Monday, June 26, 2017

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So many memories linked to these 20 year old t-shirts. #masterscommission #mcalumni#birminghammetromasterscommission#youthministry #crossfireyouthministry #lametromc#kingwoodchurch
Tropical Storm Cindy come through last week. And with her....Tons of rain. Friday I felt a rumble, the power went out & then massive booms as I looked out the window to see the power pole in Mom's yard go down. Once I got outside I discovered it was a huge tree that actually took it down from ground saturation.

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It was a crazy day. By the time that 3 separate power company crews got there, Cindy had started back up & those fellas were working in the pouring rain. Since we had no power we sat on the porch & watched them work.

That pole impacted 72 homes. Who knew? All of the power was restored to everyone that night except for my parents since the lines were pulled from their house. They had to get an electrician to come out on Saturday. Their cable/internet was just restored today. Mine was on a separate pole, thankfully. Also thankfully is that the tree fell in the direction that is did or it would have landed on Mom in her sewing room!
Thank you Jesus for protection!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

When your friend sends you a pic from 2002, you must do a "Throwback Thursday." Said friend is a professional makeup artist/stylist, she glammed me up just so we could go hang out on 3rd Street in Santa Monica. Sheesh...Those were the days....

Review of the "I Am" Illustrated Faith Devotional Kit

Last night I not only filmed a review, but a full tutorial on my  first page from the "I Am" kit. From the first day, I can already tell this one is going to be a wonderful one!

I hope that you enjoy my video. It's a long one, but I not only did the page, but gave some paint chooses.
If you want to pick up this lovely kit clink this link. It's a good one!

Below is my finished page.

Day 1 "Fearless" from @illustratedfaith "I Am" devotional kit.

1 John 4:8-18

God. Is. Love. Have you every really pondered those 3 small, yet extremely powerful words? Because He is love, he casts out fear. Him. Love. That's God. What an incredible thing to absorb.

Affiliation with DaySpring & Illustrate Faith

Hey y'all! I'm so honored to be an affiliate with DaySpring & Illustrated Faith. Dream come true for me! Because of this I will receive products, especially the monthly kit  to promote & review.
I'm so very excited! Plus when you click & buy through my unique links to DaySpring, I will get some compensation. That helps a whole lot to support my art. Thank you for hanging with me all of these years!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Beautiful Word ~ Creative Coloring & Hand Lettering

"The Beautiful Word ~ Creative Coloring & Hand Lettering" is such a lovely coloring book. If you already own "The Beautiful Word" Bible or Devotional, this is a great addiction to "The Beautiful Word" collection. But it is also wonderful on it's own. This particular adult coloring book has 50 different verses from the Bible, with lots of illustrations to color. It also has pages which teaches you techniques in hand lettering. The lost a ortf hand lettering is a sweet extra to this coloring book. One thing that I like about this book is that the pages are perforated. So if you complete a page that you find encouraging you can take it out of the book & hang it up some where, frame it....Or even give to a friend. Words & pops of color are always something that can brighten someone's day.The cover of the book is super inviting with the colors & gold foil. Also, if you are a Bible Journaler, this book with give you inspiration for pages in your Bible. This is a perfect coloring book for anyone who enjoys adult coloring books. Especially those that love to color their faith. You will not be disappointed.

I received this book from "Book Look Bloggers" for my honest review.

Monday, June 19, 2017

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You can now purchase this lovely new @illustratedfaith "I Am" kit!!! Go to this link to check it out!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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Was at the church until 2 am Friday night painting this with a couple of friends.

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I chose this pic because it just makes me laugh! And you have been such an encouragement with Groovy! Heck, the anvil being the Yellow Submarine was your idea, as well as the spear being Ringo's drum stick. I have also loved working with you in the shop this past year. Even when you have preaching & Southern Gospel playing on the radio. πŸ™„ I hope you have a day doing exactly what you love & Happy Danny Day!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Look at this sneak peek of the @illustratedfaith July kit!!! As well as some new greeting cards designed by #ShannaNoel. Go check it out! It's a beauty! Can't wait to delve in! 

