Showing posts from March, 2012

His Peace

LLast week while we were in Mountain View I took a picture of a flowering tree that inspired this acrylic painting.  It looked like an Easter card to me so I placed some of Jesus' last words on it in Photoshop. Hope you enjoy and hope you experience this weekend the peace that only Jesus can give. Love, Dianne

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Bursting Into Song!

YYou will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.  Isaiah 55:12

I will take a lesson from this magnificent dogwood tree  and offer all that I am or ever hope to be to the Savior today.
Have a joyful weekend giving praise to our blessed Lord.
I love you, Dianne

© all photographs and text property of Dianne Hogue unless otherwise noted
photos taken March, 2012 Mountain View, AR

Calico Rock

My grandfather took his family, circa 1915, from Calico Rock in northern Arkansas to Hot Spring County in the south central part of the state. The trip took three weeks by horse and buggy. I had never seen this part of northern Arkansas until this past week and it is incredibly beautiful. 
I accompanied my husband and a couple of other Renewal Ranch volunteers on an expedition that I will tell you about another day.   
We took all the RR guys and went to Mountain View, AR.  From there it is about 17 miles on up to Calico Rock. We arrived there, Sunday, March 18th and returned on Friday, the 23rd.I will write more about the trip later but wanted to show you the pictures I took along the way. Heavy rain was being forecast for Tuesday through Thursday so I decided to get a lot of my sightseeing done the first full day I was in Mountain View.  I made the trip to Calico Rock and was so far up in the mountains there was no cell phone service. I might not have gone by myself if I had known …

My Strength

The LORD is my strength and my shield;
   my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy
   and I will give thanks to him in song.

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

Technology Break

MMy loropetalum bushes are blooming like mad and oh so beautiful!

Just wanted to leave you with these peaceful photos.  I will be away from the blog and hopefully most technology for the next week.

If you need a header done, please email me from the right sidebar info and I will get back with you in a week.

So I leave you with this verse of scripture from John 14:26. 27,

"But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance that I have told you.  Peace I leave with you.  My peace I give to you.  Not the peace that the world gives.  So do not let your hearts be troubled, neither be afraid."--

that is a loose paraphrase--

I am working with one of the guys from the ranch on his memorization--that is what I remember from our session last week.

For all you art and art journaling and calligraphy lovers, I want to give a "shout out" today to Teri Martin.

Here is a link to my Pinterest calligr…

Be the Seed

WWow! When I read that today, it hit me full in the face. We talk of planting seeds concerning farming and gardening. When we have a need, we plant a seed out of our need into a certain ministry or church to bring about growth in certain areas of our lives. But to be the seed--that is a whole 'nother ballgame."Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Jesus used this parable to teach the disciples why He would go to the cross, give up His life, and trust God for the outcome. He truly is the great seed.  However, I would like for us to consider, to ponder being the seed.We know the Bible teaches that to be first, we must be last, to be the master of all, we must become the servant of all--all of these seemingly upside down, inside out teachings of Jesus threw the Pharisees into a tailspin.In our own lives are we willing to die daily to those things which would hinder us in our Chr…

Lo, The Non-Winter Is Still Here

LLo, the winter is past. The rain is over and gone. Blossoms appear in the land. The time of the songbird has arrived. The cooing of the mourning dove is heard in our land.from the Song of Solomon 

My tulips are blooming!
Tulips are my second favorite flower with peonies coming in first.

My narcissus (don't know what the plural is) narcissuses are blooming.

My azaleas are blooming!
Am I blooming?
Are you blooming?

Flowers don't worry about how they're going to bloom.  
They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.
 Jim Carrey

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

Love In Action

One of the guys at the ranch, Jassen, wrote this poem recently and I asked him if I could share it with you.

I want..........................He gives, 
I need..........................He provides,
I try.............................He strengthens, 
I do............................. He guides,
I regret.........................He forgets,
I sin.............................He forgives,
I fear............................He protects,
I fall.............................He raises.
I cry.............................He caresses,
I mourn........................He reassures,
I hope...........................He fulfills,
I pray............................He listens,
I yearn..........................He teaches,
I follow.........................He leads,
I love............................He receives,
I live.............................He loves,
I die..............................He resurrects.

That poem says so much.  I hope it speaks volumes to you as it did to me.

For those of you who have requested it, here is a li…

Waiting For Something New!

For I am about to do something new.  See, I have already begun!  Do you not see it?  I will make a pathway through the wilderness.  I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
Isaiah 43:19

AAndrew Murray said, "...............too little time is given to waiting on God.  Is he not willing to put things right in His own divine way?   Has the life of God's people reached the limit of what God is willing to do for them? Surely not. We want to wait on Him: to put away our experiences, however blessed they have been; (bolding mine)our conceptions of truth, however sound and scriptural we think they seem;   our plans, however needful and suitable they appear;   and give God time and place to show us what He can do, what He will do. God has new developments and resources. He can do new things, unheard-of-things, hidden things. Let us enlarge our hearts and not limit Him."

