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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

His Name {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Isaiah 9-6

I am currently studying the second week of the advent lessons in “God With Us” from Love God Greatly. This Bible study is well-written, inspirational and affirming. I highly recommend the studies from this ministry. They offer ongoing studies that are free, accessible on their blog and on device apps. This time, I purchased the study journal from Amazon, as I wanted the physical book, although I could have printed it at no cost, from the web site. I also like the fact that this is a non-profit group, so when I purchase the journal from Amazon, the proceeds go directly back into the ministry. They provide translations of the study in several languages, and I love that as well.

God With Us Advent Study

During the first week of the study, I was reminded of the prophecies of the coming of the Messiah. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the actual “Christmas story,” the telling of the story of Mary and Joseph, the birth of Jesus, the stable, the shepherds, the angels, the wise men—that I forget how important it is to realize that this baby was the fulfillment of prophecies throughout the Old Testament.

The Love God Greatly studies use the SOAP method: Scripture (write it out), Observations from the passage, Applications from the Scripture, and Prayer over what has been learned that day.

Here are some of my SOAP notes for the first week:

God is in control of His creation, and He had a plan from the beginning (Genesis). The penalty for the sin of man was overcome by the plan of redemption, through the Messiah.

From Isaiah 9:6 (my Bible art passage), I observed a royal birth announcement of One who would be the Messiah; He would be a counselor (how awesome is that!); He would BE God; He would be eternal; He would be the definition of peace.

This Messiah, to be born of a virgin, was predicted 700 years before the birth. In my notes, I paired this part of the study with a quote from a sermon by my son, Mark Ford, December 6, 2015: “Who you believe Jesus to be will determine who you are—and it will determine not only your identity, but your eternity.”

Lastly, at the conclusion of the week, attention was drawn to the adjectives in the listing of the names of the coming Messiah.

My thoughts:
Wonderful – He is awe-inspiring.
Mighty – He is all-powerful.
Everlasting – He is eternal.
Prince – He is on the throne.

I love all the Bible passages about the names of Jesus. Simply repeating this verse, “His name shall be called…” gives me a sense of peace and joy.

“For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulders, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” 
– Isaiah 9:6

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Blessed Thanksgiving 2016

This year we were blessed to have more of our family with us than usual. Our son and daughter-in-law were here from Washington state, our grandson and his wife from Kansas City, our daughter and her son from southwest Missouri. Our son’s daughter is serving as a missionary in another country; our daughter’s daughter had to work.

Thanksgiving 2016 22

Thanksgiving 2016 24

Thanksgiving 2016 25

Thanksgiving 2016 23

After the company had all departed, we put up our Christmas trees.




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Monday, November 21, 2016

Thankful for Thanksgiving {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52Prompt46 Thanks

Prompt #46 for the Gratitude52 Art Journal Challenge is to illustrate your thankfulness for Thanksgiving. For so many reasons, I am thankful for this holiday.

I chose to revert to my days of using the art form of mixed media to create a page about Thanksgiving, using a copy of a hymn from a hymnal I have on hand.

Yes, Thanksgiving is all about WHO we are to thank, not so much about all the things we have (although we should be thankful for those things as well). So, I chose this hymn to use, even though it is not one I have ever sung, as far as I remember. I love the title, “In Thanksgiving, Let Us Praise Him.”

Thanksgiving has always meant time with family, for me. It is a time for feasting, and a time to be with family as we are all thankful together—thankful for God’s gift of His Son, and thankful that He gave us each other to family with!

This year, most of my family will gather at our home for our traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. We will love our time together, missing those who cannot be here, but focusing our attention on our reasons for giving thanks.

(Maybe I’ll post a few pictures from our together time.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Thankful for Courage {Gratitude52 Art Journal}


This is week 45/52 of the Gratitude52 Journal Challenge. I’m determined to do all 52, and I’m glad I’m not behind!! Only 7 more to go!

