Painting #716 of 1182 paintings / Oil on Linen (24"x18") Completed April, 2003
MORE PHOTOS OF LEO
Self-Care I honor God by caring for myself.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
As fast as life goes sometimes, I may find it difficult to stop, rest, and take care of myself. I may feel pressured to do things for others and keep a hectic pace to meet their requests. I remember the lyrics of a country song, “I’m in a hurry to get things done. Oh, I rush and rush until life’s no fun.”
I stop hurrying and care for myself. The most important person to focus on is me. Caring for myself is honoring Spirit within. I rest, breathe, and step away from pressures or worries. I take time to connect with God through prayer and meditation. I also take time for fun!
Caring for myself does not take away from my ability to care for others. It energizes me and strengthens my relationship with God.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.—Psalm 16:9
Painting #1030 of 1182 paintings / Oil on Linen (10"x8") Completed April, 2009 SOLD
Leo in the cart at BED BATH & BEYOND
Leo at BED BATH & BEYOND
Leo & I at BED BATH & BEYOND
Leo in cart as we're leaving HOME GOODS
"Naples, Florida is "Pet Friendly" at many stores and some outdoor restaurants. This is great because I can take Leo with me most of the time for my limited outings.
Beloved I am the beloved of God.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
In times of darkness, I remember difficulties give me a chance to grow. I faithfully turn within for wisdom and peace. As my old thinking clears away, divine light radiates from my heart to every aspect of my life. I dance in grace, knowing I am a wondrous creation of God!
In this state, my eyes open to everyday miracles. The sun rises every morning and nourishes the planet. Rain waters the soil and trees bear the fruit I enjoy. On top of that, Earth is home to so many amazing animals.
God, the source of all creation, is active in my life too. I confidently affirm peace, happiness, good health, and prosperity. I am the beloved of God.
For now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come.—Song of Solomon 2:11-12
Painting #608 of 1182 paintings / Oil on Linen (40"x30") Completed July, 2000 SOLD
"Here's Leo just after his bath. He is so glad to have that over with."
Guidance I turn to God for guidance and understanding.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
W e have information at our fingertips thanks to smartphones and the Internet. I may be tempted to rely on technology as my one-stop shop for help with every decision. However, for personal direction, I always start with the most important and reliable source of guidance—God.
Spirit in me has the answer to every question. My process of asking for guidance begins with the release of any perceived limitations or stressful feelings. As I relax in the Silence, I listen with my heart, mind, and senses. My inner voice speaks lovingly and my guidance is clear. Centered in God, I am awake to the guidance I seek.
O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.—Psalm 43:3
Painting #1032 of 1182 paintings / Oil on Linen (12"x12") Completed May 7, 2009 SOLD
Leo, the Miniature Schnauzer June 9, 2015
"Leo posed for me to take these photos this afternoon after arriving home from Home Depot."
Let Go, Let God I release old habits, and fill my mind with divine ideas.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Old beliefs or habits sometimes reappear in my life. They may resurface if I am distracted or stressed. Every time I “wake up” from the actions of the old me, I pause for a deep breath and remember to let go, and let God.
Some deeply rooted habits or beliefs may take longer to eliminate from my consciousness. I acknowledge them as habitual energy that has lingered from the past. Yet no mind pattern is stronger than God.
In prayer, I affirm my truth: I release old patterns, habits, and beliefs. I am filled with confidence and courage. As I let go, and let God within lead my life, my mind is filled with divine ideas. I am confident, creative, and compassionate. I am one with God.
Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.—1 Corinthians 13:12
Painting #896 of 1182 paintings / Oil on Linen (30"x24") Completed July 15, 2008
Kasey & Leo January 10, 2015
"Kasey graduates from 5th grade tomorrow here in Naples. She is a beautiful and precious young lady and she and her mother were the influence for me to adopt Leo back in January. I am so thankful. "Congratulations" to you, Kasey. "
Forgiveness Thank you, sweet Spirit, for the gift of forgiveness.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
I both give and receive the gift of forgiveness when I release a painful situation to God. This does not mean I condone what happened—I simply choose to let it go. My past has only as much power over me as I give it. I can let my past hold me back or I can move on. I can carry the weight of emotional pain forever, or lay it down and release it to God.
I choose to be free from resentment, anger, and hurt. As I release the pain of the past, I claim the life of peace I deserve. My load lightens, my pain heals, and my heart opens. Forgiveness frees me to laugh, love, and embrace a life of joy. Thank you, sweet Spirit, for the gift of forgiveness.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes ... mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.—Revelation 21:4
Painting #1136 of 1182 paintings / Oil on canvas (16"x20") Completed June 8, 2010
"Leo" is waiting for me to toss this toy so he can run as fast as he can to retrieve it.
