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BACK TO FUN SALE!

I’ve you’ve been reading my PuttingHopeToWork for very long, you may recall that we launched the Inspire! Art product line in June 2018 because we wanted a way to reach beyond the boundaries of PHTW to bring a bit of hope and inspiration others.

How are we doing that?

We’ve been so blessed by the support of the PHTW community (which continues to grow daily!), and to say thank you we’re kicking off a BACK TO FUN sale starting tomorrow. Shop AmazonPrime between 7/24/18-8/10/18 for the low price of $16.95 and if you enter the coupon code “BeBlessed15” you can take an additional 15% off at checkout!  WOW!    

Thank you for your prayers, shares and continued support.  Praying you truly are blessed in every way! ❤

Jenny, aka Miss Hope
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Follow this link to purchase and be sure to enter the COUPON CODE below for an extra discount at checkout!

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Promise Made

When launching Inspire! Art, I made a public promise to charitable giving.

” We believe in giving of our time, talent and treasure.  In addition to free e-color books, every purchase of Inspire! Art products helps to provide free product and/or financial support to programs serving elderly adults as well as children with special needs”.

Last week I spent some time with Sharon Lazerson of Kimball Farms Lifecare in Lenox MA.  Sharon invited me to join one of her “Memories In The Making” sessions, a program of the Alzheimer’s Association internationally used as a tool to help people with Alzheimer’s disease and other similar forms of dementia.  It is designed to give those with impacted cognitive abilities a creative and emotional outlet that could improve self-esteem and focus; reduce isolation and reconnect loved ones by providing a new avenue for communication to tap into new discoveries and past memories.

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So often we think that in order to make a difference, we need to do something “big”.  Not so.

I brought a basket full of Inspire! Art Watercolor Paint Brush Sets, a smiling face, and a listening ear.

Simply by showing kindness and by taking the time ‘to see and hear’ the lives of my fellow art students (instead of ‘see over and dismiss’), I definitely got more than I gave that day!

I’ve got many more sets to donate.  Hope to have another share soon.

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Thank you 600 times!

2018: A Year For Hope (Week 4)

What are some of the lies the enemy tells you?  A friend of mine asked this  last week to a Facebook group.   The answers are honest, revealing, and familiar to us all.

You can’t outrun your past. | You are not enough.
You will fail. | You are unlovable. | You are a fool.
You will never succeed. |You’re too (insert insult here).
You are ugly. | You are stupid. | No one wants you.
You never finish what you start.
It’s too late.

I see a common thread … all intended to short circuit the promises of God.  They are all intended to strangle out the voice of HOPE.

Why is it that the voice of fear always seems to be so much louder than the voice of HOPE?  And at the end of the day, isn’t that really the only weapon the enemy of our soul uses against us?   “Did God really say that”? he asked Eve in the Garden of Eden (meant to instill fear in the credibility of God, or in best case the accuracy of her hearing).  “If you are the Son of God” he touted to Jesus in the dessert.  If we did a root cause analysis for every challenge or attack against HOPE, I think we would find fear is at the heart or origin of it.

The voice of FEAR always seems to be so much louder than the voice of HOPE.

She had almost forgotten about it, but something a friend said recently brought it back to her remembrance.  It was so long ago that she had last held it in her hands. Just the mere thought of seeing it again stirred up so many emotions – the disappointments still cut deep.

And yet, here she was.  Up in the attic, opening one dusty box after another to find it.

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It was as she remembered, although the felt exterior was worn and perhaps a bit moth eaten. 

Her breathing became fast and shallow, and her hands trembled a bit as she slowly began to lift the lid.

Can she?  Dare she?  

Fear grips her and won’t let go.  She can’t breathe.  Slowly she fits the lid back into place and places the box with it’s precious contents back into storage.  Maybe another time.

“Oh my soul, you are not alone. There’s a place where fear has to face the God you know.

One more day. He will make a way. Let Him show you how you can lay this down. You’re not alone”

~ Oh My Soul, Casting Crowns

 

It can be terrifying to risk change.  To dare to dream, even if it means to risk failure … again.  To dare to love, even if it means to risk rejection.   To dare to trust, even if it means making yourself vulnerable to disappointment.   To dare to HOPE … hope that the promise of God is actually true … even if it means ….

