Sunday, January 31, 2010

At Home in the Valley Featured Article: Follow Your Muse


"Follow Your Muse" Article on pages 18-21

Anna Claire Vollers, Editor of the At Home in the Valley publication distributed by the Huntsville Times, featured many local artists in the article "Follow Your Muse" written by Katie Byers.

"Follow Your Muse" Sip wine and laugh with friends at one of the Tennessee Valley's fun, relaxed art classes. Your take-home gift is a new piece of art for your walls- made by you!

To read the article on pages 18-21 please visit:

Ascribing Artists featured: Carole Foret, Michele Lee, Janet South (Memi's Pottery), Cynthia Parsons and Renee Prasil. Also the Ascribing Artists blog was mentioned too!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

HudsonAlpha DNA Day Art Competition. Deadline is March 15

Art News From David Edwards:

Here's another local competition sponsored by Jim Hudson's company, HudsonAlpha DNA Day Art Competition. Deadline is March 15, prize is a $1000 purchase award. Details are on the website:
Good Luck!!!

David Edwards
Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment

Choose Life: Fourty Save One Auction Sat. Jan. 30th- Artist Scott Wiley

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Art News from Vicki Garner

"Kitten #1" by Vicki Garner, copyright

"Kitten #2" by Vicki Garner, copyright

"Rooster" by Vicki Garner, copyright

"Lemons" by Vicki Garner, copyright

"Blue Serenity" by Vicki Garner, copyright
Hi All,

Just thought I would bring you up to date on my latest art news.

1. The 2nd book that I illustrated has now been published. The title is "The Old Curmudgeon" by William B. Caudle II. It is a charming and sweet story of a man who finally found his way to God. It is available through Amazon or you can purchase it directly from the author. Read more about it at this link:

If you wish to purchase directly through the author just send me an e-mail and I will get in touch with him.

2. I recently completed a series of charcoal drawings of cute little kittens. I have had them printed as notecards. A package of 5 cards with envelopes, each card a different drawing is available for $10. I am attaching a couple of the drawings to this e-mail.

3. I have had prints made of some of my paintings. A 5 x 7 print of Lemons with Blue Bottle, matted to 8 x 10 is $10 and an 8 x 10 print of Blue Serenity, matted to 11 x 14 is available and Rooster, 8 x10 image, matted to 11 x 14 for $15 each.

4. Coming up: I am beginning work on a series of watercolors featuring the local Amish......buggies, farms, mules, etc. in preparation for the Mule Day Festival which takes place in Columbia, TN the week of April 9th and 10th. It is supposed to be a very fun festival.

That's all for now. Take care all and find joy in creating!


Call for Artists: Artists of the 21st Century

Thanks Vicky Hinton, The Arts Council and David Edwards, Lowe Mill for sending this art news!

Artists of the 21st Century

A Juried Exhibition of Collegiate Student Art
West Tennessee Regional Art Center, Humboldt, Tennessee
April 5, 2010 – May 7, 2010
April 8, 2010 Opening Reception, Juror Talk, 5 pm – 7 pm
Juror: Harvey Sadow - Director: Paducah School of Art
M.F.A. – University of Iowa
Harvey Sadow is known worldwide for his ceramic vessels and innovative ceramic surfaces. He is
also an accomplished painter and digital artist and has produced site-specific sculptures in a variety
of media for numerous public spaces such as The World Bank in Washington, DC. His artwork is rep-
resented in numerous public and corporate collections including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston,
International Museum of Ceramic Art in China and the White House Collection of American Crafts.

1st Place 2D - $ 200
2nd Place 2D - $ 100
Honorable Mention 2D - $ 50
1st Place 3D - $ 200
2nd Place 3D - $ 100
Honorable Mention 3D - $ 50

The Artists of the 21st Century exhibition is open to all undergraduate art students enrolled in a visual arts program in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Work entered must have been produced during the student's undergraduate enrollment period and must have been created solely by the artist. Media may include: painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, ceramics, photography, printmaking, digital art, fiber art, mixed media, and jewelry. 2D works must be able to hang from the art centers installed hanging system, which means nails or screws cannot be driven into the art center walls. Works requiring electricity or additional hanging structures should not be submitted and cannot be exhibited. Large sculptures must be self-installed by the artist and the definition of "large" in this case is left to the discretion of the exhibition planners. The actual weight of any 3D work cannot exceed 200 lbs. The WTRAC has a "no nudes policy". Artists can either submit slides or digital images to enter the competition.

