September 19, 2016

What to do when you can't stop worrying?

Recently I came through a season of really heavy worry. The kind of worry that feels heavy on your chest, that consumes your thoughts, overtakes your emotion, and steals your joy. That is what I was experiencing. And not just for a day.. for several months.  I know that God's word says not to worry. Phil 4:6-7 have been my life verse for as long as I can remember! "Don't Worry, Pray" is painted on canvases all around my studio. Those words on my heart and in my mind. I know good and well God doesn't want us to worry. But this time, I felt powerless. I just had this intense conversation with God and told him " God, I don't know how to not worry this time. I have tried to just release this but it still consumes my mind. I feel like I need to DO something. God tell me what to DO. If I am going to remove the worry what can I replace it with? If I am going to be victorious with the DON"T ( Don't worry) then tell me what to DO  in its place!!".

I didn't hear anything for a while. Then I turned to Job. I figured that was a good place to start. Every bad thing that could happen to Job happened. So what did he do. Job 1:20 says " he fell to the ground in WORSHIP". That's what he DID. He WORSHIPPED!

Ok God, I thought, that's it I will Worship. "But God how is this really gonna help? Is this gonna just magically fix my worry?" That's when I saw the commentary in my Bible that explained it beautifully.

It says that when we Worship we are telling God who He is. We are verbally telling  him that He is the ultimate provider, healer, protector. He is good. He is all powerful. When we are verbally saying or singing that out loud to God our Perspective starts to change. When our perspective changes from trying to control the situation on our own to realizing that He is God and we are not then we are in a place of Humility . Out of that place of Humility is when we are Teachable. And being Teachable ultimately led Job to gain Victory over his losses. And that's what it can do for us too.

When we turn Worry into Worship we can shift our state to be able to receive the lesson that God wants to teach us so that we can ultimately achieve Victory in the situation.

Thank you God! Thank you Thank you! Y'all, I don't know how to describe it but when I literally started worshipping all day. Like I had praise music on ALL Day! And I didn't just listen to it. I sang it. My heart meant it. I flooded my mind with WORSHIP . When I did that the burden of worry was truly lifted from my chest. It took a little while for the situation to actually change. But in due time it did change and God showed out. But the miracle came when the physical heaviness was lifted from my chest. When my mind was no longer scared and consumed. When instead, I focused on how Big my God was!!!

August 13, 2016

New Online Class!! " Fun with Frisket" just released


Want to learn more about how to use Frisket in your watercolor pieces. Or maybe you just want to try your hand at watercolor. This is a great place to start. You will love using frisket! It's super fun and kinda addicting! Our mini course is just $15! For this weekend only use the code "JUST10BUCKS" and get it for just $10!!! 



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June 17, 2016

Listen in as Shanna Noel and I chat!!


Yay! It's here. How fun is this! I got to interview Shanna Noel on the Illustrated Faith Podcast.

I met Shanna a few months ago at a retreat in Kansas. And I am so inspired by her story! Not only do I love Illustrated Faith but more than that I LOVE how God uses his people and simple acts of obedience to do big things. Listen in and hear her share how she listened to God, what happened that caused fear and doubt to creep in immediately, what she had to step away from in order to step into what God was calling her to do, and so much more!

I think there is a lesson in there for all of us wanting to be used by God. Are we listening to Him, are we focusing more on him or what others say? Prov. 29:25 says ,"The fear of Man is a trap, but whoever Trusts in the Lord is safe.". Are we focusing more on what man will think or what God is telling us? And are we making the time to do what he wants us to do?

Wow, I know for me personally all of these topics hit a nerve and convict me just a bit... but they also encourage me. Shanna wasn't trying to do big huge things and start a big movement , she was simply being obedient in posting a blog post. Y'all, that's a God thing! So listen in and be encouraged by her story. And more importantly start listening to God as to what he is telling you to do too!!

Check it out HERE!

June 13, 2016

Shanna Noel... Y'all get ready!


I am super excited about what is coming up this week. It's no secret that I love to hear stories of how God uses regular people to fulfill his Big cool plan. Shanna Noel is definitely a girl being used by God. If you aren't familiar with her then perhaps you've seen the huge bible journaling phenomena. More people are in there Bibles than ever before. More Bibles are being sold. More people are really seeking what the scriptures are telling us. She's the chick that started this whole thing. (Well, to be clear The Holy Spirit started this whole thing but he used Shanna and we think that's pretty cool!)

