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.
















Friday, April 1, 2011

Another shot....She Speaks Conference

My six word story.
Six little words One big chance........
SCHOLARSHIP.

God speaks.
Faith hears.
She leaps.

The newest opportunity to
win a scholarship to the
She Speaks Conference.
Gotta Go For It!!!


Hop over to She Reads
and join in on the fun.




Monday, March 28, 2011

Lost in the Land of the Flu....

Just a quick post to say,
 Hey!
Sickness has attacked
my oldest daughter and I.
We have been on the sofa
all this past week.
YIKES!!!
We are going to the Dr. today
at 2pm.

THANK YOU for
all the prayers for my mother in-law, Joann.
She has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor
in one breast. They will be doing
a lumpectomy this week.
She will do radiation  and and
some type of chemo/hormone pills.
We are praying for a full recovery.

Nooo...
 stroke of the brush happening
in my studio.
Hoping to be well and back soon.
Have a Blessed Week.
“Women are like teabags.
 We don't know our true strength until
 we are in hot water!” Eleanor Roosevelt



Many Blessings, Deborah

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A prayer for my Mother Inlaw- Joann, It is an Honor to be a Guest at INcourage...

Hi Friends, I hope spring
is bringing new life and
new hope to you
where ever you are.

We just got home from an 11 hour trip
one way to South East Missouri.
Where the Cowboy's mother
has been diagnosed with
breast cancer.
Unanswered question?
More test!!!
We are hoping to hear something
Monday or Tuesday.
 So please pray for her and our family.

Lord, I lift her up to you,
surround her with your angels.
Lift her spirits when she is feeling
down.
Lift her up when her hope is
falling.
Lift from Joann the spirit of fear
that covers her soul.
Let her see the light of
her faith in you.
In the
name of Jesus Christ.

"I love the Lord, because He hears.
My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live."
Psalm 116:1-2


ANOTHER STROKE OF
THE BRUSH...
ON A MUCH HAPPIER
NOTE...


I am over at...
     
I am so honored to be a guest writer at Incourage.
Sharing my faith on with a new audience of christian women.
Women who are seeking the Heart of Jesus,
Everyday.

Scary...Yes!
Proud...Oh, Yes!!!


Called...
 I am a Christian Artist



Can you hear the whispering voice of God calling you?
 It takes courage, 
It takes faith...
It takes patience's
 and complete trust in God my Father. 
Believing in the promise that the Holy Spirit is living in me,
 speaking to me.


“Art is a collaboration

between God and the artist,

and the less the artist does the better.

” Quote by Andre Gide
"My Favorite Quote"
 
 I have a  dream...
It is to minister to women through art workshops,
 retreats
 and bible studies.
 God has placed the seed of this dream in my heart and his plan shall prevail.
  
I hope you will stop in
at


Where do you feel you are being called?
A calling is not so much an
action or job...
it is a process
of listening and discerning
God's Voice for you life.
   

"Art is the voice God
 has given me to use
 and share his love, grace,
 peace and forgiveness."

 
Titled, "Angels Watching Over Us"
Completed in 2006
Be encouraged to use your gifts
to build a stronger relationship with Jesus.
Many Blessings, Deborah

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

She Speaks Scholarship, The Contest for a Life Changing Conference...

She Speaks is having a Scholarship
contest. 
AWESOME...
This conference is an opportunity for
Christian women to take their
speaking, writing and ministries to the next level.
Equipping them with the tools they need to
be successful in sharing their vision and passion to
lead women to the heart of Christ.
You can participate too...
You have to get your entry in by March 11, 2011

Oh MY.....
My palms are sweating and my heart is
racing with excitement.
For me this would be the opportunity of a life
time.

 It is my heart felt
belief that this is the next step
I have been praying to God for.
(No Really!)

As you all know I believe we all 
have a purpose and calling to serve
God our Father with our gifts and talents.

