I recently returned home from an artist retreat at the Mount Tabor Jesus Community in Cape Cod. It was a spectacular experience. I was surrounded by beauty, creativity, and kindnesses beyond measure. All of my senses were saturated with amazing beauty…the experience flooded my spirit with a much needed respite from the pressures of the world. This painting, for me, portrays what my spirit experienced there….a holy moment…many holy moments…of pure peace and joy and hope…
This piece has been selected to be shown in Paris this fall at an international art exhibition. I think it was chosen because it resonates with so many viewers. The title was chosen because this painting was created in meditation on how we all suffer brokenness at one time or another. But God is faithful to not waste our suffering. He promises to transform it into something beautiful. Be encouraged today…
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
This morning as I was reading in Psalm 65 I was especially struck by verse 8…
The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
where morning dawns, where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy.
Indeed as I witnessed the stunning awakening of a new day I was overcome by gratitude and joy. His mercies are new each morning…
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Thank you Lord for new beginnings and your unfailing love and compassion.
May this day be one of awareness and gratitude for all that You are…
I turned 60 years old a few days ago. Truth be told, I had been dreading this milestone birthday. How did I get to be this old so fast?? The years are going by too quickly….
But so far 60 has been pretty amazing. I find myself surrounded by an incredible family and awesome friends. And I am blessed to be called to meaningful work in my art. Just recently I was reminded again by people I have never met how much my work means to them and blesses them. This is what makes it all worthwhile….So I find myself being called to an even deeper place of intimacy with my heavenly Father….He is drawing me even closer… because I believe there are divine appointments ahead….God is expanding my territory to the rest of the world. And my work will be in Italy and Paris this year. I will be traveling to Paris this fall to be present at an annual international show at the Louvre. So 60 is turning out to be pretty exciting and I am grateful….This piece is all about being called into the deep with Him…trusting and embracing the journey…and resting in the knowledge that He is in control and has purpose for me to fulfill. I do it gladly….
This is a new piece that once again I was compelled to create…I often times wake during the night with a vision that I simply must visually portray with the artistic tools that God has gifted me with. This was such a piece….and as has happened many times before, the artwork that I create coincides with my life experiences and spiritual journey…
In this piece, I am working to express the power and hope that we have in Christ….the power that brought our Lord back to life is the same power we have today…even in the midst of struggle and pain and loss, we have resurrection power…to overcome and to thrive through the presence and intervention of our Loving Father and the guidance of the Holy Spirit….rejoice my brothers and sisters in Christ…for you are loved and you are victorious!
I had a dream a few nights ago in which I saw the heavenly throne room…the colors were spectacular…colors that don’t exist here on earth….but I did see lots of gold and movement and energy and singing and worship…and it was all so powerful! I tried in this painting to portray that power…I want to look at it and go “wow”! It’s always a bit frustrating to not be able to depict exactly what I see and feel and hear…but the process is fun and I do believe that God enjoys my creations too. He is the great Creator and I think He smiles when we create. So I offer to you this attempt to portray His Majesty….and ask for grace…Praise Him!
_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…