 

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untitled –  a work in progress, PHTW 1.15.18

Well here is the thing my friend. All the promises … ALL the Promises … ALL … every single one is TRUE! (2 Corinthians 1:20).   And it is from a position of knowing that, that’s ‘the place where fear has to face God’ ... AND FEAR WILL BOW!

As you listen to this song (and I hope you do), imagine yourself lifting up your hands … perhaps lifting up a certain situation or need … perhaps empty hands, empty of hope but ready to receive HOPE. Lift your hands and lift your heart in surrender to the One who loves you. He is faithful and will show you how to move forward into all that He has for you … a life that is limitless and free from the chains of fear.

 

 

 

If you have been following along, above is the initial sketch for the word picture along with it’s progression to the current state in the larger picture.   There are components of this piece that are going to be revealed as this blog series continues, so please keep coming back to watch the image in my head/heart come to life on paper.  
What do you think would be a good name or caption for this particular word picture?
Also, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments about any of the word pictures in this blog series, or any other of my posts.  My prayer is that they will speak something unique to your heart/spirit, and I would be honored to know how they move or impact you.
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All sketches and watercolors posted on this website are the sole property of the author and are for exclusive display on the website PuttingHopeToWork.com.

 

2018: A Year For Hope (Week 3)

She closes the door and leans up against it, but it does no good. She can still hear the cutting rants of her stepson as he shouts to the world how much he hates her, how he wishes his dad never married her, and begs her to go away and leave them alone. Sometimes she thinks it might be better if she did leave, as her rejection by the kids has created a chasm between her and her husband as wide as the Grand Canyon. They married three years ago. She thought things would be better by now, that they would find a way to work things out together … as a family. She slumps to the floor and softly weeps.

Behind-the-veil glimpses like the one above and those shared in the prior week’s reveal and remind us that we all experience trials and hardships, pain, and disappointments in life and to varying degrees.

Broken homes
Harassment
Family conflict
Financial strain
Loneliness
Unhealthy environments
Abuse
Loss
Addiction
Betrayal
Health issues
Abandonment
Peer pressure
Strained relationships
… and the list goes on…

And it is during the absolute darkest moments of these trials that the enemy of our souls is quick to whisper (or sometimes shout):

“It / he / she will never change”.
“You will never change”.
“There is no hope”.

While praying about the content of this post, my spirit ached for those weighed down by these types of heartaches while my mind recalled my own darkest days. A dysfunctional and abusive upbringing.  Abandonment.  An abusive marriage. Years of nightmares. The hard work of healing and restoration. In those days, hope seemed evasive and there were seasons when by all appearances hope just flat out left and moved to another country altogether!

But you can’t experience HOPE until you know how deeply and completely you are loved.

And what exactly is “hope” anyways? If you ask Google for the meaning of hope you get the following:
1. (n) A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen
2. (n) A feeling of trust
3. (v) Want something to happen or be the case

And according to Wikipedia,  hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: “expect with confidence” and “to cherish a desire with anticipation”.

As accurate as those descriptions of hope may be, they pale in comparison to Bible-Hope. Bible-Hope is a better kind of hope, for Bible-Hope is tied to a promise of God, or a truth found in the Word of God.

 

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untitled –  a work in progress, PHTW 1.15.18

But you can’t experience Bible-Hope (hereafter referred to as HOPE) until you know how deeply and completely you are loved. Why? Because if you don’t know-that-you-know-that-you-know that you are deeply loved by God, you will never be able to trust (confidently reply upon) Him or His promises.

 

An old song comes to mind … one that brought me a lot of comfort during some of my darkest days.  I pray you will listen to it with an open heart, and let the Lord speak to you of His deep and all consuming desire to cherish you, treasure you, and love you completely.   “You Can Belong To Me”  by Joanna Carlson.

 

 

If you have been following along, above is the initial sketch for the word picture along with it’s progression to the current state in the larger picture.   There are components of this piece that are going to be revealed as this blog series continues, so please keep coming back to watch the image in my head/heart come to life on paper.  
What do you think would be a good name or caption for this particular word picture?
Also, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments about any of the word pictures in this blog series, or any other of my posts.  My prayer is that they will speak something unique to your heart/spirit, and I would be honored to know how they move or impact you.
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All sketches and watercolors posted on this website are the sole property of the author and are for exclusive display on the website PuttingHopeToWork.com.