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!

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