I spent years worrying about the future only to realize that the journey is just as important
as the destination. I appreciate the challenges and victories, lessons learned, and
experiences gained on my journey. This is a piece of my personal journey. The light
between the leaves represents the everlasting spiritual bond with my father that guides
me every day.
I once read that instead of carrying our mistakes around with us, we
should lay them on the ground and use them as stepping stones.
Home is our place of comfort. We become comfortable within our surroundings, and only
then do our true selves evolve.
I am compelled to say that we learn our “life’s lessons” at home. We continue these
lessons when we take on a “home” of our own.
“You give glory to the Father when you produce a lot of fruit and therefore show that you are
my disciples.” John 15:8
The end of the journey will be about the person we have become. Our soul has been sculpted
by the friends we choose, the decisions we make, and everyday experiences. It is our individual
choices that have led us to specific destinations.
“Trust the Lord, and do good things. Live in the land, and practice being faithful.” Psalm 37:3
It was a turning point in my life. I was asked to be a full-time nanny for
a military family whose mother was deployed. My new opportunity was an
absolute blessing. I needed this new family as much as they needed me. My
life once again was filled with nap times, lullabies, and innocent laughter. I
was indeed, caught up in the moment.
My life as an artist and a woman has taken me steps beyond what I ever
dreamed I was capable of. Not only was I a nanny, but these children and their
parents became my extended family.
“Entrust your efforts to the Lord, and your plans will
succeed.” Proverbs 16:3
As both a wife and nanny, I felt a strong calling to pursue a God given gift of
art. Despite sacrifices, difficulties, and challenges, God has blessed me with
this insatiable passion and desire to share with others.
“My brothers and sisters, be very happy when you are tested in different ways.”
Becoming empty nesters is a joyous time as we watch our children
become independent adults. It’s a bit melancholy as well. It is difficult to watch
our children make mistakes, but I know in the end they will be that much
stronger for their journey through life.
“Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths smooth.”
As I approached the completion of my piece I realized that I was coming upon
the anniversary of my father’s passing. That Sunday, I was reminded of the
hymn, Eagle’s Wings:
“Say to the Lord, ‘My Refuge, My Rock in Whom I trust…’
I was able to complete this painting with ease and ultimate satisfaction. Never
has a hymn been so comforting.
Forgiving others and ourselves gives us new life; a fresh start and a second
“Whenever you pray, forgive anything you have against anyone. Then your Father in
heaven will forgive your failures.” Mark 11:25
I suffered a concussion for which I received both occupational and physical
I discovered that not only was my recent memory vague but color was constrained
to a few colors and limited gradation. While working on this piece I was advised “to
put it aside for a while.”
After two months of hiatus I returned to drawing and I recognized additional color
and values once again. I was absolutely amazed as it came to life!
“He has made his miracles unforgettable. The Lord is merciful and
compassionate.” Psalm 111:4
As the leaves of various, colorful tree species gather on the ground…
“Finally, everyone must live in harmony, be sympathetic, love each other,
have compassion, and be humble.” 1 Peter 3:8
Focusing on what others have, prevents is from feeling grateful for the abundant blessings
The ripples represent our never-ending generosity of serving, teaching, encouraging,
sharing, leading, and helping others.
“All goes well for the person who is generous and lends willingly. He earns an honest
living.” Psalm 112:5
Being a nanny provided me with an unconditional support system.
One of the children became my little apprentice. She reminded me
that like her, God is always at our side and is our rock, our
Time, prayer and forgiveness have a way of healing all things;
especially during the years of emotional, physical, and spiritual
challenges. Transcending from pain into healing, I see a new palette of
colors. These are colors that express excitement, joy, satisfaction, and
“Have faith that you will receive whatever you ask for in
prayer.” Matthew 21:22
This is the lake at Camp Dainava in Manchester, Michigan.
Lithuanian crosses are randomly placed throughout the Camp’s acreage.
This helps create the peaceful and blissful aura that surrounds me
whenever I visit.
“The Lord is near to those whose hearts are humble. He
saves those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18
Until now, teaching high school art, retailing, and being a nanny have taken precedence to working as
a full-time artist.
I have now entered a new path in my life and I am both excited and anxious as to where it will take me.
“I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster plans to
give you a future filled with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Giving up our secrets is the only path to the health and wholeness we deserve.
Sharing “our history” and “our journey” with others provides insight for growth and
The forms in the drawing entering the left are in disarray. Illusiveness and invalidity
are removed by the truth (leaf) and our lives become clear and guided once more.
“The truth will set you free” John 8:32
Anxiety, worries, and concerns, can easily take over our minds,
bodies, and souls. Anxiety can weaken us to the point of illness.
“Slumber” is about handing over the problems to God so that our
soul can be at ease and rest.
“My soul, be at rest in God alone, from whom comes my hope.”
As I was recovering from a bilateral (saddle) pulmonary
embolism in the hospital in 2014, a heavy rainstorm was
passing through. A few minutes later a beautiful rainbow lit
up the sky and the storm became its background.
I was immediately reminded of God’s covenant to us. I
smiled and I remembered the covenant that I made to Him
during my first embolism in 2004. He gave me a gift of
drawing and I would use it for His use.
“I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the
covenant between me and the earth.” Genesis 9:13
Becoming the true self God intended me to be.
“Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider
not; See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not
perceive it? In the desert I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers.” Isaiah
Our lives transition from one stage to another; childhood, teen years,
young adulthood, marriage, parenthood, emptynesters, grandparenthood,
etc. As we enter each stage we may struggle as we adjust. I try to remind
myself to hand it over to God through the struggles.
“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for
your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope.”
When going through life’s journeys, we come across many circumstances
that we try to change or understand. We use prayer to help us transgress
from natural sin back to the healing presence of God. Prayer doesn’t
change my circumstances but it helps me change my perspectives.
“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition with
thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God
surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ
Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
I came, I saw, I conquered. One phase of my life’s journey has
taken me from dark, cool colors to bright, warm colors.
Challenges were accepted and defeated.
“I have the strength for everything through Him who empowers
me.” Philippians 4:13
About 40 years ago a gentleman brought a few lotus bulbs from Japan to
the Manchester area in Michigan. There he tossed them in his lake not knowing if
they would grow or not. Today on this private estate are lotuses as far as the eye
can see. “In the Beginning” represents the first of many friendships along my
career that God laid before me.
“And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.”
When my fears and my anxiety overwhelm me I seek out the place where I feel
God all around me. His creations give peace, calmness, and tranquility.
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
Whenever I get caught up in the “wants” of life, it brings on anxiety and
disappointment. I need to remind myself that God provides food for our nourishment, water for
cleansing our mind, spirit, and soul.
“The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack. In green pastures you let me graze; to
safe waters you lead me; you restore my strength. You guide me along the right path for the
sake of your name.” Psalm 23: 1-3