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How Great Thou Art !

When I am working on the cross art frames, each piece has something to say to me in some way. Sometimes it is the colors, the frame, the combination. Sometimes I change the frame to the glass plate and see if the combination speaks to my heart in another way.

It is difficult sometime to post them for giving because each one is so wonderful to me, but then I think of how it will become a blessing to another and they will see something in the frame or the colors that I did not see. More so, how GOD will get the Glory and that makes we let go because that is why GOD blesses us, so that we can give Him all the Glory.

Jesus Christ is Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever according to Hebrews 13:8.  How we see him through the eyes of our heart, however, makes him special and one of kind to us. “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14

I wish I had a picture of the face of each person that has received one of the art frames as a gift. I think the cross gets illuminated just off the smiles and twinkle in the eyes of the recipient. Jesus did say: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12. In Him there is no darkness. He reflects the Love of GOD  through not only His life, His walk, His death and His resurrection, but in how he shares his Love through others who believe in him.

This is a light that can come in to darkest night and glow so brightly, but not blind you with the brilliance it radiates. When I look at each art frame, the frame and colors fade for a moment and there stands the testimony: “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9.  GOD says “I Love you”.and Jesus Christ said it on the Cross to us all, if we will accept His Love.  That is what each of my cross illuminated art frames says to me and I hope it also says the same to each of those who receive one and even more so to those that give one.

How Great Thou Art

Stuart K. Hine was a Bristish Methodist missionary on a mission trip in Ukraine in 2931 when he heard the Russian translation of a German song inspired by Carl Boberg’s poem “O Store Gud” (O Great God). Hine began to translation the song to English and added several verses. The third verse was inspired by the conversion of villagers in Russia who cried out to God loudly as the repented and realized God’s love and mercy – “And when I think that God, His Son not sparing, sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in.”

Stuart Hine and his family left Ukraine as famine and World War Two began, and settled in Somerset, Britain where he continued to serve as a missionary to Polish refugees. The forth verse of “How Great Thou Art” was inspired by displaced Russians who experienced great loss and looked forward to seeing their loved ones again in heaven – “When Christ shall come with shoult of acclamation to take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.”

The final English version of “How Great Thou Art” was published in 1949 and quickly spread among Britian, Africa, India and America.

Christ Jesus died for us all, and in that we can come to know him, embrace his Love and receive that day : “When Christ shall come with shoult of acclamation to take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.” How Great Thou Art !

If you set the world away from your life for moment and focus on the Cross and what it means, your life will be transformed. It all starts at the Cross, where Christ Jesus, paid it all for us all. Should you not consider to bask in the Glow of Jesus Christ?

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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 of any available NEW ART.

 

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

Glow

Oh my Lord, we are in the heat of the summer in the Northern Hemisphere where the days are bright and hot depending on where you are blessed to reside. Here in the Southern California desert, it exceeds 100 degrees F daily from May through mid September and it is so hot that every object seems to Glow with the appearance of waves of air flowing up and out.

If you ever heard the phrase “so hot you could fry an egg” well you can fry an egg on a car body in this desert heat. Yes that is the truth, as long as you are not in a hurry, but it will cook. Other items that have additional features in the heat are those car window sun shades. Sure they work well to keep the sun off the dash or interior, but it is so hot you need to also have a kitchen pot holder to grab it off the window as temperatures in a car can get over 150 degrees F.

Even the asphalt gets so hot that if you are wearing rubber soled shoes, they will soften and wear swiftly, signs are posted to remind you of the asphalt for animals.

The Bible talks about a heat that is unbearable even more than the hottest day in the desert sun. If you ever watch a video on the solar power collectors in the Nevada/California border area, it is so hot, birds that fly near it burst from the focused intense heat.

In the Bible, there are two sources of heat that are not the place for eternity for anyone, Hell (Sheol) and The Lake of Fire.  These are more agonizing a torment and is forever. In the book of Luke Chapter 16:19-21, the rich man who did not have compassion on Lazarus at the gate daily found himself in Hell and asked if Lazarus who was in heaven could bring him one drop of water on his tongue. He also begged that someone should go to his family and tell them how not to come to this place and suffer with the unquenching thirst.

In the book of John 4:1-26, Jesus offers a Samaritan woman at the well as the living water that will forever quench your thirst, for you will never thirst again Jesus stated. This water will keep you out of the heat of Hell and The Lake of Fire.

The Cross of Calvary’s Glows with the radiance of our Salvation journey begins. It is the place the living water of Christ Jesus was poured out and the promise of a way to quench the soul for a better eternity through Christ Jesus who is the Glow of everlasting life and deliverance from the heat of the everlasting torment.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ sets us free. It is the single most significant event that makes what GOD offered in his only begotten son, that sets him apart from any other man made promise of Salvation. For no other false GOD has given so that what he created can live and walk with him in the cool of the day and not suffer the torment of the unending heat.

I know like so many I did not like to hear or eagerly discuss the path to Hell or Sheol as in the old testament or the reality of the Lake of Fire, the last place of torment after the great white throne judgment as stated in the Revelation 20:11-15. But we must. This is not a fantasy, it is a reality and the choice to accept grows shorter every moment we live.

