Saturday, October 29, 2011

We Are Called, Repost , Reshare and Re--commit!!!

Quite your mind.
Listen to your heart.
Be Still.
YES,
We are ALL Called.
CALLED TO.....
BELIEVE...
FOLLOW...
&
SERVE...

First we are called to Believe.
John 5:24
“Very truly I tell you,
whoever hears my word and believes
 him who sent me has eternal life and will not
be judged but has crossed over from death to life."


Second we are called to follow.
Luke 9:23-26
"23 Then he said to them all:
 “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves
 and take up their cross daily and follow me.
24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it
, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.
 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world,
 and yet lose or forfeit their very self?
26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words,
the Son of Man will be ashamed of them
 when he comes in his glory and
in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels."

Third we are called to serve.
 Romans 12:11
"Never be lacking in zeal,
but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord."

How are you serving the Lord today?
How do you choose to serve each other?

Today, I will serve with a Joyful Heart.
So that others will see CHRIST in me.
So that others might be drawn to
the heart of Christ.

   ANOTHER STROKE OF THE BRUSH
Another Collaboration 
Between God and I.


 Please know when I suggest God is in on my art, I am
speaking from my heart and soul.
I am not claiming to be anything more than a servant.
I can honestly say that sometimes my art comes
from a place I am unaware existed in that moment and can only be the
Holy Spirit working in me.
I am assured that these visions and
creations are
coming to me via,
God the Father, His Only Son Jesus and
The HOLY Spirit which is received through Faith. 
This connection I have doesn't always happen,
not in every piece of art I make.
It doesn't happen everyday.
I can't make it happen.
So when it happens I claim it!
And I Praise God who
planted the seed of creativity in the
fertile soil of my soul.
I find ultimate joy in using my talent to serve
God.
Surely this was his plan all along?
So, I must re-commit daily to serve, follow and share.
Which my friends is what I am trying to do by restarting this blog.
How do you do it all?
(slowly on foot) LOL


So sweet friends....
Quite your mind.
Listen to your heart.
Be Still.
And you will hear the whispers of
the Holy Spirit calling
You Too!
After all, it is the Promise of God. 
And in Faith, We Believe these promises.

 Dear Friends, Have a Beautiful.
Joy filled day.
Many Blessings, Deborah

Some of the words have changed in this post
but the message is the same.
YOU TOO, are Called.








Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Beauty In Ashes, A Reposting of Arts Healing Power

Fire in the Valley
Healing with Gods Words and
the gift of my art.
24.Acts 20:24
"However, I consider my life worth nothing to me;
 my only aim is to finish the race
 and complete the task the
 Lord Jesus has given me—
the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace."
Via
http://www.biblegateway.com/

"The Valley" 2006
I painted this in 2006 with acrylic and glazing medium.
During a time I was living in depth of one of life's valleys.
5 years ago we had a house fire
and lost everything.
But, according to the insurance company the
old foundation was solid.
So we built a new house on the old foundation.

The cowboy and I were in the heart of the valley....
Our marriage was changed,
my children were changed,
our family dynamic was changed and
my faith was changed
Forever.

As I look back at this piece of artwork. I see
now there must have been light in my spirit even in
the darkness life sometimes dishes out.
The light color palette in the midst of
the dark greens at the top center appears
to me (now) 
to be a reflection of
  the light of God which resides
within us...
even in the valley.
I believe God allows these valleys to accomplish
his purpose within us.
"Waves of Color and Light" 2006
As I clung to this scripture,
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"
 ~ Philippians 4:13
My paintings would begin to reflect the colors I
needed to heal.

The road out of the valley can be
a long difficult one.
I had many days where I felt like a big black
cloud was hanging over my family and
troubles on top of trouble was all
there was for us.
I felt undeserving...
unworthy...
and I was asking,
where is God in all this?

"Valley of Darkness 2006


Which leads me to this question?
Does
God who has given His
only Son to show us His love,
grace and mercy consider it defiance,
 that I would question or
consider even for a moment that what
God created (Me) is unworthy and undeserving?
I have always told my kids
 God doesn't make mistakes or
garbage...
That is why GRACE is
my word this year.
Because, I have been allowing this unworthy
undeserving perception hold me
back from all the blessings
 God has in store
for me and my family.
I can not tell you how hard it is to rebuild
after a trauma like that.
It affected each of my family members differently and
the healing process is and was different for each one of us.

Out of the ashes of fire was heart ache and loss.
My healing process included counseling,
bible studies and  working on my art.
I could momentarily escape the valley
 and find peace in my studio.
A respite from the rebuilding process
of our home and family.
We did a lot of the rebuilding work ourselves to save
money. This process consumed our lives from sun up to
sun down for 9 long months.

