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Friday, May 20, 2016

Grateful for Clothing {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52Prompt20 Clothing

When I first read this week’s prompt for the Gratitude 52 Art Journal challenge, “Illustrate your appreciation for clothing,” the first thing that came to mind was the Bible verse about taking no thought for what you will wear.

Matthew 6:28-29
And why do you worry about clothes?Consider how the lilies of the field grow: They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was adorned like one of these.…

My first inclination was to sketch a lily. But, I decided to be a bit more of a conformist (this time) and actually sketch an article of clothing (a whimsical one, at that). I am thankful for clothing, and it’s another blessing that I often take for granted.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Jehovah Ro’i {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Jehovah Rohi

Ezekiel 34:11-16

Studying the Names of God (not an in-depth study, which I would like to do sometime), I love them all. But thinking of God as the Shepherd of His People is a comforting thought. The picture that comes to my mind brings a smile and a feeling of peaceful assurance.

One of my references had this information:

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The Hebrew word "rohi" (or "ro'i" or "ro'eh") is both a noun and a verb, meaning "a shepherd" and "a pasture", as well as "to shepherd" or "to pasture". An extended translation of the word as a noun is also "friend" or "companion". This indicates the intimacy YHWH desires between Himself and His people. He doesn't want mentally- and emotionally-detached children simply going through repetitious religious exercises. He wants a close personal involvement in every aspect of our lives, one in which we would come to truly depend on Him for our every need.

The word "rohi" alone first appears in Genesis 37:2: "...Joseph . . . was feeding the flock [rohi] with his brothers..." A more direct reference to the role of shepherding appears in Genesis 47:3-4 when Joseph's brothers told Pharaoh, "...Your servants are shepherds [rohi], both we, and our fathers . . . We have come to live as foreigners in the land, for there is no pasture [rohi] for your servants' flocks..."

— YHWH, the Shepherd of His people — as in...

  • Psalm 80:1 — "Hear us, Shepherd [Rohi] of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock, You who sit above the cherubim, shine forth."
  • Isaiah 40:10-11 — "Behold, the Lord [Elohim] Yahweh will come as a mighty one . . . He will feed His flock like a shepherd [rohi], He will gather the lambs in His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and will gently lead those who have their young."
  • Ezekiel 34:11-16a — "For thus says the Lord [Elohim] Yahweh: 'Behold, I Myself, even I, will search for My sheep, and will seek them out. As a shepherd [rohi] seeks out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered abroad, so will I seek out My sheep; and I will deliver them . . . I will feed [rohi] them with good pasture [rohi]; and on the mountains of the height of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie down in a good fold; and on fat pasture [rohi] shall they feed on the mountains of Israel. I Myself will be the shepherd [Rohi] of My sheep, and I will cause them to lie down,' says the Lord [Elohim] Yahweh. 'I will seek that which was lost, and will bring back that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick...'"

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On this page I quickly sketched the image and then painted with InkTense Blocks.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Colorful Blessings {Inspirational Coloring Book Pages}

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Colorful Blessings p2

So, when the adult coloring book craze hit, I ignored it, because I didn’t want to divert my time and attention from my needed practice on art.

But I always loved to color. In fact, in my previous life, I would have sworn that “coloring” in a color book was the closest I could get to art. So, when I saw these cute little coloring books that are full of inspirational/devotional content and Scripture verses, I couldn’t resist, especially since I already owned PrismaColor Premier colored pencils, and these books are really inexpensive, I think.

I knew I wanted spiral binding and printed only on one side. So, I love this “Colorful Blessings” book from Ronnie Walter. Her drawings make me happy, and they are not so complex that it takes the fun out of it. Still, even the simple drawings take way more time to color than I anticipated.

Sooooo, this is what I do when I want a break from scrapbooking or art projects. Besides, I can do this WHILE….like while I’m “watching” the Cardinals game.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Begging God {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Matt 7-7 Ask Seek Knock

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” – Matthew 7:7 (KJV)

Guest blogger today: My son, Pastor Mark Ford. His blog, Thoughts to Think Through, is always thought-provoking and inspiring. Yesterday’s post, “The Most Important Prayer,” prompted my Bible art today. With his permission, I am printing his piece in its entirety, as this was on my heart as I sketched and painted the illustration for Matthew 7:7.

