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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cobalt Blue: A Cheap Imitation or the Real Thing?

In my pickin's, I pick what I like.
Of course, I'm excited when 
what I like is the real thing.

I recently found a cobalt blue
cup and saucer. 

I bought it 
1.  Because I liked it.
2.  Because it was 1/2 price.
3.  Because it would go with so much of the blue that I already had. 

It resembles the Hazel Atlas Cobalt blue, 
but it's darker in color and not exactly the same pattern.
It's probably a newer piece.
It may be what collectors call a knock-off.

Doesn't really matter to me. 
I don't mind a look-alike, 
or for lack of a better word, 
a fake??

However, with people I want real.
I want to know you.
I want to know you, what do they say, 
"warts and all." 
I want to know who you really are 
behind closed doors.
I can take it. 
I can love the real you.
I don't want a pretend version of the you who you are.

Please show me who you really are. 
I can love that person. 

Because I don't know how to be
anyone except me. 

This week I read, 
"When we spend our lives waiting until we're perfect
or bulletproof before we walk into the arena, we 
ultimately sacrifice relationships..."

Lets' walk into the arena and just BE-
not perfect, just who we are
and see what can happen 
when we are dare to be REAL.


Careful, don't count anyone out!
Who knows, what appears to be a cheap imitation
may be the REAL THING.

Thinking on These Things, 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Flowers Amid the Cracks

I'm such a emotional person.
I love feelings.

I love it when I'm flying high with joy
and hate it when I'm in the depths of despair.

There is usually no in-between, 
the words are strong or soft, 
love or hate, 
life or death.

This is a process with me. 
I'm trying-really trying-to accept the in-between.

The moments of no emotion.
Because there is still emotion in the quiet-
there is peace,
there is calm,
there is trust-yes, quiet trust.

Somewhere in His Word, 
I remember a verse, 
"In quiet trust is our salvation."

It's most unusual for me to choose a pitcher with a print. 
I usually prefer white.

I walked around the shop three times
and kept going back to the same place, 
the same piece, the same pitcher.

I was drawn to it.
Almost like it was saying, 
"Choose me, oh please choose me."

And I did.

I'm most often drawn to the one with cracks
and chips and flaws.

That's what Easter is all about anyway, right?
Redemption, buying back (not without price)
what is broken.

And Resurrection, 

Maybe that's why so many of us like to restore and reclaim-
because like these pieces we too are broken, marred, scarred 
and in need of a Savior!

Thank you, Jesus, that it is because of 
your brokenness that I am healed.

This has been a week of brokenness for me.
Pain in the midst of joy.
Joy in the midst of pain.

On second glimpse, 
I noticed flowers, amid the cracks.

Ever noticed how a flower will burst 
forth from a crack in the sidewalk?

Resurrection Life!

Happy Holy Week!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hands and Feet of Jesus

There are benefits to living in a small community,
a place where everybody knows your name.

The First Love Kids 
took a trip today
so we only fed a few.

We prepared enough soup
and sandwiches for 150 people.

There was so much going on that we 
fed only about 15-20.

This is Grady.
Grady used to work for my dad.
Daddy would give him work when he needed to eat. 
I was very happy that he stopped by.

These were a couple of the guys who stopped 
to shoot some hoops in the gym
and grab a bite. 

Today was "Bless the City" day
for the town that is only 3 miles down the road from us. 
It's the small railroad town where I grew up.

All of the churches came together 
to reach out to the community.

The park was full of children
with blow-up slides,
lots of food and games.
Food for EVERYONE!
No need for soup!

Relay for Life had several events going on.

One of our local girls was getting sponsors
as a participant in
the Augusta Dancing With the Stars
to benefit Alzheimer's Association.

There was a youth fundraiser today, 
a benefit food event for a needy family,
and a local auction/estate sale.

The town was busy with activity.
Maybe next time our soup kitchen will serve more.  
We sure do want to be a light to the community.

Jesus said, 
"When you do it unto the least of these, my brothers, 
you do it unto me."

May we always be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Friday, April 11, 2014

My Inspiration: A Chippy Wooden Mirror

Since I will be busy tomorrow, 
I am posting tonight.

Today I was most productive
and feel very satisfied.

I made sandwiches for the
soup kitchen.
Tomorrow, I will help serve
First Love Kids,
an organization that helps unfortunate children.

It is an after-school program that our
church helps sponsor.

After I was done, 
I did a little rearranging.

I mean who wants to clean anyway???

The mirror that I found yesterday
was my inspiration.

Oh my! 
I fell in love with the chippy wood.
I don't know that I've ever seen a wooden hand mirror.

 I used an old window for the backdrop
and a yarn wreath that my daughter made.

I added the silver bowl filled with shells
and the wooden box to give it some height.

I went digging and found the perfume bottle 
and the milkglass cold cream jars. 

Every chest needs a clock.
This one actually works.

Really want to paint this piece soon!
It has great bones.  I got it for $60.  So worth it!

Put all together
What do you think?

I'm not satisfied.
I'll take it all down tomorrow 
and start over. 

Happy Weekend, 


If you think about my baby girl, 
please say a prayer.
She begins injections for IVF
this week. 
If all goes well, the implantation 
will be the first week in May.

One day soon they will hold their own.

If you look closely, you'll see that my baby girl was about to burst.
She so loves her brother.  She was brave and loves that little girl.
So much emotion there...

As Beth Moore says, 
God IS WHO He says He is.
God can do what He says He will do.
I am who God says I am.
I can do all thing through Christ, 
God's Word is active and alive in me. 
I'm believing God.