Art with a purpose

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One of my greatest joys is to personalize greeting cards and portraits for special occasions. Here are some of my recent family greetings.

To Nyla turning 4!

This is to Jocelyn turning 8

This was for our daughter turning 36.

A wedding card for our niece.

For our nephew’s wedding.

To my sweet husband!

Our cousin, Irene:

For our dear friend dying of cancer a portrait of happier times.

A family collage for my sister’s 50th wedding anniversary:

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Real peace comes in the midst of the crisis!

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Most peoples’ idea of peace is actually situational. “When the situation changes, I will feel better about it.” Well, the whole idea of overcoming life is that you feel good about it when you are in the midst of all the rubbish. Real peace does not wait until the situation gets resolved. Real peace comes in the midst of the crisis!

(from Uncommon Love)

Graham Cooke

There is no place for judgment in our hearts.

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There is no place for judgment in our hearts. We are healers. We are people who rebuild the ancient ruins. We repair former devastations. We go to the desolate people, and we restore them with words. We demonstrate the heart of God, and we say, “This is what God is like,” and we say to people ruined by sin, “Jesus was punished so I am declaring that you are free, in Jesus’ name.” It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Your words should not bind anybody up except the enemy.

(from The Heart Of Prophecy)

Graham Cooke

The defining difference between a baby and an adult is self control.

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The defining difference between a baby and an adult self control. Babies, therefore, are wrapped in diapers. Scriptures tell us to control our thoughts because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. And actions spring forth from attitudes and beliefs. Satan would have us point our fingers with resentment and bewilderment at God when life does not go in our favor. Questioning God’s motives is Satan’s favorite tool to drive a wedge between us and God.

The cry for instant gratification is another defining character trait of children. Its a trait that caused God to say I love Jacob but I hate Esau. Jacob knew his true riches would be the inheritance and the blessing from his father…all the promises of God to his grandfather passed on to him. All Esau could think was that those promises would be worth spit to a dead man and unless he got fed NOW he might as well be dead.

Lord keep my heart sweet and tender toward You within all my circumstances. May I take heart knowing Your plan and purposes will not be thwarted no matter how bad things look. Your will is to bring me a future and a hope and my inheritance is eternal and delightful and
reserved in heaven for me. Sweet.