There are several people that are in my close family that I could put forth as wonderful examples of courage. So best not to get started with trying to name, or illustrate, any one of them, because there is not just one!

So, I opted for a general illustration of the word itself, accompanied by one of my favorite Scripture passages about courage.

(This style of art is inspired by K Dornacher)

#Gratitude52Journal #Gratitude52Community #G52Prompt45 #watercolor

Friday, November 18, 2016

Advent Bible Study

For my personal Bible Study time, I usually have several things going on simultaneously, and I draw from at least one of these on most days.

I am currently working in Beth Moore’s Entrusted. I do the Beth Moore studies independently, and it usually takes me a few months to work through from start to finish.


I always am blessed beyond measure by the Beth Moore studies, and I highly recommend them.

Additionally, I like to watch and listen to the videos of my son’s sermons as a resource for in-depth understanding of Scripture. I access these at his church web site, here.

In recent years, I have learned to enjoy doing a special Bible study for Advent. I have found one that I can highly recommend; it starts November 28, and I am excitedly looking forward to participating. The study is called “God With Us.” I have ordered the print book from Amazon, but by signing up on the Love God Greatly website, you can receive free access to the download of the study journal, as well as email posts during the four weeks of the study.

God With Us Advent Study

“Love God Greatly” is a non-profit organization, and they have ongoing Bible studies. You can read about their studies on their web site.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Thankful That He Holds My Future {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52Prompt44 Future Plans

I am plugging along, determined to finish the 52 weeks of Gratitude Journal art. This is Prompt #44/52, so I think I can make it. It is more challenging to create something every single week in a year, following the challenge “prompts,” than I thought it would be. Prompt #44 is to illustrate gratitude for “Future Plans.”

In this season of our lives, my husband and I try to stay flexible in planning the future. We talk a lot about where we want to be, where we want to go, how we want to get there, and so forth. But we want to stay open so that we can jump on it, if we think of something new and different than we had ever considered in all of our discussions. That’s one advantage of being retired and healthy (thank you, Lord)!

The one thing we DO know, and that never wavers, as we think about our Future Plans, is this:

We know that God knows the plans HE has for us.

And we know that those plans are good.

Those plans are awesome.

Those plans will make us prosper.

Those plans are to bring us hope.

Those plans will bring us a real FUTURE.

Hallelujah and Amen!

#Gratitude52Journal #GratitudeJournal #Gratitude52Community #journalsketch #Jeremiah29 #futureplans #G52Prompt44

Monday, November 7, 2016

Enjoying an Autumn Day




Still experiencing a bit of what we used to call “Indian Summer” in Missouri. It’s cool enough to be comfortable and yet much warmer than usual at this time of year.

My hubby has been clearing areas of our five acres, and with the wind calm today, he burned a big brush pile. I kept him company for a while, after I put this new vegetable soup recipe in the crock pot to simmer for the day. 


#FallisMyFavoriteSeason #CrockpotVegetableBeefSoup #BurningBrushPiles

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Thankful for Community {Gratitude52 Journal}

G52 Prompt 43 Community

Prompt #43 for the Gratitude52 Journal is to illustrate your gratitude for community. My first thought was my church community. That reminded me of the verse in Hebrews 10:25 that instructs us not to neglect meeting together.

G52 Prompt 43 Community

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Catching Up

The events and happenings of life have made it difficult to post as regularly as usual. So, I’ll catch up with some art work today and hope to get back on track.

 G52 Prompt 42 The Great Physician

GratitudeJournal 52 Prompt #42 Thankful for Medical Professionals (for me, that’s The Great Physician)

Bible Art Eph 2-8 Grace

Ephesians 2:8 - It is by grace that my salvation is given to me, if I accept it by faith (it’s a faith decision). (Art here is inspired by K Dornacher.)

