The Love Dream continues……one more chapter left……….

Chapter 29 – The Gold Chain

My life as a new believer in Jesus took off as a bullet. Through Jason and Mrs. Jefferson, the Pastor’s wife, arrangements were made for two young women to mentor me. They visited me at home for bible study sessions and life counselling. All this started when I was at home with my injured ankle. My ankle healed nicely but the at home visits continued. My Mentors were Shirley Gibson and Maria Sykes, they were both women in their early to mid-thirties. Relatable and patient; they quickly became my new friends. With both being still single, I found our girl talks to be quite engaging; it really helped me to broaden my perspective on life in general.

Days, weeks and months went by and the changes in my life were growing more and more evident and undeniable. My life was now filled with bible studies and my reading material improved; it went from mere entertaining novels to books and articles that served to enrich my mind and soul. I even took on more responsibility at home, offering to pay one of the utility bills. I grew more understanding of my siblings and my love for them abounded. At work, I felt more purposeful and began actively seeking opportunities within the Company to expand my professional knowledge and experience. When the offer to cross train came, I did not think twice. This opportunity later led to a transfer to the Marketing and Promotions Department. It was a more challenging position and I found myself exploring my creative side.

I also felt my relationships with my friends deepen. I was able to share my faith with my old school mates. Nicky, while acting a bit skeptical, would attend church with me from time to time and that was always special. I was very much aware of the mistrust and hesitancy of many when the topic of “church” or “God” would surface. Because of that awareness, I deliberately sought to learn about the Christian walk and to be as practical as I possibly could, I never wanted to be a talker with no real example to show. I wanted my friends to be drawn to me because of the changes seen in my life.

Jason Emery, the man in my dream over a year ago, grew to be a constant figure in my life. We talked daily about my progress, about our dreams and our future. One Sunday Evening he invited me to his home, it was my first time visiting his family. By then, I had met everyone in his immediate household but it was my first time in their home. We roasted sweet potatoes, breadfruit and fish; it was delicious. Added to the food and the warm company, there was a beautiful moon that shined down on us in all its glory! What a wonderful night it was!

As the evening winded to a close and Jason and I got to be alone, I turned to him and expressed from my heart, my appreciation for all he has been and done for me. From the moment we met, all I received was unquestionable love. He patiently guided me to understand God’s love and to others who can help me do the same. While we were not always in each others’ spaces, he seemed to have taken up a permanent place in my life. We grew to the point where we celebrated each other’s victories and supported each other during the down times. We grew to be great friends and I couldn’t help but be grateful to Nicky for introducing us.

After expressing my heartfelt words, Jason looked at me and smiled and uttered the most beautiful words I have ever heard. “I am confident that our meeting was not by chance, the moment I met you, It felt special and filled with promise. You stood out to me as hope, as a bright light; there was something about you that was drawing me closer. As we talked and spent more time together, I understood why; your desire to succeed and to see others succeed, the way you considered others deeply, putting off your needs to make them happy, your level of maturity and your thirst to find truth, spoke volumes. I remember praying for you and asking God to help me to show you God’s love, and He did.

Jason stood and walked towards me, “It is now over a year since we have met and I know now, more than ever that I want you to be my friend forever.” Jason’s voice began to tremble a little as we were now both standing on his Family’s porch with the moonlight glowing around us. I searched his face, reading his every expression and suddenly there was something dangling from his fingers, glittering in the moonlight with what seemed to be a white stone at the end. I gasp after realising it was a beautiful gold chain with a pendant. “Would you be willing to explore the possibility of marriage with me?” My jaw dropped after hearing the question and I froze, totally caught off guard; I was speechless.

My “2021” Mother’s Day Memory

It started when I visited my Facebook page a couple weeks before Sunday, May 9th, 2021, the day on which Mothers are celebrated all over the world. I clicked my notification button and noticed that one of my friends “Nashon Jeremiah Arts” had posted an Event called “Paint with Me”. It immediately caught my attention. You see recently I found my interest in painting growing and I wanted to feed this new appetite.

This Event was carded for Mothers. I read the details and thought to myself, what a perfect date for my mother and I. I immediately told her about it and was happy to hear that she was willing to embrace the challenge to “Paint with me”.

