Tag Archives: God

Hidden Lake Watercolor – It is Well with My Soul

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Driving home and not intending on stopping, something told me it was deeply necessary. Necessary because the world depends on it? Well, no. But rather necessary because my soul needed it. It’s been a while.

But I don’t have time!
Stop.
But I’m expected home right now!
Stop anyway.

With art supplies in the back seat, I was able to focus on this scene and contemplate nature…the way the horizon looks a tinge peach even though I am facing east and it’s an hour from sunset…the way the dried golden grasses reflect in the water…the way the tiny foreground tree has tiny gnarly twigs…
And suddenly it is well with my soul.

I am learning lately to relinquish control and listen to that still small voice. I cannot fail if I trust in God even if I cannot fully see the situation. Today was a favorable situation and I enjoyed my quick impromptu painting, but can I still have that same positive attitude with a less favorable condition? Do I trust? Can I let go of control? Will it still be well with my soul?

Now that would be some kind of faith.

To trust in God, to trust He has a plan even when things don’t go my way or perhaps when suffering is involved, if total control is relinquished, that’s not only courageous faith, but peace and freedom too. And that faith will not go unaided, for He said:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Cor 12:9

Amen.

Safe Space Watercolor

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Weathered but strong for the moment
A safe space made by man.
Time and the elements will destroy
But God in the heart of man, a safe space forevermore.
For no force against can deploy.

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My watercolor was made from this picture I took at CITW of a birdhouse on the fringe of a field with dried goldenrods still bobbing their heads in the breeze. It was peaceful to look at and I contemplate the story behind…think of the hands that made the birdhouse and the successful broods of birds now alive and flourishing because of this man made safe space.

Whatever is Lovely… Dwell on These Things – watercolor

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In light of recent abhorrent events in the United States, one can find themselves in a state of disbelief, sorrow, confusion, and have a slew of unanswered questions. The answer to the question why, may never come. Violence never solved a thing and it never will.

When current events get me down, I hear the words of Paul in my mind…

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.      Phil 4:8

Sitting in my backyard, I stare at potted flowers. I notice them waggle in the wind. Sunlight dapples in between leaves. The makeshift plant pedestal has evidence of tiny holes and I know my woodpecker friend was here. This beauty is simple but lovely. It is good and it is pure. It uplifts my spirits for a time, but it is not the answer. No, dwelling on lovely is not the answer.

Love is the answer.

Just this morning, I came upon these statements:

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.      1 John 4:10-12

It makes complete sense. Nobody has seen God, but when we love one another He is actually dwelling in us. And what better example of love than our Father who sacrificed His Son for us? Not to receive anything back, not to have fame, but out of total self sacrifice to pay for our sins and make a way for us, even while we still rejected Him. That’s love.

There is no room for hate and violence in this kind of love. Let’s serve one another in love, let God dwell in the midst of this love, for underneath skin we all have the same color blood.

Free Encouraging Artwork

In this world we will have problems. That’s a guarantee. While we shouldn’t run to people to fix our problems, they are fallible and broken themselves, we can always run to God. He is unchanging and infallible.  He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow…His name is Everlasting Father. So as promised from the last post, here are 7 verses to meditate on. Choose the subject specific to your need….

If you right click on the picture you can “Save Image As”.

When feeling overwhelmed:

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Meditate on these words, believe them. God can give you the wisdom to know what your next step should be. When we feel overwhelmed, it’s as if the circuits in our brain are overloaded. We can’t see clearly and may feel stuck or paralyzed. Submit your overwhelmed feelings to God and wait for direction.

 

When you need hope:

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In this passage, “fear” does not mean feeling scared, it means to have reverence or awe. He delights in us when we put our hope in Him.

When you are feeling depressed:

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This is my favorite verse because of what God showed me. Jesus, who voluntarily took human form to suffer for our sins, felt this emotion Himself. Look what is says when Jesus saw Martha and Mary weeping for their dead brother Lazarus: Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. John 11:33 In verse 35 it says: Jesus wept.
Doesn’t depression feel like a groan in the spirit? Our Lord experienced it all. He groaned, he cried, he felt pain. He is not some far away God sitting on a cloud waiting to strike bad people down. He’s compassionate because he feels our pain.
AND because of His mercies, we are not consumed. Depression will not consume us. Anxiety will not consume us if we rest on God.

When you are dealing with a health issue:

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If you are having health issues that are not being diagnosed (no one to help) this verse is good to meditate on. We also can take comfort in an earlier passage in Psalms. In Psalm 68:19 it says that the Lord daily bears our burdens. We don’t always receive an answer to why we go through things at times, but we do know that our God is compassionate to our struggles daily.

When feeling melancholy:

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In moments of sadness our minds and hearts are not at peace. If we can focus on God and praise him in the midst of feeling down, it can break strongholds. With God we can attain perfect peace.

When feeling fearful and needing strength: (this is the original and colors scanned different than prints)

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Our God is not asleep! He’s active. He wants to show Himself strong on your behalf! He is seeking you. This is an excellent verse to quell anxiety, fear, and those moments when we feel weak.

When needing encouragement to keep going:

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Sometimes we can feel run down emotionally. Remember, we are not storing treasures on earth but in heaven where moth nor rust can touch them. Keep going! You’re doing great!

Posting these 7 verses does not mean that I have mastered any of them. I am broken and need them desperately.  I have to review them over and over and over again. I also fall into the same holes periodically and need to revisit why I did so and ask God to help me again. Some people like to view Christians as people who think they are perfect. The truth is, we are sinners saved by what Christ accomplished on the cross, nothing else. Meditating on scripture helps me to get back on track in this life. I hope it helps you as well.

These pieces are free and you may download as many as you want. Print them out for encouragement for yourself or print them and give them to a friend in need.
Enjoy.

Encouraging Watercolor Giveaway

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Do you feel like sometimes you just need a little encouragement to get through the day? Me too. When I’m in nature, all I need to do is sit in creation and soak it in. During that time, my charge cord is plugged in and within a matter of minutes I’m full.

Look what scripture says about nature:

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.  Psalm 19:1-4

For those who believe, this is why we feel so close to God when in nature. Nature itself is witnessing of God without words…that’s so cool!

But what if you cannot get outside?

There’s another source of encouragement you can tap into at any time by meditating on the Word itself. It is alive.

When I’m worried about something, I find an appropriate verse and repeat it during the day.
For example, if I’m feeling scared I can say this verse:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Is 41:10

After a few minutes of meditating on this, I will lose my fear and begin to feel calm. If I fall backwards and feel anxious again, all I have to do is keep repeating my verse. It really is powerful.

So, I want to encourage someone out there with some free artwork in the mail.

  • 1 person will receive this original watercolor with a personalized handwritten verse on it.
  • 6 people will receive a print of this watercolor with their own personalized handwritten verse on it.

The Rules:

  1. By Friday, March 4, 2016 at 6pm (cst) Leave a comment and tell me what area you need encouragement in. (For example: I am feeling worried… I am feeling scared… I am feeling a little sad.) You don’t have to be specific. DO NOT leave your personal information like address or phone number…it will be deleted.
  2. I will pick 7 entries Saturday, March 5, 2016 and contact you via email.
  3. When you receive your artwork in the mail, do something encouraging for someone else. This could be anything. You can call someone up on the phone and tell them you’re thinking about them and share your verse. You can give a friend one single flower and find a verse that can help them. Just do something encouraging for someone in need!

Next week, I will post the selected entries as 7 different encouraging verses for anyone to download. So everyone is a winner!

It is my hope that I can uplift people and in return they can turn around and uplift others. Let us be light in the world!!!!