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Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Birds and Me {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Matt 6-36 ILBible

My new Crossway ESV Journaling Bible, Interleaved Edition, with a blank page between every page of text, allows plenty of room for art without it being “on” the page of text. In this case, I used mixed media (a combination of media, such as paints, stamps, decoupage), my “first love” of hobby art.

After prepping the page with clear gesso so that the paint would not bleed through, I sketched the bird and branch and then painted the image and the background with acrylic paints. After adding a couple of background stamps, I used decoupage to adhere the word strips.

Note: I was hesitant about the Interleaved Bible, but it is quickly becoming my favorite journaling Bible.

I love this simple truth: God cares for the birds. How much more, then, does He care for me.

Matthew 6:26 (ESV)

Bible Art Matt 6-36 ILBible

#BibleArtJournaling #InterleavedJournalingBible #MixedMedia #GodsCare #FaithArt

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Legacy of True Love {HeartStrings}


Today I posted pictures on Instagram of our Valentine’s Day lunch, at one of our favorite restaurants. I noted that this is 52+ years of celebrating Valentine’s Day together (we were sweethearts for 5 years before marriage and have been married for 52 1/2 years). Our granddaughter Tory responded to the post with ,“So much love to celebrate. A legacy to be proud of.” Her comment reminded me. It is true. Our love is a legacy that we happily pass on to our children, grandchildren, and soon-to-be great grandchildren.

It started when I was a very young lady, praying that I would know God’s will for my life, regarding a future husband. In my case, I know that God brought me together with Russell Ford, when my daddy was called to pastor a little church where Russell’s dad was a deacon. We met June 28, 1959, Daddy’s first Sunday as pastor there. I was only 12, but I fell in love that Sunday. We were engaged May 22, 1965, and married September 8, 1965. Through hours of prayer, God gave me the solid assurance that Russell was indeed the one.

When people ask me the “secret” to a happy marriage that has lasted so many years, I find it very difficult to answer in a way that most people would understand. The answer is, “I asked for God’s direction in bringing me together with the spouse He had planned for me. Then I prayed for His blessing and guidance all along the way through our relationship.”


So, yeah, we always celebrate Valentine’s Day, because it’s all above love, and it gives us an additional day of the year (along with our anniversary) to pause just a moment and be thankful for a profound love that can only be understood in light of the One who IS love.

1 John 4:8 – “God is love.”

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#HeartStrings #LoveatFirstSight #LegacyofLove #ValentinesDay

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Spiritual Blessings {Bible Art Journaling, In the Word}

Bible Art Interleaved Eph 1-3

So, I have a new journaling Bible (my fourth). This one is rather large, but I’m okay with that, as I will not be taking it to church. It is called an Interleaved Bible and is only available in ESV. Every other page in this Bible is blank, to allow total freedom in art expression between the pages of the text. I knew I needed to get a page done right away so that I could get past the intimidation of such a large workspace!

I am doing a 31-day study of Ephesians, called “Worthy of the Calling,” with Sarah Koontz of Living by Design Ministries. I used a free printable (traced) by Jenna at ScribblingGrace.

I am not thrilled with my watercolor work on this design. I am enjoying the Ephesians study.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

Who am I in Christ? I am blessed.

Bible Art Interleaved Eph 1-3

#BibleArtJournaling #IllustratedFaith #InterleavedESVBible #FaithArt #scribblinggrace #worthyofthecalling #LivingbyDesignMinistries #watercolorinmyBible

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

My Reading List {My Book Corner}

I have always loved to read, since I learned with Dick and Jane readers in the first grade (no kindergarten), starting in Blue Eye, Missouri, and then finishing first grade in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. I love to read, and I love books. One of my wild dreams has always been to own a book shop with a little corner coffee shop (combining two of my favorite things!).

At any given time, I have books that I just finished (and would recommend—because if I wouldn’t recommend a book, I don’t finish it), book/s that I am reading now, and books “on deck” that I have recently ordered or been given, that I will be reading next.

Just thought it would be fun to share those.


Recently Completed

These books I recently completed. I highly recommend all of them; they each made a difference in my Christian walk, and in some cases, in my life.

One Thousand Gifts Devotional by Ann Voskamp.

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and Draw a Circle (40-day Prayer Challenge) by Mark Batterson.

A Sudden Glory by Sharon Jaynes.


Reading Now and Loving It!

This is the book I am currently reading. I saw a post on Proverbs 31 ministries by Alli Worthington, and I immediately ordered the book, just released. It has the potential to absolutely change my life. I can hardly put it down. I firmly believe that God put this book into my hands for this time in my life. It combines wisdom from Scripture with real-life action steps to overcome fear, worry and anxiety.

