My Life in Words, Art and
The photos I posted here remind me of the long season in my life which has tried to interfere with the progress of my website, writing and art. It really stilled everything about me like winter. My ability to sit down and create seemed frozen. My path was steep, slippery, out of focus like fog and unsure. I longed for spring and felt like hibernating until that season came again, but life goes on.
It is very normal to feel more depressed within actual winter. Research as shown that the shorter days and lack of sunlight plays a factor in this. So I decided to take walks in the parks. Sometimes I even go to one of the beaches close to our area and walk around. Can’t swim or play in the sand, but a beach in the winter time around here can be beautiful place to visit. You just need to make sure you stay away from hazardous areas. Plus it is a good idea to dress warm in order to help prevent getting sick or cold.
No matter the season, I normally take the same paths. It amazes me how things like the clouds, sun or the branches above make the path seem different each time I walk it. Instead of being angry that things are not the same, I am thankful and capture the beauty around me.
Being thankful is another way to get rid of the winter blues or just the blues in general. Another thing that helps with the winter blues is to get involved with people. Send letters to friends and family, get connected to safe Facebook groups, stay active in church, eat correctly, and drink at least 8 glasses of water. The cold weather tends to dry ones skin out more and dehydrate a person.
My emotional winter season lasted longer than a season of a real winter, but I kept holding on. I talked to people that helped me through those rough times. They prayed with me as well. I also got a check up to see if I had anything else going on physically that needed cared for.
I am finally feeling a little bit of movement of seeds germinating under what was cold hard ground.
Majority of my past blogs have been about seasons in life. I love seasons, but the truthfully the emotional wait from winter to spring has been a long one for me. Finally I am gaining clear picture on what to do with my website, Art and Writing.
Establishing a public Facebook page for Authors and Artists is one of the directions that I have taken and am looking forward in seeing it blossom.
It feels good to be finally in my spring. I am now looking forward to a season of summer.
Ecclesiastes 3:1“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:" NIV
Ezekiel 34:26“I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.” NIV
Psalm 29:9 9 “The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth, and strips the forests bare; And in His temple everyone says, "Glory!" NIV
The winter photos I took show the beauty of winter. Sure I had an emotional long winter, but there was lots of beauty there too.
Are you in a winter standstill emotionally or in your goal setting?
Have you been in that kind of season? If so, Can you share how you got out of it?
What is your favorite real season?
Melinda Priebe is a wife, mother, grandmother. She works a full time job and still finds time to write, do her art work and jewelry.
Melinda is quite cold in this beach picture, but loving the beauty around her. She prays that you are able to count your blessings and find beauty in your daily life as well. Her God-daughter Crystal took the above beach picture.
Melinda has added some more photos she has taken form her winter walks. One photo she took is of her first landscape sketch.
Front side of my jewelry case.
Back side of my jewelry case.
I am really excited for finally getting enough jewelry made to be inside the Hidden Gem. You can not see them really well in these photos, but if you are interested in anything, I can custom make something. The scarfs are $25 and the necklaces are $15.
Price will be pending if anyone needs custom work on something that I do not already have.
My message for todays blog is to keep moving forward and to have patients with yourself if it seems as if something is taking longer then you want. There has been times that I wanted to give up, other times I have felt embarrassed for it taking so long to accomplish my goals. Instead of giving up or emotions like embarrassment stop me, I trusted God. After all He gave me the desire to write, paint and do jewelry. I knew and still know He will help me accomplish this goal.
It has been rough working a full time job, keeping up on a home, spending time with family, friends, church walking the dog and having a little me time. I am not complaining. I am thankful for my busy life and the ability to still manage to find time to write and do art work.
Another important project I need to do is to work on my Website. I hope to get it looking nicer soon. I am not a tech person, but am learning along the way.
Blessings to all of you. Hope to hear back from you soon.
My son John and daughter-in-law Anna took me to the Tulip Festival in Holland Michigan on Mother's Day. Anna's best friend Ashley went along with us as well as my Grand dog Ropy. We got a late start do to my car getting stranded on 933. This car has been a good car for several years, but I knew by the sound it made before it died that it finally wore out. Unfortunately we just had to repair our furnace and had plumbing problems taken care of. Both of those were expensive. It angered me and even depressed me a little. I even considered not going to the Tulip Festival. Thankfully I had good things that I could think about so I choose to sit in the stranded car counting my blessings. Counting my blessings and thanking God for all He has brought my family and I through in the past made me happy and looking forward to what little time we had at the Tulip Festival.
I have never been to the Tulip Festival and was so glad it became my Mother's Day gift. There are many areas to this festival and what we saw was just a portion of this amazing place. One of the areas we went to was the wet land area.
I hope you enjoy the photos.
I found out the next day that my feelings about the car was correct. It was not fixable. Once again I had to really focus on counting my blessings. Focusing on counting my blessings got me through needing to share one vehicle with 2 other busy people. It was rough, but God blessed my husband and I with an affordable nice car two weeks later.
How many times have bad events occurred in your life? Sure there are times where emotions like grief over a loss of a loved one or a pet is necessary. But we can not stay in that emotional state. Do not hesitate to seek help if you find yourself letting the negative emotional state or the lack of any feelings is staying longer then it should and is keeping you from your family, friends and enjoying life.
The Truth clock.
I painted this when I was in the middle of getting rid of lies that tried to control my life. Those lies kept ticking like the hands of the clock and were unstoppable even through the night. I had become a slave to those lies.
