Are you an Ocean or a Mountain Person?

Everyone seems to be drawn to one or the other. I suppose there are some of us who are drawn to the desert as well (who would have ever thought), but usually when you take off for parts unknown it is to the beaches or to the high places.

Here are some of my paintings from my Gallery entitled Ocean Breezes

Arizona does have mountains so I share some of these with you as well. I invite you to take a look at some more of my Arizona Dreaming gallery.

Praying for you as you start this new year! Believe good things for your life, step out in faith, trust the Lord and seek after the direction that tugs on your heart.

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

Where Is Your Focus?

View of the Peak

I am trying to keep my eyes focused on positivity at this time – and it is easy for me to get distracted. So much of the news discourages me. I am so weary of virus and vaccine numbers, but I find everlasting peace and hope at the feet of Jesus. Will you walk alongside Him with me? Can we encourage one another to believe God for His promises? I need people in my life and the shortage of people around has been painful for me.

I started reading a book on Revelation so here is a book report for you! It has the craziest looking cover but the content and illustrations are very well done. Called “The Non-prophet’s Guide to the Book of Revelation,” written and illustrated by Todd Hampson, “it cuts through the complexity and confusion, is entertaining and user-friendly, and full of fascinating visuals, timelines and charts.” I highly recommend it if you are thinking this might be a good time to look into end-times prophetic Bible study.

We all feel like we’re in a valley these days and sometimes the shadows seem deep. It is my hope that art can turn a comforting light into our moments of darkness. I LOVE painting my home state, Arizona! Cactuses, sunsets, mountains, rivers~ They all make me grab my paintbrushes. Today I am sharing beauty I have found in the desert mountains that points my focus to the Master Designer and Creator. I hope you enjoy these paintings and that they help to remind you to look up . . .

“I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” Psalms‬ ‭121:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Below is a slide show of Arizona paintings. I love our beautiful state. They are from my Arizona Dreaming Gallery. Please click on the link to view these and more.


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

Cheryl

Walking through a valley

Ballet at Sunset




This has been a difficult week. Much in my life has been shaken and tilted and each day has been an exhausting and emotional spiritual rollercoaster. The stress has forced me to consider where my strength comes from, where my hope lies, and how much I trust God as He walks me through the inevitable valleys and chaos of life.

God has blessed me. He gave me a whole new life at a time when most people are winding down the one they’ve had all along! I look back on the last 7 years of my life in astonishment at how different they are than the many years before. One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I knew from my heart this meant that God loves us, hears us, KNOWS us, and pays attention to our deepest longings. He is not a genie anxious to grant us every passing wish. He is a Heavenly Father loving on His children. And God blessed me with a husband and a life I never could have dreamed in times past.

This week I’ve had to trust my man to Jesus to do what I cannot do, to heal what I cannot fix and to restore him to health. It has been stressful and I’ve had many anxious moments. He is slowly coming back, but it is a process. I wanted to share this because so many are struggling for so many reasons. If you are hurting, you are not alone! If you are anxious, I certainly can understand. We are often faced with unimaginable circumstances and find ourselves feeling so unprepared for where we find ourselves. This is where I’ve found myself this week.

God’s Word holds countless promises to encourage us in our struggles. We live in unprecedented times and regardless of our circumstances are unsettled by the turmoil and chaos around us. So I invite you to join me, whatever battle you fight, to seek His face, soak in His Word and claim His promises for the valleys you walk – and I walk – today.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God, and the peace of God which passes all understanding, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.   Philippians 4:6-7

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Therefore, humble yourself under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time. Casting all your anxiety upon Him for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6, 7

We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20