Printable entry forms may be found online at

or send an SASE to

Artists of the 21st Century
Department of Visual and Theatre Arts
217 Gooch Hall
538 University Street
University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN 38238

Kid's Room Artwork by Debbie Jones

"Peace" poster board by Debbie Jones, copyright

"Leopard" poster board by Debbie Jones, copyright

"Name/Letter" poster board by Debbie Jones, copyright

"Crown" poster board by Debbie Jones, copyright

Local artist, Debbie Jones is creating cute works of art for kid's rooms. She is selling the poster boards for $45 each plus shipping. She is also available for commissioned work. Please feel free to contact Debbie at:

Also, look for Debbie's featured artist spot coming soon.

Debbie is the daughter of Ascribing Artist Betty Burchfield,

Madison Street Festival Logo Contest

Image from the current logo

Madison Street Festival Logo Contest

The Madison Street Festival Committee is pleased to announce a logo contest in honor of the event's 30th anniversary on Saturday, October 2, 2010. Festival officials are looking for a logo that conveys the fun-filled, family-oriented event in an exciting and colorful way. The winner will receive a prize basket that includes cash and gift certificates totaling over $200 as well as a special spot in the Madison Street Festival parade.

Rules are as follows:
  • Incorporate some element from the Madison Historic District, for example (but not limited to)
    • Roundhouse
    • Gazebo
    • Railroad
    • Main Street
  • Special consideration for updating and including current logo
  • Must be original work by submitter (no age limit)
  • Artwork that has been previously published or exhibited is not allowed.
  • If submitter's work is chosen, submitter will relinquish ownership/copyright of this artwork and MSF will be free to use the image and portions thereof in any future promotion of MSF.
  • Image should be clear and recognizable if scaled to fit a variety of uses, such as but not limited to print advertising, t-shirts, posters, billboards, and web pages.
  • Electronic images (preferred) submitted should be either .JPG, .BMP or .PNG at 300 dpi. Please email to:
  • Paper entries may be hand delivered to:
Hale Fire Glass
112 Main Street
Madison, AL 35758
10am – 6pm, Mon. – Sat.
or mailed to:
Madison Street Festival
Logo Contest 2010
P.O. Box 1037
Madison, AL 35758
  • Submitter should include name, address, phone number, and email address.
  • Deadline for submission is 5pm, Thursday, February 18, 2010
  • The Logo Committee will consider all entries and choose the one that best conveys the spirit of the Madison Street Festival and can serve as the identifying image of the event for many years to come.
  • The winning entry will be announced on Thursday, February 25, 2010.

Questions? 1-888-228-5845 or email

Friday, January 29, 2010

Cutting & Pruning: 4) Freedom

In the last devotion, we discovered the word “abide” means to dwell and we all love the thought of God indwelling us through the Holy Spirit. Let’s look at another meaning of the word “abide”, which is to “accept or act in accordance with”, usually pertaining to a rule, decision or recommendation. OK, I like this God indwelling me stuff, but don’t give me any rules. We like the benefits, but don’t want any restrictions. If we look at verse 10 though of John chapter 15 it is painfully clear, “If you keep my commandments, you will ABIDE in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and ABIDE in his love.”

What most don’t understand is living within those rules or commandments there is great freedom and joy. It is like so many other spiritual truths that go against our natural understanding . . . “the least will be the greatest”, “it is more blessed to give than receive”, “bless those who persecute you” and we could go on and on. Spiritual matters require Faith. If the spiritual made perfect sense to our natural fallen minds and God said, the greatest will be the greatest, get all you can and you will be happy and hate those who persecute you, where would Faith be? Maybe even more important who would receive the Glory?

Now I don’t claim to know what areas of your life God is calling to your attention or dare try to be the Holy Spirit for you, but I know we are all sinful, “for all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.” Romans 3:23. We all have areas of our lives that need repenting, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8. None of us are perfect and if you think you are you just sinned at least twice by lying and being prideful.

