Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
TA-DA!.......here it is!........now, mind you, the picture really doesn't do it justice......not tryin to brag here.......but these pictures diminish this mixed media painting, largely because it is very difficult to see the "layers" of mixed media!......hopefully the side view helps you.......this is an 8x10 mixed media painting on a stretched canvas.....it can be hung as is, or can be framed........i have drawn and painted the objects in this painting and applied them along with varied mixed media........including actual pages from a very old hymnal....if you look closely....(called ephemera, fyi)
1. you get one entry for leaving a comment on my blog
2. you get five entries for leaving a comment and copying the picture and posting it on your blog with a link back to my blog (just let me know on your comment you are doing this)
the contest will officially end at 5pm on Nov. 17
the painting will be shipped to the winner the week of Nov. 17
is this fun, or what???? tee hee
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
you have heard me say many times of how funny she is, how crazy she is, how totally OFF the hook she is.....how totally she is 4 going on 16........ she continues to keep me in utter stitches and last week when i watched the girls was NO exception!!!
we had had an interesting, but fun night.....Addie was in a "funk" the first part of the night because she wanted to go to "THE CUL-DE-SAC"......she spoke of it as if it were the neighborhood carnival or something........when in reality it was a few children riding tricycles around the street, while standing mother's observed from the sidelines.......but to ADDIE......it was a MUST GO.......however, her mother told her she couldn't! so that led her into an absolute pity party for herself, while she declared beyond all reasonable doubt that everyone HATED her and she had NO friends!!!.........PEOPLE!!! the child is FOUR years old!!!........
Hope had NO interest whatsoever in the infamous cul-de-sac and was content to play PLAY-DOH with me! BUT for ADDIE.....play-doh did not do it for her.........so finally after i got her to eat FIVE bites of pizza......i reluctantly let her take her trike to the....C.D.S............while Hope and i continued smearing brightly colored play-doh over the entire front porch.....(sorry bout that,son).........watching her from the porch. Interestingly enough......in about 20 minutes all parents ended the C.D.S. experience and headed for indoors.........so of course Addie came wheeling back to the house on her little tricycle......happy as a petunia in a potato patch........VOILA........her C.D.S. experience was sealed and now she was ready to be a happy girl........(wow......talk about drama)
shortly thereafter we started making moves toward bed time.......now let me tell you.....i never know what to expect about that neccessary evil.....BEDTIME!...oooohhhh.......usually it is a fight all the way...and sometimes , being the "ol softie" that those kids turn me into....they often never make it to bed at all under my watch!...but this night.......ALL was going smoothly.....and we were happily, progressively getting all our night time, before bed, duties done........jammies on, teeth brushed.....Addie did take a little detour when she decided to turn OCD and clean the entire sink with her baby washcloth and a little water.....oh yes, then there were the few moments that Hope just "accidentally" spilled the blue toothpaste over the entire front of the WHITE cupboard and the beautiful WHITE rugs on the floor.......oops.......i didn't see that one coming, i was enthralled with Addie's total cleaning abilities........but beyond that.....YUP....all went smoothly.
OK....i am finally to the point to tell you what i originally intended to tell you.......so, you must know that when i am in charge of the grands.....i ALWAYS have a story time......this is a story telling game i made up a couple years ago.........i start a story...like...."once upon a time there was.......then i point to one of the kids and they fill in the blank...i take their fill ins and proceed on with the story....got the picture???
so.......the girls had taken turns filling in the blanks and we had come up with a story about a little boy named Cocoa with a little dog (i forgot the dog's name, sorry Hope).........he had gone on a walk and climbed up a mountain and all of a sudden it was dark and raining.......
NOW!!! at this point i thought to myself.....okay.......let's turn this into a little spiritual application.....so i turned to Hope and said..." Cocoa was scared so he got down on his knees and he".....i point to Hope and she said PRAYED.....(which was exactly what i was going for, obviously)........i then turn to Addie and say..."and Cocoa asked God......."........
let me interupt for a moment here......mind you.......we were all three on Hope's bed....rather cozily , not quite snuggled but almost, together, in other words.....sitting very close..........and as i pointed to Addie.......she swept into LIVE motion....swung both arms in a sweeping, (hugely sweeping) motion, narrowly missing my FACE........and she says
"and God said LET THERE BE LIGHT!!!! and there WAS light"!!!!!!
folks.........at this point......i was laughing hysterically INSIDE......but i just stared at her....WHERE do you come from girlfriend????? Are you from the MOON????.........this stuff can't be made up!!!!........
now this is where i made my mistake.......not particularly "liking" her "twist" in the story, thinking it not too likely God was going to shout- let there be light to Cocoa up on the dark, rainy mountain that nite.....i looked at her and said...."well, that is probably not what happened, sweetie....but wouldn't Cocoa ask God to help him get home?"......
to which she replied quite emphatically......