I had the awesome opportunity to chat with her and interview her for the "Illustrated Faith " podcast and y'all, there is so much to be learned from her and her story. It's so interesting to hear how she listened to that little God nudge, how she was able to step away from some really good things in her life in order to fulfill what God was calling her to, how fear crept in when she took her eyes off God for just a second and onto what others thought instead, how God used a regular girl to do mighty things for HIS kingdom.

I really just love Shanna Noel and all that is going on with the Illustrated Faith and Bible Journaling community.

So if you haven't already subscribed to the Illustrated Faith podcast be sure to do so now . Here's a Link. Go subscribe! 

The interview should release later this week so be on the lookout!

May 21, 2016

Who does God say we are??

   I want to list out all the things that the Bible says I am. So here goes! Here are my first three. I would love for you to join me and post over on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kaseyhopeart/




Let's all keep reminding ourselves of who God says we are instead of listening to all negative outside lies. God loves us, we are His kids, His Co-workers, His ambassadors. Can't wait to keep digging in His Word and journal even more!


April 12, 2016

Sneaky.. How Spiritual Warfare can sometimes show up in places you don't expect.

Right now I am doing Priscilla Shirer's "Armor of God" Bible study. And wow, we are only a week and a half in and my eyes are so being opened. I want to share a bit of what I am learning in case it helps you too.

I very much belief that spiritual warfare is real. There is a battle in the spiritual realms constantly.  However, I usually think of this battle going on as the pull and the temptation to do the things we aren't suppose to do. For example I viewed spiritual warfare as happening when Satan temps married men or women to have a relationship with the opposite sex , when lies are told to a teenager that pushes them towards substance abuse, when greed pulls people into poor financial decisions and debt that enslaves them.... all of these are temptations and things that people DO. They are ACTIONS people take... COMMITING adultery, TAKING substances, CHARGING a card. These actions can ruin lives and that's just what Satan wants. He is the father of lies and deception and nudge you in any direction he can so that you are far from God, not living in his will, not experiencing his abundance, and not being effective.

However, What my eyes are being open to in my own life is that spiritual warfare is also going on to keep people INACTIVE. Not taking actions. Those actions they know they are suppose to be taking but they are listening to the father of lies of how inadequate they are and how unclear the path is. We are allowing doubt, insecurities, and fear to creep in instead of calling on The ONE who can overcome all of that. The one who gives us our confidence in Him. We are choosing to believe the lies of how unequipt we are instead of trusting God to equipt us.

In addition to listening to the lies and the doubt I see spiritual warfare happening when  I think my heart is aligned to what God wants. I think I'm ready to move forward but the TIME isn't there. I think "I have no time. I'm to busy. This is going to take to much effort and I can't see how to fit it in". These are my thoughts. These are my challenges. But really, that's a lame excuse. Yes, I truly do feel like I don't have time.. but then I realize that once again I am listening to a lie. Yes I do have time. Can I give this project or this idea or this organization 30 minutes of my time. Yes! We all have the same 24 hours each day. And if other people have figured out how to fit it in their day so can I!

Once I see this as spiritual warfare and how easily I have been kept paralyzed with fear and ineffectiveness.. it just makes me mad. I wanna fight against it. I wanna take action.

One of the best questions Priscilla asks in the book is to ask yourself "In what ways do I pose the biggest threat to the enemy and his purposes".
When you identify that, look closely, and that's often right where Satan wants to keep you ineffective.

Once your eyes are open to it don't try to defeat it in your own strength ( I'm guilty of that) but call on Him. The only true GOD who has the power to give you the strength, to arrange your time, and to align your focus to his and use you in ways that are beyond yourself!



March 31, 2016

Rice Bowl time!!!


If you are local to our studio check out the video and stop by the studio to pick your Rice Bowl up!

If you aren't local.. check out the video anyway and hear a little about Rice Bowls. Then you can set up your own Rice Bowl Campaign with your neighborhood kids, church group, office, or family! Check them out at www.ricebowls.org

I have seen first hand what an amazing organization this is as I have traveled to Honduras and India with these guys! To see the thousands and thousands of kids they are able to help feed every month is truly amazing! Get in on the giving action! Order your Rice Bowls today!

You can read more about our Honduras trip here  and our India trip here

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