Tuesday, June 2, 2020


I could never have imagined what was in store for us when I posted the first of my Lenten Series on Ash Wednesday in late February....together we have gone through REST, RENEWAL and TRANSFORMATION leading up to Easter Sunday.   But the story continued...  CHALLENGES, INSPIRATION and PERSPECTIVE until Pentacost when we were reminded of the Holy Spirit as our fortress and shield for PROTECTION.   Seventeen posts over the past three months, our world has changed... and so have we.  

In the past week, as our country has come under attack and I realize more than ever the importance of the Holy Spirit in my life as my fortress and shield.  I pray that our country will heal and with the lessons of Jesus Christ learn to love one another as He loved us.  

Personally, the past three months have taught me some very valuable lessons, and I think the "re-boot" of my life will be a good thing for me and I am thankful that through all of this my loved ones have remained safe and healthy.  I am grateful for the opportunity and honor I have had to share my thoughts, fears and hopes for our future with you.  I so appreciate all the comments you've sent my way during this time.  Sometimes is was those kind words that helped get me through the day.
It is when we give, we receive...so thank you!!  
I am truly blessed!

As I've said before, National Parks will always be an inspiration to me and hopefully in late August or early September I will visit this one.  My daughter lives in Seattle and is surrounded by three National Parks!  We plan to spend a few days at Lake Quinault Lodge in Olympic NP, one of her favorite places!  This is a sketch I did for her birthday in April.

I'll be taking some time off from the blog until then... but will see you back here in the Fall.  In the meantime, you can find me on Instagram @bjmcgregor_art. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020


"But I will sing of your strength in the morning, 
I will sing of your love;
For you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
Psalm 59:16
A National Park that doesn't get too many visitors each year is one of my favorites.  Dry Tortuga National Park is located on one of the last islands in the Florida Keys.  You can only get there by boat or plane from Key West.  

Located on the island is Fort Jefferson, it was built during the years 1846-1875 but never finished.   Standing guard at the intersection of the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the Atlantic it was "the most sophisticated and undeniable symbol that the US wanted to be left alone. Though never attacked, the fort fulfilled it's intended role.  It helped to protect the peace and prosperity of a young nation."

This coming Sunday, May 31st is Pentacost
It celebrates the day that the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and believers in Christ to guide and protect them until the 2nd coming.
This day is said to mark the beginning of "the church."

The Holy Spirit is our fortress and guide.  

In the last three months we have experienced life as we could never have imagined. We have lived with uncertainty and fear of the unknown...but as Christians we are blessed to know that in ALL things, we are in God's loving and capable hands.  So now, we go forward in a new way.  Knowing we are protected and guided by the Holy Spirit in all that we do, and to the glory of God.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Romans 15:13

Tuesday, May 19, 2020


"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
James 1:2-4

"You can only gain perspective from a distance"

 Not too far from the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, near Asheville NC is a short hike to Craggy Pinnacle.  From here you have a 360 degree view of the Smokey Mountains ...and like life, sometimes it's easier to see the "Big Picture" when you're not smack dab in the middle of it.

So here we are.... communities are opening up again, people are getting out and about while practicing a new way of life.   There's still so much we don't know about our future and what it will be like.  What will school be like for our kids next year, church services, work environments...  What will our vacations look like, our weddings, our funerals?

I feel like God has pushed the re-set button on humanity.  When my computer acts up, I just turn it off and reboot... kind of like what we've been doing these past few months...and now it's time to reboot.  Power on!!  

 In my lifetime I've watched us step farther away from the values we grew up with... families, patriotism, selflessness, prayer, giving back to our community, even talking with each other seems to have been replaced by texts.  Our focused has turned more inward and impersonal.  I don't think that's a good thing, and not what God intended.  We need family, need community, we need to be part of something bigger than ourselves. 

There's so much going forward that we don't know... but there's so much we DO know.  All things will work for good, to the Glory of God.  

This Thursday is the Day of Ascension.  Jesus spent 40 days on earth after his resurrection teaching his disciples, knowing it was up to them to spread the Good News.  The way of life for centuries had been turned upside down with the resurrection of Christ.   I hope and pray we're learning the lesson.  To value family, friends and our freedom.  We can each do our part, share this Good News and with each other make this "new normal" of our lives a credit to Him.  

Tuesday, May 12, 2020


In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

Genesis 1:1, 1:31


It was very, very good!!

