Monthly Archives: April 2007

on Drawing

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve drawn…at church, at home, in the car, while on the phone, etc. On my clothes, shoes, legs, arms, hands, whatever I could get my hands on.

In high school they (the art department teachers) wanted me to go to an art school…I could not imagine doing what I so enjoyed for ‘work’…plus I had a big brain for science.

A friend of mine said a few years ago at one of her art shows that everyone is an artist. I wholeheartedly agree. Hello, we are created in His image and He is the Creator.

Psalm 139:13-14 NLT “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – and how well I know it.”

Recently I’ve been trying to return to ways that I know work for me. One of these is drawing during church. I think it may help me to focus and not get so distracted. Over 8000 people attended our church during Easter weekend…distraction is perhaps not a big enough word. Anywho, when I was a wee one I would draw a lot at church as my brother and I spent most of our time sitting in the pew with Mama. I didn’t like kids’ church or whatever they called it back then, and my brother liked to primarily absorb the spoken Word in an unconscious state. At least the pastor didn’t call him out from the pulpit if he was sleeping. Yep, we went to one of those small churches where everyone not only knows your name but a whole lot more too. My pastor back then yelled a lot, spit a lot and sweated a lot. I’ve never seen Pastor Jeff do any of that at SLFC for which I am eternally grateful. Now I feel it is ‘safe’ to sit in the front rows at church. Anywho, I digress… distraction can take many forms…

For the last few weeks, I have increasingly gotten more into ‘drawing’ words. A lady a work this week was amazed at how many letters I could make and how fast. Relax, it was a work project, completely backed by my boss; however, the experience reminded me that God equips whom He calls, and I can use this to reach people. She really liked it, and it touched her that I took the time and effort to do it. Sweet, huh!?!

I’ve also decided to use all the photos I’ve taken and start making my own postcards. I like my local postal workers. Smart, detail-orientated people…talk to ’em sometime, they are fun. It’s been a learning process, so don’t expect one of my picture-cards in the mail anytime soon. I have to make sure I’m legal size and all…especially since postage is going up again…I so enjoy letter writing…alas…I now have a website/blog that absorbs most of the time that I use to spend writing my friends.

My Mom is awesome at several art forms, and she recently got into sculpture. When I was a kid she did a lot of chalk drawings. I started with a pen, but love pencil sketches. I would like to learn more about painting, photography, sculpture, etc…the list would be endless…

Still life drawings are a great way to experiment, practice, and improve your potential.

Left over wax from candles…especially with the multi-colored layering effect is fun to carve, but it can be very fragile.

Whittling wood is a hoot too.

Metal is interesting and I suggest it for those of you who will actually try it…copper is fun…thin sheet, use metal tools and ‘dent’ it…ya’ll be amazed at what all you can do.

I am totally not done with this post yet, but the Library is closing…

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on My HAIR

…yes, I know there are mass quantities of it…and no, I’ve never ‘gotten’ it cut, but I did come home in 7th grade and cut bangs only to let it grow out again by 9th grade…there are some great pictures of those hilarious days…God let the 80’s happen so He could laugh and laugh and laugh…

…yes, it was part of my ‘religion’ – I was raised old time UPC (United Pentecostal Church)…I was just one in the crowd of many with long hair back then…no big deal…

…yes, I know I could donate it to Locks of Love…trust me, I am reminded by many, regularly…please stop…if you feel that passionate about it, then you need to grow your hair out and donate it…

…yes, I have been offered $ to cut it…lots of money…it’s not about money…

…yes, it keeps growing…in high school, my Daddy suggested I wear it up more in braids because I wanted it to get longer, and it did…finally got below my waist – where it had been since at least age 5…then after I started at SLFC it started growing, and growing, and growing…be very careful what you pray for…it’s below my knees now…and no, I don’t think I am suppose to cut it, but I have asked for guidance from Pastor Jeff…he’s going to wait until it touches the ground…

