The messages incorporated in the Family Series are things I wish I'd known in the years of my youth. 



"Born To Serve"

Dad is teaching his son 3 Key Phrases to remember about the Bible; What do you do with the Word of God? Learn it, love it, and live it! A child's earthly father is their first impression of what God the Father is like. This biographical painting is a representation of dedication; a father being intentional with his time, passing on his spiritual wisdom to those in his sphere of influence. Throughout his life, he rests peacefully knowing that when he comes to the end of his life, he can look back with no regrets.    

Who or what do you serve? Everyone serves someone or something, whether a human king, an organization, work, a hobby, or the God and Creator of the universe. Sometimes it's our husband, wife, children, or ministry. Think about what matters to you more than anything. Then ask God if what matters most to you is in line with His reason for creating you.

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"We stand tallest and strongest on our knees before God."  Dr. Charles Stanley


"Yesterday, Today and Forever... Momma's Little Girl"

TRUST in the LORD with ALL your heart; don't depend on your own understanding (or trouble is sure to follow). Seek His will in ALL you do, and He will show you which path to take with every decision you make. (Proverbs 3 : 5-6) He leads us with His living Word (the Bible) which is a lamp to our feet and a light for our path. Psalm 119:105 God always knows what's best for us. He will show you which way to turn at a fork in the road if you seek His will; therefore, keep in mind that if your answer is not consistent with scripture, it's not God's will. 

Mom, Your daughter is a precious gift from Heaven entrusted into your care. You'll never regret raising her up in the ways of the LORD so she may discover her divine purpose (to know God and make Him known). Think about what might be remembered about you when your children/grandchildren are grown. I've had to confess to God (and my daughter) for the many times I've failed as a godly influence. The truth is, none of us have been (or will be) the perfect parent. None of us have it all together, BUT because of God's mercy and grace (when we mess up) He's ready and willing to forgive and restore us. God is generous to use our transparency, so instead of being fearful of condemnation from critical people, I hope you will share what He's redeemed and taught you from your past, as the Spirit leads!  

God doesn't call us to holy just because He's holy; He wants us to be holy for the sake of keeping us from suffering consequences of sin. Holy God cannot/will not bless disobedience! So as much as we can, we want to remain righteous. So how does a righteous mother look? 

              *  She's a surrendered instrument for Jesus, dependant upon the Holy Spirit within her to raise her children up according to God's agenda instead of her own
              *  She focuses on her children's potential, speaking words of affirmation, as well as loving correction
              *  She's intentionally mindful of her influence to glorify God with her words, actions, the tone of her voice, facial expressions, and body language 
              *  She's not afraid of getting a little dirty from hard work and service to others, and instructs her children to do the same
              *  She does not live for the praise of man/woman; instead is known as a servant of the Lord who loves God supremely and loves others sacrificially  
              *  She perseveres to praise God each day with eternity in mind 

This “Princess of the King” is also a "Spiritual Carpenter” who patiently builds temples in the hearts of her children in hopes that Jesus will be invited to live there when they’re grown. Children need consistent quality time (our undivided attention) to teach them what God has taught us. They need memories of our love in action. It is possible to bless the future of our world, if we answer the call to be Christ to those in our sphere of influence. What kind of legacy are you building? What might be carved on your tombstone when you leave this world? I can't imagine a better way to be remembered than a servant of the LORD  Proverbs31:10-31  If you didn't start well, then start today by surrendering your life and your will to God and He will show you which path to take with every decision you make.

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"Momma's  Little  Man"

Children learn from what they see, not from what they are told. As a reminder to remain on our knees throughout our lives, “Momma’s Little Man” represents the Past in the picture over the bed where Mother and her baby are bonding for the first time. The Present time is where the little boy is saying his prayers with Mother. Look for the Future through the window as the young man is on his knee proposing to his bride-to-be. 

I have written letters to accompany each print; one is Mom's words; the other is the son's. Either serve as testimony of your love and respect for your relationship.
The letter can be signed to make your gift more personal, or you may be encouraged to write your own.
Click here to read or copy the letters.

Messages to find: Crosses; The words “Love Jesus” in the boys pajamas; An unintentional Angel is on the pillowcase; The airplane, fire truck, soldier holding the flag, photo of soldier in uniform, and the clock set at 9:11 are all to honor those who’ve served our country since 9/11/01.

