Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Another Great Giveaway

Big hearted Beki at The Rusted Chain is having another GIVEAWAY...isn't that great?  I know!
So here's what you need to do:
Go here.
Follow the instructions.
Maybe win this:

So, what are you waiting for? Go do it!

Another Great Giveaway!

One of my favorite blogs is The DIY Showoff.  Roeshel is always featuring something interesting to get your creative decorating and design juices flowing.  My visit today led me to a great Giveaway to celebrate having over 1600 followers!  You can get in on this giveaway of a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils by going HERE and following the instructions. Easy! Hurry 'cause it ends Friday, April 2nd at midnight!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Palm Sunday and Passover

Today is Palm Sunday...the day of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey as foretold by Zechariah:

The Coming of Zion's King
   " Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
    Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
    See, your king
 comes to you,
    righteous and having salvation,
    gentle and riding on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey."
                         Zechariah 9:9 (NIV)

After his triumphant entry into Jersusalem, Jesus would later eat the last supper with his disciples.  I wonder if He told his disciples all of the ways in which He is represented in the Passover meal as he instructed them to eat the bread, his body and drink the wine, his blood?  

Tomorrow at sunset, the Passover celebration for 2010 will begin. Here are some websites that explain how the Passover reveals The Messiah (Jesus):

God and Science - Evidence for God:
Menorah Ministries (Messianic Jewish Resources)
The Seed of Abraham, an Hebraic perspective of Messiah Yeshua

Jews who believe that Jesus is The Messiah, do not "convert" to Christianity. They remain Jews but are called Messianic Jews, designating them as Jews who believe that Jesus (Yeshua) was and is The Messiah. 

Many Christian churches have started a tradition of having a Passover seder or inviting Messianic Jews to come to the church and explain about how Jesus is represented in the Passover seder. I have attended these demonstrations and really enjoyed learning about the meaning of both the Jewish faith and the Christian faith in the Passover and the elements of the Passover seder.

Our church has a communion service each Tuesday night. We  meet and someone gives a short message or we contemplate a particular Bible verse and we take prayer requests. We pray and then communion is served intinction. We each take a piece of bread and dip it into the wine chalice and eat it. This Tuesday, I believe that I will be thinking about the Passover and how Jesus was and is the Passover Lamb. I will be thanking God for his perfect plan of redemption and salvation and thanking Jesus for being the perfect sacrifice for our sins. 

Hoping that you have a peaceful and reflective Holy Week. 

Beautiful Blogger Award

My dear husband let me sleep in this morning because I was up late last night with pain in my neck. So I missed church and it's Palm Sunday!  :  (
To be honest I was sitting here all pouty and in pain feeling sorry for myself when I noticed that I had a new comment on my blog.  It was from Trish of Jewels by Trish letting me know that she selected me as one of 7 bloggers for this Beautiful Bloggers award!  How sweet of you Trish and just when I needed it the most. It perked me right up and got me right off that pity pot!  Pretty, isn't it?

So now I have to tell you 7 things about me, which I think will be hard to do.
Then choose 7 beautiful bloggers to pass this to, which I think will also be hard to do.

About me:
1. I am a retired corporate executive and retired poultry farmer. Strange combination, I know. 

2. I am a painter and photographer who occasionally makes art. 

3. I am a voracious reader and with rare exceptions, shop for my books at used book stores because I would be completely poor if I paid retail or even discount prices for new ones.  

4. I  love to study the Bible and have many different translations, dictionaries and concordances. 

5. I love to sing but do not sing in public places, other than in the congregation at church (where I pretend no one can hear me) and in my car which really doesn't count as public because it is after all, my car.  I love to sing so much that my spouse gave me a karaoke machine for Christmas. I think he was already kicking himself for it on the day after Christmas! hehe

6. I have a good sense of humor and I believe that God has a sense of humor too because he made the platypus.  Who can look at a platypus without laughing?

7. I sold my first painting at age 15. It was a high school art exhibit and one of the teachers bought it. I was very pleased indeed. It was a yellow sky and yellow ocean with a blue sail boat. Took me all of 15 minutes to paint. My other painting in the exhibit was a landscape. It took me weeks to paint it and get it perfect. It went unsold and was later painted over.  I learned a good lesson from that art exhibit: Art  is about expressing the joy that we see in God's creation, not trying to duplicate it. 

Now for my Beautiful Blogger picks:
BTW, I like this particular award because it is called Beautiful Blogger instead of Blog. To me this means that I should choose blogs that are beautiful for their content even more than for their appearance, although both are true with the blogs I have chosen.

