Saturday, January 20, 2018

THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY



   "No eye has seen    No ear has heard
    No mind has imagined
   What God has prepared 
   For those who love him"  ~~~
  But God has revealed it to us
 By his Spirit.  I Corinthians 2:9-10

O magnificent  Holy Spirit, God's heart in flight.  You are Grace and Truth racing through a soul's dark house, plugging in the lights, turning on the heat, opening doors long locked.  And when those doors are thrown open the stale, unlit spaces freshly fill with Your sweet breath and radiant light.  Only You can answer faith's faintest whisper with such swift understanding!  You alone bring wisdom, the Spirit's housewarming gift.  How we love You.  Amen.

This is the scripture I taught Wednesday night to the children at Kid's Time.  The Holy Spirit spoke to my own heart in preparation for the lesson.

The prayer which fits so well with the scripture is from my Maranatha Worship Bible.  I trust it will speak to you as deeply as it did me.  Thank you Father for giving us the Holy Spirit to bring light and understanding to your Word.

 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

JANUARY COOKING CLASS


 Another fun cooking class at the Villa.  I'm cutting the Sour Cream Coffee that we had after the main course.

 We always have a good time, and I have the freedom to share personal stories as I'm demonstrating the recipes.  Today I share how we all have choices..and we can choose to love, to be kind, and to think of others more than ourselves.


 Today we had brunch along with the coffee cake.  I made the Sausage Egg Casserole, and my helper Rosemary made Scalloped Potatoes, beans and tortillas.  What a brunch!!!

 Three of our senior ladies enjoying visiting and eating.

 The class started out small, as I like to "start on time" and a few more came in so we ended up having a nice group.

 Mostly we have ladies, but Dan is our faithful male representative.  HaHa..He doesn't cook, but loves to come and eat and talk to the gals.
This is Rosemary.  She's my right hand and helper at the cooking classes, and makes phone calls to remind people it's Cooking Class Day.

I thank God every day that he opened the door to Villa Ramona when we didn't have a clue where we would live after retirement.  A lovely home and near our family.  A place to serve and use and share my cooking skills.

Hope you are having something good to eat.  Think I'll have that one left over piece of coffee cake!!

My new header is a watercolor I did several years ago.  I call it "Love Comes Softly"

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

SCRIBBLE PICNIC ~ HOT CHOCOLATE

HOT CHOCOLATE ~ and not just any hot chocolate, I've added chocolate whipped cream.  So who doesn't love double hot chocolate?? HaHa
Why not have "hers" and "his" matching  mugs.  Can mugs fall in love....if they're filled with hot chocolate and topped with chocolate whipped cream....who knows what can happen.  I see lots of hearts floating around!

Wonder who else is serving up a cup or two.  Better click on my side bar and get ready for a chocolate explosion!


 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY. PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE





Recently we were listening to Steve Lawson giving a message on Psalm 135.  In praying so many times our burdens are so heavy, our hearts so torn and our bodies worn out, that we just cry out for mercy and deliverance.  Those are good and needful reasons to pray, and we are encouraged to in God Word.   But, how often do I just STOP and praise Him like the little boy above?

Dear Lord I would ask that you give me a heart of praise.  No matter what the difficulties of my life or the circumstances I find myself in, I need to STOP and praise You.  Praise your Holy Name, which is so lovely.  I need to praise You for Your Goodness that never fails,  Lord you do what ever pleases You, in heaven, on the earth and in the seas and all their depths.  You make the clouds rise from the ends of the earth,  You send lightening with the rain and bring the wind out of Your storehouses.  You are a great God.

Oh Father, there is no one like You.  And to think a God in command of the universe, thinks about me.  Loves me.  That love brought You to earth with a plan to restore a fallen world and a sinner like me.  Thank you.  May I always remember to Praise, Praise, Praise, and then make all my request and needs to You at the foot of the throne.  I love You Father.  Amen. 


 image from googleimages.com

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

SCRIBBLE PICNIC ~ FAVORITE FICTION


A new year, and a new determination to take more time with each week's theme.  "Favorite Fiction".  I have read and loved the entire No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.  And who couldn't fall in love with "Precious Ramotswe", A traditional built woman, and the No. 1 Detective.  We all make pictures in our mind of how characters look in books and I had my own imagination of Precious.  Then HBO made series of the books.  The actress portraying Precious did such a good job, I decided that was just what she looked like.

The above portrait in watercolor is from a picture of her I found from the movie series. 
 

The book covers always give us a glimpse of Africa which is the setting for all the books.  Love the culture and the stories so I had to add African Red Bush Tea to my tea collection. (It's what Precious drinks...haha)
 

This is the first painting in my new Watercolor sketch pad, and will hold my 2018 Scribble Picnic weekly challenges.  Look forward to using some of the new paints and brushes that will come in Michael's generous Give Away that I was so blessed to win.

I'm really anxious to see what Favorite Fiction character is entered by all the other artists.  Join me by clicking on the Scribble Picnic Badge on my sidebar.

If you have never read any of Alexander McCall Smith's books, you should.  He has many others that are excellent too...like the 44 Scotland Street series.