Thanks Giving!

Beauty for Ashes

“give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

In Isaiah 61:3 says “To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.”

 Thank You Jesus! JESUS For you have stated in John 14:7  NIV “If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.

At times, it is very difficult to see what God has planned, and difficult to see pass our current circumstances.

One day when CreatingBeauty for Ashes” Pocketbook, which my sister-in-law currently carry’s ♥ ^_^, I was in a “funk” a not so good place. The material was fantastic, I made sure to have the best Metal Hardware the interior was fantastic aswell, but….

Back

Front

…the exterior looked……… plain. -_-

Unfortunately the exterior was exactly how I felt. There was something Missing….

  At times things don’t exactly go “according to Plan.” Unfortunately, we can get stuck on how things currently look in the physical, due to our efforts and energies we have already invested in the situation. And, instead of going FORWARD and taking that leap of faith, of going above and beyond. We end up staying stuck, inverting within ourselves, or worse, we go to Far. In certain aspects we have to find a certain ‘happy medium’, something between discipline and freedom, that may be the key to a MASTER PIECE.

I believe a key to a True MASTER PIECE is keeping your eyes on Jesus. AMEN!!!

You see, I had an Idea. To make something simple yet unique and elegant. Although I thought I had done everything within my power to make a wonderful purse I was dismayed. I was distressed (and I did cry a little. 😥  shhh don’t tell anyone, scratch that.)

In the midst of my despair, I had an epiphany,

e·piph·a·ny

epiphany pronunciation /ɪˈpɪfəni/ Show Spelled[ih-pif-uh-nee] Show IPA

noun, plural -nies.

1.( initial capital letter ) a Christian festival, observed on January 6, commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi; Twelfth-day.
2.an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity.
3. a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
4. a literary work or section of a work presenting, usually symbolically, such a moment of revelation and insight.
I found the 1st definition interesting, but what I am getting at, is the 3rd definition. =)

, so I decided, ‘Ok, it’s not about what I’m feeling right now, or how it looks, some how things are going to get better and I prayed to Jesus to help me on this Pocket Book.’ I took a ‘leap of Faith‘, of PRAYER. Sometimes we must humble ourselves. Instead of going to the phone, asking people who don’t even know what to do about their own problems let alone your problem or asking people who can’t even comprehend or understand the levity of your situation, we gotta go to the THRONE & acknowledge the fact that we cannot do it all, but all things are possible with GOD All mighty. Faith & Prayer is one of the most Powerful actions we can do.

Before

I received my strength, I made a decision to see by Faith and not by Sight!  I received my answer! Hallelujah! Glory to GOD! I had to have patience & courage! I love how GOD works through others and through Us. At times you may be confronting a problem,  try something different go towards the guidance of the Holy Spirit..and wala!

After! ♥ ^_^

….You may get your Prayers answered like I did... ♥

Thank you GOD! Thank you Jesus. I pray, that you may bless us on this Thanksgiving Day, thank you for blessing us in all things and all days, through every circumstance for being Faithful, Loving, kind and always showing mercy

“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.” Deuteronomy 7:9

GOD, JESUS, may your will always be done. May we rest in the Knowledge Lord that you are LOVE, that you are GOOD, ALL MIGHTY & ALL Powerful, all things are possible with you.

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (NIV) Mark 9:23

And no matter what we may Go through, may we have faith, trust, confidence in you

For greater is he who is in me than the one who is in the world!

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (NIV) 1 John 4:4

Mark of the Beast!?!

“The Scriptures tell us that someday all mankind will be forced to take a Mark on the right hand or on the forehead and will not be able to buy or sell without it. ” http://shatteredparadigm.blogspot.com/

“He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,” Revelation 13:16

O_O …..                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          :-O

“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.’ Luke 12:4

Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.” Isaiah 44:8

Matthew 24

Signs of the End of the Age

1Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2Do you see all these things?” he asked. “I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.

3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

4Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,a’ and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains.

9Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

15So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’b spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. 18Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. 19How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. 22If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible. 25See, I have told you ahead of time.

26So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the desert,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

29Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,

and the moon will not give its light;

the stars will fall from the sky,

and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.c

30At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

32Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33Even so, when you see all these things, you know that itd is near, right at the door. 34I tell you the truth, this generatione will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The Day and Hour Unknown

36No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,f but only the Father. 37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

45Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

GOD and the City

My First You tube VIDEO!!

