Thursday, October 1, 2020

Thank you for showing up! ♡

 The healthiest response to life is joy". πŸŽ•

Deepak Chopra

Some of life's greatest treasures are faith, hope, love, joy, along with good health, supportive family and encouraging friends.   In is day and age we live in, praying friends are as valuable as gold! 

Some Days, it's just the little things that keep us going, like an encouraging note, a timely word, or just someone who sees you and is rooting for you in life.

They are little signs that God is still for us and is very aware of our suffering. 

That is why I put some of my artwork on encouraging prints and cards, to share and hold as reminders of God's goodness.

Let brotherly love continue.

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Hebrews 13:2


              Give thanks in all things

*You are not alone

*God is good

*No one is out of reach to His hand (no pit too deep)

*God is able, through his mighty power at work within us, 

to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think

*Nothing is impossible 

*The LORD is your shade at your right hand

Psalm 121:5

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"Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ".

Galatians 6:2

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"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

Matt 18:20

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Hebrews 13:8

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The Simple Things


Out of difficulties grow miracles.🌼 

Jean De La Bruyère

                     His name is worthy to be praised.  

God cannot give us a happiness 

and peace apart from 

Himself, because it is not there. 

There is no such thing.

C.S. Lewis

New prints coming soon! 

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Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Col 3:12-14

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

1 John 4:11

Monday, August 24, 2020

A Safe Place to Land

 “Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”

– Louisa May Alcott

Rainbows and butterflies, my husband is always teasing me that I see the world that way.  Well, in reality, the world  feels like it's spinning. Almost everyone i know is going through something.  My prayer list is getting larger and I only did a few small art pieces this summer, but I did paint a larger one.  this one is a much more serious subject then what i usually paint.  Maybe it's making me see things a little different lately.  This season has been especially difficult in a different way, we have some changes happening and no way to see what's around the corner.  

Faith rescues a heart held captive by sorrow.
Hope guides a soul out of the shadows into the light.
Love is simply everything else,
~R C

I have this song stuck in my head, over the last few days.  A song from the seventies.  
"Dog and a Butterfly" by Heart

The lyrics could have so many meanings, especially for an over thinker like me.  
Laying on the grass, daydreaming on a hot summer's day,
 watching the dog play and the butterflies fly by.

A few theories... 

*Physical or emotional child abuse
*The lightness of the freedom of the Butterfly (a safe space)
*Get back up and try (she has to try).
*Reaching for higher things that can't be reached and soft landing.
*escaping all the political news on an election year :)
the song has so many meaning depending who you ask. What do you think?


In Limbo
Photo credit Jon Warren/World Vision 

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

“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.

I am wearing some earrings that were made in a refugee camp in Bangladesh called the women’s peace center that World Vision provides for women that are regularly abused by their husbands. The women there live in such small quarters that getting away with other women and making jewelry is a highlight to their day. With Covid 19 now, how hard it must be for them to not be able to get away very easily. I would think that it would affect them very much! 

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Safe for He is my refuge
Blood He has shed for me
Firm on the Rock of Ages
Ever my trust shall be
Firm on the Rock of Ages
Here let me wait with patience
Wait till the night is o’er
Wait till I see the morning
Break on the golden shore
Safe, safe
Safe in the arms of Jesus
Lyrics Meghan O Brien
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Cor 4:17-18
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Phil 4:8Safe in the arms of Jesus A Safe Place to Land

Friday, July 3, 2020

The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow ⛵️

Like a ship that's tossed and driven
Battered by an angry sea
When the storms of life are raging
And their fury falls on me
I wonder what I have done
That makes this race so hard to run
Then I say to my soul, take courage
The Lord will make a way somehow
The Lord will make a way somehow

When beneath the stars I bow
He will take away each sorrow
There will be no sad tomorrow
Many a nights I toss in pain
Wondering what the day might be bringing
Then I say to my soul, take

 your courage
The Lord will make a way somehow

~Hezekiah Walker 🚒
♫🎜The lord will make a way somehow Al Green 🎜🎝

"Calm" Painted in oils 2020 Prints
I love a quiet morning.  Coffee, the small chat of birds as the sun sets on the dawn of a new day.  This day will be better, more productive, less stress and back to normal.  This is July, a lazy summer day right?  To the contrary, reminders everywhere that things aren't normal, at least not yet.