I remember many years ago when my daughters were young taking them to the Butterfly Exhibit at the Museum of Natural Science in Houston.  We went down corridors and through several doors until we found ourselves in the midst of a tropical paradise... supposedly filled with butterflies, but where were they?  The harder we looked, the less we saw... but when we relaxed and became one with our environment, the forest seemed to open up and we saw thousands, everywhere!  

I kind of feel like that's how I've been the past few months.  At first I was glued to the TV, reading every article and obsessed with the rapidly spreading Coronavirus. Tunnel vision.  Then I relaxed a bit, and decided to focus on the here and now, and by staying at home and social distancing I feel like I have been renewed to the world around me, my world... in my backyard, or along the walks in the woods with my pup.   My mind used to be so busy, I don't think I really absorbed where I was and now that I've relaxed and settled into the rhythm of the day, the flowers are blooming bigger and brighter, I feel the breeze blow through my (getting longer by the day!) hair and the sounds of birds in the morning seems like they're singing a symphony of the Hallelujah Chorus! 

Earlier in March, during Lent I posted of Renewal.  And here we are in the thick of it, in every aspect of our daily life.  As our communities start to open up what an opportunity we have to see and do things differently than "before."  What was working and what wasn't?  Cities around the world are boasting of blue skies instead of smog... tiny fish, scuttling crabs and multicolored plant life can be seen in the canals of Venice, even the people I pass along the way seem friendlier, if even from a distance.... our world is going through a renewal process as well. 

I can already see a shift... in an awareness of what's around us and with that I want to go forward with this as my mantra...

Be kind and respectful to myself,
Be kind and respectful to others,
Be kind and respectful to our planet.

Peg P, from Hendersonville, TN is inspired by music, in particular the old hymns we loved to sing as children... I bet you know this one!

"For the Beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over an around us lies:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise."

Tuesday, May 5, 2020


"He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone."
 Matthew 4:6b

When I asked what inspires you, the overwhelming common denominator on most of your responses was about The People... our everyday Hero's! 

The people on the front line of health care and those on the front line caring for our safety, in the police and fire department, they are putting their lives at risk every day for our well being (in good times and bad!)  We are inspired by families taking care of young children or their elderly seniors.  The people that have been furloughed from their jobs and spend their time distributing meals to those in need.  I could go on and on....   We have always stepped up to the plate in times of need!  This is America!  It's what we do! 

These are not the only Angels among us.... our neighborhood kids are contributing by painting rocks to inspire us along the bike path, or making face masks to distribute to nursing homes... Our churches are distributing encouraging notes written by their congregation to seniors living facilities, the skies the limit on the possibilities!  So often we think it's the big things that change the world, but it's also the small things that collectively change the dialog of our day.

These "Everyday Hero's," are the angels among us. And you can be too... Look around for the opportunities, big or small, of ways you can be an angel to someone else and make their day a little bit better.

Oh, I believe there are Angels Among Us,
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours
To show us how to live
To teach us how to give
To guide us with a light of love.

Watch and listen to 
"There Are Angels Among Us"  
by Alabama

Tuesday, April 28, 2020


"I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength."
Philippians 4:13

We face challenges from the day we are born until the day we die.  From learning to tie our shoelaces, to getting back on our feet after a divorce, to getting the news of a difficult health diagnosis... we are not defined by the easy, carefree days, but it's in our challenging times and how we deal with them that makes us who we are.  

For Lisa, she was inspired when thinking of her difficult times and overcoming the challenges that she has had to face in her life, knowing that she and God worked together to accomplish the unimaginable outcomes.  Resulting in gaining a peace that can only come from God.  For her, even a game of tennis that is challenging and competitive, helps drive her to be the best she can be!

I see photo's of El Capitan at Yosemite NP and wonder how in the world someone could climb the face of that granite monolith.   It seems insurmountable.  Life can be like that too...  problems arise that seem to be impossible... we say "how will we ever get through this, over this, around this?"  But with God by our side, we can!  
Sometimes the way is straight forward, climb up the face of your "challenging situation."  Sometimes we take the meandering trail and eventually get to the other side.   Sometimes we just fall apart, and Christ will carry us the whole way.   Each challenge will bring its own direction, but it makes no difference, the result is the same, and we can rest assured that Christ will give us the strength to get through whatever comes our way.

We're all in uncharted territory right now, and we can't even imagine the challenges that will come our way in the near future or what those "unimaginable outcomes" might be.  We are definitely well out of our comfort zone and it can be overwhelming, but if we break it down, day by day or even minute by minute, we will come out on the other side stronger, more resilient with a new perspective for life going forward.  