G52 Prompt 40 Laughter

GratitudeJournal Prompt #40 Laughter. According to Proverbs 17:22, laughter is good medicine!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Women of Valor-Week 12: Phoebe {Bible Art}

Bible Art Women of Valor - Phoebe

Thoughts shared from Sara, leader of the Women of Valor Bible Study:

Phoebe is only mentioned in a single sentence, in the Book of Romans. But through that sentence, we receive hints of a life dedicated to the church and its people, and we are inspired by an example of generosity and dedication.

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well.  (Romans 16:1-2)

We know from Paul’s description of her and from her willingness to make the journey to Rome, that Phoebe was deeply devoted to the work of the church. For a woman, this was quite an honor and a rarity at that time.

We can also tell from Paul’s description of Phoebe that he feels deeply grateful to her for the work that she has done. He calls for the Romans to treat her “in a way worthy of the saints” and “help her in whatever way she may need” because she has been a patron for many, including Paul himself. Phoebe’s generosity, then, is both in terms of her time and her gifts. Phoebe was likely born into wealth and used her gifts to serve the church and maintain its servants. She also used her spiritual and earthy gifts — time, patience, and the freedom to travel — to serve the church in bringing Paul’s letter to the Romans.

Phoebe seems to have given both spiritual and earthly gifts, in a true example of generosity. Her example of service allows us to look at our own lives, seeing where our own qualities may be being used to help others or contribute to the church.

For me personally, I want to always be willing to use my gifts to serve the church and God’s kingdom. Circumstances do not always allow me to actively use my gifts, but my part is to be willing and to look for opportunities.

#SeasonsIllustrated #WomenofValor #BibleArtJournaling #SingleColumnESV #watercolor #ServantHeart #PhoebeinRomans

Monday, September 19, 2016

Thankful for Chores (really) {Gratitude52 Journal}

G52 Prompt 37 Chores

Prompt #37 for the Gratitude52 Art Journal Challenge is to illustrate gratitude for chores. As Jenny shared in this quote from an unknown author:

"Thank God for dirty dishes,
they have a tale to tell;
while others may go hungry,
we’re eating very well."

For me, I have honestly never minded doing housework chores. I think part of that is because I always felt like being a “homemaker” was part of my calling. My mother taught me an appreciation for a well-kept house and immaculate laundry. I admit I did not like to do laundry when I was first married and had to go to the laundromat. I remember when I got my first automatic washer and dryer. I went through the house gathering up anything I could to make a load so that I could do the washing. Loved it.

Sometimes I think I appreciate things more than some of the younger generation, because I know what it was like to (as my mother would say) “do without.”

#Gratitude52Journal #Gratitude52Community #G52Prompt37 #ThankfulForChores #sketchandpaint #artjournal

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Thankful for Autumn {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52 Prompt 36 Autumn

We will soon be headed back across the country, from our WA home to our MO home, and I am looking forward to autumn in our home state, where the colors in our woods during the fall are just beautiful.

This week’s prompt for the Gratitude 52 Journal is “illustrate your appreciation for autumn.” Here’s a quick sketch and paint (watercolor) to answer the challenge.

#Gratitude52Journal #Gratitude52Community #G52Prompt36 #sketchandpaint #watercolor #artjournal

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Women of Valor-Week 11: Mary Magdalene {Bible Art}

Bible Art-Women of Valor-Mary Mag

“Seasons Illustrated” blogger “Sara Laughed” presented an excellent discussion of this Woman of Valor. Here are some of her words that helped me have a new appreciation for Mary Magdalene:

We don’t know very much about Mary Magdalene first-hand. Instead, we hear a few facts about her life in retrospective and are left to fill in the blanks. The first we hear of her is in Luke 8:1, when Jesus is traveling through the cities and villages, “proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God” (Luke 8:1). With him are the disciples and “some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities,” including “Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out” (Luke 8:2).  What we know of Mary’s past, then, is that she was a woman who struggled with illness and evil until she encountered Jesus, and that after he healed her, she spent her life following him.

