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I have been blessed with an opportunity to share my God given creativity in my conceptual drawings and project photos showing how my clients have incorporated those ideas into their beautiful homes and landscapes.

 

I regularly pray for clients, projects, and those I am to work with. I believe it is a key strategy that has led to a successful life in creating remarkable projects.

 

Like most... I am intensely engaged in the excitement that comes with seeing creative thoughts become reality.

 

It is natural to to get excited about the next big idea, project or endeavor.

 

 

 

 

 

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A few years ago, I started to notice alot of extra effort in trying to attain happiness and contentment through self-sufficiency and in creating a quality design business.

 

As I reached certain goals and began to work with famous people, higher end projects, etc...

 

I started to realize these accomplishments would only be temporal, with regard to a deep inner satisfaction within my heart, mind and soul.

 

A lot of folks think that the Bible is a "has been", old fashioned piece of literature that doesn't have any relevance today. I have found it to be just the opposite. Once I actually started to open and read it... I began to find insightful truthes that DO apply to modern life. I now view it as a quality, Guide Book to successful living. Scroll further down to read some very encouraging examples.

 

First: King Solomon lived about 3000 years ago. He was considered one of the richest and wisest men in the world. He is credited for writing a lot of the Proverbs in the Bible, and also wrote the book of Ecclesiastes.

In Ecclesiastes chapter 2, he jots his memoirs, escapades, accomplishments. With his massive wealth, he undertook great projects and built magnificent homes, planted vineyards and made stunning gardens and parks. But at the end of his life, he admitted that everything he physically and mentally toiled to achieve, ended up "meaningless and a chasing after the wind"...

In Proverbs 3:21-23 he writes: "My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble..."

 

 

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The eventual emptiness that comes after the project excitement is over... always leads me back to wanting to nurture and develop my relationship and friendship with the great Designer- my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

Long term... it has proven to be the only sustainable and consistently satisfying aspect of my inner life.

I have grown to believe that there is a God shaped void in all of our hearts, and only He can fill it.

 

He has a wonderful life for you and I, and it is up to us to seek and ask Him for it.

 

 

 

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So why be so bold with my Faith?

Viewers from all over the world visit this website each month. I appreciate that you have taken your valuable time to review the effort I have put in to it.

 

But more important... I would like the chance to inspire and encourage you to seek your highest calling.

There is an everlasting contentment and peace that is available to all of us when we accept ourselves for how and why we were each created by our Maker.

It's not always easy... Seeking, nurturing and beginning to trust and develop a more personal relationship with our Creator often takes a deliberate, focused effort.

In the long term, I believe it is worth it for us- as it answers those many gnawing questions, and fills a void that can never be filled with beautiful "things".

 

Sincerely,

Jeff Doubet Santa Barbara, CA

P.S. Please scroll down to see for yourself the beautiful words of encouragement that the Bible scriptures provide each of us... we only need to take the time to find them. Here are a few of my favorites, mixed with some my favorite popular quotes I have collected over the years. JD

 

Quotes and Scriptures: A random mix of popular, inspirational writings I have collected

 

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The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.  Emile Zola

 

 

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  1 Peter 4:10

 

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Ephesians 2:10

 

 

 

 

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.  Thomas Merton

 

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8

 

 

Love of beauty is taste.  The creation of beauty is art.  Ralph Waldon Emerson

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.  Psalm 34:8

 

 

Imagination is the eye of the soul.  Joseph Joubert


For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16

 

 

A vivid image compels the whole body to follow.  Aristotle

But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.  Exodus 9:16

 

 

The painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen.  Paul Valery

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.  Matthew 6:22

 

 

A picture is worth a thousand words.  Napoleon Bonaparte

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  Matthew 11:28-29

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Ephesians 3:16-19

Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say. Exodus 4:12

 

 

Success is getting what you want.  Happiness is wanting what you get.  Dale Carnegie

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. Psalm 20:4

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.  Proverbs 2:7-8

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5

 

 

Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.  Charles F. Kettering

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Psalm 23:6

 

 

God is in the details.  Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  Genesis 1:21

You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.   Revelation 4:11

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.  Hebrews 11:3

He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers. Exodus 35:35

 