If you're looking for something inspiring (scary and crazy insane) to watch during your time at home, check out 
"Free Solo" about Alex Honnold, the first to climb El Capitan  without a net... talk about uncharted territory!

this is the link to the trailer....the documentary is available on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Tuesday, April 21, 2020


"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, 
for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life."

Psalm 143.8


Last week I invited you to share with me what inspires you....  Thank you all for sharing... I am inspired to share your words of wisdom here.

Inspiration is such a big word... but sometimes it's the things that happen everyday, that we often take for granted, that are the most significant.  

Cassandra shared this:
"I am grateful that no matter what is going on, every morning the sun rises, giving me a chance to make something of the day."

Like a new day, soon we will witness a dawn of a new era, post pandemic, and it's up to us to make the most of it.  And a good place to start in defining our "new normal."  Everyday we have a choice....  24 hours to spend, or rather invest, in how we want to fill our time.  It's amazing to me how quickly the hours add up to weeks, and then months and pretty soon, years have gone by while we're waiting for things to change... instead, we must be the change.

What will be my new normal?  What adds to my quality of life and what detracts? In the past few months we've been  forced to clear our plates of my activities, so going forward, it's up to us to choose how to spend our time.   For me, I have felt like the busy-ness of life has left me precious little time for the important things in my life... so I'll be exploring how to go about that.

What about you??

Tuesday, April 14, 2020


"You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all the houses.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."

Matthew 5:14

He has Risen, Risen indeed!
but wait... the story continues.

I've been thinking that from the beginning of this global pandemic, what an interesting coincidence it is that this occurred during our Lenten Series.  And how each post I pre-planned seemed divinely chosen for that day.  I'm not sure how much I believe in coincidence, but I am very sure that God will always use our present circumstances for His good.   
So.... the story continues.

Put yourselves in the shoes of the Pharisee's on that Sunday morning.... what did they feel?  A sense of relief that his man who had become a threat to their normal mode of operation and to their authority, had died on the cross and finally it was over?  And so what if his followers had stolen his body from the tomb....  at last their lives could finally "get back to normal."   

How many times have you heard that phrase in the past month??  I've even said it myself.  But a week or so ago, my friend Peg, shared a post on Facebook that opened my eyes to the opportunities ahead of us.

"Nothing should go back to normal.
Normal wasn't working.
If we go back to the way things were, we will have lost the lesson.
May we rise up and do better."

The Pharisee's thought it would go back to the way it was "before" but no, not even close....things had changed for them... and for us... forever.

Life has changed for everyone of us with COVID-19.  For some, they may have lost their jobs, or even their homes, or worse yet, a loved one or friend.  At the very least we've all missed spending time with our friends and family and perhaps taken a beating with the economy at a standstill. And we've all gained a fresh perspective on many things we took for granted.

I pray that our country will unite, and come together to rebuild... and we, as Christians are called to lead the way. 

After Jesus rose from the dead, he spent the next 40 days on earth, teaching, instructing his followers on how and where they can be "the hands and feet of God" before His final ascension into heaven.  As we reach the peak of this pandemic, see then curve flatten and then watch as it comes back down, I am certain God will be showing us the way forward.  Let's watch and grow together, support and share, show the love of Christ in all that we do.

During this time, rather than get back to posting the art I've been working for clients, I'll continue on our Lent theme with a sketch and a message that will hopefully bring you inspiration and hope.   

So what inspires you?  
For me, it's nature, and I particularly love the National Parks.  If a National Park has a lighthouse, even better!  This one is the Bass Harbor Lighthouse in Acadia National Park. 
The first lighthouse was built by the Pharos in Alexandria in 280 BC.   Since then, lighthouses have been showing sea captains the way to safety.  I see God in this way.... directing our path.  We sometimes choose to go off course, but He keeps that light shining, waiting for us to come back into His loving arms.  Likewise, we are that Lighthouse to others.  During this unique time in our history, your friends, family, grandchildren will watch and learn from you.

So, what inspires you? 
A sunrise, a rainbow, a particular bible verse or poem, maybe it's someone you know?  I'd love to hear from you and incorporate these into my upcoming posts.  I hope you'll e-mail me at accentsinart@gmail.com and share your thoughts!

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Saturday, April 11, 2020

REJOICE - Easter Sunday

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.

Matthew 28:6

Today we pause to remember and rejoice 
in your sacrificial love;
That shone light into darkness
That bore life from such emptiness
That revealed hope out of devastation
That spoke truth through incrimination
That released freedom in spite of imprisonment
And brought us forgiveness instead of punishment.

