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The Change of Scenes

It is May and the winds of March and April are moving along the earth in the North Americas as the temperature begins to warm up. This Spring instead of the ocean waves being tossed a bit higher and more frequent along a sandy beach against a Pacific Ocean backdrop, they have been transformed into winds in the high desert of California where GOD has chosen me to live in this current season of my life. Living for years in a coastal city is quite different than a High Desert small community. The Beach is not the sandy hills where surf boards once were riding the waves now they have been replaced with various engine powered sand surfers that kick up the land, make visible tracks and encounter the terrain. A place where the fun of a shell on the beach has turned into the embrace of a tumbleweed. Where the term it is a hot day in the California Sun to I live in an Oven and I started to believe in the Swamp Cooler instead of the Air conditioner.

It is a 100 miles as far as you can see in any direction to other civilization and at 4000 ft above what was for many years sea level life. It is Hotter when it is Hot, Colder when it is Cold and much more windy that I expected, but it has a new charm to me that I never realized.

When I started to make my Cross Illuminated Art, I felt a change in my heart. I knew GOD, I knew the story of Jesus Christ who went to the Cross, who died for our sins, who resurrected to overcome death and sin for us all who believe and then Ascended to make a place for us, to prepare to return not to save the world like his last visit, but to make the transformation for the Glory of GOD and to fulfill his story of Love for his Father and for us ALL, if we would just believe.

I recently received a Bible Study Book set which focused on the Parables of Jesus which has a book and a workbook. My Husband and I do small group Bible Study at home, as we two are the small group. It is a learning experience that I enjoy. We read the subject book, then do the workbook and we discuss the text along with the Bible scriptures associated with the book and workbook. Then we discuss what we read in GOD’s word. My husband says everyone should read the bible, once through end to end and then once again through ourselves. I was puzzled when he first made the statement, but in the Bible Study I realize what he means, by reading the scriptures and then having discussion of what I, independently of anyone else including him read, I can express what I believe it is telling my heart. It does not mean I am right or wrong, but it does point out where the influence of the world and GOD’s word truly clash. Often sadly it also points our why the Cross is not as Illuminated in our Hearts as it once was for so many. It also helps me to be more driven to create these art frames and get them out in to the hand of not only the unbeliever’s but also the believers. For so many have lost what the Cross really means to the now of their lives and to their futures here and in the eternal life that is still waiting for us all.

In the book study we are currently in, the book is called “PARABLES” by John MacArthur published by Thomas Nelson. The associated workbook is the same name by the same author and from the same publisher. Te title of this blog as the change of scenes comes from reading this book. It was the transformation of the environment of the people around Jesus that lead to the use of Parables.

It was the change of scene for my art to go from the busy life of a large city by the bay to a small community in a high isolated desert that gave me the view of my life and the view that I was not looking at the cross, but instead I was looking at the world. My change of scene became more than just one change, it became a transforming change, in my life, my art, how I look at everything around me. Most importantly how I looked at the cross, not as a dull, familiar symbol of a life in the past, but the illuminated symbol of the Hope that I had lived that was passing me by in the world. The Cross was the start point of a Life that would be eternal here, now and forever.

My tag line, “None Brighter than the Son” comes from this transformation where the change of scene for me became my reality. I highly recommend taking the time regardless of easy excuses we have for not having any time, to stop, grab a partner or join a local study group in Christ and get this study or some study that will get the Cross of Calvary in front of your view of life and see if it has been dulled in the eye of your heart for too long and get the Illumination of the Cross to be Bright once again.

Let me share the Gospel message with you by clicking this symbol of the Cross below.6cy88REcn

 

 

 

If you need prayer then send a request by clicking the word prayer.

Also if you would be interested in some of my art, then go to the New Art section and see what is available. Enter the drawing.

Focus on GOD through Jesus Christ, daily. If you will give GOD the focus, he will show you the reason he created you and if you commit your works to him, he will place the thoughts in your heart so you know what you should be accomplishing in your life.

God Bless and may his face shine upon you,

Artist Sharon Smith

Standing or Kneeling

There is a wonderful wall image in my room that states “Prayer, when you can no longer stand life, then kneel”

When the storm is raging in every aspect of our day, we need to pray. When everything is going so well and we have no apparent needs at the moment, we need to pray. When we observe Jesus Christ in the Gospels, we see over and over he is slipped off alone to pray.

Scripture tells us in many places in the New Testament to Pray and not give up, Luke 18:1;  Pray without ceasing, 1 Thes. 5:16-18; Be Anxious for nothing, in everything in Prayer, Supplication with Thanksgiving bring your every concern before GOD. Philippians 4:6

When we think of Jesus praying we assume most of the time he is on his knees in prayer and maybe he is and maybe his is standing. However in his time of great distress, when in the Garden of Gethsemane praying, he is on his knees and under so much stress that it states his sweat was a drops of blood.(Matthew 26:36-46) The moment is coming where he can no longer stand and becomes the illumination for our Salvation. He is going to the Cross for our sins and he is willing to let our sin nail him to it so that we may live eternal life and have a way out of the Storms of our life.

