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    The Journey 12 x 16                                                                                    sold  I spent years worrying about the future only to realize that the journey is just as important as the destination. I appreciate the challenges and victories, lessons learned, and experiences gained on my journey. This is a piece of my personal journey. The light between the leaves represents the everlasting spiritual bond with my father that guides me everyday.                                                       
Stepping Stones  12 x 16                                                                        sold I once read that instead of carrying our mistakes around with us, we should lay them on the ground and use them as stepping stones.
Home is the Journey  12 x 16                                                                sold Home is our place of comfort. We become comfortable within our surroundings, and only then do our true selves evolve. I am compelled to say that we learn our “life’s lessons” at home. We continue these lessons when we take on a “home” of our own. “You give glory to the Father when you produce a lot of fruit and therefore show that you are disciples.”  John 15:8
In the End; it is the Journey That Matters  12 x 16                            sold The end of the journey will be about the person we have become. Our soul has been sculpted by the friends we choose, the decisions we make, and our everyday experiences. It is our individual choices that have led us to specific destinations. “Trust the Lord, and do good things. Live in the land, and practice being faithful.”  Psalm 37:3
Caught Up In the Moment   12 x 16                                                     sold It was a turning point in my life. I was asked to be a full-time nanny for a military family whose mother was deployed. My new opportunity was an absolute blessing. I needed this new family as much as they needed me. My life was once again filled with nap times, lullabies, and innocent laughter. I was indeed, caught up int the moment.
Beyond All Boundaries  12 x 31                                              sold My life as an artist and a woman has taken me steps beyond what I ever dreamed I was capable of. Not only was I a nanny, but these children and their parents became my extended family. “Entrust your efforts to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3
The Path Less Traveled  19 x 27                                                           sold As both a wife and nanny, I felt a strong calling to pursue a God given gift of art. Despite sacrifices, difficulties, and challenges, God blessed me with in satiable passion and desire to share with others. “My brothers and sisters, be very happy when you are tested in different ways.”  James 1:2
Breakaway  28 x 23                                                                                sold Becoming empty nesters is a joyous time as we watch our children become independent adults. It’s a bit melancholy as well. It is difficult to watch our children make mistakes, but I know in the end they will be that much stronger for their journey through life. “Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths smooth.”  Proverbs 3:5-6
Refuge  29 x 22                                                                                         sold As I approached the completion of my piece I realized that I was coming upon the anniversary of my father’s passing. That Sunday, I was reminded of the hymn, Eagle’s Wings: “Say to the Lord, ‘My Refuge, My Rock in Whom I trust...’. I was able to complete this painting with ease and ultimate satisfaction. Never has a hymn been so comforting.
Forgiven  18 x 32                                                                                 sold Forgiving others and ourselves gives us new life; a fresh start and a second chance! “Whenever you pray, forgive anything you have against anyone. Then your Father in heaven will forgive your failures.”  Mark 11:25
Moment of Grace  21 x 32                                                                  sold I suffered a concussion for which I received both occupational and physical therapy. I discovered that not only was my recent memory vague but color was constrained to a few colors and limited gradation. While working on this piece I was advised “to put it aside for a while.” After two months of hiatus I returned to the drawing and I recognized additional color and values once again. I was absolutely amazed as it came to life. “He has made his miracles unforgettable. The Lord is merciful and compassionate.”  Psalm 111:4
Fellowship  4 x 10                                                                                    sold As the leaves of various, colorful tree species gather on the ground... “Finally, everyone must live in harmony, be sympathetic, love each other, have compassion, and be humble.”  1 Peter 3:8
Generosity  10 x 6                                                                                  sold Focusing on what we have, prevents us from feeling grateful for the abundant blessings from God. The ripples represent our never-ending generosity of serving, teaching, encouraging, sharing, leading, and helping others. “All goes well for the person who is generous and lends willingly. He earns an honest living.”  Psalm 112:5
Companionship  5 x 10                                                                          sold Being a nanny provided me with an unconditioonal support system. One of the children became my little apprentice. She reminded me that her, like God, is always at our side and is our rock, our companion.
