"This illness is to fatigue,
what a match is to a nuclear bomb.
It's an absurd mischaracterization!"
~Laura Hillenbrand

February 3, 2008

"Free Sweets

*** I'm still dealing with some major issues - but I DID eat some actual food yesterday and today and have gone 2 days without pain meds. I am very very worn out though. I thought you might like to read this post I created for my art blog - as it applies here too. So I have copied and pasted it! Enjoy! ***

"Free Sweets"(c) M Pruitt 2008
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Consider the Ravens: they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than birds?" Luke12:24

This little watercolor was created for the ACEO Theme Week of "Sweets". Of course, I thought about painting some chocolate or candy hearts... but life has felt just a little more serious than that lately.

Then I thought about the word "Sweets". "Sweets" is the nickname I call my daughter. It's a name of love.

I was sitting home all alone, my kids were off to their teenage activities and my husband was gone for the day caring for his dear parents who are facing some very difficult health days. And while I sat there, alone and tired, I was reminded that I didn't need to worry. I was more important than the beautiful birds who sing outside my window and are fed every day by God. I am God's "Sweets" - and so are you!

A few days a year, God feeds those Raven's the cherries off my husbands cherry tree LOL! And suddenly it seemed the perfect representation of "Sweets".

You might ask... how can God care for the birds and allow the bad things happening to me, or to those I love?

A friend loaned me a bunch of movies this week. In the bag was a movie called "Love Comes Softly" based on a book by Janette Oke. A young widow is grieving and asks, "How can you know God hears your prayers?" The answer she is given really hits home for me.

"My daughter could fall down and hurt herself, even if I'm walkin' right there beside her. That doesn't mean I allowed it to happen. But she knows, with a Father's unconditional love, I'll pick her up and carry her... I'll try to heal her... I'll cry when she cries... and I'll rejoice when she is well.

In all the moments of my life, God's been right there beside me. The truth of God's love is not that he allows bad things to happen, it's his promise that he'll be there with us, when they do."

I deal with an illness every single day of my life. It won't go away and has stripped me of so many things. But if there's one thing I believe, it's that God is there walking me through it. And he cares for me, just like he cares for the Ravens who do not reap and sow.

PS: Don't forget to sign up for my contest to win a FREE original artwork! See the post from February 1st.


  1. A beautiful metaphor and painting!

  2. Touching. What an absolutely beautiful illustration of Luke12:24! Thank you so much for sharing your life, your story, and your artwork. I think this is now my favorite painting of yours.