1. Stephanie at Honor Crowned Creativity
2. Jocelyn at NewCreatioNZ
3. Debra at Sparrowgrass
4. Jeanette at Wordz Of Life
5. Jackie at Christie Cottage 
6. Anastasia at Matt's Crafty Wife
7. Helen at Helen's Corner Blog

Now Beautiful Bloggers, if you accept this award and I hope you do, please post it on your blog and list 7 things about yourself and choose 7 beautiful bloggers of your own. It is also a nice thing to link back to the blog giving you the award and to also add the links for each of your picks for the award.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Fingerprint Friday - God's Sanitation Team

Fingerprint Friday was started by Beki, at The Rusted Chain. It was inspired by the song by Steven Curtis Chapman that contains the line..."when I look at you, I can see the fingerprints of God." To participate and/or visit all of the blogs that participate, go to the Fingerprint Friday post on Beki's blog and follow the instructions. 

I am always amazed at how people can think that the earth and all of the life on it "just happened" out of some accidental big bang. When I look at all of the checks and balances that God put into place I am so amazed and I know without a doubt that this earth and the life hereon was not an accident. 

Take vultures for example. Why would a species want to eat the rotting dead? For survival some might say. Well, if I ate what vultures eat, it would kill me. So, how did vultures decide that eating garbage would keep them alive? They didn't. God decided. God planned it all.  Some species are designed to keep the earth clean of all the garbage. Others control overpopulation. Still others pollinate flowers. You might disagree and that's your privilege but I know that the creative intelligence behind all of this was God. How do I know? It's the only thing that makes perfect sense to me. 

I was fortunate to have this massive member of God's sanitation team visit my farm the other day.

 I'm not sure if he/she was here for dinner or to ride the wind currents but it was an incredible sight to see this tremendous bird flying around my yard and then up into the sky and back again. 

His head is not so pretty, but his wing tips when spread..
quite beautiful. 

Vultures are often thought of as dark and evil, but I see them as a very necessary fingerprint of God.

Be sure to visit Beki's Fingerprint Friday post and link up or just visit the other participants you will find there. Have a great weekend. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Giveaway from Percolating Projects

I was doing some Wednesday wandering through blogland and found this fun giveaway from a new blog I'm following: Percolating Projects. I know it sort of sounds like it's about coffee but it's not...well the giveaway is...but the blog is not. It is about percolating ideas for projects and they have some great projects to show you. .
The giveaway is for an adorable pink french coffee press and two coordinating mugs. Too cute! So get yourself over there and enter.
I know I'm reducing my chances to win by telling you about this but their blog and this giveaway is too great to keep a secret...so it's a gift to you graceful readers!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Fingerprint Friday - Spring is Popping Out

Fingerprint Friday was started by Beki, at The Rusted Chain. It was inspired by the song by Steven Curtis Chapman that contains the line..."when I look at you, I can see the fingerprints of God." To participate and/or visit all of the blogs that participate, go to the Fingerprint Friday post on Beki's blog and follow the instructions. 

Graceful readers, I want you to know that I went out in the wet dewy morning to shoot some photos just for you and I discovered that Spring has indeed "sprung"  in NW Georgia!. 

Well, actually the first day of Spring is tomorrow but the daffodils and forsythia are blooming so, I say it is Spring! 
Spring...a beautiful fingerprint of God that reminds us that just as the old things have died away with winter... 
and new growth is springing fresh all over the earth, 
so do we die to our old natures and become fresh new creatures, in Christ, 
when we accept Him into our hearts.  

1Peter 1:23 (NIV)
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.  

2 Corinthians 5:17(NIV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Our small group has been studying Sanctification, part of a group of lessons on core truths of Christianity by Tom Holladay and Kay Warren.  In this week's lesson, Tom Holloday said that "The moment you believed in Christ as your Savior, a spiritual "transaction" happened that changed everything. He gives you a new life and you give Him your old one.  Most of us are familiar with the concept of  "dying in the old nature and being reborn in the new" when we  accept Jesus; but most of us in our group had never really thought of our rebirth in Christ as a "transaction." We liked thinking of it that way...an exchange of one thing for another, a purchase, a trade...my dirty, sinful, hopeless old nature for my clean, convicted, hopeful, new nature!  
I am a new creation in Christ (2 Cor 5:17), I am child of God (John 1:12), I am a joint heir with Christ (Romans 8:17) and I am chosen and dearly beloved (Col.3:12)!  Hallelujah! is what I say to that!

Have a great day...where will you see your Fingerprint of God today?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Calling all Bloggers

I have some questions about blogging and what you think is important.

1. How important are comments to you? Are you disappointed when you post and you have no comments? 

2. Blog readers, why do you or don't you comment on a blog post? I have friends who tell me they loved my post but they don't leave a comment. I bet the non-commentators will not commentate on this...hehe!

3. Do you even care if anyone visits your blog? Is your blog for your own personal satisfaction or are you trying to bring a message or a product to someone?

