Hope and Meaning {Anchors for the Soul}


“…the hope set before us.
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.”

 

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We need something to hang onto, don’t we? What gives us stability when life is unsettling or causes us to be overcome with grief or fear? What do we need in times of sustained pressure or pain? We need hope and meaning.

Viktor Frankl survived Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII. In his memoir, Man’s Search for Meaning, he shares that the key to his survival was to identify and focus on a purpose for living.

“In some way, suffering ceases to be suffering
at the moment it finds meaning.”

-Viktor Frankl

 

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We can take this principle out of a dire situation and apply it to everyday life. It could be that promotion you’re eyeing at work, a daunting project or the long journey of grief. If we can identify the goal or hope that waits for us at the end of this journey, we will be sustained while putting in the long hours, or working through another painful event. 

 

Certain Hope for Things Unseen is a portrait of the space in time that exists between you and your goal. The binoculars and sprinkled references to birds gives evidence that finding and watching birds is the goal. We hang onto trophies of past victories such as nests and feathers to keep us moving forward when success eludes us. We see books that represent the learning and growing that occurs through prolonged effort. 

 

Finally, as the backdrop we find those soothing shades of blue and amber. They transcend over everything that is occurring in the painting, and also in life. We are reminded by these shades of blue that the end of the story is always heaven for those who know and love the LORD. And amber or fire, visual evidence of God’s presence in Ezekiel’s vision, assures us that God’s presence is a steadfast and comforting reality.

If you are waiting or working for something, fix your eyes on the prize and His promises and this will help you through to the end.

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Beauty in the Broken Places • A Painting Spotlight

Whether uncomfortable or devastating, short-lived or seemingly endless, we’ve all had pain and difficulty. I find though, that long amounts of time spent in the darkest places is where this phenomenon of seeing beauty while being broken is most evident.

Coastal-11 “Beauty in the Broken Places” • 6×6 $295 ©Rebecca Finch

As I prepared the Coastal series, I heard sentiments from those following the process such as, “Oh, I love sea glass!” It’s lovely to look at and touch. But isn’t it interesting how the allure to sea glass itself is only there because it’s been broken and ground down by the elements? Similarly, we love to hold a smooth rock in our hands – a rock that has been sanded by time in a river’s constant friction.

These things are pleasing only because what they have been though was rough, lengthy and altering. 

Over the last few years, time and grit have ground me down to what I hope will one day become a lovely yet strong character. I’ve seen many of my close friends crushed then rebuilt into women with deep wisdom, empathy and a richness of friendship to offer. What a mystery it is to be in the darkest of moments yet be able to see so many good things such as friendships, strengthened faith, character and opportunities to care for others that would never have existed if we’d not been temporarily ruined.

This is the gift that goes along with a crushing. Meaning and purpose become a blanket for the long night.

I’ve recently read about Kintsugi or “golden repair,” a Japanese art form where broken pottery is repaired with gold. There is no attempt to hide the imperfections. In contrast, the gold accentuates the broken places and gives value to the events occurring to the object instead of brokenness causing it to be discarded.

The gold in my broken places is the Lord who is slowly repairing and holding me together. As I see the veins of His golden healing in my friend’s lives, I’m comforted that beauty and victory comes from what should have been finality.

For those who trust in Him, He will mold the grit into a pearl. He will turn mourning into joy. He will shape the gravestone into a monument of His faithfulness. He has the last word on brokenness, and it’s a beautiful final Word: “It is finished.” 

 “My scars are significant and precious. I shouldn’t keep hiding them. I am recognizable by them; they make me unique. They are an integral part of who I am. They show that through Christ, I am a conqueror – that I have suffered and, by the Holy Spirit, have overcome… The dictionary says ‘a scar is mark left by a healed wound.’ A healed wound. My scars signify healing.” – Vaneetha Rendall Risner, The Scars that Have Shaped Me

“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3


IMG_4285 (1) This year’s Christmas Products will feature the Coastal series from the 2018 Mosaic group show.

Coastal Products for Christmas Delivery are coming soon. 

Look for Coastal products from Redbubble, a 2019 Coastal Calendar and a brand new product that will all be revealed starting next week.

2017 Calendar • The Promise of Morning

It’s finally here!! My first calendar.

 

calendar-sm-2I’ve been thinking about creating one for years and it just never seemed like the right time or I didn’t have the right paintings. After doing a group of paintings for my recent show at West End Gallery, it felt right. They all went together so well.

