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Caught up in CHRISTmas (week 4)

…that’s how I’m praying it will be.

“…come and behold Him…”

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December 2015–Week 4

10“then the angel said to them (the shepherds), ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’”  Luke 2:10, 11

Statement of Faith:
“So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, ‘let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the lord has made know to us.” Luke 2:15

13“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’”  Luke 2:13, 14


(Note: I’m in Mammoth right now for Christmas. This photo happens to be Mammoth 2010.)








Star and palm trees- Balboa islandBefore my walk around Balboa Island this evening (12/3), I was working on a Scripture card to go in the Christmas care packages our church is putting together for our missionaries. (Our graphic this year is a star against the sky.)

“The true Light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.”
John 1:9 (NIV)

I guess someone could say (or I could think), “you sure spiritualize things…”, but the truth is, the Creator of all things can use anything to get our attention or confirm something in His Word…to let us know that He really does see us and hear us and care for us…

Jesus, Immanuel, translated “God with us”.

#36b So, about my neighbors…

studio living-rabbits 
First there were two, and then the Intimidation Bunny came along.

Here’s how it all went down.

Miss Brown Rabbit broke through the grass and was found digging to China as it were.

So Mr. Grey Rabbit was strategically placed in front of the rock, covering the hole, leading to the other side of the world.

It was quite the scene around these parts, and the tighter security had “The Shire” a bit on edge for a time. However, it would seem that all is well again now that our grassy knolls are further fortified.

If you ask me, one question still remains—how did Miss White Rabbit stay so clean through this whole ordeal? Let’s just say she’s under close scrutiny.


P.S. Please note, this photo makes it look like these two rabbits are still in trouble and behind bunny bars. Rest assured, the  fenced off grass area outside their hutch got cropped out of this shot.







Joy Bringers

During the summer I went to Sherman Garden’s with my friend and while perusing the gift shop I came across the book, Garden Blessings. I randomly opened it to this jubilant poem entitled “Lilies”,

 “After the storm–
yellow lilies.
There you stand
holding a huge bouquet.
Mustard streaked petals
reaching back
wings flung wide.
Trumpeting courage
blowing jazzy joy.”


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This ode of triumph reminded me of my favorite little “Joy Bringers”–hummingbirds! The nickname was inspired by an email I received from a friend who was sick at home. She wrote, “BTW, while I’ve been home sick God has given me the joy of watching hummingbirds every single day! A little family has definitely moved in as there are more than one outside our sitting room window.”

“Joy Bringers” indeed. And because I’m always up for inserting a Scriptural word of encouragement, how about this one, “…do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10

Another post about my visit to Sherman Garden’s: Garden of treasures




A garden of treasures

Today I had the opportunity of introducing my friend to Sherman Garden’s. After she left, I visited the gift shop and happened upon this book.

Devoion-sherman gardens-flight plans

Something familiar about this title…
“…when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to The Rock  that is higher than I…” (Psalm 61:2)
Yep, that’s the best view, looking through God’s lens of Truth for a clear perspective.

(Just some other photos from my the visit.)

Devotion-sherman gardens-flower-stars

Devotion-sherman gardens-fernsDevotion-Sherman Gardens-coy pond


Really thinking about Easter

“I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works.”
Psalm 145:5 (NKJV)

Devotion-studio living-orchid-1

This orchid is so fearfully made by its Creator. As art reflects the artist, this creation reflects a God of majesty and detail, causing me to wonder about it and about Him.

The Lord amazes me in the way in which He speaks through His Word and how it lines up with what I have going on in my heart and life at any given point. With a desire to really ponder the cross this Easter weekend, go figure that my Psalm reading for this very day would have a prophesy about the crucifixion of Jesus and how none of His bones would be broken (see below). To think of all the scourging and abuse He endured, let alone the cross, and not one of His bones was broken.

He suffered greatly and beyond recognition, died, AND YET, was resurrected and now lives, enthroned in glorious majesty, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, the Lamb that was slain to take away the sin of the world, giving eternal life to all who will just believe.

Wondrous loving power beyond comprehension indeed.


“He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken.” Psalm 34:20 (NKJV)

“Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.”  
John 19:32, 33 (NKJV)



#32 Spring has sprung, or has it?

studio living- planter-spring 2015studio living- hydrangea

As you can imagine, “The Shire” is so much more magical in the springtime! Even thestudio-peach tree spring 2015 Hydrangea are blooming already! Well, actually, truth be told (and a little tip given), those are fake Hydrangea my landlord uses until the real deal arrives–pretty good, right? I will say, and understandably so, I was a little disappointed (you could say a bit thrown off) the first time I went to gather a bouquet for Studio K…


Note: The photo with all the blue sky includes blossoms from the neighbor’s peach tree. HOME: studio living post  “#19–A breach of the best kind” addresses these little flowers of promise.



Okay…here goes…

 …the beginning of my vlog.

noun: vlog; plural noun: vlogs
  1. a blog in which the postings are primarily in video form.
    (definition from Google Search)


Video footnotes:

1. “Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees…” 
Genesis 16:13 (NKJV). One of my favorite names of God illustrating His caring nature.

2. A reason for Bird’s Eye View by Karin.

3. Check out the The Lens.





Could this be more of a metaphor? My niece unknowingly titled this work in progress today when we were piecing it together. Sometimes I am confused by the puzzle that is my life and then I am also reminded that “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…” (1 Corinthians 14:33) and that everything is being perfectly ordered and put into place by Him for me and the benefit of others. It’s nice when you can see things starting to take shape.