Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Veterans Day 2018

 Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
Point Loma, California 
 A moving place to visit
 for Veterans Day- 2018.


Originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the signing of the agreement that ended World War I at 11:00 A.M., November 11, 1918, this federal holiday was changed to Veterans Day in 1954. At that time, it became a day to honor all the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States. This year is the 100th Anniversary. 
On the 100th Anniversary we also visited the USS Midway-
 commissioned in 1945 as the largest ship in the world.
It is docked at Harbor Drive in San Diego
 and was decommissioned in 1992.
 It opened in 2004 as the USS Midway Museum.
This aircraft carrier has 2,000 compartments and 18 decks. 
We learned about the incredible precision 
needed to land an incoming aircraft on the deck. 
When in service, this ship had 4,500 crew members.
The Chapel 
and the quarters of the Navy Chaplain.
 Part of the Communications center.
Bunks, storage, brig 
and the silver service for official hosting.
Truly a floating city-
1,000 loaves of bread daily, 
500 pies for dessert a day,
43,000 pounds of laundry weekly and
1,500 telephones on board.
This command center is shown 
as it was for the start of 
Operation Desert Storm.
Certainly a fitting observance 
to see the longest serving Naval ship-
truly America's living symbol of freedom.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Enduring Word Bible- Live Self-controlled

Enduring Word Bible- #34

Titus 2: 11-14
Worship into the Week
This section was read for 
worship this weekend.
The church we were visiting 
was finishing up a series 
on the Fruits of the Spirit.
Movement of the Spirit on our behalf
 is always a gift of the Holy Spirit.
Moving forward in a life of sanctification
 is never about trying harder or doing more.
The great gift we have all received
 is that the grace of God has appeared-
 bringing salvation for ALL people. 

Our part is to be "in-training"
to renounce ungoliness and world passions
 and to Live self-controlled, upright,
 and godly lives in the present age,
waiting for our blessed hope,
the appearing of the glory of our great God
 and Savior Jesus Christ."
Self-control flows from God's grace.
Our response flows from God's grace also.
Now that is unaltered pure grace.
So we are now Living with self-control
 in a world
 that is out of control.
Praying this week to seek ways
 to live in a more self-controlled manner. 

Colored pencils,
 washi tape,
Fine-point Sharpie pen 
Sermon notes

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Count your Blessings Leaf Project

Sometimes I pull stored projects out for
 seasonal decorating 
and am amazed when I realize 
that they have been around so long
 they are almost vintage. 
 This one is a simple leaf pattern
 cut from an old book.
(you can find a great leaf on Google)
Two leaves were glued together to make one leaf.
Painted them with acrylic paint.
Let dry.
Printed out some favorite
 Thanksgiving Bible verses.
Lamentations 3:22-23
Psalm 107:1
 Stamped and embossed gold 
on another piece of painted book page.
Tore out the stamped saying
 and added it to a leaf or two.
 Hole punched the top of the leaf
 and added a piece of twine.
Tied a knot with the 5 strands together.
This year it hangs on a bunch of
 Sweet Annie.
Sometimes it is the bit of extra on a wreath.
Count your Blessings!
Give Thanks!
His mercy endures forever!
Always a way to add-
Visual Faith- to your home.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Blessed are...

       Worship into the Week.
Matthew 5:1-12 - the Beatitudes-
was the Gospel reading
 for this past Sunday.
All Saints Day (observed)
Using the printables from 
Visual Faith Ministry- 
for the Visual Church Year project.
November 2018- Lectionary B
Right into a small ring binder.
Pulling together images, 
words and sermon notes-
for reflection and responding.
Right into the week.
Used the bulletin front for a tip-in.
Snatched up graphics from the bulletin 
of the church where a daughter worshipped.
We sang the hymn- Love Divine, All Loves Excelling-
(see previous blog post)
and the text references for this hymn 
included one of the other readings for this Sunday.
Revelations 7:9-17
A hymn in the Sanctification section.
Been thinking about the Sermon on the Mount.
How hungry were people following this Jesus,
 for they had seen what he had done.
Healed their friends, 
brought hope to their families,
and treated them differently.
I believe the kernel of truth for me
 is to remember that Jesus 
always wants us to CAPTURE hearts with love-
and do it Differently than the way of the world.

Monday, November 5, 2018

All Loves Excelling

This little tree just lights up 
the corner of the back yard.
Brilliant red- before the storm 
and coolor weather hits us.
A stroll through my yard
 as I get ready to observe-
A pause....
A wait....
In worship this past weekend we sang-
Love Divine - All Loves Excelling. 
1 Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heav'n, to earth come down,
fix in us Thy humble dwelling;
all Thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, Thou art all compassion;
pure, unbounded love Thou art;
visit us with Thy salvation;
enter ev'ry trembling heart.

2 Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit
into ev'ry troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit;
let us find the promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
end of faith, as its beginning,
set our hearts at liberty.

3 Come, Almighty, to deliver;
let us all Thy life receive;
suddenly return and never,
nevermore Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
glory in Thy perfect love.

4 Finish then Thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation
perfectly restored in Thee.
Changed from glory into glory,
till in heav'n we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before Thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.