The next we hear of Mary Magdalene is at the time of the death of Jesus in Mark 15. Jesus has been convicted, mocked and belittled, and crucified. At the time of his last breath, the centurion watching the crucifixion says, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39). We read that the women watch from afar, Mary Magdalene among them. The pain and anguish that these women must have felt is unbelievable. They likely believed that this was the ‘end’ of the story; but as we know, it is only the beginning.

After Jesus is wrapped in linen and brought to the tomb, Mary Magdalene and another Mary see where Jesus was laid and sit opposite the tomb (Mark 15:47, Matthew 27:61). The following morning, they go to the tomb to anoint him with spices when they find the tomb empty (Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:1, John 20:1). When they see the stone was rolled away, Mary runs to Simon Peter and “the other disciple” and cries, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” (John 20:2). The disciples, not understanding that Jesus would rise again, returned to their homes; but Mary stayed, weeping, and Jesus appeared to her (John 20:8-14):

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” (John 20:15-17)

Mary listened, running to the disciples. And she told them, “I have seen the Lord,” and repeated his words to her.

Though there were several women who followed Jesus and participated in his ministry, Mary Magdalene is the best-known, likely because she was the first named and the first person to whom Jesus appeared after the Resurrection. Like Mary of Nazareth and Elizabeth, who we have studied in previous weeks, Mary Magdalene recognized the divinity of Jesus. Unlike those two women, she came from a place of immense darkness, and then devoted her life to following Jesus, literally walking beside him as he journeyed from city to city. How is Mary Magdalene’s story a metaphor for our own journeys with God?

#SeasonsIllustrated #WomenofValor #MaryMagdalene #DistressInks #BibleArtJournaling #IllustratedFaith #BibleMarginalia #ScriptureArt #CreativeWorship #FaithArt

Monday, September 5, 2016

Thankful for Teachers {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52Prompt35 Teachers

The prompt for Week 35 of the Gratitude52 Art Journal Challenge is to illustrate our appreciation for teachers.

I was born to be a teacher. I played “school” until I was old enough to actually start school. Then I was in school until I was a teacher. Then I was a teacher until I retired a few years ago. I taught kindergarten, fifth grade, gifted, and college. In my heart, I’m still a teacher.

“Back to School” is in my blood. Where are those school supplies? Well, I do have them. These days they are in the form of paints and colored pencils and coloring books and planners and sketchbooks.

Being a teacher makes me able to fully appreciate and be thankful for teachers. I am grateful for my teachers through the years, as well as for the teachers of my children and my grandchildren. Being an excellent teacher is a special gift.

#Gratitude52Journal #Gratitude52Community #G52Prompt35 #teachers #GorjussStamps #NeoColorIICrayons

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Women of Valor–Week 10: Elizabeth {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art-Women of Valor-Elizabeth

For the study on Elizabeth, I chose to illustrate the Bible verse with a stamp from a new collection I love—a Santoro’s Gorjuss stamp. I colored the stamped image with PrismaColor Premier Colored Pencils.

I love the story of Elizabeth, especially the part where she is blessed to be one of the first to know, and believe, that her cousin Mary is carrying the Messiah. In fact, it was because of her belief that she was blessed. Message for us as well!

Bible Art-Women of Valor-Elizabeth

#SeasonsIllustrated #WomenofValor #BibleArtJournaling #IllustratedFaith #FaithArt #ScriptureArt #PrismaColorPremier #GorgussStamps #Blessed

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Appreciation for Hometown {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52 Prompt 34 Hometown

This is week 34 of the Gratitude 52 Art Journal Challenge. Each week is more difficult for me. “Draw or illustrate your appreciation for your hometown.”

I don’t really have a hometown. “I’ve been everywhere, man.” Really. But since 2000, the town I have called home is Wentzville, Missouri. I decided to illustrate the town’s welcome sign, which boasts its logo “Crossroads of the Nation.”