Fierce Faith: A Woman’s Guide to Fighting Fear, Wrestling Worry, and Overcoming Anxiety


Up next:

Up Next
Looking forward to reading from this library of non-fiction books.

#MyBookCorner #GoodReading #WorldofBooks #ReadingNow #FierceFaith #AlliWorthington

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Shining or Not? {Bible Art Journaling, In the Word}

Bible Art Matt 5-24 Light of the World

As I Journey Through the New Testament (keeping a bullet journal from each day’s reading), I see old truths in a “new light” (so to speak). Because the study is set up chronologically, we are reading about the events from the gospels one after another—in other words, we may read Matthew’s account of an event during Jesus’ ministry and then the next day, Luke’s account of the same event. I have heard/studied a lot in the past about the “parallels of the gospels,” but the consistency from the different inspired writers has never been so clear to me as in this time of reading the accounts from each gospel book, one after the other.

Last week one of our readings was the Sermon on the Mount, perhaps the most-often quoted passage being “The Beatitudes” from Matthew 5. In that chapter, after all the “blessed-are” statements, Jesus tells his followers that they (we) are to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. For art in my Bible, I had in my mind an image of a light bulb, but when I searched for images of a light bulb, this one, with the “world” inside the bulb, got my attention. So I decided to use it to illustrate this page in my KJV journaling Bible (it’s the “big” one!).

I have been a Christ-follower since the age of 8 and have read this passage many times. It’s amazing to me how the Holy Spirit can show me new truths in a passage I have read so many times. When I say “new truths,” of course, I mean “new to me.” I don’t purport to have any huge new insight that no one has ever seen before. But, for me, a new thing that comes to my mind is that because I am a child of God, I already have a light inside me--the light of the Holy Spirit is ever-present. I suppose the question, then, is not whether or not I have a light within. I do. The question for me is this: Is my light shining? So, all the times I’ve read this with a sort of, “Yeah, of course a Christ-follower should be the light of the world…of course I have that light….” But maybe I have not often enough taken it to the next step—is my light shining?

Or is it hidden for whatever reason? Maybe I’m sad. Maybe I’m “down.” Maybe I don’t feel very “brilliant.” Maybe I feel like I don’t have enough light to share? Maybe I feel like the light is on, but no one really comes in the room where I am to even notice that the light is on? But, none of those reasons is good enough for me not to follow the admonition from this passage in Matthew 5:

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

So, in reality, it is my JOB to shine the light. If no one is seeing the light from within me, it’s my problem, it’s my challenge. I am to be living my life in such a way that the light IS visible—it should be shining so brightly, frankly, that people would need sunglasses when they are around me!!

So, my prayerful take-away from this familiar passage is that I take the initiative to shine brightly, even looking for opportunities to “show off” God’s presence within my life.

#BibleTruthsConvict #WatercolorinmyBible #LightoftheWorld #JourneyThroughtheNewTestament2018 #IlluminatedJournaling #ShinetheLight

Monday, January 29, 2018

Leaving the Jar {Bible Art Journaling, In the Word}

Bible Art John 4-28 Living Water KJV

In John 4, we are told that Jesus intentionally went through Samaria on his way to Galilee. Near a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the property that Jacob had given his son Joseph, Jesus sat down to rest at Jacob’s Well. [Side Note: this was one of the more memorable sites for me, that we visited during our trip to the Holy Land in 1977. The well is still there, and we went down inside the cave where the water flows.]

When a woman of Samaria came to draw water, he asked her to give him a drink. She was amazed that a Jewish man asked for a drink from a Samaritan woman, as, she said, Jews do not associate with *Samaritans. (In fact, they usually avoided traveling through Samaria.)

[Side Note: I wonder how it was obvious to her that he was a Jew—how was their appearance different? If so, her amazement must have been immediate when she saw him, even from a distance.]

Jesus broke through three cultural and social barriers of His time (obvious lesson here):

  • He spoke to a woman.
  • He spoke to a Samaritan.
  • He spoke to a woman he knew was an adulteress (a woman who had more than one husband and was with a man she wasn’t married to).

Over the course of their conversation, he offered her living water, eternal life. “But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again.” (v 14)

After she more fully understood his offer and realized that he was the Messiah (how else could he have known all about her?), she “left her water jar” and went into town to tell all the people. Many believed. They asked Jesus to stay longer than he had planned, and he did. Many more believed. This woman became a missionary immediately after she received Jesus as the Messiah by faith.

Somehow, it seems significant to me that John records that she “left her water jar.” She forgot what she came for…she came for physical water, but the living water that she received was worth so much more than the water she came for… Do I need to leave my water jar at the well and walk away with the more valuable gift?

*More information about the rift between the Jews and the Samaritans can be found at, here.


