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Working My Way Back

To all those who have honored me in following my blogs and sending your prayers, thank you so much.

Please don’t give up on me.

This has been a very difficult time for our family.  Although I have slowly began to get back to work, taking on projects and working in the studio, it is a slow process.  I was thinking back over the last four years and our family has really been hit hard.  We have lost 6 immediate family members, 4 others have been in serious accidents but all but one have recovered well, the economy hit us very hard forcing us to make hard decisions and change the way we live, and now I have taken on another role of caregiver.

For those who do not know, we lost our son on September 4th this year.  It had been very hard to accept but we are beginning to make progress with the Lord’s guiding hand.  We have been surrounded by so many that loved him.  Several people put together 2 separate benefits which were wonderful to help raise money to pay for final expenses.  Our family is so thankful to all who helped us during this time.  Austin was loved by many and will live on through all of us.

My love, Smokey, is still recovering from his accident back in March.  Still having problems with his lungs and now hoping that all will be okay and ready for the next surgery, number 4, tentatively scheduled November 2nd.

It is said that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that the Lord never gives us more than we can handle.  If you know me then you already know that I believe God’s Word.  All of it.  Even those parts I don’t understand or like!  I have made that choice to believe, have faith in, trust, rely on and lean on God.  So to act or do differently would be going against that choice.

I am not sure what to do, or rather, what God has for me to do from here.  But I am ready.

Lord,

Guide and direct me,

Hem me in Your love and protection,

Have mercy and show me Your grace,

Show me way You would have me go,

And then help me go You way.

In Jesus Holy Name,

Amen

worship

 

 

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Just finished this painting.  I love the way it came out and God gave me the name this morning!

Do Not Doubt  James 1:6

2′ x 4′ Gallery Wrap

Finished Edges

Mixed Media

James 1:6

But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Love it!  Thank You Lord

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I have been accepted in the Collectors Cafe Art Gallery!

Three pieces are hanging now and today I got a call that a lovely couple was very interested in one of them.

I am overjoyed!

Here are the three selected now:

Carolina Glory I

Oil on Canvas

24 x 30

Palmetto Pride

Mixed Media

24 x 72

Shadow of a Woman

Acrylic on Canvas

15 x 45

This is a wonderful achievement for me and I thank God for His faithfulness in my life!

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This was sent to me by a dear friend and I wanted to share it with the world.  Share it with yours!

 

HEIGHTENED PERSPECTIVE 

Please Read all the way to the bottom: If you will take the time to read these. I promise you’ll come away with an enlightened perspective. The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis:

They’re written by Andy Rooney, a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy…….. 

I’ve learned…. That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.. 

I’ve learned…. That when you’re in love, it shows. 

I’ve learned….20That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day. 

I’ve learned…. That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.** 

I’ve learned…. That being kind is more important than being right.**

I’ve learned…. That you should never say no to a gift from a child. 

I’ve learned …. That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way. 

I’ve learned…. That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with. 

I’ve learned…. That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand. 

I’ve learned….. That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult. 

I’ve learned…. That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. 

I’ve learned….. That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for. 

I’ve learned….. That money doesn’t buy class. 

I’ve learned…. That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular. 

I’ve learned… That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved. 

I’ve learned….. That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.. 

I ‘ve learned..
.. That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you. 

I’ve learned….. That love, not time, heals all wounds.**

I’ve learned…. That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am. 

I’ve learned…. That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile. 

I’ve learned…. That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.***

I’ve learned … That life is tough, but I’m tougher. 

I’ve learned… That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss. 

I’ve learned…. That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere. 

I’ve learned… That I wish I could have told my Dad  and Mom that I love them  one more time before they passed away. ***

I’ve learned …. That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them. 

I’ve learned…. That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. 

I’ve learned…. That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life. ****

I’ve learned…. That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. 

I’ve learned…. That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

To all of you…. Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence.

It’s National Friendship Week. Show your friends how much you care. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND, even if it means sending it back to the person who sent it to you. If it comes back to you, then you’ll know you have a circle of friends. HAPPY FRIENDSHIP WEEK TO YOU!!!!!! YOU ARE MY FRIEND AND I AM HONORED!

