Giving of Thanks

Wow, it is November 2019. The time change added an additional hour to my 24 hours we call a day and I must say, it was a long day.

In the book of Joshua, it is written:

“As they fled before Israel along the descent from Beth-horon to Azekah, the LORD cast down on them large hailstones from the sky, and more of them were killed by the hailstones than by the swords of the Israelites. On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to the Israelites, Joshua spoke to the LORD in the presence of Israel: “O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still and the moon stopped until the nation took vengeance upon its enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? “So the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.”

Now there is a long day!

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. This has become more of a commercial holiday in the USA as many gather for a Turkey dinner, full of sides and dessert made often from family recipes and handed down traditions of the family through the generations. There is Harvest Decorations, Horns of Plenty and all the colors of Autumn hanging everywhere. Some people use this day to go to the movies and take advantage of an empty theater before heading to get a dinner out instead of a family gathering around a home table.

Once, a large and very welcomed family tradition of gathering for thanks despite the ups and downs in life, it slowly has lost it’s meaning to give thanks for what bounty we have, for the provisions of food and family and friends and a whole lot more than we think about as we have so much, compared to most of the rest of the earth peopled. Today, sadly, this family gathering is replaced with technology and many have abandon giving thanks as the world seems to offer so many shiny objects that distract us which has lead us to become separated more and more from the one that provides, and from the family unit that is essential to our whole being.

Some months ago, there was an earthquake where I live. I wrote about it in an earlier blog. The services we take for granted were off or unavailable and instead of 10,000 channels and there is nothing on, we had 100,000 stars in the night sky to look at for many hours. We talked to our neighbors and found out though we were a long way from where we grew up, some where from our home town. Unknowingly, we were kindred souls from the same city. We had never known it, as we did not take the time.

We all made sure all around us were alright and we set in silence as we struggled to find things to do without the technology. We laughed, sadly, as we realized it took a shake to get us to step outside and talk with others. look at stars or miss our WiFi and the 10,000 channels of commercials we will never really watch.

When thanksgiving day comes, we might visit our family, but after we eat, we all sit around and we read a text, twitter or social media and rarely think to put down the devices and look and talk with the living breathing people in front of us and speak to them directly, tell a story, share an experience that can make a memory or two with our family and friends.

We should stop every day and give thanks. Yes, we are told hundreds of times to give thanks in God’s word. It is written, “be anxious for nothing, but in all things to come in prayer, supplications (our petitions) with Thanksgiving. Bring out every concern to GOD and the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7)

It is written: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thes. 5:18) Sometimes it is hard to give thanks for all things, or all circumstances as some translations state. Sure it is easy to give thanks for a fat Turkey, 3 type of dressing and all that comes with most traditional Thanksgiving feast at the Grandparents house. It is not so easy to give thanks for no job, homelessness, for sickness and for depression and struggle; no family to eat dinner with and no dinner itself.

However the scripture is clear “in everything” that is at it states. Basically it is the word ALL. If you look up the meaning in the Greek, ALL means exactly the same in Greek as in American English, in Hebrew and in most languages in the word. ALL means ALL and that is ALL, ALL means. There is no other translation of it, ALL is fully inclusive.

When you can’t pay the bills, it is hard to give thanks, but you must. When there is a blessing of help when you must clean up your yard after a windy storm, you give thanks, though you might have a broken leg,  when help arrives with a smile from an unexpected friend you will be giving thanks, for the help and for the broken leg as the lack of the broken leg may not have brought the unexpected friend. Thanks should come even to the smallest and most insignificant items in your life. The big blessing are easy, but the tiny ones often seem to be overlooked, but they can be the most significant ones in your life and they should never be missed in being acknowledged in thankfulness. These are the times where GOD is doing more than you could ask or think.(Ephesians 3:20)

When I am creating my cross illuminated art frames, I give thanks for each one that I am able to complete without issue. They don’t always come to completion easily. I have had a few that took countless times of creation for the same one and it seemed it was not going to happen. However, despite the struggle, I eventually get it made, but there have been a few that giving thanks for came with a lot of struggle and in those while it was aggravating at times, these became some of my favorites.

While I am making the art frames, I often take a moment to give thanks that these crosses are a reminding symbol of where salvation began. I am thankful when I have found I have sinned somehow and have asked forgiveness for that sin. Though I know that Jesus Christ paid it already,  I want not only to ask forgiveness as this is obedience, but also it is a reminder of thanks for a gift that is called an indescribable gift at the end of 2 Corinthians chapter 9.

I pray each person that comes and reviews this blog and my 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 lives 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 art frame shipped to you. There is no charges for this. To the winner of the drawing, it is freely given. We do not ask for any money for the Cross Illuminated Art that is given, not even shipping and handling.

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If you set the world away from your life for a 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


Click on the Cross at the right, see where His blood paid for our sins.


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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 in 2019 !!! 

Artist and believer in Jesus Christ,

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