HOPE for our days

August 17, 2020

“Living Water.”
I wish a painting had sound effects – the sound of running water – as a flowing river or stream. We all want to bottle that soothing sound and play it back in anxious or uncomfortable times when we can’t sleep or relax. Jesus told the woman at the well that He came to offer us Living Water so that we would never thirst again. He spoke to life-giving, hope-giving, Spirit filling water flowing into and through our lives because of His gift of Himself. Jesus asks that we receive this gift not that we try to earn it. Yet this is so hard for so many to imagine~
If you are hopeless, fearful, stressed – at the END of your proverbial rope –
I pray you will ASK Jesus to be your Comforter, your Healer, your Giver of Living Water and the forgiver of all that has caused you pain. He is faithful.
Praying you will be filled with hope the world cannot take from you.
Jesus spoke, “If you knew the gift of God and who is asking you for a drink, you would have asked HIM, and He would have given you living water.” John 4:10.


August 16, 2020

After three days of searching, I finally found Woman’s World magazine! I was so excited and told everybody in the store! (wellll, not everybody~) How funny it was to me that my article is under the “found money” section! Seriously?? Well, I guess that’s what the world is looking for these days. I began painting looking for something to keep me busy and fill up my empty spaces. Over time I found I could bless other people capturing their special photos with my paintbrushes🎨 and also share hope and encouragement with my FB friends. It has been quite the journey!
Lest I sound ungrateful, I hope you know I am TRULY grateful! I appreciate Kathryn Streeter who found me and wrote this article, for condensing my words and her needs for the article into the number of words allowed by the editor, and giving me an opportunity to prayerfully, encourage a wider audience. I don’t have words for how unimaginable this has been for me!

For those of you kind enough to 👍🏻 and 💜 and comment, THANK YOU! I read every word and was deeply touched.
So now, back to real life!

August 10, 2020

Yesterday we began “40 days of Hope” at Sun Valley Community Church and it is a theme we all really need right now. I no longer watch the nightly news. It is a wide pathway to panic and despair. So how about we take the narrow road and spread some encouraging words. With total credit to Beth Moore from “Entrusted,” her study on 2 Timothy, I share her wise words:

“Thank God we have one another. We were meant to need each other. But nobody is Jesus but Jesus. Every now and then in this perilous journey comes a quickly fleeting moment of perceiving His invisible, inaudible nearness. And that one moment is richer than a month of Sundays in the fellowship of a thousand saints.”

We pray for the reality of Jesus’ presence WITH US. I pray for each one reading these words~ that we find HOPE through the power of the Holy Spirit, to be a Light in our world. Prayer draws us closer to our Heavenly Father and to the great love of our Savior – who knew this was coming. And we need you, Lord Jesus. We are tired of the darkness
Strengthen and comfort your people we pray.

(BTW, I highly recommend “The Coming Convergence” on Amazon Prime. Watch it to the end)

August 6, 2020

WOMAN’S WORLD MAGAZINE! ONE WEEK from TODAY at a checkout counter near you, LOL (8/13-19), you will find a short article about Prayers and Paintbrushes in Woman’s World magazine. 🎨 I wish the article could have been long enough to say how much I VALUE each of you for Liking and Following me and being such an encouragement to this starving artist😄! I also wish they could know it’s not money, but the ‘blessed to be a blessing’ feeling I get when I share my art and my heart.

August 3, 2020

This painting takes me back to Kauai, 2017. What I wouldn’t give to feel the cool wet sandy shore between my toes. It was so beautiful and peaceful – definitely an earthly paradise. Can you imagine the smell of the salt sea air and the roar of the waves? If anyone reading this has a favorite photo of the ocean, I would love if you would post it! We can all dream just a little in this season where we’re pretty much stuck at home.
Praying you would find someone to encourage today, especially if you are struggling. Nothing can heal our heart quite as much as healing someone else’s. Make me an instrument of Thy peace, Lord.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. http://www.prayersandpaintbrushes.com Gallery – “Kauai Hoaloha”

July 30, 2020

Lord, I ask You to please empower the prayers of your people, in Jesus’ name. I ask that wisdom, truth, healing, respect, and compassion would again show itself not only in our country but in our world. I pray that leadership would again be trusted, that dissenting voices would be allowed to be heard, that important corrections and changes be made without the shedding of blood or the defacing of property. We are war weary and disheartened by viruses that weaken the body and remedies that destroy businesses and livelihoods. We need You, Lord. Give us wisdom we pray.