 I have kept myself busy, withdrawing to my own little art world is what I do best.  I know I have to look up from my work to check up on the ones I love, and of course pray.  There is so much out of our hands but prayer is powerful, especially in the hands of a believer. (look back on previous posts) 
"Quarantine"  Painted in oils 2020 Prints

Taking care of yourself is not enough , we must take care of eachother! 

A friend loves at all times

In the middle of this mess, my husband is out of work and is remodeling the kitchen.  There hasn't been much peace in all the upheaval in my house but grateful to get it done.  I have been updating my shop and art gallery.  I have one large painting to finish and two commissions, and I start work on Sunday in full protective gear.  Just another day in 2020, will I ever learn work/life balance?  I think all of this is teaching me just that, what's important in life.  

 One of the things I have been into over the last year is natural fabrics, organic products and nice light, non synthetic scents,  like the true flower, quiet and subtle. 
Artisan Gift Collection by Bannerandsail

I am a true believer in natural fabrics on the body!  Cotton, linen and wool are the best to wear.  Fabrics shouldn't be blended, it's hard to find non blended fabrics, but you can feel the difference in your mood while wearing them, at least we can, my husband agrees.  One of most difficult things about being quarantined is our Spotify wars, ;)  I love my music, and usually I am open to new music too, but my husband's music. πŸ˜¬
"Thankful perspective".  Painting in oils 2020 Prints

The other problem is the social distancing part.  We have been careful here, wearing masks in stores, saying no to friend's get togethers. Honesty, it's been difficult to know where to draw the line, especially when you know others aren't following safe social distancing.  

My heart just broke when I saw this in a store yesterday and the clerk described some aggressive customers.  

She's just trying to provide for her family, not trying to impose a political statement.


So, let's do a little math,  you go to the store to buy something, and you may be exposed to 10 people or under, depending on what time of the day you go.  A retail worker is exposed to hundreds and at least one of them will most likely have Covid 19. 
I went to pick up my glasses at the eye doctors last week, and I saw that they are taking temperatures on each person arriving.  They told me that they turned away two people already that had a high fever in one week.  One of the temperatures they turned away was 104, and the customer insisted that he was fine and went away mad, so you see as a customer your odds are better not to be exposed than that of an employee. 

I'm confused these days, when did it become a political statement to love your neighbor?   Am I the only one going in a store and apologizing for other people's unloving behavior?  What is it going to be like on the receiving end of all this at my work?

And what about love?  Our brothers and sisters are still hurting, can't we stop and listen to the injustices that are sadly still happening in our day?

Introverts know how to isolate themselves and do the quarantine thing.

What is your experience? 
What do you all think of 2020?

Murder hornets
Racial injustice
Mask wars
Strange weather
Dust storms 
(I can go on)

I was reading the other day, that it was like a stormy ocean slamming against a sea wall and quieting down after each crash.

Yesterday at tennis, 
(Im very grateful for a social distancing sport)  
I saw the sparrows, the same sparrows I use to see at the tennis courts in our area, darting back and forth at play, as if all was normal.  

God has been good, 
faithful to His promises.
Working some prints and cards

 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6

One day we will all look back at this and say...

"I have no idea" this is what my husband says.

"i learned this...
(Hopefully we all learned a lesson from this)" 

"I changed the things I needed to change"

"I have more compassion to the ones that are hurting, helping the poor and vulnerable".

"Remembering that life is fleeting, and eternity is forever".

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble".

"Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes."  — Henry David Thoreau 

Love breaks down barriers, 
it's the gift we always have to give to each other.

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Love God, Love people

For now we trust that...

The Lord will make a way somehow

Have a good day!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Psalm 56:3

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. 
God is love. 
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
1 John 4:16
My views are my own

Stay Strong!
 Titus 🀍