Healing  16 x 38                                                                          sold Time, prayer and forgiveness have a way of healing all things; especially during the years of emotional, physical, and spiritual challenges. Transcending from pain into healing, I see a new palette of colors. These are colors that express excitement, joy, satisfaction, and love. “Have faith that you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”  Matthew 21:22
The Truth Will Set You Free  13 x 33                                     sold Giving up our secrets is the only path to the health and wholeness we deserve. Sharing “our history” and “our journey” with others provides insight for growth and healing. The forms in the drawing entering in the left are in disarray. Illusiveness and invalidity are removed by the truth (leaf) and our lives become clear and guided once more. “The truth will set you free.”  John 8:32
Haven  15 x 34                                                                             sold This is the lake at Camp Dainava in Manchester, Michigan. Lithuanian crosses are randomly placed throughout the Camp’s acreage. This helps create the peaceful and blissful aura that surrounds me whenever I visit. “The Lord is near to those whose hearts are humble. He saves those whose spirits are crushed.”  Psalm 34:18
New Discoveries  24 x 12                                                                      sold Until now, teaching high school art, retailing, and being a nanny have taken precedence to working as a full-time artist. I have now entered a new path in my life and I am both excited and anxious as to where it will take me. “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11
Slumber  28 x 17                                                                                      sold Anxiety, worries, and concerns can easily take over our minds, bodies, and souls. Anxiety can weaken us to the point of illness. “Slumber” is about handing over the problems to God so that our soul can be at ease and rest. “My soul, be at rest in God alone, from whom comes my hope.”  Psalm 62:6
His Promise  23 x 15                                                                                sold As I was recovering from a bilateral (saddle) pulmonary embolism in the hospital in 2014, a heavy rainstorm was passing through. A few minutes later a beautiful rainbow lit up the sky and the storm became its background. I was immediately reminded of God’s covenant to us. I smiled and I remembered the covenant that I made to Him during my first embolism in 2004. He gave me a gift of art and I would use it for His use. “I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”  Genesis 9:13
Emergence  10 x 7                               Becoming the true self God intended me to be. “Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? In the desert I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers.”  Isaiah 43:18-19
Transition  7 x 10 Our lives transition from one stage to another; childhood, teen years, young adulthood, marriage, parenthood, emptynesters, grandparenthood, etc.. As we enter each stage we may struggle as we adjust. I try to remind myself to hand it over to God through the struggles. “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11
Changing Perspectives 25 x 26 When going through life’s journeys, we come across circumstances that we try to change or understand. We use prayer to help us transgress from natural sin back to the healing presence of God. Prayer doesn’t change my circumstances but it helps me change my perspectives. “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7
Veni Vidi Vici  19 x 37                                                               sold I came, I saw, I conquered. One phase of my life’s journey has taken me from dark, cool colors to bright, warm colors. Challenges were accepted and defeated. “I have the strength for everything through Him who empowers me.” Philippians 4:13
In the Beginning  19 x 38                                                              sold About 40 years ago a gentleman brought a few lotus bulbs from Japan to the Manchester area in Michigan. There he tossed them into his lake not knowing if they would grow or not. Today on this private estate are lotuses as far as the eye can see. “In the Beginning” represents the first of many friendships along my career that God laid before me. “And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.”  Job 8:7
My Shelter  22 x 31                                                                     sold When my fears and my anxiety overwhelm me, I seek out the place where I feel God all around me. His creations give peace, calmness, and tranquility. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”  Psalm 23:4
Dancing In the Light  19 x 14                                                                      Even in the midst of the mundane events of my daily schedule I find little God winks. God winks are those “coincidental” signs that tell me I’m on the right path. I can’t help but smile knowing that my heart is filled with His light and love. “Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world; he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of love.”  John 8:12
Beside Peaceful Waters 20 x 47                                              sold Whenever I get caught up in the “wants” of life, it brings on anxiety and disappointment. I need to remind myself that God provides food for our nourishment and water for cleansing our mind, spirit, and soul. “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I lack. In green pastures you let me graze; to safe waters you lead me; you restore my strength. You guide me along the right path for the sake of your name.”  Psalm 23:1-3
Finding Rest   4.5 x 13.5                                                                         sold                 When my mind, body and soul become tired I know that I can depend on God to take care of me. He walks with me, He never leaves me and He cares for me. He calms and renews my spirit. “I myself”, the Lord answered, “will go along, to give you rest.”  Exodus 33:14
Gone Astray   12 x 8 It’s hard living in this life where sinful behavior is viewed as normal and virtue is mocked. We bend a few rules so that we fit in better with those around us. Before we know it, we are compromising God’s principles for the destructive paths. “Sometimes a way seems right a man, but the end of it leads to death!”  Proverbs 14:12
