Monday, May 27, 2019
Friday, May 24, 2019
“Happy birthday my sweet Mamo! I love you a bushel and a peck. You should be celebrated. Thank you for being such a wonderful, Christ-like example in my life! Love, Tory”
Made me feel very special indeed. She is a missionary in Mexico, and I’m sure it’s not that easy to arrange things like flower deliveries!!
That evening we went out for dinner to YaYa’s in Chesterfield.
I also received a lot of nice birthday wishes on Facebook. It was a wonderful birthday.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
“The Australasian wrens are a family, Maluridae, of small, insectivorous passerine birds endemic to Australia and New Guinea. While commonly known as wrens, they are unrelated to the true wrens of the Northern Hemisphere.” Wikipedia
Friday, May 10, 2019
“The shortest pencil is longer than the longest memory. Journaling is one of the most overlooked and undervalued spiritual disciplines. In my estimation, it is on a par with praying, fasting, and meditating. It's the way we document what God is doing in our lives. We have a natural tendency to remember what we should forget and forget what we should remember. Journaling is the best antidote, maybe the only antidote, to spiritual amnesia.” (Mark Batterson)
*Note: I am not a theologian, but I’m not sure I would put journaling “on a par” with praying and fasting. I would liken it to meditating, actually.
The watercolor art that I am posting today isn’t directly related to journaling, but I’ll just insert it to give the reader a break from my words!
These two pieces represent what I do as a quick break from the more serious and detailed art classes I am currently doing online (Anna Mason School). One of the works from Anna’s classes is about a 4-6 hour process. These two pieces here took about 15 minutes each.
The little birdies are pen and ink with watercolor (sketch with pencil, then paint, then outline with pen).
The peach was done with no sketching, using the wet on wet technique, just putting down the paintbrush and painting the peach and leaves, and then dropping in more color.
Monday, May 6, 2019
Friday, May 3, 2019
Thursday, May 2, 2019
The Safety of God's Presence
If you’re a parent, your arms were (or are) the place of safety for your children. When they got hurt, or when they felt sick or afraid or anxious, they would raise their arms for you to pick them up. Your presence could make monsters disappear and boo-boos feel all better, and little wounded spirits would be healed.
Take a moment to remember how it felt when your toddler (or any child) would grab you around the neck and hold on for dear life.
That’s what God’s presence can do for you.
All the spiritual disciplines and religious activity won’t change you or heal your fear and anxiety if they don’t help you enter God’s presence.
And worship is the way you get there.
In true worship you lose sight of what’s around you and see only Him. Whether alone or with other believers; in nature, church, or your own home; in silence or with music; your heart is stilled, cleansed, healed, transformed.
In the presence of God, evil leaves the way darkness leaves when you turn on the light.
When you are troubled, run into His arms through worship. Grab on to Him and hold on as if your life depended on it.
Because it does.
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.””
John 16:33 CSB
And here is a picture of the little one who always brings a smile to my face and makes me feel all better (our great grandson):