July 27, 2020

I painted this from a photo taken in Bisbee, AZ near the Copper Queen Hotel. You can’t tell anything about the location by looking at it. This is a snapshot reflecting a moment in time where I captured a tiny sliver of a beautiful garden. I found the beautiful because I was looking for it and I chose to ignore everything else.
This is a reminder to me to focus on what is good and lovely. We have to sift through a lot of noise and despairing views to find beautiful lately. Maybe we have the opportunity to create beauty with acts of kindness and compassion. We can also seek to acknowledge it in the actions of someone else and speak blessing over them.
Heavenly Father, help us to watch for Your hand at work in our world; help us to reflect Your love in our lives as a beacon of hope to others. And help us to spend more time searching for beauty and truth than despairing about ashes and chaos.
“…provide for those who grieve a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” Isaiah 61:3
http://www.prayersandpaintbrushes.com. Gallery. ”Looking for Beautiful”

July 20, 2020

I miss crowds, hugging, parties, worship services – community. These days I have to call, text, and email my friends and family in order to stay in touch. And I know I need to do that more often than I do~ SO today I’m going to make an effort to reach out to someone I haven’t seen in 4+ months and let them know they matter to me across our world of social distance. I’m also going to text my family and let them know I love and miss them and I pray for them and those they care about. And I will pray for those who are fearful and struggling. I hope this might spark a thought in you to reach out to someone you care about~
Make me an instrument of Thy peace, Lord. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury – pardon, doubt – faith, despair – hope, darkness – light, sadness – joy. Love.
Praying for healing, recovery, wellness, joy. And THANKFUL for Your love today, Lord.

July 17, 2020

The road ahead seems LONG, doesn’t it? Surely darkness is coming and we are not sure where to look to find light to guide us. And what about the voices we hear screeching or crying out at us – will something with sharp teeth jump our from behind a rock and take us out to dinner? Theirs!?
We are tired of the uncertainty, Lord: tired of the finger-pointing, the shouting, the mayhem and certainly the madness and rage. Our entire world has been rocked. And this road we travel IS long and it is dark and fearful. And light is hard to find~

You said Lord, “At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you.”
‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭7:13 But right after that you said –
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles‬ ‭7:14‬

So as we navigate this treacherous road: cautiously placing one tentative foot in front of the other,
Let’s all pray for forgiveness and healing. On every level, dear Lord.

July 11, 2020

Today is The Day! 🥳 I promised some AMAZING news and I really believe this qualifies, at least for this little fish in our vast oceans.
Freelance writer, Kathryn Streeter from Washington DC somehow found me, Prayers and Paintbrushes, in Facebook land, wrote an article about me, and it will be in Woman’s World magazine Issue #34 coming out Aug 13-19 – available at a checkout stand near you! Can you even IMAGINE THAT!?

PLEASE comment and share. 💕 I am praying there will be a message of hope in this article. I do not know what she wrote but she was lovely and I enjoyed our frequent communications. I pray this will be a message of hope for YOU, where you are today. Miracles still happen. I consider this a miracle, believe me.
In this very uncertain age, I am asking the Lord to empower us from where we sit to impact our world. Pray 2 Chronicles 7:14 over our land – over our lives.
Saying THANK YOU hardly reveals my heart. But to each dear one out there I say thank you 🥰 – for your loving and encouraging support 🥢🎨
Praying a miracle over you.

