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.

 

Keys to My Heart Rebecca Finch

“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.

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Wedding Vows {Painting Progression}

Join me as I share the progression of Wedding Vows below.
Read about the objects and symbolism for Wedding Vows in this post.
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Wedding Vows {12×24 oil $875}

Wedding Vows seemed to take forever to paint as higher priorities, trips, and illness kept me at a crawling pace toward the finish line. This is always very difficult for me. I start to feel like the painting isn’t one cohesive unit, but is instead a disjointed puzzle with pieces that don’t quite fit together. Sometimes when a week or two has passed, I find that I even see the colors differently which can be very evident in my normal white cloth which everything is sitting on. One week I’ll see the shadows cooler than the next week.

Many flowers, limes, lemons and pears were sacrificed in the studio. So, I struggled. But in the end, it worked well and it’s now hanging in West End Gallery, just waiting for her new home.
Enjoy below the progression for Wedding Vows. Click on any image to enter a slideshow.

Healing Art

He Makes All Things New ©Rebecca Finch

He Makes All Things New ©Rebecca Finch

Last week was quite possibly the worst week in my life, and each day continues to be a challenge. Our lives will never be the same and I imagine years from now I may still be shedding tears over the changes that we have experienced. However as always, good things come from painful situations. We are already seeing good come. Somehow the healing will take place and I believe that for me, the Lord has given me ideas and a creative outlet for working out this pain for His good.

He Makes All Things New was started the week before my world was rocked. But as I finished the painting today and looked back on what I was beginning to see as God’s idea of last week, I had to recognize that He is doing a new thing in our lives. And since everything God does is good I am in awe of how He has wielded a devastating week into joy and blessing. Only He can do such things.

Stay tuned for more paintings in this collection as I somehow put on canvas through still life the healing that I have miraculously received from Him in just a few days. It should have taken me a year to get here. Praise the Lord for the new things He does!

Pennypacker Park

They said it was going to be sunny and warm.
I believed them, and was not disappointed.

In an effort to take advantage of the fleeting days of autumn (and thus the fleeting days of bearable weather), the Pennypacker Park on the Cooper River became my studio, today. My arrival was later than intended, and with only 3 hours to paint, it became clear that a rushed pace would be mine for the afternoon.

After parking, with camera in hand, I took my ritual walk about to assess the landscape and decide the best location for the painting. After narrowing down the spot, I returned to the car for the necessities.

Pennypacker Park ©Rebecca Finch 2006

Apparently the rain from last week was a little overwhelming for the soil as much of the area where I wanted to set up resembled a swamp. I found a slushy island to set up camp where my bag,( poor bag, there was nowhere else for it to go than on the ground), became soaked through on the bottom – along with my camera and business cards. No harm done, though.

During one of my breaks, I took a few photographs. This will definitely be a park that I will want to come back to in the springtime.

I became inspired by the leaves. What a beautiful way to die.

 

The sun passes through the leaves as though they are stained glass. The Master Artisan created living stained glass. Something we humans can only attempt to imitate.

 

Canadian Geese apparently have a popular hangout. Aside from their personalities, they are really beautiful birds. I wonder how much longer they’ll be around before flying to warmer places.