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Spring Break!

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Iwill miss you but I am going to be taking a blog break next week to spend more time with my relatives and friends.

 Sure hope you have a great week and I will see you when I get back--most likely on Monday the 31st.

 Love,
 Me

p.s. I took the picture today of some trees in my neighborhood--textured in an app--I think it was Distressed FX but can't remember for sure.


 Comments off just for this post.

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Sun Rays Dance in an Aquamarine Sea

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Today I am linking with Texture Tuesday. The theme this week is color. I have been on a black and white kick the last few days on my blog so it was a welcome change to get back to some color.

All of my pictures are textured with touch of-1, at different percentages-- I believe the last one is almost 100% but the first one is a very low percentage opacity.

The forsythia is blooming in my side yard even though we had snow night before last.

Besides the addition of Kim's textures, the photos were also edited in the Camera + app.

Happy Tuesday sweet friends!

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Black & White & Red All Over

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This amazes me. God's Word became flesh. God's written black and white Word, His spoken Holy Spirit breathed Word became flesh.

 And this Word Flesh became red all over--from sweating drops of blood to thorns ripping apart the skin on His face and head, to hands and feet dripping blood and a broken heart that burst open and flooded all down when the spear went in deep, yes, He was made red all over for you and me.

I hope you behold His glory this week and I know it will be full of





        Without His shed blood, 
grace and truth 
would be just another couple of ordinary words.





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All My Longings

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One day a few years ago as I was studying Psalm 38, the Holy Spirit penetrated deep into my heart as I read the above verse.  Just a few little words but they exploded on impact.

"All my longings?  Really, Lord.
They lay right there open before you? I spent quite a bit of time alone with the Lord that morning, searching myself, trying to see what He saw.  It impacted me so much that I dubbed the year 2010 as "the year of longings."  I dedicated the year to finding out what my true longings were.

As I was preparing this post to share with you, I once again searched my heart to see what my true longings are.  I will share a couple with you.


I long to long to spend more time in His Word *sigh*
then I know I will do it--
The rest of that verse says "and my sighing is not hidden from you."--
Really, he makes note of every time I sigh. 

I long to long to spend more intimate moments in silence with Him,
for if I long for this, I know that those intimate moments will c…

Longings

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When I was a girl, I longed to be a beautiful ballerina. That was a dream that didn't happen for me.

But it is amazing to me how God knows our longings and desires and chooses to fulfill some of them in the most amazing ways.

I will be writings more about longings in tomorrow's post but for right now I just had to show you my beautiful granddaughter, Ashton.  She is thirteen and already an incredible dancer.

And she is just as beautiful on the inside as the outside.  Here she is dancing to Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.

I have to say, there aren't many things that give me more joy than watching her dance for Jesus.

But one of them I enjoy just as much is basketball as those of you who know me already know.

Today it was announced that another granddaughter made the all-state basketball team.  We are so proud of Caroline.  Although having some God-given talent and height, she has worked mighty hard to become a top-notch player.  I love the dedication to their pursuits …

From Above

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This is a photograph I took today and textured with Kim Klassen's 2312 at 100%.  The theme this week is "from above."

I picked these lenten roses from my backyard, brought them in and laid them on a sheet of white watercolor paper.  I was standing over them (from above) at a slight angle when this picture was taken.

I edited first in Lightroom and then brought it in to Photoshop where I added the type and the handwritten calligraphy using a Wacom tablet.

These lenten roses were a good and perfect gift for me today and I am thankful.  We had temperatures in the low 70's today.  The hammock got its first true workout of the season and at least it didn't flip me like it did my first time on it last year.


Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

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One of My Best Blessings

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One of my best blessings this week was getting back in the groove of designing and making jewelry.

I had quite a few supplies that had lain untouched for several years--I have quite a few other interests---sigh---maybe that is part of the reason why it had gone untouched.

 But at any rate I was needing the space it was taking so had decided to give it to a good blogging friend who makes jewelry.

But before I did, I needed to see if I would ever enjoy jewelry designing again.

Well, I have had a blast and look forward to it once again.

So the pictures above are of the necklaces I made--I'm excited and ready to get down to some really serious jewelry making business.  I also made another necklace and a bracelet.

So grateful I have past times that bring me great joy.


Col. 3:23


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More Than Watchmen

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I was excited when I saw the *assignment for a linkup with SheReadsTruth.
--*Share our insights from Psalm 130--

A few years ago as I was studying this passage, the repetition of 'more than a watchmen' hit me so hard and I knew I wanted to know more.
After some research about a watchman's duties and reading more passages of scripture concerning watchmen, I knew I wanted to place myself in the watchman's shoes and see what my thoughts were.  The following is what I wrote.


I prepare for the night ahead. 
The darkness here in the desert can be quite cold--
I cocoon myself in future warmth, 
layer after layer of protective covering 
anticipating the deepest, the most penetrating bone-cold winds 
sweeping across the vast spaces of my soul. 
The night will be long, 
 I've served this shift before
 and the moments, the minutes, the hours 
 pass as winter sap from the tree-- 
 I look ever so often to the eastern horizon 
 Waiting for the faintest sparkle of the tourmaline…

In Need

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Became dissatisfied in his current environment.
Demanded what was "rightfully his."
Changed his environment.
Made some very unwise decisions.
Spent all he had.
Began to be in need.
Partook of unhealthy diet with bad company.
Remembered all that he had before.
Returned to homeland.
Welcomed with open arms.
Feast prepared in his honor.
Was reconciled to his father.
The picture above is a 3' by 4' canvas I painted to enter in an art show a few years ago. Each artist had to provide an inspiration statement. The piece did not turn out like I thought it would when I started. I had orignally intended to have celebratory phrases covering the background script. However, I was so moved when I read "and he began to be in need"--I knew the canvas story had to stop there.

Because? Because in page after page, chapter after chapter from God's Word we recognize that this is the story of all of our lives. Somehow, we don't recognize "our need" for the…

Textures of Wondeful, Grief, Victory, Despair, Freedom

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And, freed from all that's earthly, vile, Seem hallowed, pure and bright, Like scenes in some enchanted isle All bathed in liquid light.
As dusky mountains please the eye, When twilight chases day; As bugle notes that, passing by, In distance die away;


As, leaving some grand waterfall, We, lingering, list its roar-- So memory will hallow all We've known but know no more.
Near twenty years have passed away Since here I bid farewell To woods and fields, and scenes of play, And playmates loved so well.


Where many were, but few remain Of old familiar things, But seeing them to mind again The lost and absent brings.
The friends I left that parting day, How changed, as time has sped! Young childhood grown, strong manhood gray; And half of all are dead.



I hear the loved survivors tell How nought from death could save, Till every sound appears a knell And every spot a grave.
I range the fields with pensive tread, And pace the hollow rooms, And feel (companion of the dead) I'm liv…

Tulips, Followers, Ice etc.

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Good morning precious friends.  I hope you had a lovely weekend.

We are iced in again--not that it has happened all that many times but definitely more than the average winter.

 When I went to the grocery store on Friday, I couldn't pass by these lovely little tulips that were a mere pittance for all the happy sunshine they bring to my little living room. Hope you enjoy.

I want to welcome my newest follower, CaryJo--thank you so much for joining up with us in this journey.

The internet has blessed me with some mighty awesome friends.

And speaking of followers, y'all, I have a little something I want to request.

--When I lost my blog some months ago (long, long story), I also lost all of my followers.

 I did manage to transfer all of my blog posts to the new blog but it would not let me transfer the followers--not only that but I couldn't even find out where to add the follower gadget.

They have taken it off the main menu when you start a new blog now. Well, not really ta…