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The Most Important Prayer

Thy will be done.

Those four words comprise the most important sentence you could ever pray.

Jesus told us to ask, seek and knock, and to expect God to give us what we ask for (Matthew 7:7-11). This principle is seen throughout Scripture. James also indicated that we do not receive, because we do not ask in faith. We are clearly instructed to seek what we desire from God. We are to ask and keep on asking. Jesus even told a parable to illustrate that begging God repeatedly for something is the best way to get it. Sometimes God absolutely WAITS to give us what we are asking for until we ask and keep on fervently asking for an extended period of time.

Preachers of the “Prosperity Gospel,” though heretical, are nonetheless correct in teaching the above half of the equation. Part of their error comes in not including the following warning: Sometimes, when God gives you what you asked for, it is not a good thing. Oh, it is absolutely true that God wants to give you what you want. He doesn’t like saying no to His kids. In fact, God hates saying no so much, that sometimes He says yes even when He knows you are going to be wishing you hadn’t asked in the end.

Wait, really? Yep. Keep reading.

When Jesus taught us to pray, He included the all-important sentence I mentioned above, “Thy will be done.” He also demonstrated this for us from the Garden, where, sweating drops of blood, He prayed, “Nevertheless, Thy will be done, not mine.” Jesus fervently and repeatedly asked for the cup of suffering to pass from Him, but not without including just as fervently, “Thy will be done.”

When it comes to prayer, there is no way to overemphasize the importance of those four words.

Ask the Israelites. When they wanted a king, they forgot to add these words. When they wanted meat in the wilderness, they forgot to add these words. Both times, God gave them EXACTLY what they asked for. In the first instance, they received their king, and it led to war and ultimately destruction. In the second instance, they received so much meat that it caused a plague and many died. God said, “I’ll give you enough meat until it is running out of your noses” (Numbers 11). Both times, their prayers did not line up with the will of God. Both times, all they could think about was what they wanted, and receiving it, they faced the consequences of their own lack of foresight. They forgot to pray, “Thy will be done.”

Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Some would take this as a sure-fire way to get whatever you want from God, like an algebra equation guaranteeing results. Do A and get B. They fail, however, to understand that when A is true, B is automatically changed. When you delight yourself in the Lord, the desires of your heart become conformed to His will. Why? Because when He becomes your delight, His desires become yours.

As a child of God, perhaps the most dangerous thing you could ever do is to ask God for what you desire without adding, “Thy will be done.” God said in advance that He is prone to give His children what they want most (Matthew 7:11). If what you want most is not His will, beware the power of prayer!

Scripture absolutely encourages the children of God to ask for the desires of their hearts. Do not take what I have written to mean you should skip the asking part and simply pray a blanket prayer for the will of God. Not at all! Keep on asking, seeking and knocking. BEG GOD for the desires of your heart! Spend large amounts of time doing this! But don’t forget to add the most important words to your prayer: “Thy will be done.” And don’t be surprised when His will and your will are no longer two different things.

Father, let Your will be done, and let every ounce of my will become Yours.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Golf Outing {Scrapbook}

Golf SB LO Left

Left-hand page

Golf SB LO Right (pocket)

Right-hand page

Deciding to post a few more things in addition to my art projects. I scrapbook most all of my pictures, and I take a lot of pictures. I rarely share my simplistic layouts on my blog. However, the simple style works for me, allows me to incorporate some art now and then, and provides opportunity to include a lot more photos than if I made every page an art presentation.

Recently I was the “ride-along” while my husband and son played golf on a beautiful day, at a beautiful course.

I use Creative Memories albums and pages, combining full-page 12x12 staple-hinged pages with the 12x12 multi-pocket pages. The double-page spread doesn’t photograph well, but here is the way it looks with the album open.

