Showing posts from April, 2013

When Your Heart Feels As If It Could Burst.........

Jordan, Chase and Nick worshiping the Lord--Ryan leading in praise and worship

I believe we have twenty-eight incredible guys residing at the Ranch right now--

Some sleeping on couches and several on air mattresses in the room we use for classes and chapel but we know God has a plan and we are trusting Him.

To see these men reunited with their families,--wives, children, grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends is one of the most glorious things I've ever experienced.

We are in the middle of a four-day revival with First Baptist Church, Beebe, AR--we are a nondenominational facility and have different churches who sponsor us.  Thank God for all the churches and individuals who help take care of the needs of these guys.

The cost to them is free--Jesus paid the price.

Please pray for us and thank you so much to those of you who already do.

I love all of you so much.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,…

Carry Us Forever

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Photo taken April 12, 2013, Stone County, AR

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Faith Is Her Name

Faith is her name.

 A tear is ready to splash from her eye but she still has a smile. Why?  Because she sees a rainbow in every tear of her life. She knows that all that the enemy means for harm, God will work for her good and His glory if she will trust and love Him.

 You may notice that she has a very strong jaw line. She has set her face like flint because she knows she will not be put to shame.

Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.Isaiah 50:7 
She was painted on a wooden block--texture is very rough--
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Come to the Waters

One of my mentees and I are going through the book by Madame Jeanne Guyon, Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ.

A few weeks ago I loaned her my copy which I had gone through  many times over the years but had somehow lain aside for the past two or three years.

Yesterday, I went by Mardel and they had it in stock.  It used to be hard to get--had gone out of print at one point in time, etc. etc.

So, I was able to get her a new copy and got my old copy back.

I read the first and second chapters this morning and oh my, why I ever lay that book down is a mystery to me.  It blessed my socks off.

When I read the Bible as she suggests, it ministers to me in a way that I cannot explain except to say there were tears of joy, love, remembrance and thankfulness before I had read more than one verse of the chapter I had chosen from Isaiah 55.

“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost."

A Long and Maybe Never Goodbye

When I started blogging several years ago, I promised God that I would blog for five years.
I had a couple of goals at that time.

I wanted to someday put together a daily devotional book.  I figured if I could write a quality blog post once a week or so that maybe after a few years I would have enough posts to pick 365 and would have my book.

I have posted between 1200 and 1300 times I think and I doubt that I have 50 truly book worthy devotionals--writing a true quality post on a daily basis or even a weekly basis is not an easy task.

I will never again take lightly a good daily column.

My other goal was to write so that my descendants could read my stories someday and feel as if they knew me even if just a little bit.

I would give anything to have stories that my parents and grandparents wrote but I realize not every one is like me.

So, none of my descendants may ever read a word that I wrote and I am okay with that--NOW!

To those of you who have "got me" and what I am all abou…

She Knows

For the sake of understanding the story--for those of you who don't know, Renewal Ranch is a place right outside of Conway, AR dedicated to helping men restore their lives through Christ, men who have been in the addictions of alcohol and/or drugs.
My husband and I are volunteers at the Ranch.
Last year I post this story entitled Orchestrated.
I know your time is valuable but if you get a chance I hope you will skim over it.
There is a very neat addendum to the story.

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Goodwill Jeans

My daughter-in-law works for "the Goodwill" as some of you (tongue in cheek) call it.

 They are having a big fundraiser/fashion show which sounds like it will be quite fun.

 The gist of it goes like this: They have enlisted several local artists and models.

 Each model went to Goodwill, picked out a pair of jeans that they will model in the fashion show and then the jeans were delivered to one of the artists to be embellished/painted etc.

 The day of the luncheon and auction each pair of jeans will be modeled and sold to benefit Goodwill.

 I am not quite through with the pair of jeans I am decorating but here they are. I will add a vine of flowers to the right back leg and another flower on the left back pocket.

The true calligraphers out there would be appalled by this lettering but I call myself a "modern mark maker."  That gives me a license (smile) to do a lot of things I could not get by with otherwise.

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A Promise

Thinking about Boston reminded me of a wall hanging I made a few years ago.

I love the message and pray this for all those hurting.

It was made on muslin using watercolors, FW acrylic inks and Sharpie permanent pens.

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

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I'm in Charge of Celebrations

Photo textured with Kim Klassen's 3003 at 16% opacity.
Linking to Texture Tuesday

Today I am celebrating--as I do most every day.
I am celebrating one of the best books I've ever read.
Sure some might think it a children's or juvenile's book but the
lesson learned from it is good for all.

Reading this book will make you want to go out in your yard or neighborhood and look for things to celebrate--and I promise you, you will not be disappointed--by the book or by what you find on a nature walk.  
This book just happens to celebrate the mysterious beauties of the desert. I've been in the deserts of Arizona and I concur wholeheartedly with the author's amazement and celebration of life and beauty there.

Today I am celebrating the azaleas that are in bloom in my front yard--I think about nine bushes of these luscious peachy flowers.

I am celebrating the yellow jasmine which grows over an arbor in my front side yard.  I'm sure it has thousands of blooms.  Saturday one of …

I've Made Up My Mind

Well, I've finally done it--made up my mind that is!

There is nothing on God's green earth that moves me like the dogwood tree.

It's beauty and grace are unmatched--in my humble opinion.

Give me a camera and a few blooms and my day is made!

Thanking God for all of his many blessings this past week-- among them this beautiful tree growing in my front side yard.

Their beauty is breathtaking to me--

Exquisite--as much as I love that word, it is not good enough......

Thank you, God for all the blessings--
Really too numerous to count--
The week at Mountain View with the guys from Renewal Ranch--
Ronnie fixing our car while there--
The six men who came to chapel on Saturday wanting to have their lives restored through Jesus Christ
The incredible service we had--
The voices of Dean, Chance and Ed as they blended together in perfect harmony--
The fun, food, laughter and fellowship--
That Abel returned from his grandfather's funeral in Texas
That Atlas came home--
That Kim gave her testimony Sun…

Freely Given

Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you......." John 14:27Thank God for His perfect peace that He so freely gives.
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Photo by Jerry James--thank you, Jerry
Marcella Church of Christ between Batesville and Mountain View, AR

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Some of the Lights of My Life

My husband and I are at a fishing resort in Mountain View with the men from Renewal Ranch.  The resort has been here over fifty years and really needs a lot of tender loving care.

We came for a week last year and again this year--as an act of service to the lovely people who own and run this place.  One of the volunteers at the Ranch has been coming here every year for over 30 years.  He knew of the need and arranged our trip.

The hours that our men work and all they do would literally cost a small fortune and this is a way we can give back for all the support we get from the community.

Chance and Jacob having a little fun!

My husband, Larry, and James




Jason and Chance

One of our graduates, Chris

Jacob, Stephen and Nick



Jerry, one of the volunteers at Renewal Ranch 

The view across the White River from where we are staying.

A little study time for class next week--

The guys are working so hard and accomplishing so much while we are here--from replacing railroad tie st…