Monday, August 26, 2019

A Bit of Earth🌱

"Might I," quavered Mary, "might I have a bit of earth?"

..."Earth!" he repeated. "What do you mean?"
"To plant seeds in--to make things grow--to see them come alive," Mary faltered...

Mr. Craven got up and began to walk slowly across the room.

"A bit of earth," he said to himself...When he stopped and spoke to her his dark eyes looked almost soft and kind. "You can have as much earth as you want," he said. "You remind me of someone else who loved the earth and things that grow. When you see a bit of earth you want," with something like a smile, 


"take it, child, and make it come alive."
~The Secret Garden


One of our favorite summer movies is the Secret Garden!  We like all versions of this classic movie.  It's about a little girl named Mary that experienced tremendous loss and was just numb with grief and anger.  Her life began to change with the help of a bird (a robin) after a magical gust of wind blows the ivy away from a mysterious door and she discovers a secret garden.

Her healing was evident as the garden came alive, so she too came alive. All the toll of plowing and planting, the plants bloomed and she bloomed and it touched those around her.

I was finishing up this painting and there was a loud commotion outside my window.  I looked and it was a rental company putting a sign up on my neighbors yard.  The commotion continued as I was painting but I get very involved (tunnel vision) while painting and I didn't look up a second time.

An hour later I walked the dog and everything was gone in a patch of landscape by the sidewalk except a sign that it was treated with pesticides.   I have been fighting the use pesticides for years and thought I won, until a rental company (that doesn't even live here) didn't like the ornamental grasses in my front yard and removed them with poisons and put my pretty pots and landscaping rocks in front of the rental side, because it looked pretty.    (As I'm writing this I just got off the phone with them and they denied that they used them). 


"The next time we do this we will leave you a note" she said.  

You have no right to come on someone property and do this, ever! Put yourself in my place, how would you like someone to rip out your plants and pour poison in your yard?  I said, I lost one dog already. Never again! 
 He makes all things new!
🌱
“She stopped and listened to him and somehow his cheerful, friendly little whistle gave her a pleased feeling--even a disagreeable little girl may be lonely, and the big closed house and big bare moor and big bare gardens had made this one feel as if there was no one left in the world but herself. If she had been an affectionate child, who had been used to being loved, she would have broken her heart, but even though she was "Mistress Mary Quite Contrary" she was desolate, and the bright-breasted little bird brought a look into her sour little face which was almost a smile. She listened to him until he flew away. He was not like an Indian bird and she liked him and wondered if she should ever see him again. Perhaps he lived in the mysterious garden and knew all about it.” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


So my carefully planted and landscaped spot is bare dirt now and I took my pots back off the rental property side and I'm thinking today about this beautiful strong woman in the painting.  How happy it is for her to have a bit of earth in this world.  How lovely are her growing plants that she is watering and cultivating to feed her family.  

What a completely liberating thing to do!

Irene (I just found out she has my mother’s name) is watering plants on a farm plot in Malawi. She’s cultivating high quality seeds that will yield valuable crops for her family.
Photo reference/World Vision
Painted in 
oils
Art project for charity 
“A bit of earth”🌱
Sharing seeds with friends and they also grow into blooms. Titus.

Proverbs 31 woman- She is strong. She is brave. She is loving. She is real. She is a follower of Jesus.
She is strong, because she is a woman.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song will I praise him.
Psalm 28:7
“She made herself stronger by fighting with the wind.” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

  


Photo credit/World Vision 

“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done--then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden





“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


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“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden




“However many years she lived, Mary always felt that 'she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow'.” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
Isaiah 51:3

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

In Limbo🌺

 “It’s sort of hope amongst the ruins, I think. To me we’re all in the great wide open. I think life is pretty wild; I really want to like the world, but at the same time I have to write about what I see.” 
~Tom Petty

I have been busy planning an event over the last few weeks.  It was a big one for me and I had to spend a lot of time on it.   At the event we bounced out some cult members and their leader, a mime and a drunk, but besides that children were sponsored and four paintings sold for charity, I think the outdoor festival went well.  I was grateful for our safety with all the tragedies happening right now.  Unfortunately, looking for escape routes is part of the planning. but it can't compare to running for your life (with your children) and having no place to go that is safe, like it is for a refugee that is fleeing violence.   
  
The women that fixes up their home, beautifully and grows a garden, who sometimes walks daily to their friendly grocery store, connect with friends at church, chat with their neighbors for the latest happenings in the neighborhood does not want to leave their home town for a life in limbo, feeling unwanted and labeled "Refugee". 
    

With painting number 10, I wanted to do one that would highlight the refugee crisis but which one would I do, when there are so many refugees right now!