"Leo" having fun with his purple toy.
Love Love transforms my world.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Through the power of my thoughts, I can alter my perception of the world. Where I once may have seen anger, jealousy, or fear, I now can perceive the presence of Love. My outlook changes as I become more aware of God expressing through us all.
I intentionally look for examples of love in my world. As I observe people in their daily interactions, I notice strangers holding doors open for one another; parents hugging their children as they get off school buses; store clerks making friendly conversation with customers.
As I focus on gestures of kindness, my awareness of the goodness in life grows. My life is transformed by Love.
If we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.—1 John4:12
Painting #869 of 1182 paintings / Oil on Linen (24"x36") Completed April 21, 2006 SOLD
LEO, ASKING TO COME UP ON MY LAP
Stillness In the stillness, I find peace and satisfaction.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Today I make time to be still and allow God to speak to the desires of my heart. I let go of any anxious searching or forcing solutions, and open myself to Spirit.
I relax and focus on the rhythmic flow of my breath. The chatter in my mind quiets down and I ease into my connection with God. As I let go of all worries, I feel the strength of my steadfast faith. I take another deep breath and follow it further into the chapel of my own heart. Here, I find stillness and rest in the Silence.
The love of God fills me with peace and satisfaction. I am calm and serene. All my needs are met and I am complete. In the peace of the stillness, I am deeply satisfied.
He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.—Mark 4:39
Painting #1129 of 1182 Paintings / Oil on Canvas (15"x30") Created April 25, 2010 ARCHIVED
Positive Attitude I align my thoughts with the truth.
Monday, May 11, 2015
My state of mind influences my experience of life. If I feel sad or troubled, I consider how my attitude is affecting my perceptions and interactions with others. Are my thoughts supporting me in my goal to be confident, productive, and positive? Or am I blocking my good?
When I am ready for an attitude adjustment, I align my thoughts with the truth: I am an expression of God—capable, loved, and supported. I call upon my spiritual gifts to guide me. As I do, I experience greater wisdom, faith, strength, and understanding.
Blessed by Spirit, I maintain a positive attitude and bring love to all I do. With this mindset, I see good everywhere.
For it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.—Philippians 2:13
Painting #1107 of 1182 paintings / Oil on Canvas (10"x10") Completed Jan. 30, 2010
Painting #1104 of 1182 paintings / Oil on Canvas (30"x40") Completed Jan. 20, 2010
Growth I continue to grow in spiritual awareness.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
As an adult, I have stopped growing physically, yet I have many opportunities to grow emotionally and spiritually. Willingness to consider new ideas is key to my growth now.
A plant grows in the right conditions and with proper nourishment. Similarly, I grow as I feed my mind and spirit. I pray and meditate regularly. I read uplifting books and articles. I may take part in classes and workshops to expand my spiritual understanding.
As I grow, I broaden my awareness of what is around me and within me. I become mindful of beautiful serendipities in my life. I learn to observe my feelings and thoughts, my actions, reactions, and responses. In all things, I see the presence of God.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom.—Luke 2:40
"Leo is a two year old miniature schnauzer and I have had him for four months. He certainly is a joy and comfort to me. Again, I am Blessed abundantly! This toy animal is his favorite toy (of many). It has paper inside the body that makes a crackle sound as he plays with it and he's found lots of squeaks in it too. It's so entertaining to watch Leo play. Sometimes he will sit on one end of the animal and then try to pull it out and away. Doesn't he know he's sitting on it. Watching Leo's attempts at getting this toy up and onto my lap is so funny but that's another story. He's chewed off most of the ears of this toy and yet he's so sneaky when he does it. He tries to hide that he's chewing the toy from me even though he's sitting right next to my chair. Since he loves this toy so much, I have mended it a couple of times for him and it can take a lot more of Leo's "Love"."
"TWO BROWN EGGS"
Painting #895 of 1182 paintings / Oil on Linen (14"x11") Completed July, 2006 SOLD
Adventure I walk my spiritual path with courage and confidence.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Experiences like moving or changing jobs may bring both excitement and uneasiness. Transitions become easier when I accept plans may change and open myself to new adventures. I give thanks in advance for the lessons I will learn.
I may feel the same mix of excitement and unease as I embark on a new spiritual journey. In prayer, I release any worries about outcomes and embrace surprises. Although I cannot anticipate every twist and turn, I know my overall success is assured. I become more attuned to my unique strengths as I deepen my connection with God. This knowledge of myself leads me to walk my spiritual path with courage and confidence.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.—Isaiah 9:2