LIGHT ARISES IN THE DARKNESS:

A Journal of Comfort, Encouragement, and Inspiration


[Light Arises in the Darkness Book] Intro

[Light Arises in the Darkness Book] Intro

  Recently, I mentioned my new book I was writing, Light Arises in the Darkness: How to Go Through Suffering and Experience Incredible Joy. So here is my book–in progress–starting with the a cover layout I made on Photoshop. It may change as I get closer to publication, but this will work for now.         And here is the chapter outline, followed by the introduction. Keep in mind the book will be edited before publication, but you will get to see it in the rough, first. I really appreciate your comments, as that will be an encouragement and will also help me in the direction I take the book. Please pray for me that I would write it well–that it would be according to the truth in God’s word, the Bible, that it would encourage others in the midst of their struggles, and that it would help people to see how awesome God is, in the midst of the difficulties of life. Thank you!   Light Arises in the Darkness How to Go Through Suffering and Experience Incredible Joy Copyright 2017 by Matt Philleo. All rights reserved.   CONTENTS Why is there Suffering? Acknowledging Your Suffering Suffering Caused by Financial Problems Suffering Caused by Health Problems Suffering Caused by Loss Problems Suffering Caused by Relationship Problems Suffering Caused by Internal Problems Seeking the Lord in Your Suffering Responding to His Presence and Encouragement Becoming an Encourager       “Our sorrows are all, like ourselves, mortal. There are no immortal sorrows for immortal souls. They come, but blessed be God, they also go. Like birds of the... read more
8 Reasons Why I’m Back to Writing the Book

8 Reasons Why I’m Back to Writing the Book

Almost two years ago, I decided I was going to write a book on encouragement. Initially, it was going to be just a brief E-Book, but then… Then, I started asking for a few folks to contribute their stories–stories of how they went through struggles in life, but somehow made it through. Several people responded, and I had stories that I could include to truly add life to the book! This meant that the book needed to expand and with several concepts brewing in my head, I knew that I had enough content for a full-length printed book. My goal was (and still is) to make this a unique book by including a lot of paintings, drawings, and illustrations to go with the concepts and stories.     I had a title already picked out for it: Light Arises in the Darkness: How to Go Through Suffering and Experience Incredible Joy. The premise of the book is that in the middle of your biggest trials, fears, disillusionment and devastations, God would meet you in the dark place and pour out His light, love and mercy on you, if you would only seek Him. I know, because I’ve been there, and experienced it. Maybe you have too! This was a book that I needed to write. Even as an artist, sometimes pictures just aren’t enough to communicate a message that dives down so deep into who you are. If a picture is worth a thousand words, I would need at least a hundred pictures to share this message of hope with others. Words are needed too. Soon enough, these words flowed... read more
5 Steps to Shade Your Portraits Right

5 Steps to Shade Your Portraits Right

How do you get your portrait paintings to look lifelike? Here’s a 5-step printable guide to get you on the road to realism. Click here to download the full resolution 8.5″ x 11″ printable file.   It will help get you on the right track in using color and value and correctly, so that your acrylic portrait painting looks lifelike. All of this is in a standard 8 1/2″ x 11″ printable guide that you can keep for easy reference. Although it will not solve all your painting problems,you’ll be able to use it as an excellent tool to get your painting going in the right direction, or even give you some solid principles to go by if you’re stuck.  Let me know what you think of it and how it helps. Be blessed in your painting adventures and I’ll be in... read more
Inscribed on the Hands of God

Inscribed on the Hands of God

  One day, when I was discouraged and depressed, I read this passage in my Bible from Isaiah 49:   But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, And my Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me. I thought, “God still loves me!” He still loves me–even though I’ve been distant from Him and messed up again. And He won’t forget me. I was comforted by His limitless promise to be faithful.   I thought, I have to do a drawing of this idea.   So I held out my own hand as a model and drew it. This is called “Inscribed.” 14″ x 17,” pencil on paper.   You will find over 300 names written within the creases and wrinkles of these hands.     Be encouraged. God has not forgotten you either.   If you are a born-again child of God, this scripture passage implies that your name, too, is written on the palm of His hand. This means God will never forget you. He sees every tear. He knows what you are feeling and He knows how you may be failing. But He still loves you just the same.   And the reason He can do that is because, if you’ve allowed Him to, He’s forgiven every sin you’ve ever committed through the righteous sacrifice of Jesus on your behalf.   He shed His blood,... read more
Portrait artist Matt Philleo painting a custom portrait from a client's photo.

About Me

Hi, I’m Matt Philleo. I create artwork to comfort, encourage, and inspire. For those who are discouraged, brokenhearted and experiencing loss, my artwork has special meaning, often by guiding them to the One who can bring true peace and lasting joy.

I’ve been doing art on commission and exhibition on a part-time basis since 1991, and exclusively full-time since 2013.  Currently, I live in Eau Claire, WI with my wife and three children.

"I have inscribed you on the palm of my hands."

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"Inscribed," Pencil on Paper, by Matt Philleo

One day, when I was discouraged I read a verse in the Bible, in Isaiah, 49:15-16, where it says, "Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palm of my hands." This verse brought such encouragement, that I created this original work of art to share the incredible love of God with others, including you!


Get a free 8 x 10 copy of this drawing that you can use to print, share, or as wallpaper!

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