God will show us His will as we remain in the Word and in prayer this week. Have a great week!

Paul LaBathe

Art News from Diane Lehr- Art On The Square


Art On The Square wishes you a joyful, creative and stimulating 2010!

AOTS is gathering data, warming up the creative spirits, and looking forward to this New Year. We hope you will help us continue the conversation with enthusiasm as we bring great opportunities to lots of regional artists and innovative experiences to the community. We want to be an art destination for North Alabama!

Art On The Square has BIG PLANS that are tailored to fit this community perfectly! Be watching for our calendar of events to be announced in Februrary, 2010!

Diane Lehr

Why Art?

Why Do Adults Need Art?

Fine art (even without the big dollar-signs) has a story to tell. Art is something that graces an over taxed and tedious life with beauty and ideas. It speaks to our past and to the future. It elevates us. By simply beginning an interest in art, you gain brainpower, personal enrichment, and an appetite for the things that serve as the backdrop to make moments special. Music in the home. Lovely paintings and photographs on the wall. A coffee table filled with treasures you love. Movies that make us laugh and cry.The company of great books. Dining in a top notch restaurant. A sense of pride in the beauty of your own hometown. Attending a fantastic concert or play.

Why Do Children Need Art?

Participating in art projects provide skills that allow children to learn creativity, flexibility, confidence, collaboration, the art of listening, self-expression, and the appreciation of diverse perspectives.Children learn through play. Giving children the experience of art as a place to play equals a place to learn. When this child grows up to be a school board member, she'll fight for the right of all children in the community to have their lives opened to the arts.

Art On The Square wants us to have these experiences in the New Year.

Art On The Square,
P.O. Box 1560
Athens, Alabama 35612

Featured Artist: Olivia Cannizzaro

"Cinque Terra" by Olivia Cannizzaro, copyright

"Tuscan Road" by Olivia Cannizzaro, copyright

"Italian Villa" by Olivia Cannizzaro, copyright

Artist, Olivia Cannizzaro

Artist Statement: Olivia Cannizzaro

I’m a 21-year-old artist from California. I draw portraits using graphite and charcoal pencils as well as paint landscapes in oil.

One of my favorite Bible verses is found in Matthew 25:29, “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance.” I love that verse because God is encouraging us to give our all in everything we do. It’s a promise from God to take us to the next level. He wants to give us more and more.

As each day passes, I’m seeing that verse happening in my own life as my art career unfolds. I know God wants me to be an artist. He has confirmed it so many times. Though I’ve always wanted to be an artist for a living, I was very doubtful. I’ve heard many of the discouraging warnings for pursuing art as a profession: “Artists can’t make a living off of their work,” and “only few can really make it without a 2nd or 3rd job.” It was really getting me down, but, I felt God saying “Don’t look at this through human eyes, look at it through My eyes.” Once I looked at it through God’s eyes, the doubt was gone. I focused on the truths about God- that He can do anything, nothing is too hard for Him, doors that He opens can’t be shut, He intends to prosper His children, He performs miracles right and left.

God put this dream in my heart and wants me to have an obedient faith-filled heart. Instead of the discouragement I felt from the “realties,” God had completely lifted me up into who He is. Realistically it may look bleak sometimes but God’s miracles truly are unrealistic- that’s why they are called miracles in the first place. God is able and willing, so anything can happen.

God reminded me of that verse in Matthew. I wanted to begin painting and drawing again so I could start my career. I didn’t have any canvases left and my oil paints were all old. So, I asked God to provide what I needed. I knew He would because it’s His will. He brought me my first customer, a dear friend. From that commission, I was able to buy a canvas and a new set of oil paints. It’s all I had, but I decided to put that verse into practice.

God used family and friends to bless me with everything I needed and more. He was continually increasing everything. God provided two big boxes full of canvases- a surprise from my dad. My cousin sent a large box full of art supplies. God has surrounded me with friends that are full of support. I need money to restock my supplies, enter shows, etc and God always provided me ways of making money. Within a few months God took me from painting a picture in my living room, to painting in my own studio. He was trusting me with the little that I had and truly began giving me an abundance.

