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1 Corinthians 16:13-14

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NIV)

Gifts Of Love Update 3

I am somewhat over the hump! I have paint on over 50 Gifts Of Love now! Twenty are completed and one gift has been given so far. As of tonight, I have 51 bags with paint on them. Pictured above is the background art on the 31 bags that will be transformed into Gifts Of Love over the course of this week. It just occurred to me that these Gifts of Love are metaphors for our lives as we evolve as people who grow more with love and compassion, and one day transform. One paint stroke at a time, one bag at a time, and one heart at a time, transformation will happen. This brings a big smile to my heart and soul. 

Happy Easter!


Happy Easter! I gave out my first completed Gift of Love! The recipient was delighted and was hoping to receive one of these Creations of Love! Inside the Gift Bag of Love I included a poem and a suggestion of how to use this Gift of Love. I will share this poem in my blog at the end of my Gift of Love campaign. I also included an image of the Gift Of Love as a memento for the initial recipient.

I will begin to find more and more opportunities to distribute these Gifts of Love in the course of many days (probably weeks). The Easter Season starts today and continues for the next 6 weeks. I would love to be able to complete this campaign during the Easter Season until Pentecost.

Quality Time with Mom

I spent much of my day organizing my studio; and, I got to spend some quality time with my mother. It is during these times when we can carry on meaningful conversations and reminisce. I came across an old letter from my sister along with some old pictures that caused us both to chuckle. We had a good time. Now, I am going to spend quality time this evening with my husband, Rick. Sharing time with people you love is never wasted time. I will cherish these moments always.

Gifts of Love Update 2

What a beautiful day! I was able to interact with quite a few people today as I went to the library to renew my books and I went to Good Friday church service. Good Friday service always touches my heart and soul in such a significant way. It is a profound reminder of how our Saviour Jesus Christ sacrificed his earthbound life to pay for the sins of humanity because God’s love for us is so immense and wonderful. Below are more pictures of my progress with my Gifts of Love campaign. I feel I will be able to start distributing these Gifts next week. 

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In Progress – Gifts of Love

I learned a great lesson today through strife [that I will not go into any detail here because that part serves no purpose and would only perpetuate the hurt]….

” All we really have to give of value to each other is love…that is the most valuable and precious resource we have to share.”

I did not get an opportunity today to paint as much as I had hoped because of everything taking place today ; however, I do have 13 bags finished minus the content and 9 more bags with their backgrounds completed. The weather today was not cooperative for me to take clear photos to show you the very latest. The good news is that I do have a few images from yesterday; and, a picture is worth a thousand words. It is my plan to do much more tomorrow, God-willing. 


Gifts of Love Update

It was a phenomenally gorgeous day! I was able to take some better pictures today. I also got to socialize with my neighbors, who had a recent family loss. I chatted with Mrs. B for nearly an hour. I felt she needed me today, so I let go of my other plans and enjoyed the chat with her. I am glad I did. They are great neighbors and do things for each other when possible.

Below are the images of bags 2 – 11 completed. I just put the finishing touches on bags 12 and started bags 13 – 16. I will post more pictures as bags are completed. ♥ Angi


An Amazing Duo

These teenagers wow the judges! This phenomenal unfolding story demonstrates faith and love between kindred spirits in the ever competitive singing industry. We will see more of Jonathan and Charlotte.

Gifts of Love – Step One

Yesterday, Palm Sunday, I planned and started my Gift (Bags) of Love campaign. There will be four steps involved. I am uncertain how many days it will take.

Step one: paint 100 bags with art of love.
Step two: fill bags with tokens of love.
Step three: distribute bags.
Step four: collect stories.

I was able to paint 6 bags after I posted yesterday’s blog; and I am in the process of completing 6 more bags. I photographed them tonight in sets of 3. The lighting is not to great; so, I may retake these tomorrow using daylight.

I am quite excited on how this is proceeding as I am enjoying the process of painting each bag with heavy body (good quality) acrylic paints. I will post my progress as I go. It will probably take me 2 weeks to create 100 bags. I may start distributing bags after I paint and fill a set of 20 bags, which will take me less time. Below are the photos of the bags in sets of 3. The last 3 are in progress. I invite you to give me any feedback on these. Any suggestions?

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday service at St. Timothy’s Church today was lovely. Before the service, each of us were given a single palm leaf to signify the day. Readings came from Philippians 2, 5-11 and Matthew 27, 1-56.  The fist reading in Philippians encouraged unity and humility… “Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

The Gospel of Matthew in chapter 27 professed the passion of Jesus Christ, from where the chief priests and the elders took counsel against Jesus and handed him over to Pilate, the governor. As I listened to the Gospel according to Matthew, I reflected to this tumultuous time and my heart filled with deep sorrow and profound love for Jesus Christ and his sacrifice. Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week and it is a significant time for practicing Christians. It is a period of deep reflection as daily bible readings will be of the Passion of Christ from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. After service during our coffee social, we learned how to create crosses with our palm leaves. My husband and I were able to create 3 of them (in above image). These crosses will serve as a reminder of our Lord Jesus’s sacrifice.

This leads me to what I plan to do for the week. Thursday (March 29) into Friday (March 30), I had a dream while I slept of creating “Gift Bags of Love” to distribute. What do these look like, well, these Gifts of Love….Gift Bags of Love will be hand-painted bags with my artwork that will stem from my heart. I will fill these bags with tokens of love, but love in its purest form is intangible. I will then distribute these bags and collect stories where possible.  I broke things down into 4 steps:

Step one: paint 100 bags with art of love.
Step two: fill bags with tokens of love.
Step three: distribute bags.
Step four: collect stories.

That seems simple enough doesn’t it? It seems like a great way to kickoff Holy Week, which reminds me of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world He gave His only son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” I will share my love for the world by sharing my art which stems from love and kindness to those who will accept this gift of love and kindness. It will be in the form of a bag; but it is so much deeper than the bag with art. It is a Gift of Love. What of yourself can you give this week (and beyond)? Let me know your special stories. I know you all have them. With love, joy and blessings, Angi ♥

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