Sometimes, you have to leave what you know behind, all the while embracing hope.

Cleaving to different, exciting, overwhelming, scary, essential, joyful, great… You won’t know until you step out into the unknown.

It could be quiet or loud; small or big

It could be expansive, eye-opening and brimming with beauty…

This new story could be simple or complicated. It could be deep or shallow… You won’t know until you step out into the unknown.

I stepped out… and it’s made me stronger. It’s made my story richer; my heart full!

It’s a beauty to see and behold; it’s a tangible taste of glory and heaven.  (Ps. 18:19 He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.)

I’m in love with where the Lord has brought me; where he has opened doors, allowing me to share my gifts in Anchorage, Alaska.  (Ps. 16 You hold my lot; the lines have fallen for me in pleasant places. Indeed I have a beautiful inheritance.)

Starting this business, Art Stories Studio, has been the beginning of living out a good story and using art to bring healing and life to others; from Birmingham to Anchorage. Not the story I intended to write, but a story I’m thrilled to be living out; adventures around each turn. New perspective, new joy, new hopes and visions for life. (Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.)

The mountains change every day and I am a witness to them.

I am a witness to something so grand and beautiful and large and scary… this must be how ants feel.  (“The perspective of smallness that cultivates surprised wonder–grows gratitude, yields joy…” From Ann Voskamps book, 1000 Gifts).

Thanks for supporting Art Stories Studio with your thoughts and prayers! Our first year in Birmingham, Alabama was great and filled with opportunities at UAB,  Samford University, Childrens of Alabama Hospital, VSA Alabama, various schools and senior facilities around the city, and many individual clients. I’m so thankful to continue the vision for this place wherever the Lord leads. Please continue to lift up the work being done through this facet!

Get out there and live your art stories!

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