He Rewards Us

We are so rewarded!  He blesses us with His love, peace, joy, and the best yet…hope of life with all of that eternally!  That is the best reward of all.  And when we stay focused on that prize we can find it in the little things of each day.  For He leaves clues to it all over.  The sun streaming through clouds.  Maybe the beat of rain on the window.  Flowers pushing through.  Smiles of tiny people.  And big people.  The brightness of colors.  Fresh, clean fragrances.

Where do you see His rewards in your days?

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He Rescues Us

God is so good.  Just when you think you can’t go another step, He truly steps in and rescues us.  I had a tough winter people.  Besides work conflict, the snow/ice days were dragging me down.  I kept thinking I have all day stuck in this house to write and get stuff accomplished and I couldn’t get anything coherent put together.  I was struggling to find positive encouraging things to share.

This week was our spring break–and I finally found that respite.  My wonderful parents and mother-in-law took the kids for a few days.  I was able to get out and just bop around Des Moines for a day.  The sun came out and I took our dog for a few walks.  I purged the kids rooms and the basement.  And I am feeling rejuvenated.  I am feeling lighter, freer, closer to God again.  I trusted that He would help lift the fog and help me find perspective, and He did.  I was able to reflect a little.  Get out of my head a little.  See His creation a little.  And I am ready to see more of His glory and work in my life again.

Do you ever get in that winter rut?  What do you do to get out of it?  Do you trust that God will come and rescue you?

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This is so, so true.  The whole verse in NIV reads this way:

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

This is why we ask for prayers.  This is why prayers and thoughts are important–they can touch our lives in tremendous ways.  Especially when we accept and trust the outcomes that God sends.

More importantly our prayers give us peace, hope, strength–the important things.  The things that truly sustain us.


Note about upcoming blog posts:  my schedule with kids is about to get really, really full.  We now have 3 kids that are traveling out of town, or even state, with a variety of activities.  My opportunities to have a quiet place to reflect and write are dwindling.  Crafting a blog post takes me quite awhile actually.  When I started this blog, art and writing were a full time job–between painting, planning, and writing I was spending it literally took 40 hours a week.

I am still going to share the art that I create.  I am hoping to add some questions for you to think about to go with each verse.  But I am not going to be able to type up my own thoughts and reflections as often.  I have already scheduled art for the month of March and into April.  Expect posts on the even numbered days of the month.  I hope the images still give you something to connect to God’s word and carry through your day.

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Little Things

I don’t know about you, but I remember little things.  Things people say and do.  Good and bad.  They affect the rest of the day, week, maybe even longer.  And even though I try to focus on the good things, the bad seem to creep in.  It is a constant battle to stay positive.

That realization reminds me though that it is the same for others.  How are my little things affecting them?  Do I do more of a little bit of good or a little bit of bad.  How long does it stick with them?  Could I change their life today, in ways they have changed mine?

The importance of those little things, something to think about and try to make more good ones.

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There are a lot of opinions/arguments out there right now on how to deal with the mass shootings in our country.  I have not chimed in on social media…until now.  And I am going to keep it short and sweet.

We have to overcome evil with good.  Just as God has been teaching for thousands of years.


We have to be there for each individual to lead them to make good choices.  At some point we decided we shouldn’t ask questions and just let people have “privacy” and let them do as they want.

What would happen if we questioned the bad choices?  What if we didn’t leave it to lawmakers and mental health professionals and we stepped in as caring individuals?

What if we fought the evil everyday with good?


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Everything and seasons

There is so much of everything isn’t there?  It can be so easy to get overwhelmed by all of it.  Especially depending on what where our focus lies.  Especially depending if we realize that there will be starts and stops to everything.  There are seasons of learning.  There are seasons of great joy.  There are seasons of wandering.  There are seasons of remaining in one place.  And each of those within itself can be easy, difficult, good, and bad.  Life is not meant to be static, it is meant to be full of new experiences.  It is meant to be full of God.

Ecclesiastes 3 New International Version (NIV)

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

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Love One Another

Happy Valentine’s Day 2018.  I pray that you are loved by many people in your tribe, by your family, by a spouse or significant other, by your friends.  I pray that you feel that affection today–that it pops like little bubbles around you of happiness.  I pray that it blooms in your heart and fills it completely.  I pray that you feel the love of your creator and savior most of all filling your very soul.  For you are LOVED.

And in honor of that love here is a little tune to start your day:  Beloved by Jordan Feliz


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Find Your Tribe

In honor of Valentine’s day I am sending out a special bouquet to my tribe.  I have been blessed beyond belief–God has filled my tribe with many people, from all over.  I learned in each place we lived that it isn’t always easy to find the people in your tribe.  It is easy to meet people, easy to find people with things in common, but not easy to find the people who it is easy with.  You know the ones I mean–the hours of time together are never quite long enough to say everything you need to.  The ones that no matter how long you have been apart, the easy never disappears.  These are the people it is easy to surrender to and be loyal.  These are the ones God places in our lives to remind of the importance of love.

Thank you for being in my tribe.

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