Monthly Archives: May 2009

A popcorn lover’s delight

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My kids!

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I love my kids so much I could squeeze ’em all day long! 

My 8 year old daughter wrote this at school one day:

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with the BIG smile!

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I’m positive I’m like no one else! No one is the same as me, I’m different. All are different. So, don’t sit there and think, “Everyone’s the same!” But you aren’t because God made some people with disabilities and some not. But that not what makes us different. Whats in our heart makes a difference. Like, whatever we believe in gay marriages or regular. Some believe in the after life, but some don’t. So, don’t feel like everyone’s the same because they’re not. So, don’t listen to people who say, “Well, you’re the same as me because we look the same.” But still your not the same. Be yourself.

By, Emily Godwin!

She is wise!

 Corynn's purple hair

My 14 year old has been wanting to dye the bottom layer of her hair since last summer.  I finally conceded and told her that she could.  I’ve decided that it doesn’t really matter what anyone thinks, as long as she is happy with it.  She doesn’t do drugs, she doesn’t smoke, drink or party.  She loves the Lord with all her heart, mind, body and soul.  She is an “A” student.  She is a beautiful, energetic, young woman seeking her way in life.  I am so proud of her for being a bold young woman who isn’t afraid to make a stand!  I remember when I was a senior in high school I took a WHOLE bottle of SUN-IN hair lightener and sprayed it in my hair, then used a blow dryer on it!  I was immediately a carrot top!  My senior pictures show me as having orange hair.  But I was smiling the whole way!  Live and learn!  So, we have decided that this is Corynn’s PENTECOST hair.  We are visiting our friend Betsy’s church tomorrow, where she is the Pastor, and she told us to where RED for Pentecost.  Corynn said she didn’t have any red to wear.  Well, she does now!  Look at the picture though…remember the POWER that came upon the Apostle’s at Pentecost?  Check out Corynn’s shirt.  A coincidence?  Hmmm….

Hope you all have a wonderful Pentecost Sunday!

Blessings and much joy,

Donna

 

Pentecost thoughts…

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Can you imagine…

One evening, many years ago, I was traveling from my job in Charlotte, NC to my home in Stanfield, NC ( about 20 miles), thinking about how tired and sore my feet were from the days work I had just done.  All I wanted to do was get home and pamper them before going to bed.  As I was driving along, listening to the radio, I suddenly noticed that the trees were dipping and lurching in front of me, to the side of me and all around me.  There was trash being scattered across the road like a tumbleweed in the desert.  Straight ahead of me the sky was a black, inky, ominous mess.  I feared for my life.  The radio went mysteriously quiet only to be replaced with the blare of the emergency broadcast system signal.  A tornado warning.  With my stomach rising into my throat, I pushed my foot into the gas pedal, forgetting how sore and tired they were, pleading and begging the little Mustang to go faster, farther, harder, to get me home, out of the storm and into safety. 

On the day of Pentecost the Apostles were gathered in one place.  All of a sudden a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house. ( Acts 2) They saw tongues of fire that seperated and came to rest on each of them.  There were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

They were completely under the control of God. Just as the wind whipped around my car in the impending tornado, God moved in and among the Apostles and took over.  A mighty work was done that day and in the days to come.  These men were accused of being drunk!  People thought they were nuts.  But they weren’t.  Scripture was being fulfilled.  

Acts 2:16-21 (New International Version)

16No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 
 17” ‘In the last days, God says,
      I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
   Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
      your young men will see visions,
      your old men will dream dreams.
 18Even on my servants, both men and women,
      I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
      and they will prophesy.
 19I will show wonders in the heaven above
      and signs on the earth below,
      blood and fire and billows of smoke.
 20The sun will be turned to darkness
      and the moon to blood
      before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
 21And everyone who calls
      on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

The Holy Spirit empowered the Apostles to be bold and to witness to everyone about Jesus Christ.  Jesus is our future and hope.  This is a time to celebrate that hope, a time to be renewed and a time to praise God! 

Psalm 104:24-34

 24 How many are your works, O LORD!
       In wisdom you made them all;
       the earth is full of your creatures.

 25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,
       teeming with creatures beyond number—
       living things both large and small.

 26 There the ships go to and fro,
       and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

 27 These all look to you
       to give them their food at the proper time.

 28 When you give it to them,
       they gather it up;
       when you open your hand,
       they are satisfied with good things.

 29 When you hide your face,
       they are terrified;
       when you take away their breath,
       they die and return to the dust.

