When Ruins Sing...

Where my faith and creativity collide! A freedom freelancer, prayerful painter and clarion for Christ.

Full-Nesters (Week 52)

Check out my post from the beginning of 2016: “Be Alert! Be Present! I’m about to do something BRAND NEW” 2016 writing and painting goals Story Behind the Painting: I actually did it! I met my writing and painting goal this year. If you read the post above you saw that I planned to have a post per week with […]

Faith Like a Child: Winter Into Spring (Week 51)

Story Behind the Painting: A dear friend of mine asked me to paint her babies at the beach.  She gave the painting to her husband for Christmas.  I cannot tell you the hours I spent studying photos of these children, as I attempted to capture their personalities on canvas. There is just something about kids and the ocean that sings […]

31 Days of Hindsight: Day 4

We are on day 4 of this 31 day journey looking backward before moving forward into 2017! If you are new today, checkout days 1 through 3 for the foundation of this hindsight writing challenge. I pray you leave encouraged and inspired to start your own year-end review. In looking back, I hope you are able to sift out your […]

Vulnerability 101: Parenting Teens (Week 36) (Guest Artist: Virginia Wilson, my daughter:)

“Does Anyone Recognize This SUV?” I shared this beautiful work of art several months ago on my Facebook page.  Virginia is 17 and I still like to display her paintings for all the world to see:)  Little did I know, this masterpiece would be the perfect feature image for a future blog post. As parents, we want to give our […]

Loss of Loved Ones

The Lord cares deeply    when his loved ones die. Psalm 116:15 I have lost both parents this side of Heaven.Sometimes the loss still overwhelms and knocks me off my feet. But I take great comfort in this verse. With my feet knocked out, I’m strategically positioned to sit at HIS, letting His love overwhelm me instead. “The More I […]

(Week 23) Marriage 101: A Masterpiece Metaphor

  Marriage 101: A Masterpiece Metaphor **I will be using painting terminology to leave behind brushstrokes as beauty marks; so, get your smock on and prepare to paint! “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus…” Ephesians 2:10 NLT Ground – the surface you are painting onto What are we painting our masterpiece (marriage) on? […]

Living Out Loud With Alley & Amanda: My Friend and Author, Toya Poplar, is Guest #23

Wanted to celebrate my beautiful friend and author, Toya Poplar. Check out the links below. Prepare to be inspired and encouraged! GoGod https://www.facebook.com/LivingoutLoudwithAlleyandAmanda/?pnref=story   https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/living-out-loud-alley-amanda/id1044811857?mt=2#episodeGuid=http%3A%2F%2Flivingoutloud.today%2F%3Fp%3D407      

(Week 22)”Give” (Painting by Guest artist-Virginia Wilson-Ta da!)

Guest artist: Virginia Wilson (my daughter:) Virginia’s painting was a great addition to the “Give” post I wrote earlier this week. For anyone who missed it, read on and I pray it gives you food for thought and sends you running to God’s Word for yourself! Have the best day ever!! “Give” “Give to everyone who asks of you…” (Luke […]

My (in)courage post as a Guest Blogger: Embracing Awkward

Today was the day! Yay! I had the awesome opportunity to share Jesus as a Guest-blogger at (in)courage. THANK YOU SO MUCH (IN)COURAGE!!!! Click on the link below to read: Our faith grows when we act on the nudges that lead us out of our cozy corner. As Christ followers, we’re not meant to fit in. So it’s okay to […]

#TakeawayThursday4: #BlogPod4: Raising Champions: Parenting Beyond Our Capacity-Cove Church/Rica McRoy

http://www.covechurch.com/media/sermons/# If you haven’t already listened to this podcast episode, I hope you will click the link above and watch/listen now!  This link I have included today is a video, which is super special to me because you get to see my dear friend, Rica, up close and personal, dressed to honor her father and mother on this past Mother’s […]