NO SIR, HUH -UH!!!!.....MY TEACHER TOLD ME THAT GOD SAID LET THERE BE LIGHT AND ME AND AVA CRACKED OPEN OUR GLOW STICKS AND THERE WAS LIGHT!!!!......
and folks, that was the end of the story.....enuf said.....all the while i was now almost completely rolled off the bed, laughing til there was no more laughter left.......and Hope and Addie were completely satisfied with the story(not laughing, or thinking a single thing was funny)........they probably had night visions of God and glow sticks, i don't know........all i know is....she CRACKS me up, that is for sure!!!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
"then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, " You have brought trouble on me by making me a stench to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land. We are few in number, and if they join forces against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed." But they replied, "Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?"
then God said to Jacob, "Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau." So Jacob said to his house-hold and to all who were with him "Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes. Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone."
I shall tag:
Friday, October 17, 2008
Breaking The Spin Cycle
[Satan] was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. . . . He is a liar and the father of it. —John 8:44
Politicians are adept at “spinning” the details of a story to advance their own agenda. During a political campaign, spin doctors massage stories to ensure that their candidate is cast in a positive light—often at the expense of the truth. This leaves us with serious questions about what the real truth is.
According to Jesus, Satan is the “spin doctor” of hell—the master deceiver who “speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar” (John 8:44). He casts himself as the one who wants to give us unfettered freedom and pleasure, carefully masking his plan to steal, kill, and destroy us (John 10:10). He even spins the loving laws of God by claiming that God’s boundaries are restrictive, simply intended to take all the fun out of living. When we buy into Satan’s damaging lies, we will eventually find ourselves empty and broken—sidelined in our journey with God.
Thankfully, Jesus warns us. He says that Satan is the father of lies. And we know Satan is lying when what he tells us contradicts God’s Word. Jesus, on the other hand, is the truth (John 14:6). So, when it comes to sorting out the spin, our only defense against the spin doctor of hell is to listen constantly for the voice of Jesus as we pray and study His Word. And that’s the truth! —Joe Stowell
The devil is crafty, deceptive, and sly;He cleverly tricks us to swallow his lie.But his cunning methods we’re sure to discernIf we make God’s warnings our daily concern. —D. De Haan
God’s truth stops the spin of Satan’s
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
1. 2 sizes popsicle/craft sticks
2. google eyes in various sizes
3. orange, white, and yellow acrylic paint
4. black permanent marker
5. pliable wire of any kind
6. your choice of ribbon
7. hot glue or a very tacky glue
with hot glue, glue the 3 pcs with the large sticks together on the back(this is the pumpkin shape)...then attch them to the small ones, as pictured above...and hot glue all together
after glue is completely dry, turn over and begin painting
when finished , use black marker to outline as you wish
if you want to give your pumpkins rosy cheeks, do so with red paint in circular motion......just put a little paint on your finger tip and rub in.....
if you want to "antique" it as i have done......dip your brush in brown paint and lightly dab around the edges
attach your curly-cued wire on ends with hot glue
tie a ribbon around the wire
hey! if any of you really DO make this........would you please send me a picture? i will post it!..............firstname.lastname@example.org
so, Saturday night.......Larry and i had the 4 monkeys all to ourselves.......my friend Keelie was having a birthday party for her darling daughter, Rylie.....and the MONKEYS were invited.......ALSO.....i was asked to do "the craft project" for the event!......actually Larry really wasn't invited.....but i begged his assistance......if you knew what these four act like together, at ONE time, you would know WHY! fortunately he agreed!...Heidi took our car and we used her van, so all FOUR could be accomodated!!!
This has to be one of the funniest things in a long time. I think this guy should have been promoted, not fired.
This is a true story from the WordPerfect Helpline, which was transcribed from a recording monitoring the
customer care department. Needless to say the Help Desk employee was fired; however, he/she is currently
suing the WordPerfect organization for 'Termination without Cause.'
Actual dialogue of a former WordPerfect Customer Support employee.
(Now I know why they record these conversations!):
Operator: 'Ridge Hall, computer assistance; may I help you?'
Caller: 'Yes, well, I'm having trouble with WordPerfect.'
Operator: 'What sort of trouble??'
Caller: 'Well, I was just typing along, and all of a sudden the words
Operator: 'Went away?'
Caller: 'They disappeared'
Operator: 'Hmm. So what does your screen look like now?'
Caller: 'It's blank; it won't accept anything when I type.'
Operator: 'Are you still in WordPerfect, or did you get out?'
Caller: 'How do I tell?'
Operator: 'Can you see the 'C: prompt' on the screen?'
Caller: 'What's a sea-prompt?'
Operator: 'Never mind, can you move your cursor around the screen?'
Caller: 'There isn't any cursor; I told you, it won't accept anything I
Operator: 'Does your monitor have a power indicator??'
Caller: 'What's a monitor?'
Operator: 'It's the thing with the screen on it that looks like a TV.
Does it have a little light that tells you when it's on?'
Caller: 'I don't know.'
Operator: 'Well, then look on the back of the monitor and find where
the power cord goes into it. Can you see that??'
Caller: 'Yes, I think so.'