In the Gospel of John, in Chapter 17, Jesus prays for us. He is about to go and suffer probably more than any of us could suffer and he will also take the full weight of sin upon himself. He will take on something he himself has never known.

The agony becomes so real when he utters, “My GOD, my GOD why have you forsaken me?” Everywhere else when Jesus speaks about or to GOD himself, he speaks stating his  Father. But in the moment when he, Jesus, has taken all the sin upon himself, then he finds that he can no longer feel the presence of Love of the Father on him for GOD is to Holy for sin to be in his presence, even if that sin is on his son and therefore Jesus knows what we know but don’t realize, with sin we are separated from GOD.

There is a wonderful and very touching video that was edited from a foreign film to create an allegory of GOD the Father and the Love for us that his son is ultimately sacrificed to give himself to save us all. I highly recommend this video, take the time to watch it with full attention to everything in the movie. Watch the details as the story unfolds, but watch it with Jesus Christ and GOD the Father and the gift of Jesus Christ on the Cross fully in your heart.

Think about that moment when Jesus uttered, it is done and breath his last and give up the Spirit. Think of the moments between that last breath and the moment he was resurrected to show that he could overcome sin and overcome death, for us.

When you are done, see if in truth you can understand that even if out of the estimated 14 Billion souls that have ever lived on this earth, God would have sent his son if only one of us could be saved.

There is a Hymn that is taken from the word of GOD. The lyrics and music were written by Stuart Townend:

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He would give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasureHow great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One
Bring many sons to gloryBehold the Man upon a cross
My guilt upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no powr’s, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

It was once spoken in a message from a missionary that visited a local church and the man made the statement the Bible is a Love Story, except the opening verse. Since hearing this statement, I keep this in mind when I study it, looking at that Love story and realizing there can be no greater Love than GOD, who is Love. (1 John 4:8)

So give thanks, pray for your needs, pray for others, pray for the situations you see in this world and give thanks for all things, even the ones that you may not feel are something gratitude should support. When you can’t stand your life, then kneel before GOD asking in Jesus Christ name, for he is the one that went to the Cross for us all, overcame sin and death for us all, marking it paid in full and take in your heart him who still is the truth, the way and the life and made a way for us all to receive the gift of eternal life.

Let me share the Gospel message with you by clicking this symbol of the Cross below.6cy88REcn

 

 

 

If you need prayer then send a request by clicking the word prayer.

Also if you would be interested in some of my art, then go to the New Art section and see what is available. Enter the drawing.

 

Focus on GOD through Jesus Christ, daily. If you will give GOD the focus, he will show you the reason he created you and if you commit your works to him, he will place the thoughts in your heart so you know what you should be accomplishing in your life.

God Bless and may his face shine upon you,

Artist Sharon Smith

 

After Easter

We count down to Christmas and then again to Easter. We think about the birth of our Savior and then we look to the Cross as the place where the sacrifice of our eternity, the payment for what we could never pay for is made.

Before our Savior arrives to pay the debt for us all, we follow him through many moments, many stops along the way and find ourselves at the last supper before that moment in the Garden when all the weight of what is coming upon him is reaching the human and flesh part of him.

We rejoice when the resurrection is realized, death has been overcome, the sin which we were drowning in was taken care of for all eternity. Jesus Christ had it marked paid in full stamping not in ink, but in his blood shed for us all.

Easter celebration comes, we rejoice that he has risen by a response when we hear those words we reply, Risen indeed ! We share our smile and our joy, we worship and praise and reflect upon this moment and how it changes lives then and now and forever.

Then comes the day after and the days after. Our focus on this moment may fade and the world comes back into view. We don’t really think about those next 40 days when Jesus was setting up his final part of the journey of payment with his ascension to be at the right hand of the Holy Father, given all authority over heaven, earth and below the earth.

In the Gospel of John we read the scripture found in John 3:16;

16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Many stop at that point, but John who also wrote the book of Revelation to tell us the rest of the story to come, imparts in the next verse a look at why in John 3:17 when he informed us;

17 “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Then in John 3:18 he put a recap on what was most important for us all to place in our hearts and help us when we share the Gospel Message;

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

We look at an empty Cross, and we don’t often think about what was done there, we don’t see the nails of the payment method used to take away the sins we have promoted in our own lives. We don’t look and see there is an empty tomb to show us that Jesus overcame what we would never be able to do for ourselves.

