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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

“Delight” {Mixed Media Art Journal}

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The focal thought for this page in my mixed media art journal is Psalm 37:4: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (ESV)

A cursory study of the commentaries on this verse leaves my head spinning. Those aside, for me, it’s all about the first part. My personal interpretation is that I want to find joy in serving God and being everything He wants me to be. If I make Him THE priority delight in my life, the “desires of my heart” part will follow. The “desires of my heart” may well change, after I delight myself in Him.

Perhaps the Bible scholars would not see it this way, but for me, this verse reminds me of Matthew 6:33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these [other] things will be added unto you.” (ESV)

#MixedMediaArtJournal #delight #acrylicpaint

Thursday, February 16, 2017

“Agape” {Mixed Media Art Journal}

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One of my favorite “objects” or “symbols” is a heart. I’m a romantic by nature, and I have always loved everything about hearts. Perhaps it is mainly because it is a symbol of love. No wonder Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, and my art around this time of year almost always contains heart images.

For many months, I have not been doing mixed media. I have been focusing on Bible art and Sketch and Paint. But it was actually mixed media “art” that drew me into the art world and caused me to be able to see myself as some sort of an “artist.” I collected way too many supplies for mixed media, and I created TONS of pages and journals and boards and canvases. Then I realized that much of my mixed media art would not be something I would want to keep forever, whereas that does tend to be the case with Bible art and Sketch and Paint art. I felt like I should be doing something that “mattered,” something of lasting value. So I pared down the mixed media supplies and stored them away.

Recently I’ve been having difficulty finding my art “mojo.” So, it dawned on me that perhaps I should return to my first “love” of art, and that was mixed media. Who says I can’t do all the different styles that I enjoy? I suppose the point was driven home to me by my husband, who pointed out that if I enjoy the process of mixed media, who cares if the product is not something I would want to save forever. Just do it for the fun of it. Hello.

So, I dusted off the supplies, gathered together some of them on my art table, got out one of the several blank journals I had on hand, and set to work. Oh, yes, now I remember the therapy of spreading gesso on a blank page, and then adding some collage elements (like torn pieces of old book paper, a stitched piece of kraft paper) with decopauge….Then spreading some molding paste through a stencil, followed by lots of acrylic paints. Focal image, a heart of course…a Stabilo pencil with water brush for shading…Lots of stamps for the background, and more paint dabbed through stencils.

Yep, that’s mixed media. Yep, it was fun. Yep, it was therapeutic. What more is needed? Well, hello there, Mojo!

#MixedMedia #ArtJournaling #acrylicpaints #stamping #stencils #agape

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sun Praises God {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Ps 148-3 Sun Praises Him

My natural style is almost always clean and simple. This page is very simple, and I like the way it just says that even the sun praises God. Is that not awesome!

This Bible is my single-column ESV journaling Bible. It has a nice brown leather cover, with a flap and a leather strap that ties around it. The font is very small, but I CAN read it!

Psalm 148:3-6 (ESV)

3 Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars!
4 Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!

5 Let them praise the name of the Lord!
For he commanded and they were created.
6 And he established them forever and ever;
he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.

#BibleArtJournaling #IllustratedFaith #SunPraisesGod #DistressInkRipePersimmon #DistressInkMustardSeed #DistressInkSqueezedLemonade 
#SunRaysStencil

Monday, February 13, 2017

Joy in His Presence {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Ps 16-11 JOY

Psalm 16:11 (KJV) - "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."

This, my main journaling Bible is KJV, although I usually study from NIV or NASB or ESV. This Bible, with black leather binding, has 11-point font and 2.5 inch margins. That makes it easy for me to read and yet allows plenty of space in the margins for art.

I love all three parts of this verse:

1-He will show me the path of life.
2-In His presence is JOY.
3-At His right hand, there are pleasures always.

Why do I need to be reminded about the JOY that comes from being in His presence. So often I allow the stresses and worries of daily life to block out the joy. Maybe that means I am not putting myself totally in His presence. I’m not allowing His presence to fill me. Hmmm.

#PrismacolorPremiereColoredPencils #BibleArtJournaling #Joy

Thursday, February 9, 2017

An “I AM” Passage {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art John 11-25 I AM

Having spent all of January and well into February with left-brain activities (major organizational projects, editing my life story, updating some family tree information, etc.), I somehow lost my creative “art mojo” along the way. So, I applied some self-discipline to illustrate one of my favorite “I AM” passages.

