Showing posts from January, 2014

Jewelry Giveaway

On Valentine's Day Sandy from Faith Hope Love blog and little ole me will be hosting a GIVEAWAY of three pairs of her earrings.

You can find Sandy's jewelry here at her Etsy shop--

To be eligible to win, between now and February 14, please hop over to her shop, either favorite her shop or 'heart' at least one pair of earrings (to 'heart' just mouse over a pair in the upper right hand corner), come back here and leave a comment on Valentine's Day.  That's it!  That's all you have to do to have a chance to win a pair of her beautiful earrings.  And if your name is one of the three chosen out of the ones leaving comments, then you WIN!

Here are pictures of two of the three pairs to be given away.

©All art, photographs and text property of Elizabeth Dianne unless otherwise notes, 2008-2014, all rights reserved.

Then Came A Gentle Whisper

To hear--another wonder of the world.

So much of what we hear is selective.  What do we choose to hear?

As I write down some of the beautiful and meaningful things I've heard in my lifetime, would you be thinking about yours?

I would love to read just one (your welcome to leave more) of what you have heard that is music to your ears.

--The crunch of the first ripe apple eaten off one of my grandmother's apple trees--

--The Amen corner of my little church when I was growing up--we had corners all over that little room!--

--Summertime sung by Leontyne Price--so it was on YouTube but it is one of the most incredible sounds I've ever heard in my life time.  I read that she received a 42 minute standing ovation one time.  I used to teach my students about that and have them stand up and applaud for one full minute.  Try it--you cannot believe how exhausting it is--talk about a cardio workout!

--Here is a link to it--

--The pounding waves of the Pacific, the A…

The Seven Wonders of the World

I wrote a series of posts last year shortly before Valentine's Day that I would like to post again.  Thank you for indulging me.

This week I would like to explore 7 wonders of the world.

The first one is "see."

To be able to "see."

 Oh, yes, I've seen some awesome things in my lifetime.

 --The birth of a baby-just watched my 4th two months ago--

 --The Eiffel Tower--

 --The stamens of a soft, dewy flower--

 --the gorgeous beaches of Rio de Janeiro and Corcovado Mountain, Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain--
--the eyes of a small nephew as he gazed upon his first jack-o-lantern--

 --the Aleutian Islands seen from five miles up--

 --a laughing brook with the one I loved beside me--

 --the Tower of London--

--the towering skyscrapers of Hong Kong--

--the smile of a mother who was a saint--

--the white sands of Florida, the unbelievable Royal Gorge of Colorado--

--Disneyland and the Crystal Cathedral--

--Multnomah Falls and the rugged coasts of …

Triumph Through Mercy!

Is there someone you would like to triumph over today?

 Then show them mercy.

 Yes, mercy. That's what God's Word says--Mercy triumphs over judgment!

 Oh, how our carnal minds love to sit in judgment over others. But when we choose to have mercy and show mercy, God's power is unleashed in that simple choice that causes forces of the spirit world to take over.

 When that happens, we are winners, we are conquerors, we are more than conquerors, we triumph in a way that brings glory to God and sets in motion all the power of the Holy Spirit to bring redemption and restoration to that person or situation.

 Why would we choose less than mercy?

Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!  from James 2

Of course, our hearts must be right with God before we can sincerely choose to have and show mercy.

When our hearts are right, it w…

Your Very Own Personal Message

While talking to one of our young men at Renewal Ranch today, he mentioned (again) the book Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.

This is to take nothing away from the book or from Young but I really tried to hammer home the point to him that God wants to give each of us our own personal message each day.

And I am a big believer in journaling what He says.

Numerous times in the Bible we are told to write God's laws on the tablets of our hearts.

It helps me to do that if I also write it out on paper.

I appreciate Young sharing with the world her insights and God's messages to her but those are messages to her, for her at a specific moment in time.

Yes, we can benefit greatly from them, but how much more will we be touched by God's Word if we seek out His personal, individualized message to us each day.

 It is my thought that for most of us it is just easier to read a devotional written by someone else.

Getting down to the nitty-gritty, searching for our own message from God is a t…

My Favorite Blessing From Last Week

This is really crazy trying to choose a favorite blessing from last week.

I mean, really--wouldn't I have to say that salvation was my very favorite.  I think so--but if I chose that one then I would have to choose that one every week, right?

So, all of the obvious ones aside, I have chosen the 3rd Annual Anniversary Celebration of Renewal Ranch as my favorite.

Renewal Ranch is a residential home for men with drug/alcohol addictions.  There is no cost to the resident--Jesus paid the price.  You can read more about it here.

What a glorious time we had at Saturday morning's jubilate service--how do you possibly celebrate the new life given to 60 men over the past three years, 70% of whom are holding fast to their commitments.

Here is just a small glimpse--

When the guys come to us, they say themselves that they are a menace to society, selfish and irresponsible.

Here they are singing to the leadership, supporters, teachers, mentors and volunteers--Thank You For Giving to t…

Who Is the Fairest of Them All?

The lake is still, lying there, looking up--reflecting the glory of the sky--
Oh my goodness, I read the best devotionals today!  The one by Dietrich Bonhoeffer was priceless and too detailed and intimate for me to comment on here.  If I did, you would immediately x out of my blog because the post would be so long.  But someday, yes someday, I want to write about it.
It you would like to read it, here is a link.
The other great one I read is from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.
It is basically about "beholding" God.
I remember when my father-in-law died in 1981.  We Shall Behold Him, the song by Sandi Patty, was relatively new and I could not hear it enough times.
Having someone so close to me who was now in heaven gave me such an intimate feeling with God when I stopped, gazed upon Him, focused on Him and beheld His beauty.

