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Why I love the delightful songs of a bird in spring?

Bird – Scribble Picnic

It’s Scribble Picnic time again. This week prompt is BIRD. With spring finally arriving here in the Highlands it’s an appropriate time to thing of our feathered friends.

I have painted birds before so at the end of this post I will give a gallery of some of my earlier paintings I have found.

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My first thought when hearing the word bird had to be a hymn we sang when I joined Explorers and C.G.I.T. (Canadian Girls in Training) in my youth. I also became a leader of Explorers in my mid twenties. The hymn is This is My Father’s World. I love this song and can sing almost all the words thanks to learning it in my youth.

Here are the words:

  1. This is my Father’s world,
    And to my list’ning ears
    All nature sings, and round me rings
    The music of the spheres.
    This is my Father’s world:
    I rest me in the thought
    Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas—
    His hand the wonders wrought.
  2. This is my Father’s world:
    The birds their carols raise,
    The morning light, the lily white,
    Declare their Maker’s praise.
    This is my Father’s world:
    He shines in all that’s fair;
    In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
    He speaks to me everywhere.
  3. This is my Father’s world:
    Oh, let me ne’er forget
    That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
    God is the ruler yet.
    This is my Father’s world,
    The battle is not done:
    Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
    And earth and Heav’n be one.

 

What memories that song brings to mind. Friendships. Gatherings. Skits. Stories. Campfires.

The line that I recalled was: “The birds their carols raise.”

That’s what I have been hearing this spring. I missed the bird songs from Arizona and was thankful when the little ones started to sing up here.

Seeing my first robin! Hurrah spring is coming. (tweet this)

These are Eastern meadowlarks. At least my rendition of those birds.

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This is the underpainting.

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And this week I found one of our garden stones really needed refurbishing. It had lost all the colour. I received it as a gift over 13 years ago when we moved into our newly built home. So this year it got a face lift – brightly coloured and ready to go in the garden.

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Of course I am never content with the colours given to me by my hubby – had to mix them and get various shades of green and blues and browns.

Here is the Gallery I promised of former bird pictures.

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Pictures Can you see them in Scripture?

Pictures Can you see them in Scripture? – Hope Stream Radio Podcast

I see the Bible as pictures more and more. Because I have been making colouring pages and painting in my Bible, scripture is coming alive. I’m able to memorize passages.

Pictures - in scripture

On Hope Stream Radio yesterday I talked about this. You can see the show notes below or listen to the podcast How I see Pictures in Scriptures.

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Here are the show notes:

Hope Stream Radio How I See Pictures in Scripture.

The three scriptures we reviewed last week on Word of God Speak were 2 Corinthians 4:17-18; Isaiah 40:8; Hebrews 1:10-12.

All three point to eternity with God. They remind us how temporary our lives are here in this world.

Being an artist I see pictures in scriptures. (Tweet this)

Listen to this one:

2 Corinthians 4:17-18

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

I see light and momentary troubles as balloons. (click to tweet)

They will be gong – either float away, deflate or be punctured.

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As I picture what I see as troubles I put them in balloons, I can release them – and watch them go. If they are worries I can stab the balloons with a pin.

Peace comes when I can see all earthly things as temporary. (click to tweet)

To fix my eyes on the unseen – on Jesus – helps me to remain in this peace even when the seen feels powerful and unyielding. The peace of Jesus can overpower the troubles.

Isaiah 40:8 talks about how grass withers and flower fall. I can picture the seasons – the grass withering in winter, and the flowers falling. But I also know that spring comes next and with it new life. I see this and I know it. And the new life will in me and it will never end when I trust in Jesus.

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Hebrews 1:10-12 talks about creation. But it says that all that all will perish but God will remain and His years will never end.

I see creation as formed by God. I see God’s work. But I know that this will change too. God will always be the same but He will wrap creation up like a robe and then bring forth a new creation, like He did with me. God will remain the same but He will change you and me.

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Where do you need to change? Ask the Lord to show you.

I have loved reviewing these passages and painting pictures and making colouring pages to help me memorize God’s Word. Join me on Facebook Called Word of God Speak Community.

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, we know we need to change in order to be more like You. In each of the areas we need change, please show us so we can work and pray to make ourselves have a closer connection to You. Thank You for being unchangeable. You are our Rock. We are eternally grateful. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next time, bask in the thought of God’s promises, and how His Word will never change and never fail us. Be in the Word.

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Creation Story – do you believe?

Creation Story – do you believe?

Today I look at the creation story. It amazes me how God puts circumstances into my path for me to follow and learn.

This is a reworking of a post I had from 2012.

Creation Story - Do you Believe?

When I first heard  the word “story” I thought of the story of my week at V.I.B.E. (Vacation Bible School). It was quite a story.

We had 23 children; lots of fun; great weather; wonderful leaders and volunteers. We talked about God and His story. We learned we are unique and loved by Him. We learned the Lord’s Prayer. We had fun with each other.

I survived!

Then on Sunday our minister, Harry Morgan, preached about the Creation Story.

Harry started with a great description of a giraffe and told us many interesting facts that I did not know:

        • a giraffe’s neck can be 500 pounds
        • a giraffe has a spring like thing connecting his head to his body, so he can lift his head quickly.
        • he does not get dizzy because of a system of veins and arteries with stop gates Here is the scientific wording:

  “But the giraffe was engineered with reinforced artery walls, anti-pooling valves, a web of small blood vessels and pressure-sensing nerves that assure an adequate blood flow to the brain at just the right pressure. Creation Ministry.

Later in the sermon he talked about honeycomb and bees.

Creation Story - Bumblebee

Bumblebee – taken by Janis Cox

Harry talked about the special dance that bees do to explain where to find the best nectar field.

“To identify the location of a food source too distant from the hive to be smelled or seen by the other bees, the scout does a dance on the honeycomb inside the hive” Creation Ministries .

Here are my take aways:

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20 NIV).

I know I can believe the creation story –  what the Bible says.

There is evidence of a wise Creator – a Designer and we need to answer to Him. May the Holy Spirit continue to show me more and more of God and Jesus.

Two Stories on the same day- both about life and God.

Creative Tuesdays – Stained Glass – Watercolour Batik

Creative Tuesdays – Stained Glass – Watercolour Batik

After last week’s painting I couldn’t wait to try another watercolour Batik. So I did another for Michael’s Creative Tuesdays.

Tadeo's new adventure

I have a few projects on the planning board for this year. One of them is a second in the Tadeo Turtle series. I have decided to do all the illustrations in watercolour batik. It may take me a little longer but I love the look of this method of painting.

I am actually on my week off from blogging (ha ha) so this will be short and sweet.

I have been spending much time in studying God’s Word and in prayer. I think I know His Word for me for this year. I will share on Word of God Speak on the weekend. I need to think about it a little more.

I am taking a new 4 week course on learning to show glass in my watercolour. It should be interesting. I hope to share what I have learned.

I have been thinking about creativity – and being created in God’s image.

God is the Master of Creativity. (tweet this)

Have you ever looked at some of those videos and photos that abound on the Internet showing us how creative He really is?

Here is a beautiful video about God’s Creation and sung by Brian Doerksen.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun (Psalm 19:1-4, NIV).

 

Sunday Stillness – Isaiah 35:2

Sunday Stillness – Isaiah 35:2

Isaiah 35:2

Finally this week I planted my garden. This spring has been cold, rainy and it hasn’t been the right time to get outside and plant.

I had a wonderful time. I love getting my hands into the dirt. I never use gloves. On the other hand, my hubby hates to put his hands into the earth. So he uses the shovel and I play with the dark soil. Heaven.

Joy – beauty – and song.

This week’s Scripture is from The Message:

Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers
and singing and joy!
The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon,
as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon.
There the Lord will display his glory,
the splendor of our God (Isaiah 35:2)

What joy are you seeing this season?
I watch for the splendour of God as it unfolds in my garden.

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AMAZING VIDEO

Amazing Video

Tadeo Turtle

Wow – I didn’t know that!

Watch this video – nature is truly amazing. God has figured everything out – even how to get salt to bees which is hard to find in the Amazon. So complex yet simple.

Here is more information on a turtle drowning in butterfly kisses.

Be amazed.

CRAZY GOOP FOR KIDS AND GRANDMAS AND ANYONE ELSE

Crazy Goop for Kids and Grandmas and Anyone Else

I found a link for this crazy goop – the Mom called it Flubber.

My daughter tried it out with her kids. Lots of fun.

Ingredients:

2 – 8 oz bottles of glue, Borax, water, food colour (optional), a bowl, a teaspoon and a measuring cup

Directions:

Pour the glue in a bowl
Fill the empty glue bottles with water and swish around. Dump in bowl.
Mix well.
Add the food colouring. Mix again.
Add 1 tsp of Borax with 1/2 cup warm water. Mix.
Add the Borax mixture into the other mixture, a little at a time.
Get all hands in there for the right consistency.

Here are the results:

Flubber

Kerplunk

 

Flubber

Mixing it around

 

Flubber

Patting it Down

 

Flubber Handprint

A Handprint

Flubber

A Creation

Now I want to see a Tadeo Turtle??

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GOD CAN HEAR OUR PRAYERS

God Can Hear Our Prayers (Part I)

Part Two – God Wants to Hear My Prayers (Part II)

Part Three – Why Pray? (Part III)

by Janis Cox

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Connecting with God

How can we know that God can hear our prayers?

How can we know that God wants to hear our prayers?

How can we know that God can act on our prayers?

I have been mulling around these questions and hopefully will have answers over the next three Fridays.

Today – question one:

How can we know that God can hear our prayers?

Besides the fact that I just know He does, through my faith  – I have come up with several reasons from Scripture why we can know for sure that He does hear our prayers.

1. The belief in the all encompassing POWER of our God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. I love this passage in Colossians:

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:15-17 NIV).

Don’t you just love the phrase – By Him All things were created, and in Him all things hold together? That certainly solidifies it for me. There is POWER here.

2.  The majesty and immensity of our God of creation. After watching the video by Louie Giglio I held my breath.

“This is what God the LORD says— the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it”  (Isaiah 42:5).

Louie’s video shows the universe – to the ends of the universe and what we see when we get to the last picture – is outstanding, gluing all things together for me. God does HOLD ALL things together. We go to the ends of the universe and the Hubble telescope show us – a Cross.

Another video by Louie Giglio (for a quick check go 2:50 minutes in) talks about a cell adhesion molecule called Laminin.

Here is a diagram of the Laminin molecule.

Laminin is vital to making sure overall body structures hold together.

And it is in the shape of a Cross.

Christ does hold ALL things together.

These are two very important reasons why our God can:

  1. Wake me up during my night’s sleep whenever He chooses to call me to prayer, or to rethink my past day.
  2. Put people and incidents in my daily path – God-incidents.
  3. Make miracles happen.

His power is one reason why my prayers are important.

He can call me to pray; He can hear me when I pray; He can answer my prayers.

OUR GOD CAN

From my Gratitude Journal this week.

15. My soft blanket to snuggle with during my morning prayer time.

16. A friends’ email message.

17. Cooing of the doves

18. Three wonderful children

19. Three wonderful children-in-law

20. Four wonderful grandchildren

21. My Dad who taught me to stand tall

Prayer:

Father, Lord of the Universe, Maker of all creation, I am humbled to think You desire to communicate with me. Thank You for showing me Your power. Continue to guide me, grow me and help me to live a life worthy of Jesus. In His name. AMEN.