When it is dark in our lives, the cross Glows with Christ Jesus when you accept his offering of Salvation. The noon day sun be bright and the sun shining at an angle as to cast little to no shadows, but only the Glow of Christ Jesus in the heart of a believer can create a Glow greater than any sun that GOD hung in the heavens and has not shadow.

If you set the world away from your life for moment and focus on the Cross and what it means, your life will be transformed. It all starts at the Cross, where Christ Jesus, paid it all for us all. Should you not consider to bask in the Glow of Jesus Christ?

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 of any available NEW ART.

 

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

Blocking your Light

While living in the most major southern city of California, San Diego, you become a veteran of the time of year called June Gloom. This is when the cloud layer that is created by the Pacific Ocean on shore flow to the warmer land air currents cause a cloudy day over the area and block or at least cover the summer sun.

June 21 is when the summer solstice happens and for those that enjoy the summer sun for fun, this can be a deal breaker when you awake, ready to enjoy a sunny summer day and claim that 8 or 9 o’clock pm outdoor ball game or excursion to the beach or the park, if the light of day might not happen because of the June gloom being present.

Later in life, I moved to the high desert area of Southern California. While it is much hotter and dryer, I do not miss the June Gloom. The mornings are clear and hot and with such low humidity, a cloud just does not have a chance to form.

One of the other things that is such a treat are the stars. When you live where there is plenty of city lights, you see few stars in the very early morning hours before the dawn. However, unless you are working the late shift, or cannot sleep, you generally never see them.

In the High Desert areas, where the town is so small and the surrounding areas do not have any lights to illuminate and reduce the light of the stars in the heavens it is one awesome sight.

If you take a digital camera and set a delayed open aperture, the image captured delivers that evidence of the Milky Way which maybe you have never seen in reality.

When you see the Cross of Calvary, you see the image, even recognize it as a Christian symbol world wide. You might have heard the Gospel message, you might even be a believer. However, if you don’t get away from the world daily by reading and meditating on GOD’s word, by prayer and thanksgiving, you don’t realize just how absolutely beautiful the Cross of Calvary can become and how much more illuminated Jesus Christ can become in yours and in others lives.

Each of the art frames that I create has a one of kind look at completion. The frame, the colors, the mix and everything else including the cross are in the image. (Always check out the NEW ART and the GIVEN ART to see my efforts).

It is when the reflections of light in the room is removed, do you then see the illumination of the Cross in the art frame. It is designed to be your reminder that regardless of the rest of the moments around you, you can be sure the Cross is a symbol which always illuminates GOD’s Love in Jesus Christ for each of us, given to us so that we could live and have everlasting life.

The late Dr. Billy Graham said that everything started at the Cross. Even where he lived and worked, there are crosses placed everywhere to remind everyone that visited of this truth.

In the Gospel of John chapter 14, verse 6, Jesus stated, “I am the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through me.” The Cross is the symbol where it all starts for every believer.

Before Christ, you had to make sacrifices of animals and try to keep commandments and laws that no one was able to do. There was always the fall through temptation to sin at some point and repentance and offerings were needed. A rotating specific High Priest would go once per year into the Holy of Holies and offer sacrifices for you. Because of the Cross, Jesus took care of the sacrifices for falling to keep the commands and the law which leads to being called sin before GOD. We still must follow the commands that are given in GOD’s word, but Jesus is the one and only sacrifice, that part of the forgiveness of our sins has been paid once for all.

Now, you can “go boldly to the Throne of Grace”, at any moment and, “seek mercy in your time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)  In Fact GOD who is certainly deserving of greater honor and glory than any earthly King provides a path for us to come to his Throne. If we needed to see an earthly King we would to have to get an invite, be somebody, hope for the granting of his time.  GOD gave you an invite to come to the Throne room when Jesus died on the cross. The veil of the Holy of Holies was torn so we could have access and come ourselves through Jesus Christ in prayer, wherever we are at any moment.

Even the person of the Holy Spirit was given and when we can’t figure out what to pray as we should, the Holy Spirit who is given when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior will do that as an act of intercession for you. (Romans 8:26)

However, you need to accept the present that the Cross gave like paying for sins, overcoming death by Resurrection and having then everlasting life to overcome the world and the sin that we are not able to pay for ourselves.

Don’t wait, because it is a limited offer. The limit is your last breath and your last heartbeat. While Jesus speaks about the simplicity of adding time to your life, our faith is so small, we are not able to do such a simple thing Jesus stated.(Luke 12:25) Our moment of the death of our bodies is not a predicted moment that we control. The gift is the Gospel message, the Good News. Click the Blue Cross below in this Blog to see what the process is and take care if it right now. Tomorrow may be too late, for it is written, “never boast about tomorrow for you never know what a day will bring“. Anyone is welcome to come to Jesus Christ.

Do not let the light of the city or the world block out the light of Christ Jesus and salvation paid for on the Cross of Calvary for you and all those you Love Don’t allow the illumination of the world, broken and struggling be the blocking light trying to out shine your view of the Cross and Jesus Christ that is our given Hope.

Next time you see the light of a star in the city, realize that if you take the light pollution of the city away, you will see more of the Glory that is the heavens and realize you are missing out on a lot in your life, the short earthly one and the forever heavenly one.

If you take the world away from your life for moment and focus on the Cross and what it means, your life will be transformed. It all starts at the Cross, where Christ Jesus, paid it all for us all.

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 of any available NEW ART.

 

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 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