Monthly Archives: February 2009

Apostle Paul

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Psalm 63:2

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Psalm 63:2 ( MSG)

So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. In your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains. I bless you every time I take a breath; My arms wave like banners of praise to you.

Have a blessed day of worship in the house of the Lord!

Donna

Ash Wednesday at Out of the Box in Hillsville

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Hi!  Last night I had the amazing opportunity to try my hand at WORSHIP ART at our church’s downtown location, Out of the Box.  This was a totally new experience for me and one that made me a little anxious!  I have never done anything remotely like this, on a sheet, or with chalk!  Ronnie had asked me about a week ago if I would like to do something.  So I agreed.  Well, I began studying what Ash Wednesday meant scripturally and also how it was portrayed in art.  My orignal idea was nothing like this, the second idea was closer, but when I came up with this one on  the day OF the event, I knew it was the one, even though I was hesistant to use it.  I didn’t want to creep anyone out, but I think it’s the truth.   It’s a little creepy, yeah, BUT, it is BOLD and it tells the story of sin and redemption through repentance.   I never, in my wildest dreams, thought I would be doing something like this.  If it were up to me, I’d still be hiding under the pew in the back row of the church!  But as Jeremiah 29:11 says, ” I know the plans I have for you..”  I agree…He certainly does!

This entire process has grown me spiritually and I will never be the same again.  It’s not about me, it’s about getting up and making a stand for GOD, no matter what our mind, emotions, friends, or satan tells me.  Don’t believe the lies!!  They aren’t true!  God will never harm us, it’s other people that do that.  He only wants what is good for us, to “prosper us!”    When I got up to do this, the room was dark and the spotlight was on the easel as I was drawing.  When I began to draw, the Holy Spirit took over and I cannot recall parts of it.  I had practiced this at home, 5 times!  I was trying to complete it to a song that was 5 minutes and 34 seconds long.  I never did it.  That night, when God took over, as I made the last stroke on the sheet, the last note of the song played and it was done.  I didn’t do it, God did it!  He was right there IN me. 

There were 45 youth in attendance, thanks for coming out and encouraging me!  The drawing shows a figure in a cloak with a heart shaped face.  Well, the face had previously been a skull ( before the imposition of the ashes) and the figure is holding a bowl of ashes.  Around the figure are the 7 deadly sins.  This picture shows the sins marked out with red chalk, which is the blood of Jesus.  His blood covers our sins when we repent and ask for forgiveness.  The face was then made red, by Kalli Rae , after we rec’d the ashes, to show Jesus’ love for us.  It went from ashes to beauty!  Just as we do, when we accept Christ and begin this adventure with Him!  Believe me you, it IS an adventure!!!!!!!!!!  I never thought I’d be doing this!   God works in many ways and this is one of them!  So, take it from me, the big chicken on the block, if you think God is asking you to do something, go for it!  He will help you get through it!  Which by the way, I’m no longer the big chicken on the block, thanks to HIM!!!!!!! 

Thank you LORD!  I love you so much!!!!!! 

Donna

 

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Seeing Jesus

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Hi!  In our Beth Moore study on the “Beloved Disciple John” Beth talks about her relationship with Jesus.  She says, ” Jesus makes me HAPPY!  He thrills me!  He nearly takes my breath away with His beauty.  He is the unspeakable joy and love of my life.  I think He’s a BLAST!”    I don’t think she’s talking about physical beauty, but heart beauty…that He loves her so much that He would do anything for her, and in fact He did.  He died on the cross for you and I.   

Well, yesterday, I was in the grocery store standing in line with a few items.   There were several people in front of me and as I looked around, I saw this guy who looked just like Jesus.  No kidding!  Much like this picture.  He was laughing and just looked really happy.  His clothes were worn and ragged , as were his shoes, shirt and jacket.  For the life of me, I could not take my eyes off of him!  Put a robe on the guy and he could be Jesus for Easter.  I was taken back by how much he looked like Jesus and how happy he was.  Well, you know how they say to never judge a book by it’s cover?  When he left, he was carrying a 12 pack of beer.  So, that busted my image of him looking like Jesus.  Well, I had an interesting conversation with a friend and they said, ” so what?  Don’t you think Jesus would drink  a beer?  After all, he did turn water into wine!”  Personally, I don’t think Jesus would drink a beer.  What do you think?  Anyway, on my way home, I thought, ” girl, if you were so taken in by a guy who looked like Jesus, then how will it be when you really see him? You won’t be able to take your eyes off of him!”

Honestly, I pray that I never take my eyes off Him and I pray that I will always have a clear vision of who He is and what He has done for all of us and that I tell others about His great love for humankind.  ALL of us.  Not just Christians, but everyone.  God created ALL of US in HIS IMAGE. 

Isaiah 43:7 says that we were personally formed and created for God’s glory!  How awesome is that?  Genesis 2:7 says:  God formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive—a living soul!

So, maybe that guy I saw in the store was a reminder to me to keep my eyes on Jesus, or maybe he was just a guy buying beer.  But to me, that moment was very real and the more I looked at him, the more my heart raced at the thought of seeing Jesus in person.  All I know is that when it is time for me to see Jesus, I won’t ever want to leave His side. 

Amen!

Donna

Cleaning out the refrigerator

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Good Morning!

