Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Bible Journaling ~ Beautiful Renaissance Madonna & Child


This was a page with a chart on it and I decided to cover it with this beautiful image that was in a calendar I had.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Just Not Right Thursday


That's one way to keep someone from stealing your parking spot.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Flower Bargains from Walmart

These heavenly smelling beauties followed me home from Walmart today.  Only $1.98 with lots of blooms and more to open.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Bible Journaling ~ Open Work Pattern



Facing pages in the book of Matthew.  

A simple open work swirl pattern, drawn with ballpoint pen and colored intensely  with prismacolor colored pencils.  By colored intensely I mean I start coloring lightly and when I have the color that I want, then I go over it and press harder.  Then I use a tissue on my finger or you can use a blending pencil to rub out all the coloring lines to make a uniform smoothness of color.

To start this kind of pattern, just doodle on a scrap paper to get the feel of it.  Make one swirl or leaf, teardrop or heart.  Then leave a space and follow the line of one side of your shape, adding a connecting side to it.  Generally you will end up with two pointed end unless you are making a leaf or blob shaped end.  There are no rules, just go with the flow.  Soon you can draw it without thinking too much about it.  

Friday, April 14, 2017

A Prayer For Our Times, A Prayer For All Times

The prayer below was written by Elder Pasios, an Orthodox monk from Greece, some years ago.

Our Lord Jesus Christ:
Do not abandon your servants who live far away from the Church.   May your love convict them and bring them back to you.
Lord have mercy on your servants who are suffering from cancer.
On your servants who suffer either from small or serious ailments.
On your servants who suffer from physical infirmities.
On your servants who suffer from spiritual infirmities.

Lord have mercy on our leaders and inspire them to govern with Christian love.
Lord have mercy on children who come from troubled homes.
On troubled families and those who have been divorced.
Lord have mercy on all the orphans of the world, on all those who are suffering pain and injustices since losing their spouses.
Lord have mercy on all those in jail, on all anarchists, on all drug abusers, on all murderers, on all abusers of people, and on all thieves.  Enlighten these people and help them to straighten out their lives.
Lord have mercy on all those who have been forced to emigrate.
On all those who travel on the seas, on land, in the air,  and protect them.
Lord have mercy on our Church, the bishops, the priests and the faithful of the Church.
Lord have mercy on all the monastic communities, male and female, the elders and eldresses and all the brotherhoods of Mt. Athos.
Lord have mercy on your servants who find themselves in the midst of war.
On your servants who are being pursued in the mountains and on the plains.
On your servants who are being hunted like birds of prey.
Lord have mercy on your servants who were forced to abandon their homes and their jobs and feel afflicted.
Lord have mercy on the poor, the homeless and the exiled.
Lord have mercy on the nations of the world.  Keep them in your embrace and envelope them with your holy protection.  Keep them safe from every evil and war.  Keep our beloved Greece (you can add here any country) in your protective embrace day and night.  Embrace her with your holy protection defending her from all evil and war.
Lord have mercy on those who have been abandoned and have suffered injustice.  Have mercy on families that are going through trying times.  Pour your abundant love upon them.
Lord have mercy on your servants who suffer from spiritual and bodily problems of all kinds.
Lord have mercy on those who are despairing.  Help them and grant them peace.
Lord have mercy on those that have requested that we pray for them.

Lord grant eternal rest to all those who have passed on to eternal life throughout the ages.

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