Bible verses such as Galatians chapter 5:1 that reads For freedom Christ has set us free: so stand firm therefore and do not submit again to slavery. Another verse is John 8:32 And the truth shall set you free and then there is Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.
What were some of those lies? One is that I could never amount to anything, then the ones that were told by doctors that were really medical truth. Those were that I would most likely never get my art talent and writing talent restored. As you can see on this site that the art and writing talent did come back. It took some time, but they did return. I will elaborate on that part of my life at another time.
That medical diagnoses I got regarding my art and writing talent was similar to when doctors told me as a young child that the higher form of autism would probably not allow me to graduate from high school. I did graduate. A week before graduation the principle called me into his office. At first I thought that maybe I was not graduating. This feeling intensified when the principle asked me to sit down. After I was seated the principle told me that he knew the struggles that I went through in school and if there was an award for the kind of achievements that I would get one. He then continued by telling me that he asked me to sit down because he wants to give me a standing ovation for being the most persevering person he had ever met in his entire life. I ended up getting that standing ovation. I concluded the principles meeting with a thank you and that I would not have been able to do what was done if it was not for how Jesus gave me strength.
Even though I graduated and had lots of faith, those lies still ticked in my head. Those lies were fed daily with bad experiences I had after graduation. I will share briefly about those experiences at another time.
Eventually I allowed the truth rising from my spirit man to reach my brain and slowly those lies began to die and be changed over with the truth. instead of thinking I was junk the truth that I was a treasure sunk in. Instead of thinking that I would never find stability I started trusting God and the truth of knowing I am stable in Christ caused me to focus on His peace and physical stability happened. I also learned to keep God's peace no matter what kind of turmoil was going on.
The wholeness part is another things I will blog about. Being whole feels good, because I let P,T.S. D. and other things dictate my life. Sure those things still kind of tick in my mind, but I allow God's truth to get me past those moments.
The painting about the Truth Clock is a reminder of where I came from and am happy God inspired me to paint it.
What kind of lies try to dictate your life? Is there anyone reading this blog have a similar testimony of how they let God replace the lies inside their mind with the truth?
This and other painting prints are available to purchase. contact me though my website if interested in buying one.
This is my first of several acylic pour paintings. I am making jewelry and regular paintings out of them as well as keeping some looking the way they were when I poured them.
I also have been teaching others this art.
Many say that Acrylic pours are not really art. This kind of art is not just about pouring. It is mixing the paint with the Floetrol just right and being able to eventually master all the ways used to pour the paint.
Mother's and mentors are as beautiful as the spring trees and can be compared to the wonderful flowers. They impact the world and their selfless good deed seeds and memories of what they do spread to the generations and make even God and the ones in heaven smile...So happy blessed Mother's Day to the mothers and mentors.
May 1, 2018 was the day South Bend Indiana finally got their spring. This area was three weeks late. We started showing evidence of spring a week ago, but snow began covering up the flowers. Once again I am comparing this long wait for spring with my own personal life. I have art and writing goals that have been hidden in the snow and needed to start coming to pass. Those goals began popping out of my long winter, but were once again beat down by the snow. Then on May 1, 2018 I finally started really seeing my goals begin to come to pass. I just hope they continue to grow and flourish like the plants shown here. The last two flower photos were taken in my own yard. I really never realized how beautiful the dandelions are. The other photos were taken at St. Patrick's park in South Bend Indiana.
Before long the trees will have beautiful leaves and the ground will be greener and filled with berry bushes and other plants that grow in the wild.
I realize some of you are still in your winter and others are constantly seeing their goals being beat down by snow and other bad stuff. If you are, I am praying for you as well as for those that are having a perfect day.
The Bible verses shown in this blog are ones even individuals that are having a perfect day can still benefit from. I have used those verses and others to keep me reminded in those dark, cold winter days of my life that spring and summer will be here for me. The Bible verses and my relationship with Father God gave me a peace that passes all understanding and a hope which built up my faith.
Matthew 6:28-30 NIV
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
I am charging my batteries to take photos of my jewelry. So expect my next blog to feature what has been done thus far.
I looked around in my yard and saw that spring seems to really be here. All the flowers including the one pictured in my last blog has bloomed. The first flower is the daffodil that I posted in my last blog that kept getting snowed on.
The tree is at a near by business. I just had to take pictures of its glorious blooms.
I rejoice, because the spring weather makes me happy as well as knowing God makes all things new. He also gives me strength to move forward. I am also happy because of being able to accomplish my art and writing goals. I worked on several pendants and will be taking photos of them this week. I also worked on the first 10 chapters of my upcoming novel called Trapped Inside.
Trapped Inside is the revision of my fist published novel. I retired that novel when a family doctor gave me good advice, He told me that the old novel was excellent, right on target and that I did a lot of good research. He also told me that he knows how the book was also helping people. This doctor then looked at me and advice me to get rid of typo errors.
The revised Trapped Inside is turning out to be much better then the first one. I am adding a few new characters and a
barn dance. There will also be some clean romance in the book as well.
I will report back with you later on this week. Next time you will get to see the jewelry I have made.
This is one of my favorite paintings that I did. Eagles are very fascinating. My book called Amazing Animal Facts provides wonderful facts about the eagle.
Eagles remind me of bible verses like Isaiah 40:31. This Bible verse tells how those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Getting my website store and my goals accomplished have been really hard. It feels good to finally being able to see my goals being met.
Two other goals are being reached. The first one is getting my art studio organized, The second one is finally working on my revision of the novel called Trapped Inside. I sent the next chapter to my editor. She will be working on it after her vacation.