Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Love One Another

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this, all people will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.” John 13:34&35

That was Jesus' commandment that He gave while speaking to His disciples. He said love, as I have loved you.  How does Jesus love? 
1)  He loves unconditionally (Romans 5:8)
2)  Sacrificially (2 Cor. 5:21)
3)  With forgiveness (Eph. 4:32)
4)  Eternally  (Romans 8:38-39)

Jesus' love is holy (spiritually pure).  The culmination of Jesus' amazing love for us is in His death on the cross, burial, and bodily resurrection (1 John 4:9-10). Believers are to love each other like that. HOW can we love like Christ?  HOW is that possible? The believer in Christ has the Holy Spirit living within him (1 Cor. 6:19-20).  By obeying the Spirit, through the Word of God, the believer can love as Christ loves.  Not just friends, family members etc... but even enemies! What??!!! Ugh!! How on earth? Well, we can't do it on our own!  In order to love like Christ, there must be a change of heart.  We must realize that we are sinners before God, understand that Christ died on the cross and rose again to provide forgiveness and make Christ our personal Savior.  At that point, we are forgiven through Christ and receive God's gift of eternal life. 
To love one another is to love fellow believers as Christ loves us. Those who love like Christ in the Holy Spirit's power will give evidence that they are His disciples. GOD gives us the strength and ability to love others (Phil. 4:13). 
So, my friends, THIS is what I'm working on....that God will change MY heart. Why? Because I want to please Him and obey His commandments. AND because He LOVES me! And He loves YOU too.


A painting on a 9 x12 watercolor 140 lb. paper, watercolors, pastels, music paper (clouds) and ink. 
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Grace and peace to you,

                    Sonya

Monday, September 19, 2016

My Feathered Friend

Hello again, friends! I'm sharing another painting that I just finished last week. I used a  9 x 12 - 140 lb., Strathmore watercolor paper. I'm going to show you the rough sketch, then a couple shots of the what it looks like when I start the painting process. I sure wish I was savvy on technology, I would video my process. Maybe one of these days I'll work up the courage  gumption to try it! 

 I love all the layers it takes to achieve the effect I want. 
 Here's a shot of my painting before applying the background.
And here is the final painting! I hope you like it! I would love to see your comments below! 
I will be linking this post with Jeanne's blog, "backyard neighbor" for Blue Monday. Please visit her and say hello as well as all the other bloggers who have linked with her post for Blue Monday. 
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!
Sonya

Sunday, September 11, 2016

"Let Everything that has Breath"
  
Hello, everyone! So glad you could stop by! Here is my latest creation on 140 lb. watercolor paper. 


Once I drew the little girl, kitty and the little puppy, I then  used my neo-color watercolor crayons. Which I absolutely love these crayons! I also used gesso, pastels, Faber-castell markers, old hymnal paper, and ink.  I thought this verse from Psalms was very fitting. 
Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear from you! What have all my blog friends been up to?