 30 When you send your Spirit,
       they are created,
       and you renew the face of the earth.

 31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
       may the LORD rejoice in his works-

 32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
       who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

 33 I will sing to the LORD all my life;
       I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

 34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
       as I rejoice in the LORD.

God was revealed that day by the blowing of a violent wind- getting everyone’s utmost attention, just as the wind of the storm quickly and violently grabbed my attention, making it a ride home I will never forget, telling everyone!  As I pulled into our driveway that night, the sky was insistent on rolling and dipping, dark and mysterious and just plain scary!  I threw the car door open, not caring if it shut, and ran with all my might to the house.  I couldn’t get the door open fast enough.  When I did, the wind flung it open, slamming it against the side of the house.  I was out of breath, scared and babbling like an idiot to my husband.   I imagine this is a teensy bit like the Apostles felt, breathless and left in awe and wonder at what God was doing among them.  Out of control, but in GOD’S control, just as the storm left me.  This storm is really no comparison to Pentecost, but it is the closest thing I’ve ever experienced to what it might have been like.  Just as the Apostles told everyone about thier experience, I have too and I am still telling the story today.  Just as the Apostles are to us, through the  Holy & Divine word of God which was first God breathed to Moses to share with the world. 

Psalm 105:2  Let us  Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. ( Psalm 105:2)

Praise the LORD, O my soul.
       Praise the LORD.

Donna

A New Day!

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Psalm 96

Psalm 96: 1-2 Sing God a brand-new song! Earth and everyone in it, sing! 
   Sing to God—worship God! 

 

Good Morning!  The sun is shining in my studio door and I can see the night rain glistening on the grass in the sunlight.  That reminds me of Jesus!  He shines in our lives, day and night, forever and ever.  Always there, always waiting and watching with open arms.  God has given us another day folks.  We are still here to do His work.  Are there any among you who have never heard the Good News?  I am here to tell you that our God, maker of heaven and earth, Creator, Papa, Father in heaven, is YOURS for the asking.  He has generously poured out His love on us, given us this beautiful earth to care for and live in.  He even went so far as to send His Son to show us how to live AND how to die.  Yes, die.  To die to ourselves,  to our sin, our greed, our lust, our impatience, our selfishness, our dishonesty, our drunkeness, our prejudice, our lies, our deceit, to our “wickedselves”.  He came so that we may know a better life.  One that doesn’t include sin, one that is all about living a life of freedom in eternity with Him.  It starts with US!  It starts with the dawning of each new day when we rise from our comfy, cozy, warm slumber and open our sleepy eyes…  when we greet the morning with a smile , a godly attitude &  give praise to God for the new day…  when we seek to do what is right throughout the day  & we keep God at the front of our minds… when we meditiate on His Word all the day long & we encourage others, sending up intercessory prayers for them.  It happens when we share Jesus with them in our thoughts, words, deeds  and actions.  It happens when we ARE Jesus to someone!   I encourage you today to look on those things that are lovely and true and to be Jesus to someone today.  They may have never seen a smile, heard a kind word, or felt a warm touch.  You just never know…

May the heavens rejoice at your obedience,

Donna

A mission right here at home

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Hi!

We have met this wonderful Chinese family who recently moved here.  They speak very little English.  The language barrier is a challenge, but we are working on ways to improve that.  The internet is a wonderful place!  IGoogle has a translator where you can enter what you want to say and then it will write it out in whatever language you choose.  For instance:

“耶稣爱你!”

This says, ” Jesus Loves You” in Chinese. 

I told my daughters that love has no boundaries and that we speak love in any language.  My 8 year old is so excited to have this new friend and she has been intentional in making her feel welcome and loved.  I watched them play together the other day for the first time and it was amazing.  They didn’t understand each other very well, but it really didn’t matter, because then they started to draw pictures.  The pictures spoke volumes!

This only affirms to me how important art is in our daily lives.  It is a tool to get beyond that language barrier.  It is a tool that the uneducated and illiterate have understood for thousands of years.  The phrase, ” A picture says a thousand words” really does mean something to people who cannot read or understand one another.  I am more determined than ever to continue doing what I do best.  To share the gospel message through the gift of art that God poured into me.  Meeting this Chinese family has given me a new spark, a revival of my spirit, an affirmation. 

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Discerning and doing God’s will is never easy.  I have been asking myself many, many questions.  I have even been doubting myself lately.  I guess we all do from time to time, don’t we?  God keeps throwing these opportunities my way and I feel like He is saying, ” okay, let’s see what you will do with this…”  Meeting this Chinese family has been an eye opener for all of us.  My 14 year old wants to learn Chinese now so she can communicate and my 8 year old has shown unconditional love for her new friend.  She has been a friend to her even when the other kids thought the new kid was weird, made fun of her, etc..  I am so humbled to have these two young ladies as my daughters, thank you Lord! 