#BibleArtJournaling #SamaritanWoman #WomanattheWell #WaterJar #FaithArt #LivingWater #WatercolorinmyBible

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Contentment is Gain {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art 1Tim 6-6 Contentment

I came across this verse recently. It hit home, because I recognize that being content is usually a challenge for me. Seems like there is a fine line between being bored/boring and being content. Perhaps contentment is more a spiritual state, whereas boredom is a non-spiritual state relative to activity level.

Also, on a deeper level, I am convicted that contentment should naturally follow a recognition that God is in control and is directing my steps (and the steps of those I love). I say “convicted” because it is an area of my life that I know needs work.

At any rate, when I saw this verse, “Godliness with contentment is great gain,” (1 Timothy 6:6), I knew there was a divine direction, rather than coincidence, behind my “coming across” that verse.

We have beautiful birds visiting our feeders this winter. On Christmas Eve day it snowed here, and I took a few pictures of the cardinals, especially beautiful against the snow.

So when I decided to do a Bible art page on this verse, this beautiful cardinal came to my mind as a “picture” of contentment.

I want to be godly, and I want to be content.

#BibleArtJournaling #BibleArt #FaithArt #cardinalsinMO #cardinalsinthesnow #watercolor #1Timothy6-6 #contentment #GodisinControl

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Bible Study Morning Setting {In the Word}

Bible Study

Colors have a huge effect on my mood. So, I’m big on the colors of my journals, coffee mugs, etc. I know. (You can be like this when you’re retired.)

I am still blitzing to catch up with the Journaling through the New Testament for 2018. The floral journal (Vera Bradley) is my Prayer Journal, which always accompanies my Bible study materials.

#BibleStudy #IlluminatedJournalingThroughtheNewTestament #PrayerJournal #BulletJournal #AlwaysCoffee

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Project Focus {Bible Art, GraceNotes}

The New Year always motivates me to get more organized and focused with my plethora of projects. I have considered about five ways to go with my Bible study/art to start the new year, and I have finally narrowed my focus and decided on a project that fits my desires/needs/personality. I will be doing Journaling Through the New Testament (hosted by a friend in the Bible Journaling World, Jann Gray at Illuminated Journaling). I will be reading a chapter each weekday, writing in my bullet journal as I go, and doing some Bible art along the way, as inspired.

Since I didn’t discover this plan until a few days ago, I’m already behind. So, I’m blitzing with the Bible study right now and will soon be caught up.

Meanwhile, I completed a “page” in my Christian Standard Bible, that page being the Presentation Page. Instead of writing my name, I did a little mixed media with my picture…yeah, it’s a little scary to think about this picture being in this Bible forever; but then, again, it is me right now, so there you have it.

Below is a sample page from the bullet journal (in the journaling world, we call it a BUJO)….this is actually hilarious, because I call myself a journaler and had never heard of a BUJO until I started this New Testament Journaling project! Apparently bullet journaling is a big deal.

I am also totally enjoying the fun of being a planner girl—that is, doing the fun, cutesy style of planning (I’ve kept a notebook since the late 70’s, so this is just a funn-er method of the same thing).

Then, there’s the scrapbooking (my ongoing “project” since 2004), which is caught up for now. (Insert hallelujah here!)

Oh, yes, and the little rock painting…and the sketch and paint journals.

Oh, and the music preparation and practice for the praise band at church.

One would not want to be bored. One is not.

#IlluminatedJournalingNewTestamentJournaling2018 #BUJO #mixedmedia #BiblePresentationPage #FaithArt #IlluminatedJournaling 

Friday, January 12, 2018

After-Christmas Glow (and breath-catching) {My Family, My Heart}

We have had the experience of a rare and precious gift during this holiday season. As a result of several factors coming together in a “perfectly [good] storm,” we had some of our family in our home with us from December 13 to January 7. This made for some crazy times (not even going to count the rolls of paper products and the loads of laundry and the pounds of butter—oh, wait, those things are not in any way related)…but all fantastic and wonderful, as we do not get to be with our family on a regular basis these days. I had lots of help in the kitchen, and we cooked and cooked and cooked (and ate……….).

Tory was here on vacation from her mission work in Mexico. We had not seen her in 17 months. Too long.

The fun times included our Sibling Christmas at our house this year, affording an opportunity for Mark to get to see his aunts and uncles whom he has been missing.

I can see the future enough to realize that we will not always have everyone home for Christmas at the same time. But this year we did, and that’s reason to celebrate.

Tory’s Home!!

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Playing Marble Board


Sibling Christmas

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My only brother Keith, and my sister Janene. We have been filling our stockings from OUR Mamo and Grandad’s Christmases for the last several years. These stockings (handmade corduroy) are at least 60 years old.

Our Family Christmas

Snack Buffet Christmas Eve

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Reading the Christmas Story (with carols sung)


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Sharida’s Family

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Mark’s Family

Family Christmas 2017

All of us



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Our 52nd Christmas as Husband and Wife

Kristy's Pics Christmas (45)

Bubble Bread, homemade, every year since 1977 (two of these for the last couple of years)!

And, so, now…they have all gone to their separate places of service, leaving us to tend the home-fires. We really miss everyone. I may never adapt to the separation. But we have sweet memories of our time together this holiday season.

#FamilyTime #FamilyChristmas #JoyofFamily #ThankfulforGodSendingHisSon

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Story Bible Page {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Luke 2

Sometimes I sketch in my Bibles, from scratch, but another fun thing is to use rubber stamps, and then to paint with watercolor. This is my favorite Christmas stamp; I have already used it in one of my journaling Bibles, but I have a new “She Reads Truth” Bible (CSV), and I have just begun to do some art in that one, so it was fun to use this little stamp on the Luke 2 page in that Bible.

Love the Christmas story. Love what it means to me, that God sent his Son to earth as a baby, to be my Savior.

Merry Christmas!

#BibleArtJournaling #BibleArt #FaithArt #ChristmasStory #SheReadsTruthBible #CSVBible #InktensePencils

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Come Christmas! {My Heart at Home}

After about 15 hours of “hard labor,” the house is ready for Christmas!


Upper level, great room.


(Tory, Mark and Kristy’s daughter; Caroline, Conner’s wife; Alyssa, Sharida and Greg’s daughter; Conner, Mark and Kristy’s son; Evan, Sharida and Greg’s son; Dawson, Sharida and Greg’s son.)


Flocked tree, upper level, Music Room.


Lower level, tree with my homemade decorations, Russell’s Polar Express train, and a few of my teddy bears and dolls.



#ReadyForChristmas #TagTree #AllMyTrees #BringontheFamily

Monday, November 13, 2017

Spiritual Gift: Teaching {You Matter Journaling}

You Matter Prompt #2

Prompt #2: Spiritual Gifts

I have decided that the only way I could possibly keep up with the weekly prompts from the You Matter Journaling Challenge is to keep each response very simple. This is a stamp that I painted with watercolor.

While there are many discussions about spiritual gifts, I think the Bible is very clear that TEACHING is one of them. I’m not saying that I have always used that gift as I should, but I believe there is no doubt that is one of my spiritual gifts.

In fact, sometimes I need to back it down! I seem to have this inner need to constantly be in a state of “instructing.” That is not good.

Guess I’m still a work-in-progress.

#YouMatterJournaling #YouMatterJournalingPrompt2 #artjournal #watercolor #spiritualgifts #teaching

Thursday, November 9, 2017

He is Near {Bible Art, HeartStrings}

Bible Art Ps 34_18

This passage came to mind today, from years of having Bible passages tucked away in my memory. I knew I wanted to art journal on this passage. I got out my She Reads Truth Bible (CSB, a version that is gaining in popularity, I hear). I love this translation of this verse.

As I was turning to the passage, one of the She Reads Truth Devotionals happened to be on the back side of that passage (you can see the shadowing of my little girl on this picture of the page). The devotional thought was meaningful and inspirational to me. Perhaps it will be to you.

Even when God seems far away, and I may not be able to see Him clearly, I do know, and trust, that I am never out of His sight. That is comforting.

Never Out of Sight (She Reads Truth CSB)

(click image to enlarge)

Bible Art Ps 34_18

#BibleArtJournaling #ScriptureArt #FaithArt #brokenhearted #crushedinspirit #Ps34_18

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

You Matter Journaling {Art Journal}

My friend Jenny Frith is hosting a year-long project called “You Matter.” There are prompts each week. I am not sure I will be able to keep up the pace all year, but at least I have begun!

This is my title page:

You Matter Journal Title Pg

For week 1, the prompt is “Giftedness.” Terrible art work, but I did want to journal something for this one.

You Matter Prompt 1

#YouMatterJournaling #YouMatterJournalingPrompt1 #artjournal #sketchandpaint

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rock Painting–Music and Christmas Themes{Art on the Rocks}

The rock painting hobby has given me new ideas for making a few Christmas decorations for around our house. No, I don’t hide all the rocks I paint. I will mainly “drop” rocks as we travel across the country. For Christmas, these will stay at my house, along with all the tags, block art, etc., I have created in recent years.

Last week, I freehanded a few music symbols on rocks I had painted metallic gold. Those will fit just fine with my Christmas theme!

11-1-17 Rock Music

These rocks were just primed, painted with acrylic, and freehand painted.

Christmas Snow

For these, I printed off some Christmas sheet music, cut it in strips, decoupaged it onto the rocks, and freehand sketched/painted on top.

Music Collage Christmas Rocks#paintedrocks #rockpainting #artontherocks #Christmasrocks