Friday, June 16, 2017

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Saying "see ya later" to Groovy. Our last photo together before he makes his trip to Liverpool!

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When they put the blanket over his head, it hurt my heart. Really hit me then.

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My house feels so empty without him!

He was being taken to have a custom crate built just for him. Then he will get on a big ship & sail across the pond to Liverpool!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Day 12 "Undignified" of "Rise Up" from @illustratedfaith

2 Samuel 6:16-23

The story of David dancing before the Lord in utter abandon. He just worshipped with all of his might what his heart was after.
Kristen asks in today's devotional if you ever feel like you want to worship or pray a certain way, but fear what others may think or feel about it? I answered "Heck NO! I'm Pentecostal!" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ For real though! Worshipping is my most favorite thing in the whole wide world to do! I sing & dance all day long at home. And at church! Same. Well, I don't dance like I do at home, only because I was blessed in certain areas that wouldn't be too appropriate to jump up & down in public with. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But if I could, I would there also! I love Jesus so much I feel like I could just burst! So I'm proudly undignified & unashamed! 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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Day 11 "Hold the Rope" of "Rise Up" from @illustratedfaith

Mark 2:1-5

The story of the paralytic...Ya know the one where his friends wanted so desperately for him to see Jesus face to face that they made a hole in the roof to lower him through? As many times as I was taught that story growing up in church or read for myself as an adult, I don't think that I have even given those friends too much thought. But those are some super loving, caring friends. They ripped a hole in a roof & then lowered him down. That's not just a chum. That's an armor bearer. Or rope bearer in this case. πŸ˜‰
I know that I want to be that kind of friend. And I know I do have those kind of friends in my life if I ever needed them to be. I just have issues allowing them in. Yep. There I said it. I didn't use to be that way. But after some major heartbreak in the friend department I developed some massive walls. I'm absolutely OK, being someone else's rope bearer. I just pray that I can learn to trust enough to allow others to truly be mine too. Shoo...That was hard to admit publicly.

Monday, June 12, 2017

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Day 10 "Quietly Hope" of "Rise Up" from @illustratedfaith

Lamentations 3:21-33

It's been such a "God thing" how the devotionals have been lining up with some of the sermons at church. God's cool like that. πŸ˜Ž For this one I had read the devotional a couple of days ago. I like to do that sometimes to sorta think things over a bit. Then last night at church we had our monthly night of just all prayer & worship. It's called SOAK. We had communion also. And we did it a bit differently this time. We got our elements, then as we worshipped & prayed. We each on our own...waited. We prayed for the thing or things we are waiting on. Then once we felt ready, we took the elements when we felt led from the Lord. I loved this. So personal. So intimate. Yet united.
Waiting. Hhhhmmmmm....Not such an easy thing to do as a flawed human being. But to quietly wait? Wowza. That part seems impossible. Think of how often we fuss while waiting on the simplest of "life" things, like waiting in line, waiting on a train (if you live in my city you totally get that one!), waiting on someone to respond to a text, waiting on a family member that is always late.....Waiting. Then there are the BIG God can only do things that we are waiting on...Hoping for. If you know my story, you know that I have been waiting...hoping for a long time for something to happen. A miracle to take place. And I have learned while I quietly hope, that there is extreme goodness in waiting. In the quiet there are treasures that can only be found there. They spring up through the cracks of the desert floor. 
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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I love sharing the chair with my furbabies.
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Day 9 "The Struggle Bus" of "Rise Up" from @illustratedfaith

Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:16

How can you be more free than tie-dyed dandelions? πŸ˜Š But honestly though, this scripture! It's so profound in many ways. I have read it over & over just letting it sink it. I love how scripture can do that. You have to absorb it. Just keep soaking it in. That one sentence is a whole lotta sermon packed in it! πŸ™ŒπŸ»