…yes, my Mama has released me to cut it…years ago after a Ladies Meeting in the pm led by Pastor Patsy Perry…Mom turned to me after all of us had gone to the front the pray and seek God, “You know you can cut your hair?” – “Yes, Mama…I know…I just don’t think I’m suppose to.” – no, I don’t care if you cut your hair…it’s your body, do whatcha want with it…I wanted a tatoo in college, but didn’t after the artist explained the amount of pain involved…I also made it thru my pre-teen years of wanting my ears pierced…totally God…do you know how much jewelry I have….earrings would have been, well excessive…plus I use to wear my hair down all the time, and I’ve gotten into doing that again…you can’t even see my ears…would have been a waste…

…yes, those are chop sticks in my hair…started for a mission trip to Kosova in ’02, the kid outreach…I knew I needed to do something beyond a bun/braid for airport…funny that I made it thru security with something that could be seriously used as a weapon…sometimes I use hair sticks too…found some of those while on a mission trip to Mexico to give out Christmas gifts to orphans…my first pair was from a friend who moved here from upstate New York…if you have any new hair ideas, please let me know…the latest was to wear it down more often…I’ve been trying…

…Whit’s mama recently said my hair was the color of flax…

so of course I went home and looked it up in my handy college dictionary…

Flax= the family Linaceae, the flax family of herbs: a slender erect annual (L. usitatissimum) of blue flowers commonly cultivated for its bast fiber and seed. The fiber of the flax plant especially when prepared for spinning.

Flaxen= resembling flax esp in pale soft strawy color.

…aaahh, so much better than ‘dishwater blonde’ – of course I still prefer, ‘golden’

…a few years ago, one of the workers at Starbucks down the road from my church called it my ‘Crown of Glory’…the interesting fact is he’s not a christian…

…I’m sure I will add more to this post at some point in the future.

:)

Updates:

If you do a search on ‘hair’…you will find a photo of me with crazy braids from the 08-09 school year…enjoy!

:)

4-9-09

while at a choir practice for Easter, my friend Jimmy shared that his wee-daughter saw my hair down and was inspired to grow her’s out…she hasn’t gotten in cut in months…funny how you never have to say a word to someone and still influence them…

:)

Married life (since October 4, 2014)

Kurt loves my long hair.

Smart I listened to God

and

didn’t cut it … no matter who made comments!

AND

Several months ago a sweet, dear, life-long friend gave me a pair of VERY expensive earrings. I asked her why she didn’t give it to her daughters…

she thought I was suppose to have them. I hadn’t shared with ANYONE that I was pondering earrings… again.

Kurt was for it… at 1st.

My Mom flipped out… similar to when I wanted a tattoo.

I even found a pair of INCREDIBLE crystals that sparkled and shined. I was READY. I had my ‘authority’s’ OK,

but

I didn’t have peace.

So I researched it more.

Learned the BEST place to get ’em pierced = Tattoo Parlor.

Mercy.

Mom will not like that one.

Not even sure my hubby would go for that… it’s so NOT the mall,

and

the mall is the one who told me to go to the tattoo parlor.

:)

Dilemma.

So

I posted a ? on Facebook. MANY responded, but only #3 with an answer to the question I asked.

Tells ya a LOT about FB…

Anywho,

the ONE that spoke LOUDEST to me shared MORE than one scripture,

and

she took a LOT of grief from the ‘others’ about what she shared… sad, but true. Even from other Christians she got grief.

I had my OWN concerns about earrings…

I had been robbed the summer before and didn’t really want to have MORE that a burglar would want. Hiding possessions is NO way to live… takes allllll the FUN out of life.

I shared with my husband,

and

the ‘light’ actually went on in his eyes when he said, “You don’t have TIME for earrings.” He was RIGHT. I already KNEW this… which is why God had not given me PEACE about ’em.

It may seem like a small thing,

but

God is interested in your ENTIRE life.

:)

I’ll have to find her scriptures and add ’em to the post. Yes, I kept ’em! I try to do that EVERYTIME God SPEAKS!

I LIKE the simple-life.

It ‘works’ for me.