4. Do you think music helps or hurts traffic to your blog? I seem to have a lot of silent listeners at my blog...friends who come to use my blog's music as the background for their work. I am thrilled by that but am curious as to how many others don't come back because of the music. I don't know of any way to tell. I do know that a playlist can make it longer for a blog to load and if you have a slower computer it might be discouraging to some. What do you think?  I don't think I will remove my music even if it does hurt traffic because music is a huge part of my life.

5. Why do you have your blog? 

My blog serves four main purposes for me: 1. To showcase my photographs and artwork and promote my Etsy shops. 2. To share my thoughts about God, Living, Art and Photography for anyone who cares to read them. 3. To promote my friends, associates and teammates who have shops online. 4. To help me keep my sanity by getting my thoughts down...even if I end up not publishing them...which happens quite a bit actually!

Just curious that's all! Thanks for any and all comments!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

What would St. Paddy's Day be without an Irish toast....
Here's to the land of the Shamrock so green,
Here's to each Lad and his darlin Colleen,
Here's to the ones we love dearest and most.
May God bless ole Ireland,
That's an Irish man's toast.

My Grandfather Orgain doing an Irish Jig. He looks a wee bit like a leprechaun doesn't he?You might think he looks as if he's had one too many, but he was a teetotaler and would not drink alcohol even when the doctors told him a drink a day would help his heart! But he had a jovial nature and loved to party.

 And a Pocketful of Irish Blessings...

May those who love us, love us.
And for those who don't love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if he can not turn their hearts
May he turn their ankles,
So we may know them by their limping.

May your neighbors respect you,
Troubles neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And Heaven accept you.

May you have warm words on a cold evening,

a full moon on a dark night,
and the road downhill all the way to your door.

May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.

May your joys be as bright as the morning,
And your sorrows merely be shadows that fade,
In the sunlight of love.

May you have enough happiness to keep you sweet.
Enough trials to keep you strong.
Enough sorrows to keep you human.
Enough hope to keep you happy.
Enough failure to keep you humble.
Enough success to keep you eager.
Enough friends to give you comfort.
Enough faith and courage in yourself to banish sadness.
Enough wealth to meet your needs.
And one thing more: enough
determination to make each day a more wonderful day
than the day before.

And last but not least, my very own Irish blessing for you...

May your friends always be faithful
May your love always be true
May your days all be good ones
And may God always smile on you.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, my friends!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Fingerprint Friday - Pink and Lavender Sunrise

Fingerprint Friday was started by Beki, at The Rusted Chain. It was inspired by the song by Steven Curtis Chapman that contains the line..."when I look at you, I can see the fingerprints of God." To participate and/or visit all of the blogs that participate, go to the Fingerprint Friday post on Beki's blog and follow the instructions. 

Today is a topsy-turvey fingerprint friday for me...my fingerprint of God is this sunrise. Yep! The insomniac finally took her camera with her when she let the dogs out and was able to watch as the sun came up like spun gold through the trees across the street. The rest of the sky was filled with pink and lavender and took my breath away.  God paints equally beautiful pictures in the morning as he does in the evening. I am only partial to sunsets because I see them more often. I cannot begin to  imagine what the skies will be like in heaven if this is what we get in this bent and broken world. 

Have a great weekend and be sure to look for God's fingerprints...they're everywhere!

“Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” (Lamentations 3:23). 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Giveaway at The Rusted Chain

This lovely little necklace from The Rusted Chain store is the coveted prize in a great little giveaway at The Rusted Chain blog.  Simple to enter and you can earn extra entries too for things like blogging about the giveaway.  Go ahead, go over and compete with me for this lovely little treat!

Lovely, isn't it? I told you it was!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Fingerprint Friday-My Dog Ellie

Fingerprint Friday was started by Beki, at The Rusted Chain. It was inspired by the song by Steven Curtis Chapman that contains the line..."when I look at you, I can see the fingerprints of God." To participate and/or visit all of the blogs that participate, go to the Fingerprint Friday post on Beki's blog and follow the instructions. 

This is my Ellie Girl... 

She's a joy to us. 
She is always so happy to see us. 
When we've been gone 10 minutes, we are greeted as long lost friends.
She comforts me when I am blue and is very concerned for me if my eyelids start leaking.
She forgives us when we are late with breakfast and dinner.
She is interested in whatever we do, especially eating.
She is always grateful for whatever crumbs might (accidentally) fall her way.
Dogs are faithful friends and can teach us a lot about friendship and love and even about God,if we let them.

Writing this reminded me of a really great song  and video called GoD and DoG written by Wendy Francisco. Wendy says it all much better than I did.
Here's the link to her song: http://www.godanddog.org/
And to her thoughts on the words to her song: http://www.godanddog.org/GoD%20and%20DoG%20Thoughts.html
Each is worth the few moments it will take to see and read, especially if you are a dog lover.

Look around and find your fingerprint and have a happy Friday. ♥