Recent artwork

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This first picture was a gift to a friend. Loved doing this piece. Got wild with some colours. Felt like I could break free from detail prison.

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This piece is for a new Horizons ranch and cowpoke organization.  This is pastel and was taken from a picture of here in our community a few years back.

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I’m doing a sign for oh you guessed it, a clinic. A nurse practitioner office. Talk about detail!

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This sweet boy will be a gift. A French bulldog. Sharpie pen.

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These pictures were a commission. Fun pieces. Acrylic.

Theses were done in the last couple months. It’s been very busy here with new animals being born.  Working a lot and  trying to get paintings done.

All is a blessing and ever grateful for all Gods provisions and His great Love and mercy.

 

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Just a few pics

Just a few pics of pictures that I have painted or of me and my son and his girlfriend.

Will work on another blog as soon as I have more time. Always busy these days.  Very thankful for what the Lord has provided and now that all things are in His hand.

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Pic update

Some pictures of myself and my son and his girlfriend. Also our dog Esther and rusty our cat.  The painting of the dog was a commission I finished in December. The other landscape is of twin peaks in colorado.

We will be Lord willing having a workday at our place in two weeks. I will do a blog on all the projects. Hopefully we will have nice weather. You never can tell here. 70 one day and below freezing the next.

Learning to be thankful no matter the circumstances.  All comes from God and is part of His plan.

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Let Us Draw Near

I did this post in 2009 and it means more to me today then it did then. I had just moved to Texas  when i wrote this and have learned so much in the 8 years that I have lived here. The community is more precious then I can possible say to you. I pray I never take for granted the gift that it is.

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Heb 10:22

While living in the atmosphere of community I have found this verse very important. While living in community your life really is an open book. You become transparent and your deeds become visible to those around you. With all this it has been a time of looking inward and outward to truly get to know myself. We are to constantly look at our motives, desires and life in a reflective manner. I have learned that as a body in Christ we are linked in a Union that is most precious and needs constant care and respect. We are one. Which means a marriage of sorts. We are not to walk alone. It is learning how to walk amongst our fellow brethren and denying the flesh and becoming Christ like. This is not an easy task! We all come from living behind closed doors, doing a single family unit lifestyle. Which most times does not allow for growth or allow for change.

The commentary below is from Matthew Henry and has a very good translation of Heb 10:22.

Heb 10:22 (7) Let us draw near with a (i) true heart in full assurance of faith, having our (k) hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with (l) pure water.

We have the means prescribed for preventing our apostasy, and promoting our fidelity and perseverance, Heb_10:24, Heb_10:25, etc. He mentions several; as,

1. That we should consider one another, to provoke to love and to good works. Christians ought to have a tender consideration and concern for one another; they should affectionately consider what their several wants, weaknesses, and temptations are; and they should do this, not to reproach one another, to provoke one another not to anger, but to love and good works, calling upon themselves and one another to love God and Christ more, to love duty and holiness more, to love their brethren in Christ more, and to do all the good offices of Christian affection both to the bodies and the souls of each other. A good example given to others is the best and most effectual provocation to love and good works.

  1. Not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, Heb_10:25. It is the will of Christ that his disciples should assemble together, sometimes more privately for conference and prayer, and in public for hearing and joining in all the ordinances of gospel worship. There were in the apostles’ times, and should be in every age, Christian assemblies for the worship of God, and for mutual edification. And it seems even in those times there were some who forsook these assemblies, and so began to apostatize from religion itself. The communion of saints is a great help and privilege, and a good means of steadiness and perseverance; hereby their hearts and hands are mutually strengthened.

  2. To exhort one another, to exhort ourselves and each other, to warn ourselves and one another of the sin and danger of backsliding, to put ourselves and our fellow-christians in mind of our duty, of our failures and corruptions, to watch over one another, and be jealous of ourselves and one another with a godly jealousy. This, managed with a true gospel spirit, would be the best and most cordial friendship.