Golf SB LO spread

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Tea Time {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52Prompt 19 One Good Thing Tea Time

This week’s Gratitude52 Art Journal Prompt19 came in just as I was preparing to join my daughter-in-law and granddaughter at the local Tea House, Myrtle’s Tea House and Herbery. It’s a wonderful place, and it’s always special to share tea time there, especially with two of my favorite girls (ladies). So, as soon as I saw the prompt, “Sketch or illustrate your appreciation for ‘one good thing’ that brings you joy this week,” I knew I wanted to illustrate our Tea Time.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Be Strong—in HIM {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Eph 6-10 Strong in the Lord

.Ephesians 6:10 - "Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might."

Love this. It's one of those verses that is so clearly simple and yet so profound. So, I am to be strong--but, wait...I don't have to do it on my own. I can be strong IN HIM, and IN HIS MIGHTY POWER! Yes and amen!

The margin background is watercolor. The barbell is obviously a rough sketch from scratch, watercolored. The text is alpha stickers.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Instead of Being Anxious {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Phil 4-6,7

Philippians 4: 6-7 (NIV)

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.

This is one of my go-to verses to remind me not to worry. But Sunday evening I was drawn to this passage again, and drilling down into the passage, I found a deep and timely message for me right now.

My understanding is that I should not be anxious, but rather, I should:

PRESENT my requests to God, through PRAYER and PETITION (I should be bold), with PRAISE (don’t forget that part), and the end result will be the PEACE of God (transcending human understanding), guarding my heart and mind.

It’s okay to beg God (prayer and petition) for my requests, remembering to praise Him for knowing what is best for me in the end.

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Great Commission {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Great Commission edited

Matthew 28:19-20

The Great Commission

As my granddaughter just graduated from college and is preparing to begin a two-year mission assignment with the International Mission Board this summer, this passage has been on my mind.

But The Great Commission is not just for international missionaries. It is for all of us who are Christ-followers. We are to GO and TEACH and MAKE DISCIPLES.

Bible Art Great Commission edited

I made my own stencil with my Silhouette die cutting machine and then inked over it. Then I masked it and inked around it. Easy peasy.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Thankful for My Mother {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52Prompt18 Mother

The weekly prompt for Jenny Frith’s Gratitude52 Art Journal Challenge is “Sketch, quote or illustrate your appreciation for your mom.” Since I don’t draw people, I thought of something that reminds me of my mother, who passed away in April of 2013. She loved butterflies, so I sketched and watercolored this page to remind me of my thankfulness for my mother.

She truly was the glue that held my family (Daddy, Mother and five children) together, during bad times and good.

I created this digital scrapbook page for Mother, shortly before her death.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Jehovah Jireh {Bible Art Journaling}

Names of God-Week 1-Jehovah Jireh

I am participating in a Bible study on the Names of God. The first week focuses on Jehovah Jireh (God provides).

I chose to illustrate a page in my KJV Bible where the actual text “Jehovah Jireh” occurs, Genesis 22:14.

“And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.”

I also love the ESV translation: “So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’”

Promises that God will provide are found throughout the Bible. My favorite is this one:

“And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

“The Lord will provide” – what an awesome answer to so many of life’s challenges, worries, problems, stresses, crises…..

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Eye is a Lamp {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52Prompt17 Eyesight

This week’s prompt for the Gratitude52 Art Journal Challenge is “Eyesight.” I chose to illustrate my thankfulness for eyesight by focusing on a Scripture verse about the eye.

"Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.”   -  Matthew 6:22 (NLT)

Other Bible phrases come to mind, like “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” I’m also thinking about another level of meaning, reflected in the children’s song: “Be careful little eyes what you see.” Hmmmmmm. We want the “whole body” to be “filled with light,” not darkness. So, the eye is pretty important spiritually, as well as physically, then, isn’t it?!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

God’s Peace {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art John 14-27 Peace

On February 29, 1956, my almost-30-year-old father was at a crossroads in his life. He was without a doubt on a destructive, downward-spiraling path. It was on that day that he picked up a Bible that was on the arm of the sofa (where my mother had left it the previous night). The Bible fell open to this passage:

Bible Art John 14-27 Peace

He read the verse. In his words, he realized this was what he had been seeking. Peace. Not a peace that could be found in the world. God’s peace. Even better, the promise was accompanied by a comforting word about a result of God’s peace—an untroubled and unafraid heart.

