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Again through Faith my life continues to be blessed.

My summer shows have been down like most as a matter of fact five 0 shows. I have talked to many artist and hear there stories. Some had to refinance there home just to be able to afford to apply to the shows. So many just not doing well. All looking for reasons for what is happening out there.
I too have wondered and have felt something is going on out there like a big deep dark secret, and no one is telling what the secret is. I am not really getting good vibes as to what this secret is. It seems somewhat troubling.
On the other hand I have been blessed again and again. I am so grateful to my Lord for hearing my prayers and blessing my work and continuing to provide me with a good income, as I am self supporting now after my husbands stroke five years ago.
So the last show of the season for me in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I had applied to this show for at least 5 years and again was put on the wait list. I finally called and explained to the show director how long I have applied for this show and asked for what reason I continue to be put on the waiting list. The usual answer, the jurying etc. Well two weeks later I was called to be apart of the August show.
The folks there put on a great show really try to accommodate the artists with a breakfast in the morning booth sitters etc. Everyone who had done the show before me said the attendance was down. Although it was a good crowd. The response was as always so complementary, " gosh I wish I had a dollar for the comments" how your work is so beautiful". But as we all know that does not pay the bills. For the most part everyone around me had a decent show. I was very pleased and had a customer come by mid afternoon and purchased a 34X40 original. Then later in the day another couple came by and asked me to there home for a possible commission. Again giving praise to Almighty God for His goodness, I was blessed with a Triptec measuring 120x38. I just go away feeling so humbled and blessed. All I can say to you out there have faith in Almighty God and he will bless you and your career if you completely Trust Him
Katherine McNeill

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Comment by Dawn Waters Baker on September 20, 2010 at 11:30am
Neat to hear this! I also know that the greatest blessing we could ever have is knowing Him and trusting Him more. This "lean" year has been tough but God grows sweeter in the squeeze. I look at my goals for the art and my prayers for the art this past year and God has really been faithful to see to the heart of the matter. I feel like it has been a year of real growth for me. I hope it has for you too (in all ways). God bless you all too!
Comment by Susan Kline on September 20, 2010 at 9:48am
I have also been blessed this year. I am still floating and surviving . Maybe not like some say, "like the good old days" , but still selling and making art.

I believe we who are given the gift of making art have a duty to give it to the world. I am sure that you have had many who purchase your art and say that it makes them feel good, happy, calm, etc. That is our gift to them. Praise God in his highest! Blessing to all of you !
Comment by Gordon Ekback on September 20, 2010 at 7:41am
Matthew 6:33 Says "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
It truly has been a tough year but God is always faithful. We don't know from day to day what is in store for us but I rest in the knowledge that God is still in control.
Comment by Verlie Murphy on September 19, 2010 at 6:34pm
I agree..if we keep focused on the Lord..we will be blessed continually!
Comment by Katherine McNeill on September 19, 2010 at 1:53am
You bet. More than anyone realizes
Comment by Roxie Spell on September 18, 2010 at 7:28am
Love to hear about the miracles in our lives. I too am blessed and must give praise to God for everything! Faith can change your life, can't it?

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