My sweet Lord, such love and goodness happened this week. Your miracle of allowing me to show my art at my church’s mission holiday fair after all. And yesterday finding out some of my writing is being published on the national level. Oh, and not to mention the possible job.
I love how faithful you are, that in the dry seasons of our life, when we are so anxious for you to open a door, you open three at once! I love how you have a way of raining down blessings, and how I know from experience you wait till the last possible moment, yet your timing is perfect. I have seen you come through when I am down to my last few dollars in my savings account and I don’t know where money will come from for next month’s bills.
My heart overflows as I watch your perfect sunset of my favorite colors, pink and purple tonight. I saw a pin on Pinterest today that said God is a designer. How true. You are the ultimate Artist and Creator. Every sunrise and sunset you paint a canvas of color for us, and every evening you hang the moon and stars in a navy blue sky. I have enjoyed so much walking at night and riding my bike under the bright moon.
I have noticed I see things more clearly with an artist’s eye now, with your eye, such as how the seasons change and the beauty of each. Fall, one of my favorites, brings baking, homemade soups, quilting while sipping pumpkin lattes and crunchy gold, red and yellow leaves on the ground.
This evening, I realized how blessed I am to do the things you do, be an artist and writer. It took 51 years to get to this place but I love painting and I love being a writer, and now an author. WOW, author. It was nine months ago I picked up my pen and stated writing my book, on a rainy day in January at Peets Coffee. Nine months of joy, frustration, rewrites, editing, critiquing, writer conferences, blogging, subscribers, plug ins, Facebook cartoons, statistics, submission, rejection and now finally acceptance. An editor felt my devotion “Our Sweet Fragrance” was good enough to publish. In a book. That many will see, read and grow closer to you because of it. WOW.
As an author, you write our names in your book , our tears in your book and our days in your book. My art contains your Word in Scripture, knowing that my word that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void. (Isaiah 51:11) How is it I am growing to be more like you and your image everyday? (smile)
Thank you Jesus for being my sweet fragrance (2 Corinthians 2:15), and my Rose of Sharon (Songs 2:1). For giving me the words to write the beautiful devotion to you and the ability to paint a Scripture painting to go along with it, entitled Rose of Sharon.
For giving me a vision of you tossing dozens of red rose petals all over me as I rolled on my bed in glee, over finding out my devotion was accepted for publication in Penned from the Heart*. Of confirming my dream and encouraging me in my journey with you. My heart is full of gratitude and love for you. Ani Ohevet atah Yeshua.
–Your love, Miriam
Rose of Sharon is for sale on my website giftsofhisglory.com. Click here or above on ‘my art’ to see all my Scripture paintings that make wonderful holiday gifts.
*I am sorry I cannot publish my devotion here on this blog until after it has been printed and published in the devotional book. Rules of the publishing game! Devotional books can be ordered beginning in December for the 2013 version in which my devotion appears, at www.gloriaclover.com. Retail at $9.95)
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