Paintings, Prayers, and Passages, Book available now!

For purchasing and information click here. It’s finally here. It has felt like a birth of sorts with it’s hope, anticipation, pain, relief, and joy. A number of people helped me with proofing, editing, copyright info, coaching in publishing, marketing etc. Thank you Keith, Katie, Merri, Kimberly, Janis, Mary, Anneli, David, Carol, Rick and Wendy! Here is the cover image again, the page beginning the “I AM” section, and the page beginning the “Woman at the Well” section of the book: Copyright Valerie Sjodin 2011


I didn’t really want to post this picture from my visual prayer journal. It’s too raw, too negative, too needy and probably too personal. It lacks beauty. But I can’t seem to get past it and in my mind I am hearing the still small voice telling me it will encourage someone.   Often, I am not afraid of what will happen, but that nothing will.  That I will reach the end and find it didn’t make a difference after all…. That kind of thinking impacts blogging too, when posting feels like crying into the wind with just words blowing… Read More

“Set Free”, a symbolic mixed media painting

   Set Free is the second piece in the current series I’m working on. The first was posted on April 25, 2011, I Want to be a Visionary (image shown below). The inspiration for this series is taken from my journal and journey, and are for me a type of symbolic visual devotional. So I’ll include here some of the Scripture that inspired the painting and my writing.    The symbolism in this painting is more straightforward. When working on the bird I read an article telling about how finches were taken from the wild because of their red plumage and captured to… Read More

Birds Calling in a New Season

  The birds are aflutter with building nests, claiming territory, looking for a place to roost and feed. I love to watch them. This morning, while drinking my morning brew, a robin as large as a squash filled with eggs, hopped along the fence while its mate brought in big clumps of nesting material into the evergreen in the back yard. Juncos, finches, sparrows and hummingbirds, all calling in a new season.    In the Pacific Northwest springtime weather brings wild fluctuations. It can be stormy and hailing one minute and sparkling sunshine with rainbows the next. I feel like that… Read More

We are the Woman at the Well part 8

copyright Valerie Sjodin 2011 My Prayer based on Ephesians 3:15-20 NLT “O Gracious God, Creator of everything in heaven and on earth, I pray that from your glorious, unlimited resources You will give me mighty inner strength through Your Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in my heart as I learn to trust You more. May I truly know and grow into Your marvelous love. And may I have the power to understand how long, how high,  and how deep Your love really is. May I experience the love of Christ, even… Read More