On entering the Studio, guests were offered a drink. I instantly noticed the setting of the room and became excited. The black and gold creative writing “Paint With Me” which was posted on what can be described as an accent wall, caught my attention and helped to create a positive first impression. The tables were well prepared for us with mini easels and nicely shaped wooden plaques on which we were expected to paint. Gold decorated bottles lined each table which were well supplied with paint, paint brushes, water and an apron. Background classical music could be heard as we took our seats and anticipated what was prepared for us. It was an intimate evening of poetry and painting within a friendly warm environment.

The featured poem of the evening was entitled “Envisioned” and was presented by Chemal Copeland of the Grenada Writers’ Association. Below are a few lines from that wonderful poem..

“How can I repay you for the aches and pains, nine months and days, nauseous and sore, moody and bored. Stiffness, cravings and so much more. Splitting pain and chance of death to give life in labouring breath; holding the gentle smiling frame. You knew everything would never be the same.”

Several other poems were read, which were all inspiring. My favourite moment however, was the featured painting. I got to paint with my mother and that was really cool. Mom was all into it, may I hasten to mention that my mom was 80; the oldest in attendance..

The Artist Nahshon Jeremiah, guided us to complete wonderful paintings of a mother carrying a child on her back. By following a few easy steps we were able to crate art that we were all proud of; there were twelve (12) participants in total.

Everyone contributed to the wonderful atmosphere. The evening was filled with creativity, humour and and giving. Mom and I were the top winners of the evening. Imagine that! Between both of us we won five prizes. I couldn’t believe it! I thought to myself, it was just our moment and we should embrace it with gratitude.

100% hats off to Nahshon and Princess for being awesome hosts and offering us the opportunity to create timeless memories. I am very happy Mom and I were a part of “Paint with Me”, the experience was meaningful and beautiful!

Today I inspire you to explore ART, you would be amazed how it provokes the creativity, fun side of you. Take the time out to create, to explore and to learn something new.

This piece was my favourite! It was done by Sharmaine Mc Meo. Great Job Sharmaine! Your painting is lovely!

Trusting God through the detour Poster

I believe it was sometime last year (2020) when I was reflecting on how my day did not go as planned. I felt myself becoming anxious then remembered that there was no need to . I created this poster to remind myself that I can trust God through the unexpected turn-offs, corners, ditches and even highways. It can be scary having to change direction suddenly; no warning, no time to contemplate. I have proven that God is reliable in these times.

I love the colours! It makes me feel calm and hopeful! Hope you like this Poster and it inspires you to enjoy your detours.

The Love Dream Continues….

Chapter 28 – The Decision

Nicky had some chores to get done at her apartment and headed home. She planned to return to spend Saturday night with me as well. I was a bit anxious about not being able to move around freely. The bite marks were about a quarter inch deep and due to my desperation to loosen the dog’s grip the flesh was ripped creating jagged cuts on my ankle. I had no choice but to adjust to my temporary limitations. I was going to be home for the next two weeks. The good thing about me is that I was never much of a complainer and found ways to cope with challenges as they arose; I was my Father’s daughter.

Dad came up to my room with Joel at his heals. They looked quite happy to see me and after looking closely I understood why. Dad then revealed the crutches he was holding behind his back and as Joel stepped away from Dad’s shadows I saw breakfast attractively displayed on a tray. Wow, I exclaimed, someone loves me!

I felt really grateful to have caring family and friends. The support at home was always great, something many of my friends wished they had. Dad showed me how to use the crutches and notwithstanding the discomfort experienced, after about twenty minutes, I was able to move around without placing pressure on my ankle. That Saturday consisted of crutch training, reading, journaling and painting. I managed to starve my boredom after all doing things I love.

As I sat in the living room I reflected on my most recent encounters. From the accident at our front yard to the pit bull scare. I couldn’t help but see God’s protection through-out my life and especially in recent weeks. I wondered what it all meant. The phone rang intercepting my thoughts; it was Jason. We updated each other on the latest. Jason was dumbfounded after hearing my encounter with the bad dog. We ended our conversation with a prayer.

That night as I knelt alone at my bed side I prayed asking God to forgive me of my sins and to make me new. I made a decision to be a follower of Christ. I didn’t understanding everything about my decision but I was tired of searching and wanted to experience more of what I already encountered. There was no doubt in my mind about the truth of God’s existence; I had heard and seen enough. My search for something deeper was only escalating and I felt a need to yield to the tender beckoning of that sweet still voice that Jason called “the Holy Spirit”. I had no idea what I was getting into.

