Bridges and Connections

Bridges and Connections…

San Francisco is  my town.  I was born at Kaiser Hospital on Geary Blvd, 51 years ago!  I love sailing on the Bay, the cable cars, Christmas at Union Square and biking at the Presidio right under the Golden Gate Bridge.  That beautiful Golden Gate.

Gets me thinking of other bridges and connections in our lives, namely Jesus, our bridge to peace with our Heavenly Father and to Heaven.  One day we will travel that bridge in the Spirit to the other side and meet Him face to face.  Can’t wait, how about you?
So when my Arts of the Covenant group decided to have our next gallery show to celebrate the Golden Gate’s 75th birthday, entitled “Bridges and Connections: Manmade, natural, and metaphorical” I pondered on what type of painting I would do.

So I thought of painting the bridge, but rejected it as being too hard.  Other famous bridges?…no, didn’t want to do them either.  Ahh Ha!  yes, I will do one of my Scripture paintings of…..No, I am not going to tell you!  You will have to come out and see it at the Gallery show on July 21 and 22nd in downtown Menlo Park, (the old Bank of the West Building at 950 University Avenue) where you will find a beautiful show by artists of faith along this theme.  At the same time, the City of Menlo Park is having its annual art marketplace so there will be lots of art to see and things to do.  Come have a cool glass of lemonade and mingle with me and my fellow artists at the reception.

Speaking of art, I just finished a new piece today entitled “Orange Tulips” with Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths”.


Orange Tulips Proverbs 3:5
 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths
It is for sale for $100 at my art website (click above) or go to www.giftsofhisglory.com.  I give you a peek at it above…(remember:  50% of art sales go to She is Safe to help orphaned girls and women be free of abuse and sexual slavery and trafficking.)

When you think of bridges, what comes to mind for you?  Leave me a reply, would love to hear from you!


Eternity in Our Hearts

Colorful Zinnias Ecclesiastes 3:11

He makes all things beautiful in its time….He places eternity in their hearts..
Ecclesiastes 3:11

Yes He does.  Jesus that is.  He is in the business of making all things new.  Including me and you.  We are his precious works in progress, once we accept His free gift of grace.  He forgives our sins.  He places the Holy Spirit into our hearts to restore and renew all our fuzzy places and sinful spaces.  He changes us into the image of Himself.  And to give us hope, He puts eternity in our hearts.
What beautiful Words.  I thought a lot about this Scripture as I painted my next biblical Scripture painting today.  As always, I prayed about what to paint as a subject and what Scripture to go with it.  This time it was the colorful zinnias in a patch at Filoli Gardens.  I was drawn to their colors and sizes and how beautiful they were in the sunshine, with their petals reaching upwards to the sun.  How we will be one day in the glory of the Lord’s brilliance as we step into Heaven.  I imagine His smile of happiness on seeing me will be so bright. And I will radiate happiness and light in my new glorified body. Halleluiah. Just like the zinnias.

Do you ever think about eternity in the day to day struggles and problems of life here on earth?  I have to be honest and admit it is a passing thought now and then but lately I have been thinking of it more,  Maybe its getting older.  Knowing my time and work here on earth is going to come to an end.  Thinking thoughts such as “Lord, I feel I am not making enough impact for the Kingdom here on earth.  It seems I spend so much time waiting on you (!) and so little time leading others to you. Will my life matter in the scope of things?”
And then He whispers this Scripture in my heart….”I make everything beautiful in its time”….and I realized just for today, I used His gift of creativity in me and made a beautiful painting of His creation to bring joy to someone else’s heart.  And my life was made more beautiful for today…and I realized eternity IS in my heart.  I imagine seeing my Nana again and my baby daughter Lynley who did not live past the womb.  I imagine talking to Jesus’ mother Mary, who is my namesake of Miriam, (the Hebrew way to say “Mary” ). I will ask her to tell me what Jesus was like as a little boy, how it felt to be used by the Holy Spirit for a miracle. I imagine what it will be like to live FOREVER in peace with no tears or weight gain!  To have my family all restored, no longer dysfunctional, and not talking to one another.  To have a pure love for my mother and father despite the abuse and shame done to me as a child.

Because that is the kind of God we have.  He cares enough about us and our times of despair and hopelessness to give us the hope of being with HIm in eternity.  Heaven is real.  All it takes is being like a zinnia, turn your face up to the Son, Jesus, and ask Him to come into your hearts and forgive you for your sins.  To be your Lord and Savior.  It really is that simple.  And He will come and give you His Holy Spirit to make you all beautiful in His time…and deposit a little piece of eternity in your heart as a safekeeping and promise.
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What do you look forward to most about eternity?  Leave me a reply..

I hope you enjoy my new collage “Colorful Zinnias”.  It is for sale for $100 at my art website.  Just click on ‘my art’ above or go to www.giftsofhisglory.com
Shalom and peace.

 

 


Shalom and Welcome to my Blog

Shalom

I am an artist and writer, new to the writing game, but excited to have my first blog!   I paint biblical Scripture art, paintings and collages that show the Gifts of His Glory to us through His creation and His Word.  By Him, I am referring to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. You can visit my website of my artwork at www.giftsofhisglory.com.

I am writing my first book, a personal experience/memoirs of my life including time as a Christian missionary, with self help notes to the reader to take away and experience the love and healing of the Lord like I did!  It is called ‘Running from the Witches:   How the Redemptive Love of Jesus Christ Healed my Life.  I write short devotions as well and have a great writers group I started from fellow writers who attended Mt. Hermon’s Writers Conference in March of 2012.  I will be sharing my journey to get my book published with you, all the ups and downs, hoping you will enjoy it with me!

I am on a journey to express my faith through my art and writing…to Give Glory to God for His gifts to me.

I am also dedicated to helping children and women who have been abused and enslaved in human trafficking.  I donate my artwork and 50% of my art sales to this cause.

I love the ocean and you will find me over in Half Moon Bay or Monterey, biking or walking, taking pictures of flowers for my art, or at home cooking, painting or making quilts.

I love all things Jewish, as I am part Jewish myself, and speak Hebrew, love to nosh on  Jewish food, adore Israel, and consider Jerusalem my second home.  I am part of the Messianic Jewish movement and love sharing my faith in Yeshua (Jesus) with others. So as we say in Hebrew “Shalom Chaverim”  (Welcome Friends!)