Sunday, October 12, 2014

N is for New Beginnings

In a world that seems to be growing in fear of terror, plague, and violence, we need to have hope for new beginnings.  Whatever our race, ethnic background, social/economic group is, regardless of personal believes, we need to unite in a mindset of love, grace, and peace for each other.  We need to take our resources and put them where are mouths are.  The new beginnings may not be everything we want them to be, but we need to accept them and move on.  United in spirit we will triumph, but will continue to fail miserably if we continue to divide.

Isaiah 40:8
Church Flowers Shot with iPhone & Edited on Pixelmator
Lorik's Mandarin Orange Monday #114
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #145
Bella's 52 Photo Project - Gallery 24 {Orange}
We may never agree about God, but as long as we are accepting of each other, we will find a common ground.

Birthday Card & Envelope Set for Abby
Fiskars AdvantEdge Punch System, Martha Stewart Embellishments,  K&Company Note Set, Pressed Petals Cardstock Prints, & Zig Calligraphy Marker
Freshly Made Sketches #157
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Falling in Love With…
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #154
In the words of Seneca, the Roman philosopher, "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."

Robo-Chief School Team Logo 2014
Sharpie Micron Pens
Dion's Friday Sketches
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - N is for New Beginnings
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #280
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 32 Year 4
Therefore, I invite everyone to make an effort, no matter how small or large, for new beginnings in our world.  As per the Biblical verse found in Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Blessings!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

M is for Musings

There's been some major changes in my family's lives lately.  My wife and I having an empty nest after our youngest joined her older sister at Texas A&M University; my oldest making plans to get into a graduate program; and being the recipient of a scholarship for a School Principal program are some of the major ones.  Although these changes are for the good of our family, they have been challenging, nevertheless.  How we are going to manage stress, finances and other logistics are just a few of the issues that have become points to ponder.  Being a man of faith, I have found comfort in the following Bible verses:

Paper Jack-o-Lanterns
Tim Holtz Mini-Tag, Pumpkin, Easel & Carving dies; Various Packaging Cardboard; Printed Scraps of paper; Paper Cording; Stickles & More.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Finishing Touch
Rhedd's Creative Spirit: October Challenge - Halloween
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #279
To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven."  Ecclesiastes 3:1

Silent Auction Tags
Pen Hand Lettering and Marker Sketch
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #153
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 31 Year 4
The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge."  Proverbs 18:15

Texas Hill Country
iPhone Shot
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #144
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday- M is for Musings
Bella's 52 Photo Project - Gallery 23 {Landscape}
"Be not afraid, just believe."  Mark 5:36

May these Biblical musings also bring you strength, courage and wisdom in whatever endeavors you may be undertaking.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

L is for Lighthearted

Merriam-Webster.com defines the word "lighthearted" as "free from care, anxiety, or seriousness" or as "cheerfully optimistic and hopeful."  The second definition applies to the way I choose to look at life.  I am a caring person and take everything aspect of my life very seriously.  However, even though I get stressed at times by negative issues in life, I make a conscious effort to focus on the positive.  It's not always easy and will gripe at times, but I don't dwell on the negative.  Instead, I find comfort in my family, my artwork, and especially my Lord Jesus Christ.  Eventually things always get better, or at least bearable.  Therefore, I've dedicated my artwork this week to three pieces of advice that have helped me stay lighthearted throughout life:

Nature Observations Tag
Tim Holtz Inks, Stencil, Stamps, Remnant Rubs, and Die Cuts
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - September
Gingerbread Kids Dual-tag
Martha Stewart Papers & Stamp; K&Company Papers; & Tim Holtz Die
Tag Tuesday - Fairytale
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stencils & Stamps
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Live life to it's fullest.

Lighthearted Fall Sketch
Sharpie Micron Pens
Moo-Mania - Autumnal Coloring (Too Come)
Dion's Friday Sketches
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Denise, Roger, & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - L is for Lighthearted
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 30 Year 4
Laugh as often as you can.

Ana's Texas A&M Ring Ceremony
Cropped iPhone Shot
Bella's 52 Photo Project - Star
A&M Festivities Smash Book Pages
Photographs, Ephemera, Die Cut, and More
Manon's Paper Saturdays
Lou Anne's Inspiration Avenue: Monthly Show & Tell
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #143
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #278
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #152
Love as there is no tomorrow.

In closing, please accept my apologies for not posting in 3 weeks, but I've been very busy.  Thank you for your thoughtful comments during my last post, as well as for following my blog.  Blessings!