Chapter 29 – The Gold Chain

My life as a new believer in Jesus took off as a bullet. Through Jason and Mrs. Jefferson, the Pastor’s wife, arrangements were made for two young women to mentor me. They visited me at home for bible study sessions and life counselling. All this started when I was at home with my injured ankle. My ankle healed nicely but the at home visits continued. My Mentors were Shirley Gibson and Maria Sykes, they were both women in their early to mid-thirties. Relatable and patient; they quickly became my new friends. With both being still single, I found our girl talks to be quite engaging; it really helped me to broaden my perspective on life in general.

Days, weeks and months went by and the changes in my life were growing more and more evident and undeniable. My life was now filled with bible studies and my reading material improved; it went from mere entertaining novels to books and articles that served to enrich my mind and soul. I even took on more responsibility at home, offering to pay one of the utility bills. I grew more understanding of my siblings and my love for them abounded. At work, I felt more purposeful and began actively seeking opportunities within the Company to expand my professional knowledge and experience. When the offer to cross train came, I did not think twice. This opportunity later led to a transfer to the Marketing and Promotions Department. It was a more challenging position and I found myself exploring my creative side.

I also felt my relationships with my friends deepen. I was able to share my faith with my old school mates. Nicky, while acting a bit skeptical, would attend church with me from time to time and that was always special. I was very much aware of the mistrust and hesitancy of many when the topic of “church” or “God” would surface. Because of that awareness, I deliberately sought to learn about the Christian walk and to be as practical as I possibly could, I never wanted to be a talker with no real example to show. I wanted my friends to be drawn to me because of the changes seen in my life.

Jason Emery, the man in my dream over a year ago, grew to be a constant figure in my life. We talked daily about my progress, about our dreams and our future. One Sunday Evening he invited me to his home, it was my first time visiting his family. By then, I had met everyone in his immediate household but it was my first time in their home. We roasted sweet potatoes, breadfruit and fish; it was delicious. Added to the food and the warm company, there was a beautiful moon that shined down on us in all its glory! What a wonderful night it was!

As the evening winded to a close and Jason and I got to be alone, I turned to him and expressed from my heart, my appreciation for all he has been and done for me. From the moment we met, all I received was unquestionable love. He patiently guided me to understand God’s love and to others who can help me do the same. While we were not always in each others’ spaces, he seemed to have taken up a permanent place in my life. We grew to the point where we celebrated each other’s victories and supported each other during the down times. We grew to be great friends and I couldn’t help but be grateful to Nicky for introducing us.

After expressing my heartfelt words, Jason looked at me and smiled and uttered the most beautiful words I have ever heard. “I am confident that our meeting was not by chance, the moment I met you, It felt special and filled with promise. You stood out to me as hope, as a bright light; there was something about you that was drawing me closer. As we talked and spent more time together, I understood why; your desire to succeed and to see others succeed, the way you considered others deeply, putting off your needs to make them happy, your level of maturity and your thirst to find truth, spoke volumes. I remember praying for you and asking God to help me to show you God’s love, and He did.

Jason stood and walked towards me, “It is now over a year since we have met and I know now, more than ever that I want you to be my friend forever.” Jason’s voice began to tremble a little as we were now both standing on his Family’s porch with the moonlight glowing around us. I searched his face, reading his every expression and suddenly there was something dangling from his fingers, glittering in the moonlight with what seemed to be a white stone at the end. I gasp after realising it was a beautiful gold chain with a pendant. “Would you be willing to explore the possibility of marriage with me?” My jaw dropped after hearing the question and I froze, totally caught off guard; I was speechless.

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Always working!

When this poster was created I was in a deep trench of fear, disappointment and discouragement. I was a bit confused about some events in my life and I had to accept that I didn’t understand every detail about my situation. In those defining moments I chose to trust that God was still by my side, working behind the scenes on my behalf. I chose to wait, allowing him to do his thing while I grow.

Naked before a loving God!

I love creating cool inspiring posters. In this poster, I am seeking to depict man’s search for God and in turn God’s love for man. God loves us enough to pursue us and he sees our nakedness; he sees our vulnerability.

Feel free to use this poster to inspire your friends……:)