Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Following God's Guidance

Well you all have probably noticed I haven't posted much lately.  I know, no big surprise there!  haha!  I have been taking a little break.  I not only needed it physically, but mentally.  Back in the early fall I began having some issues with my elbow.  Basically it was "tennis elbow," but we jokingly referred to it as "painter's elbow."  Well, I thought it was something simple, would go away in a couple of weeks and I'd be back on track.  WRONG!  Groovy people I am still dealing with it!!  My doctor has tried all kinds of things, even sent me to a neurologist who said my nerves were fine, but I'm pretty sure my family would disagree - haha!  but the nerves in my arm are fine, which is a good thing, except that means this is something that I basically have to live with.  It is apparently a very severe case that may take several more months before it heals.  My doctor says that once it heals in all likelihood something will set it off again.  Why am I telling you all this?  Well because this means no more furniture.  At least for a while.  He really thinks all the furniture and painting the inside of my house is what caused it and the chances are likely that it will happen again.  

So all this time I have been thinking and praying, asking God for his guidance.  I really feel that it is His way of telling me to concentrate on art.  For whatever reason when I paint on canvas it does not bother me, I guess the movements are not as intense or strenuous.  This is actually good because art really is where my passion is!  I never intended to paint furniture, I mean I have painted furniture for 20 some-odd years, but only for myself or occasionally for a friend.  I'm really not even sure how I got started on the furniture, but before I knew it I had people lined up and it just kinda took a life of its own.  

Don't be sad groovy people. This means I will have more time to do things like this:


or this:


I'm a little nervous.  The furniture was kinda like instant money.  Sometimes it takes a while to sell a piece of art.  When it is time to make the car payment the bank can't wait for that $800 painting to sell (not that I have an $800 painting to sell, but I hope to!), they want their moola right then.  


But I'm just gonna trust the Big Guy upstairs.  


Once again I'm taking a giant leap of faith and I'm putting it all in God's hands. Isn't that what we're supposed to do anyway?  I hope you guys will continue to follow along on this new path the Lord has sent me on, and if you're the praying sort, well, I wouldn't mind a little sent my way.

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope a future."

Peace-n-Luv,

Debbie

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18 comments:

  1. Great clouds!! I think you're doing awesome with your paintings. Where can they be purchased?

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    1. Thank you!! The larger one is at the Fairhope Artist Gallery. The smaller pink one is sold. I also have some pieces at A Place Remembered.

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  2. I know you are going to be successful Debbie. I think you are very good and hope to have one of your paintings soon. God uses some strange things to steer us in the right directions sometimes. I don't think He hurt your arm but it's no coincidence it doesn't hurt to paint. :)

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    1. Thank you Cynthia. I definitely agree that God has a way of steering you in the direction He wants you to go. I've always said sometimes He has to slap me upside the head, maybe in this instance He just "twisted my arm" - haha!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  3. Debbie,
    Keep the faith and all will go well my friend!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  4. Debbie, I love you and everything happens for a reason. You are an amazingly talented artist and this may just have been the push you needed to follow your path. I can't wait to see what you paint up next. Maybe someday I can take a class from you! You I am sure would make an excellent teacher!
    It is funny how the furniture takes on its on life away from the art. I have been struggling with the same...I need to paint more canvas.....but I have to much furniture I need to get done. I love your take on where your path is leading you! I am sorry that you had to go through some pain to find it..but thats kinda how it always is, isn't it?
    Hugs,
    Karin

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    1. Awe thank you girl! Not so sure about teaching a class, I'm still teaching myself - ha!! but its awfully kind of you to think that I could do it! It is hard to get away from the furniture, but I will admit that my area has gotten over saturated and most everyone is painting furniture now so my furniture business has really slowed down. I think God has been pointing me this way for a while, but I just wasn't reading the clues. Like I said above, I always say that sometimes He has to slap me upside the head, in this instance He just "twisted my arm." Haha!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  5. You are wise to listen to God for guidance. That's half the journey right there!

    You definitely have a talent, and I'm sure people will love your work.

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    1. Thank you. I try to always follow His guidance, although sometimes I don't read the directions correctly - haha! Seriously, thank you!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  6. Deb, Your strenuous elbow is a real pain in the moola. I'll be thinking of you as you re-focus. In the meantime,
    Be the artist you are meant to be!!

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  7. Lovely work! I found you on the BeYOUtiful link party.

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    1. Thank you, and thank you for stopping by!!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  8. I really think this is the right direction for you. Your art is amazing and I can't wait to see more of it.

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  9. I am sorry to hear you are having nerve pain in your arms and can't do the things you want to do but God definitely sent you in the right direction. Your paintings are gorgeous! If you don't have one already you should open an Etsy shop. Art apparently sells very well there. The best of luck to you on your new adventure in fine art!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words! I do have an Etsy shop that I opened a few years ago, but it has set dormant for a while. I am currently working on getting it back up and running so I was happy to hear your suggestion!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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