When my passion and talent intersect I believe
God is right there with me,
leading me,
speaking to me
and calling me to the
heart of my purpose.
Which is to
 Honor,
Please
 and Serve Him
by serving others and sharing His eternal Love.

This conference is right on target 
with my desire to touch the
lives of women through my writing, speaking and
artwork.

I have been looking and seeking an opportunity
to educate myself and take the next step in my journey.
This step would include using my gifts and talents to
inspire women through art workshops, writing and speaking 
engagements. Encouraging them to develop
a life changing relationship with
Jesus Christ.
I want to share the
joy and purpose that I have found only when
I am seeking the
HEART
of God.

It is my deepest desire to help other women find their,
"sweet spot".
I want to inspire them to come closer than they have every been
 to the Heart of a God who can meet them right where they are.

The "Sweet Spot",
Described best my my favorite author,
Max Lucado
To find your "sweet spot" ---
that place where your passions and talents intersect.
"For a person to really live in their sweet spot, 
they have got to discover the
joy of pleasing and honoring God.
It's less about themselves and more about honoring Him."
"Your sweet spot is that unique combination
of abilities and strengths God has given you.
It's the zone out of which He intended for us to operate,
and in which we're most fruitful.
It's different for every person, and the closer
we can come to understanding our own unique
sweet spot, the more fruitful 
and satisfied we'll be in our work and life..." Max Lucado



I know that I have the ability and talent that God has
equipped me with. I am confident
this is the calling God has placed on my heart.
But all this talent and confidence is nothing if you do not
have the knowledge and tools required to 
succeed in fulfilling your purpose
and getting your message out there.

God is calling me to step outside
my comfort zone.
Nudging me to step outside of my studio.
I hear God's whisper,
"Step out, Reach out to women and trust me to 
qualify you for your purpose."

I have the Passion to
pursue this calling.
I just need the tools to take it to
the next level.
I want and need to be educated on
how I can effectively reach women
with the message God has placed on
my heart. 
 I am honored to be among the many others who
are seeking to serve God.

I want to Thank, Lysa and the She Speaks
community for this awesome opportunity
for a scholarship to attend this
conference.
For me it would be the next step in my journey to
 live my purpose.
For the Glory of God Alone.

She Speaks


ANOTHER STROKE OF THE BRUSH...
The Blessing,
Realizing the Joy it brings our Father God
when we use the talent he has given us.
And the gift of knowing this His truth and the joy
this truth will bring you. 

 God Loves you and me
Unconditionally!

Many Blessing, Deborah
If you quite your mind,
you will hear God
speaking to your heart.










Monday, March 7, 2011

Praise His Holy Name, Called to Worship

What is our highest calling?
We are called to Worship and Praise
God.
Worship and praise is one of
the most important components in
a Christian's calling.
When we are praising
God our focus is on
our blessings instead of
our fears...
our iniquities...
or our brokenness.
It is in God presence where
we find the true fullness of JOY!
  Praising in faith brings
us into the presence and power of God's promises.

  The psalmist writes this,
 For giving grateful praise.
"1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his[a]; 
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations."

 How do you Worship and Praise?
I sing along with contemporary Christian
music. (Very Loud when no one is home.)
Shout to the Lord with all your heart
and make a joyful noise!!!

ANOTHER STROKE OF THE BRUSH...

I have been very busy making joyful
art.
Hence, not much time for the blog.
I truly don't know how people manage to blog
everyday.
They are amazing!

Here are three new wooden tiles.
Just soothing color and encouragement.

Titled, "Dare to Dream"


Titled, " Believe"


Titled, "Cherish"

I just love these colors!
They remind me of refreshing water washing away
my worries and fears or a clear blue sky on a warm
summer day.

Dearest friends have a blessed Week!
Count your blessings and sing a song of praise.

I am counting the days till my story will
be featured at Incourage.
March 20th a couple days after my birthday.
This is the best present ever!
http://www.incourage.me/
 Just hop on over there and be inspired
by amazing women who share their journey's
in faith.


