Sunday, October 25, 2020

Bidding Farewell

October is bidding us farewell.

It was a glorious month here.

  Color was everywhere.

There were many days when dark blue skies served a beautiful backdrop for the colorful hillsides.

So much inspiration everywhere.

Quick watercolor sketches

Trying to capture the beauty of this month is beyond my skill. 

Did a couple of quick watercolor sketches...

Pastel Painting

and a small pastel painting.   With so many lovely hues it is easy to become overwhelmed. 

Time to say farewell for now.   

Hope everyone has a lovely end to October.  



  "That fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley, will be like a fig ripe before harvest - as soon as someone sees it and takes it in his hand, he swallows it."  Isaiah 28:4 (NIV) 

Sunday, October 18, 2020

"Anxious for Nothing"

This week's library visit found me selecting a book by John MacArthur "Anxious for Nothing".  The last copyright was 2012... first edition 1993.  In spite of the years when it was first written, the message is timeless and still relevant in 2020.

We all know anxiety and stress have been in existence from the beginning of time.  Just look at Jesus' words ..."Do not worry about your life" - "why do you worry about clothes" - "do not worry about tomorrow".  Those very missives were penned over two thousand years ago.

Even though much of culture has changed - man's need to feel loved and secure has not.  We all desire a good outcome for our lives.

When that outcome is challenged by hard times it is easy to turn inward and allow anxiety to dominate our thoughts.

I love what Corrie Ten Boom wrote "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength."

(This lady is one of my heroes.  She survived being incarcerated in a Nazi prison camp.  Her remarkable story can be found in "The Hiding Place".)

 If any of you are struggling with anxiety perhaps "Anxious for Nothing" and "The Hiding Place"would be helpful.  Both authors have good words that share wisdom and hope for troubled times. 

I will leave you with one of my favorite verses written by the apostle Paul.

 "Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  Phil. 4:6&7  (NIV)



Sunday, October 11, 2020

Painter's Palette

 The hills are alive with color making it a lovely painter's palette.

As much as I adore summer - autumn's beauty cannot be surpassed.

There are peach hues...

glowing yellows...

vibrant reds.

The colors vibrate even on a cloudy day.

When I take in the glory of the fall season an old favorite hymn comes to mind - "For the Beauty of the Earth."  Hope you will enjoy.

Have a blessed week.



"Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them." Psalm 111:2

Sunday, October 4, 2020


 October is beginning to blush.

There are little passages of color here and there.

Some wonderful contrasts are making a statement.

Not all of the flowers are gone.  The Malva often waits until fall to share her lovely blossoms.

Sweet Violas continue to bloom abundantly.  They seem to enjoy the cooler season.

Even these two brave dandelions are not quite ready to say goodbye.

Naturally the Asters and Goldenrod are celebrating the start of October's blush.

Hope all of you have a delightful week.   Keep safe and keep "Looking Up".



"That fading flower, his glorious beauty set on the head of a fertile valley, will be like a fig ripe before harvest - as soon as someone sees it and takes it in his hand, he swallows it."  Isaiah 28:4

Sunday, September 27, 2020


 Hope this little one makes you smile.  I did.  A thief he may be but certainly a cute one.

Let me know if you have something that is making you smile this week.  Have a blessed one.



"A happy heart makes the face cheerful..." Prov. 15:13a

Sunday, September 20, 2020

First Frost


This weekend brought us our first frost of the season.

The calendar may not show that fall has arrived but the white ground says autumn is here.

This brave sunflower is holding on hoping for a few more summer days.  Likewise the tomatoes in the background need a bit more heat to ripen.  

A frosty morning may be lovely but am hoping that warmer days will return and grant us a bit of reprieve.

To my way of thinking summertime is never long enough.  So I am off to enjoy the last moments of the season.  

See you all in the fall!

Have a blessed week.



"And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years."  Gen. 1:14 (NIV)


Sunday, September 13, 2020

Be Kind

Prayer Journal For September

  The title of my prayer journal this month is "Be  Kind".

   I have even spotted certain signs along the road  that remind one to practice this virtue.

    What an appropriate message for the present time we are living.

 Like tiny seeds that started these morning glories traveling through out the garden; so it is with a small seed of kindness sown into someone's life.

It can grow and encompass others.  

Possibly even reaching farther afield than where one lives.

 Just maybe one kind act could make a difference in our community, our nation, and our world.

My prayer is that each of you will encounter a bit of kindness this week and  pass it on.



"But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy."  Titus 3:4 & 5a (NIV)

Bidding Farewell