I know this is only the beginning. God is going to use the gift He chose for me to connect me with other people so I can be a light and share His good news.

I hope this encourages you to remember to dream big when you are dreaming with God. All the “realistic” obstacles don’t stand a chance against God’s will for you. Remember who God is. I encourage you to trust God whole-heartedly with your future, dreams, success, and finances. Consider showing God how much you trust Him by giving part of every sale you make to bless someone in need. No matter where you are at right now, make the most of it. Give it your all, it’s God’s gift to you. He wants to increase His gifts to you. He wants to take you farther and farther up. Be excited for the artistic ministry and success He has in store for you.

To view more of Olivia's artwork please visit:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Painting Workshop with Betty Burchfield

Painting by Betty Burchfield, copyright


Simplest process of turning your favorite pictures into beautiful oil paintings.

No sketching required!

Learn from the person that painted Dr. Phil and Robin. If you have ever wanted to paint, I CAN TEACH YOU.

$385 – All Supplies Included, Transportation from airport, Instructional CD-ROM to take with you, 3 Days/8 hours a day, Lodging in my home and 3 meals included! Cost for painting if I painted it for you – around $300 Call me, Betty Burchfield at (256) 830-2388 or see my website for more details-

Limited to 6 people. Seminar will be in April, 2010.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Troy Crisswell Watercolor Workshop March 11-13, 2010

Art News from Martina Svoboda, Publicity Coordinator, Huntsville Art League

Announcement for Troy Crisswell Watercolor Workshop

HAL will be sponsoring a 3-day watercolor workshop March 11-13 at Valley United Methodist Church. 9:00am to 4:00pm each day.

The workshop will be conducted by Mr. Troy Crisswell. Mr. Crisswell works in both oil and watercolor. He began his art career as a graphic artist in 1979 at the age of 27. After 12 years in graphic design, he became a self-employed watercolor artist in 1991. His work is a unique combination of classical ,graphic and surreal techniques. Further examples of Mr. Crisswell’s work can be seen on his website at

The workshop will focus on layout and development of one piece of work (of each student’s choosing) emphasizing graphic watercolor techniques. Sessions will consist of morning demonstrations with student painting sessions in the afternoon. It is intended for students with some experience in watercolor painting.

Price of the 3 day workshop is $350. Enrollment is limited to 15 students. To sign-up, contact the Huntsville Art League at 534-3860. Payment is required by March 1, 2010. Checks should be made payable to Huntsville Art League. A minimum payment of $100 is required to reserve a place in the workshop.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Portrait Painting Workshop 2010 Artist: Martha Carpenter March 19, 20, 21

Portrait Painting Workshop 2010

Artist: Martha Carpenter

March 19, 20, 21

Registration Deposit Due, Feb 8th

Working with a live model, this 3-day workshop will begin with demonstrations involving:

    1. canvas preparation, materials usage, color mixture and basic layout and value description of the bust portrait
    2. general application using the portrait palette and employing the Alla Prima technique
    3. refinement, description of detail and other final steps in completing the Portrait

Following each demonstration, students will use the methods demonstrated to create their own successful portrait painting. The instructor will offer individualized instruction and critique throughout the workshop.

About the Artist:

Carpenter has been included in numerous exhibitions and publications such as the Centre International D’Art Contemporain in Paris, France and as a participant in a Salon des Nations Exhibition promoting independent American artists. Martha Carpenter has received awards from the “American Artist Magazine” National Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America’s annual portrait competition and repeated “Top Ten” awards within agency affiliates. Carpenters work can be seen at:

Cost - $350.00

Plus $30.00 model fee

Class size is limited.

Call for registration deadlines and local accommodations.


Lori Curtis

Programs Assistant

Tennessee Valley Museum of Art


Call For Artist Entries: Huntsville Art League Gallery

Call For Artist Entries

Ascribing Artists are invited to submit artwork to be exhibited, as a group, at the Huntsville Art League. The exhibit will be on display for the month of May to include a Reception and Art Talk May 16, 2-4 PM, 2010.