July 9, 2020

Reaching out to my P&P peeps this afternoon to ask if you are curious… Do you wonder what ‘news’ I have yet to share? Have you even given it a second thought🤪
You are always close to my heart. When I pray (because, after all, I don’t know what better thing I can do), I pray for each of you: for wisdom, comfort, SANITY, love, joy/peace/patience/kindness/gentleness/faithfulness/ and self control. (Gal 5:22,23) We are all looking around in great consternation amid the shouting coming at us from every direction. Our world has become an unrecognizable place. And it IS stressful.
So I invite you to sit with me awhile. Breathe, ask the Holy Spirit to come sit by your side and give you comfort – and wisdom! Wander around my website and let your senses be comforted by color and imagination. You may not feel you can travel right now, but you can experience some beauty through the touch of a paintbrush.
And I will share my news next week! 📝💗🤩

July 6, 2020

I have some pretty amazing news to share. This surprise came totally out of the blue and impacted me as the rays of sunshine reverse the darkness of night. But unlike the brightness of dawn which we expect every morning, this would never have even been dreamed by this girl.
We’ve been so disheartened by news reports DETERMINED to remind us to live in fear. It seems to me the news reports glorify the violence in our cities. It seems as if our world has been totally turned inside out/upside down. And it grieves us. What has happened to morality, love, relationship, respect?
The Dark Side seems to be winning – but I know who truly wins. And it is NOT the Dark Side.
So when I received the email which brought about this amazing event, I was reminded that even in the darkest of times, God is still on His throne, He is still showering blessing, He is still loving on His children, hearing and answering their prayers! He has not forgotten us nor is He ignoring us.
Paul prays in Eph 3:19, 20 that we would know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that (we) may be filled with all the fullness of God.
…who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us. Eph 3:19, 20
INFINITELY MORE than all we ask or imagine! Ask, my friends! Imagine, my friends. He is definitely listening and loving you.

Next week I will share my news with you. Stay tuned!

June 29, 2020

During “Church online” yesterday, I was reminded of an incident in my life many years back as our Pastor Chad shared the verse Matt. 6:33: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.”
Back then I was in a very difficult time and making any kind of decision seemed impossible. I felt alone and without hope. I remember praying asking God to Tell Me What to DO! Please, God – TELL ME! As I prayed, a melody kept playing in the back of my mind. But I just keep begging God for answers over and over. Finally I listened to what I was hearing🎶 Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness~and all these things shall be added unto you, Allelu, Alleluia! Suddenly I stopped banging on Heaven’s doors and heard what He was telling me through the words of that song – and then the next verse (Matt 7:7) went through my mind, “Ask and it shall be given unto you, Seek and ye shall find, Knock and it shall be opened unto you 🎶
I realized God was answering my questions. Seek Him and His gift of righteousness FIRST. Then ask and wait on Him. That was a powerful life lesson for me.
In the darkness, confusion, chaos, enmity, disappointment and even fear that swirls all around us, make time to sit at His feet. Embrace the Gift of His life for yours – even if you don’t understand it. Accept His great love for you and the forgiveness He offers. Then ask Him for wisdom to live your life – to make decisions – to move forward one small step at a time. And you will find the truth of Proverbs 3:5, 6 – He WILL direct your paths~
Praying over all of us inviting You in, Dear Jesus✨

June 22, 2020

This is a painting of a charming coffee ‘haus’ in Fredericksburg, TX. Joel and I visited with family a year ago. It was so incredibly sweet I just had to paint it! 🎨 And, it belongs to one of Joel’s family members and I wanted to bless her.
So much has changed in our world since then! I wonder if people still come and sit on this charming porch to drink coffee. I imagine guests are sitting there wearing masks between sips, as we are. I pray the visitors have not lost family or friends to The Virus that stealthily stalks our communities. I hope the guests find momentary peace and joy in the Muffin Haus.
Close your eyes, and remember this too shall pass. Remember that this is but a “momentary affliction” although it seems a long moment…
My encouragement today is that you would pray. Talk to your Heavenly Father. Tell Him your fears and concerns, your frustrations and your disappointments. Of course He knows, but he wants you to speak with Him! Pray for those you love: for healing and for peace of mind. And pray for yourself because He will work in your life if you will only come to Him in faith and confess your need of Him.
Yes, you DO need Him. And He IS there for you. Praying you will find Him today!✨