That day, he gave control of his life to Christ and committed to follow His leading for the future.

I have always marked that day as a turning point, not only in Daddy’s life, but in the lives of his immediate family at the time (my mother, myself and my three younger siblings). But as time has passed, I have added that it was also a turning point for future generations.

So many things could be traced back to that decision that day. Among them, as a direct result of his decision to claim the promise in John 14:27:

He accepted God’s call to preach. He took our family to Ouachita Baptist College (Arkadelphia, Arkansas) and earned a degree in New Testament Greek.

He was subsequently called to pastor Pleasant Hill Baptist Church (near Jefferson City, Missouri), where I met my future husband (and my sister met hers, my husband’s brother).

Everything in my life from that point was a result of his following God’s call to pastor that church.

My husband and I have been married 50 years. We have two children.

Our son is a pastor. He met his wonderful wife at Southwest Baptist University where he was preparing for ministry. They have two adult children now.

Their son is called to pastor and is a college/seminary student. He has recently married a very special young woman whom he met when his dad (our son) was called to pastor a church in the Pacific Northwest (sound familiar?).

Our son’s daughter has long felt God’s missional call on her life. She is this week graduating from a Christian university and already accepted into the Journeyman Program with the International Mission Board, leaving this summer to spend two years as a short-term missionary in Mexico.

Our daughter’s life is a blessing and actually a ministry to many. She is well on her way to finishing a master’s degree in counseling at seminary and feels called to Christian counseling. Her beautiful daughter and awesome son know that God also has special plans for their futures.

And my siblings could write similar stories, broadening the evidence of my thesis. Though their stories are not mine to tell, I will mention my sister who married my husband’s brother, how he became a pastor, and how they served as international missionaries for many years and even today are pastoring a church. I will mention my brother who is today serving as the Worship Arts Pastor in a church, continuing his years of influencing many for God’s kingdom.

Yes, I could boast on and on about my family, my children and grandchildren. But in this case, my purpose is to boast about God, and to show that one person’s reading of this verse, and making an about-face, life-changing decision to accept its promise, has not only eternal consequences but also unending and ever-reaching results.

And, honestly, the story continues…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Gratitude52 Journal Prompt #16

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Okay, this is a strange one. But, I’m determined to stay on track with this weekly journaling challenge from Jennifer Frith.

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This is what my weekly prompts look like. This one, ugh. Racked my brain until I thought of how glad I am that we can subscribe to MLB.TV for the Cardinals games during the months we are living in our second home in Washington. We are huge fans!

This is obviously a sketch, and it’s pretty rough, but it was fun!! I used acrylic for this one, so that I could get the bright, true colors for these logos. Out of my comfort zone with acrylic, which is funny, since that’s all I used for a while when I first started with “artsy” stuff!

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Not Just for Gideon {Bible Art Journaling}

BAJC HIC Lesson 4

Lesson 4 of Rebekah Jones’ 2016 Bible Art Journaling Challenge (Heaven is Calling): The Lord is With You. The Bible passage focuses on the story of Gideon. I love the story. Gideon was honest with God when he was called out to serve in a special way. Gideon did not feel worthy and in fact couldn’t see himself as “having what it took” to accomplish the task. God was patient with Gideon, but He reminded Gideon more than once: “The Lord is with you.” God even called Gideon a “mighty warrior.” Finally, Gideon followed God’s direction, and he was successful, just as God had promised.

Sometimes I am critical of Gideon, and as I read the story, I want to call him aside and say, “Do you know who you are talking to? How can you question that He will be with you. He shouldn’t have had to tell you more than once, and He was very patient with you as you ‘put out the fleece’ to test Him. If He says He will be with you, He will. Now stop doubting.”

Boom. That’s it right there. I am not that different from Gideon. I know in my heart that God will be with me, no matter what He asks me to do. And yet, in my head, doubt creeps in every single time. How dare I question my all-powerful God. Well, maybe I don’t question him as boldly as did Gideon. But I AM questioning if I am fearful and have any doubt that HE WILL BE WITH ME.

I should learn from the Old Testament story of Gideon.