  3. That we should observe the approaching of times of trial, and be thereby quickened to greater diligence: So much the more, as you see the day approaching. Christians ought to observe the signs of the times, such as God has foretold. There was a day approaching, a terrible day to the Jewish nation, when their city should be destroyed, and the body of the people rejected of God for rejecting Christ. This would be a day of dispersion and temptation to the chosen remnant. Now the apostle puts them upon observing what signs there were of the approach of such a terrible day, and upon being the more constant in meeting together and exhorting one another, that they might be the better prepared for such a day. There is a trying day coming on us all, the day of our death, and we should observe all the signs of its approaching, and improve them to greater watchfulness and

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Just A Peak.

20170510_141706Life is busy, very busy these days. It seems that life is getting more busy by the year. I keep telling myself that I need to slow down and stay home more. There is so much to do here on the land. Yet it takes money to get the things done that need getting done. We are close as far a structures go and catch water systems. But the gardens are my main focus these days. I haven’t had a garden in 2 years as one year not enough water and the next I was working so much didn’t have time. But slowly working on  implementing the soil. We have dairy goats and they are a wasteful goat as far as hay is concerned. Its gold for the gardens. And we have lots of Gold. We have been sharing with the neighbors and their gardens are amazing!

I have been saving for lumber to finish off our deck\summer kitchen\ extra space place. I’m so excited! It will be a game changer for us.  With all the goings on and things needing to be done we are resting in the providence of God. We have learned to be patient and wait on God. If the Lord allows we move on. I am thankful for His caring hand as he guides us and directs our path.

There are many changes happening in our community. Very thankful that God is moving and continues to teach us truth and helping us to love one another in all things.

Even through all the busyness life is blessed and learning to rest amidst it all is a gift.

This girl is blessed and very thankful to the Lord !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With Christ In The Storm

Galatians 5:22King James Version (KJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Ephesians 4:2King James Version (KJV)
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

Colossians 3:12King James Version (KJV)
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering

1 Timothy 1:16King James Version (KJV)
16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

 

These are beautiful words written to Gods children. They are words to live by, to remember and to words of action.

As beautiful as these words are it is sometimes difficult to perform.  Our flesh fights against us and at times wins. Sadly.

For myself I have struggled and still do with longsuffering and at times failed miserably. My hearts desire or I should say a desire that the Lord has put in me is to do all things that will bring Him glory and not bring shame to His name.  The verses above have showed me what I am to be and do. The last verse tells me that the Lord has great longsuffering with me and is an example for me that I should have longsuffering with others.

Even though it is painful at times and hard to bear it is what I am called to as His child. I am not saying we put ourselves or keep ourselves in that situation if we can help it. Sometimes it can’t be helped. I am learning really how to handle things rightly and show kindness amidst it all. I am not sure how things will turn out but I know God is in control and will only allow what He wills.  Having mercy for someone  and not  having a revengeful spirit or showing unkindness to someone who has wronged you and continues to do so is what the Lord has shown me by His example. Should I not be that example? I know, I know its hard believe me but doing the will of God pleases Him and that is what is important. My love for the Father is first and foremost in my life or should be. Again, sometimes I fail. Trials come in all shapes and sizes and will continue in this life . It is for our benefit and growth. I try to count it all joy and am learning to lean not on my own understanding but on the word of God and its truth. Not on feelings or emotions for they will lead you down a path of disappointment and heartache. God is merciful, I need to be as well. Also to be humble and say your sorry even if the other person feels like they have been wronged, even if they haven’t. I am trusting the Lord in all things.

When someone in your life causes you heartache and trouble remember the verses above and go to the Lord in prayer.  Speak the truth in love.

He is my strength and my shield and I can hide in the shadow of His wings.

Ephesians  5 James Version (KJV)
1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord

.Ephesians 4:15
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

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Random pics and thoughts

20170627_190317Flake and Rusty. Rusty looking to the heavens. No not really.  Looking for birds. 20170627_190631Rusty when he was little. Might be a painting.

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My handsome son and his beautiful girlfriend!

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Two precious girls in my community that were visiting.

These pictures represent just a piece of my life. A precious piece. I have pieces that if each one were beautiful stones they would fill a bag. A bag full of memories and its grows each day. The Lord gives us these precious stones that remind us that we are blessed and His love for us is real and more precious then all the stones that I could gather in my lifetime. May He reveal this to you and guide you to Himself as He is the great cornerstone.

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