I was incredibly honored last month to win my third award for Transformation, a 24" x 50" oil painting I created in college when I was 21 years-old. It came in Third Place ($200) in the Oakton Foundation Spring 2019 Visual Arts Competition. I'd like to share the original sketch as well as some insight behind the painting.
Like many, depression runs in my family. As a teenager I was caught in a downward spiral of anxiety and depression, and after a life-threatening crisis at age 16, I was briefly hospitalized and started getting treatment.
A few years later on my first day of college I met Sarabeth, a born-again Christian, who invited me to the Christian Fellowship group on campus. I went on and off, but mostly did my own thing for the next few years. But I became good friends with her and had many other Christians reach out to me. Even though I had been raised in church, it took me a long time to believe that the Heavenly Father really loved me and that all my sins were forgiven through the work of His Son, Jesus. It was difficult for me to grasp that Jesus bore the punishment for my sins, wanted to wash me clean with His blood and make “all things new” in my life. It seemed too good to be true! But in 1984 I cried out to the Lord and received Jesus as my Lord and Savior. It’s the best thing that ever happened to me, and a journey that I look forward to continuing for all eternity!
(To learn more about God's gift of salvation, click here.)
This painting reflects the transformation that took place in me. He brought me out of a dark place into his marvelous love. Colossians 1: 13 AMPC, "[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love."
A book I'm currently reading which addresses healing in our hearts and I highly recommend is, Unlocking the Heart of the Artist by Matt Tommey.
My poem "Your Love Heals Me" was published in the Churches of God General Conference weekly publication, "The Gem"!
Early last year my dear friend Carolyn told me she thought some of my writing would be perfect for the weekly inspirational handout she got at church, "The Gem" a publication produced by Churches of God General Conference. I finally submitted a few pieces in March. Two were rejected, but I just received confirmation that this one made it in! I received some copies and a check for $10.00 yesterday! What an honor-- Praise you, Jesus!
For my writing friends, here's a link to their submission guidelines. They are always looking for new work.
Check it out!
When Evan got home from a walk this morning, he saw what he thought was a worm crawling in our front yard.
Upon closer inspection, it was hundreds of what we've come to identify as a "swarming mass of larvae." Ewwwwww!!!!! (Click here for more info) By the time I took this video, they were crawling into the dirt.
Here are links to a few things I've been enjoying lately. :-)
Please share any recommendations YOU have in the comments.
Grit-N-Grace: Good Girls Breaking Bad Rules Podcast - Incredible conversations, insights, and support for those dealing with perfectionism, performancism, and HSPs. "We believe every good girl can grow her grit, embrace God's grace, and learn to break bad rules."
The Thriving Christian Artist Podcast - Encouragement, great information, and resources for artists of all kinds.
Books / Audiobooks
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Artist's Journey: Bold Strokes To Spark Creativity by Nancy Hillis
I tried all of these and they're 'keepers'. Let me know any recipes YOU recommend!
Five Spice Park Lo Mein (Evan LOVED this!)
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Taco Pasta Salad
Mexican Cornbread Casserole
No Boil Baked Penne with Meatballs
Baked Cake Donuts
Polish Coffee Cake (very similar to my polish grandmother's coffee cake!)
Honey Wheat Rolls
Real NY Jewish Rye Bread
No-Knead Cottage Cheese Dill Bread
Edible Cookie Dough
Cookie Dough Energy Bites (soooo delicious AND "good for you"!)
Chewy Raspberry Meringues
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