Judges 6

11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrahthat belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites.

 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.

13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”

14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.

16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”

Judges 8

28 Thus Midian was subdued before the Israelites and did not raise its head again. During Gideon’s lifetime, the land had peace forty years.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Self-Care {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

Gratitude52 Prompt 15 Self Care

This week’s prompt (#15) is: “Sketch, quote, or illustrate your thankfulness for the ability to treat yourself with care.”

When I think of pampering myself, I envision a bubble bath. Simple as that. Not only is it relaxing, but it sometimes is the only thing that gives me any relief from my chronic muscle and joint pain. So, bring on the bubbles!

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Food for My Table {Gratitude52 Art Journal} {Family}

G52 Prompt 14 Food

Prompt #14 for my 2016 Gratitude52 Art Journal (have there already been 14 weeks in this year?? Wow!) is “Sketch, quote or illustrate your thankfulness for fresh food.”

I love fresh food, and there is something about the season of Spring that makes me even more desirous and appreciative of FRESH food. Fresh fruits and vegetables are always appetizing, and I do love fresh lime!

Again, this is one of those gratitude prompts that makes me realize how much I take some blessings for granted—simple blessings for me; but I should stop more often to realize that some basic things that I take for granted—like shelter, water, food…are not so readily available to everyone.

We just returned from a very brief getaway with our son and daughter-in-law. We were only gone 2-3 days, and one of the things we enjoyed on our trip (about 3 hours from Ridgefield, WA, to Sisters, OR) was lots of wonderful food (oh, and lots of coffee as well—the Sisters Coffee Company roasts and grinds THE BEST)!!

So, this week’s prompt “food on the table” certainly was in keeping with our enjoyable mini-vacation.

(Note: Eating was not our only activity! Just posting these particular photos because they fit with this week’s Gratitude52 prompt!)

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Thankful for Worship (Gratitude52 Art Journal}

Gratitude52 Prompt 13 Worship

This week’s prompt for the Gratitude 52 Art Journal (#13) is “Worship.” I am thankful for worship, in all its forms. I love worship music, and I’m thankful for worship leaders in my churches. I am also thankful that God made me with the desire to worship Him. I’m thankful that I can worship Him through creativity (art in my Bible, art in my journals). I love to worship Him through nature (walks through the beautiful outdoors).

The desire and the ability to worship the God of the Universe (and my personal Lord and Savior)—AND the right to do so (so far, as of today) is a gift. I’m thankful for that gift.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Our Help is in His Name {Bible Art}

Bible Art Ps124-8

"Our help is in the name of Lord, who made heaven and earth."

Psalm 124:8

Simple.

Profound.

Why do we keep forgetting?

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Grow in Grace {Bible Art}

Bible Art 2Peter 3-18 Grow in grace

2 Peter 3:18: "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen."

As my mother used to say, “That’s a tall order.” To grow in grace, and to grow in knowledge of Christ…yep, tough challenge, but most certainly a worthwhile life goal.

I sketched the flowers and then painted with watercolor (InkTense Blocks). My Art Journaling Bible is from www.localchurchbiblepublishers.com and is the 400 Midsize Notetakers Bible (KJV, black leather binding).

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sunshine {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52 Prompt12 Sunshine

The Gratitude 52 Journal Prompt 12 is “Sunshine.” In the mood for simplicity, I used Distress Inks to depict a sunrise.

I am posting this on Easter Sunday, so today this reminds me of the many Easter Sunrise Services I attended through the years. I often think of Resurrection Sunday morning when I think of a spectacular sunrise.

These last few weeks in the Pacific Northwest have been so rainy. This afternoon, even after a very rainy Easter morning, there is bright sunshine. So, I’m very thankful for the sunshine today!

Another thought comes to mind today, when I see this image. My sister and I learned a song when we were in the children’s missions organization of our church:

“Jesus wants me for a sunbeam;
to shine for Him each day.
In every way try to please HIm,
at home, at school, at play.
A sunbeam, a sunbeam,
Jesus wants me for a sunbeam.
A sunbeam, a sunbeam.
I’ll be a sunbeam for Him.”