Operator: 'Great. Follow the cord to the plug, and tell me if it's
plugged into the wall.
Caller: 'Yes, it is.'
Operator: 'When you were behind the monitor, did you notice that
there were two cables plugged into the back of it, not just
Operator: 'Well, there are. I need you to look back there again and
find the other cable.'
Caller: 'Okay, here it is.'
Operator: 'Follow it for me, and tell me if it's plugged securely into
the back of your computer.'
Caller: 'I can't reach.'
Operator: 'OK. Well, can you see if it is?'
Operator: 'Even if you maybe put your knee on something and lean
Caller: 'Well, it's not because I don't have the right angle -- it's
because it's dark.'
Caller: 'Yes - the office light is off, and the only light I have is
coming in from the window.'
Operator: 'Well, turn on the office light then.'
Caller: 'I can't.'
Operator: 'No? Why not?'
Caller: 'Because there's a power failure.'
Operator: 'A power .... A power failure? Aha. Okay, we've got it
licked now. Do you still have the boxes and manuals and
packing stuff that your computer came in?'
Caller: 'Well, yes, I keep them in the closet.'
Operator: 'Good. Go get them, and unplug your system and pack it
up just like it was when you got it. Then take it back to
the store you bought it from.'
Caller: 'Really? Is it that bad?'
Operator: 'Yes, I'm afraid it is.'
Caller: 'Well, all right then, I suppose. What do I tell them?'
Operator: 'Tell them you're too stupid to own a computer!'
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in "Mom let's run through the rain," she said. "What?" Mom asked. "Let's run through the rain!" She repeated. "No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit," Mom replied. This young child waited about another minute and repeated: " Mom , let's run through the rain.""We'll get soaked if we do," Mom said. "No, we won't, Mom. That's not what you said this morning," the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom's arm. "This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?""Don't you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, 'If God can get us through this, he can get us through anything!" The entire crowd stopped dead silent. I swear you couldn't hear anything but the rain. We all stood silently. No one came or left in the next few minutes. Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say. Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child's life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith. "Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through the rain. If GOD let's us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing," Mom said. Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case. They got soaked. But they were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars. And yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing. Circumstances or people can take away your material po ssessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories ... So, don't forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday. To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.
here is the very last of my happy zinnia patch.....i had to prepare the garden for FALL attire, and new winter pansies....pictures later when it is completely done.....
here is my first hand felted pin.......of course my inspiration comes from my fave Mary Englebreit posy.....i have it pinned on a new FALL sweater.....
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
“These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me.” Matthew 15:8
There we were, sitting in the middle of a statewide meeting for ministry leaders when the pastor of a large church leaned over and said to me, “You know, Joe, your hair is too long for you to be able to sing in my choir!” Actually there were probably better reasons that I couldn’t sing in his church choir, but I just smiled and said, “Oh really?”
The guy, who in so many words had told me to “get a haircut,” was a household name in our denomination, was nationally sought after as a preacher, and was what every aspiring minister hoped he could become. So, given how strict he was, you can imagine how shocked I was to later hear that he abandoned his church and family to move in with a woman he had been counseling.
I want to be careful not to sound holier-than-thou, but there is an important lesson here. If we are not careful, we can conform to a bunch of rules that keep us looking good on the outside while ignoring the condition of our hearts. It’s like buying good-looking peaches only to find out that when you cut them open they are bad on the inside.
Jesus confronted this “we’re-OK-because-we-keep-our-rules” attitude when the Pharisees pointed out that the disciples were not washing their hands before they ate. It’s not like the Pharisees were worried about any kind of sanitary issue. No, they had their tunics in a twist because the disciples were breaking a tradition, that is, not following their rules. I’m sure you could have heard a pin drop when Jesus stopped them cold by saying to these keepers of man-made rules, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me’” (Matthew 15:7-8). What a gut-wrenching indictment!
So in light of Jesus’ strong words on this point, how do we know when our hearts are far from God? One of the ways we know is when we see our Christianity in terms of the externals. Authentic Christianity is not about the right haircut, being at church every time the doors are opened, serving as an elder or using all of the “Christianese” lingo known to man. You can be all cleaned up on the outside while pride, jealousy, greed, and a dozen other internal demons happily feast on your heart. Let’s remember that “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
Jesus longs to have a real heart-to-heart connection with us that expresses our love to Him in heartfelt acts of devotion instead of just living a life of dutifully keeping all the rules. As Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 13:3, “If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
My pastor friend found that he ended up with nothing when his heart was far from God—no ministry, no family, no devoted relationship with God. Fortunately, he repented and ended up reconciling with his wife. He would be the first to tell you that a true love for Christ cannot be replaced by a squeaky clean record of conduct according to “the rules.” When we let the rules rule, our faith is reduced to something like grocery shopping—it’s just another thing on our list of things to do.
So the choice is yours. Your life can be all about the burdensome duties of your Christianity or about the blessings of a heart that is devoted to Jesus. And, by the way, if your heart belongs to Jesus, the rules will take care of themselves!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community.