Then from out of the ashes I began to look
for the blessings and the lessons.
Changing my perspective.
My soul needed healing...
I found healing through Gods words.
My Spirit needed rest,
which I found through creating
 art...
My heart needed GRACE.
Something I did not have to work for or
earn... because,
in the valley I felt like just getting up
in the morning was work,
being a wife...work,
being a mother...work....
work.work.work

ANOTHER STROKE FO THE BRUSH

BEAUTY IN THE ASHES...
Because of the fire I was able to
have a new studio,
hence the name:
Art and Soul.

Because of the fire...
We went from a one bathroom for 6 people
to two! (a real miracle)

Because of the fire I found
out what I am made of...
Strength...
Courage...
Compassion...
AND
Who I am in Christ alone.

Because of the fire I now believe more
than every God has a purpose for my
life.

1 Corinthians 15:10
(New International Version, ©2011)
10 "But by the grace of God I am what I am,
and his grace to me was not without effect. 
No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I,
but the grace of God that was with me."

God is with us in the midst of the
darkest valley.
Trust me I found him there....
Although I am unworthy of the gifts of God,
He does not ask us to be worthy, He
accepts us just the way we are.
That MY friends is the good news of Gods
GRACE.

Grace is unmerited favor that is God-given,
 made possible only by Jesus Christ and none other.
 It is God's gift of salvation granted to sinners for their salvation.

Many Blessings, Deborah





Sunday, October 16, 2011

Signs on the journey and Inspiration to keep your eyes open & Our Crazy Busy Life!!!

Hey beautiful peeps,
Long time no blogging.....is anyone still out there? (Following)
I decided to take a sabbatical from technology.
It can consume and monopolize your time before
you know it hit you.
SO..
I spent the summer with my beautiful
family. PRICELESS.
Although lets be honest I did facebook.
I mean really I have to keep up with family and friends.

Summer is my favorite time of the year and it was crazy busy
in a good way.
In bring my summer to a close I made a faith step (not with out prayerful consideration)
and took a
journey to The Creative Connection Event in St. Paul, Mn.
This is about that journey and how the holy spirit was watching my
back the whole time
TCC is an event created by Where Women Create.
It is all about successful creative women in business and lots of fun classes to
make art & crafts.
Right up my alley! Right!
Well friends it ain't cheep to attend these conferences.
Although the information they share and the spark of
creativity they ignite IS
priceless.
With the two boys in college I didn't think it was in the cards
for me to go this year. I had wanted to go to this event
last year sooo badly.
So Like, I am always praying for God to show me
when, where and how to take my art to a new level.
 Always asking for direction?
Should I go? God do you want me to go?
I want to honor him always in all ways. In the back of my mind
 and at the bottom of my heart...
God IS First
Honoring my Husband 2nd
and being there for my family in 3rd on
my priority list.
Asking God...A SIGN
So I set up my art at a sidewalk show in Gilbert.
 My friend Sarah is also set up. I begin to tell her all about it, TCC.
Well guess what,
She went to it last year for one day. (me..thinking really, cool!)
So She says, " did you know if you volunteer for the
event you get to help in the classes and panels?"
I said, "NO."
I rush home to research this with there being only two weeks left before the event.
Thinking they probable have enough volunteers. But, its worth a shot just to check
it out. I email the contact Lacy and wait for a reply...Wait, wait, wait.
To my surprise they still needed volunteers. Count me in! At this time I am only thinking
I will go and just see what its about and meet lots of other creative women. I hadn't even read
the fine print in the e-mail Lacy sent me. I was just excited to road trip!
Lacy calls and I tell her the hours and day I am willing to help and then I get another email.
Make sure you register for your free classes or panels. Re-read the 1st email.
If you volunteer for 5 hours you get 1 class or 2 free panels. And 1 meal.
 WHAT? Oh my gracious loving God, No Way!
If you work 10 hours you get another free class or panel and a meal and thats not
all, you will get a TCC bag filled with free creative stuff. I am having heart palpatations
at this point. God is this you? I send an email to Lacy right away and tell her to work me as
much as see needs me all day Friday, because all the panels I want are on Saturday. 
YES I AM GOING TO THE CREATIVE CONNECTION EVENT.
With of course my husband and families blessing.

Well friends this is just the first sign on the journey. So much more to share...
But, I can't put it all in one post.
Next post Stop, Shop & Spend!
Oh my!

Got to meet a wonderful bloggin Friend,
Prudence @  http://avintagemom.blogspot.com/

And so Much More.
















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