As I watch this tree progress in full cycle,
 I love that singing these words together-
marks the journey.
 Glory into Glory.

This hymn was written by Charles Wesley
 and first appeared in Wesley's publication in 1747.
It became one his most beloved
and widely distributed hymns.
 It is amazing to think of something
 that is still be used/sung/needed
271 years later.
God does that in His Kingdom.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Visual Church Year Journal

 I have been trying to figure out for some time now
 how I wanted to process 
the Visual Church Year Project 
materials on the Visual Faith Ministry website.
Visual Church Year Project
 In this current season of life and travel,
 we are never at the same church from week to week.
It has been hard to incorporate 
the materials, because often the worship service
 did not follow the Lectionary B format
 that is the design of these resources.  
The resources follow the Gospel reading
 for each Sunday of the Liturgical year.
            I had this small binder 
(from a Michael's clearance shelf)
 for a couple of years.
It came with heavy cardstock already in it,
 and seemed like the perfect starter.
So I began with the October 2018 set, 
and cut them apart.
 I added the Bible margin
 to my Enduring Word Bible-
(seen in previous posts on this blog)
and used parts of the rest of the printables
 on a 2-page spread.
I decided to keep it simple and use
what is around the house-
 in magazines and in the daily "junk" mail.
I will be making the effort to keep supplies simple,
 using materials found in all homes.
There might be a bit of washi tape 
here and there and a few other embellishments.
I am approaching this as a Worship into the Week process,
 with the focus on the "theme" or "take-away",
rather than the artistic styling of the layout.
It generally takes me the whole week
 to "put it together"
and I am looking for the THEME or thoughts
 from the reading for the journal pages.
So, these 4 layouts 
are for the whole month of October.
What has been a surprise is finding "usable"
phrases or lettering quite easily.
Findings were taken from a fitness,
 cooking and home-style magazine,
 as well as the month's "junk" mail.
I cut some lettering out of 
multiple headings to make the theme-
Follow ME.
The clue is to see things out of context.
I am keeping a small plastic bag 
to keep clippings together 
as I see them for future journal entries.
Why don't you join me in this 
Devotional Art process?

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Scripture Doodles- October

 Finished up the October 2018
 Scripture Doodles 
for the Portals of Prayer devotions.
A visual record of the journey.
A short phrase a day.
4 colored pencils chosen for the month-
that make a tapestry story.
I am using the calendars offered from
 Concordia Publishing House
and cutting them to fit
 my traveler's journal.
What I like in this practice-
 is SEEING what the month
 looks like as it unfolds.
Looking for word or thought patterns.
Seeing a theme.
The greatest blessing?
I have found something that
works for me
in my devotional time.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Enduring Word Bible- The Truth will set you Free

Enduring Word Bible- #33

Reformation Sunday-

Worship into the Week
John 8: 31-38
We read in the previous sentence, (v.30) 
that what Jesus said caused many to believe in him.
Then Jesus talked to the Jews who believed in him.
"If you abide in my word, 
you are truly my disciples,
and you will know the truth,
 and the truth will set you free."

We like to think a lot about our freedom.
We have a challenging history 
in coming to terms with slavery.
On either side of the dilemma.
And even today,
 we still have many sorts of slavery,
or things that enslave us.
Schedules, demands, expectations-
as well as "our stuff" and it's maintenance-
it all enslaves us.
Because it takes us away from 
the center of what Jesus demands of us-
 to abide in Him and His Word.
Somehow, that just seems almost too easy.
We like bigger obstacles than that...
But, Jesus never meant to
 make faith unobtainable.
 Jesus did the hard work, 
the heavy price paid of His own life,
for me. 
That is the Gospel truth, 
and the Reformation-
Good News. 

Printable margin- Visual Faith mInistry
Visual Church Year Worship Resources 
Colored pencils
Washi Tape

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Favorite App- Insta Toon-2

 Grandson- #1
Still playing with my new app- Insta Toon.
Here are the 6 Grandloves.
Grandson #2

Grandson #3

 Grandson #4

 Grandson #5

Grandson #6

Some Apps do funny things with eyes
 and so this is fun to still get photos
with lots of expressions 
that don't look "haunted" somehow.
And I'll throw in one
of the Michigan girls.
And Sara - I need one of you!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Favorite App- Insta Toon

 My friend Joanne Fink told me about an App 
that she thought I would like for my phone.
 I now have hundreds of new photos 
of old photos - just done with this fun new feature.
 There is something about the color
 in the Super toon that I just love.
Doesn't Fall look great this way?
There is a different depth somehow.
Individual leaves stand out.
Pumpkins look like ART. 
 Gourds are framable.
 The last of the mandevilla-
 glistening in the sunlight.
 Details show up.
 The free APP has this logo on it.
Just edited it out on the other photos.
 Nall's Produce looks ready to welcome.
 Another feature is to choose
 this option to paint - Oil Painting.
Grasses look majestic.
Just gonna have more fun.
The App has a Sketch choice- (Left) 
and a Comic Choice- Right.
Here is the Oil Painting-(Left) 
and the Super Toon on the Right.
There is a $4.99 upgrade to the Pro level
 that also takes off the watermark.
For now, having plenty of fun for free.
Won't you join me?
(App I have is for iPhone)