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What another messy day!  Even on rainy days like this I am always reminded that GOD is ‘reigning’ above and pray HE would continue to ‘pour’ HIS blessing and goodness no matter what!  I went to a book launch/luncheon for my dear friend, mentor, Bible Study teacher and now author of  “After The Storm”.  Jan has a powerful story and I pray that you will pick up her book at your nearest bookstore and soak in God’s goodness even during the messy storms of your life. (p.s. that is an umbrella cookie that was delicious!)

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Over Easter break, my husband and I had the privilege of taking 10 teenagers, nine of them being Seniors, on a sailing trip to the BVIs.  There was another group of boys and parents on a separate boat totaling our group to 23.

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It was a trip of a lifetime especially having all of us unplug from our busy schedules, the pressures of high school and the journey of what lies ahead.  Luckily, there were no storms during our trip. Basking in the warm sunshine, turquoise waters, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, it was a trip that ministered to our souls in so many ways.

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Our days could not have been more glorious and one of my favorite memories from the trip was waking up Easter morning before dawn, sitting on the fly bridge of the boat and just waiting.  Waiting in anticipation of a beautiful sunrise and at the same time thanking our GOD who loves us so much that he gave His only son – that whoever believes will have eternal life – watching the sun rise that day, knowing that HIS SON rose that third day…Glory!

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I got to know these teenagers, their tender hearts, their incredible, confident spirits, and was so blessed by their laughter and joy during the entire trip.

DSC_0063 One morning  while anchored in a beautiful cove, I told these amazing kids that they are getting ready for another journey in life…College…and that there will be many rewards and some challenges that will come their way.  We talked about the fact that IF the boat was not anchored, it would drift off and no telling what would happen…hit a reef, drift off to sea, crash?   Much like life…we need an ‘anchor’ to keep us from drifting…crashing…That anchor is a faith in GOD who loves us no matter what…whatever comes our way, we know that we will be able to weather the storm if we anchor our faith in Jesus.

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Our captain, Jerome Joseph, went beyond his normal duties to act as our captain and keep us safe for those nine days on a boat…He would take us on incredible hikes throughout the islands, show us beautiful quiet beaches and even cooked us several meals which were delicious!

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The kids got to have their fun but in a wonderful safe environment…I think this will be a trip that we will never forget!

DSC_0203 Congratulations Seniors 2015…You are all amazing young adults and I know that God has big plans for your lives…Be true to who you are…stay close to GOD always…Know that you are loved by God above…Oh the places you will go in life…

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GIVING BACK THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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Want to thank some of our special clients and friends who have brought in coats, hats, gloves, blankets, toiletries, etc. to the gallery in exchange for a 10% discount.  All donations will be dropped off at the Harvest Center on Monday morning where volunteers will be stuffing care-packages.  There is still time to drop off donations!  We will be open this Saturday from 10am-5pm for our last minute shoppers and to make your last donations.  Thank you for your support to those in need during this holiday season!

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STROKES OF COMPASSION BOOK LAUNCH

I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends show up and support me last Friday during our book launch for Strokes of Compassion.  Still surprised with how quickly the luncheon filled up with almost 300 people showing up!

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Longtime friends, sisters Anne McPhail and Tricia Parish with my very special friend Kathie Lee Gifford who wrote the forward to Strokes of Compassion.  Kathie Lee came in town for a quick little visit as well as a wine signing right after our luncheon at Costco, if you haven’t tried her wine yet it’s pretty delicious!

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Can’t thank my precious friend Anne Farrell Tata who wrote a chapter in my book for all her support.  As well as Manny Ohonme who started Samaritan’s Feet which a certain percentage of sales from Strokes of Compassion will go towards his non-profit.

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Thank you volunteers!!!

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And of course the day wouldn’t be complete without music by country singer Jimmy Wayne.

PAINTING WITH A PURPOSE

One of the major reasons I took a job with Anne is because of her constant charitable spirit.  I loved the idea of partnering with a different nonprofit each month and giving a certain percentage of the gallery sales back to local and national organizations.

For the month of May a portion of our sales will benefit a nonprofit that started a few years ago by James Harrison, With Open Eyes.  With Open Eyes partners with local ministries to identify, train, and equip messengers of the Gospel to reach remote areas that can’t be reached on foot.  Currently there are 218 mobile messengers with a goal of 1,000.  Please check out this video to learn more about With Open Eyes and what you can do to help!

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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’

A few weeks ago I headed out to sunny California with my daughter Blakely for her Spring Break. That was the second time going out there in the past month and I sure could get used to the warm weather!

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The Ivy on Robertson Avenue in Beverly Hills – famous restaurant yummy food!

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Got to visit with some new friends Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.  If you haven’t had a chance to see the movie Son Of God please go out and see it!  A great movie about the life of Jesus!

My sales director, Wendy Wilson, joined us for some meetings we lined up with various companies about products we will be developing in the next few months.

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Until next time California!

NEW PALETTE, NEW COLORS

Working on new paintings for Spring. These paintings will be featured in my newest book coming out this Fall – Strokes of Compassion. I continue to be overwhelmed and blessed by the testimonies and stories from collectors near and far and the demand for paintings – large and small. I am finding pockets of time in the studio to work in front of my easel – mixing paints and creating ethereal angelic paintings.  Stay tuned for new work from the Angel Series.

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GREAT NIGHT FOR LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

We thank special guest Kathie Lee Gifford, our generous sponsors and volunteers, and our 850 guests for a wonderful “Love Thy Neighbor” fundraiser for The Harvest Center last night!

We look forward to sharing more photos and details!

Co-chair Cindy Grantham, Executive Director Colin Pinkney, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Anne Neilson; Photo: Carl McPhail