As much as God has done for me in the past and as great as his blessings have been, I am guilty of holding on to…

Let's Chat!

Let's chat for a moment.  I have changed my mind about something.  The headers--until I reach $1000 dollars (all proceeds until that time will go to Renewal Ranch) I have chosen to make your new header for whatever amount you would like to pay--yes, even $1.00.

My reasoning?
1.  I have people who want new headers who cannot afford them and I want them to be able to have one.
2.  Remember the loaves and the fish--God can take a small amount and multiply it if I don't limit Him.3.  The guys and their families are worth any amount of sacrifice that I am willing and able to give.   My email address is in the sidebar so please feel free to email me for more information. 

BBarb is the winner of the free header. Barb, using the contact information in the sidebar, please email me and we will proceed from there. Congratulations to Barb. You can access Barb's blog here.  And yes, the name of Barb's blog is Let's Chat--you gotta love it!

I am excited to see what God has in sto…


WWhen we look at this picture a story is portrayed--we know the precious little guy is waiting in line, we know there is a need, we see the hunger in his eyes, but we really don't know what the hunger is for or if it will be satisfied. It is a tangible photograph of my soul--like him, I realize I have a need. He is waiting for something. I am waiting for His timing, His Bread, knowing it will satisfy.  I am hungry and I long to be filled. To me this little guy epitomizes the essence of the following scriptures.  They are my favorites for capturing the hunger David felt for his God. 
 Ps 27:4-6  One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek:

that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,

to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. 
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.

Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; 
at his …

Chicken Spaghetti

Oh my goodness, was this ever good. Let me tell you what I did.  I googled a few items that I had--I was low on groceries so I thought I might find a chicken spaghetti recipe that would hook up with the supplies I had on hand.  Sure enough, there were several recipes that looked promising but none that I had all the ingredients for.  So............. I decided to make my own and I'm so glad I did.  I will definitely make it again.   And it was enough to feed an army.  We (just two of us) ate a meal and froze enough for two extra meals from this single recipe.   It would be easy to cut in half, I think. First I sauteed in butter and white cooking wine,1 yellow bell pepper 1 red bell pepper 1 yellow onion1 purple onion I let them simmer until they were on the soft side but not mushy-- boiled three carrots--this was an afterthought so they are not in the above picture I removed them from my big skillet and added extra virgin olive oil, white cooking wine and one can chicken broth to…

Chance to Win Free Header

A few days ago, I told you that I was excited about my 1000th post and was going to give away a blog header design today.Well, it is here--today is the day to leave a comment if you would like to be eligible to win the design. But I had a method to my madness and I will share that now. We are turning men away right and left from Renewal Ranch because of lack of space to house them. (Renewal Ranch is a home for men with addictions to drugs and/or alcohol who want their life restored through Jesus Christ--this is accomplished through a six-month long intensive Bible training, teaching and memorization plan)You can read more about Renewal Ranch and see some of our videos HERE. One of the younger volunteers, a lady named Wendy, decided to do something about it. She decided to raise $100,000 to go towards the building of a new bunkhouse.Now, I can tell you right now that makes NOT BUTTERFLIES, but big huge eagles fly around in my stomach. What faith!!Here is Wendy's idea and I think i…

Did You Know?


hat the next post will be the 1000th and you have a chance to win a free header designed by Dianne?

Yea, all you have to do is leave a comment and you will be entered in the drawing for the header.  Winner will be announced Friday, March 9.

If you want to comment on the 1000th post but do not need a new header, please let  me her know in your comment.

In the next post you will find out the madness behind my Dianne's idea to give away a free header.  There is a purpose other than the fact that I  she loves y'all so much and just wants to do something really special for one of you.

Please remember that I  Dianne is a dork and can only work on Blogger headers--sorry if you are a wordpress or other user.  Please refer back to this post.

This beautiful wedding picture is of Dustin and Kimberly who got married December 30, 2011.  Dustin is one of our Renewal Ranch graduates.  Kimberly is beautiful and looks so much like a young Ashely Judd.  This picture actually does have something to …

House of Prayer

I'm so glad that God is no respecter of persons--we are all beloved to Him and He desires that each of us come before Him in worship and prayer.  What a privilege it is to have the freedom to do this.

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

Joining with Deidra at Jumping Tandem
and Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays today--

PHOTO:  Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church near Monticello, Arkansas--on the National Register of Historic Places--organized in 1859.

998th post