brushstrokes from God’s word

Backstory to You Say

              Remember this song on repeat? It still is.   Here's Lauren Daigle's backstory to You Say. She asked, 'where do I fit in, where is my security, where is my footing? The patterns she talks about in her life somewhat reminded me and very much helped me with...

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My cup runneth over

We have been so blessed to have had four occasions since June with all seven of our grandchildren!   Enjoy this little interview with all of them:   Ben's birthday, June 2018           Camp Zannie*Beene, July 2018     My birthday party, Sept 2018         Annual Dove...

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3 ways to gain victory over your calendar

          Teach me to number my days aright that I may gain a heart of wisdom. + Psalm 90: 12. This is the prayer I've prayed for over eight years in the ongoing battle with my calendar. What I have so desperately sought is a sense of peace and guidance that my days...

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This Christmas

will never be the same

Come to the Manger is what I have written to break away from the artificial-ness of the Christmas season

and bring me back to a babe in a manger and God’s bold astounding grace for mankind. And for me. 

This is the devotional I have always wanted.

I’d love to share God’s Word at your event, group, conference or retreat!

Here are other speaking topics near and dear to my heart.

Art Studio

Amanda Ragland’s beautiful wedding prayer

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A Word From Suzanne

Quite simply, God’s Word is the fire in my soul.

Sometimes just one verse, or a lecture, a reading, communion with my church, a story – and I feel the fire igniting. Just recently while listening to a powerful testimony I felt it, that familiar spark beginning to ignite.

My husband knows how to make fire. Yep, it’s his talent. He can make it from a magnifying glass or a battery or with a stick. He gets the tiniest spark, then babies it. He protects it. He blows on it. You’ve seen how it works – a spark, hot breath, and suddenly the yellow red burst of flame.

That’s what happens in my heart when God’s Word takes hold. There’s a quick hot spark, then a flame emerging. The Spirit blows and fire erupts. My heart on fire.

But, I can’t live my life day to day with little fires starting all over the place. I’ve learned to let God calm me down, soothe me, teach me, stretch me. Over time the fire settles to a nice slow burn and eventually ends up on paper.

Or on a canvas. Wide open brush strokes, white canvas that shows through, soft warm colors, a little something unexpected from my way of looking at things. Paintings that speak to me and for me.

Scripture is my life, teaching is my call, painting is my passion. You’ll find a little bit of all of it in me.