Huntsville Art League is located at 3005 L&N Dr. Suite 2, Huntsville, AL 35801

Please contact Gina Hurst if you are interested in exhibiting at the Huntsville Art League and she will send you the exhibition form. You can reach her at or (256) 361-4960. The DEADLINE for submissions is April 24th, 2010.

This is a wonderful opportunity to bring together visual artists who wish to "Ascribe to the Lord the Glory due His name." As a part of this creative ministry, you will join others with this same belief and contribute to a creative outlet for artists who "Ascribe to the LORD."

Ascribing Artists recognize that anything they do pales in comparison to the Glory of the Lord. The Ascribing Artists ministry is inspired by Psalm 29:1,2 we are to be "A Reflection of His Glory" in all that we do.
For more information about Ascribing Artists please visit: or e-mail:

We hope to offer more exhibiting opportunities in the near future.

We look forward to hearing from you soon! Paul LaBathe and Gina Hurst

Call For Artist Entries: Reflectives Frame and Art Gallery

Call For Artist Entries

Ascribing Artists are invited to submit artwork to be exhibited as a group at Reflectives Frame and Art Gallery. The exhibit will be on display for the month of April to include a Reception and Art Talk April 11, 2-4 PM, 2010.

Reflectives Frame and Art Gallery is located (Across from Hampton Cove Elementary School) at 220 Old Highway 431, Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763.

Please contact Gina Hurst if you are interested in exhibiting at Reflectives Frame and Art Gallery and she will send you the exhibition form. You can reach her at or (256) 361-4960. The DEADLINE for submissions is March 20th, 2010.

This is a wonderful opportunity to bring together visual artists who wish to "Ascribe to the Lord the Glory due His name." As a part of this creative ministry, you will join others with this same belief and contribute to a creative outlet for artists who "Ascribe to the LORD."

Ascribing Artists recognize that anything they do pales in comparison to the Glory of the Lord. The Ascribing Artists ministry is inspired by Psalm 29:1,2 we are to be "A Reflection of His Glory" in all that we do.

For more information about Ascribing Artists please visit: or e-mail:

We hope to offer more exhibiting opportunities in the near future.

We look forward to hearing from you soon! Paul LaBathe and Gina Hurst

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The work of God's hands!

Psalm 19:1 "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands."

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Energen Corporation to Hold 11th Annual Energen Art Competition

Energen Corporation to Hold 11th Annual Energen Art Competition

For Release: January 20, 2009

Energen Corporation is now accepting entries for its eleventh Energen Art Competition to be held in spring 2010. The art competition celebrates the Wonders of Alabama Art and features artists of the state by offering five purchase awards. The five winning entries will become part of the permanent “Alabama Collection” displayed at Energen Plaza, the company’s headquarters in Birmingham.

Purchase awards include a $7,500 Energen Grand Prize, and four $3,000 award categories including Alagasco Wildlife Division, Energen Resources Landscape Division, Merit Award for Non-representational Art and Employee Choice.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Crisis Center.

The competition is open to artists 18 years of age and older who currently reside in the state of Alabama or those who have lived in the state. Artwork must be original and must have been painted no more than three years prior to the date of the competition. Eligible work must be two-dimensional and in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink or mixed media. All artwork must measure no larger than 6 feet by 6 feet and be suitable for hanging.

Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2010. All applicants must first submit a completed entry form and a CD containing an image of the artwork for preliminary judging and a $35 entry fee for each entry. There is a limit of three entries per artist. Entry forms, complete eligibility requirements, terms and conditions are availableonline.

Applicants should mail entries to:

Energen Art
Energen Corporation
605 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. North
Birmingham, AL 35203

Exhibition days for finalists will be held March 29 - April 11, 2010 at the Energen Plaza in Birmingham where final judging will occur.

For more information, contact Sandra Behel at (205) 326-1800 or send an e-mail .

Energen Corporation is a diversified energy holding company with headquarters in Birmingham, Ala. Its two lines of business are the acquisition and development of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids onshore in North America and natural gas distribution in central and north Alabama.

