"...For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..."
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

I have personally made this verse my mantra since June, 2013 due to a very dark time I had to pass through as my marriage of nearly 38 years ended against my desire. During much of the marriage I hid that I had lived in darkness, fear and oppression trying to hold together my family for the sake of my son to protect him and raise him in the faith, to give him a solid foundation to build his life on.

I was suffering from chronic, incurable, autoimmune illnesses and became disabled. I wondered why my prayers to save the marriage were seemingly unanswered; why my prayers to keep my family intact lay at the foot of Our Lord but did not travel to His Heart. I called upon Him, I sought him out, and I found Him in ways I have never known Him. As I endured the humiliation and pain of divorce, the Lord unleashed in me a flurry of inspiration that I now share with you on this website. The journey was long, dark and full of fear but I never lost my faith. I knew He was in control even though my life was out of control. I knew He would reveal to me why I had to endure such suffering and turn it into good.

However, as the divorce progressed and I was shaken to my core with the anger and bitterness unleashed on me, I took up the paint, brushes and canvas I had let go of years ago and began to create sacred works of art to deal with the trauma. In a matter of a few months, what appeared on canvas and then in words, the Lord was revealing to me, through his Holy Spirit, the answers I had prayed for. The hope I longed for, the peace and light that took me from the conflict, oppression, despair and darkness I had been living in, all presented itself to me as I learned that God was indeed answering my prayers in ways that were best for me and His plans for me. He was freeing me from bondage and captivity to give me hope and a future with Him, who is my true Spouse.

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit."
John 12: 24 New American Standard Bible

He is the One who loves me unconditionally, completely and wants me all to Himself. If anything, I grew stronger and I became a better person due to the trials of my life. I was tried and tested in fire. I understood that even though a ring on my finger said I was married, I was very much alone. The marriage had to "die" so that I could live... in Him and bear fruit, God's fruit.

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