Showing posts from February, 2012

The Sun Is Out

One of my favorite books to reread at Easter is "No Wonder They Call Him The Savior" by Max Lucado. There are thirty-three short chapters, just perfect for the month before Easter. I hope this small selection from the book will inspire you in your preparation for this most holy of holidays.

The chapter I reread the most is The Cry of Loneliness. Lucado seems to step inside the heart of Jesus and pour out for all to see the humiliation of the world's sinsickness and the "gut-wrenching" loneliness Christ felt as God had to turn his back on the SIN.

Many people know the details of where they were, how old they were, when they received Christ as personal Lord and Savior. I will always remember the depth of pure heartache, the tears and total devastation I felt as I read these haunting words and realized anew that my sin sent him there--my sin caused the separation.

How could I live, how could I ever survive if the Spirit of God was taken from me? At that moment …

To Know Him By Name

As I wrote in this post from yesterday, in preparation for Easter I am reviewing some of my old stand-by books--this one is by Kay Arthur with illustrations by Timothy R. Botts.

Jehovah Nissi-The Lord is My Banner

Ever watch the Rose Bowl Parade? Every marching band will have a big, huge banner that goes before it telling who it is. God is our banner. He is our identification. Everything that banner says and stands for symbolizes all that we have access to through Christ.

The names of God reveal His character. It is Who He Is and He does not act against it. It is this very character that chose to grow a tree, to have it hewn into a cross, and to give His only Son to be crucified on it so that we might enjoy all the benefits of this steadfast, loving, loyal, righteous character. In the words of the lovely song:

He grew the tree that He knew would be
Used to make the old, rugged cross.

He is the self-existent One--

the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.

He is Jehovah Sidkenu…

When Name Calling Is A Good Thing

While looking at what others are reading in preparation for Easter this year, I decided to go back to some of my old "standbys"--books I have had for years that never get old to me.

One of those is "To Know Him by Name" by Kay Arthur with illustrations by Timothy Botts.

The name I want to share with you today is Jehovah Shammah--meaning "The Lord is There." It is from Ezekiel 48:35.

Dear friend, wherever we are today, the Lord is there.
from Psalm 139:

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you

Jesus, Just Say the Word!

'Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

 Are there storms in your life today or winds that threaten to blow the very life out of your faith? Do not be discouraged dear friend but be encouraged by the Word of Truth, the life giving breathed inspiration from God's own Holy Spirit.

This breath said.

Yes, this breath said aloud.

This breath had the audacity, the authority, to speak to waters and firmaments. And they listened to Him and obeyed Him.

It is amazing to read how many times Jesus' reprimanded his disciples for having so little faith.  They who fellowshipped and communed intimately with him each day were called to task many times for their lack of faith.

What will I do to enhance my faith today?  Will I read, study and meditate upon God's Word?  Will I spend quality and quantity time with Jesus?  Will I walk so closely with Him that it is just a natural theme of my life to speak back and forth with Him all day each day.

When the sails of my ship are b…

White Shirt, Black Pants--993rd post!!

Just about the time my husband and I got ready to do some remodeling in early January, our pastor started a series of sermons on contentment.

 I think his sermon series is in relation to the high number of couples in America who are extremely in debt--no matter how much they earn.

The sermons were awesome and one thing he kept emphasizing was to pray about every purchase.

I was going to replace my old outdated Corian (I like lots of Corian--this just happens to be something I would HAVE NEVER chosen in the first place and on top of that this particular pattern is extremely outdated--) with granite.

We got three different people to give us estimates on it.

We even went so far as to pay the full amount at one store--they will not come out and measure until it is completely paid for........ But I just could not seem to get peace about purchasing it and........ all three companies or people were very late in calling, making appointments with us to measure--I think it was a God thing.

So final…

Coming Up--1000th Post--Giveaway

In celebration of my 1000th post, I am offering a blog header design as a giveaway.

 I design my own headers and a few headers for friends. I have never done this for money but if I did, I would probably charge at least $50 per header.

 Much of it depends upon the time it takes and whether or not I use my own artwork or pictures.

To qualify for the giveaway, your blog must be hosted by Blogger.

I do not work on any blogs hosted by any other service.

All you have to do is leave a comment on my 1000th post and your blog's name will be entered in a drawing to receive a free header.  This is my 992nd post so be watching, I might post several in one day just because I am getting anxious!

Here are a few of the headers I have designed--

Disclaimer:  I am not formally trained in graphic design.  I just like to piddle and am self-taught.  There is a lot I do not know and cannot do but I love to try new things and explore new ideas.  Together I bet we can come up with something unique and beautif…


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Don't you love how God orchestrates things. He is the master composer, putting instruments together with sounds almost too glorious to interpret.

 Such a composition happened to me last week.

 Here is how it went down.

 It was a few days before my youngest son's birthday.

 He lives in Tulsa. I needed to get him a birthday card.

 I like the cards at Mardel. I set out to go to Mardel but decided at the last minute to go gas up first, even though I wasn't really that low.

Timing is everything, right?

When I got to Mardel and into the card section, I felt someone following me--Someone who didn't stop following me-- Finally I turned around and it was my oldest son who lives here. Almost immediately tears started flowing from his eyes and it was hard for him to stop crying.  Yes, my 45 year old son crying--in the middle of Mardel--it was very touching.

