Wednesday, April 23, 2014

earth day

The most glorious thing happened.
My nine year old requested that we celebrate earth day
with a trip to the beach.
I'm all for celebrations, and all for earth day.
So off to the the beach we went.
First picking up some food for dinner and
my most favorite healthy treat.
And all of a sudden we realized there were whales.
Migrating whales.
These pictures don't do them justice.
It was amazing.  And beautiful.
And it felt like a gift.
God was sharing his wondrous creatures
with us right in the middle of our earth day celebration.

We ran along the shore, following 
their journey as long as we could.

My tween was slightly embarrassed.
Worried people were noticing us.
I remember those days.  The self conscious years.
But I said, "They're not looking at us, they're
looking at the whales.  They really could care less 
about us and will never see us again.  
Just enjoy this moment."

I wanted to soak it in forever.
This special visit, by these mighty creatures
so close it felt like you could
touch them if you were brave enough.

And though so many scriptures could fit this moment.
The one that came to my mind was Ephesians 3:20.

"Now all glory to God, who is able,
through his mighty power at work within us,
to accomplish infinitely more than we might
ask or think."

He gifted us with so much more than I could have
ever even imagined to ask or think.

And in the same way, his mighty power at work
within us, can accomplish more than we might
ask or think.

And it takes the weight off doesn't it.
Knowing his power is doing a mighty work.
It's not on us at all.
And what he can do is beyond what we could even imagine.

And to that I say it was a beautiful earth day.
A memory I will cherish.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

alone, yet not alone

More than anything I hope you know you are not alone.
He who gave his life to save yours is with you always.

This day we celebrate His defeating sin, and death.
He rose again, and is alive, 
with us every step of every day.  
Giving strength, guidance, protection, comfort,
faithful love.
Every perfect gift.  
I cannot imagine walking through this life without Him.  
I hope you know this comfort too.

Whatever you're facing today.
Know that you can walk through it without fear.
His mightiness is your shield.
His love is now revealed.

This song was composed by a friend's dad.
There was much controversy around it.
But that is ok, because in the controversy more heard the words.

Jesus works in even the things that seem unfair, unjust.
We just don't always see the whole story, or the end. 
But he does.
And he has already conquered it all.
There is already victory in Him.

This song is sung by Joni Eareckson Tada, her life story alone, and the fact
that she was even able to hit these notes is a miracle.
The second painting of Mary with baby Jesus in this video 
has hung for decades in my parent's home.
I would pass it many times a day.
A source of inspiration in my own journey.

"I will not be bent in fear.
He is the refuge I know is near.
In his strength I find my own.
How mighty is his shield.
For his love is now revealed."

"I'm alone, yet not alone."
Amen friends!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

another giveaway

Happy Easter week, and Holy Thursday friends.
What a special week this is for all of us.
I want to share another giveaway and a little interview about me
over at CAST TEAM.  It's the Christian Artists Street Team where 
I'm a member.  They do a featured artist post, and this week I'm
the featured artist.  
I hope to get back on here with more resurrection thoughts before the week is out.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

easter giveaway

RUN..don't walk.  Or well, click real fast
to head over to Oh Amanda for her 'un-Easter' basket giveaway.

I'd enter if I could.

But I think it would probably be wrong of me. 

Cause in the basket are some goodies from willow of wonder.
(An 8x10 print of your choice and a printed copy of the
Easter subway art in the color of your choice)

AND..there's a coupon code for 20% off in the shop through April.

(click the image above to go to the shop… and the code, it's EASTER)

But look at some of the other fun gifts that are included in the basket...

U-NEEKS ::: Alliebird Set and Color Wonder Pad

Her newest pre-teen devotional, Jesus Music Box Devotional + a Yancy tshirt (boy or girl version!)

VeggieTales :::  The newest DVD, Veggies In Space

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

spring craft fairs

You all.
I'm a tad up to my ears in mod podge
and paint
and paper
and printing
and packaging.

Cause it's spring craft fair season.

I wasn't going to do it.
I wasn't.  
I kept closing the door.

And God kept opening them right back up.

So I committed.
And here I am.

A little nervous if I'll have enough inventory.

But trusting it'll all come together.
Cause where God leads, he provides a way.

Here's the info in case you'd like to visit me and lots of other fun vendors.
I'm thinking some of these things would be great Easter Basket gifts!

First coming up… Penelope Lane Boutique.

Here are some pictures from a past boutique.

And then the stitched market.

And last, but definitely not lease I will be returning
to the Queen Bee Market.
It will be Friday May 2nd and Saturday May 3rd this year in Oceanside.
I don't see a flyer yet, but I'll certainly post it when there is one!