Today is Ash Wednesday and I have thoughts of repentance on my mind.  I am also taking a step of faith in doing a “live” drawing for our youth at Out of the Box tonight.  So, my mind is pretty much taken up with thoughts of Ash Wednesday today.  Well, earlier this morning I cleaned out our refrigerator.  As I was doing this, I thought, Hmmm, how appropriate to be cleaning out the fridge today, Ash Wednesday.  Why is this appropriate you ask? 

Well, as I unraveled the mysterious contents of the refrigerator I began to realize how spoiled lettuce resembles my sins.  It is discolored, wilted, slimy and stinky.  Just like sin.  Then I came across a petrified carrot.  Let me just say that it looked like a fossil and was all hard and crusty.  Yuck!  My sin is like that too.  If my heart is hardened, God can’t get in to soften it up.  So, how do I soften it up?  Well, when you add water to a plant that is dried up, it comes back to life, right?  Perks right up!  Well, Jesus is the Living Water and in order for me to receive that Living Water of Life, I must confess my sins and ask for forgiveness.  Ash Wednesday is a day of repentance and a day to grieve our sins and ask for forgiveness. 

 In 40 days, we celebrate Easter, the Resurrection of The Living Water, Jesus Christ, Son of God. 

Ash Wednesday prepares us for what is to come…

eternal life in Christ!

Amen!

Donna

Hearing God

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I found this on Godtube, which is now called “Tangle.”  It is a beautiful pilgrimmage to hear God during Lent.  I love it. 

After Ash wednesday during the weeks of Lent it is a common sight to see groups of men and children circle the island of Sao Miguel in the azores on foot. These pilgrims who are called “Romeiros” each year reaffirm their faith by circling the island on foot while chanting, praying , and meditating.For a week these men and children criss cross the island stopping at night for shelter and rest in the homes of charitable strangers that open up their homes throughout the villages of the island.The pilgrimage is undertaken as a form of penance and with hopes of seeking Gods guidance and assistance.

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A little picture card by Mary Englebreit, one of my favorite artists!  Her first studio was in a closet!  Now she has an entourage of people working for her and her own card company!   I like her style of art and use of colors and have used it on some of my work.    It is very heartwarming, simple and fun!  I know that it takes a lot of planning ahead of time to develop one card and I also know that she has the marker and colored pencil collection to DIE for!  🙂  I’m jealous!  :} 

God has given Mary and awesome gift!

Blessings,

Donna

 

Ash Wednesday

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What is Ash Wednesday?  Why do we hold a service?  What does the service mean?

Ash Wednesday is the first day of LENT.  It gets its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of believers as a sign of repentance.  It is a time of looking inward, being sorry for our sins and a time of self-denial.  A time of mourning.  The ashes come from the previous year’s Easter palm branches, which are dried and turned into ashes.  They are then used to mark the forehead with the sign of repentance, a cross in ashes. 

The service is usually very quiet and funeral like. 

” Remember , O man, that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Memento homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris. ( Latin) 

Some churches read scripture such as:

Psalm 51 (The Message)

 1-3Generous in love—God, give grace! Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.
   Scrub away my guilt,
      soak out my sins in your laundry. 
   I know how bad I’ve been;
      my sins are staring me down.

 4-6 You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen
      it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
   You have all the facts before you;
      whatever you decide about me is fair.
   I’ve been out of step with you for a long time, 
      in the wrong since before I was born.
   What you’re after is truth from the inside out.
      Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.

 7-15 Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
      scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
   Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
      set these once-broken bones to dancing.
   Don’t look too close for blemishes,
      give me a clean bill of health. 
   God, make a fresh start in me,
      shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
   Don’t throw me out with the trash,
      or fail to breathe holiness in me.
   Bring me back from gray exile,
      put a fresh wind in my sails! 
   Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
      so the lost can find their way home.
   Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
      and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
   Unbutton my lips, dear God;
      I’ll let loose with your praise.

 16-17 Going through the motions doesn’t please you,
      a flawless performance is nothing to you.
   I learned God-worship
      when my pride was shattered.
   Heart-shattered lives ready for love
      don’t for a moment escape God’s notice. 

 18-19 Make Zion the place you delight in,
      repair Jerusalem’s broken-down walls. 
   Then you’ll get real worship from us,
      acts of worship small and large,
   Including all the bulls
      they can heave onto your altar!

 

Mark 1:15 (The Message)

  14-15After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God:

“Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”

John believed through it ALL- even the torture!  They tried to boil him in a pot.  Can you imagine…

Do YOU believe that God loves YOU and invites you to be His friend?? 

It is an invitation especially for you!   

Blessings,

Donna

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Are you?

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fast-jesus4I have been watching a lot of YouTube videos on how to do Worship painting.  This is where an artist or artists paint or draw to music or to a sermon, scripture, etc..  During a service.  An interesting concept, but harder than it looks!  Here is an attempt at Jesus in marker, pencil and chalk, in 10 minutes or less.  This is a 2′ x 3′ drawing.  I just kinda went at it to some music and this is what happened.  haha.  No masterpiece here, but an interesting graffitti like drawing. 

The question, is ” Are you?”

It can be posed two different ways:

1.  Which one are you?  The thief asking for forgiveness or the other one ignoring the plea?

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2.  Are you preparing yourself for eternity?

Just something to ponder on today. 

I need more than 10 minutes to draw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Donna