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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