 

The principle of true art is not to portray… but to evoke.  Jerzy Kosinkski

I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us—yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses.  Isaiah 63:7

 

 

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.  Albert Einstein

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

 

 

I’ve learned that people forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.  Maya Angelou

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7

 

 

Ability is nothing without opportunity.  Napoleon Bonaparte

Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

 

 

When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.  Henry J. Kaiser

But let the one who boasts, boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight, declares the Lord.  Jeremiah 9:24

 

 

Fine art is that which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.  John Ruskin

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.  Romans 12:6-8

 

 

Success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.  Thomas Edison

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.  Hebrews 12:11

 

 

No man succeeds without a good woman behind him.  Harold MacMillan

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  Proverbs 31:30

 

 

By the work, one knows the workman.  Jean de La Fountaine

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.  Luke 8:16

 

 

Art does not reproduce what we see: rather, it makes us see.  Paul Klee

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

 

 

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter with his ears.  Gertrude Stein

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14

My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Job 42:5

 

 

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.  William Faulkner

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.  1 John 5:20

What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.  1 Corinthians 14:26

 

 

The beginning is the most important part of the work.  Plato

When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else.  But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body  1 Corinthians 15:37-38

 

 

Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.  Marsha Norman

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  1 Peter 4:10

 

 

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.  Jonathan Swift

For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Philippians 4:8

 

 

I didn’t want to do something typical.  Beck

And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.  2 Corinthians 5:15

 

 

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does, the better.  Andre Gide

For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. Romans 11:29

In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.  2 Timothy 2:20-21

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.  Pablo Picasso

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.   2 Corinthians 4:18

 

 

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.  Mother Teresa

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

 

 

To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.  Pearl S. Buck

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.  Psalm 16:11

Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy are in His dwelling place. 1 Chronicles 16:27

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.  Isaiah 55:12

Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.  1 Peter 3:4

 

 

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent + original in your work. Gustave Flaubert.

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling, and that by His power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.  We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.   2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  Hebrews 10:24-25

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.  Hebrews 12:28

 

 

A great thought begins by seeing something differently, with a shift of the minds eyes.  Albert Einstein

Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.  1 Timothy 4:14

 

 

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.  Henry David Thoreau

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

 

 

Don’t aim for success if you want it: just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.  David Frost.

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.  2 Corinthians 9:8

 

 

All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.  Abe Lincoln.

Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. Deuteronomy 8:2

 

 

Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else. George Halas.

Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Isaiah 55:2

 

 

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.  Emile Zola

It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.  For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.  Romans 9:16-18

 

 

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Zig Ziglar

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.  1 Timothy 6:17

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.  2 Corinthians 9:11

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28

 

 

The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.  James Crook

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.  Romans 1:16

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9

 

 

Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.  Confucius

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.  Isaiah 55:6

Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. John 12:26

 

 

Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.  Gandhi

You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit. Job 10:12

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear;  I will help you.  Isaiah 41:13

 

 

Every wall is a door.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.  Isaiah 42:16

 

 

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.  Lou Holtz

Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. Psalm 105:2

Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens, who thunders with mighty voice. Psalm 68:32-33

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever. Psalm 30:11-12

 

 

Simple living is the way to happy living.  Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  2 Corinthians 1:3-42

Timothy 1:9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.

 

 

To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.  Anatole France

But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29

 

 

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All quotes and scriptures were organized (in their order)... by Santa Barbara Home Designer Jeff Doubet

My intention is to share various Popular Culture quotes (that I have found and have been inspired by)... and combine them with Bible Scriptures that I have also discovered through the course of perusing the "Good Book".

 

 

Life has many ups and downs and we each are navigating those highs and lows in a very busy world that has many distractions. I wanted to create this page to inspire and encourage those that would find, and take the time to read it.

Feel free to forward this page to anyone that you think might be uplifted by the uniqueness of the collection.

Sincerely, Jeff Doubet 12/31/14

 

 

and one last set....

 

There are no rules here- we’re trying to accomplish something.  Thomas Edison

Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them? For from him and through him and for him are all things.  To him be the glory forever!  Amen. Romans 11:35-36

 

 

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