“Java and Muffin Haus“ in Gallery, http://www.prayersandpaintbrushes.com

June 16, 2020

I have been studying Heaven! I’ve always been confused when Jesus talked about Heaven as it didn’t fit my own confused paradigm. My friend who has 35+ years experience as a Bible teacher has been taking us through Randy Alcorn’s positively amazing book, “Heaven.” He researched his topic over 25 years. It is scripture based with a bit of imagination thrown in as no one has lived to tell, after all.🤗
Truly this book has changed my life! Now I’m excited to know about Heaven where I expect I will spend forEVER! I’m also concerned that everyone consider the evidence and recognize that Jesus is THE Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by him. Please consider this is the most important decision you will ever choose.
I promise this is worth your time. AND Randy is an incredible author of fiction as well. I just read these three (a series): Deadline, Dominion, and Deception and they were jaw-dropping.
I thought it would be fun to include a book report this morning! If you need something to read other than the newspaper or closed captioning, here are some options! Let me know if you have read this.

June 9, 2020

Let’s stop where we are and breathe. Close our eyes. Rest a moment. Turn from the anxious thoughts, stressful news reports, and difficult decisions we face and let’s
Be thankful.
We thank You, Lord for what is good in our lives, for Your very Presence available to us if we only seek you! We are grateful for the gift of faith, Jesus. I realize it is probably the best gift You could give us – to realize, to accept, and know we’ve been forgiven by You.
You are as close as a heartfelt prayer.
THANK YOU, Jesus, that You do see and know what is going on around us. Please help us be salt and light, to shine brightly in the darkness and make a difference right where we are. Change our hearts and minds. Give us wisdom, we pray. These are difficult, stressful times.
Thank You for hearing us and arming the angels of Heaven when we pray. We know this is a spiritual battle raging around us. We also know who ultimately wins the battle.
And we are thankful.

Be joyful always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thes 5:16-18

June 1, 2020

Lord, we are each individuals with thoughts, desires, needs, wishes, hopes and fears competing for our mental and emotional attention. The cauldron of our world screams for our involvement and our action. We have but one voice – our own. I know my voice feels unequal to the battle for justice I desire to fight and the protection I seek to defend. Jesus, You came to yours because we are BROKEN and we need SAVING. Our world is damaged, our vision is blurred, our resources are tainted. Our apparent truth is a lie and our perceived hope disappoints.
We ask You to intercede on behalf of the wounded, the victims of injustice, the lost seeking rescue from those who would kill and destroy. And be close with us who are at a loss for what to do, anyway! So we pray for those who are disenfranchised, those who rage, those who are desperate, those who are desperately trying to protect us. We ALL need You in such a time as this!
Lord, we come to You, bereft of words and feeling helpless, and ask You to open the floodgates of heaven – Heal our land, and comfort our wounded minds and broken hearts.

May 29, 2020

Wow. The anguish and anger we see and feel from our news reflects so much rage and frustration in our nation. I can’t begin to say I understand, because I see it from afar from a different perspective. But the divide is huge and the bitterness is understandable. I am praying for those who feel targeted, oppressed, frustrated, angry, fearful, hopeless and suicidal. Neither more legislation nor more government is a solution to the great divide. We need to seek to understand and see if we might be part of a solution. I pray that each of you reading this would take a moment to pray for these of every race who fall into the above categories. Prayer is NOT a last resort. It should be our first response.
“We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.” Ps. 33:20
“…confess your sins to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Josh 1:9.

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Restore that which the locust has eaten, Lord. Heal the brokenness and despair of each wounded heart, especially friends and family of Mr. Floyd.

