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What Can Fear Do?

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In the early stages of AT Studios, several challenges happened that forced us to grow, get better and stand firm.

One of the worst things I experienced was FEAR.

Fear of the unknown , Fear of the What ifs, Fear of the…. EVERYTHING.

Now you may be reading this and thinking “ oh yes another person telling me to have faith”

Here’s the bottom line. When you are going through the process of fear IT SUCKS!

 Over time I have  began to see fear as this acronym.

Faith
Evidence
And
Reality

Faith

– Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Faith is confidence – I know God can and will do exceedingly and abundantly what I can ask or imagine.
What we hope for- I hope I can keep it together until payroll time. (even counting the minutes).
Faith is the assurance of what I do not see. Lord I do not see the funds. I do not see the money, I do not see the clients. But You do.

By no means am I saying this is easy.

Evidence Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

The Bible says do not be afraid or discouraged. That’s it! That’s what I’m feeling afraid and discouraged when I allow fear to rule over me, He will NOT leave you, nor forsake you.

Reality -Truth is, God has never failed us. Period.

Psalms 136 God’s Love never fails. He has a purpose. He was teaching me to trust him. Open My eyes to see what you are teaching me in this moment. Again disclaimer – praying this in the middle of chaos is not easy.

This is not easy. It is seemingly far easier to give into the FEAR instead of having FAITH that my Father God will provide. I do not know the plan or how the payroll will be met or how this vacation will end up. It may not go according to my plan, but all of it certainly will go according to His plan.

This is my prayer as I went through all this:
I trust you. I trust payroll is met. I trust our plans are your plans. I know you work all things for the good of those who honor you. Help me to put fear aside and honor you through all this. Amen.

How To Pray For An Artistic Husband

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Unlike many couples who say goodbye in the morning and each go their separate ways. We head to the office together, come home together and spend most part of the day together. It’s a beautiful thing that comes with extreme challenges. Some weeks are very intense at the studio and at home.

Our lives are filled with events; volunteer work, small group and of course growing our business.

During events often times fans whisper in my ear “You are so blessed to be married to such a talented artist”.  I truly am.

Often times I wonder where he gets the ideas and inspiration for sketches he develops.

Often times he has been so drained he is really on an artistic block.

When your team is depending on your creative juices, time on a creative block must be limited.

I have found myself writing prayers for my creative husband.

Here’s my latest one:

“God grant Andy super natural creativity this week. “

God is the perfect artist. He created for 6 days and rested for one.

He admired His creation and saw that IT was good.

Today I pray you admire your loved ones creative’s. Do not try to understand it, simply admire that God has blessed them with a vision and gift that is unique to them.

Creative’s you have a God given talent the world needs.

Walk in it. Do what you love because life is too short not to.

My prayer is that God grants you Super Natural Creativity today.

“A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.”

Proverbs 18:16

Be Blessed!