Go ahead....TALK TO JESUS!!!!
Living in our pine forest doesn't afford itself to much direct sunshine....except on the North side of the house right off the garage! My little spot at 9A isn't much but it does the job!!! I got my 30iu of VitD and reset my circadian clock!
As an artist, my soul (mind) hears, sees, feels things most miss out on. I notice all the detail in the tiniest flower or in the fluff of the clouds!!! Do you see it???
I started a painting yesterday and wasn't sure where it was going....sometimes one of my favorite kind. I wet the entire paper (ARCHES) and started dropping color. I kept my color ways to 4 colors; yellow, blue, green, pink.
I dropped wet in wet and I love the bloom created!
I didn't want to overwork it. After about an hour I felt like it was finished. Of course nothing is reflected the same in a photograph...especially an Android phone photo! Oh well. I'm really the only one who has to hear, feel, see and accept what He creates through me! I always paint to some kind of worship music whether soaking or loud fall on my face worship. Tears enhance a painting!
This song brings me to tears. I hope to be that Nana! I didn't have anyone in my life who spoke Jesus to me. He saved me. I love Him. He loves me!!!
Go ahead....TALK TO JESUS!!!!
Friends and Family ask us, "So what's your normal routine look like now that you're retired?"
We laugh and say, "It looks pretty much the same everyday. Slow & Boring! We get up whenever we wake up. We sit and drink coffee, chat, listen to worship, listen to Bible teaching...whatever moves us and we do this usually for 2 hours!"
Laughter erupts...usually from us.
Then I (Diane) make the bed, wash up any dishes laying around, throw in some laundry: sheets on Saturday, towels on Tuesday and clothes when the hamper is full or work jeans are piled in the garage. Then I go out in my studio and meet with God some more. I usually put on a teaching or some soaking music and sit quietly, in silence.
(It's a disciple I've learned...being quiet. It's only in the quiet can I hear from God. He speaks to me in pictures and usually I see something and then I hear Him. Most recently I've been transferred...yes, I was in heaven and He downloaded a song to me....I was the most surprised of all. That's for another day. Paul talks about it. John talks about it. I'm not going to worry whether you believe me or not. I'm not your judge. Since moving and actually spending much quality time with my Lord, His Spirit has taken over, His gifts have grown in me and He has been revealing truth to me at great speeds and depths. I believe Ephesians 1:17-18 "...that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you...He STILL speaks to man or woman! )
My diet for the past 1.5 years has been Carnivore/Ketovorish. :) It works! My brain is fueled by healthy fats. I eat 0 or a few carbs in the form or my protein bread or cheese, etc. But no refined or unrefined grains, sugars, etc. I don't consume a lot of veg anymore. They just don't like me.
Above is my faux "Chick-fil-A" sandwich. SO good. Actually just about everything I put in the form of sammie is SO good. I don't know why, but I love eating with my hands! Makes everything taste better.
I know I'm trying to catch up with so much since I've been negligent in my blog since moving to Texas. I thought writing about routines might help me squeeze it in first thing when I come out to the studio....but that's only if I've already spent time studying the Word of God.
I'll tell you about this painting in the next few days or so. I don't know if I'll post daily....as you can see we really do lead a very boring....yawn....yawn some more....life in retirement. It's JUST the way we like it!!! Life can get way too interesting.
You can look forward to my food! My healing from MS! My inspired art! My Bible studies. My journey in life here in the Piney Woods of Texas.
"Open wide your mouth and I will fill it."
We recently had a joyful visit from our grands! Our sweet DIL flew to visit all her Texas family. Because of CV19 it has been nearly 2 years since I flew up for a visit. This was hubs first time face to face with our precious girl. BTW she loves pockets...Nana found that adorable cowgirl outfit!
She adores her PawPaw!!!
My mini Ben! He found his dad's old cowboy hat and if you come to all the way to Texas, you get new cowboy boots! He loved finding and playing with all of his dad's old toys.
This one has his dad's tender heart. He's sensitive. He's compassionate and loving. It warmed my heart that he knowingly crawled into my lap knowing me, but not remembering all the visits I've made back to Maryland just to see him.
This one owns my heart! I love them all, but sometimes a Nana can't help how one or two or three or four just capture her heart; COMPLETELY.
I truly wish I had a George Jetson zoom zoom transport car! I'd be there every chance! Come on Elon, you can figure that one out. I'm sure. I know, you're thinking....we do...it's called an airplane! No! I'm done flying on commercial airlines. The hoops and circus you have to go through to fly is ridiculous. I'd rather drive 3 days. Ooy!
I also make it to California in April finally to see my Mom. (I know....Sisters!!!) She was on her way out of this world....BUT GOD!!! He loves me (and her) SO much and I knew Mom would not die but surely live. And so she has.
God has been so merciful to her although by the shape she's in, you might not think so. I give thanks everyday that He has allowed us more time. More time to plants seeds of love. More time to relay love. More time.
Mom just celebrated her 87th birthday. I felt the Lord tell me to paint her angel wings and this is what I saw.
"For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways."
Dressed For Battle
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvationand the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Ephesians 6
I was in my prayer room this morning and it came to me that many of "us" go into battle naked!!!
ewww NOT a pretty sight!
What warrior would actually go into battle without armor and weapons?
They wouldn't. But as followers of Jesus we think we can enter into battle everyday, NAKED.
Part of that armor IS prayer! How long do you go without praying? 5days? 30days?
I realized this morning that even warriors grow weary from battle. They have to rest, recoup, refeed and continue to stand.
Many wish they could hear the voice of God, but don't even know what His voice sounds like.
WHO is the object of your affection? OR WHAT?
FB? IG? MeWe? YT? Work? Friends?
How do expect to know intimately the voice of the one who loves your soul, yet you spend very little time knowing that Person?
I encourage you to know Him...the Lover of your soul. And if you don't know Jesus....then say a simple prayer to enter into that intimate relationship.
I am a sinner. I need you. I need a Savior.
Please forgive me for trying to live this life without you.
Please enter me now and be the Lover of my soul.
I accept your redemptive work on the cross.
I celebrate that my faith is anchored upon an empty tomb!
You are the resurrected ONE!
Thank you Lord.
A warrior has been my calling for years...in fact if we are followers of Jesus...it's each of our calling!
I often use the line, "I choose to stand between the enemy and all that I love and hold sacred"!!! I tell the enemy that he cannot have those I love!!! He is vanquished by The KING!
I'm standing right now for America and my family.
I believe God still speaks through his prophets...of which I am one who is still in training my ear to hear His voice. He speaks, I listen and write it down. All the prophets I listen to are declaring that God is not finished using Donald J Trump. I stand strong in battle even as we head into a date that actually means nothing. Man thinks everything is carved in stone because we say it's on our calendar. God's timing is not our timing. He is not shackled to dates.
Do you know how many thousands of years Isaiah prophesied about a Messiah? THOUSANDS!
Do you know how many years we've been waiting for our Messiah to return for His church? THOUSANDS!
I woke up this morning singing In The Morning by JJ Heller. I don't know why cause I can't tell you the last time I heard it. But the Holy Spirit put it in my soul to sing.
I'll say it again. It ain't over.
Not until God says it's over!!!