When Life Gives You Lemons…Make Art!

Hello, Readers!  It has been awhile since I blogged, and I hope you have been blessed by my guest bloggers during this time.  I have injured my shoulder, arms and hands from overuse, yes, actually writing too much.  Writing a book will do that to you!  I am an avid biker and that added to the problems. So, now I spend my time at doctors and in treatment with the hope and faith the Lord will heal me completely.  Physical therapy, cortisone shots and next acupuncture is the plan.  And of course, healing prayer.

It has been a scary time, to not be able to write on my laptop, paint, or bike for that matter, and to be in pain. I have had to trust the Lord and others for help getting to the doctors and Trader Joe grocery runs.  I am grateful my book is completed and with an editor at a large Christian publisher during this season of rest and healing.

But, I want to share how faithful God is and how even when illness, injury and trials come our way, He makes a way. Tonight, I stepped out in faith and began to paint again, a new way, with a  new medium, pastel crayons.  Yes, it is a little like finger painting, you get to use your fingers to smudge the colors just like we did in Kindergarten.  I bought a sketch book and a set of 24 soft pastel crayons and sitting on my purple sofa with a favorite picture from this summer’s trip to Victoria, Canada, I began to ‘color’ with my pastels.

I found it’s not like using acrylic paints, my normal, and you can’t really mix colors, but it was easy on my hands, not lots of big arm movements like usual, and in an hour I was done.  I was so happy with joy that I was able to create again!  I share my painting entitled Biker Blues with you.

This is a view of the Olympic Mountains and Bay from Victoria Island, Canada with timber driftwood, taken while biking around the island.  I am taking a break from painting my usual Scripture Art with a new vision from the Lord to paint His Glory, seen in nature.

I hope you enjoy it, and I ask you, my faithful readers, to pray for my healing, and that I will be able to give a wonderful testimony in my next book how the Lord restored me to complete healing!  Be blessed!

To see my Scripture art and greeting cards go to ‘my art‘ above or www.giftsofhisglory.com

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Finding Healing for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (plus a great book review of Until We All Come Home)

Do you ever have one of those days when you pick up a book to read and can’t put it down?  I did yesterday, when I read my friend and fellow author Kim de Blecourt’s new book, Until We All Come Home. I was up to midnight finishing it, spellbound!!

Mt. Hermon Conference Center

I had been looking forward to reading her story since meeting Kim at Mt. Hermon’s Christian Writers Conference two years ago.  We discovered we both had been through trauma abroad, hers while doing an international adoption and mine while on the mission field in England. We felt an instant kinship when we realized we both suffered  from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). We were able to share how this illness had impacted our lives in similar ways.

Kim’s book, Until We All Come Home: A Harrowing Journey, a Mother’s Courage, a Race to Freedom tells her story of adopting her son from the Ukraine. It is a page turner, with bureaucratic corruption, a vindictive prosecutor, and a race against the clock to freedom. Kim was forced to stay in the Ukraine for a year, in a state of culture shock, fighting to get her son out of the country and home to the United States.

As I read her story, I emphasized with the trauma that led up to her despair, depression,  insomnia and ‘fight or flight’ reaction that is so prevalent with PTSD.  I cried when she spoke to the judge on behalf of her orphaned son, who was rejected and abandoned by society, of his need for a loving family, one she and her husband could provide.

I cheered when God was faithful and showed up through all kinds of battles. I admired Kim’s perseverance to fight for her son no matter what the cost. And finally, my own heart was touched by God’s heart for the orphan. It reinforced my own desire to adopt a child one day.

I highly recommend Kim’s book to you as a great Christian suspense story. You can purchase it on her website nourishedhearts.com and see the work she is doing on behalf of orphans everywhere.

A Word about PTSD:

PTSD develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. A “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. But in PTSD this reaction is damaged. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger.  Flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety and hyper-vigilance are coommon symptoms.

I was traumatized by people in the occult while on a furlough in England. I was terrorized for over a year, at times being held against my will. When I returned home, I suffered from clinical depression and PTSD, and was put on medication.  I felt horror, helplessness and extreme fear as I relived the terror I had experienced.

Thirteen years later, I am happy to say the Lord has healed me of most of the illness, even though I was told I would never recover. I believe one day I will be totally healed for the Bible says  “For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37) and “Perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.” (1 John 4:18). I write about my experiences in my soon to be published book, Finding God in the Midst of My Mess:  My Love Story with Jesus.

Do you need to trust God for healing from PTSD today?

Please pray:  Dear Lord, I ask you through the power of your Holy Spirit to come and heal those dark and fearful places in my mind, soul and body.  Only you know the terror I feel and can heal me.  Please lead me to the people and resources that will be an instrument of your healing light and touch. I trust you today and thank you in advance for what you are going to do.  Amen.

What to do now?  Read and claim the promises in the Bible on healing.  Contact a local church for healing prayer. Explore EMDR therapy which was very successful for me. Look into medications, such as antidepressants and tranquilizers that will calm your mind and emotions. Pursue talk therapy with a licensed Christian psychiatrist or therapist. God is waiting to heal you.  He loves you.

To see my Scripture art and paintings click on ‘my art’ above or www.gifstofhisglory.com

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