Whispers of Love

Psalm 36
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…

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Embraced

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…

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Undercurrents

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…
Psalm 63
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.

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Morning Song

Psalm 28:6-7

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…

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Near to the heart of God

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…

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Intercession

As Easter approaches I once again ponder Christ’s sacrifice for us. This painting is a portrayal of his intercession on our behalf…
The red symbolizes the outpouring of his blood from the cross…the white is a symbol of the purity and holiness of his sacrifice…the green indicates the growth and transformational change that occurs as we accept his gift…the calligraphic marks represent his cries and prayers of intercession for us…”Father forgive them for they know not what they do”…
I stand in awe of so great a love for us…and am humbled once again by his grace…

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Outpouring

outpouringIt’s hard to believe that I’ve been painting for 25 years. Creating art still delights my heart and soul, even after so much time…
This piece once again represents my spiritual journey…the calligraphy, as always, represents my prayers…and in this work the blue portrays the outpouring of God’s presence into my studio and work…
My hope is that my artwork will, in some small way, minister to those who view it. That is what makes it all worthwhile…
I pray you are touched by something you see here…
be blessed my friends…

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