Hearing the Whisper   13.5 x 8.25                                                         sold When chaos swirls around me it is difficult to hear the subtleness of the babbling brook. Life’s disorder screams in my ear while His peace is more of a whisper. God’s whisper and the peaceful flow of the creek carry me to serenity. “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”  John 16:33
Living Water   7 x 13.5                                                                            sold “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture says: ‘River of living water will flow from within him.’”  John 7:38
Flawless   24 x 16                                                                                    sold Water is God’s mercy and grace. We ask for forgiveness as we work through His mercy. Although I will always see and know my sins (blemishes and flaws), God renews us through His grace and mercy and we become flawless in His eyes. God knew long before earth was created, that He would love us through every sin, every disappointment, every single time we broke His heart. Yet he He called us holy. He set us apart as His own children. Then He blessed us abundantly and overwhelmingly. “You yourselves were once aliented from him; you nourished hostility in your hearts because of your evil deeds. But now Christ has achieved reconciliation for you in his mortal body by dying, so as to present you to God holy, free of reproach and blame.”  Colossians 1:21-22
Forgiven II   16 x 22.5                                                                                   sold Forgiveness is the key to freedom from the effects of our past.                               What is the most difficult action of the human being?                                   Forgiveness, resentment, and anger against others and ourselves slowly kills our souls. Forgiving others and ourselves gives new life; a fresh start and a second chance. “Whoever is forgiven much, loves much.”  Luke 7:47
The Color Honeycomb   9.5 x 6.5           The color of the water reminds me of honeycomb which reminds me of the scripture about kindness. Being kind to one another displays love and unselfishness.                                   “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”  Proverbs 16:24
The Light Within   9.5 x 6.5                                                                                       Everyone has a light in their soul. Prayer from within and from others will bring it forth. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  John 1:5
Commitment to Consistency   18 x 12.5                                            sold  A dear artist friend of mine has such tremendous faith in me and my art that she performed a selfless act to put my career into motion. Because of this I have made a commitment to her and God to persevere through life with my art and share it with everyone.                                                                                                               “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from, the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24
Camouflaging Fear 14 x 13 As a mother of a deployed soldier, I fear the unknowm. I pray everyday that God will bring him home safe and sound. “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9
Water’s Edge   10 x 18                                                                                              Wading along the stream; sometimes on my journey I find it difficult to take the next step. I become discouraged and feel that my difficulties signify my possible lack of faith. But then I realize that those difficulties are a means to help me stay on the path that God has chosen for me.  “Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:7
Colors of Growth   17.5 x 12                                                                     sold  As my art grows and advances in new directions, so does my faith.                                  “For this reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” 2 Peter 1:5-7
Beyond My Domain   12.5 x 18.5                                                             sold What we find most difficult to accept is the way we may see the future basing on what is in the present. The future is not for us to see but to rely and have faith in God.                    “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.” Matthew 6:34
Obstacles and Challenges   15.5 x 12.5                                                sold  Sometimes I feel as if I have been thrown more than enough obstacles and challenges to take on. I wonder “why me? “Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  James 1:2-4
State of Surrender   18.5 x 11.5                                                                                           I doubt myself when it comes to my art.                                                                                With faith I can surrender and allow God to do His own thing with my talent. Holding onto faith I believe will bring about my highest desire. “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future of hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Side By Side   5 x19                                                                                            The relationship between a husband and wife is meant to be one of love, respect, and support. God made them to complement each other through a healthy companionship. “For whom the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, with the proper functioning of each part, bring about the body’s growth and builds itself up with love.” Ephesians 4:16
Nothing is Hidden   7 x 19  Anxiety hits every time the present circumstances lend itself to a questionable and possible resistive future. I wish I could see the future in order to alleviate fear. “For nothing is hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.” Luke 8:17
Diversity   9 x 19                                                                                              Growing, learning, and accepting diversity in this world has been uplifting for me. Just like the leaves in this drawing, we come from different ethnic backgrounds, countries, religions and in unity create a beautiful painting. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
copyright by Dianna Wallace Soisson 2018