Subtitle: Deuteronomy: 6: 5-7 where Moses’ last instructions were to, “Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and might. Teach these commandments to your children and talk about them when you are at home or out for a walk; at bedtime and the first thing in the morning.”

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"My Little Sleeping Beauty"

The Past (and Jesus’ name) is in the picture on the wall. The golden star that she gazes on is also in the palm of the Angel’s hand in the book, “Angels Watching over Me,” symbolic of Angel’s watching over her.

The Present time is the sleeping child in her bed. 

The Future can be seen through the reflection of the mirror as Dad prays over his sleeping beauty the night before her wedding. He ponders that soon he will be giving her hand in marriage.

The accompanying letter is left open for Dad to sign and give to his daughter of any age. It mentions that each butterfly must shed its cocoon and each bird must try its wing. The bird and the butterfly can be found behind the sleeping child’s head.  Click Here to read or copy the letter.

My husband and daughter inspired and modeled for this precious piece when she was nine. Just as most fathers ought to cherish their little girls, Kristi has never lacked for love. 


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"Everlasting Promises"

Married couples at any stage can see themselves in this time-line. The couple in the forefront are reminiscing about their long and loving relationship. The bride and groom are looking forward to growing old together. As they think about how God put them together, their past is represented as children with their families (to the left and right). Marriage is like a triangle with the bride and groom at the bottom corners, and God at the top. The closer we draw to God the closer we draw to one another.  Choose to be wise, and don't resist righteous submission. If you trust God and embrace His promises, He will bless your obedience.

Husbands and wives, your ministry is first to one another; then your children, and then to others.
Wives Resource Center

Ask yourself these very important questions? 

What does my temple promote? Do I dress modestly? Do I carry my temple in a way that reflects Christ? Or, do I dress provocatively and seductively? Check out Nancy Leigh DeMoss' series on dressing in a way that brings honor and glory to God:  Does God Really Care What I Wear?

As a  Follower of Christ, the door to my temple (my heart) should be open for all to see Christ. The temple in this painting is a reminder that our bodies are living temples for Jesus to live in.

The last supper, an image of Jesus, and Jesus’ name are the messages to find in a straight line leading to the cross to represent Christ as the center of all things.

Subtitle: The whole building is joined together and becomes a constantly growing temple of God. You, too, are being built together as a dwelling place for Jesus to live in. (Ephesians 2:21) 

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"Magnolia Memories"

This arrangement is surrounded by stages of a baby's life, from birth to the day he or she marries. The black and white photo on the left captures the memory of a mother’s love for her infant. The wedding day is portrayed through the windows as the horse-drawn carriage carries the bride and groom from the old country church to begin their new life together, as one. Jesus' name can be found in the bottom of the right window.  

The greatest gift to give our mate for the rest of our lives is to KEEP SEX SACRED. Sex is a gift from God; He makes it clear that there is to be no sex outside the marriage relationship. This includes the need to guard your heart from any involvement of sexual sin (pornography, fantasies, and masturbating). God blesses our commitment to obey this command. If you choose to disobey, you're setting yourself up for painful and unavoidable consequences. 

If you're just becoming aware of the need to live a pure life, it's not too late. Today is a new day for the rest of your life. Repent to God, and repent to the one you're involved with, and your pure life will begin today. Remaining pure (married or single) is only possible with the strength God provides for every follower of Christ. The more you practice "taking every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5) the stronger you will become in resisting temptation. The moment a tempting thought arises, call on Jesus to help you respond to it. The Holy Spirit will answer via His still small voice from within. He'll bring scripture to mind to help you with your first response, like James 4:7, "Submit (humble) yourself to God. (Then) resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God, and He will come near to you."  James 4:7-10 Trust and depend on the working power of the Holy Spirit that guards the thoughts and actions of every willing follower of Christ. When temptations arise (which always begins in our thoughts) recognize the devil's attempt to distract you and cause you to sin. 

A helpful tool to carry with you throughout the day is favorite scriptures written on index cards to remind you how to respond when the flesh, or Satan and his buddies come knocking on the door of your heart. Answer those thoughts with God's Word. You'll win this battle every time if you let God fight it for you!

Subtitle: Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) Note: This is a Proverb, not a promise! See my Face Book entry on Sunday, August 19, 2012.