This group of paintings created for the 6-person show were so different than before. They had personal, almost allegorical meaning to me. The colors were symbolic and a lot of my current life journey is reflected in them. But I imagine when I begin to share their significance, that you may also find yourself and your own journey in them.

Order by Monday, December 12th to guarantee Christmas delivery!

 

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To introduce the calendar and further begin to explain the depth of the paintings, I wentlive on Facebook this week.

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Read about the Calendar

 

 

Visit my website for more information. There is a link to see all of the images and read about what “The Promise of Morning” actually means. The calendar is also available without Scripture.

 

 

 

 

 

Keys to My Heart

 

And those who know Your name put their trust in You,
for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
PSALM 9:10

 

The deep red ribbon of God’s love and sacrifice holds us while walking through the darkness of our valleys. When we can’t be sure of anything else, we can cling to that one truth – the reality of His love. He sings over His children during each midnight and calms our fears in the chaos and filth. We can free fall into His hands and give Him access to everything we hold dear.

 Hand over the keys to your heart and every possible outcome of your life. As you release everything to Him, His perfect love sends fear away, His healing balm can finally be applied and He will bring you into a deeper knowledge of Himself.

 

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“Keys to My Heart” 5×7 oil, Prints Available

Sometimes life is so painful, all we can do is focus on one thing we know to be true to get through the day. God’s love for us is a foundation on which we can be grounded to ride out our storm. When we believe that God’s love for us is real, unconditional and perfect, we can fall back onto Him with a trust that is expectant.

We can expect that He has a plan for us, and it’s a good plan. We can expect that He will walk with us through this plan every single minute and give us what we need to sustain us along the way.

We can expect that we will come out on the other side, and when we do, we’ll look more like Him. “God’s love is not a pampering love, it’s a perfecting love.” – (James MacDonald, When Life is HardSometimes that perfecting is not what we want to be a part of. It hurts to know something about us must change or be given up, but it’s all wrapped up in that good plan He has for us.

And those who know Your name put their trust in You” – When we truly know who He is (and a huge part of Him is His absolute perfect love for us) it’s easier to trust and press into Him,  to accept whatever He says needs to happen, and to blindly follow through with the next actions He’s asking us to take.

He is a gentleman, though. God will not break in and invade. He waits to be invited, and when you give Him the keys of full access, He will come in to guide, restore, heal, take out the garbage and renovate your life. Trust Him for He is good.

Prints of Keys to My Heart are available on Rebecca’s Limited Edition page.

View the other paintings in Rebecca’s Keys to Freedom series.

In His Presence {painting #1 in progress}

This week, I started the first painting for a 6-person show I’ve been invited to join this October. I’ve entitled the theme for my part in the show as, The Promise of Morning, read here for a deeper meaning of the theme. As you may know, this group of paintings will be different than any other I have ever put together. I’ll be pouring more into these paintings than I’ve ever put in my work before, and hopefully it won’t be just more of myself, but more of Him.

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painting #1 in progress

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The Promise of Morning {a coming exhibition in October 2016}

I was recently invited to be part of a 6-person show, “In the Spotlight II” at West End Gallery this coming October 2016. And I must say that it is PERFECT timing. I have recently made some changes to the way I do art and it has really altered the trajectory of my whole art career. {Read about the changes in a recent blog, here}.

I don’t even know what my career is going to look like in a few years. All I know right now is that God has brought the changes and I’m relying on Him for each next step.

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“Freedom to Hope” {5×7 oil sold}  •limited edition prints are available

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A Paradigm Shift in the Studio

 

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With the beginning of this recent Keys to Freedom series in January, a new way of painting made it’s way into the studio. For a while I used art as an escape from some painful times in my life. But I slowly realized that this was not going to help me process or work through any of life’s difficulties. So as I began this series, I was in the middle of trying to figure out what it would look like if I invited my whole self into the studio instead of banning from my artsy haven the part of me with all of those pesky issues. And from that change, the Keys to Freedom and Under the Shadow of Your Wings series’ were created.

Themes that I’ve struggled with and concepts I wanted to celebrate started to emerge somehow mingling with the objects I had decided to paint. This is only the beginning of this new purpose for painting. I don’t know what it will look like in the future, how long they will continue, or if I’ll put them in a book one day. Right now, I just have titles to help explain the themes, but soon I’ll be blogging about each painting to unwrap the gifts, whether painful or healing, in hopes that some of you may enjoy and identify with them.

Stay tuned for some encouragement and hopefully the continued assurance that you’re not alone as you walk your own journey.

Some of the original paintings have sold, but there are limited edition prints available. Order yours, here.