Archive for October, 2009

Fall Whirlwind


Life has been moving at an exceptionally fast pace lately.  We’ve been in a few missions conferences in this past month.  One of which was at my home church Glenwood Baptist in Kansas City.  WoW!  What an amazing time we had.  I know it will be a highlight of deputation.  It was so refreshing to be there.  We were so blown away about just how loved we felt and  it was so good to share our vision for the Philippines with the people there.  THANKS for such a special week!  We also had the opportunity to be involved in Missions Emphasis Week at Baptist Bible College.  It was quite surreal being there and teaching students about what we’re doing…but also exciting to think my words may have had an impact on someone.  Man college students are so intimidating.  And now we’re in Tulsa, at our friends the Wilsons.  I’m definitely glad to be around some people who love and care about us.  We’re going to have a totally fun fall weekend!  Pictures are soon to follow.


Shine your light

Shine your light

Shine your light

Salt and light

Let the whole world see

So I felt like our table display was a little drab and needed some umph, so I came up with this piece to share the vision of Jordan and I going to the Philippines.  I’m really excited for all of these pieces I’ve been working on lately.  There has always been a need to create in my life, it has always been a reflection of who I am, and my relationship with God…but lately, it just seems to all be coming together.  I listened to a message recently about following after our heart.  I think I was doing that for a long time…chasing my dream.  But ever since I’ve surrendered to what God would have, and just walk in Him…it’s made a lot more sense.  To God be the glory.

Art with a Cause


So…I, like everyone else, love fall.  It’s always been my favorite season.  I hate the cold, and I hate the heat, and how can you beat all of those beautiful colors and smells in the air.  I don’t care if I’m joining the millions in saying it.  I love fall!  I just wanna know…how did a season become a fad?  

The other day I got out for a walk, and the air was just fantastic.  What a beautiful week to enjoy cool breezes, autumn candles, good music, hot coa-coa with cinnamon…agh love it!  I took this week to work on a piece for Fellowship of Grace in Kansas City.  They’re having a silent auction as well as a live auction, with hors d’oeuvres and musical entertainment, to raise money to build home and caring for orphans in Haiti.  It’s on October 27th @ 6:00pm at the Majestic Theatre, Zona Rosa.  Tickets are just $15. 

I think it’s great what they’re doing and I’m so excited to be a part of it.  Here’s what I came up with:

Our Happy Home

 You can read more about The Global Orphan Project here.

Killing Me Softly


This past weekend has been an amazing one.  Our journey through deputation has taught me a lot of things.  I think most importantly, it’s taught me a lot about myself–my comforts, what I value, what I feel I can’t live without, how to love people, and trust God in all things.  Though it may not seem like a big deal to some, there was this tiny little piece of silver that was causing quite a few issues in my life, so I decided to part with it.  I didn’t think it would be an emotional thing to let it go, but it’s been a part of me for so long.  But there is far more worth fighting for than that.  I can see God working in and through my life, when I continue to back down and let him. 

This weekend, I got to meet someone who knows that on a far deeper level.  Gracia Burnam spoke at High Street in Springfield this weekend and what an amazing story it was to hear firsthand.  I so apporeciated her realness.  She didn’t want praise for what she did.  She just wanted to tell the story, and continue to challenge people to live out the life changing message of Jesus Christ.  The Wilsons graciously got both of her books for us and had her sign them and they gave her my artwork in return, which she asked if she could display on her table at her speaking engagements.  How cool is that!  Here we are together:  Me and Gracia

I’m also so amazed at how much I’ve gotten to use my art.  I plan on posting pictures from somewhat beginning to end, when the whole thing is finally done, of the project at Westside.  It’s been a long project but an amazing one to be a part of.  While we were at High Street, Tiffany asked me to help her with a piece for their volunteer room and this is what I came up with:Love God Serve People Reach The World

It took me about 10 hours of planning, getting supplies, Chik-fil-A, and then painting the whole thing.  All of these projects have stretched me, and I’ve loved every opportunity.  Currently I am working on a project for Fellowship of Grace Church in Kansas City, for an auction to raise money for an orphanage in Haiti. 

To end the weekend, I with a few good friends celebrated Jordan’s 25th Birthday. We had dinner, and then went to the Adrian’s for some dessert, and games that all celebrated Jordan.  Here’s everyone with their very own Jordan Nisly glasses: Jordan Glasses

I am so lucky to be married to such a wonderful man.  He fills my life with so much joy everyday!  You’re a good man Jordan Nisly.  And I absolutely love you.  Here’s to 25!  May it be your best year yet. Make a Wish