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We'll Never Forget 9-11

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"Raising Faith"

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If you lost a loved one September 11, 2001, I'm so sorry for your loss. If you find "Raising Faith" to be encouraging and would like a print as a gift to remember him or her, please let me know. I'll be honored to send you a copy.

If you are a volunteer or a family member of one, THANK YOU  Sir or Ma'am! May our actions be evident of our gratitude for your service! May we not take for granted the freedom and privileges we have as US citizens. May we remember those affected by 9-11-01, and cover our selfless volunteers and their families in our prayers.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss says no matter what’s going on in the world around you, it’s possible to respond like this, “I will not fear. Why? Because God is my refuge. He is my strength, and He is an abundantly available help in time of trouble.” GOD BLESS AMERICA  is the message in the rubble. Jesus’ name and a broken heart is painted into the wings of the eagle. The rubble under the Fire Fighter’s feet is symbolic of rising above past sorrows while learning from experiences for better tomorrows. One of the Fire Fighters looks to be Jesus, who is the Christian man reflecting Christ. In the rubble is a hammer, a crown of thorns, and 3 nails. Crosses are atop the structures.  

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I'm approaching my 4th year of transporting Marine, Air Force and Navy Recruits. Each volunteer is given a print of their choice as a gift of appreciation and to encourage them in their relationship with God, and with others. A small copy of  "A Soldier's Prayer" and "The Great Commission" (below), a hand written note and a pocket-size military bible are generally well received and travels along with them as they endeavor their boot camp experience. I follow Jesus' example of telling stories to teach kingdom principals. They're encouraged to STAY FOCUSED ON GOD WHEN TRIALS COME with Daniel's story in the lions den; and David who volunteered to fight the belligerent giant of the Philistine army and who killed him with a single stone. David and Daniel's faith in God never wavered because they trusted Him. They never took their spiritual eyes off God, knowing He would fight their battle for them.

  A Soldier's Prayer

Sovereign  Lord,  my  Commander  in  battle,  guide  my  steps as I serve my country and fellow troops.
Our   mighty   fortress  of  power  and  strength.   Keep  me  safe with  a  hedge  of  protection.
Life's   most   important   decision   is  to   know   You,   as   my   personal   Lord   and   Savior. 
Discernment  from Your Holy Spirit is what I rely on, to understand the strategies of my enemy.
 pray for  peace  in  the  midst  of  each  storm,   placing  my  dependence  on  You,   Oh  Lord. 
Equip   me  
     with    the   gift    of    forgiveness,   even   when   it's   beyond   my   own   understanding.
Remind me that I'm Your vessel, covered with Your armor, to be a  living  testament  to Your  faithfulness.

In  Jesus' name, Amen 

"The Great Commission" is another visual-aid to acknowledge and encourage our military families. The river displays a reflection of Jesus to remind us to reflect Christ as we serve others. The event on the left is an actual baptism that followed the salvation of troops in Iraq. To the right is a salute to our fallen heroes. Jesus' name can be found in the mortar on the archway.

Ask yourself if you are spiritually painting an everlasting picture of the Lord. “The Great Commission” reminds us that every believer in Christ is called to disciple others. What does a genuine disciple look like? They're a soldier in the Lord's army, dedicated to the bone for "careful" study and application of Scripture. To be "careful" is to be watchful, not fearful, but guarding against mistakes by paying strict and close attention to details. A disciple is a reflection of Christ from a constant growth; a transformation of his or her heart, head and habits. 

Remember beloved, to dress for spiritual success. Be on guard (prepared) for every battle: Soldier,  Stand your ground. Fight this spiritual battle with The Whole Armor of God.  Put on a sturdy belt of truth, the breastplate of God’s righteousness, and shoes of peace that comes from the Good News.  Use faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet. And take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.  (Ephesians 6: 11-19)  

Jesus' last words, "Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you." (Matthew 28:19-20) God equips every believer with supernatural abilities to fulfill the great commission. You don't have to go on a mission trip or have a seminary degree to share the Good News of Christ. Grow where you're planted. Spend time with the Lord in prayer and Bible study each day and ask Him to use you to share the gospel at home, and with others. Let His Will be your compass to find your way. 