 Thank you that we can walk in the light of your life, 
Hope, truth, freedom and forgiveness,
This and everyday.

He is Risen, indeed!!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

FORGIVE - Good Friday

And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head.  They put a staff in his right hand, then they knelt in front of him and mocked him, "Hail, king of the Jews!"  They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.  

Matthew 27: 29-30

In just one week, Jesus was welcomed by the crowds with cheers and praise, he shared a last meal with his disciples, knowing that one would turn on and betray him.  Finally he was tortured, beaten, and mocked before dying a gruesome death on the cross.  
Yet, before He took his last breath he said 
"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they're doing."

What are you holding on to that is blocking your relationship with Jesus?

It's time to let it go.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

REMEMBER - Maundy Thursday

While they were eating, Jesus took the bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying  "Take and eat, this is my body."  Then he took the cup and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them saying, "Drink from it, all of you.  This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."

Matthew 26:26-28
"do this in remembrance of me"

Saturday, April 4, 2020

BLESSED - Palm Sunday

Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  And the crowds that went before Him and that followed Him were shouting:

"Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!"

Matthew 21: 8 - 9

"Triumphant Entry" can't even begin to explain the energy and excitement in the crowd that day... the Savior they had waited for... for hundreds, if not thousands of years had finally come!  Just imagine how you'd feel if you happened upon this scene, an hour after Jesus had gone through.. you just missed it!  That pit in your stomach... you'd feel like you had just missed a once in a lifetime opportunity.

But that's not the way it is.  The "Good News" is you haven't missed it.  Over two thousand years later, you can still choose to follow Jesus and experience "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding."  

Tuesday, March 31, 2020


"For where two or three are gathered in my name, 
there I am among them."

Matthew 18:20

Once again, little did I know when I wrote the original text (below) where we would be on April 1st, 2020.  I have been hoping we'd wake up to the news today "April Fool"
 and life would have returned to normal.  

Not in our wildest imagination, could we have seen our churches (and everything else!) closed...especially during Easter.  But somehow, in our true American spirit, we are finding new ways to gather in the midst of this pandemic storm.  

"Gather" takes on new meaning in these days.  We may not be able to physically connect in the ways we are used to, but we can emotionally.  FaceTime and Zoom are our new best friends.  We can participate (yes, participate, not just watch in real time) our worship services via YouTube and Facebook.  We can pick up the phone that's always in our pocket and chat with a friend that is "sheltering in place" in Australia or right next door.  

We live in an age of limitless possibilities for connecting.  And we are connecting in a deeper and more personal way that has long been taken for granted.  Cherish these opportunities to reach out and check on a loved one, or a neighbor.  

And while life is moving at this slower pace, we'd better rest up, my friends, because when this is over, more than ever we need to be the hands and feet of Christ.  


I have always been intrigued by "Blue Zones."  
If you're not familiar, these are areas around the world where people typically live full, healthy lives to 100 years old and beyond, and what are the common denominators amongst them.   The obvious are genetics, diet and exercise, but equally important to their longevity are faith and community.  A heartfelt belief in God and quality time with friends and family.  

We are so blessed to live in a country and a community that cherish both of these, but it takes intention on our part.  Church and family can extend beyond the walls of the sanctuary or our immediate family.  Gather with those that fill your heart and build you up both socially as well as taking part in the many activities offered in our community and church.
And in the process, we can be the hands of feet of Christ across the world, through mission trips, volunteering at a local hospital or sharing a cup of coffee with your elderly neighbor.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2020


"You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all the houses.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."

Matthew 5:14

Now that we've "been transformed by the renewing of our mind" and can Trust in God for everything, we can jump for joy and SHINE for our Lord and Savior!  Whose watching you??  Your children, neighbors, co-workers, grandchildren... all of the above?  Even the checkout lady at the grocery store forms an opinion of you in the few minutes of interaction.  

Opportunity sometimes just knocks once!  
Let all the eyes on you, see your light shine for Him!  

Hi Friends!  Even though everything has changed in the last month, I'm leaving up my original text that I scheduled in early Feb. for Lent.   God is our ROCK.  While everything has changed, HE has not and this is a unique opportunity for us as Christians to SHINE for Him!  With negativity and fear surrounding us 24/7, we can rest assured knowing that God will prevail and will use this for His good.  We can send that message now to everyone we meet... spread the peace and confidence that "All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving , present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:6

I am a planner.  I like to come up with new ideas and then plan A to Z how to accomplish the task at hand.  Sometimes I get so pre-occupied with the plan I miss opportunities that God has placed square in my path, His little detours that make life what it's all about....

