Friday, August 17, 2018

Enduring Word Bible- The Samson Series-4

Enduring Word Bible- #21

Judges 15
The Lord Provides

After a few days,
 Samson goes back to visit his wife, 
and her dad says- No way.  
Thinking Samson was so mad he would never return, 
she was given to Samson's best friend.
He then offers his young daughter.
Samson vows revenge 
 this time as goes off to catch 300 foxes.
He turned them tail to tail 
with a torch between each pair of tails
 and sets fire to the torches.
Samson turns them loose in the grain fields.
 the grain reserves and the orchards.
The enraged Philistines find out it was Samson.
 They go and burn up his wife and her father.
Samson them retaliates and strikes them down.
He leaves to stay in the cleft rock of Etam.
Then the Philistines come 
and camp in Judah and raid Lehi.
Then want Samson.
Then 3000 men of Judah come to Etam
 to bind up Samson 
and turn him over to the Philistines.
Samson wants to make sure 
they won't kill him 
and then they bind him with 2 new ropes.
As they meet,
the Spirit of the Lord rushes upon him,
and the ropes melt off.
With a jawbone of a donkey 
he strikes down 1000 men.
After this battle he is very thirsty,
 and calls upon God for help.
"God spilt open the hollow place
 that is at Lehi,
 and water came out from it."
Samson is revived. 
Seems like it really was a 
trust issue for Samson.
He then judges Israel in the days
 of the Philistines for 20 years.
We don't know how Samson lives out
his relationships during these years.
But, God was still doing grace-gifting
 right into Samson's days.

Napkin bottom layer
Computer-printed words for phrase tabs
Scrapbook paper
 Washi tape
Watercolor pencils
Micron pen
Double-Sided tab

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Enduring Word Bible- The Samson Series- 3

Enduring Word Bible- #20

Judges 14
The Spirit of the Lord Rushed Upon Him

This chapter has Samson 
seeing a girl in Timnah among the Philistines
 and seeking her as his wife.
His parents are challenged to bless this union,
not seeing the hand of God in it.
Dating is a bit hard,
 as Samson encounters a lion 
when he heads to the vineyards
 of Timnah with his parents.
Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him.
He tears the lion to pieces,
 but doesn't tell his parents.
He returns later and sees honey
 in the body of the carcass of the lion.
There is the wedding celebration 
and 30 companions to celebrate with Samson.
A test is put forth of a riddle 
with a significant payout by the loser.
They can't solve the riddle 
and they ask his wife to "get it" from Samson.
She wears Samson down 
and finally he tells her.
She then tells the men of the city
 on the seventh day.
And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him.
Samson goes down to Ashkelon, 
strikes down 30 men 
and takes their garments to pay his debt.
In hot anger, Samson returns to his father's house.
  His wife is given to his companion, 
who had been his best man.
 Not exactly a picture perfect honeymoon.
But, the story unfolds as the favor
 of the Lord rests upon Samson.

Bubble wrap on a toilet paper roll.
Paint acrylic paint on a section 
of the roll and dab into the margin.
 Dry with heat gun.
Added the theme words 
for this section with a 
micron brush pen 
and outline with a .005 Micron pen.
Watercolor pencils
Strength tag and riddle tab
Washi tape

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Enduring Word Bible- The Samson Series-2

Enduring Word Bible - #19

God Answers Prayer
Judges 13-
The Manoah story continues with 
God listening to the voice of Manoah.
His wife is sitting in the field 
and the angel of the Lord comes to her again. 
She runs to find Manoah
 and he follows her back to "the man."
Manoah wants to know if this is the same guy.
"I am."
"Now when your words come true, 
what is to the be child's manner of life, 
and what is his mission?"
The angel of the Lord gives specific direction
 for his wife to follow the same diet
 as stated for the child.
Manoah wants to honor the man with a goat meal.
The angel tells him to prepare a burnt offering
  and offer that to the Lord.
He wants the name of the man so he can honor him.
The angel of the Lord says:
 "Why do you ask my name, 
seeing it is wonderful?"
Manoah offers a sacrifice 
to the one who works wonders.
 When the flame goes up to heaven,
 the angel of the LORD went up
 in the flame of the altar.
Manoah and his wife fall to the ground
  fearing for their life 
because they had seen God.
The woman bears a son and they call him Samson.
The LORD blesses him and the 
Spirit of the LORD began to stir him. 
Used Reeves watercolor pencils on this page,
added a bit of water after coloring.
Washi tape
Micron pen

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Enduring Word Bible- The Samson Series -1

Enduring Word Bible-#18

God of Promise Somehow I landed in Judges 13
 reading the Samson story.
So that begins a Samson series.
 I don't remember the 
amazing announcement of the 
angel of the Lord to the wife of Manoah.
This Danite couple were childless, 
and they got life-changing news.
There were also some specific directions:
no wine or strong drink, unclean food, 
or hair cutting.
"For the child shall be a Nazrite 
from the womb and he 
shall begin to save Israel 
from the hand of the Philistines."
When Monoah's wife tells him the story,
he just needs a bit of confirmation.
He prayed to God and the Lord
 sent the angel again to the wife of Manoah.
And then.....(the next post)
A bit of the page in process.
Paint colors for this page.
Acrylic paint base-
 added with an old hotel room key
Q- Tip for dabs of Orange paint
Alpha letters
Black swirl and arrow sticker
Colored pencil

Anniversary Noted

We celebrated an Anniversary 
blessing in the past week.
36 years.
We headed downtown to Cafe du Parc-
 Washington DC.
A lovely buffet.
Food for the whole day.
Lovely flowers in the lobby.
A painting in a seating area lends
 a nod to the history of the Willard Hotel.

