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In This World You Will Have Tribulation

But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. These are the words of Jesus Christ, spoken to His disciples about the “end of the age” in John 16:33. The end of the age seems to be getting closer by the minute. The news is not good, the state of our country and our world so discouraging.

SO, I cling to the hope that these times are no surprise to the Creator and Author of The Book. The Bible warns us from cover to cover of how things would look as we neared the times most famously illustrated in the book of Revelation…but don’t skip Isaiah, Ezekial, Daniel, or Romans just to name a few.

Desiring to seek to encourage and brighten a dark world as best I am able, I point to Jesus for truth and hope. But I also share my watercolors because it is my gift to hopefully shower some brightness and color into your world. Know that as I share these words, there are heavy prayers in my heart – for miracles and for redemption – to flood in every direction. Jesus’ name is POWERFUL! His is the only name people swear by, have you ever considered that? There is a reason – and it is because there is great power in His name. So I pray, in JESUS’ NAME, for the healing of our land and the future of our world. Amen✨

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10

Painting In Process

This is a painting in process- not quite finished but hopefully getting there! This is the charming town of Vik, Iceland. I don’t ever expect to get there, but think it is just an incredibly charming village. I have some STUFF to do to make it right, but here is my painting today. I have to name it…that is always a challenge for me! Does anyone have an idea? Please comment if you do. That would be fun for me to get some support in the naming/title process. I will share the finished product when I feel I have done all I can. This painting will be available as an original or, of course, in prints.

Wishing all of you a “happy place” you can go to even if it’s only with your paintbrushes – or mine.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

ALOHA

Have you been to the “Islands”? An island? Or even just the beach? Most of the time just being there – wherever THERE is – is therapy for the soul: R&R. I have loved trying to capture the colors, but also the sound of the ocean. Can sound be captured with a paintbrush?! I honestly don’t know, but I’ve tried to capture the peace, relaxation and beauty of the ocean waves.

I invite you to envision one of these paintings on a coffee mug, on a wall in your home, on a throw pillow or a tote bag! All these are but a few of the many options on my wonderful website, Prayers and Paintbrushes at https://prayersandpaintbrushes in the Gallery section. The 300 paintings are also available as framed prints, on canvas, metal, wood or poster board. Let me know if you have a question, my friend.
THANK YOU for visiting my website!

I love the above painting of a solitary tree on a bluff overlooking the Pacific ocean. You can’t see the water from this vantage point, but as you walk to the tree you can hear then see it down below. I thought this was just magical! I is called Off the Road to Hana.

The painting below is a favorite because it was from the first trip to the islands, Kauai to be specific, that my husband and I made together. This painting is called, Kauai Hoaloha. I hadn’t been painting very long. This would probably look a bit different were I to paint it now. LOL

Aloha, my friends!

UNCERTAINTY

“Our natural inclination is to be so precise – trying always to accurately forecast what will happen next – that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing. We think that we must reach some predetermined goal, but that is not the nature of the spiritual life. The nature of the spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty.” Written by Oswald Chambers

Something my husband and I had no reason to doubt would occur suddenly seems as if it is not happening. Our plans are suddenly and abruptly altered. We are disappointed and a bit confused, as it seemed the Lord had arranged this amazing event. And now the event seems as if it will not be happening. So here I sit, “trying to accurately forecast what will happen next.” And then I read these amazing words written many years ago by the wise and thoughtful man of faith and letters, Oswald Chambers. “The nature of the spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty.” Wow…

When I first read those words by Oswald Chambers, I thought how beautiful a picture they painted of living a life by FAITH in God rather than in our ability to handle the circumstances life throws our way. Hebrews 11:1 says, “ Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.“ “This is not an endorsement of ”blind faith,” especially since it comes after a lengthy discourse full of evidence and logic. Instead, the writer presents the idea of ”faith” as a confident look to the future, based on reliance on God’s promises.” “Hoped for” means to be standing on the promises of God, walking in faith, believing in GOD.

Much of our lives are hills and valleys, for sure! I write these words hoping that if you are struggling, you will be encouraged to know what you know: that God is faithful. He loves and walks with us. He knows the end from the beginning. And all things work together for good to them that know the Lord and are called according to His purposes.

Do you battle with the Lord over His promises? Do you know the person of His Son, our Savior, Jesus the Christ? Is He real to you? I encourage you, to ask Him to reveal Himself to you! Just ask with sincerity of heart. He IS the long ago eternally promised Hope for the world.

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”? …” Hebrews chapter 1:1-5

So, Lord, my husband and I give you this fork in our road, this roadblock to our plans and lay it at your feet. We don’t understand but we will trust You and believe You for blessing in this disappointment. And for those reading these words, I pray confidence in You with the confusion and uncertainty that fill all our lives. Show up and show off, Lord!

Praying faith and trust over you today.

FURRY and FEATHERED FRIENDS

It’s hard for even me to believe all the animals I have painted to bless those who love their furry and feathered friends! Some of these animals are WILD and some are just fun. Most of these paintings you see have been cropped to fit this space. If you click on them you can see them as they were painted or please click on the links below

Some of these critters aren’t exactly PETS, and you may not want to go anywhere near a few of them to pet them… If you have a photo of a special friend you might want to have painted, please reach out to me! Message me here or email me at prayerandpaintbrushes@gmail.com Please Visit www.prayersandpaintbrushes.com GALLERY and view FURRY and FEATHERED FRIENDS.

NO VOTING REQUIRED! But if you specially like any of the above, I hope you’ll reply in the comments or on my website – JOY! Encouraging words are balm to the soul (and to the paintbrush~)

The very last painting has a charming story! I was contacted by a woman who wanted to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary. She and her husband are evidently very different personalities, and many years ago she had found a card with a skunk and a porcupine battling to stay afloat on a log in a raging torrent. She beat herself up for many years for not saving the card. She found me, and asked if I could try to reproduce it. And here it is.

Sharing the Journey

I hope this makes you SMILE today!! Please comment or 😍