Before that day of his crucifixion he spoke these words in John 16:33;

33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

So the tough work has been completed, now we as the believers have the easier task, to share the good news of the Gospel message. To help one another by doing what Jesus told us as his new commandment in John 13:34:

34. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

There are at least 21 verses in the New Testament that tell us those words, to Love One Another. We show that Love by sharing, caring and giving.

My art is my God given way for sharing, because I care that you have the Love of GOD in you through Jesus Christ and when you give, then you fulfill other scriptures as well.

Let me share the Gospel message with you by clicking this symbol of the Cross below.6cy88REcn

 

 

 

If you need prayer then send a request by clicking the word prayer.

Also if you would be interested in some of my art, then go to the New Art section and see what is available.

Don’t let Christmas and Easter be the only time you focus on GOD through Jesus Christ and the Cross. In Matthew’s Gospel we see what Jesus Christ stated in Matthew 22:36-40:

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Focus on GOD through Jesus Christ, daily. If you will give GOD the focus, he will show you the reason he created you and if you commit your works to him, he will place the thoughts in your heart so you know what you should be accomplishing in your life.

God Bless and may his face shine upon you,

Artist Sharon Smith

The Illumination of the Cross in my Art

What a Blessing for me to have you visit and review my website. I Love to try and create various works of art. I find in my heart the Cross of Calvary to be one that is simple and yet states so much in the totality of our lives. My journey in what the cross means to me started a long time ago, but by the grace of GOD, I have found recently a new calling in creating these art pieces as I have in a renewed calling to know our Lord more.

Each art frame is like us, unique. Each art frame gives me a peace in my life and has been fostering my creativity. It certainly appears in my heart the Holy Father has launched in me a path to share as a ministry by way of the cross of Calvary. The Cross has certainly Illuminated my Art like GOD’s blessings, so much that my cup runs over in so many paths I would have never imagined.

A quote by the late Rev. Billy Graham stated, “The cross shows us the seriousness of our sin—but it also shows us the immeasurable love of God.”

When I look at the cross and I think of that immeasurable Love,  it greatly inspires me more to give what has be given to me, my Salvation and eternal life in Christ Jesus. My Cross Illuminated Art was born as a way to share the good news of the Gospel message.

In the word of GOD it states, “Sing to the LORD; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:2-4

So often to just sit and spend time with our Lord and seek him gets overshadowed by the world and we seem to place the good news of the Gospel message on the back shelf, the last thing we might do each day, but so often we ignore it. Yet those we Love may not know the good news because we don’t share it freely and without fear.

When I created my first Cross Art image, I could not forget what the Lord had done, the gift given to us all to embrace if we chose. The Art of the Cross sits before me, hangs on the wall, sits at the entry way and even when the moment or season of my life seems to be dark, the Cross always Illuminates my heart and reminds me I have been given more than eternal life starting with this one symbol of the cross.

It was once stated that everything started at the Cross and when we are lost, that is where each of us needs to look, where it all begins. In Romans 5:8 it states, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

As I make each one of these pieces of ART to completion, I will post an image for review. When someone visits my site and views the images of my cross illuminated art, they can enter a random drawing to win one when available. Next to image click the link and if it still available for the drawing entry fill out the form and enter. You will be notified by email if you win. One entry per month please.

I don’t sell these, I don’t take orders or make custom ones by request. As my ministry, I want to give them to people who would appreciate and believe in the power found in the Cross, our Salvation in the death, burial, then resurrected Savior to over come death and the sting of our sins. Something we are not able to do. All this because of Love of our GOD for us his most precious creation. I see it this way; Freely I was given, Freely I shall give.

I pray each person that comes and reviews this artwork understands the gift of Salvation. No matter who, what, where, when or how you or your life has been, you can be saved.

The Gospel message is simple and very transforming to your life. Just start and let the Love of Christ Jesus through the Holy Spirit carry you to the gift of Salvation.

If you send an email requesting Salvation Prayer, you will be prayed for and we will make sure you get some information about taking the walk of Salvation.

If you want to know more about Salvation right now, please click that link below this sentence. Remember to consider others as you change your life and share with someone else so they have a chance to change their life today.

The Gospel Message to Salvation

Remember, view the images that are posted in the NEW ART section of this website. If there is a link for “Enter Drawing” and you would like to have a chance to get one of the available Art Frames, don’t wait. The drawings are on the 28th day of each month when available. We will contact the winner and get the information to ship it to you. There is no charges for this. We do not ask for any money for the Cross Illuminated Art that is given.

Thank you for taking the time to view my Art and also to read and to share with others this website.

If there are any questions please send an email to info@mycrossilluminatedart.net

If you want prayer for Salvation, please email us at prayer@mycrossilluminatedart.net