What happened was this:  Jeff was over in the music section and three guys came in and somehow (I am not sure how) …

Just A Small Glimpse!

Hope you enjoy a small glimpse of our precious guys at Renewal Ranch.

I never dreamed that I would be so blessed as to be a part of something so fulfilling and rewarding.

We now have 15 guys living in a bunkhouse built for 6 and we have several guys at chapel every Saturday morning in desperate need of a bed.

We have two sleeping on sofas and one sleeping on a cot at the present time.  We doubled up the beds in the six bedrooms and have 12 there.

One of the volunteers at Renewal Ranch is trying to personally raise $100,000 for a new bunkhouse that would house 12 more men.

She is challenging 100 women to give $1000 a piece.  God willing, in a few days I will tell you of my attempt to raise $1000.

I have never ventured to raise that amount of money on my own.  It makes my heart thump and butterflies in my stomach just to think about it.  It will certainly have to be a God thing.  I am not capable of it on my own.

Renewal Ranch does not charge the men anything for the 6 to 18 months of rehabil…

He Stills the Hunger

Y ou still the hunger of those you cherish; their sons have plenty, and they store up wealth for their children. And I—in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness. from Psalm 17

 Oh God,--give me more hunger for You I pray and then would you satisfy my hunger? Teach me the steps to take to let You satisfy my hunger. 

"their sons have plenty"--my prayer--let them have plenty of YOU, plenty of YOU--that is my prayer for them--

 "store up wealth for their children"--Father, it would be nice to leave my children something here on this earth but I am not concerned with that--So I pray that Larry and I would store up treasures of righteousness, knowledge, faithfulness, loyalty to You--may our lives reflect our love and trust in You--that is my prayer--that is the wealth I desire to leave them--

 And I know Father that the only reason I will see your face in righteousness is because of the work of Your So…

How Do I Receive This Love?

When I check the statistics of my blog readers, it overwhelms my heart to see people from countries all over the world.

 It staggers me really--that I would have the chance sitting right here in my living room to reach out to people from everywhere--well, who could have ever dreamed of anything this incredible besides God?!

My last post featured some art work and a scripture, well, part of a scripture.  Today I wanted to emphasize the rest of the scripture.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16 (NIV)
To me there are several key words in this scripture

*loved--I looked this up and really there are no words to describe real love especially that of the Father God towards His creation--it includes, unselfish, unconditional, mercy, grace, but it would take a book here to define God's love for us--

*gave--a free gift

*whoever--that means you, me, all of us

*believes--to accept the Wor…

God's Valentine for You!

Yesterday and today I have been down with a bad cold or allergies or a combination of both--I really don't know which.

 But I have decided that I think I know why I have fallen so in love with art journaling.

 Even though I was in bed most of both days, I did have to get up and tend to necessities at times.

I also had to walk by my little art studio as I was taking care of these necessities--

And as I walked by the power of paint and brush drew me in--

And though I didn't work for more than 5 to 10 minutes at a time for three times I think it was, I was able to create something--there are several things I would do differently if I had the chance for do-overs but for somebody like me who needs to create something each day, this will do!

For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  John 3:16Some day the pages of this book will be crumbling and falling apart--all flowers will wither and die--but the…

Safe In His Arms

I love everything about this picture of my great niece, Lilly Jane--the rosy cheeks, the flawless complexion, the sweet, sweet sleep, the butterfly on her jacket, the serenity, the peace-- To me this picture is a perfect example of how God wants us to recline on His bosom--to literally lay every care, every negative thought, every weight that would beset us--on Him.

Hoping your day has been a peaceful one.

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.--Ps. 4:8

© all photographs and text property of Dianne Hogue unless otherwise noted-picture of Lilly Jane taken by her mother, Lindsay.  Thank you for letting me use this, precious niece.

Faith Droplets

Yesterday I started painting a light watercolor floral of a vase of pretty flowers--today it turned in to the picture above--a loud, busy, acrylic painting--oh well!  And as I painted it I couldn't help but remember a picture I had seen on Pinterest with some visible raindrops.

So I added the pink, blue and yellow raindrops and then I thought how much the colors reminded me of a rainbow and then I thought of Chicken Little and "The sky is falling, the sky is falling" and then I thought--no, the rainbow is falling, the rainblow is falling and then and then and then................

And then I remembered a little phrase I calligraphed twenty years ago that stated, "Faith sees a rainbow in each teardrop."

And then I knew what I wanted to paint on the opposite page--a picture of a girl--and the caption will read,

Her name is Faith and she sees a rainbow in each teardrop--she will have one big tear coming from the inner corner of her left eye and it will reflect a rainbo…

Coming Down the Mountain

A few years ago after a time of fasting and prayer, I wrote this in my journal.

Oh, God, as I am descending this mountain, I was feeling, yes, less than on the mountaintop and then I read Oswald Chambers devotional for October 1 and I knew it was for me. Forgive my spiritual selfishness of wanting to stay on the mountaintop instead of operating in the valley.
"Spiritual selfishness always wants repeated moments on the mount. The mount is not meant to teach us anything, it is meant to make us something. There is a great snare in asking "What is the use of it?" They are meant for something in God's purpose."--Oswald Chambers

So, God, today help me to be content in whatsoever state I find myself--whether on the mountaintop, coming down, going up, or in the valley--Teach me to live victoriously wherever you place me.

I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me.Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show …