If you live in Hillsville, take some time out to meet this wonderful family.  Get in touch with me and I will let you know where they live.  They need to see Jesus and they can see Him through each of us, in our hands, feet, our love, and even in our language barrier.  Make them some cookies, bake them some bread, send them a card, paint them a picture.    Let’s love them like Jesus does!

In Christ’s Love,

Donna

Poverty around the world

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In today’s post you will see images of poverty around the world, from here in the USA to Africa, Pakistan, etc.

Jesus commands US to DO, not to sit around and wait for someone else to do it.

I hope this will help raise your level of awareness.

Blessings,

                                                Donna                                                    Poverty%20Sucks%20(JustWallpaper)_preview

Shocking contrast isn’t it?

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Yes, animals too…these are “street dogs.”

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Look closely at the artwork on this book cover…the strong fist of poverty is breaking through the floor of the ballroom…

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This is poverty in Appalachia…not far from here…

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 Poverty in Alabama 1938

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 Poverty in Alabama 1938

 A neglected dog…dog neglect

The wealthy on the left, the poor on the right receiving food.  Not much has changed, has it? Poverty and wealth

Kids living in the dumps of Pakistan.

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Scrounging for food among the trash.  Pakistan.

( After receiving a comment about this post I am adding this remark…)

While I may have chosen the wrong word-scrounging-the purpose of this post is to raise awareness about poverty around the world.  The author of the comment has responded below in the comment section of the post.   These people are “recycling paper, plastic etc., to sell – in order to buy food.”  Please pray for the people around the world who live in poverty, are underfed, abused, homeless and alone.   

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2009 tent city, Reno, Nevada

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Sacramento, CA

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Sudan

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Will you help us?

Matthew 5:14 (The Message)

  14-16“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

Shine on readers!  You are the only JESUS some people and animals may ever see.

God Bless you all!

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Sidewalk chalk art by Julian Beever

Sudan

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In this video you will meet Bishop James Swanson.  He is the Bishop of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church, and he has a heart that is burdened for the people of Sudan.  Please take some time today to prayerfully watch this video and ask yourself what YOU can do to bless someone in Sudan today. 

Blessings,

Donna

Shoeboxes

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Little Dee cardHi!

Last night we heard Mary Damron, spokesperson for Operation Christmas Child,  speak about sending Shoeboxes to needy children.   Mary spoke from a heart  that has been burdened for the children of this world.  She spoke the truth with an urgency, she sent out God’s plea to us to help however we can.  She spoke of children living in dumps, homeless and working as prostitutes.  She shared how the orphanages in these countries are like “warehouses”, a place to store a child and thier few belongings.  That is appalling to me.  All children deserve to live in loving homes, even though I know they don’t.  There are so many children who are unwanted by thier parents  in this world that it makes my heart ache and I really don’t know how to make it stop.  I don’t think I want it to.  Because if it does, then I have become complacent.  I don’t want that to happen either.  I know I can’t save them, but I do know that I can help them to have hope and to know that they are loved and wanted by God, by sending a shoebox. 

Mary’s message has burdened my heart even more for these children.  My heart broke as she shared the story of the little girl who received a new doll with a white dress on.  The little girl lived in the garbage dump and she was filthy.  She tried so hard to keep the doll from getting dirty.  Mary said that she could tell that the little girl hadn’t been there long because she still KNEW she was dirty.   The other kids had gotten used to it and it didn’t phase them one bit.  But this little girl was ashamed and she wanted to keep her doll as clean as snow.  In my mind, I wanted to whisk that little girl up and carry her away so she’d never have to be ashamed of her dirt again.

 

Dirt.

We all have it.

God doesn’t see the dirt.  He sees the beauty of His creation in each and every one of us.  He sees the end of the story.  He sits in the new heaven, awaiting our arrival, at the ready to wipe away every tear, to banish death, sorrow, & pain from our lives.  He says, ” BEHOLD, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW” my child.  I am waiting for you like a husband awaits his beautiful bride.  YOU are beautiful and I love you!  ALL OF YOU!  Come, sit with me forever.   Can you see that?  Can you see yourself in God’s lap?  I see everyone of these children there.  That is thier hope.  To be cuddled up in Papa’s arms, never hungry, hurting or crying again.  Clean, warm and loved. 

I implore you to send a shoebox this year.  

Many blessings to you,

Donna

 

Here is how to send a Shoebox:

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