:)

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Translations…

My current one I am using at church is the New Living Translation (NLT)…this is at least my third since starting SLFC in 2000. Before that was New Century Version (NCV) which is written like a newspaper or magazine. My first was my second Bible in the King James Version (KJV) on which I was raised. For those of you with inquiring minds: old time UPC (United Pentecostal Church)…thus the origins of the long, uncut hair. I keep it now because I want to – and – think I’m suppose to…more on hair in another post…later…

My old roomie, Katie went through her vast numbers of books during her latest move and passed her childhood Bible on to me: The Children’s Living Bible from 1970. It ROCKS! I hope to be completely through it by the end of the summer. I lovingly reference this one in several of my entries as “Living” – enjoy! :)

If you have not check out other translations of the Bible, I encourage you to do so. They will improve your walk with the Lord by increasing your understanding. One of my favorite Christmas gifts a few years ago from my Mom was a book with 8 different translations of the New Testament. Last year she gave me another book with 8 more, aaahhhh. Yes, I am a Bible-geek. It started in the early 80’s when I was part of our church’s Bible quizzing team, and we went to state – and WON! Yeehaw! My first KJV Bible literally fell apart in my first car when I was 16.

Also try to read the Bible all the way through…use a reading plan or if you are a bit unstructured like myself, then read whatever sticks out to you. I committed to doing it back in 2001 and finally cruised thru the big book in one year. March to March. I started with the reading plan provided by my church only to be miserably failing by my birthday, so I started reading whichever book stuck out to me – or – which ever book stuck out to me during Pastor Jeff’s teachings. Generally I am in at least 4 different books of the Bible at a time. After proudly finishing that year, I thought I was good and no need to ever do that again. I read it every morning, every break at work, every evening before going to bed, during the weekend, during vacation, etc. Ya get my point. Needless to say, I still need the Word, daily…multiple times a day – now I’m just more free about the ‘when’. My day goes so much better when I start with the Word, and it is ‘easier’ to read it if I do it before I eat breakfast. God doesn’t care if you read a scripture, a chapter or a book. You choose. For the last 6 months or so I’ve added a chapter of Psalms and Proverbs a day, and recently I switched to a different translation to keep it fresh. God is so amazing.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2Tim3:16-17 

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8

“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:  it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11

Check out my link to Biblegateway.com for more translations of the Good Book.

I also enjoy devotionals…but I guess that should be another post.

:)

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Parents…

Grace and mercy…

Grace = favor or good will or good will – mercy; clemency; pardon -consideration for others – A disposition to be generous or helpful; goodwill.

Mercy = compassionate or kindly forbearance – compassion, pity, or benevolence – an act of kindness, compassion, or favor – the feeling that motivates compassion – Something for which to be thankful; a blessing

…extend it to your parents…cuz you will need it…

Deuteronomy 5:16…written in the midst of the 10 commandments…”Honor your father and mother (remember, this is a commandment of the Lord your God); if you do so, you shall have a long, prosperous life in the land He is giving you.”

Honor = A showing of usu merited respect: recognition; privilege; a person of superior standing…

homage (adds the implication of accompanying praise),

reverence (implies profound respect mingled with love, devotion or awe),

deference (implies a yielding or submitting to another’s judgement or preference out of respect or reverence)

…mean respect and esteem shown to another.

I have the above scripture posted on the frig at home for my bro and I. My Dad died 10 years ago of a heart attack, and Mom still visits us almost daily. My brother and I had some hard times with our parents while growing up, and this scripture helps…so does forgiving and forgetting.

:)

Early on at SLFC, my cousin Sonia and I were part of a small group book study on the 5 love languages by Gary Chapman. I highly recommend it. It will change the way you relate to people. The love language concept helps me at work with the kiddos, with family, with friends, and even with my Mom’s dogs. If your not a reader or you don’t currently have time here’s the Peggy Paraphrase:

Everyone has a type of love that they need, if they do not get it they don’t feel loved.

The five types:

Words of Affirmation

Quality Time

Touch

Gifts

Acts of Service

My cousin and I have noticed that people seem to GIVE a different love than the NEED. aka I give gifts, but even though duh of course I like ’em, I don’t necessarily need them say as much as I would your WoA or Qx… if I don’t experience these from you – or – heaven forbid you are mean with your words and never spend time with me (especially one-on-one time) then I don’t ‘feel’ your love…even if you love me. My Mom was harsh with her words when I was a teen, into college and even after…needless to say this did not help our relationship even if I was rebellious at the time. It has taken years to heal. The book talks about having a love tank and if it is empty…well guess what, it will take time to fill it back up. Or if you have more of a banker’s mind: deposits and withdrawls. I have found that I have a different tank for each person in my sphere, and I seem to need whatever I am not getting. :) Of course that could indicate I am needy and high-maint. when I thought I was simple…or maybe I’m just human.

