Sunday, March 17, 2019


Today many will celebrate St. Patrick's Day.   I am celebrating that it is only three days until
spring arrives!  Hope everyone has a lovely holiday and wonderful week.  See you in the spring!

"They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness."   Psalm 145:7 (NIV)

Hugs Debbie

Sunday, March 10, 2019


Like this little fella I am waiting for spring.  Hoping that we will soon be turning the corner and seeing warmer days ahead.

In the meantime I am painting spring dreams.   When March arrives I begin imagining what will soon be blooming in the garden.   Where winters seem long and harsh one is challenged in the art of patience.  Yesterday I caught sight of some snowdrops bravely pushing their way out of a blanket of last season's debris.  Friends that is a sure sign spring is on its way.

Are any of you waiting for spring?   If so maybe you will share what you are doing until it arrives.

Have a blessed week.

Hugs Debbie

P.S. these winter photos were taken last Tuesday- since then our snow has disappeared.

"But if  we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently."   Romans 8:25 (NIV)

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Spans the years

This sketch journal spans the years.   Thirteen to be exact.

The first entry was made March 20th, 2006...the final one February 28th, 2019.

Obviously it was not kept with regularity.

Sometimes days, weeks, and even months would pass before something was added.

Although the journal itself was not of the best quality I loved it for the fact that one page was blank and the other lined.

Not only was art happening within this book but thoughts and ideas were being recorded.

It holds memories that I am thankful got written down.  A lot of life happens over a span of thirteen years.   This journal/sketchbook serves as a reminder that whether one is drawing or writing there is meaning to be found in keeping a record.

Thank you for letting me share some pages from my life.

Have a blessed week.

Hugs Debbie

Sunday, February 24, 2019

New Day

        The dawn of a new day...

                                              Full of promise...


                                                                                             and hope.

"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
Lam. 3:21-23 (NIV) 

May everyone have wonderful week. 

Hugs Debbie

Sunday, February 17, 2019


How many of you remember that old song from 1965 "What the World Needs Now Is Love"?

If you do you may be around my vintage!
With Valentine's Day having just past it made me start thinking about certain aspects of love.

Why is reds and pinks associated with this word?  Why do we often think that love is a noun when it is a verb?  Why don't we recognize sooner that love is more than a is a way of life?

Genuine love is not always takes can be messy.   Is it worth it?   I believe so.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails."  1 Cor. 13:4-8.  (NIV)

Perhaps nothing much has changed since those words were penned by the apostle Paul.  The world needed love then and it still needs it today.

Thank you all for letting me share my thoughts on love.   Maybe you will share yours as well.

Love Debbie    

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Valentine's Day

This week many of us will celebrate Valentine's Day.

In honor I am sharing a beautiful song and video that my beloved sent to me several weeks ago.   I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Have a Happy Valentine's Day.!

Hugs Debbie

"My lover spoke and said to me, "Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me."
Song of Songs 2:10 (NIV)

Sunday, February 3, 2019

A Wild Ride

January 2019 made for a wild ride.  Like so many of you dealing with snow, ice, wind and bone chilling temperatures every day seemed challenging.

I am feeling hopeful that February will be a bit kinder.  Today we are seeing lots of sunshine...warmer weather - almost 50 degrees.  The snow and ice pack are in the process of melting.

Photo taken July 2018
Even groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow - which means his prediction is early spring.   I am hoping he is right.  Bet some of you are too.

May everyone have a blessed first week of February.

Hugs Debbie

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."  Romans 12:12 (NIV)

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Holding On

This boy is holding on as winter's bluster continues.

His lovely mate is waiting to eat.

Their Blue Jay friend is thinking it is more than his turn at the feeder...

while these two buddies are just happy to clean up the leftovers.

Yes sweet friends I am holding on too while winter continues her visit.

We are preparing like so many in our part of the world for the coming Arctic Air .   Hope all of you are warm and safe.

Hugs Debbie

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father."  Matt:10:29 (NIV)

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Snowed In

Being snowed in has a lovely upside.

One has time to watch the birds...

Gluten Free French Bread
Bake something tasty...

Read a good book or two...

Paint something blooming.

Or when the sun shines venture a snowy walk .

If any of you are snowed in today - would love to hear what you are doing.   To those who are in a warm place - could you send some of it my way.

"He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,'  Job 37:6 a (NIV)



Sunday, January 13, 2019

Winter's Peace

There is a certain peace that comes with winter.

A quiet calm settles all around.

Last season's reminders even appear at rest.

Bare branches are adorned in simple white.

The daily visitors are peaceful as they wait their turn.

Even this busy one seems to know it is time to slow down and be still.

Sweet friends wishing you a blessed peace-filled week.

Hugs Debbie

"A heart at peace gives life to the body..."  Prov. 14:30 a (NIV)

Saturday, January 5, 2019


This year my perfect word is "Peace".

Like many of you each year a certain word or words becomes the focus.   Generally for me the word keeps appearing over and over.   Such was the case with "Peace". 

I love the story about a wealthy man who commissions an artist to depict a painting of peace.

The artist first paints a lovely country scene...cows grazing in a meadow...birds flying overhead in a clear blue sky...a small village quietly situated off in the distance.   When the artist presents the painting to the man - it is refused.   He says  "this is not a true picture of peace."

The artist returns to his studio disappointed yet willing to try again.  He then paints a beautiful woman holding a sweet sleeping child.   For sure this would  please the man.  No - it too was rejected.

Feeling discouraged the artist is at a loss.  He even decides to pray for inspiration.   Almost at once an idea forms and the artist rushes to his canvas and paints like he has never painted before.

This time when he takes the painting to the gentleman he can't help but hold his breath.  Yes the man at last is happy.   It is the true picture of peace.

The artist had painted a stormy sea pounding at the shore with lightning and dark clouds.  He had even captured the feel of the strong winds.   In the middle of the painting though there was this small bird resting in her nest beneath a cliff.  She was safely calm amidst the storm.    Author Unknown

I am wishing all of you true "Peace" in the coming year.   Perhaps you will share your perfect word or words for 2019.

God Bless


"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.   I do not give to you as the world gives.   Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."  John 14:27 (NIV)



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