My New Creation: Scripture Art Greeting Cards!

It has been one of those weeks, you know when the Lord is testing you faith and the devil

is trying to destroy it?  Yes, besides a heat wave (and i can’t tolerate the heat), I found out I had Intermediate Uveitis, an inflammation in the middle part of my eye which is quite serious, causing floaters and diminished eyesight. This is in addition to the jelly part detaching.  (See Lord Open My Eyes)

My top doctors at Stanford are running blood tests for some pretty scary diseases, like Cancer, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis, which can all cause inflammation. Treatment:  Chemotherapy.  Oh no.  Never Lord.  I can’t go through that. How will I see to write and paint? I implored of Him. On top of all this my internet went out today. Can anyone say Devil?

In spite of all this, I did manage to create my first samples of my art greeting cards:  Christian greeting cards featuring my paintings with Scripture. The Lord gave me a vision to combine my paintings with verses I write, and pitch them as a new greeting card line to publishing companies.

I was amazed I figured out how to print them right side up, not down, and get the inside verses on the right page.  They looked beautiful when I was done.  See for yourself!  God has been faithful with my art and writing ministries and it is very special to be able to combine both in one new creative form to give Him glory.

I spent yesterday in the cool air conditioned library researching publishing companies to send to. Later at home I took pictures of my samples turning them into jpeg files so I could submit them via email to the editors.  Some I mailed out via snail mail, feeling like I was turning my babies over to the US Postal Service, hoping they would arrive safely into the editors hands.

With a prayer and a wish, I now leave the outcome in the Lord’s hands as to if and when they will be published.  But one thing I know, His Word will not return to Him void, and the Scripture embossed on each card will touch hearts and deposit seeds of faith as only God’s Word can do. (Isaiah 55:11)

Would you pray for me my readers? 

I have placed my eye in the Lord’s hands and ask you to pray for His healing power to heal the inflammation in my eye and restore my eyesight to normal.

For peace for me as I wait for the test results.

For favor with the editors as they view my sample greeting cards.

For boldness as I volunteer with Jews for Jesus in their online chat room the month of July.

And for protection from the Devil and his schemes as I step out in faith to further the Kingdom of God.

Whew that is a lot to pray for!  It comforts me to think of you all around the world lifting me up to the Father. Thank you, my friends. (smile)

To see my Scripture art click on ‘my art’ above or www.giftsofhisglory.com.

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The Counterattack…The Devil Strikes Back

One of the lesser know facts about being a Christian, is that as we step out in Faith to serve the Lord in our ministries, we have an adversary, the Devil, who is not happy with our progress, particularly when we have a huge Victory for Jesus.  This was the case Halloween week which I shared on my blog how God gave me the Victory of raising money and advocates for She is Safe and the work they are doing around the world for abused and exploited women. (see Blessings, Paintings and Spooks….Oh My!)

Cross with Pearls Matthew 13:46

Not only did I sell quite a few paintings, but my blog post on how people could help stop human trafficking went viral!  I had over 100 views a day on my blog post and trafficking to my entire site was up well over 200 views.  Now that might not seem like a lot, but it is for me!  I only started this blog last summer and I have watched the Lord increasingly bring more traffic to my site and receive good feedback.

So I shouldn’t have been surprised when I came down with the flu/bronchitis/sinusitis with a vengeance, feeling like a bomb was dropped on me. The Devil loves to put illness on God’s Saints and I was down for the count.  I had just started a holiday job at Sees Candies (another blessing) and had to stop in the middle of training.

Would I lose my job?  Would I still be able to go to the Jews for Jesus Retreat the following weekend?  All these thoughts rumbled around in my feverish head, at one point wondering if I was going to be called home when my fever spiked to 104 degrees.  Getting this sick is scary for me as I am allergic to most antibiotics so it is a risk for me to take them.  I dragged my body to my Zip car and drove to the doctors (one of the worst things about living alone is getting sick alone) where my doctor played a guessing game of which antibiotic to give me.  “Let’s try Zithromax, I’ll give you a five day high dose that will last in your system for 10 days.”  “Alright” I nervously replied, hoping and praying this one would attack the virus.

As I tossed in bed with my fever, the Scripture “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me,” ran through my Spirit. (Psalm 23:4) Yes, I was at a breaking point for either life and healing, or death and eternal life.  I knew I was in God’s hands and was a peace with His outcome.  I had the assurance that I wouldn’t taste death, that my soul would go straight to heaven, and in fact, Jesus would come get me as He promises He will do. (John 14:3: And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.)

My fence and rail quilt

As I slowly got better, I sat on the couch covered in my rail-fence pattern quilt I had made, slurping chicken noodle soup and sucking on sugar free popsicles, all spacy on the codeine cough syrup, yet coughing, coughing, coughing.  I realized I was going to have to stay home from my retreat.  I had so looked forward to hanging out with my Messianic Jewish friends at the Jews for Jesus retreat, singing to the Messianic music, eating wonderful meals at Missions Springs Conference Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the divine appointments the Lord had for me.  I was sensing that this might be the time that I would meet that Jewish believing husband I have been waiting patiently (o.k. not so patiently!) for.  To hike in the beautiful redwoods, sit in on stimulating lectures and just be all around blessed and relaxed.

