It is SUPER EXCITING seeing something you have worked so hard on over the course of, well, decades, if you count all of the paintings I have done, finally come into fruition. The cover and back cover are beautiful, thank you Emily Montes DeOca. The publisher did a fabulous job! Thank you #Twopennypublishing and the quality of the printing is fantastic. But what about all of the struggle, hard work, blood, sweat and tears that led up to the finished product. Mine and those who helped me? The "behind the scenes" mayhem, frustration, cursing and endless promises of "It will be done in two weeks!" "oh, it's not done"...."Two weeks"....."Still not done".... "oops, photos are not formatted correctly".....(even though you paid to have them formatted correctly) ...... The months and months of laying out each page, picking out each verse, picking out each photo of each painting, doing everything via email because nobody uses the phone anymore. The endless chipping away to produce a work of art that is not only pretty to look at, but you hope will bring people closer to God, give them a reason to maybe not feel so lost in the chaos of the world and hope that they might read just one small passage that might help them get through the day. The process was/is what God meant it to be for me.... a true test of patients. You have heard the phrase "All in God's timing" right? Well this little book is a true testament to God's timing. I can honestly say I prayed and/or journaled every day this past year that every verse, photo, written word, formatting issue and design would come from God and not from me. I prayed that he would show me what to do, what would come next and guide me to do it all for him and not for my own selfish gain. That was the hardest part. I have been and still am trying to rely only on his prompting. I have to constantly reel myself in. I want it done now so I can get to marketing it, having book signings, reaching out to the public in hopes that they will buy a copy and that it might inspire them to open a Bible or get back to church or even go to church for the first time in their lives. But the way God is starting to reveal it to me is this.... I have a vision of reaching the masses and God sends me a single person who tells me privately they can't wait to start journaling in it. I want my 100 plus books that I ordered for me to finally come so I can start my small but exciting book tour around St Augustine Florida where I live, but God has not given me those books yet. Matter of fact, the books are being ordered one. person. at. a. time. My vision is big and exciting and fast paced. God's vision is slow, reaching one person at a time. Calculated so that he can touch each reader personally, one on one when he has their undivided attention. Yes, I am excited that this little art book, journal, devotional has finally seen the light of day, but I am more excited to hear or see how God uses it to meet people where they are in life. My hope is to hear from all of you that buy a copy, borrow a copy, read the blog, go to my website or FB page or follow me on IG. I can't wait to hear from all of you. Thank you for considering buying a copy. Peace to you all.
By getting out into the community, I have the opportunity to meet strangers, engage in conversations, and give my paintings away to COMPLETE STRANGERS! In practicing using my Art as a form of compassion, I must overcome my ego to use my time, talent, and money to create an original work of Art to give away, not for sale in hopes of making someone else’s day a little brighter.