"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WALK On WEDS.


[credit image: faith gateway]

I'm taking a quiet, reflective walk today to a place I don't want to really go to ... but I have been there far too often and I must today because it is the birthday of someone that was part of my life for quite some time, of good and bad times, but no longer this side of eternity to celebrate 45 years ... by choice. I'm a bit torn on this day ... not quite sure which path to take or where to find a place of quiet or rest. 

"I'll try not to linger too long in the negative choice you made and its impact, you probably never thought about. How very sad. I still struggle with some of this with your precious family who did not deserve this like your beloved mom and her heartache. I can only imagine because I won't go there, although I have a few times only, it's much too much painful and sorrowful. I lack what I'd hope to tell her/them ... any reason ... anything. Just skeptical ramblings or untruths. Only God knows ... and only God understands this." 

I recently came across a book (that believe it or not I don't have, nor have I read it, even though I truly like the title, I'm not so sure the contents will help me). However the author went through a similar situation to mine compiled with many other tragic events ... from what I understand reading about her and the book. But even so, I don't think we can compare our pain, our losses, our grief. Each soul grieves differently. 

I was sure since I walked in the Valley last week, I had something special for today (but I lost track of what it was) and when I saw what day this was ... well, I almost did not post ... however, I knew I'd be taking this "walk" anyway alone. OK, not totally alone, alone with God, with Jesus, with the Holy Spirit ... you see I need all 3 for company this day. I'd love to "dance with Jesus" (that's why I love opening to this book's website just so I can see and imagine myself in that place). Round and round I twirl ... yes, that's how to get from "grief to grace".

Somehow, recently, perhaps in anticipation of this heaviness beckoning me once more to revisit "valleys" ... I stumbled upon another place, a faith art community with a course - a Bible-based course on "Good Grief" using art journaling. Such a wonderful idea ... for His Kingdom Come ... as I explored and learned about their site.

To me, this is perfect (although "no, I did not sign up") ... I was reminded by God how I love the Arts ... to me that is art of painting, drawing, photography, etc. but also "arts" includes music and dance for me. I recall that when I was grieving the loss of my youngest brother, who was artistic like my mom, that it was through "art" I found my peace and joy once again. What I liked best about the person whose birthday is today was that artistic ability. Yes, I am drawn to the "art" nature of people and to "those that are artistic" ... a part of me that I never developed but began to explore more and more since the loss of 3 dearly loved, artistic people. I always pushed the academic side of my education, but oh, how I wish I had developed and taken courses in more of the "arts" especially art techniques. I do believe that this would be great therapy. In fact, I'm sure it's used as therapy. 

I remember when I first came here vacationing...more than pursuing my calling, I purchased an art sketch pad and some chalk (cray-pas) and began sitting along the walls at the beach and therapeutically sketching scenes. Many of my most enjoyable teaching times were when I taught Kindergarten and drew characters on the blackboards as I told stories ... I loved craft and art projects, and decorating my classroom for opening day. Yes, art definitely is something I should have pursued more, so I'm sure that this is a good way to work through ones' grief and mourning. I love music and dance too yet for some reason this ole body is not flowing as it once did (or so I thought and loved whether I looked as graceful to others as I felt and imagined or not; I was for me and my audience of One)


So now I am off for the day to do just that ... 


not the
dance part

the
ART
part and the
HEART
{did you see that "heart" has "art" in it? plus He}

that means with
"HE"
Jesus 
as part of
the
ART
from the
HEART
 will bloom
much more 
GRACE in my Garden
today as
"I will bloom where I am planted"
in
God's Word
and
Kingdom


There definitely was a reason that God chose and gave me 
Isaiah 61
and
GRACE
for this blog and me

GOD is so AMAZING!