California Redwood Forest

So it made me start wondering, Lord why does it appear you let the enemy win this round and keep me too sick to go to the retreat, which I know was your will for me?  What He said to me surprised me: “You have been working too hard, and not having enough fun.  I have been missing spending time with you and now we have all week to snuggle together on the couch as you watch movies and hold you at night so you rest comfortably.” To be honest, I much rather spend that time with Him at the retreat but He is Sovereign and knows best. I trust He can cross my path with that future husband another way very easily.

Last night, I asked Him to reveal what He would have done for me at the retreat.   He showed me my low self esteem and the negative messages I tell myself, mostly about how unattractive I feel growing older, especially losing my neckline, which I laughingly tell my friends, is getting the “turkey neck”.  “I want a neck job as a wedding present” I tell them, but I am serious!  Having been a former beauty queen at age 18, Miss Belmont of 1979, my looks were always something that made me feel good about myself, as inside I felt such shame and ugliness from the abuse I suffered as a child.

Me modeling at Miss Belmont 1979 pageant, look at that hair!

I know Scripture tells us we are fearfully and wonderfully made in Psalm 139:14:

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.

So I asked the Lord to let me experience His love for me in a more deep and personal way as I recover this next week, before I return to work at Sees.  Because this brokenness in me that let’s me see myself in this negative light, is my real sickness, my soul sickness.   God can turn what the enemy meant for evil (this flu sickness) and work it for good, (healing me by allowing me to see His viewpoint of me). “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” – Genesis 50:20.

Will you pray that the God who made us and knew us before the foundation of the world, who brought us together in the dark places of the womb, would heal our souls of the lies and wounds of the enemy, giving us Victory today over our pasts?  Do you need to ask God for this soul healing for yourself today?  If so you can pray this prayer along with me:

“Dear Lord:  I need to feel your love for me as your child.  I know I have believed the lies of my family, friends and the Devil, who have spoken negative things into my life.  I believe you created me in the innermost places and made me unique and like you.  Help me to let go of the shame and self hatred I feel, and replace it with your love and the way you see me.  Bright. Beautiful. Full of your Joy.  Accepted and Loved in the Beloved.  For this is truth and you are Truth and I ask you to pierce my heart with this truth today.  Thank You Jesus, I love you.”

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The Day my Blog Died

Can blogs crash?, I said to myself, as I frantically tried to load my home page to no avail.  I had a pesky plugin give a fatal error a few days prior and the dreaded “internal service error” appear, over and over again. Who would have suspected that in the middle of my publicity campaign for my aft ministry Gifts of His Glory, that my blog would crash? 

Fortunately, I had a Wordress.com blog supported by Yahoo Small Business and was able to get some tech support.  Calling India at midnight, I waited patiently on the phone as they tried to ‘clear up the back end’ and get me rebooted.  The dreaded words were spoken to me “I am sorry but you will have to deactivate the blog and start over.”  My stomach sank.  My heart dropped.  Start over?  What about all my posts?  Each is like a baby to me.  And each with a bit of the gospel and love of Jesus in them. Tears came to my eyes as I realized I would lose the story of my art and writing journeys, all documented on my blog.

Lord, I asked.  Why have you allowed the enemy to steal my articles?  I knew the hand of the Devil was behind this, as he did not want people to read my blog that was raising money for victims of sexual trafficking.  I believe he owns the internet and could easily cause the problems behind the crash.  In Hebrew, each letter of the alphabet has a numerical value.  And www is equal to 666, the number of the Devil.  Need I say more?

In my despair I frantically tried to rebuild my blog, as over 200 people where ‘hitting’ my blog that Saturday afternoon. The Lord placed the Scripture “Taste and see that the Lord is good… Blessed is the man who trusts in Him.” on my heart. I fought the good fight and got my blog up and running with the article on my art ministry re-posted.  I wasn’t going to let the Enemy win.  And he didn’t.  I had over 500 blog hits in the three day period I had the guest blog on She is Safe.  Loyal Facebook fans to the ministry shared the article and it went completely viral!  Think of all the hearts stirred for helping girls and women exploited and abused around the world.  Think of all the people now aware of the ministry Gifts of His Glory.  Think about all you subscribers to my blog who are reading this now!  All to give the Lord the glory due Him.

Two days later, I asked my subscribers to send back any posts they had saved.  I received some, alas, only the opening excerpt was included.  I realized I would have to rewrite them, but how Lord? “Taste and see that the Lord is good’ kept running through my spirit.  O.K. Lord show me your goodness here, please bring back the articles to me somehow.

The next morning I received an email from my writer friend Eric who explained how I could find the articles due to Google’s cache’ feature.  In his email he included the post “Bottom on Chair Time” in its entirety!  Yes completely there.  I cried.  I had wanted to republish this article in a publication and now I could!  Love and goodness filled my heart.  Jesus had done it. After all, He is in the Resurrection business!

When we are going through battles in life, know that God is in control and working behind the scenes.  He promises us the victory when we are in Christ Jesus.  The Bible states “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37. And it is true.  No matter who you come up against.  Including the Enemy of our souls.

Will you praise the Lord along with me today, as I celebrate the return of Miriam’s Writing and Art Happenings?  I hope you will enjoy my posts and learn more about the Lord’s love for you.

Taste and See that the Lord is Good...Psalm 34:8

You can view my biblical Scripture art  by clicking on the ‘my art’ or on tab above.  Recently I completed a painting entitled:  “Flower Petals” with Romans 34:8 inscribed on it. Please consider a purchase, 50% of each sale goes to help prevent and rescue girls in sexual slavery.

May God bless you today…