Packing by Faith…My Latest Adventure.

I sit at my desk surrounded by boxes packed and waiting to be sealed up. I am planning on moving after 13 years at my apartment in downtown San Carlos which has been both a blessing (location) and curse, facing many trials. But in my prayer time, the Lord finally whispered to me its time to move.

“Where, Lord,” I have petitioned Him over and over. My heart has been to go to Paris and finish my book by writing the ‘afterward’ at a cafe where famous writers have written their best sellers, such as Hemingway. I have wanted to go to walk the Siene river and paint where Picasso and Monet painted. It has been my dream trip and a door I believe the Lord will open for me soon.

My heart is also in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, amongst the quiet lifestyle of the Amish and farm country. Visiting four years ago, I feel in love with the people and the fall season of leaves turning red, yellow and orange, so unlike here in Northern California. I have desired to marry, to quilt, make my own soap, sew my future children’s clothes and get fresh milk from the dairy. I know it is a dichotomy to want to live in France and the Bible Belt of America. But those are the two sides of me.

God is good that way. He plants the desires of our heart and then gives them to us. Often waiting a VERY long time, as I have, for my dreams to come true. “How will you survive the long, snowy winters, Miriam? my friends ask. “Hopefully with a break and trip to Palm Springs desert,” I reply laughing.

So I began to pack up my apartment, not knowing the next step as to where God will first lead me, but I know He will. Over and over He gives me the Scripture “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Me, and I will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

I know he can do more than I ask or imagine, including bringing the resources I need to move; finances, home, plane ticket. I am trusting Him by faith. Sometimes God asks us to take that first step of faith, even though it seems strange or crazy to others.

After all, my relationship is with Him and I strive to be obedient. He knows the plan and the future, and that it is good. “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Stay tuned for my destination in my next blog post!

What step of faith is God asking you to take today? Leave me a comment and let me know!

To see my Thanksgiving and Christmas greeting cards with Scripture, see ‘my art’ above or www.giftsofhisglory.com. Special price on bundle of 6 cards! They make great gifts too!christmas poinsettias 5 x 7 greeting scan final


It’s Pumpkin Time! My Fall Cards are Here…

I love the fall…bright orange pumpkins, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, just pumpkin galore!  I love how the light has changed with Indian summer days and brown, red and yellow leaves that crunch under my tires as I bike down the street.  Fall in Northern California is not like the those on the East Coast, with the spectacular fall colors as the trees turn.  But it is still special here. We have the beautiful coast side, where bright sandy beaches and pumpkin farms reside,along with an annual pumpkin festival in Half Moon Bay where you can see the largest pumpkin grown in the United States.  And it’s big!

Pumpkins also bring on the holiday season, yes, just around the corner is Thanksgiving!

To honor the seasonal change, I have designed and painted a new Scripture

Mums in Pumpkin Painting...For sale...Psalm 106:1

Art painting entitled “Mums in Pumpkin” with Psalm 106:1 entwined.  “Oh, Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.”  Yes, He is a merciful and kind God.  And Yes, we should give thanks to Him for all He has given us.

For me this season, I am giving thanks for the opportunity to design and publish a line of Christian themed greeting cards that feature my art.  It has been a dream since I was a little child to write greeting card messages one day and the Lord has allowed me to publish them myself.  I am happy I can now ad to my   publication credentials: “greeting cards.”

The Mums in Pumpkin card is perfect for sending to your friends and family for the fall and thanksgiving season.  It comes with a thanksgiving greeting or blank to write your own.  You can purchase it on my online store at Etsy.com, along with 12 other greeting cards for all occasions. Click here to check them out or go to ‘my art’ above.  (Etsy sells handmade items by artists, crafters and vintage collectors and offers secure transactions through PayPal).

Wondering about Christmas cards? This week I will be busy painting my Christmas holiday painting that will also be offered as a Christmas card.  So this year, plan on ordering beautiful Scripture art cards to celebrate the birth of our dear Savior, Jesus.  Stay tuned to an announcement here soon!

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