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Hello Again Friends! (And An Art Giveaway)

Edited to add: The winner is Jamie! I’ll most likely be giving away more paintings in the future too! Thanks for everyone who commented and entered!

Hello friends! I’ve missed blogging, but the time away was really good. I decided that along with giving up desserts for 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting that I would take that time away from the blog and twitter.
I’m still processing what all I learned over those three weeks. In some ways I feel I learned a lot and in other ways I felt like I was supposed to learn more than I did. Like I was supposed to have some epiphanie yet I can’t say I did.
I had difficulty focusing on the prayer aspect. Even more so than during a typical time. I’m still thinking through this part of it.
Giving up desserts was hard. The detox headache lasted four days and it was probably around day seventeen when I didn’t crave them. Which is odd because I don’t normally eat a dessert or sweet treat every day.
What I did learn however was a much needed reminder: God is sufficient if we will simply ask. It was Wednesday evening of the second week. Several nights of restless sleep had left me frustrated. My prayer as I laid my head on the pillow that night was “Lord please give me the energy to wake early to spend time with you, exercise, and then clean house.”
My eyes opened at 5:15 a.m. the next morning. Nothing short of a miracle. Energy to get up instead of rolling back over under the warm covers. By noon I had accomplished what I had prayed for.
I know it’s simple and not a big “aha!” moment. But for me it was a quiet reminder that He is sufficient always and especially when I ask.
So I’ve decided to celebrate here as I ease myself back into a blogging routine with a giveaway.
I’m giving away the painting you see here. While I did paint this it is not an original. As I have been learning to paint over the past two years I often find paintings from artists whose style I like and try to paint one of their paintings. When we visited Asheville last fall I discovered Jonas Gerard. I could have spent hours in his gallery/studio studying his paintings. So this is one that I copied from him. I am learning so much from studying his work and have a couple of my own in the works now inspired by his style.

And as I will never sell paintings that I copy from an artist and between my son’s and my art we only have so much room in our home I have decided to begin giving some of them away.
To be entered in the drawing simply leave a comment below in the comments section. That’s it. One entry per person. I’ll draw a name Sunday, February 5.

  • Jeff Moore - January 30, 2012 - 12:56 pm

    I have browsed your site Amy….and I am impressed. I didnt know you were this gifted in college!!! Thanks for sending the links….love them!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - January 30, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    I want this to live in my house. No one else should enter. That’s what I just prayed. May God say “yes.”ReplyCancel

  • floyd - January 30, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    It’s nice to have you back… I’m glad you enjoyed your time away. I also think we tend to overlook the little things that really are big things like the answer to a prayer for rest. God is in all things big and small… Sometimes I just need to be reminded.ReplyCancel

  • Benjamin Arnberg - January 30, 2012 - 7:50 pm

    Glad to have you back. This past week, I gave up coffee for a few days and had a perpetual headache. I commend you for the 3 weeks without dessert.ReplyCancel

  • Whitney Hamm - February 1, 2012 - 12:35 pm

    This may be one of my favorite paintings you’ve done.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Roberts - February 1, 2012 - 5:41 pm

    Great post! Enjoy your First Wednesday tonight from the comforts of you own house.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Ray - February 1, 2012 - 5:46 pm

    I’ve missed you online girl! I love following your journey, it really inspires me in my life journey.ReplyCancel

  • […] Have you checked out my art giveaway? […]ReplyCancel

  • Michele Kearns - February 2, 2012 - 3:56 pm

    Welcome back. I love the painting, it is bright and cheerful. My Dad was an artist but sadly, I am unable to draw a stick figure. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Paul - February 5, 2012 - 4:55 pm

    Glad you got some clarity and some confirmation. During your fast. Love that you’re blogging again!ReplyCancel