One of my favorite expressions is "If you want to give God a good laugh, just tell Him your plans!"

About 30 years ago when life was not going at all the way I'd planned it, I came across this poem and it totally changed my perspective and my life and now, all these years later, I can say without hesitation, it's been a great ride!!

P.S.   I worked on these sketches and posts a few months ago!  Little did I know what was in store for all of us, our country, and the world!  And how timely, this pre-posted sketch and message would be for today.  To be honest, I've been glued to the TV for days and it's taken it's toll.  But today is a new day and I'm taking to heart "The Road of Life."  We never know from day to day what will happen, but we can TRUST in the fact that God is ALWAYS in control and He will make good of every situation.  I do think it's a little ironic that the situation we are in worldwide has occurred during Lent.  A time when we are to "give up" something and to spend that time tuned into God.  To Rest, Renew, Transform, TRUST  and Shine. 

for more, please read: https://herviewfromhome.com/faith-gods-plans-are-greater/

Tuesday, March 10, 2020


"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."

Romans 12:2

Do you ever feel like you've been stuck in a cocoon?  Waiting to become who you're meant to be?  That the expectations others have of you is not your true self.  Those inner voices that tell you to be quiet, or calm when you want to take flight and soar?   I have!  

We have only one judge in this life, and He loves us more than we can imagine.  
As Christians, we are created in Christ's image, we have been filled with the Holy Spirit and will have everlasting life.   What could be better than that?
The time has come to jump for joy and soar to new heights! And to share the love of Christ to the world together!

Tuesday, March 3, 2020


" Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God, truly righteous and holy."

Ephesians 4:23

I love new beginnings!  New Years Day, birthdays, sometimes just a Monday feels like an opportunity to begin again!

Lent is a time for a fresh start in our walk with Christ.  To walk with Him and talk with Him so that He can show us all He has prepared for us. 

"Renew" is a verb, it requires action.  A favorite expression of mine is "God can't steer a parked car," so it's time to get in gear and go!  He will show you the way.... He'll provide opportunities more than you can imagine and the means to make it happen.  Open your eyes and trust in that.  

"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which He has prepared in advance for us to do."
Ephesians 4:10

read more about renewal:

Tuesday, February 25, 2020


"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 
and I will give you rest."

Matthew 11:28

"I come to the garden alone, 
while the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear, 
The Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am his own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there, 
None other has ever known."

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

In my ladies Bible study at church recently we were asked what was our "word" (in lieu of a New Years Resolution) for the year.   Mine is "Today."  

Where busy-ness seems to have become a badge of honor in todays culture, I want to slow down.  To live more in the present, to do one thing at a time, without multi tasking.   Instead of emptying the dishwasher or making the bed while I chat on the phone with a friend,  I will sit and listen, be present.   To improve the quality, not the quantity of Today.

What's your word?  
Name it, claim it and live it for this Lenten season of 
Rest, Reflection and Renewal.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Join me this Lenten Season

If you've "followed" my blog for awhile, you'll know that each Easter I post a series of art, with scripture and a mini-message.   
I've always thought of my art work as a gift from God.  I do believe that He has blessed me with this talent so that I can share with others and praise Him in all things!   

Next Wednesday, is Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent.  This year will be my fourth year to post a "Lenten Series."   This year will be entirely new artwork, scripture and a message, found only on my blog.   It will arrive in your inbox on Wednesday mornings during the Lenten Season with a few extras during Holy Week.  

Join me as we Rest... Renew... Transform... Trust... Shine... and as we are Blessed, Remember, Forgive and Rejoice in the Risen Christ!  

I hope you'll share the Good News by forwarding them to others or invite them to sign up on my blog to receive the posts directly.

For those that made suggestions for scripture verses or posting ideas, thank you!!  I loved your input, and you may just see something familiar in the upcoming weeks!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Century Tree

Introducing Prints!  

After 10 years of commissioned art, I will now be offering prints of those "special places that create memories." 

The Century Tree holds a special place in the heart of many TAMU Aggies.  It is well over 100 years old and one of the first trees planted on the Texas A&M campus.   This beautiful live oak is the site of marriage proposals, weddings and the spot where countless couples fell in love.  So, I am happy to offer prints of both of these sketches available for those special Aggie lovebirds!

Above - "Century Tree"
Below - "Love under the Century Tree" is a closer up view and can be personalized with initials or names in a heart on the tree trunk, as space permits.  

More details coming soon with availability and pricing!!