Good life goal, actually!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

He Cares for Me {Bible Art}

Bible Art 1 Peter 5-7 He Cares

1 Peter 5:7 - "Casting all your cares on him; for he careth for you."

When this verse comes to mind, I can almost feel a physical relaxing, a lessening of stress, and a general feeling of well-being. The image that comes to my mind, to accompany this thought, is a puppy or a teddy bear (I know, I’m strange). I can’t draw a puppy, so this little teddy bear is a reminder of how I feel cared for when I think of the promise of this verse. The passage also reminds me that because He cares for me, I should cast all my cares on Him.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Surely Goodness and Mercy {Bible Art}

Bible Art Surely Goodness and Mercy

There are so many wonderful concepts found within the 23rd Psalm. For my Bible page, I decided to focus on a word in the last verse of the passage: mercy.

What a wonderful promise there, that goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever, because “the Lord is my Shepherd.” Looking up the definition of “mercy,” I found this: “compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm.”

So, yeah… for me to receive God’s compassion or forgiveness, when it is within His power to punish me…that’s mercy, and I love that promise.

Bible Art Surely Goodness and Mercy

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Winter is Past-Flowers Appear (Gratitude52 Art Journal} {BibleArt}

Gratitude52 Prompt 11 Spring Flowers

The prompt for my Gratitude52 Art Journal Challenge, Week 11: Sketch or illustrate your appreciation for spring flowers. I sketched and painted (NeoColor II Watercolor Crayons) the above piece. The next day I found a verse in Song of Solomon that I do not remember reading before (I have read it before, because I have read through the Bible more than once). It struck me as a page that I would like to illustrate in my Journaling Bible.

Bible Art Sol 2-11&12

So, I used the idea from my Gratitude52 journal to do this page of Bible Art.

In the Pacific Northwest right now, I sure am looking forward to that promise of the rains being gone! But here are the spring flowers! Song of Solomon 2:11-12: "See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land."

For me, the different seasons are so clearly from God. It’s like I need fresh reminders of His creation. I am particularly fond of spring. (Well, okay, I also love the fall.)

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

More Than I Can Imagine {FaithArt}

FaithArt Eph 3-20 Imagine

Sometimes, even though my head and my heart know better, I feel like I have things to ask of God that are just too big. I almost think I should apologize for asking. This verse reminds me that God is able to do way more than anything I could even imagine, because HIS power is at work in me.  Nothing is too big for God. (I think I can hear Him saying, “So, ask away!”)

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… – Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

GOD Created the Earth {Bible Art}

Bible Art Genesis 1-1

I am passionate about the truth that the heaven and the earth, and all that dwell therein, were all the intentional creation of God, and that it happened exactly as described in the first book of the Bible.

My passion is fueled by the passion of my son/pastor, who one time preached a message full of details about how everything in the Bible rests on the foundational truth of Genesis 1:1.

So, I enjoyed doing Bible Art on this first page of the Bible.

Bible Art Genesis 1-1

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Study God’s Word {Bible Art}

Bible Art 2Tim2-15

Just a quick and simple illustration focusing on one of my favorite verses (since I love to study and learn), 2 Timothy 2:15:

Bible Art 2Tim2-15

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Thankful for Clean Water {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52 Prompt 10 Clean Water

Just a quick post because the Type-A side of me requires that I do every single Gratitude 52 Journal challenge and that I post every single one. This one I opted to keep simple and basic, in keeping with the topic.

It is perhaps a reflection of how incredibly blessed I am that I rarely even think about being thankful for clean water. I think about being grateful for warmth, for shelter, for good food. But I have always been so far removed from having to worry about clean water that it simply does not enter my mind. So, I am glad that Jenny chose this as the Gratitude 52 challenge for this week. Clean water is a basic need and thankfully one I have never been without, but I do realize that this is not true for so many people.

Thanks for the reminder, Jenny, and I AM thankful for clean water. And as is true for every single blessing that is mine, I thank my Heavenly Father for it.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Passing Through {Bible Art}

Bible Art Passing Through

I’m a temporary resident here!

“This world is not my home; I’m just passing through.” 
Jim Reeves

For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.Hebrews 13:14 (NLT)

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