May 22, 2020

Listening to the news can be a positively painful experience. I would not want to be a newscaster or newswriter at this point in time! With pressure from every direction and interest group, objectivity seems to be dying a rapid painful death. Could anyone use some joy today? How about some reasons for hope! Do YOU have encouraging thoughts you would like to share? I’d love to know what is making you smile this Friday.
I will begin by sharing a scripture verse I first learned at my Bridal shower almost exactly 7 years ago. It was printed on a little pillow, a gift from my daughter and grand-daughter “Be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done marvelous things.” Joel 2:21. And the man I was about to marry is named Joel💜

May 18, 2020

“When shadows come into your life, it is a sign that there must be light somewhere,” Ray Stedman.
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:2‬ ‭
‘But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, God has prepared for those who love him”’— ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭
Lord, I love Your promises filling Your Word with hope that we can stand on when the ground beneath is shaky. You are the Rock of Ages and the promise for our tomorrows. Everyone praying with me carries different burdens and battles unique challenges. We bend our knees to You today asking You to be very present in our lives this day. Bring comfort and peace, wisdom and discernment into our battered hearts. We seek Your direction for our lives this day! Direct our steps, please Jesus and we will go out with joy!
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is Thy Faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-24

May 11, 2020

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it,” Helen Keller.
I don’t know about you, but I’m all about overcoming right now! Jesus said, “…In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,”
John 16:33.
Let’s be on our knees looking up to the Source of our Hope, and find strength and wisdom to overcome the forces that try to shroud us in darkness! My prayer for each of us today is that we would reflect light in our world. There is a great divide opening up and wise people with different perspectives shout at each other across the gaping chasm pointing fingers and making accusations. Please Lord, help us remember that we see through a glass darkly (1 Cor. 13:12) and our best plan is, as our church constantly reminds us, to love God and to love people.
Let’s serve the underserved, extend compassion and hope to those living in fear, and reflect the light and love of the One who knows the end from the beginning. And let’s be willing to take back our lives with an attitude of humility.
Trusting you, Jesus.

May 4, 2020

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Isaiah 40:31 “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
We’re all getting a bit weary and every day we feel a bit faint of heart, if we are honest. But God has a promise here to renew our strength if our hope is in Him. Not in the nightly news, talking heads, or government leaders or candidates. He is our hope.
Lord, HELP us! Give us wisdom for these days. And help us to be part of a solution for those who are struggling! Right now that may be our most important role.
I’m praying for you today✨
“Wings of Eagles”

April 27, 2020

Our world still seems slightly upside down. The impact has gone on longer and will continue to go on longer, than any of us could feel prepared for. It is hard to watch the countless ramifications of lockdown. We never expected anything like this! We thought we were prepared for all that life might throw us, but THIS? Really? We have been broadsided and we need Your presence, Lord!
I pray that I might do what God has called me to do. Bless whom God would have me bless. Encourage one who is discouraged. Love on those He has given me, the best I am able. And to THANK GOD for His presence in the midst of our chaos. Oh how precious it is to see His Love at work in the love and grace of His people. Help us to BE the church and reflect the love of Jesus, we pray
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
…Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” Amen. St Francis of Assisi


April 13, 2020

Lord, we are weary of these strange days and desperately desire a return to something resembling normalcy. Help us to see through your eyes. Maybe in this time you are doing some healing of our planet as less of us are polluting the environment. We see through a glass darkly and these times are trying to our souls! Please give us a tiny bit of your perspective, Lord! As we slowly turn the pages of our calendar: this day, that day, the other day, tomorrow – we often don’t even know what day it is!
I WILL praise you, Lord. I will thank you for breath, for life itself, for our food and shelter, for those You have given us to love and who love us even though from a distance, for our Church family who are all BEING the church now, and most of all, for Your Presence and protection. Saying “grace” has way more meaning in these days. So we do thank You, Lord, for walking with us through these difficult times. I will fear no evil. For Thou art with me. Find comfort in Psalm 23.
Praying over you whose eyes read these words✨

April 9, 2020

These thoughts were shared by my friend from a devotional with perspective from the book, “The Red Sea Rules”. Here is a summary of what the author, Robert J. Morgan, wants to remind us during challenging times:

1) God means for us to be where we are.

2) Be more concerned for God’s glory than your relief.

3) Acknowledge the enemy but keep your focus on God.

4) Pray!

5) Stay calm and confident and let God do His work.

6) Take one day and one step at a time.

7) Look for God’s surrounding presence.

8 Trust God to deliver in His own unique way.

9) View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future.