I would go to all of them even if I wasn't a vendor.

So why don't you join me?…at least once.

And with that brief announcement,
I'll return to my mod lodging and packaging goodness.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

s p r i n g f o r w a r d

OH it is time isn't it?
For the light to last longer
the days to linger later.

For signs of new life.
Green emerging from barren limbs.
Buds slowly unfolding.

Do you sense the colors,
the sounds,
the energy?
It is springing forth.

And these 40 days leading to the greatest
story of resurrection.

Only it isn't just a story.  A parable.  A fairytale.

No it's the truth of a God who loves you so very much
He gave his only son to take every last one of your sins
to the cross.  Nailed forever and forgotten with His death.

And in his rising again He invites you to follow after him,
to spend eternity in paradise.  Who wouldn't want a forever
after with the only one who can be a perfect provider, comforter,
faithful and true.  

The beauty is you can feel this today.
Right here on earth.  Holding his hand.
Inviting him into your life.
Every step of the way.

He has overcome every last bit of darkness.  

The battle is already won.

Do you know that?
Do you feel it?
Do you walk in this truth?

Every trial you face.
He has already overcome.
And the light of the truth will be revealed.
And his strength can be within you.

All because of this season we celebrate.
The grace of the cross.
The blessing of His surrender.
And with His rising
we are offered the gift of the Holy Spirit
and an eternal life with our creator.

He's calling each of us.
Have you answered His call?
If you haven't, won't you consider it.
Shut away all the reasons you're telling yourself you can't or won't.
And just answer his patient, quiet knocking on your heart.
And trust me you'll feel a difference.
It will take time.
Studying his word.
Learning to sit with him
as the greatest friend of all.
But you'll feel him right there with you.
You'll see him acting on your behalf.
And you'll realize you don't know how you ever
did this life without Him.

If you already have and are walking with Him
do you share his testimony?
Your testimony of him working in your life?
Do you shout to the rooftops of all He has done.
All he continues to do.

This lent let's speak the truth and share of His great love.
Let's praise His holy name.
In the small moments, and in the big.

Pointing always back to the one who gave it all.
The one is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The one who formed us, who knows our days and our ways.
The one who loves us with an everlasting love.

Monday, February 10, 2014

spiritual refreshing

This weekend I got a chance for some much needed time away.
A retreat for women called
And that it was.
Girl time.
God time.
Alone time.

All so needed.

And I knew I would have to go to some hard places.
Places of digging deep towards healing.
And it was the perfect setting.
In the mountains.
The clean fresh air,
dew on the ground,
deer grazing,
and a myriad of colors 
painted by God's mighty hand.
There were tears and laughter.
Moments for speaking
and moments for silence.
And lots of clarity
through scripture, 
and sisters in Christ.
This is all of us.
These two were my roomies.
Sam on the left is a spunky prayer warrior and new friend.
Kim on the right has quite a testimony that God is using.
You can find it here.
She was my daughter's bible study teacher at Community Bible Study
many years ago.  That was how God first brought us together.
And interestingly He divinely knew our stories would be
intertwined all these years down the road.
And these two ladies are so special to me.
Arlene on the left was my bible study leader last year.
A mighty prayer warrior and I love her to pieces.
She was one of the speakers this year.
And Michelle in the middle.  
We became friends because of our sons.
God planted the idea 
for spiritual refreshing in her heart several years ago.
And she listened.
And it has grown out of her obedience.
I saw her in a new light this weekend.
A role of a loving mother to all these women.
Her encouragement and nudging to get
each of us there.
How we all are connected through
knowing her.
All so different,
and yet so much the same.
Seeing how she and the leadership team
showed such care for each one of us 
in both little and big ways.
They were truly the hands and feet of the Lord.
Michelle would always tell me how the Holy Spirit shows up.
And how wonderful it was.
And this year, finally I got to see and feel for myself.
And I promise you, I'll do all I can to
make sure I'm there again next year.
Won't you come along too?

Visit the Facebook page or web page to stay connected.

I want to share all the Lord is teaching me.
But now isn't the time.
I can say for now that 
I am being refined,
made new.

A friend recently likened me
to butterflies and rainbows.

I wasn't sure exactly if that was good.

But then a sister this weekend said
Rainbows are promises 
and butterflies transformation.

A transformation

For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun!
Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway 
through the wilderness.
I will create rivers 
in the dry wasteland.
Isaiah 43:19

Oh and this is a total side note. 
But my sweet friend Hillary from capturing motherhood
posted pictures from a photo shoot she did for me and my kids
this fall.  Some of the pics I showed you, but here are more.
I love how she captured them so relaxed and happy.
The joy I see in them makes this mama smile.