Posted in Artwork, Uncategorized

Catching Up On Sketches

I’ve been working here and there with posting some older artwork. It seems like I’m not going to get much traction on new things until there’s some catching up on the older collections. Distraction prevents much action.  This is another older sketch, a closeup of the subject and the full drawing. Going for expression on this one, which is called Waiting For Daddy. 8×10 ink original, from sketchbook.

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This was by no means an attempt at any Christmas theme, although the mother and child idea may come across that way.

Posted in Holidays, poetry, Uncategorized

Artificial Christmas Tree

My little fake tree –

it’s the only one for me!

No sticky needles, bugs, or ticks,

and still I get my Christmas kicks!

Only three feet tall –

from the basement I can haul!

Upon it are three strings of light

To make its cozy corner bright.

Yes, it’s oh so small

the cat will not upon it crawl.

She remembers last year when she tried,

down she fell with wounded pride!


Oh Christmas tree!


How greatly do I love thee!



Posted in Christianity, Spirituality, Uncategorized, Wise Sayings

His Ways, Not Our Ideas

Do you have anyone in your acquaintance who’s continually asking for prayer to get out of a situation, but it never quite goes away? And they complain all the time… These words below by T.A. Sparks hold valuable clues as to why that may be the case. Current pop “churchianity culture” ways of thinking do not take into account the fact that God’s ways are not our ways. Many think that belonging to Christ is about a bless me club where everything always feels good. Reading your Bible in its entirety, instead of what cherry picking false teachers want you to focus on, is a good way to get your mind right. We have forgotten that self gratification needs to get crucified, not exalted. That can be accomplished by surrender to the Presence of the present, not trying to escape His ways of bringing forth the likeness of Christ in us.

“… live your life and do your work in all the trial and difficulty and suffering of it, and do not strain to get out of it. Do not lose the present value of it by always living mentally or hopefully in a time when you will be out of it, but go back there and recognize that if you are the Lord’s, if you love God and are called according to purpose (as you are if you are in Christ), God is seeking to do something with you and in you by means of the conditions of your present situation. You will only defeat God’s end if you try to get out, and will fail to recognize and accept what He is seeking to do.”

Posted in Christianity, Spirituality, Uncategorized

Intentional Love

Galatian 5:13,14. AMPC. “For you, brethren, were [indeed] called to freedom; only [do not let your] freedom be an incentive to your flesh and an opportunity or excuse [for selfishness], but through love you should serve one another. For the whole Law [concerning human relationships] is complied with in the one precept, You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.” (Lev 19:18; Mt 5:43-46; Gal 5:19… more!)

Jesus is clear that there are no exceptions. “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, to show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven…”

We must learn and practice this in the simple times, when the “enemies” the Lord places in our life are, shall we say, easy targets. Christ love is not just for when it’s easy, when I feel like it, or when it’s convenient. The times when it challenges our feelings, perhaps even to the very core of our being, will be the ultimate tests – that we are not running on the fuel of ordinary human love, but on the Love of Jesus Christ Himself, because the circumstances will call for that.

The little practices that lead to such things? When one’s spouse is sour and moody. Intend love. When the cat is inordinately demanding attention and whiny. Intend love. (Yes, even pets are there to be loved as God loves us! And often show far greater devotion to this than their human keepers.) Someone calls at an inconvenient time and needs to talk, when the talking for them may be in that moment an expression of their loneliness. Intend love. Exercise patience. Transcend self by tuning in to their need.

The Savior says, Whatever you have done to the least of these, you have done it unto Me! We really need to let that sink in.

What the Gospel calls us to is to love as God loves, reflecting His image, and increasing in His likeness. No exceptions. No excuses. No additions, deletions, or corrections. The good news is that Christ has set us free to love as He loves, unconditionally, and He has empowered us to do the same by His very own Holy Spirit within us.


A wonderful video someone sent today on reconciliation (“coincidentally”?) that dovetails nicely with the foregoing thoughts.


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Fall In For You

Fall In For You 

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A riot of loud color

tumbling to the ground


makes not a sound,

but the wind

makes this spectacle rustle

with much fuss and bustle,

making its way

with each shorter day,

as it rushes on

toward a blustery mid winter

holiday hustle.

Please visit my online gallery, where prints and other fascinating and useful items in this design are available. Thank you for stopping by!