Blossoming Awake

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust

 I love this quote!  We all have those special people in our lives that make us not just smile, but encourage us to bloom. You smile when you hear them and you hug them when you see them. They are joyful and they are filled with God's joy. 

It is in the tough times where we need to dig deeper into our soul and give gratitude the opening to overpower despair or anger.  We have to want God to be active in our lives and this is during the good and the bad. Seems like it is easy to give Him thanks for the joyful things, but we have to find gratitude for the challenges he hands us too!  We all walk and wade through the dirty times in our lives...the ones we are ashamed of. He is there ready to help us wipe our feet...but most of the times He is forgotten. I want His joy back in my life every day... even in the dark times. He will be the light I look for during the night. 

I have pushed forward on this painting. Some things feels balanced and others feel undeveloped and not ready to reveal.  Truly a contemporary horse painting... on the edge of abstract right now.

“The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17