Are You 100% Sure You’ll Spend Eternity in Heaven?  If Not:

                                                                                                                                          1) READ from the Bible the Romans Road to Salvation: Romans 3:23, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-10 and John 3:16. 
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ASK God how these scriptures apply to you.       
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CONFESS your sins.
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BELIEVE in your heart that salvation is a free gift available for every sinner.
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RECEIVE the Holy Spirit of God to guide you (Romans 8).
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SEEK WISE COUNCIL for encouragement (Proverbs 1:5, 12:15, 19:20 and 20:18).
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GROW where you’re planted (Jeremiah 17:7-8).
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TELL others what God has done for you (I Timothy 1:12-16).

The Holy Bible is the greatest love letter of all time. The BIBLE is your Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. It is God’s Word written for personal instruction and application. You don't have to go on a mission trip or have a seminary degree to share the Gospel. Believers heart, head, and habits are transformed into the likeness of Christ as they surrender their live daily to the leading of the Holy Spirit. You are a  Little Jesus  in your little corner of the world, so be mindful to spiritually paint an everlasting picture of the love of Christ. Pray about it. Accountability with a Christian friend will keep you from being deceived by Satan, “the master of deception”.  Now, go and build a legacy with the potential God sees in you my friend!  

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"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD" (Psalm 33:12)


"Rise Up, Oh Nation, and Follow Me"

Jesus’ name and the cross can be found around the rocks
  


This powerful composition illustrates a message of hope and healing for those who turn from a life of sin to pursue God. Jesus is represented in prayerful thought over our country. The bleeding heart blossoms are symbolic of the sorrow felt by Christ. The white horse waits to be called on by Jesus, which symbolizes His return. 
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways:  THEN  I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:14)

You may contain a wealth of spiritual knowledge but what are you doing with it? Give the following questions some serious thought;

                       1)  Could our economical recession and emotional depression  be a result of our own rejection of God? 
                       2)  It's a different time and place, but are we not a picture of the idol worshipping, rebellious Israelites who were delivered out of Egyptian slavery to return to their Promised Land?
                       3)  Is God withholding His blessings from us as we also continue to mumble and complain and disobey Him?   
                       4)  Have you given the Holy Spirit full control in every room of your temple? 

Let's challenge one another to MOVE from the deceit of self-satisfaction or a spirit of fear or rejection. Let's see what happens when we readjust our FOCUS by SEEKING, OBEYING and TRUSTING GOD. Let's activate the knowledge of truth that is found in scripture. Let's humble ourselves and confess our sins. Let's submit to God and resist evil (James 4:7): THEN God will forgive us. THEN He will heal our brokenness. He promises to bless our obedience to follow Him. Let's take an inventory in prayer and ask God to reveal any sin that needs to be uprooted. God wants to pardon us. He wants to provide a victorious life. He wants to have the two way line of communication open between Him and us, but because He is a holy God, He can not (and will not) be in the presence of sin. Repent and be restored. "Prove by the way you live (by your fruit) that you have repented of your sins and have turned to God." (Matthew 3:8)

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"Jesus Led the Way"
 Here on earth, we can rest in the arms of His embrace

Scripture tells us that to be absent from the body is to be in the presence of the Lord 2 Corinthians 5 6-10. Once you die, your eternal destiny is forever in place and is based solely on your faith in Christ. No one is resurrected to Glory without faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ 1 Corinthians 15: 3-8.  Romans 14: 12 says, "Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God." Christ died for our sins and by faith we receive His payment which eternally seals us in Him. 

Eternity in Heaven is a choice made by the individual while they are still alive. Be sure of this truth, friend. There are no second chances to accept the Lord once we die. God has given us this life to make that choice. Therefore; death ends any opportunity to repent. No one can change our destiny for us. If they could, Jesus would have given us instruction on praying for our dead loved ones who might not have made it to heaven on their own, but He did not. He made it very clear that we are responsible for our own choices. "IF you CONFESS with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and BELIEVE in your heart that God raised him from the dead, (THEN) you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:9-10, 13)

As you read your bible, ask God if He's who He says He is. He will reveal Himself as His Word promises. While you are still alive, beloved, you must know the truth; If you die rejecting Jesus, your destiny is eternal hell. (John 3:3-8) “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who BELIEVES in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him." (John 3:16-17)

About eternal security in heaven, read Pastor Greg Laurie's son is alive! As a Christian I believe in a literal Heaven and Hell as taught by Jesus. As a follower of Christ, my suffering will end the moment my earthly body dies. The last breath I take on earth will be the first breath I take in heaven. It is my prayer that your loved ones will have no doubt that you are Safe in the Loving Arms of Jesus when you take your last breath. 

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