Sunday, June 17, 2018

Enduring Word Bible- Remember

 Enduring Word Bible- #2
I grabbed a glorious day 
outside a couple of days ago.
 Time to rest and REMEMBER.
Genesis 9- God's Covenant with Noah
There is so much hope here-
in the aftermath of such devastation.
When God establishes a covenant- 
He CANNOT break it.
This same promise extends to me- 
many generations later.
When the bow is in the sky 
and I see it- I will remember.
It is the sign of THE COVENANT.
Never again will there be a flood
 that destroys the earth.
The Lord of Heaven sets it in the sky as a
reminder to all that lives on earth.
I often wonder in these days 
when there are many places of small flooding
 and large flooding, if this too, is a reminder.
A reminder of who establishes 
the rain upon the earth.
Who stops the rain upon the earth.
And after each and every rain- 
I will look for the rainbow.
Prismacolor pencils
Fine-point Sharpie pen- non-bleeding

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Enduring Word Bible- REVIEW

Enduring Word Bible- #1

I have had my new Enduring Word Bible
 for a couple of weeks.
It is always difficult to know where to start,
so I did a blind open and that was the page.
 Reading John 14: 1-14
 A great place to start a new Bible.
Jesus- the Way, the Truth and the Life.
There is so much here-
think I could journal every line.
v.1 don't have a troubled heart 
v. 2 preparing a mansion for me
v.3 Jesus will come again
v.9 who has seen Jesus has seen the Father
v. 13 whatever you ask in my (Jesus) name I will do

So this new Bible is from 
Concordia Publishing House.
The words of Jesus are red letter.
It has a lay-flat spine.
It has black letter text 
on creamy white pages.
 The font is 9.55.
It has 350 margins with images 
and lettering to get you started.
The translation is English Standard Version.
The margins are 2 inch.
It is single-column,
with a presentation page for gift-giving.
It has a ribbon page marker.
The edges are beautifully decorated with blue swirls.
 I was blessed to write the 
Introduction for this new Bible.
Three of the artists who did the 
margin work are members 
of the Visual Faith Ministry team:
 Andrea Kilpatrick,
Pat Maier,
Jamie Truwe
Jeff Carnehl is a Lutheran Art teacher.
I believe it will be a lovely journey in this new Bible.
I give thanks for the new resource
 for the Visual Faith Communities.
I plan to continue the numbered series
 in my other Bibles,
but will start a new numbering 
for the pages of this Bible.
Colored pencils 
Fine-point Sharpie non-bleeding pen

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June Light

I love this view into my backyard.
Lush and green and full of newness.
It brings promise and all things 
to come of the summer.

Then, I step outside and see
 the blending of the colors 
among all the green. 
 I am reminded that the labor 
and love and care are 
still worth it.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

My $60 Cup of Coffee

So, before you judge me-
 that I spent $60 on a cup of coffee - 
here is the story.
So- a couple of days ago,
 I grabbed my normal cup of coffee 
and was walking around the house 
picking up this and that. 
The start of the morning routine 
of putting life back together.
How does it get rearranged
 in the night while I am asleep?
As, I walked downstairs it was dark.
The curtains were closed over the patio door.
They are hung on grommets 
and you just slide them back across the rod.
As I reached up, with coffee in hand,
 there was a brief-second thought-
this rod comes down on the umpteenth time.
Then umpteenth happened.
The rod came down, 
slammed the coffee cup 
out of my hand-
 crashing it to the floor.
 Coffee spilled all over my 
"decent outfit-running errand clothes,"
the floor, the window, 
and the curtain panels.
My only- thing I own Pottery Barn drapes.
I think I stood there dripping coffee
 for about a minute.
 Took a deep breath.
Took another deep breath.
Saw the broken handle 
coffee cup on its side.
And read the words-
"The Word of the Lord endures forever."
1 Peter 1:25
And smiled.
And smiled.
Oh, thank Goodness.
So, I changed clothes, 
grabbed the curtains 
and drove to the dry cleaners.
$30 per panel.
$60 to clean.
Hopefully, the curtains as good as new.
Coffee cup still broken.
And clinging to what endures-
 the Word of God.
So, the $60 cup of coffee? 
A reminder for me to do 
one thing at a time.
To slow down busy momma- 
and keep hands free for the task at hand.
It's ok to be intentional 
with each thing we do.
And give thanks,
give thanks.
 It is important to remember 
that all that we engage in here-
 is at best transient.
His Word, His Kingdom-
 stands forever.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Bible Marginalia- Overcomer

Bible Marginalia Series- #295

John 16:33

I finished this margin a couple of weeks ago.
Then came the days of all sorts of ups and downs.
Not necessarily things in my own life.
But, LOTS of things in the lives of others.
The INSPIRE Bible has margins ready to color.
That is all I did- and added some washi tape.
In reading this section of Scripture, 
Jesus is trying to help his disciples 
be prepared for his leaving.
They just can't figure out what
 he is hoping to frame for them.
He boils it down to this:
it is gonna be sad 
and bad here
 among the glad.
He is the overcomer!
The simple act of coloring this margin
sets the image in my head.
As the days filled with hard news,
the Holy Spirit helped me 
to remember this image.
And I was comforted.
And blessed.
Because I know the overcomer- 
and He knows ME.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Write, Write, Write



                         “I write because I don’t know what I think
                                    until I read what I say.”
                                     – Flannery O’Connor

                        Sometimes when I think about blogging, 
                  I am reminded that I often don't see the details 
                  and blessings of my life until I write them down 
                              or dig through the photographs.

                       Oh Lord, let the ABIDE sink into my life.
                            Meditating on these words here:

1 John 4:10-13 (ESV)

10 In this is love, not that we have loved God 
but that he loved us and sent his Son 
to be the propitiation for our sins. 
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, 
we also ought to love one another.
12 No one has ever seen God; 
if we love one another, 
God abides in us and his love
 is perfected in us.

13 By this we know that we 
abide in him and he in us, 
because he has given us of his Spirit.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

New Life Blessings-#6

 Charleston John Meier
Born May 18, 2018
3:34 am
7 pounds 13 oz
20.5 inches
 Grandson #6
Two little boys for each 
of our Three daughters
Momma and babe doing well.
 Dad- Dan is in love already.
Oh-already praying this verse 
over this new little one.
Big Brother Jack 
meeting the new little one.
Papa was in town 
between stops here and there.
Gigi will take cuddles 
at any time you see.
This gift. 
This blessing.
 This trust.
We give you thanks, Lord.