Thank you, Lord, for:
Praying with my sweet family
Training my little gymnast, visiting with her mom and picking oranges after our session.
My friend was baptized on Easter. I see a new joy about her.
Cleaning out my closet!!
Tea Garden with Friends!
While spending time painting in . . . Tuscany, I became accustomed to seeing grape vines growing on the hillsides. The older gnarled vines were beautiful to sketch because of their knotty twists and bends. Over the course of time, the winds, rains, and sun—the weathering effects of the seasons—had forced their shapes. The most luscious growth came from these rugged old vines . . . grapes so heavy and bountiful they seemed to invite people to pick them.
In another vineyard were young plants which had suffered no ill effects of nature at all. They offered no particular beauty or character and were hardly worthy of my pencil or paintbrush.”
As it is in nature, so it is in God’s kingdom. From the winds and rains of adversity comes abundant growth and a beautiful life worth painting.
Do not be afraid to suffer. . . . It is from being shaken apart and not being destroyed that one becomes strong and courageous.”
LAURA LEWIS LANIER All Things Bright and Beautiful
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
2 CORINTHIANS 2:14
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening