Tuesday, March 6, 2018


So I have been skipping some of the words in the drawing prompts book because they are to hard to get my feeble mind around... here is and example Poseidon... I have no earthly idea how to draw him... Deer antlers, I just have to ask why would I want to draw that... Anyway, this one today was one I could have passed on but I decided I would attempt anyway...

Medusa, a monster in Greek Mythology, with snakes instead of hair. Some sources say she was ugly, but I think she would have been beautiful, for how else would she be able to turn men to stone, since they had to look at her. Her countenance would have been beautiful and beguiling.

So, what does this have to do with our countenance. I guess the first place to start is with a definition of the word from Merriam-Webster:
1. a. look or expression  b. mental composure  c. calm expression
2. Face, Visage
3. bearing or expression that offers approval or sanction, moral support.   
The Bible talks about countenance quite a few times so it must be a little important, right. Cain, had a bad countenance when he got angry at Abel and God because his offering was not excepted.

Sarah (Abraham's wife) had a beautiful countenance even in her old age, so beautiful in fact that Abraham was afraid to call her his wife around certain people for fear they would kill him for her.

There are many more examples of these kinds of things, here are a few verses that talk about countenance that can help us in our daily lives....

"A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken." Proverbs 15:13
"The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance." Proverbs 25:23
"As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.Proverbs 27:17
When we look at the definition and compare the word to the verses we see exactly what God wants to tell us.

If we have a merry heart we will have a cheerful countenance. Does that mean even in bad times? I think so. It is hard to smile when times are bad, but if you try.... I also think, if a merry heart makes a cheerful countenance then the reverse is also true that a cheerful countenance can make the heart merry. 

The way we talk to others also has an effect on the countenance of ourselves and our friends (or enemies). Backbiting, to say mean or spiteful things about someone (such as a person who is not present). Not only do you hurt the person you are speaking about and when they find out the get angry, but it also effects you the same way. The anger and bitterness wells up in you and you have a bad, angry countenance.

The way our faces look effects those around us, as well as ourselves. I am very bad at smiling and looking "happy". I maybe happy and at "peace" but my face seldom shows it. I know this about myself and I really want to work on it. I have spent the better part of my 58 years not making my face show my true feelings... sometimes I am sad and depressed and so my face is being honest. There are other times when it is not. The thing is we can put on a good countenance even when times are bad as I stated before, and as a result, maybe just maybe our depressed, angry, hurt, or sad mood will change.

Our faces tell a story, whether it is fiction or truth... I am working to make my countenance reflect what God wants it to reflect. Thanks for reading and God bless you all.


Saturday, March 3, 2018

This is My Father's Beautiful World

I haven't drawn or written much lately. Things have been busy and as a result I haven't really felt like drawing or anything. I will do it as often as I can or feel it in my creative heart. Today, I feel like writing about the photos I took.

I have written before about the wonder of my Father's Creation. I have written about flowers and the beauty of them. I have even written about this topic but I feel it all needs repeating, mostly because I forget the truth behind this. First here are the photos...enjoy...

I was picking up sticks in my yard when I decided to take this photos. I am always surprised at the ability of the camera on my phone, it takes really good photos.

When I see these kinds of flowers I am reminded that God is an awesome God and Creator. He has the most wonderful ways to let us know just how much he can make anything look beautiful and can use anything for His honor and glory.  Because let's face it, these are basically weeds. When we see the weed, usually we want to pluck it right up, get rid of it, and eradicate it. Yet every year God brings the weeds back to teach us a lesson.

No one in this world is perfect, even the most beautiful person (in man's eyes) has a flaw hiding some where. The flaw may not be visible to the world, but it is to that person and to God. It could be an internal flaw or a physical one, but there is at least one. Weeds are God's way of reminding us that He can use the most detestable things to further His Kingdom, or not use the most beautiful because they are less than beautiful in His eyes. Think about it.... the Bible says:

"You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes
Was prepared for you on the day you were created.
 “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you.
 “By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones.
 “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, That they might gaze at you." Ezekiel 28:13-17
I believe one of the most beautiful beings God ever created was Lucifer. The Angel is described in the verses above, as well as the pride that caused his fall and causing his beauty to be tarnished. Unfortunately, we can be like Lucifer, beauty can make us prideful. That is when he reminds us that weeds have beauty too.

These weeds not only remind me that there are flaws in all beauty, but that God can and does use the least likely things to teach His lessons. A person with "diminished" mental capacity, a child, someone recovering from drugs or alcohol, an unforeseen tragic event, or even a storm can be used to teach a lesson. God can use all things for His good. Look at all of the people and events God used in the bible to teach lessons. David and Paul were murderers, even if they were "in authority" yet God used them to further His Kingdom. Jonah ran from God and God still used Him. Samson let a woman still his strength, and God used him. There are so many examples in the Bible of God using the less desirable for His glory. Boy, am I glad He did, because that means there just might be hope for me!

I hope as always that this makes sense. It does to me, but I am not, nor have ever said I was a good writer or teacher. I hope that God can use these little attempts for His glory... that this little weed of a devotion can bring some beauty into His Kingdom and someone's life. Thanks for reading, God Bless you all.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Mardi Gras

I know it has been a few days (too many) since I last wrote. I have been very busy helping at a book fair and tutoring, but that is not really an excuse. Also, a few of the prompts in the book had me flustered, I could not figure out what to draw so I skipped them... today's prompt goes along with the title well, even if the drawing is not that good. The prompts was "Masquerade Mask".

In Louisiana, tomorrow is "Mardi Gras" or "Fat Tuesday". It is also called "Shrove Day (Tuesday)" in some places. It is usually the day before "Ash Wednesday" or the Tuesday before the Lent season begins. I am not Catholic, nor do I follow the dictates of a religion that holds these days in honor, but I have often thought about what they mean and how they fit into life as a Christian.

I was researching these days and I found out that Shrove Tuesday was instituted in the Middle Ages so that food would not go to waste during the 40 (46, Sundays don't count) days of Lent. They would have big feasts to eat all the meat, fat, eggs, milk, and fish which were restricted during Lent. In some cultures, it is also call "Pancake Day" where they would use up the milk and eggs in pancakes, which to me seems like a good thing.

Today, it has become a time to celebrate, have huge parties, and parades, it is one last big fling before giving up something for Lent. Not that there is anything wrong with a party, a parade, or celebrations, but these do get out of hand during this time. The people who instituted this day did it with good intentions, and many people who participate in the festivities today also have good intentions.

Mardi Gras is the Tuesday before Lent as I stated before. Lent is the 40 (46) day period before Easter in which people who follow the tradition give up something for the time in a symbolic fast. During this time they do not eat meat on Fridays, they are to pray, give penance, sacrifice, and do good works. This time begins on Ash Wednesday and last until the Saturday before Easter.
"Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person's forehead, he speaks the words: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."  from Catholic.org
Now, as I said I have been thinking about how these days and activities fit into the christian life and the answer is that we should live our lives this way everyday. Yes, setting apart days in remembrance are important and needful, yet as a christian we should be repentant, sacrificial, pray, and do good everyday. It is not an easy task and I know I didn't say fasting, because we can't fast everyday, but you know... if we have things in our lives that harm us, those around us, and our relationship with God then we should give them up! Here are some verses that talk about these things....

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
"But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Matthew 9:13
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."        Romans 12:1-2
 "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.  Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world." James 1:22-27
Those are just a few of the verses I could have shared. These of course all have special meaning for me. I wish I could live these verses out daily. I do try. I fail! I pray that God will teach, guide, strengthen, and help me as I try to live this way. I want to glorify Him in all that I do, write, and say! It is my prayer that these words I wrote make sense (I am not ever sure they do except to me) and that you have received good from them. Thanks for reading. God Bless you!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Openings, Portals, and Doors

The prompt today was "psychedelic portal". Portals can be made of many things and can range from dull to psychedelic I imagine. Today, when thinking about what to draw I kept envisioning a certain thing...this drawing is not exactly that but, it will do :)

Of course the next thing to do is try and fit it in with this blog, which is both hard and easy. Does that make sense? We will see....

The bible talks about doors and openings but not really portals, although here is the Webster's portal definition,
"a doorway, gate, or other entrance, especially a large and elaborate one."
So, I can safely (in my mind) interchange the words.

The door I want to talk about is the door to our hearts. This door I believe is mentioned many time in the bible. First, in Genesis,
"If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” Genesis 4:7
The door that God is speaking of here is the door to Cain's heart. He had not given an offering to the Lord that was pleasing, it was not his first fruits, his offering was given probably of what he had left over.  Now, don't misunderstand I don't think God rejected Cain, He was just not happy with the offering. Yet, in his human nature, Cain became angry and jealous of his brother and God was warning him to calm down or the sin knocking at the door of his heart would claim his life. Cain did not listen and as a result Abel died and Cain became an outcast. Prayer one, if you are hurt, jealous, bitter, sad, or depressed, God can help you through it. Don't allow sin to come through the door and keep you from abundant living, happiness, and joy.

The door to our heart can be opened to anything. God wants us to open it to him.
"Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.  All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.  I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.  The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:7-10
Jesus is letting us know He is the only way to abundant life. He is the door. All others are false and only want to lead you down the wrong paths. No one can be saved but, through Him.  I will say it over and over, you may get tired of reading it but if you believe Jesus came to earth, died on a cross, was buried in a tomb, rose again, and is returning to get His own, you can and have opened the door of your heart to Jesus and he is you protection from death. No, not physical death, we may all have to face that, but eternal death, separation from Him. Prayer two, is for those who need Jesus as your friend, your savior, your eternal life, believe He is the only way and except this gift.

Now, life is not magically going to get better. No we live in a fallen world with pits, and valleys that are very hard to trudge through. Jesus can make the way easier, He never said He would take away the pain here on earth. He will in Heaven though. He will give you His peace, His comforter, and His love here on earth. And believe me, if you need help and I can help you (even if all I can do is pray for you) I am here too!

