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Sketchbook Project 2018- Bethany


I am working on the sketchbook project for 2018. It is a small little sketchbook that will be in The Brooklyn Art Library.

The theme I picked is “no worries”. I believe no matter where you live in the world we all have worries but if we put our faith in Jesus Christ we are saved by grace. We can give our worries to him and have joy and peace inside no matter what troubles are in the world.

I am painting global women from all around the world who are determined to live a life filled with joy and peace in their hearts or you could call it no worries.

These are not perfect women, they are just ordinary women living with their faith in God who has granted them the grace of salvation.

Hope you will enjoy seeing these women. Meet Bethany.

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Grace


 

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Grace, n underserved, unmerited, unearned, favor.

I am a Christian, I’m not perfect, I mess up, but God’s Grace is bigger than my sins.

A thousand times I have failed and still your mercy remains, and if I stumble again I’m caught in your Grace.

Every weakness you have is an opportunity for God to show his strength in your life.

My Grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:9

 

Cry and the Lord hears


i am usually a very happy person. My sister has told me before that I go around wearing rose colored glasses. I just prefer seeing the glass half full.

But every now and then we have a bad day. Yesterday was my day! Sometimes the world just catches up with you and you need a good cry.

I went to my “Bible Journaling through Art” class last night and guess what words were in ” The Word to Live by” for this week that we are working on? I highlighted which ones stood out to me in my art . It is a WIP (work in Progress) but I wanted you to see it.

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“The righteous cry and the Lord hearth. My words are life. I always hear your cry. To hear me speak is to find Life, and healing and strength.”

God so knew what I needed to hear last night. He is always there for you when you need him. Just open up your heart and let him in. Times will still be hard but you will experience peace and joy through it all because of him.

Then this Morning as I am reading my daily devotional in “Jesus Always” here are the wonderful words Jesus had for me and you.

” My love chases after you every day of you life. So look for signs of my tender presence as you go through this day. I disclose myself to you in a vast variety of ways – words of Scripture just when you need them, helpful words spoken through other people, “coincidences” orchestrated by My Spirit, natures beauty, and so on.

Are we killing our Dreams?


We are great at killing our own dreams. Either we see ourselves as selfless for putting off our dreams or we avoid our dreams by criticizing everything and seeing it as “discernment.”

We operate out of fear and go to great lengths to avoid disappoint. Even to the point that we extinguish the flame of possibility before anyone else has the opportunity to blow it out. It feels safer that way. What if we discover things we really want and can’t have them? What would we do then?

Kill the dreaming, hoping, and longing. Douse the flame before you get burned.

We are afraid of pain.

From my morning reading in “Fresh Brewed Life.”

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Breath In!


As I drive to work each morning I cross over this 3 mile bridge that has the most spectacular views of the water. It is my time to take a deep breath, draw in the beauty around me and thank God for all the things he has provided in my life! As I was admiring his beauty these word came to me and I wanted to share them with you. The picture of the clouds is a photo I took while walking along the beach. I hope it brings you encouragement. Jesus is always there for you just breathe in his word each morning before you start your day, breathe in his spirit to help guide you as you go through your day, breathe in his life to help you be more like him as you walk in your journey, breathe in his beauty that is all around you if you just look for it, and breathe in his LOVE that is always there to comfort you and give you peace and joy even in times of trouble and hardship.

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Does life get away with you?


I miss all my blogger friends and fans. sometimes I just let work and life get away with me. What do I mean by that? Well I go to work every day, come home do chores, cook, etc,,, then go to bed and start over the next day, without really taking the time to relax, enjoy my life, and keep in touch with you guys, who inspire me, make me feel good, and are just fun to hang out with.

That being said with the sun out and the beginning of spring I am determined to start anew.

I got out yesterday for the first time in a very long time and walked on the beach.

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I forgot how much I enjoyed walking on the beach. The smell of the salt air, the warmth of the sun on my face, and the cool water and sand between my toes. I thank God that I am able to enjoy these gifts. I walked three miles yesterday. It was very calming and relaxing. Something I needed way more than I realized.

Today, when I woke up I was determined to get that morning walk in again.

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Today as I walked the beach, the waves were beating against my legs. I stopped and talked to a couple of fishermen and today the fish were not hungry.  Today was so different than yesterday, I  was wondering if I was ever going to make three miles. I had to push myself, my hamstrings are sore, but you know what, I did it and am so glad I did.

I walk half way on the beach itself then turn around and walk on the sidewalk coming back. As I am walking I always say hello to everyone I meet along the way. Sometimes I am amazed how many people don’t answer back. The clouds were gorgeous in the sky today so maybe they were all looking up to heaven thanking God for the opportunity to see his beauty.

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Fountain of Bubbles!


David and I had a nice day together yesterday. We went to church, then to eat at a restaurant on the bay where we can sit, relax, and enjoy the view. Life is way to short, so any chance I can, I take time to enjoy with my husband. On our walk back to the car we noticed that someone had filled the fountain with soap and the kids were enjoying playing with the bubbles. David snapped this picture of me and I thought I would share it with you all.

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Photo Art Friday- Life


Bonnie has asked us this week to compose a seven word sentence that describes your life or experience or process as an artist and marry your sentence to a piece of photo art.

I use to think I was in control of everything in my life then I lost my baby sister, my grandmother, and my husband within three years. This turned my world upside down and made me realize I have no control, the only one in control is God. I now say “Life is too short, enjoy every minute!”

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But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.  Matthew 7:14

 

Where is the road you travel leading to?

 

 

 

All the above picture were taken in Castillon Florentine, Italy.

 

The Road Less Traveled by: George Strait

 

And there’s a road, a winding road that never ends

Full of curves, lessons learned at every bend

Goin’s rough unlike the straight and narrow

 

It’s for those who go against the grain

Have no fear, dare to dream of a change

Live to march to the beat of a different drummer

And it all might come together

And it all might come unraveled

On the road less traveled

 

For the road less traveled ain’t for the faint of heart

For those who choose to play it safe and never stray too far

Me I wanna live my life and one day leave my mark

And it all might come together

And it all might come unraveled

On the road less traveled

 

I’ve chosen a pathway I may not endure

One thing’s for certain nothin’s for sure

And it all might come together

Or it all might come unraveled

On the road less traveled

 

For the road less traveled ain’t for the faint of heart

For those who choose to play it safe and never stray too far

Me I wanna live my life and someday leave my mark

And it all might come together

Or it all might come unraveled

On the road less traveled

 

And it all might come together

Or it all might come unraveled

On the road less traveled

There’s a road, a winding road that never end

 

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