I’m sooooo Happy I pray that you all see my love for Christ and that my Joy may also, spiritually be passed to you. May GOD and Jesus Christ Bless you with something Amazing for you TODAY, which ever day it is that you may be reading this, if it’s everyday or just Today!!

I started making this video around March 2011 and I just finished and published it today. I’m still learning, I’m still growing…

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” NIV Mark 9:23

A scripture comes to mind as I was finished with this video:

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (The seven lamps represent the eyes of the LORD that search all around the world.) NLT Zechariah 4:10

 

Thank You Lord, thank you for my humble beginings and all you do for me. Thank you, for all you have given me, all you have blessed me with. For the people you have placed around me, for my loved ones. Thank you for the precious Gift of Life and the freedom we receive from your Holy Son Jesus Christ. Thank You, for your sacrifice that the world can see your LOVE. I am not ashamed of you, I love you. I pray, LORD, and thank you for encouraging others, for encouraging us, to follow our calling which ever it may be , I pray that you continue to work through us, continue to fill us with your spirit, fill us, all your children, with your love, come into our hearts LORD every second, of every moment, of everyday. Thank you! thank you, we love you, In JESUS name AMEN! I will do all things for you! You are my light! Thank you For your mercy and that you continue to bless us no matter what we do. By Grace we are saved, by grace we are loved….Thank you Lord for your TRUE LOVE!! HALLELUJAH!!!

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105

“Lámpara es a mis pies tu palabra, y luz para mi camino.” Salmo 119:105

GOD and the City

Inspiration

I love art! I and appreciate art made and their creators! (I must say the Greatest Artist is GOD himself.) It’s amazing the different talents and skills GOD has blessed us with and the joy we can receive from doing what it is we are born to do! I’m thankful I can appreciate someone’s hard work, skillz, beauty and the emotion hidden behind each piece! Wonderful. Everyone has a Unique Talent. At times I love going downtown and checking out the wonderful, at times whimsical amazing creations located at different shops such as  “The Collectors Gallery” and “The Mahler Fine Art“. I love that they show case Local Artisans right here in our very own city! I currently live in Morrisville, NC and I went down to downtown Raleigh to check out art and I was truly inspired, I just absorbed the wonderful positive energy that comes from those places. I had a very Blessed opportunity to meet one of the owners of “The Mahler Fine Art” and she was very Inspiring! She was so captivated and in love with art, that anyone, by just speaking with her, would come out an art lover! The art they showcased, the knowledge she knew of each piece, and their unique creators was….Splendid, amazing and she had one of the most beautiful hearts! Thank you Ms. Rory Parnell!

The Collectors Gallery!

Glass Artisans and Potters, It’s amazing the way they form their Pieces and how they use fire to finish their pieces.

A potter, usually, places his pieces twice in the fire.

Each piece are Beautifully Displayed.

Bill Hickman Makes these Wonderful Sculptures out of Metal, the details associated with his pieces are fantastic!

It’s like 3D pieces of Abstract art yet, Figurative all in one!!

I can’t quite put my finger on this Artist. 😦 But They are Amazing, I would love several pieces for an Awesome Chandelier!

I’m reminded of Christmas

I love unique, especially this Oil on Canvas, It has life to it for some reason. I associate it as a great Interior Design piece, great piece for Conversations! and Dinner Parties. Decorate your Walls!

Another reason why I decided to Go  downtown, was for the Trunk Show where two Jewelry Artisans were being show cased. Sarah Tector and….

(I like how she uses clean lines and cool colors. Simple yet Elegant, I’d put Sassy in there as well)

…..Susan Myons

I’ve concluded that this artist uses more bulk to her designs, she knows how to make it work, very unique indeed! I’d say her pieces are to be worn as focal points. To be seen and admired.

I LOVE THESE!!!!

The Cutest Stuffed animals EVER!! ♥

I think they would look soo Cute as accessories for a Couch, no? How bout a child‘s room? I’d say they’d look awesome on the couch! You can soo decorate a living space with their color palette.


This women is Amazing! Love her Designs

It’s very clean and I love the use of her Materials.

These Prayer Towers were just a Wonderful Find. Prayer is Powerful!

Beautiful! I think they would be wonderful accessories for any home ^_^

I’m a Little tea Pot Short and Stout! WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WONDERFUL!!

