Lilly

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This is my girl, Lilly.  She is deaf.  It’s a good thing she has a kitty friend to guide her around.  We adopted two cats at the same time from a shelter a few years ago. Lilly loves to be near people but prefers to be ON them.  Her partner in sweet crime is a  big fan of my crochet projects.  When the yarn comes out, he takes that as his personal invitation to stretch out on my pattern book and go to sleep.  The calming energy they give out – amazing.

I talk to my students often about the beautiful variety of creatures God created.  Why did He do that?  Because it made Him happy and, I firmly believe, He wanted to make us happy. I love that He bothered to put such sweetness into the creatures He asked us to care for.

Here’s to calm, snuggly nights with sweet ones.

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L’il Ol’ Sheep

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This little guy is more a representation of me than anything else.  Sheep are not the brightest creatures on earth. I seem to have to relearn some lessons over and over.  You know?   I’m always thinking I have to be the one to plan, to see ahead, to think through and be prepared for things – what a joke.  Only God has access to the future, has the plan, and the power to carry it out.  The question is then, how long will I go my own way trying to see ahead to things I can’t see and try to control things I can’t really control?  When I grab on with both hands for dear life I end up choking the life out of myself.  So, here I go again – reminding the little sheep to just pay attention and follow the Shepherd.
 
“To Him who is able to keep you from stumbling…be glory and majesty.”  Jude 24-25

Sing!

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This was an early morning piece.  The house was quiet except for the birds chirping outside. “Sing” came to mind after I finished painting.  Guess I was more conscious of the birds than I realized.  Funny, people think of singing only when you’re happy.  It’s the times I need Jesus most that I sing.  It’s like thanksgiving – a willful act, a choice to praise when things aren’t going the way you’ve planned.  I think THAT is what singing is for – to lift us up and out of the “right now” of life, to make us stand firm, to remember in Whom our feet are firmly planted.  “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23

We sing when our “plan” isn’t lining up with God’s – when His way seems a hard way…but we’re choosing trust, choosing faith, choosing to persevere and hold onto Him until the end, until He sees us through.  Then our songs become those of joy because we held on.  We trusted.  Today I’m thinking of my sister whose husband is serving overseas.  I’ve seen her stand firm in her faith and watched as the two of them maneuvered through the difficulties of military life with humor, determination, and a deep dedication to one another.  Today we sing as a nation – a song of remembrance and of thanks for the freedom to say what we feel, to live as we believe,  to serve God and live our lives enjoying our freedoms.  For those who have served, those overseas now, and those who died serving… thank you, and may God richly bless you and your families.  Happy Memorial Day.

Collage

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8 x 8
 acrylic on canvas board

Contentment.  That was my pastor’s sermon today.  He spoke about contentment and learning to be happy with “enough.”  That really spoke to me today.  I’m so full of striving.  I strive to be so much better at just about everything I do.  While it’s so good to continue working toward a goal and learning, is it possible to continue learning without striving?  I’ve always heard that to strive to do more and be more is a good thing.  I’m not so sure sometimes.  I get so busy pushing myself harder and harder that I forget to stop and be in the moment I’ve been given.  I hold myself up to some standard that is only reflective of my own expectations ( many of which cannot be met ).

This painting is titled “Collage.”  It is an assemblage of previous paint palettes,  a great shade of green and some cool acrylic medium.  It has great symbolism for me today.  It reminds me that God can take the bits of my life, good and bad, and work them into His perfect plan.  He can use it all and make it into something good.  Where I fall short, when I really mess up, and when I’m completely at my best – He takes all of that and is able to turn it into something worthwhile somehow.  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28 What an amazing God.  How cool is that? Just goes to show…He truly IS “enough.”
God’s blessings!