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Pillow Talk

And wow! do these pillows ever talk!  They speak volumes about life.

I love that every time I walk in the master bedroom they will be there to speak of the  faith, hope and love we have in God.

I love that they remind me to pray for those who have been abused by human trafficking.

I bought them at The Sparrow's Nest, a small store run by volunteers who take donations for operating a safe haven for victims of human trafficking here in the Little Rock area.

They had Open House last night and the place was packed.  We heard a woman who had been a victim herself of this horrible societal disease.

They sold a ton of stuff at incredible prices.

I think the pillows really complement the curtains that I purchased a couple of months ago.

And now abides these three:  faith, hope and love.   But the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor. 13:13

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Blessings of Peace

The Lord will give strength unto his people; The Lord will bless his people with peace. Psalm 29:11

Today's watercolor enhanced with IPhoto and Photoshop Elements

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Butterfly Bush In Bloom

Today is all about about "finds."
What have you found this week that makes your heart glad?

Our beautiful butterfly bush--
I walked out in the backyard a couple of days ago and found these beautiful blooms on our butterfly bush that had been transplanted last year.

So glad it  survived the move and bloomed where it was planted.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

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Think On These Things

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Phil. 4:8
my one and only calla lilly in the backyard 

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Adorned From Above

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He Sobbed

For those of you who don't know, I teach a class at Renewal Ranch each Wednesday--it is a home for men suffering from drug/alcohol addictions.  This is what happened today.

The film had ended and class was over.

He came sobbing to where I stood.

It was the movie The Hiding Place, the story of Corrie Ten Boom's mid-life adventure in the Dutch underground helping save the lives of some 800 Jewish people and her subsequent time spent in a concentration camp.

The story of loss, suffering, despair, questions, hatred.

When Corrie's heart was filled with hatred for the guards in the camp who had beaten her sister as she had watched, she did not know how to deal with the emotion.

Having lived in a loving home for 50+ years, Corrie had never experienced these kinds of emotions.

She was miserable and hated herself for the emotions she could not control.

Her misery seemed destined to drive her mad until at last, she asked God to take the hatred and to fill her w…

Journals of Youth

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Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

Writing about his grandfather who knelt by his bed and prayed for his family at night, Mark Batterson, author of Praying Circles Around Your Children said,  "Few things are more powerful than hearing someone intercede on your behalf. His voiceprint left an imprint on my soul." 

After a dynamic sermon on prayer, our pastor called the men of the church forward to give them the book by Mark Batterson referred to above and also to pray over them.

It was a wonderful sight to see almost every man in our church go forward for prayer.

Then the men joined arms and encircled our congregation to pray over us--their families, friends and loved ones.

It is hard to explain just how empowering it was to have those men praying over us, encircling us, making a hedge of protection around us not only with their physical bodies but with their bold and powerful prayers.
He asked for each man to pray aloud and it was a glorious sound.   Just as the angels in heaven worship our Lord in voices raised to…

Unique Pieces of the Master

Each one of us is a very unique piece of the Master and together we make up the Greatest Masterpiece God ever created--the body of Christ.

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No Beauty or Majesty

I have started a major canvas project for some friends of ours.  They have a new home and have a wall that I hope this will fit perfectly on.
It is based on Isaiah 53 from the Old Testament.
I have to remember that this is just the background--
that it will have several layers--
Trying to paint an awesome and beautiful canvas
about someone said to have "no beauty or majesty about them to
attract us to him"--
Is somewhat difficult--
While I want the canvas to have a regal and majestic look,
I want it also to reflect the ugly, the pain, 
the punishment, the despair, the rejection, 
the piercings, the wounds, 
the oppression, the afflictions, the judgments,
the crushing loneliness, 
But more than anthing I want it to reflect that

Isaiah 53
Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,


Oswald Chambers is one of my favorite writers.  Somehow, he takes what seems to be complex at the time and reduces it to a simplicity that my soul grasps.

When things don't feel quite right--

whether unconfessed sin
lacking zeal in my daily pursuit of God
not loving as I should
negative thoughts
not rejoicing when truth wins out
lack of trust, faith, or love
__________________, or fill in the blank--

My spiritual self knows that we do not operate on feelings but on faith
but I also know that when I'm feeling out of sorts spiritually,
usually it is because I haven't abandoned.
So the complex becomes simple.
What do I want today more than anything else?
--a close relationship with my Lord and Savior--
--to be used of Him for His glory and the good of others--

"If you abandon everything to Jesus, and come when He says, “Come,” then He will continue to say, “Come,” through you. You will go out into the world reproducing the echo of Christ’s “Come.” That is the result in every soul who has …

This Is Now

For quite a few years our eight year old granddaughter, Noelle, has played a game of "running along the sidewalk by our car" when we leave after a visit to Tulsa.

Today she went to VBS before we left for home and there was no one there to run along beside us while waving, throwing us kisses and yelling to us that she loves us.

My heart and thoughts outraced me a little bit as I projected into the near future when she will not think it "cool" to do that anymore.

I wanted to cry but instead will embrace the sparkly moments like that that we still have.

She will bring us different sparkly moments in the future--we will embrace them then. This is now--that will be "then." Some of our sparkly moments this past week provided by Noelle, Ashton and James.




Thanking God for all the sparkly moments--thank you, Jesus!
Sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
Psalm 47:6
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