Tag Archive | Love

The King and I

I painting this pair of loving lions right after a lovely time of worship.  It took me about 5 days to complete with an average of 2ish hours a day.

This was the first step in my work - sketching out my idea! Those two black bumps at the bottom of the picture are my knees 😀 This is the biggest painting I have ever done!

Got my first layer of paint on - mostly I was just trying to figure out where the light and shadows would be

Got the background done and now it is time for the fun part!! Actually making my Lions look like Lions ❤

Now don't be deceived the process from the previous picture to this one was not that quick - this is the final outcome of several hours of painting and repainting these two lovies. The only thing I am not happy with is her paws - they took me forever and I still dont like them! If anyone wants to buy a print of this painting I will be sure to crop them out!! This painting is now hanging behind my couch. ❤

P.S. I am serious about if anyone wants to buy a print of this – Send me a message!

Basking in His Love

I painted this picture trying to express a whole tangle of emotions built up inside me.  Longing for the Love of the Lord, feeling tentative and unsure of myself but knowing that His light and love is shinning down on me.  With the first post I made about this picture it was just her, no light, and it felt like she was longing for something that was not being fulfilled.  I still loved the painting that way very much but I couldn’t leave her longing forever with no hope of love.  Now that the light has come into her picture she looks like she is basking in the tender, sweet love of the Lord.  Longing fulfilled.

From the Mouth of Babes

E.v.e. : I love you Momma (hugs my leg)

Me: How do you know you love me? (I keep washing the dishes)

E.v.e.: Because I kiss you, silly!

(We both laugh)

Me: What if you couldn’t kiss me?  Would you still know you love me? (look down at her sweet angel face)

E.v.e.: NO MORE KISSES?! That would be sad. (most adorable pouting face ever)

Me: Yes, it would be sad, how would you know you loved me if you could never kiss me again?

(Long Pause)

E.v.e.: I know I love you cause I misses you when you’re gone.

*warm fuzzies*

 

My sleeping little angel

 

About “Love Notes”

My Love

Image by Jennuine Captures via Flickr

My “Love Notes” section is where I jot down little tid bits from the Lord.  Things he may share with me from His word, in my dreams, through my friends, how ever He chooses.

There is also a subsection called “Daily Dose” where I write down the verse or chapter that I chewed on that day and what I got from it. 

I have also recently add the subsection called “The Assignment” which I am hoping turns out to be a fun adventure. 😀

 

Tried and True

I read the words in my Bible and I know they are true.  I have seen them come alive in my life and change it in such a dramatic way that it can not be denied. 

 
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Like, for example, when I was going through my divorce.  I was feeling so hurt and betrayed .  All I wanted at first was for God to just zap him! 

 I knew God could do it. I had read about when Elijah was on the hill and God had poured out fire on his enemies – I wanted some of that!  My ex had left me for another woman, ripped out my heart and set fire to all my hopes and dreams about our future, not to mention abandoned our unborn child, the least God to do was let a stray lightning bolt melt his car, right?  Then in the midst of all this hurting and wanting revenge I stumbled upon Matthew 5:38-48 which reads:

38 “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’

39 But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.

40 If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too.

41 If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.

42Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.

   43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy.

44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!

 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.

46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.

47 If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.

48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

At first I thought, “That is too heavy of a thing you are asking for Lord.  How can I love someone who doesn’t love me? How can I give to someone who took everything I had to offer and declared it not enough?  How can I bless someone who has wounded me and continues to hurt me so deeply?” And the answer I heard in reply changed my whole heart.

“What was asked of Jesus was a heavy thing.  He loves you when you don’t love Him.  He continues to give to you when you are ungrateful and disregard His gifts.  He blesses you who wounded Him and continue to hurt Him by not believing.”

It is like something broke inside me – but in a good way! – and all that anger and resentment melted away.  I still had to work on being a little bitter for a while but I was no longer praying for lightening.  I was praying for him to receive peace, healing, love and blessings.  My time with God went from being venting sessions full of anger and fear to times of rest and healing for my own soul. 

Thanks to the living word of God I was able to do in 9 months what it usually takes people years to accomplish – fully forgive, love, bless and release my ex husband from all the wrong he had done to me.  It had nothing to do with me – Gods word in my heart is what made the change.  I was not strong enough to forgive.  I was not strong enough to love someone who hated me.  I was not strong enough to do any of it but Jesus in me was.  

~Nichole

A Sad Day

A guy from my High School class committed suicide this week. By all accounts he seemed like a happy, funny guy and since the announcement of his death dozens of people have left comments on his Facebook page telling him how loved he is and what a great guy he is and how missed he will be – I can’t help but wonder if someone had taken the time to let him know all those things before he killed himself… maybe he wouldn’t have?His moms last post before he died said “Hope you are feeling better today” If you see someone looking a little blue or down in the dumps this week please stop and take the time to let them know you care, you never know – that could be the one thing that keeps them from making choices like this 😦

Love, please please be with this family this week. With his sister and parents and cousins and all his friends that didn’t see this coming.  Help them through their pain and anger and bring them to a place of peace.  Love please use this tragedy to prevent another or lead someone on a search to find you.