I literally could NOT get enough of "beholding Him."
Chambers describes it as "unveiled frankness before God."  Oh y…

Around the Next Corner

Going through some old files today and found this--I'm sure I have probably posted it before somewhere--

Philippians 3:7-14 7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ — the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet …

Whatever You Do!

I had fun today painting this watercolor--it's about 9" by 12" and went fairly quickly.  Well, I say quickly but by the time I had watched several watercolor tutorials and painted three of these, I guess quite a bit of time had gone by.
My favorite tutorials were by Joseph Zbukvic and Alvaro Castagnet.  This particular painting  was patterned after one I saw that Castagnet had done.  
Mine doesn't even begin to compare with his but at least it gave me some inspiration. 
I have never done any street reflections so that was fun.
Hope your week is going well and you are accomplishing a lot.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord,  Col. 3:23

The Lord Is Mightier

I am taking Beyond Beyond, an online course by Kim Klassen. 
My assignment was to take her photo, Open Beach, and edit it in Photoshop. 
 I used Lightroom first of all and then added the text and two layers of Kim's 0802 texture at 25% Multiply. 
 The psalm is from the Bible--Psalm 93:4
My prayer is that you see the mighty works of God in your life this week.
Happy Monday!

Weekend Worship at Union United Methodist Church

If my people who are called by my name, 

 will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, 

 and turn from their wicked ways, 

            then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin, and heal their land. 1 Chronicles 7:14 

 So my friend, if we are one of God's people, it looks as if it is up to us to humble ourselves and pray and seek God's face and turn from our wicked ways, 

         then God will come and forgive us and heal our land. What a wonderful promise from God!

I pray that God will show us what our wicked ways are.  It sounds like such a harsh, cruel word but God's definition can be something as simple as gossiping about our brothers or sisters.  God give us eyes to see and ears to hear without being offended.

Happy weekend to you.
May we truly worship Him in spirit and in truth.
©All art, photography and text property of Elizabeth Dianne 2008-2014 unless otherwise noted.
a repost from past pages

Are You Ready To Give Up?

The following was written by one of our graduates from the Ranch.

For those of you who don't know, my husband and I volunteer at a residential home for adult men addicted to drugs/alcohol. It is totally faith-based.

The name of the campus is Renewal Ranch.

I am providing a link if you would like more information about the facility.

One of our recent graduates, Jeremy, wrote this and posted it on Facebook.

I asked Him if I could share it with you here because I know there is much hopelessness in the world and I think he has the answer for you if you are one of those ready to give up.

Whether or not you are in a hopeless situation, I pray this speaks to you.

Oh, by the way, Jeremy recently graduated and has come on staff.  We are so glad to have him.


"Every day we face obstacles and sometimes just down right difficult things in our lives. 
Some of us prosper and push forward through them to see and experience the other side and many of us see these obst…

A Wreath of Gracefulness

Proverbs 1 says that heeding instruction and listening to teaching is like a wreath of gracefulness on the head or a gold chain adorning the neck.
I love the poetic lyricism of the Bible.
 A week or so ago our world was adorned with a covering of ice--sure does slow things down--more thought is given to where you go, what you do, even each step that you take.
When we heed the warnings of those Godly people who love us and the Words of the Bible, I like to think that more thought is given to where we go, what we do, and each step that we take.
 Praying Godly wisdom for you today.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  James 1:5
©All art, text, and photography property of Elizabeth Dianne unless otherwise noted 2008-2014

The Book of Books

Oh the comfort, oh the joy contained within one book--

I've read hundreds of books over the years
and still go back to my favorites
day after day--

but none can compare to the precious Word of God--

Thank you Lord for your written Word--they are Words of Life to me each day that I live.

A single line in the Bible
has consoled me more than
all the books I have ever read.
Immanuel Kant

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Searching For His Glory

I've finally chosen my word for the new year.
It is glory.
I went searching for His glory this morning.
In my very brown and drab backyard I found this.
A small nandina bush hidden over behind some dead looking stuff.
I snapped off one branch and brought it in the house.

Put it in a vase of water--

and started clicking--
oh, photography--one of my greatest joys--

I took it from room to room--

from table to table--

and window to window--

set it in front of a watercolor I had painted of my granddaughter which turned out looking almost exactly like my 8th grade school picture--

and realized when I saw the eyes--
that yes, I had seen His glory
He had given me eyes to see His glory this morning.

the glory of the only begotten of the Father.
Praying you see His glory today.

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My God, Search Me!

“O Lord, You are the God of the early mornings, 

the God of the late nights, 

the God of the mountain peaks, 

But, my God, my soul has horizons further away than those of early mornings, deeper darkness than the nights of earth, higher peaks than any mountain peaks, greater depths than any sea in nature. 
You who are the God of all these, be my God.
I cannot reach to the heights or to the depths; there are motives I cannot discover, dreams I cannot realize. 
"My God, search me.”
--the words of Oswald Chambers--


Morning Has Broken

I am starting the new year with several different devotional plans--one of them is a 40 day journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  This morning he challenged us to journal about how we spend our mornings and if we are satisfied with the way we spend them.

For many years I was faithful to morning devotionals but when retirement came and I "had more time"--I slipped--
There have been few days that I have not had some type of daily devotions but  "having them at my leisure" has also carried with it a "not so urgent"aspect to my prayer life.

This year, twenty fourteen, is a brand new year and I want to go into it as I did some years ago when my alarm rang with an urgency--
when I KNEW that my prayers and devotional life needed to be in the early morning because of exhaustion later in the day--
school teacher, wife, and mother of three sons--

This is not to undermine the importance of "praying without ceasing" all day everyday.
But for me, I need the sp…

Following God With Joy