Still not feeling creative enough to sketch, but I DID use some watercolor (using Distress Ink Crayons and a waterbrush) to draw attention to John 11:25:

Bible Art John 11-25 I AM

I believe this passage is one of the reasons the book of John is often suggested as a “place to start” for someone new to reading the Bible. The heart of the Gospel is embodied in these words:

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
John 11:25-26

#BibleArtJournaling #IllustratedFaith #ScriptureArt #FaithArt

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Daily Prayer Reminder {Bible Art}

Bible Art Ps 143-8

When I pray each morning, before I get out of bed, if I’m not guarding against it, worries creep in and attempt to sabotage my prayers. I guess it’s because the things I pray about each day are also areas that I tend to worry about. So, for the past few months, I pray this passage as a part of my daily prayer:

“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

#IllustratedFaith #ScriptureArt #BibleArt #BibleArtJournaling #FaithArt #watercolor #HisUnfailingLove

Monday, January 16, 2017

He Can Create a Clean Heart {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Ps 51-10

Create a clean heart in me, Oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. – Ps 51:10

My favorite thing about this verse, a favorite of mine since I was a young girl, is the miraculous fact that I have a Heavenly Father who can actually DO this—He, and only He, can create a clean heart in me. And He wants me to ask Him to do just that. So, I’m asking.

#BibleArtJournalingChallenge #BibleArt #BibleMarginalia #IllustratedFaith #ScriptureArt #FaithArt #PrismacolorPremiere #CreateaCleanHeart #Psalms

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Recreational Technology {My Philosophy}

Every January I re-organize, clean up files, back up files, and generally update my organizational system. The process involves looking at documents I may not have seen for years. I just came across something I wrote in 2010. I believe it may still apply, for consideration by me, at least. My words from that year:

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Recreational Technology:
How much is too much?

Recreational Technology defined: the use of technology for fun, relaxation, and/or virtual socialization.

Examples:
-Video games (“gaming”) or other computer games—alone, or with virtual community
-Online social communities such as facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest

Having lived for a large number of years (smile), I have had opportunity to see some very dramatic changes in the “culture” in which I live. While many changes have been positive, even awesome and wonderful, there are some developments that I fear carry the potential of having more negative long-term effects than we might realize. One of those areas of “concern” is that of the rapid growth of recreational technology.

Now, I got my first computer in 1985. I can still remember taking the computer out of the box, trying to make sense of the manual, partitioning the hard drive, and installing DOS. I taught myself how to do simple programming and had an organizational system on my computer before Windows. In fact, I didn’t like Windows at first because it took some of the control of my computer away from me. I’m certainly not anti-technology. I just wonder if maybe the “use” of technology for recreation and socialization would best be experienced “in moderation.”

I propose these questions for your consideration, if you are seeking to determine how much is too much, for you personally:

*Are your relationships suffering?
*Are you lacking in adequate rest?
*Are you rationalizing your time at these activities (such as “If I weren’t doing this, I would be watching television.” In reality, if it replaces two hours of TV, would those two hours have been spent watching TV WITH family)?
*Are you spending more time with virtual “friends” or online friends than with family?
*Are you looking forward to that activity more than family time/activities?
*Are you uneasy and unsettled during “normal,” real-life people-to-people conversation, and feel in the back of your mind that you can’t wait to get back to your “real” world (computer, tablet, phone, etc.)?
*Are you sharing with the world INSTEAD of with family (unless they happen to be a part of your virtual community)?
*Are your online friends the first to know about meaningful events in your life (maybe even leaving out someone who has the audacity NOT to be on social media)?
*Are your “postings” (blogs, facebook status, etc.) taking the place of meaningful real conversations with real people?
*Are those activities affecting, or maybe even, controlling:
Your mood?
Your priorities?
Your outlook on life?
Your schedule?

Not looking for a score here. There are not a certain number of the above questions that will give you a definitive answer about how much is too much. It’s an individual answer, but the question is one that, for me, deserves consideration.

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#recreationaltechnology #mypersonalopinion #mylifephilosophy #toomuchtechnology #realrelationships

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Bible Study: “Walking in Wisdom” from LGG

Walking in Wisdom books

Looking forward to beginning my next Bible Study, starting next Monday. My first study with Love God Greatly was the Advent study, “God With Us.” I am impressed with the Love God Greatly belief statement, and I highly recommend their studies.

