When Ruins Sing...

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

Fear Fractured

Fear is real; although, what we fear may not be. In other words, fear appears to be dictated by perception, NOT NECESSARILY REALITY. Let me explain my thesis in light of personal experience. It was 1996 and our lives were on the cusp of the great unknown. Nestled up in my safe, sweet-spot, spooning my […]

31 Days of Hindsight: Day 6

(Cliffhanger continued from Day 5…) ***Check out yesterday’s post to catch up by clicking the link here: 31 Days of Hindsight: Day 5 ____________________________________________________________ 31 Days of Hindsight: Day 6 You would have thought that Jacob’s encounters with the angel of the Lord would have empowered and emboldened him beyond FEAR; yet, he still fell […]

Tailgating In Our Generation

**I shared this post recently on a local community site, Ourcityonahill.net, and wanted to share it on my personal blog as well. I hope you enjoy:) Tailgating In Our Generation It is that time of year again. You can hear the roar of a Saturday stadium in every college town. Houses all over America put out […]

Spiritual Truths We Can Learn From Our Pets (Week 37)

Story Behind the Painting: Meet Bella! Several months ago, one of my best friends asked me to paint her yellow lab.  I saved the project to surprise her for her birthday. Happy birthday sweet Melissa:) LYLAS! If you look back through my art gallery, you will see several pet portraits in acrylic.  Bella is the […]

“Don’t Ignore the Red Flags” by Katie Wilson

Proverbs 22:3 (ESV) The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it. My head was under water; I could barely hold my son above the waves. I didn’t know what to do. While we were only 10 feet from the safety of the shore, the riptide kept us […]

(Week 31) Tutwiler Revival

  Story behind the paintings: Above is the new home for my latest creations! Do you recognize the neutral cinderblock walls? Can you recall from days gone by (if in your 40s, now like me) or can you see them now (in your young adulthood) from a dorm room twin bed? My friend is taking […]

(Week 30) Reflection: The Bridge

Story behind the painting: A friend recently blessed me with notes from her journal. Most of what I am about to share are her words and not mine. She sent me a drawing with a vision and the scriptures as they poured out of her. She felt it somehow brought clarity and great meaning, knowing […]

(Week 26) The Best is STILL Yet to Come: Retirement

The story behind the painting: A couple of weeks ago, my oldest son asked if I would paint something. “Mom, I need you to paint a retirement gift for a friend.  I’m expanding your business.  You need to get to work.”  No pressure, right! But seriously, it made my heart sing that my 20 year […]

Rise, Shine and Feast

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