10) Praise Him.

April 6, 2020

I’m thinking of you as you read these words this day. How astonishing that wherever one is standing, the view is pretty much the same.
I pray you will put on faith-colored glasses as you begin this week. Maybe they will feel awkward and slightly uncomfortable at first, and the perspective will certainly be different. But leave them on, I pray. You will find comfort as you begin looking for God’s hand. We need You, Oh we need You, Lord. We just want our lives back the way they were! But then, maybe we don’t~
Lord, we sit speechless at Your feet. You are the Great Physician, the Master Creator, Loving Heavenly Father, our God. We need Your hand holding us and guiding us. Help us to be a LIGHT to lead those we love through this season of uncertainty. Help us to trust, to pray, to see You at work and be thankful. Help us to be patient and grace-filled as emotions are high and our strength might be low. For the one who reads, I ask, in Jesus’ name, that You will wrap Your arms around this one who might be feeling wounded and battered. I ask that they would be filled with a song of praise to the God who reached down in love, mercy and grace to rescue and save us in Victory that first Easter. Praying we will all see Your hand at work in our world in these days. And may our perspective be new every morning.
‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness, Oh Lord.’
Lamentations 3:22, 23

March 30, 2020

I am reaching out recognizing that the face of our world has changed dramatically in the arrival of an invisible enemy. While we do our best to stay physically distanced, I am trying to stay emotionally and spiritually connected. Even if you have not heard from or seen me, I have been praying for you and those you love. I am praying that the worst that happens to those around us is inconvenience and uncertainty. Certainly loneliness is a factor as well. But many are sickened and many have lost their lives. Watch over us, dear Lord! I am praying we can wrap cyber and financial arms around those who are desperately afraid of where their next meal is coming from let alone the virus itself. I am praying we will find new ways to meet these needs! Do you have an idea, a resource we should know about? Please share. The doors are closing around us as the effort becomes even more assertive to get us to stay put. And we really hope not to make crazy the ones who live behind those closed doors with us~😆
If you live alone, please reach out! These are difficult times regardless, but for those living alone it must be overwhelming.
This may seem insignificant, but I’d love to paint something that maybe you have thought would look nice in watercolor. In times like these (when has there EVER been times quite like these?~!) I am drawn to my paints. If you feel you would enjoy participating, please just post a picture. I don’t know how or what will come of this, But this is a ministry for me, and maybe I can paint a card for you.
Lord, help us to shine light in dark places, to point to you, and to keep our feet on solid ground even as it tips all around us.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭6:24-26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

March 18, 2020

Our Pastor, reaching out to offer much welcomed encouragement, reminded us that in every crisis comes opportunity. So I want to take the opportunity to hopefully encourage you with powerful words written 2000 years ago by the apostle, Paul to a group of believers in Philippi. And below is the ‘back story.’ Print out these words and paste on your mirror – maybe even your TV screen. We need to live by hope not fear… And with some wisdom sprinkled in for good measure.
Praying for you~

New Testament letter written by Paul, while he was in prison (probably at Rome about AD 62), and addressed to the Christian congregation he had established in Macedonia. Apprehensive that his execution was close at hand. Philippians 4:6-8 NIV
[6] Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. [7] And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. [8] Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things…

March 16, 2020

I guess we can never have too much encouragement these days. 🤗 Especially today
We have few answers. We have a (semi) permanent knot in our stomachs. We are concerned about people worldwide – their lives, their financial situations, their emotional stability. There isn’t much we can do to reverse the trend other than to wash our hands and bump elbows with our friends or reach out on social media where, interestingly, there can be other kinds of viruses. 🤣
I am praying my friends. You are on my heart. Let’s stay connected. Let’s love one another (remotely, if we have to). Let’s seek God more than ever before. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith (the Alpha and the Omega) and He offers hope and peace in the midst of unimaginable uncertainty. Breathe. Take it one day at a time. And share encouragement as you can.
“In this world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 Jesus reminding us that it will not be a carefree ride.)
Praying wellness, peace and even a sprinkling of joy over you today.

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