Many Blessings, Deborah


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Inviting God to be in on it!

My newest mantra
Lord God if your not in it,
Don't let me begin it.
(I hung it in front of my work
table.....)
Lord God, I ask that you
would lead me in all things,
Amen.

Do you ever feel like your
spinning your wheels and
getting no where fast?
As an artist sometimes I feel like
I lose direction.
I begin creating for all the wrong reasons.
For example,
Creating what people tell me too.
Creating to make a fast dollar.
Creating for approval.

So I have made a promise to myself
to stay connect in God's word.
A promise to create for one reason only to
honor my Father God.

Hence... My new mantra,
Before I start a new project or a
peice of art, I will
meditate on this.
God if your not in it,
don't let me begin it.

Reminding myself I am not alone
in this creative process and
asking God to lead me and direct my path.

For God has made a promise to you and me.
He will never leave us.
Psalm 23:1-6
A Psalm of David
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the
paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death; I will fear no evil: for thou
art with me; thy rod and thy staff they
comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the
presence of mine enemies: thou anointest
my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all
the days of my life; and I will dwell in the
house of the Lord for ever.

I desire GOD to
Dwell,
IN my Heart
IN my Soul &
IN my Art.
IN all that I do...
Parenting, house work and in
the foundation of my marriage.
Lord God dwell in my home this day & everyday, Amen.


ANOTHER STROKE OF THE BRUSH
I have been busy making my
"Splash of Color and Dose of Faith"
Woven art tiles.
Since I can't cut up all my artwork.
I started making watercolor backgrounds
for the purpose of cutting up and weaving.
Color for me is so therapeutic.
I am so excited that spring is just around the
corner. My eyes are longing to see the
fresh colors of spring.

What is your favorite part of spring?

Here is the newest art tiles...With
beautiful, bright and bold colors.
A fresh breath of spring colors just for you!

 Titled "Treasured"
You are forever treasured by God.

 Titled, " Believe at the Cross"
Lay your burdens down at the foot of the Cross and believe
in the rest and peace Jesus alone offers.

Titled, "Son in the Valley"
Reminding me even in the valley of life's difficult
circumstances you are never alone.
Jesus walks beside YOU.
Yes, YOU!!!

Bring on Spring!
Have a beautiful and joy filled day.
Many Blessings, Deborah
P.S.
I am counting the days until I will  be a guest
at Incourage...
Published date March 20th, 2011
http://www.incourage.me/
This an awesome site for
Christian women.
A must follow!
There are so many inspiring stories and
heart felt testimonies of Faith.
Rush over now and receive a fresh breath of inspiration!

Thursday, February 24, 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.








Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Sweet Spot, Why Blog???

Yesterday I was reading
Ecclesiastes
The teacher is giving a speech on
how useless things of the world are.
What in the world truly brings joy?
Wisdom?
Wealth?
Hard work.?
He exclaims it is all useless and
in the end anything apart
from God is Useless.

"The best that people can do is eat,
drink, and enjoy their work. I saw
that even this comes from God,
Because no one can enjoy life
without Him. If people please
God, god will give them wisdom,
knowledge, and joy."
Ecclesiastes 2: 24-26

"The Key" 2006 Watercolor canvas

Ah Ha Moment!!!
Why do I blog?
I blog because I want to be used by God.
I blog because I want to make a difference in someones day.
I blog to self promote and promote my art.
What is wrong with those three sentences?
 (  I  )
What I just realized is, it is not about what I want.
My selfish nature wants to know I am making a difference.
My selfish nature want instant gratification...
Acceptance, Recognition
Thank you mainstream society and technology.
I haven't been getting many comments lately.
COMMENTS....(sigh)
I was using that as a measure of my success.
Bad,Bad Idea.....

