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The Fire Within

9″x9″. Acrylic Inks, markers

$55
unframed/includes shipping and handling

Inspired by a quote from Joshua Graham.
Pretty much sums up a sexual abuse survivor and how strong we are.

Often we are raised in an abusive environment but we figure out how to survive.  

I realized during the abuse, I thought I was alone, but actually it was the presence of God that grew to know intimately as it was all I had.  I didn’t realize how much I knew His presence and direction until I noticed other didn’t have it.  What was normal for me wasn’t for others.  

That was my gift in the abuse.  

Knowing the presence of God intimately.  And experiencing the fire of the Holy Spirit .  

Consider the Lilies

Whenever I feel like God has forgotten me.  I consider the lilies and how He cares for them.

And how He cares for me more. 

As a survivor of past trauma, it can be easy to believe that God had forgotten me. But that is not the truth.  

No matter what has happened to me, no matter what I have done or haven’t done, God cares for me just as he cares for the lilies in the field.

9″x12″ Watercolor.

$65

unframed/includes shipping and handling

The Hairs on your head

9″x12″ Acrylic Inks, markers.

$65

unframed/includes shipping and handling

Sometimes I need a reminder how intimately God knows me.  

Like exactly how many hairs are on my head.

He knows when one falls out, gets caught in my hair brush or is growing in.  

When times are tough and I feel overwhelmed with what has happened to me and what I need to work on, I remember He literally knows how many hairs are on my head.  

And He has a plan of sheer goodness for me.  No matter what I have been through, He can bring good out of it.  

Faith like a Mustard Seed

Matthew 17:20 tells us if we have faith as small as a grain of mustard seed, so very, very tiny, nothing will be impossible for us.
 
We need to believe with our eyes of faith. Believing in God’s promises and His plan of sheer goodness for us. Not getting discouraged by what we see but believing with the eyes of faith.
 
For sexual abuse survivors, our relationship with God can be damaged. We might have called out to Him and felt He had abandoned us because the abuse didn’t stop. We may have been abused by people who were church goers or even employed by the church.
 
So we turn our backs on God.
 
But the truth is, God has always been there for us.
And He can make beauty out of ashes.
 
If we believe.
 
The Bible is full of His promises.
 
And it doesn’t take alot of believe on our part to make what seems impossible possible.
 
We just need a tiny, tiny mustard seed size belief.
 
That’s it.
 
And let Him do the rest.
 

9″ x 12″ watercolor, markers.

$55

unframed, includes shipping/handling

God's Spirit Dwells Within You

1 Cor 3:16 reminds us that God’s Spirit dwells within us. Stop and think about that. The very Essence of the Most High God is within US. As sexual abuse survivors, we can be wounded and have developed the belief that God had abandoned us in the abuse. Or we have done things so shameful that we can’t be near God. Just because we believe something doesn’t mean it is truth and it is very common for sexual abuse survivors to believe things that are not true. Things like: God abandoned me. There is no hope for me to have a good life. Everything bad happens to me. God doesn’t care about me. I have to do this alone. Here’s the tricky part. Even though we believe things that are not true, because we believe them to be true, we make them true for us. If we believe “I have to do this alone,” then we will consciously or subconsciously push away anyone that tries to help us and when they stop helping us, we say, “See, I have to do this alone. No one is helping me.” But that is not true. Just because we may have endured the abuse alone doesn’t mean we have to heal alone. If we believe “God doesn’t care for me” then we look for evidence to prove that belief. But 1Cor. 3:16 tells us TRUTH that God’s Spirit dwells within us. His very essence is inside of us. Why would our Creator dwell within us if He didn’t care for us? God’s Spirit dwells within us. What is God’s spirit? Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Tenderness, Self-Control, Knowledge, Wisdom, Courage, Strength, Understanding, Discernment, Respect. All those are in us! And if we allow those parts to shine, the possibilities of a life of sheer goodness are just a matter of time. Invite you to tune into His presence within you. What might be stopping you from doing that?

9″ x 12″ watercolor, markers.

$55

unframed, includes shipping/handling

Look to Him and Be Radiant

Psalm 34:5 tells us to look to Him and be radiant so your faces shall never be ashamed.”

Shame is a very common feeling for sexual abuse survivors.  Often when we are abused as children, our minds cannot comprehend that someone we love and trust would treat us that way so we place the blame of the abuse on ourselves that we must have done something to cause it to happen. 

Then we feel shame.  That we don’t deserve anything good. That we should be punished for causing something so bad to happen.  And that shame follows us and shows up when we get a back break, when we get poorly treated, over and over.  

But His Word tells that we can look to God and be radiant- shining, happy, joyful and we have no need to feel shame anymore, ever again, never.

Can you let the shame go? 

9″ x 12″ watercolor

$55

unframed, includes shipping/handling

More Valuable than Sparrows

Luke 12:7b says to “Fear not, you are more valuable than sparrows.”

Sparrows are everywhere in the midwest where I live.  They don’t store up food, have an IRA or seem to worry.  

They fly, rest, eat, build nests, lay eggs, hatch the eggs and feed their young til they fly the nest.  

In biblical times, two sparrows were sold for a penny.  Hardly have any value.  And we are much more valuable than they are.

God cares for all of His Creation.  Including us.  We have to guard our thoughts that we don’t believe the lies that “if God cared about me I wouldn’t have been abused.”  “He abandoned me in the abuse.”  

I had a picture in my mind of Jesus laying on the bed next to me during the abuse.  Even thought I felt alone and abandoned, He was right with me.  And bringing good out of it.  

I have no reason to fear.  I can make a choice to trust that the truth is I am much more valuable than sparrows. 

 

9″ x 12″ watercolor, colored pencils, markers.

$55

unframed, includes shipping/handling

I will not be shaken

Life has struggles.  

Past Abuse brings extra difficulties.  

But I have made the choice that no matter what comes, I will trust in the Lord and remain faithful to His promises that He has a plan of sheer goodness for me.

I hold the vision of a hope and a future. A life of happiness, health and abundance.  

No. matter what I see with my eyes, I believe with faith His promises.

12″ x 12″ watercolor, acrylic inks, markers.

$65

unframed, includes shipping/handlin