"American author Nathaniel Hawthorne observed in the 1860s that "the Willard Hotel more justly could be called the center of Washington than either the Capitol or the White House or the State Department." From 1847 when the enterprising Willard brothers, Henry and Edwin, first set up as innkeepers on the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, the Willard has occupied a unique niche in the history of Washington and the nation. The site upon which the Willard stands was originally part of the farm of David Burnes. In 1816 John Tayloe built a row of six two-story-and-attic houses as an investment . By 1818 the corner was being used as a hotel. In 1847 Benjamin Ogle Tayloe leased the establishment to Henry A. Willard and his brother, Edwin. Edwin withdrew from the management, to be replaced by his brother Joseph C.Willard in 1849. In 1853 the brothers purchased the entire row of houses from Tayloe's heirs, uniting the buildings architecturally in a major remodeling. In 1858 the Willards expanded again, purchasing the property of Col. James Kearney on the southwest corner of 14th and F Streets. They demolished the Kearney Mansion and built a six-story addition to the hotel. Next an adjoining Presbyterian Church on F Street was acquired and converted to an auditorium known as Willard Hall. In succeeding years, as business increased, the roofs of the conglomerate hotel were raised to allow for vertical expansion. Finally, at the turn of the century, the Willard underwent a massive transformation.

The new Willard, designed by New York architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh and erected by the George A. Fuller Company, was hailed at its opening as Washington's first skyscraper. Completed in 1904, the new building saw an addition of 100 rooms in 1925, broadening the F Street facade by about 49 feet. The property remained in the Willard family until 1946, closed in 1968, and underwent extensive renovation, again opening its doors in 1986.

Presidents Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan, Lincoln, Grant, Taft, Wilson, Coolidge and Harding stayed at the Willard. Other notable guests have included Charles Dickens, Buffalo Bill, David Lloyd George, P.T. Barnum, Lord and Lady Napper and countless others. Walt Whitman included the Willard in his verses and Mark Twain wrote two books there in the early 1900s. It was Vice President Thomas R. Marshall, irritated at the Willard's high prices, who there coined the phrase "What this country needs is a good 5-cent cigar." (

It is a bit mind-boggling to think about this hotel
 serving the folks during the Civil War.
  This photo show the beauty of the lobby
 and documents we were there.

 This photos shows we don't mind
 standing close to each other.
 This photos shows that the concierge
 taking the photo really
 wanted the flower arrangement to show
 and wanted us to stand  apart.
 This photos shows it has been a
 blessed 36 year journey
 and we are ready to go the distance for the future.
I love you, John!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Black Dog Salvage

Se""Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke is an incredible,
 40,000 square-foot warehouse that features 
a stunning variety of antiques, 
commercial salvage and countless other unique items.
"As a marketplace, the warehouse contains original works from reclaimed materials as well as many products from a wide range of merchants and artists who rent space in the facility. Featured on the popular television show Salvage Dawgs on the DIY Network, Black Dog Salvage has become known around the country as a leader in the remodeling industry for its outstanding work and creativity in various building, design and salvage projects."
I have watched them for some time.
It is fun to see the stories of the rescues
 of materials out of old homes and buildings.
So when I heard we were headed
 to Roanoke, Virginia for a conference-
this was top on the list.
The Stone House is being renovated
 right next door as a luxury vacation rental.

Salvage greets you-
 right at the entrance to the parking lot.
Most of the inside is carefully curated stalls - 
mostly by individual dealers.
But, there is plenty of 
Black Dog Salvage scattered here and around.
Interesting things and fun to look at displays.

I saw this beautiful window
 and then happened to see an instagram post 
that it was purchased and being sent to California-
 Hopefully to a great new home!
Black Dog Salvage was created in 1999 to provide a home for Southwestern Virginia’s architectural past. The brainchild of entrepreneurs Mike Whiteside an
d Robert Kulp and inspired by Molly, Black Dog’s namesake.

A sunset over the mountain
 ends a perfect day in Roanoke, Virginia.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Traipsing North Carolina

Beautiful coastline of North Carolina
 Near Surf City.
Rolling riptides on this day.
Stopping in Kinston, NC 
and tried out the dough burger.
 A bit of Civil War history
 from Kinston.
 We always try to at least stop by the
 LCMS church as we move through cities.
 Next it was on to Wilson, North Carolina.
Our Redeemer is a beautiful stone church.
 Love the Luther's Rose
 stain glass window.
It sits right on the edge of the
 parking lot for Barton College.
Sort of by accident we stumbled across
 the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park 
near downtown Wilson.

Folk art fun and a really neat story 
of a humble man just sharing his talent.
                                                         photo from their website

And if you are looking for Fine antiques 
you just have to stop at 
Boone Antiques in Wilson.
 I have seen a lot of antique stores
 in my time and this was beyond amazing.
Over 4 acres of inventory.
A bit of the history: (from their website)

Our dad, Edgar Boone, started Boone’s Antiques, Inc.
 in Wilson, North Carolina all the way back in the early 1950s. 
At the time he was a tobacco auctioneer; 
buying and selling antiques was just a small side business. 
But all that changed in 1961 
when he went to England for the first time. 
While there, he discovered a whole new world in antiquing, 
and immediately saw the potential of 
buying and selling antiques in large quantities. 
As soon as he got back, 
he went to work expanding the business.
Branch stores opened in other states,
 but have now consolidated into the original location. 
His sons, Tom and Doug, now run the business.

All in all- fun places to visit in North Carolina.