For those of you that are still thinking about the dogs:

Sir Lancelot (because he is truly a gentleman to the ladies) the Great Pyrenese needs touch, and He gives WoA in the form of growls and rubblings because we hum and make noise when we hug him. He also gives AoS by barking and protecting as needing.

and Lars the Black Lab/Pit Bull needs WoA, and he gives Qx by wanting to be in your presence and gives AoS by going with me on my adventures into the woods. He’s also vicious as needed by guarding the driveway by circling cars and not letting people get out of their vehicles, looks like a wolf by raising all the hair on his back, and smiles (looks like an Alien – yep, all teeth with gums pulled back).

Who needs an alarm system when you have over 200 pounds of puppy loose in the yard,

and I haven’t even mentioned the neighbors’ dogs.

:)

Don’t you wish you lived where I do?

AND

During grade school: Daddy taught me how to shoot guns, Mama taught me how use a bow and arrow, and they put me in martial arts. My first long-term boyfriend taught me how to shoot bigger guns and introduced knives. My going away gift from my Mom for college was a knife, and my Dad gave me a collapsable fishing rod.

Just imagine… life can be fun.

:)

For almost 10 years of my life I was enjoying the homestead, or camping somewhere with my family or at the family farm on weekends and holidays.

I don’t think I’m done with this entry yet, but for now I am.

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more on love…

so I was adding another version of I Cor 13 to “on love”,

and

I was reminded of Philippians 4: 8 NLT “And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

I don’t know about you but my head messes me up…regularly. Even when I keep it buried in the Bible multiple times each day. I guess I let too much junk in. Years ago a friend recommended a book by Neil T. Anderson…Bondage Breaker  ??  I’ll have the get the title from home tonight and add it later… It helped quite a bit. I finally finished reading it several years ago while living in an apartment…my roomie, Katie had taken a job in another city and I had all of this alone time to deal with my issues… fun, fun.

:)

Another book that has helped my head is by Joyce Meyers called “The Battlefield of the Mind”…she also has a good book about strife …see what I mean about issues…my Mom and I get along soooo much better nowadaysa.

:)

Of course dealing with my anger has been an on going issue…kind of like my issues with rebeling against authority which I thought I was getting soooo much better at only to fail earlier this week. O’well…welcome to life. Get back up. Try again. Which brings me back to the mind and love… focus on what God tells you… obey… step by step…

aahhhh things will get better.

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2 Timothy 1:7

A few years ago after … well more on that later … let’s just simply say, I needed some of God’s help to get me through a depressing time in my life. I was led to this scripture. Then a year or so ago, I was led here again because I wanted help from God to become more disciplined. Neat how God uses the same verse for several topics isn’t it. I finally finished writing it out this week for a friend who is going through a depressing time…thus why it finally made it’s way here in web-land. Enjoy. 

NKJ-KJV “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

MSG “God doesn’t want us to be shy with His gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.”

NLT-NIV-NASB-NRSV “…not spirit of fear and timidity but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

NCV “God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and of love and self-control.”

CEV-NAB “God’s Spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control.”

Rheims “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear: but of power, and of love, and of sobriety.”

AMP “For God did  not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but (He has given us a spirit) of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

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on Anger

Do you ever get pissed off?

I do, and I don’t enjoy it.

When something in the Bible sticks out to me, I look up the words that stick out the most. So here’s what stuck out in…

Proverbs 19:11

NKJV “The DISCRETION of a man makes him slow to anger,

and his GLORY is to overlook a transgression.”

Discretion = quality of being discreet – cautious reserve in speech – ability to make responsible decisions

Glory = something that secures praise or renown – a distinquished quality or asset

More translations:

The Children’s Living Bible “A wise man restrains his anger and overlooks insults. This is to his credit.”

NLT “People with good sense restrain their anger; they earn esteem by overlooking wrongs.”

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