Call for Art: Jerry Brown Arts Festival ENTRY DEADLINE: Feb. 6, 2010

Jerry Brown Arts Festival

Location: Hamilton, AL

Date: March 6-7. 2010

Juried Show. ENTRY DEADLINE: February 6, 2010


Artist Link added: Sara Beth Fair

The Ascribing Artists blog is delighted to add Huntsville, AL artist Sara Beth Fair to the Artists Links. Check out her website at: and visit her blog:

Sara Notes: "This blog is dedicated to documenting mine and my friend Wanda Choate's journey down the path of inspired painting and inspired living. I hope that it inspires others, not in what we are doing, but in how God is leading us. I hope it inspires you to ask "What do I see ?" and be inspired with answers along the journey."

Look for Sara Beth's featured artist spot on the Ascribing Artists blog coming soon!

Huntsvillel, AL- Panoply Seeks Participants for Art Marketplace

700 Monroe Street, SW; Suite 2 · Huntsville, AL 35801-5579

(256) 519-2787, ext. 208 · Fax: (256) 533-3811 ·

For Immediate Release:

Date: 16 January 2010
Contact: Jim Zieliński, Marketing and PR Manager

Panoply Seeks Participants for Art Marketplace

The Arts Council, Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama invites fine artists
everywhere to apply to exhibit and sell their work at our popular Art
Marketplace during the Panoply Arts Festival. Types of media which
may be exhibited include: clay, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry,
mixed media, painting, photography, print making, sculpture, and
wood – or any combination of these materials.

Held the last full weekend of each April in downtown Huntsville's
Big Spring International Park, this all-embracing, outdoor, family-
friendly festival has consistently ranked among the "Top Twenty
Events" in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society and has
been listed as one of the state's Top Ten Tourism Events.
Attendance for this three-day spectacular typically exceeds 90,000
people (with record-breaking attendances in 2007-2009 averaging
120,000) who visit not only the marketplace, but also the Global
Village, the Official Alabama State Fiddling Championship, the
Homegrown Talent Contest, and the other exciting offerings.

As a result, artisans from across the United States compete for
acceptance in the Art Marketplace. This art show, juried by a panel
of distinguished professionals, features the best in painting,
pottery, jewelry, primitive arts, and more, and accepted artists have
two great opportunities: to display their one-of-a-kind artwork for
sale and to compete for top monetary awards including the "Best of
Show" (the Pat Flynn Kyser Award), the "Award of Distinction,"
and five Merit Awards!

The 29th Annual Panoply Arts Festival will be held on April 23-25,
2010. If you are interested in taking part in the festival's Art
Marketplace, visit and click on "Competition – Art
Marketplace" to download the application.

For further information, please contact Joanna at
or (256) 519-2787, ext. 205.

This program/project has been made possible by grants from the
Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the


Jim Zieliński
Marketing and PR Manager
the ARTS COUNCIL, inc.
700 Monroe Street, SW
Suite 2
Huntsville, AL 35801-5579

(256)-519-2787 (ARTS), ext. 208

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cutting & Pruning: 3) To Dwell

The call to me this year and the challenge is to submit myself to the cutting and pruning of God as He reveals those things in my life that are not fruitful that I might bear more fruit. I pray it might be a call and challenge to you as well.

In the last devotion, we discovered the repetition of the phrase “remain in” or “abide” as key to producing fruit. Here is the entire passage. "ABIDE in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it ABIDES in the vine, neither can you, unless you ABIDE in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever ABIDES in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not ABIDE in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you ABIDE in me, and my words ABIDE in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. ABIDE in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will ABIDE in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and ABIDE in his love.” John 15:4-10

Now, I know that was long and hopefully you didn’t just skim over it. I have a bad habit of doing that when I have heard something before, but then I miss seeing something fresh and anew. We as artists are supposed to be those that see things fresh and anew, so if you don’t have time to read it thoroughly right now, maybe come back to it when you do.

As mentioned last week, one of the meanings of this rich word "abide" is to dwell, which takes me to John 14:23 where Jesus says, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and the Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our HOME with him.” Ponder on the words, “make our home with him” . . . with you, with me! Think of having your best friend sitting with you on a cold winter morning, sipping coffee, looking out at the world and seeing it with new eyes, spiritual eyes. This takes place as He indwells us and we continue to dwell in His Word and spend time in prayer.

Have a blessed week!
Paul LaBathe