I was introduced to Christ through my husband and Christian television over 25 years ago. My testimony includes, smoking, alcohol, New Age activity, divorce and more–I’m not ashamed of my background, it gives me the opportunity to relate, have compassion, and boast in the what the Lord has done for me.

I have a Masters degree in Library Science, and worked in 2 university libraries, as well as a young adult’s librarian.  I was also a VP in vocational education, and executive career counseling and recruiting.

My testimony includes how God supernaturally taught me how to draw and paint when I was 59 years old and I have been an artist for 10 years. You can read my story at https://www.lgabel.com/ Recently, I finished illustrating a children’s book written by my sister, Leesa Donner, about an autistic boy, Peter, and his friend Pepe, the Puffin.  You can find Peter & Pepe the Puffin and the Mystery of the Dollar Bill on Amazon.

I also do Christian career counseling, emotional/inner healing and deliverance through Pathway to Freedom’s “Living Life Free” with individuals. I am the creator of the 5 Minute Miracle Telepraying Way (https://fiveminutemiracle.wordpress.com/about/) and the SondayNiteLive Players. For over 18 years I led a weekly Bible study, titled “Living Victoriously: Your Identity in Christ”.  I have participated in the Christian Farmers Outreach, been a Breakthrough Intercessor, volunteered as a client advocate at a Women’s Pregnancy Center in Frederick, MD. 

Most recently, I have spoken and ministered in Ft. Worth, Texas and Cali, Columbia, South America. My latest Bible Study is entitled “The Above Born Church: The Spirit of Full Acceptance” which is being taught live and on Zoom every Thursday. Additionally, I was interviewed on Liberty Nation News regarding the record breaking $195M of Andy Warhol’s Blue Marilyn silkscreen.

One of my greatest delights (outside of painting) is mentoring young women. I am the founder of Generation Destiny, a unique organization whose purpose is to seek out young women (ages 17-25) outside of the church who have limited or no Christian exposure and encourage them through a series of sponsored dinners to explore their divine destiny in Christ. Learn more about GenD at: https://generationdestiny.com/  and https://www.instagram.com/generation.destiny/

I believe you must be born again (John 3:3); saved by God’s grace alone–a free gift from Him; accept the Trinity, the inerrancy of Scripture, and prepare for the return of Christ by growing in relationship to Him. I pray for unity and love in the body of diverse believers.

Widowed, I live with my 3 dogs in Spring Hill, Florida. I have 2 stepchildren and 2 great granddaughters: MacKenzie and Paisley. Studio visits are encouraged. 

You may reach me at 240-357-2283 or lauragee09@gmail.com

“I will restore health to you and heal your wounds.” Jeremiah 30:17

“Look! The winter is past. The rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth. The time for singing has come.” Song of Solomon 2:11

ike many silver linings, Laura’s discovery and desire to paint were born out of a very difficult event. Laura’s artistic journey was motivated out of a desire to” heal my heart and my hurts”.  Her art exemplifies the phrase: “It’s never too late.” She wants others to be encouraged by her journey and to follow the dreams that have been innately woven into the fabric of each person by the Creator.

She likes to look deeply into the divine beauty that is all around us and to highlight that beauty in a way that is inspiring and intriguing.

Laura thinks of herself as a beginning “Grandma Moses” in the pastel world. Pastel is an exciting medium. Pastel is not chalk, it is  pure pigment, the same pigment used in oils. But unlike oil, it has no liquid binder that can cause the surface to darken, fade, yellow, crack or blister.

Leonardo DaVinci was known to use pastel in his portrait of Isabella D’Este (1499). Rosalba Carriera (1664-1754) created compelling portraits that are still as fresh as the day she painted them. One of the greatest champions of pastel was Edgar Degas, famous in the mid 1800’s for his ballerina paintings. Pastel is vibrant and long lasting.

Contact Laura: 240-357-2283 or laura@lgabel.com about her art and yours, whether it be a person, a pet, or a landscape. If there is something in your heart or head, your past or future that you’d like Laura to create in pastel or charcoal, she’d love to discuss it with you. Laura lives in Spring Hill, Florida, with her husband Ken; two long-haired Chihuahuas, Monte and Justine; Max the rooster and his two consorts, Heidi and Trixi; and three guinea hens, Larry, Moe, and Curlie.  Studio visits are encouraged.

“I will restore health to you and heal your wounds.” Jeremiah 30:17

“Look! The winter is past. The rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth. The time for singing has come.” Song of Solomon 2:11

Unlike Laura, Michelle does not consider herself an artist in the “traditional” sense of the word. She doesn’t paint or draw or even sculpt. On occasion, she has been known to color alongside her four year old daughter, with a similar skill level. Michelle does, however, enjoy and love art of many kinds. She draws inspiration, encouragement, and motivation from things of beauty.

One thing Michelle and Laura do share is a deep and abiding love for Christ. Though their paths and stages of life are different, Michelle, too, longs to encourage others as they live out their own unique reflections of their Creator.

Sharing her journey with others through this blog is both terrifying and exhilarating. Michelle takes great comfort in knowing that it is God who has brought her thus far and He will continue to lead.

Michelle lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband, Justin, and their two daughters (K6) and (A10). Justin teaches in a classical school and Michelle is a freelance writer and website manager. They have recently relocated and are still finding their way around their new home state.

“But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8