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Oh, the Possibilities!

  "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." -Romans 15:13 Hey hey, it's summer break! What a wild and blessed season these last few months have been. They were filled with Quiet. January through March were months filled with solitude, reflection and creating without distraction. Yes, there were classes and opportunities and lots of painting, but mostly quietly reflecting. Okay, I’ll admit, it wasn’t always quiet reflection…too often there was whining about how quiet it was, but that's because the months before had been so vital and active. Truth be told, I needed to be reminded how...

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Goodness

  "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control." --Galatians 5:22 "...and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come," --Hebrews 6:5 Goodness. I use this word a lot. "Oh my goodness!" "Goodness gracious!" "Good gravy!!" (Okay, the last one doesn't fit exactly, but I love to say it, so go with me on this.)  Goodness is defined as "The state or quality of being good. Moral excellency; virtue. kindly feeling; kindness; generosity. Excellence of quality: goodness of workmanship. The best part of anything; essence; strength. A euphemism for God." ** I am periodically asked to donate paintings or teaching services for various...

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Priorities

    "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." --Matthew 6:33 Happy New Year, Friends, I find myself looking to the future with a renewed sense of purpose and would like to share some thoughts God has been revealing to me… Priorities: I had an incredible 2016! Not to say all of it was sunshine and roses, but as I review the year as a whole, a BIG chunk of it was covered in God-given opportunities and blessings. Actually, every day was covered by God’s infinite grace, but since I find I struggle with self-absorption on a regular basis, I don’t always see the blessings when they’re disguised...

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ATTENTION!

It’s the Final Countdown “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7 NIV “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” —Leonardo da Vinci   **I'm warning you now, this one is wordy, so please bear with me.** As I write this, it is two weeks and two days before I begin set up for Art San Diego. 16 days.  384 hours.  Taking a deep breath. Release. Phew! If...

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Alleviating Tension

Setting Aside Time in our Daily Lives  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”” – Jeremiah 29:11-13 "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." - JRR Tolkien Have you ever tweaked your back as you roll out of bed in the morning? I have. And if it’s a particularly painful spasm, it might last a day...

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