Showing posts from January, 2012

My Newest Art Journal

Thought I would share my newest art journal with you and also the first entry that I've been working on in 5 minute increments while we are in the middle of a little remodeling.

Hope your day was beautiful in every way today.
"A friend's a friend forever when the Lord's the Lord of them--"

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Art Journaling

Art journaling is something new to me. I have journaled a lot in my lifetime and have done some calligraphy in a journal but I have never combined my calligraphy, art and thoughts in to one journal.

 This year I hope to do just that and today I wanted to show you what I did yesterday.  It is very rough and I will explain a little about each picture.

If you decide art journaling is something you would like to do, my "art journaling" Pinterest page has some excellent sources for help. My Pinterest button is located in the right sidebar of this blog.


As you can tell from the pictures shown, we are in a huge mess at our house--doing a little remodeling-- All of the family room furniture is in the midle of the room covered with sheets.  Every floor and piece of furniture is COVERED IN sheetrock dust--we have dusted and vacuumed til we are blue in the face--I guess every little bit we get up now helps later.

We are

 *Painting the entry hall, family room, living room, small bath, kitchen and kitchen cabinets, laundry room and walk-in pantry--

 *Painting our brick fireplace which has been just the natural exposed brick and the wood surround and mantle--it will be an oil-based semi-gloss antique white paint by Sherwin Williams--

and getting new countertops and sink--

 In the picture above on the wall to the right you can see a white rectangular space--this used to be where a wet bar was that we never used--one day several years ago, I noticed that it backed up to our pantry right off the laundry room so I suggested to my husband that at some…

Day After Day

This is one of the reasons that winter is my favorite season of the year. I know, I know, I am by far in the minority but I have always loved winter--snuggling up on the sofa with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, curling up with a favorite book, getting out in the freezing cold to traipse to every basketball game under the sun, and viewing scenes such as this--if that tree had all its leaves on, my brother-in-law would have had to walk all the way out to the street to capture this and then the houses would have probably been in the way.

A great big thank you to Mike Hogue, my BIL, in Fort Smith. I think this was taken yesterday evening.  I wonder if what we saw here in the Little Rock area this morning was a trailer of that cloud system.  We are a couple of hours from Fort Smith.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 

Day after day they pour forth speechnight after night they display knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice …

Expectant Waiting

My friend, Nancy, mentioned in her comment on Tuesday "being still and listening."  That is basically what this post is about.

 That is what I did for years that I have let fall by the wayside as of late.  I read a book some years ago --(Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ) by Jeanne Guyon-- that totally transformed my devotional life which ultimately transformed my life.

The Holy Spirit, through Guyon, taught me how to turn my thoughts inward, not outward, to get away from all distractions-- to close all devotional materials and just concentrate on communing with God who LIVES INSIDE ME.  (I'm not knocking good devotional materials--they just shouldn't take the place of intimate waiting and listening before God--at least that is my humble opinion)

When we stop to really ponder that He lives inside us, it is almost more than our finite minds can fathom but it is true.  God lives inside of us if we have asked Him to come in and be our Savior.

So instead of turning my …

The Psalms

For many years I have read 5 psalms every day no matter what else I was reading or studying.

 I have gotten away from doing this the last few months and when I prayed yesterday it seemed that I was impressed to restart this practice.

 Here is what I have done and it is amazing the way these psalms fit together--at times even using the exact same wording. 

On the 1st of the month I read Psalm 1, 31, 61, 91, 121--

On the 2nd of the month I read Psalm 2, 32, 62, 92, 122--

so all I'm doing is just adding 30 to the chapter number of whatever I am reading--

These psalms help prepare my heart for worship and communion and sometimes I use them to sing or recite back to God as a form of worship.

They also prepare me for what I will share tomorrow which some of you mentioned in the comments from yesterday.

Much love, Dianne

 © all photographs and text property of Dianne Hogue unless otherwise noted

Seeking More

There have been times in my life, I know, when I have sought God and His presence in my life more than I have recently.

 Oh, there are lots of reasons (or excuses) I could put forth--

 *The grief of losing a close relative and the almost paralysis of the soul that can sometimes follow--

 *The challenges of a major surgery and all the ramifications involved--i.e. no energy, etc--

 *Getting caught up in the "busyness" of the holidays and all that entails--

 I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. Suffice it to say that I desire to be back in the mode of really seeking God each day of my life.

 Why is it that when we neglect the good spiritual disciplines in our lives that it is so hard to reverse the course--almost feeling like we no longer know how to do it.

 Today as I read the scripture below, I knew I had to do something about my lack of spiritual inertia, so this is very simple but is what I am focusing on today.

May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.  fr…

New Morning

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,    for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;    great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;    therefore I will wait for him." 
from Lamentations 3

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I Think This Story Will Give You Hope

Whatever situation or circumstance you are facing today, I think this story will give you hope.

 It goes like this: Shortly after my husband and I retired to Arkansas in the fall of 2004, I got a call one evening from my brother's wife telling me that their son, then 35 years old, had been hit by a car going about 40 mph.

Jay, my nephew, had gone with his wife and two sons to a fall festival at their son's elementary school. Because of the overflow crowd, they had parked across the street on a church parking lot.

While crossing the street on their way home, my nephew stepped in the path of a car driven by a 16 year old boy. The teenager who hit him was not drunk, not on was an accident--a terrible, horrible, almost indescribable accident-- Jay had severe brain trauma, both legs were broken in many places above and below the knee, his face was marred almost beyond recognition at the time, and the list of injuries just goes on and on. It was an incredible mira…

Our Christmas Day!

Our sons drove in late Christmas Day so when my brother and his wife discovered that we would be alone, they invited us for Christmas dinner at their house.

 I wanted to give you a little glimpse at their decorations because I thought they were so pretty. Until my parents died, we had always spent Christmas at their home so it has been many years since I had seen Johnny and Gay's decorations.

While it is very pretty, I think it would quite economical time wise to decorate as they do especially as we get older. It is taking me longer and longer to get all the decorating done. We have collected so many ornaments over the years--and they are ALL so meaningful but maybe.....just maybe I will go the route Gay has gone with her decorating.........paring down....making it a little more simple.

Here is a picture of their tree--so simple yet so gorgeous--it is an artificial tree with white lights, grape vine wrapped around it, red berries and red birds, mainly cardinals. It really is stun…