{Happy Birthday Pajaro!}
well, you got a Tropical Storm out in the Pacific named after you this week - how appropriate (lol)
It does not help that on
July 13, 2015
one of our favorite Mexican singers
known as
Joan Sebastian
"Jose Manuel Figueroa"
departed from this world
preceded by his faithful white horse
5 days ago
REST IN PEACE


Sunday, February 1, 2015

SOS ~ KAREN'S GRACE FILLED BDAY

A BLESSED and HAPPY
BIRTHDAY
to
KAREN 

[image credit:angiescreation]


"REAL GENEROSITY IS DOING SOMETHING NICE FOR SOMEONE WHO'LL NEVER FIND IT OUT."

Did you catch that at the bottom of this Name Plaque image?

This quote fits Karen to a tea (tee, or "T")
and this is why I am
celebrating her
today

in the
"GARDENS of GRACE"

You see, it was one of many of Karen's generous gifts to me that started me off
with the artist, Thomas Kinkade, in a precious devotional book 
"Passages of Light"
which 
filled my life and blog with 
Jesus' Light
in a dark time when I really needed this
Karen shone Jesus' Light and shines Jesus' Light
into my heart, life and soul; more than she'll ever know

I cannot begin to give back as much as Karen has blessed me
since becoming a "blog friend", sister in Christ and better than a REAL SISTER

The most recent examples were 2014 Christmas and my 60th birthday!
She gave me a Name Plaque like the one above and then she personally listed
"60+ ... about Peggy"
{truthfully I couldn't have come up with "60" but Karen did}


Now Karen is not 60 and I will not attempt to do as she did
but I have well over that many "things" I love about Karen
and I think I'll start saving them up now for when she turns 60, yrs. from now
{if Jesus Christ tarries that long in coming, I'll do it in person in heaven, with more than 60 hugs}

Since Karen's birthday fell on God's SON day, of course, I have to escort this dear sis into the "Gardens of Grace" so He can tell her just how special she is and maybe even show her ... through my choice selection for today, we enter

"GLORY of MORNING"

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appropriately titled for the "glory of" this "morning"
this day, this birthday of
Karen
as unique and beautiful as
the vibrant flowers in bloom
is the life of this lady and the heart of gold
that 
God's planted in her, 
for her family; her loved ones, 
 her parents, her husband, her sons, her grand kids 
- big and small -
she shows her love for them all
and even her friends, virtual or real-life

Karen has graced us with "who she is" as fragrant as these flowers

"But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; "

"Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently..."
2 Corinthians 2:14-15

This is what I hear God say:

 Come my Beloved Karen
Enjoy and find rest on this day

Celebrate who you were created to be

"Come, my beloved, let us go to the countryside,
    let us spend the night in the villages.

Let us go early to the vineyards

    to see if the vines have budded,
if their blossoms have opened,
    and if the pomegranates are in bloom
    there I will give you my love.

The mandrakes send out their fragrance,

    and at our door is every delicacy,
both new and old,
    that I have stored up for you, my beloved."
Song of Songs 7:11-13

and I add

Each year of your life
you delight in the Lord and He delights in you
you have given to others in His Name
and He has given to you

May He continue to bless you
as you so graciously have blessed me
and others

"The Eternal One bless and keep you.
     May He make His face shine upon you
        and be gracious to you.
     The Eternal lift up His countenance
        to look upon you and give you peace."
(The Voice)

as you count the stars in the heavens or the flowers in this garden
may your delights and blessings be as many

May this Threefold Blessing 
from 
Numbers 6:24-26
be yours
Karen
and
your loved ones

May God's Grace
continue to
aMaze
you,
touch you
and
encompass you
every day of your life

May you be filled every day
with a sweet anointed fresh flow of
His Holy Spirit's power and intimate experience
of Christ alive in you
(as you have shown me)

Thank you Karen!

For the honor and privilege of knowing you in part
You know I treasure you and cherish our relationship
This was a delightful walk today thinking of you
{in place of my Walk On Weds. this week}

Thank You Lord for Karen!

A Wonderful Grace Filled Joyful
Birthday to you, Karen!
Hallelujah Anyhow!

