Hawai‘i / Law of the Aloha Spirit




Aloha

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PuaMana (easy version) #Ukulele
All in all it was fun, 
and where else can you see an iguana in a pink stroller? 

The scary thing is that he liked it!


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Mahao! 
Photo credit World Vision/Jon Warren  

Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
1 Timothy 5:10


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Fundraiser for hunger⸙


  Fundraiser for hunger 
Donate here⸙ 





I'm painting a series of paintings to show the work World Vision is doing to help children and families living in poverty.

Donate here 

Please, join me on cheering me on and giving to World Vision's East Africa Hunger Crisis fund. Our gifts will save precious lives and help stop the further spread of famine. Because of grant funds, our gifts have 7X their regular impact, which will provide emergency food, clean water, access to life-saving medical care, and more to children and families fighting for their lives.
Inquire within to see which pieces are still available.

One of the best ways to help a hungry child is to sponsor them.

https://www.worldvision.org/sponsor-a-child?campaign=226220126 

 Painting #9 of my art project series. “Carry each other’s burdens”. Two-year-old Pascal follows a group of older children while carrying firewood back to his home in Rwanda.
Photo credit World Vision

love one another deeply, from the heart
1 Peter 1:22

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Joy

 Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life. Well, not small, but valuable. And sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around? I don’t really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void. 
~Kathleen Kelly "You got Mail"




Painting #8 of my art project series. This one challenged me, I still may do some little fine detail when it’s dry and I don’t really know what kind of trees these were but I sure got lost in the complexity of them.  I had company, extended family issues, work and I wondered if I could get this one done, it was the most challenging one yet. 



I always play music while I paint and this dance (or game) seemed to go pleasantly with this so I called it “Joy”. 
World Vision's photographer "Laura Reinhardt" dancing with the the children in Zambia. 
The importance of fun and play are crucial to a child's growth and wellbeing.
Photo credit Jon Warren/World Vision 




God, help me to be
Closer to You Lord so I am farther from me
And may Your kingdom be the only one that I seek, oh God
And God, help me to see
That everything was good when You created all things
Now let me see with those same eyes that created me, oh God


God, help me believe
When everything around me points to uncertainty
Remind me of the hope of You that's living in me, oh God
And God, help me to shine
Like stars up in the universe that's Yours and not mine
And fill me with Your light so that the darkness will hide, oh God


Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Amen

God, help me to give
Everything to You that I'm unable to give
And make my life the life I've been created to live, oh God
And God, help me to go
And follow where You lead me so all nations will know
The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of this world
Oh God, my God

God help me to be~ Cloverton




Im taking a short break to recharge and refocus! 

I was just so discouraged with some some of the things that happened over the last few weeks and my slow progress.  It is hard to think that I was making any progress at all.  I was wondering if all of this was really worth it,  (the project) if it is truly making a difference, 

then this happened!


A note came in the mail within a few hours after that thought from a man I talked to that was handling my mother's estate after her death a few months ago.  We were talking about prophetic gifts and signs (not me) :) just in general.  

God's timing is perfect and I can just rest in that!


“Do something nice for yourself today. Find some quiet, sit in the stillness, breathe. Put your problems on pause. You deserve a break.” -Akiroq Brost

Maybe I need a little dance, rest and play too! :) Just a thought!

Hopefully it brings you a little smile, beauty and joy in this world!
And don't forget a little rest and play too!
Have a good day!




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The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. 
Zephaniah 3:17


Now if I could make time to practice,  
this could actually sound like music! :)

Saturday, June 8, 2019

A second look 🐟


"As I walk now through the valley 
Let Your love rise above every fear
 Like the sun shaping the shadow 
In my weakness Your glory appears" ♩🎝
Here again elevation worship 



Painting #7 of my painting project series. 

“Families and children collecting shrimp fry near Mongla, Bangladesh where some children do hazardous work. I thought this painting was going to be about food security but when one of the staff members of World Vision posted some articles on child labor it occurred to me why there was so many children on the beach fishing. The child labor can be hazardous and is not always on the shore, it’s machinery, hard labor and sometimes far from home. Struggling families need the income and can’t afford the fees for uniforms and supplies for school. World Vision opened up a child-Friendly Learning Center here so the children can learn life skills and play in a safe environment to grow and give them a good future.

Shrimp farming in Bangladesh.   

Photo credit World Vision staff

Tiny garden progress. 



If music could take on color and shape, 
what would they be?


 "I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me
Philippians 4:13


Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."🐟
Matthew 4:18-19

Friday, May 24, 2019

Support Artwork 4 Hunger Official Donor Drive Page



                                               ☆ Tamara's sponsorship campaign  


You can make a difference for one child!
I'm painting a series of paintings to show the work World Vision is doing to help children and families living in poverty.
Please, join me on cheering me on and giving to World Vision's East Africa Hunger Crisis fund. Our gifts will save precious lives and help stop the further spread of famine. Because of grant funds, our gifts have 7X their regular impact, which will provide emergency food, clean water, access to life-saving medical care, and more to children and families fighting for their lives.
Inquire within to see which pieces are still available. 
One of the best ways to help a hungry child is to sponsor them.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

❅Peace❅Snow❅

The warmest blankets of peace snow only from the heart.
~Layne Russell


🌬Painting #6 in my art project series. With summer around the corner, this photo’s winter wonderland seems too far away, but I heard many of you are still getting snow! 

❄️ Art project series

I loved this peaceful photo by Laura Reinhardt/ World Vision of a mother and son walking in the snow. Painting it, I quickly noticed that the boy was not wearing a coat or boots. As I was going a little further I can’t help but notice there is nothing there but snow (everywhere) and below freezing temperatures! I don’t like the cold, I can’t imagine being around no vegetation, but this little scene warms the heart! To learn more about this story and how you can help with coats and boots for a child living on poverty, go to the story below.



"The winter landscape in Amasia, Armenia, was one of the most beautiful and unyielding vistas that I’ve ever seen. Winter can last up to seven months out of the year here. I loved this little moment of connection between a mother and son as they walked through the desert-like snowscape to get water for the family". 
 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

“We wanted warm clothes more than food,”
 says their mother, Armenuhi.
https://www.worldvision.org/child-protection-news-stories/winter-not-wonderful"-without-warm-clothes


Folk art enters a place, warms the colors, softens the edges, and plays in the yard. It is the tipping point, the key element transforming a house into a home.



Pam's Art Show "The Office".




"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'




Then the King will answer, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me
Matt 25;24-25



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Titus

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

Col 3:12 ❅❅