For each of their studies, there is an option to purchase a paperback book from Amazon (this one was $10.79, free shipping from Amazon Prime), or to download the study materials directly from their web site. I chose to purchase the book, as I think it might even be less expensive than printing out the 115 pages at home. Mainly, I like that this organization is not-for-profit, and so my purchase price goes back into the ministry. Their studies are translated and distributed in several languages.

Here is the description of the study from their web site:

“The Book of Proverbs positions us face-to-face with the wise and the fool and the consequences that follow their choices. The text is highly personal, at times uncomfortably transparent, and doesn’t mess around in zeroing in on the world’s greatest temptations that threaten to lead us astray from walking in the wisdom that God intended for us.

This six-week Love God Greatly Online Bible Study on Proverbs points to a topical look at Proverbs and the key themes of wisdom in our speech, our relationships, our work and wealth, and in the face of temptation.

Trust in the Lord instead of your own understanding is where the book of Proverbs ultimately leads us. God is the source of all wisdom, He uses these proverbs to show us the path that leads to wisdom, and He reveals to us the fruit of walking in this great wisdom… so that our trust is ultimately not in our floundering ways, but can be found securely in Him.”

#BibleStudy #LoveGodGreatly #WalkinginWisdom #Proverbs #SOAPMethod

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

ChristmasTime

Had a wonderful and special Christmas with my family. Just edited around 100 pictures…sharing a few here.

Bubble Bread

Bubble Bread-a Christmas morning tradition

Happy to be together again

Red Velvet Cake-another tradition

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FaceTime with our granddaughter Tory in Mexico

My Children

My two…

Snack Buffet

Traditional Holiday Snack Buffet

Mark and Kristy, their son Conner and his wife Caroline (daughter Tory in Mexico)

Son Mark and his wife Kristy

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Grandson Conner and his wife Caroline

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Daughter Sharida and her children Alyssa and Dawson

Our two beautiful children with us

Mamo and Grandad with all our grandchildren except Tory (on mission in Mexico)

The old folks

#Christmas2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Vignettes Around My Home

Just little bits and pieces from my home today…

Upper Level…

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On the large tree: If you click to enlarge, you can see the diaper pins, one blue and one pink, from my two children’s diapers—yes we really used them (Pampers had just come into existence, but no way was I going to put paper diapers on my babies)…also the last pacifier (so it would’ve been Sharida’s) and two baby spoons, short one with curved handle was Mark’s, long one was Sharida’s. Tucked way inside by the trunk of the tree is a plastic book and a red firetruck, both from Mark’s first stocking.

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On the tree in the music room, several of these little grand pianos.

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Music Room

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In the music room, ready for singing around the piano, always a part of all our family gatherings.

Lower Level…

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#ChristmasVignettes #HurryChristmas #ReadyforFamily

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Sibling Christmas

This year our annual celebration was hosted at the home of my sister who is married to my husband’s brother (seriously-we have been married 51 years, they have been married 48 years). We were joined by my brother and wife (they live in Illinois).

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Our celebration always includes the reading of the Christmas story from Luke 2 (Daddy always read it until he passed in 1988; since then, my brother reads it). As is our custom, we sing Christmas carols at their relevant places in the story.

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We still draw names and enjoy the gift exchange. I hope we always do this.

We always take “family pictures” by the tree (a tradition in the Wilson family passed down from my Mamo and Grandad Wilson).

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Russell and Barbara Ford

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David and Janene Ford

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Keith and Michele Wilson

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After Mother’s death in 2013, we found our childhood stockings (from grandparents’ Christmases) in Mother’s things. They were handmade by our aunts and Mamo Wilson, and they hung over the fireplace at Mamo and Grandad’s all our growing-up years. Now, we take turns being the Stocking Santa and filling the stockings with nostalgic items like pick-up sticks, paddle ball, jacks, and candy like Bit o’Honey and ribbon candy. And, because our Mamo-and-Grandad stockings always included a tangerine or an orange (in the toe), so do ours!

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We love traditions, as they remind us of the fabric from which we are made, and it gives us reason to celebrate our bond of family love, for which we thank our Heavenly Father.

#SiblingChristmas2016 #FamilyTies #Traditions #VintageStockings