O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. Jeremiah 18:16

I love how GOD molds us all. My favorite Artist? All Mighty GOD!

Who doesn’t love the Teapot song?! Classic.

This Man is a GENIUS! One of my Favorite Cermaic ARTISANS!!! Seriously the Price may be high but his work is most definitely worth it. I believe his work is going to hit that high-end dollar mark in the future! His eye in detail and design is simply AMAZING!

They are just cool and detailed, they would be wonderful conversation pieces!

I hear that Addison & Eric Paige, are a wonderful Couple. They make these Unique Mixed media Clocks. They are, for lack of a better word, Radical, Man~!!!

Aren’t they just Awesome!?

Glass artisans are….WOW. Seriously you guys Rock or should I say, Your works are on FIRE! Get it? They use fire to…create their masterpieces. I know, I’m good! I’m on fire!! ^_^

All in All, I would truly suggest anyone looking for unique 1 of a kind pieces or just going out to shop, should check out their local Shops where local Artisans display their amazing hard work. Support Artisans in your Area! YaY!

Another interesting Amazing, unique inspiring place I went to this month is ‘The Mahler Fine Art‘ where I met Rory Parnell who had a vivid and candid memory of her collection the artist, their style and a piece of their unique stories. She’s a wonderful unique person and I was blessed to have met such a person.

My adventure

I call it….Linda in Artsy-Land…Yes…

As I drove through Downtown.

Trees, Streets and Lights…

I found a parking spot, a wonderful Surprise.

To my right there was a meter

Blessings for me, since I had no cash The meter took credit and nothing could be sweeter!

So I looked up from this meter, and know and behold

The Mahler Fine Arts who would of Known?

I stepped inside it’s double doors I thought wow…

I love their Floors, oh yea the art was amazing TOO!!!

This man here,  Richard Garrison, is amazing! His work close up just shows sooo much emotion not to mention the depiction of each character within his work. A True Artist indeed.

I know the close up of this is…wow, It’s like there is truly a Light there!

It reminds me of “walking through the wilderness” Not only is it interesting on the different seasons depicted in the trees, but the landing spot of the man, the x and the box as though he is being magnified. The light around his head, can be associated with, Spiritual awareness of some kind. Such as embarking on a quest. And the fact that the man is just wearing modern day clothes also leaves something to ponder….hmmm

(Just my opinion)

This picture, doesn’t give this painting Justice. It has amazing detail I believe this artist, J.M. Henry, captured the clouds, sky and it’s details magically, as though he was telling a story.

This painting was not only huge on the wall it was Breath Taking! This artist, Ron Slaughter, paints with such simplicity and a ease that can be seen. As they say “He makes it look so easy!

Now this is a Photographer, Rachel Herrick. Usually I’m not to impressed by a photographer breaking into art, (I dunno lets just say pointing, clicking with one finger and letting the printer or curing do all the work is not my cup of Tea, just my preference don’t be offended. I know they are fantastic photographers out there, don’t hurt me :-/ ) but this photographer is very unique and to make her work look like this, it’s a “process” I appreciate that.

I know, Truly amazing. Not only is her work unique but she is in very High Demand. Not surprising in the least.

I appreciate this Fine work because it may seem simple but is actually not so easy to simulate. The artist, Linda Ruth Dickinson, (her first name is Awesome ^_^) is truly inspirational. It’s amazing and Whimsical. I must admit I am a lover of whimsy!

This is a new artist, Pete Sack, and from what I can gather from this Piece, he is extremely talented and I hope to see more of his work.

Linda Ruth Dickinson, This painting looks AMAZING in person!!!

Of course there were many other paintings but these were the paintings that, Truly Drew my eye, and I can just see the labor and love, although you can see it in each piece of the Mahler, I’m particularly Drawn to emotion, Layering (is my favorite) and COLORS!!! Muah, magnific!

Marty Baird

Everyone has a unique taste. You never know, what maybe yours, also what you may discover about yourself….

And this Concludes my awesome adventure in downtown Raleigh, Art of the City and their Artisans I hope you enjoy the Pictures and perhaps embark on your own adventure! How awesome would that be?

I’m sooo Thankful! Including writing and reviewing what I went through. Blessed and Inspired….I’m off to Paint!!!!

Hosanna in the Highest!

Linda M