It may not always be my “hometown,” but it will always hold a lot of wonderful memories from our time there.

#Gratitude52Journal #G52Prompt34 #Gratitude52Community #WentzvilleMO #watercolor #crossroadsofthenation

Saturday, August 27, 2016

New Blog Title

While I still scrapbook regularly, I rarely post anything about my scrapbook pages. For some time, my original blog title “Sentiments and Scrapbooks” has not been descriptive of what I post on my blog.

The new title, “FAITHfull heART,” (“sharing my heart & my art”) is much more descriptive of how I blog. Most of what I post is what I call “Faith Art,” but even when I’m not posting art, it’s still from my heart.

Hopefully this change will not be too confusing, and hopefully those who follow by email will recognize my blog when it now comes in to email with a different title.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Women of Valor Bible Study–Week 9: Mary {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Women of Valor - Mary

The Bible Art Journaling Bible Studies I have been working through, Women of Valor, with Seasons Illustrated, will have a total of 12 lessons. The first 8 women were from the Old Testament. With Lesson 9, we move into the New Testament, with the study of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Mary was a woman who found favor with God, even as a young woman (possibly around age 15). How in the world was she able to accept, by faith, that she would become the virgin mother of Jesus the Messiah! What faith!! I chose to illustrate this happy part of her story.

Being with child at two times in my life, I can honestly say those were the happiest and most wonderful times of my life….well, until the children were born, and then THOSE were the happiest times…the blessing of motherhood is like none other.

But the part of Mary’s story that I can hardly bear is the part where she had to see her son be mistreated, and then watch as he was crucified for no wrongdoing of his own. I cannot imagine that pain. I believe that by faith she believed that it was all a part of God’s plan. But she was a mother. I say again, I cannot imagine her pain.

What a special woman was Mary, chosen by God to be the earthly mother of the Messiah.

Bible Art Women of Valor - Mary

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Appreciation for Someone Who Makes my Life Better {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52 Prompt33 Makes my life better

I am getting less careful about the art that I do to answer these Gratitude 52 Art Journal Challenges. But, after 33 weeks of challenges, I think I might not want to continue if every week I am overly-demanding of myself. So, I would rather continue to participate, even if sometimes I feel the response to the challenge is more artistically lacking than usual!

This was another difficult challenge and one that could have been answered with references to many people in my life. But since I am currently being inspired by this particular Bible study, and am inspired by this woman of God almost daily through social media, I chose this for my response to the challenge: “Illustrate your appreciation for someone who makes your life better.”

One of the most timely and meaningful quotes I took from my study on Friday was this:

“Peace comes in situations completely surrendered to the sovereign authority of Christ.”

#BethMooreBibleStudy #BethMoore #BethMooreLivingProofMinistries #Lifeway #BethMooreLivingFreeStudy #Gratitude52Community #Gratitude52Journal #G52Prompt33 #roughsketch #watercolor #peace #gratitude

Friday, August 19, 2016

Such a Time: Heaven is Calling Bible Study Lesson 8 {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Esther 4-14

The “Heaven is Calling” series of Bible Journaling Studies focuses on “connecting with a good God.” Lesson 8 is from the book of Esther.

Esther 4:13-16

13 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” 15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.”

 Esther set aside her own desire to live, in order that she could potentially save her own people, the Jews.  She was where she was, when she was there, for the express purpose of saving her people. In taking the actions she did, she even risked her own life. It was a brave thing for her to do.

The phrase “for such a time as this” is one that has come to my mind many times. For Christ-followers who strive to be used for God’s purposes, I believe we often find ourselves at “just the right place, at just the right time.” And if we have that feeling, that we have come to a certain place, at a certain time, for a certain purpose, we should be willing to follow through on God’s plan, even if it means taking a personal risk. That’s how God used Esther for His plan, and that is how He can use us.

