“To me, it’s healing”

My friend said her husband has a bad cough and the doctor found a suspicious looking spot on his lung.  She’s so afraid.

That night, as I lay in bed, I asked God for an image that I could paint for my friend and her husband. This is my rendition of the image that came to me.
art susan black man with butterfly image

The next day, a business appointment had me near one of my favorite thrift shops. I was so excited about finding a frame for the prophetic art I wanted to create for my friend and her husband.

En route, I got a speeding ticket. $177.00.

I found the PERFECT frame for $1.00.

(Lesson: Don’t rush to do God’s work.)

A week later when I saw my friend again, I said, “I have something for you.” I handed her a bag with the art inside.

She said, “Am I going to cry?”

“Yes, you are.”

She commented on the beautiful frame. She said she and her husband were going go get his biopsy results later that day. Why does it take a whole week from the time of the biopsy to get results?! As if trying to pass a quiz, she said of the watercolor of the man with a blue moth, “I know it represents the heart, the soul….”

As she put the art into her car, she made what would have appeared to a passing observer to be a throw-away comment about the image I’d made for her. She said, “To me, it’s healing.”

Healing. YES!!! Thank you, Holy Spirit!

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Atheist Professor, Holly Ordway, Becomes Christian.

Dr. Holly Ordway has published a book titled Not God’s Type, telling her personal story. She begins “I had never in my life said a prayer, never been to a church service. Christmas meant presents a…

Source: Atheist Professor, Holly Ordway, Becomes Christian.

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Is This Artwork a Message of God’s Love?

My friend’s husband has a bad cough and a spot on his lung. My friend is fearful, tearful. Waiting for biopsy results.

That night, I lay still and asked God for an image for me to create for my friend and her husband. Here it is.art susan black man with butterfly image

I posted the image on Facebook to see if it speaks to anyone else. Here are the comments:

“maybe for me and perhaps others? love this, very encouraging to me. thanks for posting. beautiful piece”

“Maybe for all the children who have lost a loved one and then get the support to deal with their grief so that they can eventually awaken the butterfly within them and spread their wings and fly. The butterfly is the symbol of Olivia’s House Grief and Loss Center for Children.”

“I see my son who passed, and the butterfly supports my belief that his disabilities are now gone and he is happy and healed and able to fly now.”

I will give it to my friend next time I see her. By then, she will know the biopsy results.

Thank you, Holy Spirit, for this image. It was an honor to re-create it.

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How do you describe the indescribable?

3 doves third collageHoly Spirit

How can I describe

One as indescribable as You,

Lest others think me crazy?

You, an invisible intelligence.

Silent instigator,

Planted in my heart,

Infusing deep to the bone.

Rewiring old patterns,

Inventing me anew,

Teaching gently how to reflect.


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what you can do with bits of paper

There was evening and there was morning.

Beth Fowler art Beautiful 3 doves collage

doves yellow

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What’s the Skinny on Fasting?


What’s your experience with fasting?

From what did you fast?

Do you agree with the article below?

(I did not write the article. I lost the link source.)

Question: “Christian fasting – what does the Bible say?”

Answer: Scripture does not command Christians to fast. God does not require or demand it of Christians. At the same time, the Bible presents fasting as something that is good, profitable, and beneficial. The book of Acts records believers fasting before they made important decisions (Acts 13:2; 14:23). Fasting and prayer are often linked together (Luke 2:37; 5:33). Too often, the focus of fasting is on the lack of food. Instead, the purpose of fasting should be to take your eyes off the things of this world to focus completely on God. Fasting is a way to demonstrate to God, and to ourselves, that we are serious about our relationship with Him. Fasting helps us gain a new perspective and a renewed reliance upon God.

Although fasting in Scripture is almost always a fasting from food, there are other ways to fast. Anything given up temporarily in order to focus all our attention on God can be considered a fast (1 Corinthians 7:1-5). Fasting should be limited to a set time, especially when fasting from food. Extended periods of time without eating can be harmful to the body. Fasting is not intended to punish the flesh, but to redirect attention to God. Fasting should not be considered a “dieting method” either. The purpose of a biblical fast is not to lose weight, but rather to gain deeper fellowship with God. Anyone can fast, but some may not be able to fast from food (diabetics, for example). Everyone can temporarily give up something in order to draw closer to God.

By taking our eyes off the things of this world, we can more successfully turn our attention to Christ. Fasting is not a way to get God to do what we want. Fasting changes us, not God. Fasting is not a way to appear more spiritual than others. Fasting is to be done in a spirit of humility and a joyful attitude. Matthew 6:16-18 declares, “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

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Help! Need a Title for this Art

What title would you give this?

Beth Fowler art Beautiful 3 doves collage

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