God, Life

Healing the Brokenhearted


I attended a class today presented by Aurora Worldwide. Aurora is a ministry with a focus on healing the broken hearted. I was blessed to have been invited to speak and read aloud two of my poems during the class.

Now I lay here, late on Saturday night,  thinking about my own healing journey,  which still continues,  and the journey of others. Today, I saw and heard pain and hurt in the eyes and words of those in attendance.

I believe the Lord does respond to our free will but often we simply tell him to go away.  He will acquiesce to this request and then we believe the lie that is told to us by the enemy about how he did respond.

He will and does respond to our cries and we can be healed.  We can experience personal healing, freedom and wholeness.

I pray that in some small way by being real, transparent and vulnerable about my own journey it can help someone else.  I would remind you that you have what someone else needs. I encourage you to not be afraid to shine a light into those dark places. God bless!  ~M

#JustBelieve #GraceWins #SpeakLife

Art, Life, Photograph

We Must Never Forget!

We Must Never Forget!America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. ~Abraham Lincoln
Adventure, Animals, Art

American Icons – Echos of the Past

GU372“An American Icon”       Mark Schutter ©2010        Watercolor Pencils

The American Bison is a true original and its image takes us back to a seldom remembered past when they roamed freely over the land prior to their decimation almost to extinction at the hands of man.  I tried to capture the simple beauty, strength and majesty of this truly magnificent animal.  This was previously painted a few years ago but the 4th of July got me to thinking about our great country so thought I would post it here.  Enjoy! ~M

Adventure, Animals, Art, Writing

Freedom Reigns- Memorial Day 2013

“Freedom Reigns”  ~M ©2009  Ink Wash and Crayons  11×14 inches

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. ~Ronald Reagan


On this Memorial Day, thank you to veterans past and present for your service and sacrifice!  God Bless! ~M

Art, Photograph

Flags Over Washington – Election Day 2012

Photograph of the United States and State of Washington flags on the Capital Campus in Olympia, Washington. Edited using PicMonkey. ©Maleko 2012

As today is election day across our great country for our president, congressmen and women and many other elected officials, it is only fitting that we pause and give thanks.  Thanks that we live in a country where all peoples are supposed to be treated as equals and allowed to have differing opinions and voice them.  My belief is that this is the greatest country on earth and I for one am proud to be an American! Go vote! God Bless!  ~M