#BibleArtJournaling #BibleArtJournalingChallenge #HeavenisCalling #Esther #ForSuchaTimeasThis #InktenseBlocks #IllustratedFaith #FaithArt #CreativeWorship #ScriptureArt

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Colorful Blessings Pages {Inspirational Coloring Book}

Colorful Blessings Prov 27-9

Colorful Blessings James 1-17

I enjoy the therapy of coloring with my PrismaColor Premiere Pencils in this inspirational coloring book.

#inspirationalcoloringbook #coloringcafe #prismacolorpremiere #coloringtherapy

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Women of Valor Bible Study- Week 8: Hannah {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Women of Valor - Hannah

One of my favorite women of the Bible is Hannah. She prayed for a son and vowed to dedicate that son to the Lord. Her prayer was answered, and she kept her vow. She took him to the temple, to leave him there, for service to the Lord.

I can’t imagine. I think I might have been kicking and screaming that I didn’t really mean God could like HAVE my son, to live in the temple and not at home! But not Hannah. Having left Samuel at the temple, before she departs, Hannah issues a prayer of thanksgiving.

“My heart exults in the Lord;

my horn is exalted in the Lord.

My mouth derides my enemies,

because I rejoice in your salvation.

There is none holy like the Lord:

for there is none besides you;

there is no rock like our God.”

(1 Sam 2:1-2)

Those of us familiar with Mary’s prayer of thanksgiving, known as the Magnificat, will hear echoes of that in Hannah’s first line. But the poem is Hannah’s own, and the imagery is rich and vivid. Just as her prayer of petition for a son was fervent and passionate, this one comes from the heart.

I admire Hannah so much, because in good times and bad, Hannah turns to the Lord. That legacy lives on in her son Samuel, a godly man and Israel’s last judge.

#WomenofValor #SeasonsIllustrated #BibleArtJournaling #Hannah #InktenseBlocks #IllustratedFaith #FaithArt #ScriptureArt #CreativeWorship

Monday, August 15, 2016

Thankful for Decisions {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52 Prompt 32 Decisions

These challenges are not easy, but after all, they are “challenges.” For Week 32, the Gratitude52 Journal Prompt is “Draw or illustrate your appreciation for good decisions you have made recently.”

I like to think we make good decisions daily, but I chose to illustrate a fairly big decision we made a couple of years ago. Our daughter’s family has most always lived in Missouri (our home state), and our son’s family had lived close to us (same town) for 13 years. Then three years ago, God called our son’s family across the country to pastor a church in the state of Washington, a 32-hour drive away from us. Since we were retired and able to do so, we decided to buy a second home near our son’s family in Washington and divide our time between the two homes, so that we can be close to both our children part of the year (although not both of them at the same time!). This was the only feasible way we could spend quality time with both families.

Although we know we will not always be able to keep up the routine of 3-4 months at a time in each state, it is a good plan that is working well for us right now.

I was at a loss to think of a good way to draw or sketch this challenge, so I took the easy way out and used my Silhouette cutter to cut the images for this page.

#Gratitude52Journal #G52prompt32 #Gratitude52Community #SilhouetteCutter #myheartisintwoplaces

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Women of Valor Bible Study-Week 7: Ruth {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art-Women of Valor-Ruth

There are so many things to love about the story of Ruth in the Old Testament. Being a romantic, I am especially fond of the love story of Ruth and Boaz. But in recent years, and through life experiences, I have come to totally fall in love with the Redemption Story that is at the heart of the story of Ruth.

There is nothing that God cannot redeem. For that, I am so thankful.