I just realized this it is NOT the plan God had
for me....This is not the Spot!
I just realized that joy comes when I bridge the gap between God and I.
This gap is bridged when you are in a place with just you and God.
Just you and God.
God working in you and through you in his perfect will.
 True joy is meant to come from God and the time
 we are spending on our relationship with Him.
 The gap is closed when I am still, quite and listening to
God. 
When I am writing what he has placed
 on my heart and honoring him with
my talent and devotion.
Nothing else matters. Time stands still or slips by.
It's also referred to as the, " sweet spot".
A moment in time where there is no fear and no worries.
JUST YOU AND GOD.
Max Lucado writes about this in,  
A Cure for The Common Life
To find your "sweet spot" ---
that place where your passions and talents intersect.
"For a person to really live in their sweet spot,
they have got to discover the
joy of pleasing and honoring God.
It's less about themselves and more about honoring Him." 
"Your sweet spot is that unique combination
of abilities and strengths God has given you.
 It's the zone out of which He intended for us to operate,
 and in which we're most fruitful.
 It's different for every person, and the closer
we can come to understanding our own unique
 sweet spot, the more fruitful
and satisfied we'll be in our work and life..."  Max Lucado
This book is a GREAT read...Check it out!

Leave it to me to miss the point of writing this blog.
Well not completely... Or get caught up in the hype!
Working hard for comments...Not important! Useless
Working hard for Recognition... Not important!Useless
Working hard for approval...Not important! Useless

Living in my creative "sweet spot" and honoring God is where I want to be.
I really do want this to be less about me and my selfish needs.
But, I also want this to be a vehicle where I can share my faith
 and promote my artwork.
I really feel like it is a fine line. 
God is my passion
 and my writing and artwork
 is the place where I feel they intersect.

Welcome to My,
"SWEET SPOT"
This is where I
live Life to the fullest!
In the spot God has prepared just for me.

What does that mean for my blog?
I am taking the follow me... off.
I am not gonna check 5 or 6 times a
day to see is If I got a comment.
I am gonna put it out there
and trust God to use it
however he wants too.
If he wants to?
I will share what is on my heart.
I will share my art, my dreams
and my journey.
Hopefully sell some art too!!!
I will try to inspire others to
create a meaningful relationship with
God through His
son Jesus Christ.
With His help!!!
In God Alone I trust.

Many Blessings Deborah



Friday, February 11, 2011

Aah Love Love Love....

February the month
Of...
Love.
What do you Love?
Here is a few of the things
I love to Love.
The foot of the cross
and the open arms of Jesus.

The Cowboy, My husband and
part-neer.

I LOVE, My wonderful family!
All my children
My mother,father and
brothers. 
&
The blessings of Friends
I Love
Watching my girls bloom into
beautiful women right before my eyes.

I Love...
 Making art that reflects the relationship
I have with Jesus Christ. 
 Messy Art and Soul Studio.

My collection of boots! Luv um!

I confessed to a boot addiction
in a prevouis post.
The truth will set you free! (Right?)
P.S. The Cowboy got me a new pair for
Valentines Day with some flowers.

Crayons!!! 

 The colors of the ocean. 
The color Aqua. (I heart)

 Painting Roses in watercolor.
The color Pink.

Looking out my window to see
our Horses.

I Love.....
 AMERICA and all she stands for.
Hope, Promise & Freedom!

Just a fun and quick pictorial of
what I heart!
Picture by Rebekah J. Ruby


John 3:16 (New International Version,
16 "For God so loved the world that he
 gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
 shall not perish but have eternal life."

 I Love...
GODS LOVE
“It’s difficult for our limited minds
to comprehend an unlimited God.
Don’t allow the limits of your mind
to limit what you will
 allow God to do in your life.”
 – Elmer Laydon

Love one another!
Happy Valentines Day!
Many Blessings, Deborah

Saturday Link up at
It's Grace
Come join the Fun!
http://www.itsgrace.com/

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Come be Inspired & Link up.....
I am having so much fun
and finding so much inspiration
 linking up with
other christian women who
blog.
Word Filled Wensday
at
Internet Cafe Devotions
My word for Wedsday
LOVE
 " Herein is Love, not that we have loved God,
but that he loved us and sent  his only son,
propitiation for our sins." 1John4:10




Stop by the Cafe for A steamy hot
cup of inspiration:
Daily Devotions on FB.
Many Blessings, Deborah

Friday, February 4, 2011

A collaboration between God and I. Art and A New Link.

