When I saw this photo, I knew I would be taking my paintbrushes to it. I know some people love abstract and free-form art. But my passion is trying to recreate something real. Isn’t it funny how different we all are?! Art is VERY personal and emotional and there is no logic to it, right? But this image, this one spoke to my heart.
This painting so reminded me of the stories of our lives. All of us have closets filled with old, broken down relics from our past: moments battered, bruised, worn, and often hidden away. These snapshots make up the stories of our lives. Some painful memories have an impact on the face we show to the world. Some secrets from the dark closets of our pasts have been given power to cripple or to rule over us. It is a new day. It is a new week. The Lord IS Risen! I pray we would open those locked doors and bring those ancient pieces hidden away into the light. Painful memories of our past do not need to define us in our present.
What is a stumbling block to you? What is holding you back? What lies are you still believing? What truth have you not looked at in the light of God’s promises?
Most all of us have wounds unhealed: secrets gathering dust weighing us down, forgiveness that needs to happen. How can this old chair beaten with the abuses of time, pressure, and abuse be a beautiful frame for an old battered and likely discarded bucket? Yet when it is filled with glorious blooms and vibrant color, these discarded antiques bring hope and joy. God can make beauty for ashes And I count on Him for that!
This Monday after Easter, I pray you will trust the One who overcame the powers of darkness and death itself. Among the battered, broken down discards of our lives, I pray we would find HOPE to start this week with fresh eyes and a new perspective. JOY! Praying for a spirit of hope and FAITH for new beginnings as we head into spring, 2021
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Yesterday morning I read something on Facebook that created a shower of conflicting emotions. Where I had been before at ease, I was abruptly in a different time reliving painful feelings. As I thought about how these words made me feel, I was struck by how powerfully emotions can affect our lives. They are not “reality” as much as they are possibly a previous reality – but they can change our present if we let them. I had to have a heart to heart with my head and instruct it to straighten up and fly right. Think about what you’re thinking about, Cheryl!
Later in the evening a remarkable event occurred which brought me unexpected joy, but also enabled me to give unexpected blessing to someone I love. I experienced the profound impact of emotions and this time it was from a place of JOY. I relived how happy it made me to surprise and gift someone who matters so much to me all through the night into this morning!
I chose to share the painting, ‘Heading Home.’ This solitary bird battles strong wind currents and must continue to powerfully pound its wings regardless of how it may be feeling. There is a goal in sight and that must be its mission to stay focused on the task. The apostle Paul said in Phil 4:8, “…whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, whatever is commendable – if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise – think about these things.” Also in Colossians 3:2 “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
We are encouraged to renew our minds. To think about what we are thinking about. Don’t let your thoughts or emotions drag you into a dark place. Be careful what you focus on and what information you feed your heart. These days it is easy to feel we are sinking in the chaos and disinformation swirling powerfully against our peace of mind. FOCUS. Look up.
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“The journey never ends because we are always on the way.” Matthew McConaughey
“Although the world is full of suffering it is also full of the overcoming of it.” Helen Keller
I love words that speak to my heart and direct my emotional compass toward true north. We have all been walking difficult paths lately. Some of us have suffered great loss and hardship and some of us are just frustrated. I pray my messages have brought hope and my paintings have made you smile. Watercolors has been a way other than words, to express my heart. Beautiful melodies bring lyrics to life with more intensity than do the mere words. And a painting can convey a powerful message without using words at all.
I’ve always had a love affair with words. When overcome, my first reaction had always been to reach for a pen and pour out my heart. Now these days, I find myself reaching for my paintbrushes~
In my early twenties I found faith in Jesus and began my discovery of God’s Word. I love the wisdom, poetry, truth and hope that comes alive in the Bible. Regardless of who you are, what has happened in your life or even what you have done, God has made a way for us in and through the person of His Son, Jesus. It is a GIFT of grace, mercy, and redemption. There is nothing we can do to earn His love. But when we’ve come to the end of ourselves there He stands arms outstretched, waiting to receive and redeem us and walk with us on our unique life pathways.
“Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6