“All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!” (Boaz to Ruth) – Ruth 2:11-12

#SeasonsIllustrated #WomenofValorBibleStudy #RuthandBoaz #Redemption #GodRedeems #DistressInk #BibleArtJournaling #FaithArt #ScriptureArt #Illustrated Faith

Monday, August 8, 2016

Thankful for Pets {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52#31 Pets

Well, obviously, when Prompt #31 for the Gratitude52 Art Journal, “thankful for pets,”came to my inbox,  I was required to do a page about our Sassi Girl. What could I sketch? Her bed, her bowl, a heart….those things I MIGHT be able to sketch. But I had never sketched a real animal. Nonetheless, I decided to try my hand at a simple amateur (duh) pencil sketch of our 13-year old tiny toy poodle. Didn’t spend a lot of time, as it wasn’t really a matter of time so much as not knowing any more about what to do to make it better. So, here it is, my first attempt at a real-animal sketch, and it does look enough like Sassi to make me think of her, and be thankful for her, when I see the picture.

We drove from Missouri to North Dakota to get her in 2003, when she was about 4 months old and weighed less than 3 pounds. I searched and searched for a tiny size and a wonderful personality, and it didn’t matter to us that it was in North Dakota that we found the perfect pet. We love road trips.

Her name, “Sassafras Tea for Two” reflects the expectation that she might have even stayed at teacup poodle size. Today she weighs about 7 pounds and is just a such a joy for us. Never has there been a better pet than Sassi. Her greatest desires in life are to (1) please us, and (2) be with us.


Sassi Girl Today (she usually does not have a clean-shaven nose like my sketch)

#Gratitude52Journal #G52Prompt31 #ThankfulforPets #pencilsketch #tinytoypoodle #LoveOurPetFriend

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Generous Father {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art - Josh 15

This Bible journaling page is based on the Bible Study from Rebekah Jones, “Heaven is Calling” - Lesson 7.

It really is true that my Father gives more than I ask. (And so, why is it that I often hesitate to ask?—another passage reminds me that God loves to give good gifts to His children!)

In this passage in the book of Joshua, Caleb’s daughter asked her father for springs of water (he had already given her the land of Negeb). Her father gave her the upper springs AND the lower springs, more than she had asked.

Joshua 15:16-19
And Caleb said, “Whoever strikes Kiriath-sepher and captures it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter as wife.” And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, captured it. And he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife. When she came to him, she urged him to ask her father for a field. And she got off her donkey, and Caleb said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Give me a blessing. Since you have given me the land of the Negeb, give me also springs of water.” And he gave her the upper springs AND the lower springs.

Bible Art - Josh 15

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Thankful for Vacations {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52 Prompt 30 Vacations

Ironically, the Gratitude52 Journal Prompt for Week 30 came in DURING our vacation to Victoria, British Columbia. It was a wonderful trip, accompanied by our son and daughter-in-law. The weather was perfect, and the island was beautiful. The flowers were glorious. What a great vacation!



Afternoon Tea at the Empress

Afternoon Tea at The Empress, where we stayed


The Empress, beautiful landmark and a nice “home” for our time in Victoria

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Women of Valor Bible Study-Week 6: Miriam {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art - WomenofValor - Miriam

Exodus 15:21

I typically remember Miriam as the sister-protector who watched over her baby brother Moses, after he was placed in the bulrushes by his mother, to escape death from Pharaoh’s decree to kill all the Hebrew baby boys. She was brave and bold in her desire to protect her brother, and she played a major role in her brother’s eventual rise as the leader of the Israelites.

After that brother grew up and led the Hebrew people out of bondage in Egypt, once again we see Miriam, this time as a worship leader.

Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron [brother of Moses] took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing. And Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.”
-Exodus 15:20-21

There is more to Miriam’s story, but for this Bible art, I focused on “Sing to the Lord.” This instruction still applies today. We should be about “singing to the Lord,” in the good times but also in the bad times. In the good times, we rejoice because He has “triumphed gloriously.” In the bad times, we rejoice because we already know He is GOING TO “triumph gloriously” over our enemies.

This Woman of Valor is referred to as one of those whom God sent to lead the Israelites out of slavery:

I brought you up out of Egypt
and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam.
-Micah 6:4

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