Saturday, June 14, 2008

Beach from above

 
 
Just wanted to see how much fun you can have at the beach. Well, I decided to take the condo out after I painted this, and perhaps put a lighthouse in like the one they have at Ponce Inlet near Daytona. I should have gone to the lighthouse today. Instead I was painting, but I really need to do that before I go to PR. Maybe tomorrow. I am sure it would give me a great perspective. Can you find all the differences? It reminds me of where's Waldo. I hope Arwen and Zanneke enjoy it. I'm not finished yet so the next one will have even more things to look for.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Two More, Hills

 
 
They both have to do with hills, the first with Calvary's hill and it is called The Old Rugged Cross, and the second is Blue Ridge Memories. One full of passion and the intersection of pain and glory, while the other is simply the glory of God's creation.

Today's Blue Ridge Memories is the result of my playing hooky. I had a workshop but I had a close encounter with a glob of shampoo. My God, I have been washing my hair forever and I don't know how I did it, but this glob of shampoo fell into my right eye and I almost died. It must have had some powerful abrasive because my eye is still hurting and it is the afternoon already. So now I have sore foot, a pending operation, and a throbbing eye. I am exaggerating. My foot is almost healed, and the operation is a month away and it should be an in and out thing, and my eye, should be well by tomorrow, Lord willing. So no need to worry.

South Carolina seems to be calling me up north for the weekend, it marshes and snaking rivers beckon me. The only thing I am not looking forward to is the six hour drive and sky high gas prices, but the reward, my goodness always blows me away. South Carolina is so beautiful. Once you cross the state line, and you see the yellow flowers and it gracefulness and charm. You know you are in another place. Most important though, I have such wonderful friends there that I love like family. If not I will go to the marshes near Merrit Island. Not quite the same.
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ESOL Team at Cypress

 
 

Here are all the nice people that make up the ESOL Department here at Cypress Creek. They are bunch of good people to work with and here we are celebrate Haylie's 25th birthday. It might be 26, but I rather err on the lesser side. She is still a kid anyway!Have a great summer guys!
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Monday, June 09, 2008

Old Hymns

I go to a very untraditional church in many ways. First of all, it's huge. Northland, a Church Distributed. Even the name sounds untraditional, but of course the concept is very 1st century church. Go out there and preach the gospel as a lifestyle of loving people and being a testimony in your circle of influence. It's a lot more than that, but I think that is what it is in a nutshell. Back to the basics, basically.

Anyway, we don't sing many of the old hymns. Well, sometimes we do, but in a different style, and I am all for that, but there are times, when your heart calls you to sing those old time hymns of the faith which you grew up on. Like the Old Rugged Cross, and Be Thou My Vision, Jesus, I am Resting, Resting in the joy of what thou art, I am finding out the greatness of thy loving heart..., and Wonderful Grace of Jesus, greater than all my sin, how can my soul describe it, where shall it grace begin, taking away my burden, setting my spirit free for the wonderful grace of Jesus, reaches me. Some times you need to sing these songs, to wash off some of the dust that gets on our feet as we walk through this we call life.

Today was one of those days. I started singing the Old Rugged Cross, and remembered I had an old hymnal from my days at Grace Brethren Bible Church. For a moment as I sang, I was sort of transported back to the time I was 16, and singing these hymns at the top of my lungs, with the same fervor I had then. It was beautiful, because I needed the encouragement and the opportunity of praise.

There was one song that I knew I could use some background music, A Mighty Fortress is Our God. So I googled the title, and viola, out came several websites that not only featured the lyrics but also the music. In fact, for some even in MP3 format. How times have changed. Old hymns in modern technology. Super.

Any way, one of the websites was www.songsandhymns.org You can search for a title and it will get you the lyrics and also the music. So yes, I am very happy I wanted to sing some of these hymns because they just led me to some peaceful waters.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Using my Brush

 
 

Two abstarcts: One is titled Alive and the other Complications. The only thing different in my painting is that I'm taking more time to paint. That's it.
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