Light is Dawning

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In preparation for Christmas, Sunday’s sermon scripture was Isaiah 42:3 (The Voice):

What is bruised and bent, he will not break;        he will not blow out a smoldering candle.    Rather, he will faithfully turn his attention to doing justice.

We live in a disposable society, but God doesn’t discard the weak and the broken. He uses the weak things to show his glory for all to see.

Light is dawning for the BRUISED. 

There is a calling to us….

To Shine the light for all to see.

Oftentimes we see those around us who are broken and we aim to help them, but we forget that we are the broken as well. We all struggle with sin and need God.

2 Corinthians 4:6-8

The God who spoke light into existence, saying, “Let light shine from the darkness,”<span class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-VOICE-28002a" data-link="[a]” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>[a] is the very One who sets our hearts ablaze to shed light on the knowledge of God’s glory revealed in the face of Jesus, the Anointed One.But this beautiful treasure is contained in us—cracked pots made of earth and clay—so that the transcendent character of this power will be clearly seen as coming from God and not from us. We are cracked and chipped from our afflictions on all sides, but we are not crushed by them.

We hold the treasure of Jesus within us…within a cracked and broken vessel. But through the grace of God, He uses the cracks to shine His light for all to see.

You see, the beauty of the gospel transforms us into being gracious, compassionate and loving people. When we are transformed, we shine light into darkness, drawing others to the One and Only.

It’s a calling, an invitation, to participate in the Kingdom of God. The highest calling in the world. Won’t you take part? Won’t you shine your light for all to see?

***Based on notes taken for John Ketchersid’s sermon 12-14-2914.

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My Documented Life: Week 47

The challenge for Week 47 of the Documented Life Project was to use or draw a map of where you live. I didn’t have a map of where I lived, so I decided to use a map that I got in some happy mail. In fact, the happy mail envelope was made out of a map. It worked great and I really enjoyed the Dina Wakely paint colors. Turquoise and yellow…very soft and pretty.

Have a super day!

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My Documented Life: Week 45

The challenge for Week 45 of The Documented Life Project was to add tabs to your page. I added tabs to a couple of flaps, then added those to my page with washi tape. Not my favorite page…I think the green was not really the color I was going for, but I keep telling myself that experimentation is part of the process. I need to embrace failures. It’s all a learning experience that helps me grow.

Have a great day and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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My Documented Life: Week 43

The challenge for Week 43 of the Documented Life Project was to sketch whatever you see before you. Well, I am not a real artist that can draw anything I see, but because I am trying to stretch and grow, I dove in and drew a bamboo plant that sits in my living room. It’s rather like the Leaning Tower of Piza, don’t you think? To take away from my attempt, I drew it on some “underpaper” that I had used when I was painting something else. At least the rest of the pages turned out okay. I really like the colors.

Have a fantastic day!


The Gift of A Relaxing Weekend

My husband and I were blessed with the most wonderful joint birthday present. A night at the Le Meridian Stoneleigh Hotel in near downtown Dallas. We took off work at noon, ate lunch, upgraded my dying phone, then headed off for a relaxing 24 hours.

We enjoyed taking a long walk in the area around the hotel.

We enjoyed eating at the hotel restaurant, Graze.

I was so impressed by the size and beauty of the bathroom. (I know, I’m weird.)

We relaxed in the lobby while waiting for our lunch dates, Tim & Jeanne.
We rode the trolley to the West End. 

And of course, I had to take a selfie of me and Jeanne.

And then back to the hotel to gather our things and head home.
We are so very thankful for a wonderful 24 hours of pampering and relaxation. It does a person good…physically and mentally to just get away and do nothing! LOVED it!