Showing posts from April, 2010

calligraphy workshop

The official logo of the Calligraphy Guild of Arkansas designed by the imcomparable Charles Pearce.

Roann Mathias, one of the best calligraphers in the United States in my humble opinion, was our instructor. Roann lives and works in Memphis, TN.

One of the participants, my precious friend, Carolyn. She is an incredible calligrapher in her own right and will have a website up and running soon. She designs beautiful wedding invitations among other things.

These are an example of the letter forms. We studied and studied and practiced and practiced and practiced.

And of course, we had a stand-out, star pupil, our own Kerry Kemp, owner of Art Outfitters here in Little Rock, who specializes in Spencerian--oh my, it is unbelievable.

My Thursday calligraphy partner, Travis, and Sharon. Travis is also a wonderful calligrapher. You can see her work hanging in the state capitol building here in Little Rock.

Sharon, Carolyn, and Teresa--calligraphy guild friends and participants in the workshop--…

My bloomin' yard

Here are some of the things bloomin' in my yard right now. I'd love to hear about yours.

The flower speaks in a language understood in all tongues,
Gives hope to all who would dare to look and ponder
that its days are here and now--
That its blossom springs from beneath the earth
Gives us reason to wonder.

See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. From Matthew 6

It sounds like a cliche but I truly do long to bloom where I am planted. I long to make Jesus known to a lost and dying world.

Multitude Monday-the rose arbor

Standing under a rose arbor soaking in the warmth, the air in small gusts of wonder breathing life into me, enfolded in the perfume of the blushed, husband nearby choosing hard-to-find plants we have been diligently searching for--knowing the God Who created all this loves and teaches me, even me, each day--this is a little bit of heaven right here on earth to me. For this I am grateful.

* a just perfect evening for relaxing on the deck

* children and grandchildren who love God

* a son who called with good news

* a pretty journal given by a friend--hand-bound from paper made by hand

* windchimes

* calligraphy workshop with Roann Mathias--what an incredible calligrapher
and what works of art she creates-

* for a husband who takes care of things YESTERDAY--but sometimes it drives
me nuts like just now-

* for purple and blue gel pens on half-price sale--to decorate journal pages with

* for my car that still works great with no problems after 9 years

* for the movie, "Singing i…

Weekend Worship at First United Methodist

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins.

A voice of one calling:"In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

A voice says, "Cry out."And I said, "What shall I cry?"
"All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever."

You who brin…

Brokenhearted?--here's good news!

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

This is one of my favorite verses but my very favorite is featured at the top of my sidebar.

I long to be an encourager to the brokenhearted.
photo: art piece I painted 2009/Lisa Engelbrecht workshop

I am linking to kellys korner for favorite scripture verses.

Jesus' prayer for all of us everywhere

'Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also forthose who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me." Portions of Jesus' prayer from John 17

When I first started this blog, I reme…

cultivating our faith

Some years ago I walked out my front door and noticed a small vine (that I knew to be a weed) growing around one of my good plants. I made a mental note to pull it up by the roots as soon as I came home from running an errand. Being the mother of three sons and in the kitchen, laundry room, grocery store, gym, baseball or football field at any given moment in time, my mental note slipped from my memory.

In a few days and headed out the front door again, I happened to notice the same vine. It had grown several feet and entwined itself around my poor little plant to the point of strangling the life out of it.

I stopped abruptly when the analogy of the spiritual truth hit home with me. If I do not let God pull the little weeds in me early before they take deep root and develop a stronghold, my faith is in danger of being choked to the point it is not very effective.

But, how to do this--

Heb 11:1
What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the …

No Pets On Beach

Isn't human nature interesting? We press things to the extreme at times--just to the boundary of breaking the rules. Maybe we won't step over the line but we sidle right up next to it and hope for the best. I thought it was amusing several years ago when my eleven year old granddaughter took great pride in placing her "pet" as close to the sign as she could get him and still keep him on the beach. Just a little thrill at "almost breaking the rules," I guess.

From 2 Chronicles 16:9

For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those

whose hearts are fully committed to him.

Jesus wants us to follow Him and His rules with our whole heart. That is how His plan works best in our lives. He doesn't want us to venture close to the edge of breaking His commandments, His laws, His ordinances, His statutes, His precepts. In fact Psalm 19 tells us:

7 The law of the LORD is perfect,

reviving the soul.

The statutes of the LORD are…

Old Mill in Gone With the Wind

Thought you might enjoy starting off your week with a tour of The Old Mill in North Little Rock, Arkansas. It is so pretty this time of year. If you've ever watched the 1939 movie, Gone With the Wind, this mill was featured in the opening credits. You can read about it here.

The Wise and Foolish Builders
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teac…

Weekend Worship at Liberty Community Church

" . . . . ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his bod…