There is one more door in the Bible I want to write about.
" Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me." Revelations 3:20
This door is also the door of a heart, and many people use this to talk about Jesus wanting to come into the unsaved person's heart. He does want to do that but Jesus in this verse is speaking to the church at Laodicea. They had become lukewarm they were just going through the motions, they had all the money and things they needed to survive so they were just "playing" church. They are Christians, they are bound for heaven, but they will not be receiving all that eternal life has to offer. They have left Jesus outside, knocking to get back in, to have His rightful place in their church. Jesus wants to be the center of the church and of the Christian's life.

My last prayer for this blog today is that Christians who have started to think they have got what it takes to make it on their own will realize, Jesus is knocking. He wants to be a part of all you do, and no matter how "with it" you think you are, your aren't...just saying.... sorry! Thanks for reading. God Bless you all!

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Man in the Moon

Today, the prompt was "Man in the Moon". Now, I will confess I have never been able to see a man in the moon. I have tried and I have looked at photos where people have explained where the "face" is, but I can not see it. I am usually pretty good at finding hidden things in wood grain, marbling, clouds, and other things, I just don't see a man.

For this drawing I don't have verse about the moon or a man in the moon, there really aren't that many in the Bible. I do have a topic that will go with what the moon is and does.

In the beginning God... created the heavens and the earth. He divided the light from the darkness. Called the light day and the darkness night and set ruling lights in the heavens, the Sun and Moon...

As we know from science the Moon is a reflection of the light shining from the sun on the other side of the earth. It gives enough light to help guide but is not too bright to cause sleeplessness. The fact that it is a reflection is the part I want to focus on....

We are meant to be a reflection of the Son... our lives are to shine like the moon to guide others to the Son and not to cause others to stumble. There are many verses that show this truth.
"He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked." 1 John 2:6
"Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ." 1 Corinthians 11:1
"For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
“Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;
 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls."       1 Peter 2:21-25
"Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." Ephesians 5:1-2
" Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross." Philippians 2:5-8 
There are more, I will leave a few for you to find. God expects us to love and live as Christ lived. No that doesn't mean we will have to give our lives for another, but we should live in a way that we would if that was what was needed. The point is the Love. When Jesus was on earth He reflected God's love for mankind and we should now reflect Christ's love so to draw all men to Him.

I don't always do a good job of being that reflection, yet I strive too. It is my prayer that the words I write and the drawings I draw reflect Christ and His love, not me. Thanks for reading. God Bless You!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Fountain of Youth

The prompt today was Fountain of Youth... I am sure we all wish there was one for real... but the image I saw or thought of first was a fountain with children playing and having fun....

If those of us who are older will think about it watching children play helps us feel young also. It allows us to experience our youth again, and if we are lucky enough to be able to move well and play too.... all the better!

Jesus loved children, he want to spend time with them even if the disciples thought it was a waste of time.
"Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”Luke 18:15-17
Jesus said to them let them come to me because they are an example to you. Unless you come to me as a child you will not be able to receive the kingdom of God. So what did that mean...

Children can believe almost anything. They believe Santa is a real person, They believe the boogie  man will get them, they trust that their parents will always be there for them, and I could go on. Is this believe, faith, or trust that they have bad. No not always, in some instances yes and we teach them the difference. Jesus wanted His followers to come with the belief, faith, and trust of children, understanding He was the only way, truth, and life, that through Him they can do all things He leads them to do.

The thing is we aren't to stay children. We are to grow and learn to desire the meat of the word and not just the milk. It is sad that many children stay children, when they could be so much more for Christ.
"For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." Hebrews 5:12-14

In Christ there is everlasting life... so a fountain of youth. If you haven't trusted Him as a child would just totally believing all He did is true and that He has given you eternal, everlasting life, you will not receive the kingdom of God. If you have done this I hope you are seeking the meat of the word and growing in His desire for your life. Thanks for reading. God bless you!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Light of the Lord

The prompt "Light Saber" there is not many ways to interpret this one is there. I have no other reference in this physical world except for Star Wars. But oh the possibilities in the spiritual world. Here is my (not very good) drawing today....

So let's beginning.... John 1:1

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
Then further in the same chapter of John 1:4-5
 "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."
Still further in John 8:12 ....
 “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
And if that wasn't enough Psalm 119:105
"Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path".
There are so many more references to the word and light, to Jesus being the Word and the light of the world. All I can say is this, God's Light Saber is Jesus, He shines the Word of Life to our dark hearts and makes us whole. If we follow the word we can have life and the darkness will not engulf us.  And if we have issues that need to be dealt with the word is like a two edged sword cutting to the marrow of our lives showing us the errors of our way.

The Word (Jesus) is just the personified Word (the Bible) both are a light to our troubled lives and can guide us to the path of light and liberty. I hope this makes sense, I know it seems a little far off the mark.... Thanks for reading. God bless you!