_My creative time in my studio is always saturated with worship and prayer…and many times with dancing and singing…It is a place of sanctuary and spiritual awakening. Often times when I am painting my spirit experiences a state of transcendence….I see and feel heavenly places…this world beyond ours is so real to me…most of my work is about these spiritual experiences. In this painting I was trying to portray what this looks and feels like…the deep blues represent the space I am traveling through, and the white portrays my spirit as I transcend this earth…
I look forward one day to my final journey into the very presence of God when I will meet Him face to face and worship Him forever with all of the heavenly beings…
Romans 8:38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
Grace has been explained to me this way….that nothing we do can make God love us less, and nothing we do can make God love us more….His grace is infinite…
In this piece I was contemplating this truth and found myself thinking of the deepest fathoms of the ocean and how not even that can separate us from His love…
If you get a moment, listen to Ocean Floor by Audio Adrenaline…this song speaks to this truth as well….that our sins are forgotten…erased….on the ocean floor….
Thank you Father for your love and grace….
Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the ocean depths.
You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.
How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
We find shelter
in the shadow of your wings.
I experienced God’s love and care once again this past week. How grateful I am to be a child of such a loving God. He whispers words of love to me as I fall asleep and wakes me with His sweet presence. He never fails me. Thank you Father for your faithfulness to me…
I have just returned from a two week road trip out west. And I saw so much beauty! Canyons, mountains, rivers, wildlife, sunsets, flowers…. It was a reminder once again of God’s love, creativity, and passion. The colors, scents, and sights were spectacular…I always feel closer to God when I am surrounded by His creation…nature draws me into His presence. I feel embraced by His love and feel His joy. When I’m feeling a bit down, it always helps to spend some time just stopping to appreciate all that He created for our enjoyment. Thank you Father for embracing me with your beauty…
There is a lot going on right now in my life both personally and professionally. God is opening new doors for my artwork. And I am experiencing many changes in my personal life. All of this is exciting and challenging at the same time. I strive to keep my focus on Him as I work in my studio. But I am aware that everything influences creativity…from music I have heard, to people I have encountered, to words I have read, to even the sights and sounds I have experienced….all of these things create undercurrents in my work. In the midst of it all, I long to worship and praise my Creator as I paint. Psalm 63 is a passage very close to my heart. It resonates in my spirit and speaks what I am feeling. Thank you Lord for the opportunity to glorify You with the work of my hands…
1 O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
Praise the Lord!
For he has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and shield.
I trust him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.
God is so good. He has helped me through a season of loss, grief, and transition. My heart is singing this morning in gratitude for His faithfulness. My word for this year is ‘faithful’. I’m striving to be more aware each day of His unending mercy and compassion. And also yearning to be more faithful in all that I say and do. Thank you Father…
This past week has been pretty rough. I’ve had to face some tough things and am finding myself feeling anxious. My life is in transition and it is easy to be afraid. I am clinging to Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
Thank you Father. I am leaning into you and asking for your love and protection to surround me as I travel this journey…