 Now send this to every friend you have!! And to your family. This was sent to me by a very dear friend

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Kite_runner  

 

  My life seems to always be affected , moved and even changed after reading certain books.  I am sure yours does as well.  And I read a lot.  Mostly books about God, the Bible, christian life and christian fiction.  Oh, I can’t forget to include a number of business and finance books too.

   It’s not that I never read anything else, it’s just that I am never really interested in anything else.

  A good friend convinced me that I had to read this one. And I am glad I did.  I was intrigued be the plot and the setting.  Especially with what is going on in Afghanistan then, now and what to be in the future.

Instead of me filling you in about it, this link, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kite_Runner

This gives a great description and a glimpse inside the book.

 

It’s not that I just wanted to tell you I read this book and it was a excellent book.  It’s what it did to me I feel I must share.  Some books leave you changed.

It took me all of 3 days to read it.  Since sleep was not going to come easily on the 3rd day, I arose at 2am and could not get Hazara and Amir out of my mind.  So, I made a pot of coffee, put on the reading glasses, curled up on the sofa and began my descent into their world.  By 6:30 am I was finished.  And I wept.

I finally got up, in a daze, perhaps 4 hrs of caffeine contributed to that, and went to get ready for the day.  You know the drill, shower, dress, put on the face and out the door. But…….

I put my favorite coffee mug that my precious grandson gave me, in the sink, in my kitchen, in my house on this piece of beautiful land, in a wonderful area, in America.  I walked up the stairs to the bathroom, on my legs, attached to my rather healthy body and stepped into my bathroom, where it wasn’t too hot or to cold and the lights work just fine.  Ran the water, the hot, clean, refreshing, renewing water and stepped in.  Washing with products that make my hair nice and soft and soaps the keep my skin healthy.  I sat in the tub and began to shave my legs, with a razor I bought from the store down the street where there are no armed guards and I have no need to fear going there.  I drove my car that I put gas in the day before with money I earned doing work that I love to do.  I spoke to others, friendly people, “Hey how are you?-Wonderful thank you and you?-Great and thanks, have a wonderful day!”

After I shaved, I put my razor on the shelf, thought I should get out now and grab that dry, clean, plush towel I washed in the washer and dryer and get dressed in fairly new clothes and get on with my day…

But I didn’t.

I sat in my shower, the warm clean water running over me that I can turn on or off when I desire.  I sat and thought about places and people far away and here in our own country.  People who don’t have, people in need, people who are hungry, people who are running to find safety, people who see unspeakable things.

People…

like me…

flesh and bones…

and blood runs red…

who are uniquely and wonderfully made.

I sat and

I cried…

and

I prayed.

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This blog has always been intended to share my art with you as well as my thoughts.  The two cross paths all the time.  Business has been slow for me but there is no lack in things to do.  So I thought I would share 3 ways I stay busy.

1) So you find that your business is slow.  You have time on your hands. Time is precious.  Spend it with someone.  You can talk a walk, talk, encourage, share experiences and spend time talking about the great things in life.  Even in these difficult times we have so much to be thankful for.  Share it with others.

2) I just bet there has been something on your plate you have wanted to do,volunteer, research, put into action, but you’ve been busy in the past.  What better time than now!  Maybe you wanted to be creative, paint, write, or join a group.  Do it!  Sitting around worrying about what is going to happen isn’t doing anything but clouding up your mind and heart with despair.  Start something!  You just might inspire others and wouldn’t that be a great thing!

3) What are you doing with what you do have?  Instead of wasting time thinking about what you don’t have, look at what you do have.  What can you do with it?  Clean out the old stuff, rearrange the furniture, give away something you love to someone who needs a lift, plant something, get your hands dirty, go take someone’s dog for a walk, offer to help a neighbor with chores.  I could go on but I think you get the point.

We have become a society that wants instant gratification, or wants to blame someone for our situation, or wants someone to just drop happiness in our lap.  Maybe now we might start thinking about getting back to basics.  

We were not created to be remote islands.  We were created to love.  Just go ahead and put in on!  Then get out there and share it!

Smile and Bless Someone Today

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This is a little late coming but I thought I would post some recently finished work.  

This is a before pic.  See the white cap?  It needs to match the rest of it.  A rust finish….

 

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And the after:

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and I completed a glazed finish on this armoir!

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Don’t forget to keep checking back about the great reveal of my new line.

I’ll give ya a hint:  

Carley is on her way and she’s bringing Life, Smiles and Faith!

Smile today and bless someone!

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