Answered Prayer
&
Divinely Inspired.

I am so, so excited to share
my newest inspirational
art.
Titled,
"A Splash of Color
  A Dose of FAITH"

Here's the story
behind the ART.
Hope you like it!
Sooooo...
The Internet is abundant with
 beautiful works of art
and artist.
I love to look at all the
creative artwork out there in
blog land and ETSY it can
be so inspiring.
But, sometimes I feel overwhelmed
by all the talented people out
there.

I had begun to think its all been
done like...(art)
What is original?
What hasn't been done?
Flowers...done!
Animals....done!
Collage...done!
An artist teaches a class
and you come out with a
piece of art that is more a
reflection of their
style then your own.
I want my own style.
As an artist you want to be
unique and stand out in the crowd.
It is kinda hard to explain, I'll Try! 

What do I want from my art?
I want my work to show the connection
I have with God when I am creating it.
I don't want to be just another artist.
I want to be a Christian Artist.
 Is that a limiting label? Maybe but, I don't care!

I want the world to know I love Jesus and
without him I would not have these gifts.
I want my art to be less about
me and more about the
work God is doing
through me & in me.

"Art is a collaboration between
 God and the artist, and the less
 the artist does the better."
 ~AndrΓ© Gide
 This is one of my all time favorite
quotes.


So I have been praying,
God Give me something
NEW!
Give me something small 4 1/2"x4 1/2"and
affordable to all.
Give me something
that shows my LOVE  for YOU.
Let me first start by telling you
that I really didn't spend much time
in the studio last month.
Just not feeling IT!
So a couple days ago I walk
into my studio and as if in a daze
I spy a old piece of art
which I had cut up into strips and
woven it together with a verse on it.
I never finished it!
It was big 18"x20" or so.
The only explanation I have is
the Holy Spirit took over and I
just started cutting up old artwork,
Which I wasn't happy with.
Reclycled ART.
I don't think I could have stopped
creating these if I wanted to.
With in 3 hours or so I had these made.
Then I thought to myself,  Had
God
planted this seed in me 4 years
ago when I made the big one?

It was a Holy Spirit moment.
When I finished these pieces and I took a
step back, I felt tingles
and goose bumps from my
head to my toes.
Ya'all are thinking eek, she could
be crazy.
But, these I call  Holy Spirit moments
and they are
real to me!
I know... I know, CRAZY,
But, I know I am not alone it these
moments...which I can feel the presence
of the Holy Spirit.
(Cause I am blessed to know others
like me.) LOL!
I have some good... good friends,
and when we get together in prayer
we all get these same feelings.
Not all the time, just sometimes.
Like when we are praying for
others or our husbands...LOL!

In the end friends, MY truly
 honest intention
is and will always be
to honor God and to
use my gifts and talents to
Give my Father in Heaven all
the Glory!
My intention is to share this gift with others
so they to will be blessed and inspired to use their gifts.
I want to be transparent even if it means
I have to be vulnerable.
I refuse to white wash my faith or
 My truth...
God is my Father,
Jesus is His son,
and My Savior
and the Holy Spirit
Lives In Me.
I am a
CHRISTIAN ARTIST.
Welcome to my journey!
I am so glad you stopped
by.
Many Blessings, Deborah

Also, I linked up with It's Grace
yesterday and wanted to share
her wonderful blog with you.
So hop on over, you will
be blessed by her
words and her heart.

 Here is another Great
Christian Blog;  Rachel @

Stop by for inspiration and to
share the amazing Blessing
God has for each of us.

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