Number #1 Songs
on your birthday since 1940
{long before you were born but #1 songs on your bday}
Tommy Dorsey - "All the Things You Are"
later sung by
Frank Sinatra



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{this is Karen's day, even though she's not currently blogging, brighten up her day with 
a prayer, a wish, an ecard or email, 
or even a comment on her last blog post, their anniversary}


Saturday, January 17, 2015

SOS ~ GARDENS of GRACE

[image credit: Thomas Kinkade]
just a snippet of the bench from his "Eternal Springtime" painting

Most likely, where most of you live, it's not a season to be walking through any garden, much less sitting outside on a bench, enjoying God's Word or to be even thinking about gardens or gardening ... but maybe some of you, are as fortunate as I am, and can enjoy the outdoors and reading from a good book.

Whether you can or can't, come along with me for today, in the "Gardens of Grace".

I gazed once more through this calendar of the monthly paintings by Thomas Kinkade, assuming that they go from the top left across, month by month, that the one for January, is not at all a winter scene, like I'm use to, and yet Thomas Kinkade has many but this is not one. I tried to identify the "cottage" and also the Bible verse to no avail. I looked through more than 50 paintings of cottages, some that I have shared here before and then I glanced through other categories like gardens, then I decided to choose my own winter scene of one from his "cottage" paintings ...  

{it's important that I set the scene right for Jan. of 2015
with
 welcoming you to
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"A Christmas Welcome"

... even if it's not "Christmas" and more than half the month is already gone, I would still like to "Welcome" you to 2015 through the art of Thomas Kinkade, in what might be similar to the kind of cottage warmth I would share back in my home state ... and definitely would not be wandering along any garden path, but like my home and this painting among the beautiful pines of a northern woods.

So,

WELCOME

to

2015

and

God's 

Garden of Grace

and my blog of

"aMazing Grace"

where

My One Word for 2015 is

GRACE

{and my 1st verse}

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 1 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

As I venture along my trail or path today in the majestic pines, I take in the fresh aroma of those evergreens and the crisp air of the winter fallen snow beneath the steady feet of my gallant horse as he leads me quietly to the resting place for today where I can intently listen for the "whisper" of His Voice echoing these words:

“My grace is enough to cover and sustain you. My power is made perfect in weakness.” ... 1 Corinthians 12:9 (The Voice)

and "The Voice" continues with

"So ask me about my thorn,  inquire about my weaknesses, and I will gladly go on and on—I would rather stake my claim in these and have the power of the Anointed One at home within me." (The Voice)

These words are so familiar to me, almost as worn down as the path that we're making through the fresh fallen snow trail with the impact that they have on my life and my destiny. I must be careful where I lead the horse or allow him to go so we do not slip and fall or loose our balance. The ice beneath the snow can make for a little more treacherous ride than the normal one. It's easy to slip or slide or worse, fall. Sometimes, crossing on the ice, you can begin to hear it crack beneath the weight ... much like our weaknesses (our sins) ... 

["Come now, let us settle the matter," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."(NIV)]
Isaiah 1:18 

"Come on now, let’s walk and talk; let’s work this out.
        Your wrongdoings are bloodred,
    But they can turn as white as snow.
        Your sins are red like crimson,
    But they can be made clean again like new wool."
(The VOICE)

It's here I take hold of the truth of His aMazing Grace and I surrender the reins to Him confidently knowing that the Eternal One, the Anointed One, will lead me home. It is His power within me, His Voice that guides and beckons me onward that continually spurs me to seek Him in the "gardens of Grace", at times upon my face, I linger in His loving embrace; and listen to His heart beat as one in mine, as His Word, His Voice, rises from deep within, reminding me of His love, His mercy, His Grace. It is in this place, I find my rest and realize my strength in this test comes from Him --- ever so gently, His strength empowers me.~Peggy


"When I am weak then ..."
HE IS STRONG

for I no longer live
but Christ lives in me
(Galatians 2:20)




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DIOS TE BENDIGA
GOD BLESS YOU

always

Peggy