have daughters who have battled eating disorders and anxiety. In this fight there have
been times the adversary has clouded their memory of who they are and whose they are.
I painted this as a reminder that they are, I am, and we are all sons and
daughters of a Loving Heavenly Father. Who sent His Only Begotten Son to be our Redeemer to light our way back home to Him. We are asked to reflect His light, seek His
light to guide us, it's in His Light we grow and we find Hope. There will
always be Light & Shadows, and Sunshine & Storms we have to decide where to walk.
journey as a mother the one thing I know for sure;
His Light is Always on for
us. I’ve seen it!
And I am grateful for the journey!
painting is used by “Daughters of Light” a program of Life Changing Services to
raise funds and awareness for Young Women with addictions.
P.S. My daughters are both doing so well- they reflect His brilliant light in their lives in so many ways!
This is one of my newest prints that Altus Art will be distributing.
I had a great experience creating this painting.
I was asked by Karen Broadhead if I could do a painting for "Mothers Who Know' A program of Life Changing Services. This is an online class for those who desire to stand strong in facing the opposition of our day, specializing in supporting mothers who have a child or spouse battling addiction or other unhealthy behaviors. She teaches these women that no matter the storms and trails they are facing- to stay at the tree- where we partake of the Saviors Love and Grace. Remain holding on tight to the Iron Rod which is the word of God. This is where healing and peace can be found.
I have a testimony from my own life experiences, that I've found this peace and strength to sustain me. I am forever grateful for my Savior and the peace he promises. Thank you Madi Holt for sharing your beauty by being my model, and thank you Karen for giving me this honor and opportunity to create. It felt great to paint again!
Where are you along The Path that leads to the Tree of Life?
Are you holding on? Finding Joy?
“… I partook of the fruit… it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit.” 1 Nephi 8:12
Janus: The Roman god of beginnings and transitions. He is usually depicted as having tow faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. The Romans named the month January in his honor.
The past cannot be changed.
The future is shaped by our current thinking.
If we want a joyous life,
we must think joyous thoughts.
If we want a prosperous life,
we must think prosperous thoughts.
If we want a loving life,
we must think loving thoughts.
What do you want to let go of from 2015?
What are you looking forward to in 2016?
I hope that these past 40 days have been a journey of transformation and change of heart for you.
I hope I at least gave you somethings to think about. After all we are all on this adventure of life together- I lift you and you lift me and together we ascend.
I've done some soul searching to know what to blog about.
It's been a big challenge to blog everyday, but a great experience to really think about what "transformation and change" look and feels like. There are a few virtuous I didn't get to that I wanted to like Integrity, Time management, laughter, leadership and fasting. Maybe another day.
I honor the divine light within you... Namaste!
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
when there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand,
to love as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying (to ourselves) that we are born to
Day 39: Unity "I say unto you, be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine." Doctrine & Covenants 38:27 Chinese myth of the Red Ribbon According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red cord around the ankles of those that are destined to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way.
I love this idea that we are bond together with some invisible red thread.
I remember writing in my journal when my daddy pasted away about a thread I felt that connected us.
This thread began in our premortal existence and weaved into life and then after death
and continues on into the eternities.
I like to think of them as heart strings- uniting us.
As humans we aren't meant to be alone; we need one another.
"What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?" -George Eliot
We need each other along this journey, there are times I fall and need to lean on you, and there are times I have to strength for you to lean on me. Together we climb, alone we struggle.
Who needs you to reach out?
Is your heart open to receive others reaching out to you?
We Need One Another... Reach Out and Grab On!
There are three million species of animals living in the tropical rain forests, and one of them, the red fire ant, lives underground, under constant threat of annihilation from flash floods. Nature doesn't care. If a species wants to survive, it has to prove it deserves to. When the floods come, the fire ants hold on to each other, creating a living raft that can float until the water recedes. Months, if necessary. So how does a species figure something like that out? Instinct? Trial and error? Was there one fire ant who was being swept away by the rushing water... and grabbed on to another ant, only to find that together they could float?
As humans we need each other in the floods of life... to help each other out- to reach out and grab on to one another. We recognize ourselves in each other, and are programmed for compassion, for heroism, for love.