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Inspired By The Book Of Revelation

Several people in my life are in the process of overcoming. Overcoming an addiction, a broken heart, a long illness. One dear soul I love is saying goodbye to her family as she gets ready to meet the Lord. Overcomers are the true warriors. To overcome, in Scripture, means to hear God’s voice, then to […]

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Inspired By A Hymn

Sometimes a line from a song just brands itself into your mind. This line from the famous hymn has always resonated with me and so many others, it seems. We long to be close to God, but we wander away so easily and thoughtlessly. No wonder Jesus was always talking about sheep. This print is […]

Consider The Lilies Handcrafted Rosary

Inspired By The Lilies Of The Field: Luke 12:27

A rosary should be as precious and unique as a treasured piece of jewelry, its beauty meant to inspire meditative prayer and reflection on the life of Jesus. The inspiration for this rosary comes from Luke 12:27-28: “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon […]

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Your Stories Inspire Me

Your stories inspire me. When I go on a book signing or to a book fair, exhibit at an art walk or craft festival, I hear your stories. In my Etsy Shop and on Facebook, you send me notes about who you are buying for and why this person will be getting a book, print, […]

Smooth Rondelle Psalm 23 Necklace

Psalm 23 Necklace

Artists often work in series and I’m no exception. The idea for this crystal beaded bracelet depicting the 23rd Psalm, using a different colored bead to represent the idea behind every line: Led to this idea for a boho style Psalm 23 bracelet: Which in turn started me thinking about a designing a necklace, something […]

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Psalm 23 Bracelet, Boho Style

Wearing a piece of inspirational jewelry can be a tangible reminder of what is bigger than ourselves, a source of encouragement and comfort. After I created a sparkly, crystal Psalm 23 bracelet, my son wondered if I was going to make a guy’s version with a similar design. He wanted to wear one too. Well, […]

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Are Christians One Big Family?

  Isn’t the Body of Christ the most amazing and eclectic group of believers? We have Latin chanting monks, kindly Protestant Sunday School teachers, pamphlet passing door-to-door bell ringers, mega church preachers and missionaries in the wilderness, all on the same team for Jesus. We come from  many traditions, many perspectives and yet all follow […]

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Let God Surprise You

Lists, Goals, Projects: Oh, how I love these things. Notebooks, Planners, Calendars: I’m all in. You, too?  In ninth grade, I mapped out my entire high school curriculum just for fun. In college, I carefully plotted my classes so I could take extra hours each semester in subjects I loved. I knew what my senior […]

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Who Has A Heart Like Joseph’s?

Not long after we had adopted our younger son, I heard about a couple who had adopted 12 children. Each one of these precious kids was considered “unadoptable” because of various physical and mental challenges. All of them required continuous care and since the family was quite wealthy, they had the means to provide for […]

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Three Faiths, Three Views of Adoption

Adoption is part of our spiritual heritage as Christians. We are steeped in adoption culture, whether we are fully conscious of it or not. Our faith teaches Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, and since we are also His children, this makes all of us His adopted sons and daughters. We know we are […]

Away In The Manger

Away In The Manger

This is a painting from a children’s book I wrote and illustrated called  Joseph’s Heart: A Story of Adoption. It is titled  Away in the Manger and is the most whimsical image from the book.  Baby Jesus takes center stage as He lies in swaddling clothing, surrounded by a bird’s eye view of various creatures. They look […]

Joseph Super Hero

Saint Joseph, Super Hero

  Su-per-he-ro (soo’per hlr’o) n., pl. ­ roes. A heroic character with a selfless, pro-social mission; with superpowers- extraordinary abilities, advanced technology, or highly developed physical, mental, or mystical skills Was Joseph a Biblical Super Hero? A look at Joseph’s Story through 21st century eyes: Let’s do a quick recap, shall we? A nice Jewish […]

Here Is My Son

Here Is My Son

  After Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary wait one month in Bethlehem before taking Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem. In the Old Testament, the law requires after thirty days the new parents must travel to the Temple  to consecrate their son to the Lord and make a sacrificial offering of two turtledoves. “Every […]

You Were Born In My Heart

You Were Born In My Heart

So it came to be Mary and Joseph were married. As they were settling in to their new home, an order was given. All people had to return to the town of their birth to be registered and counted. This meant Mary and Joseph must journey a long distance. Joseph worried it was dangerous to […]