Monthly Archives: December 2011

Help in Troubled Times -Free Download- Winter Night


Have you ever been in a spot where things seem impossible and you just don’t know what to do? Maybe you weigh your options but any decision you make will still not work.

When you don’t know what to do, seek God.

I try to do this in my own life.  It’s not always easy. Sometimes God allows us to go through difficult times for many reasons, but never because He’s mean or likes to deal out punishments. Here what is says in the bible about such times:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Rom 8:28

You can view it like taking medicine, tastes horrible but in the end beneficial for wellness. You just can’t see the end result yet.

God always has a plan for those who seek Him and He is always in control. Even when it looks just the opposite. He will provide a path for you.

As a free gift, I offer this piece of art. You can download a full 7×5 .pdf here:

You can print it, give it as a gift, or maybe make Christmas cards with it?
Have fun!

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Winter Night by Christine Novak Kane is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.


Upside Down Breakfast Sketch


Downy Woodpecker at Suet Feeder watercolor sketch

This is my suet feeder which is right outside my window. It contains a pure white suet cake (tree-rats don’t like it) and is inserted under the roof. A black metal grate holds the cake underneath and allows only the birds that can hang upside down (woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatches) to feed on it.

After battling tree rats, starlings, and grackles who ate my cakes in record time, installing this feeder was the perfect solution.

Now I am rewarded with the visit of some special downy woodpeckers everyday. O how blessed I am!

I always get excited when the male comes by because I recognize the red spot on his head. He is very handsome.

I do worry about their safety sometimes. Being upside down can put you in a disadvantaged position, don’t you think? And with many birds in my neighborhood comes many hawks as well. Why does the downy woodpecker constantly make a noise when he eats? “PEEP, PEEP, PEEP….” Over and over they call. Isn’t this giving away your location?!?

Has anyone else found this to be strange?