The statistics are staggering,at this time there are... 

1 Syria 5.6 million refugees 2 Afghanistan 2.5 million refugees 3 South Sudan 2.3 million refugees 4 Myanmar 1.2 million refugees 5 Democratic Republic of the Congo 833,400 refugees 6 Somalia 809,273 refugees

More than half of those refugees are children.

The one
that I chose was a refugee mother and a little girl named Jannatul (which means best heaven) holding each other because its all this mother has left after losing her husband and two other kids. 


https://www.worldvision.org/refugees-news-stories/day-life-rohingya-refugee-child


At night, Jannatul's mother sings her to sleep with a quiet lullaby. 
            Photo Credit World Vision 

“I pat her back and hold her closely in my arms,”says Salima. In the dark, there is peace until morning. The world's largest refugee camp is located near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.   Families live in small overcrowded and hot shelters made of bamboo and plastic tarps that often leak during monsoon season storms.
Photo credit World Vision/Jon Warren



hospitality

[ hos-pi-tal-i-tee ] noun
1) the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers.
2) the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly,generous way.

Do you remember a special time 
where someone was hospitable to you?🌺


"Aloha Spirit"
 ''Aloha'' is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation. ''Aloha'' means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return. "Aloha" is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence. ''Aloha'' means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.
Source University of Hawai‘i / Law of the Aloha Spirit




Aloha

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PuaMana (easy version) #Ukulele
All in all it was fun, 
and where else can you see an iguana in a pink stroller? 

The scary thing is that he liked it!


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Mahao! 
Photo credit World Vision/Jon Warren  

Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
1 Timothy 5:10


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Fundraiser for hunger⸙


  Fundraiser for hunger 
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I'm painting a series of paintings to show the work World Vision is doing to help children and families living in poverty.

Donate here 

Please, join me on cheering me on and giving to World Vision's East Africa Hunger Crisis fund. Our gifts will save precious lives and help stop the further spread of famine. Because of grant funds, our gifts have 7X their regular impact, which will provide emergency food, clean water, access to life-saving medical care, and more to children and families fighting for their lives.
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 Painting #9 of my art project series. “Carry each other’s burdens”. Two-year-old Pascal follows a group of older children while carrying firewood back to his home in Rwanda.
Photo credit World Vision

love one another deeply, from the heart
1 Peter 1:22

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Joy

 Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life. Well, not small, but valuable. And sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around? I don’t really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void. 
~Kathleen Kelly "You got Mail"




Painting #8 of my art project series. This one challenged me, I still may do some little fine detail when it’s dry and I don’t really know what kind of trees these were but I sure got lost in the complexity of them.  I had company, extended family issues, work and I wondered if I could get this one done, it was the most challenging one yet. 



I always play music while I paint and this dance (or game) seemed to go pleasantly with this so I called it “Joy”. 
World Vision's photographer "Laura Reinhardt" dancing with the the children in Zambia. 
The importance of fun and play are crucial to a child's growth and wellbeing.
Photo credit Jon Warren/World Vision 




God, help me to be
Closer to You Lord so I am farther from me
And may Your kingdom be the only one that I seek, oh God
And God, help me to see
That everything was good when You created all things
Now let me see with those same eyes that created me, oh God


God, help me believe
When everything around me points to uncertainty
Remind me of the hope of You that's living in me, oh God
And God, help me to shine
Like stars up in the universe that's Yours and not mine
And fill me with Your light so that the darkness will hide, oh God


Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Amen

God, help me to give
Everything to You that I'm unable to give
And make my life the life I've been created to live, oh God
And God, help me to go
And follow where You lead me so all nations will know
The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of this world
Oh God, my God

God help me to be~ Cloverton




Im taking a short break to recharge and refocus! 

I was just so discouraged with some some of the things that happened over the last few weeks and my slow progress.  It is hard to think that I was making any progress at all.  I was wondering if all of this was really worth it,  (the project) if it is truly making a difference, 

then this happened!


A note came in the mail within a few hours after that thought from a man I talked to that was handling my mother's estate after her death a few months ago.  We were talking about prophetic gifts and signs (not me) :) just in general.  

God's timing is perfect and I can just rest in that!


“Do something nice for yourself today. Find some quiet, sit in the stillness, breathe. Put your problems on pause. You deserve a break.” -Akiroq Brost

Maybe I need a little dance, rest and play too! :) Just a thought!

Hopefully it brings you a little smile, beauty and joy in this world!
And don't forget a little rest and play too!
Have a good day!




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The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. 
Zephaniah 3:17


Now if I could make time to practice,  
this could actually sound like music! :)