When color sings a song of Heaven

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 a psalm of praise and wonder in color on parade

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I think I went in search of…lilt…today
and found it in the red and gold and orange confetti falling from the sky,
tiptoe-dancing on my hair and shoulders,
skittering, bowling, chasing across roads,
blowing out in gales of laughing leaves
Like bubbles from a wand.

Camera to my eye, I reach to capture and hold this glory
-it is swirling like all my thoughts around me -
but it only sings gaily, merrily, catch me if you can!
Your breath lifts my hair from my shoulders
takes a little of the sorrow wedged in heart this week
and sends it up, up, up…
The tears so ready behind my eyes are welling even more at all this splendor.

Thank you Father, for color, color, everywhere!
It soars my spirit, flows your peace, sings a song of Heaven over and around me.
And standing on a country road, in the middle of it all, I find it also sends words of wonder aloud from my mouth…

There is no other like you.

 

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© Pam Depoyan

 

 

 

 

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We have an Autumn Giveaway winner…and more news !

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Congratulations to Caryn Christensen, winner of my note card giveaway!!  :)

I will be mailing her five note cards of her choice  – plus one of my Christmas cards as a bonus…

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Free Christmas Ornaments Clipart

And just a reminder

Some of you have been asking if the note cards and Christmas card designs shown in this giveaway are available for purchase… and the answer is… YES!  :)

Easy as 1…2…3

  1. Simply go to my  pen & ink HOME PORTRAITS  page to view designs and prices…
  2. Then just email me!
  3. I’d love to talk with you more at pam.depoyan@gmail.com!

Here’s my latest in the Christmas Greetings Collection:

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With this card, I wanted to capture the Christmas wonder I love about a large department store elegantly dressed in velvet glow – so much more than commerce, but the feel of celebrating the King’s birth with festive carols in the air, all the lights and jolly wreathes and huge red bows lining the counters I was just big enough to peer over… and the – tingle of joy – running through me,  like a happy hum of starry nights and glorias on the wing — mm, one of my ever-savored memories…

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THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED THIS GIVEAWAY!

HAPPY FALL!

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Misted Morn in Autumn Hue

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a psalm of fare thee well

 

Morning mists hue upon hue, startlingly vivid against the tear-held sky.
I am grateful for this endearing moment of friendship
Unexpectedly standing on the cresting shoreline with you
Bidding adieu… so long… fare thee well…
Taking hands in prayer to see you on your way
Gold leaf painted as living framework to our hearts, from every window
Loved ones holding tightly to you, to each other
Knowing recognition and a world of love in your eyes
…maybe, somehow, more so in words you can no longer express in voice…
Eyes twinkling still.

Oh that we could peek through windows to dancing Son-Light on your new morn!

We love… but You love extravagantly O God.
Morning has broken. Gates have opened.
Hold him close, Abba Father.
Hold onto us all,  under the shadow and safe cushion of Your wings.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of his faithful servants.
 Truly I am your servant, Lord;
    I serve you just as my mother did;
    you have freed me from my chains.”

~ Psalm 116:15,16

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Digital Camera“Open for me the gates of the righteous;
    I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
 This is the gate of the Lord
    through which the righteous may enter.
 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
    you have become my salvation.

~ Psalm 118: 19-21

 

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The Open Door

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I heard this tonight – something I did not know of when I drew this picture in 2013:  September 25-26, 2013 was Rosh Hashana, the official beginning of the “Hebraic Calendar New Year 5774 –  the Year of the Open Door – Ayin Dalet, meaning “Eye that sees the door.”  In the Hebrew language each letter has a numerical value and a pictograph. These things contribute to the “flavor” of the year prophetically.  I love how God has incorporated so much richness into His Word this way!

For many reasons, the Holy Spirit seems to be speaking into my prayers in this tonight,   revealing  shades of new meaning into this picture, reminding me of                              Revelations 3:7-8 (ESV) and of His standing at the door:

 “‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”

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a psalm of intercession

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Day and night, and even as I sleep, prayer for these I name before you is heavy on my spirit, O Lord.

You take my words of your Word and make me one of many friends carrying, lifting, lowering another through a roof to you for healing.

You make me to walk around the Jericho wall, speaking out your Glory, calling down the defeat of the enemy in your Name, declaring GREATER IS THE NAME OF JESUS, MY GOD, THAN ALL COMING AGAINST the one(s) I lift to you, and you tell me when to blow the trumpet and see that wall fall!

You place me on the wall of Nehemiah to stand guard in the gap, and you make prayer my horn against the intruder thief.

You take my prayers at the threshold of Your Open Door…  Lord, I have no power in my own, but you have given me authority in your Name to go forth and declare your victory won for us at the cross.

I take the land you give me, everywhere my feet walk, like Joshua… for your Name!

O Lord… my spirit faints within me at this midnight hour and I pray, “Holy Spirit, keep on praying in and through me for these I lift to you even as I slumber, all throughout the night…that even in my dreams, you put prayer of your Word on my lips.  I reach out and touch the hem of your garment, beseeching,  “Pour out your holy oil, your fire, on these I lift to you…”

Your Spirit bears witness inside me, such prayer in the Spirit  is born of your heart for these, O Lord…

 

 

© Pam Depoyan

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Radiance Awaits

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“It doesn’t matter if a million people tell you what you can’t do or if ten million tell you no.   If you get one yes from God, that’s all you need.”

~ Tyler Perry

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a psalm for when skies look dark

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I go there to offer ideas I believe come from you. While I’m waiting, it seems to be the catalyst to stirring something exciting on one hand… a gift from you and promise on the horizon. Yet, in the midst of this, those I’ve come to see dismiss with but cursory glance. Advise me – again — to just wait on a different plan. .

And I’m left up against their ‘no.’   With their belief that anything other than their one idea just won’t work.   And with waiting…

Am I pushing too hard? Can’t they see this is a means of earning – not just a whim or fancy?

I’m fighting to wield praise against what feels hopeless. Thinking how I keep spending what I really don’t have, just to try to sell an idea…and feeling like so much spent has just gone down the drain. Again.

I think I am listening to you, Lord, trying to follow your lead. Have I just been going ahead of you? If I don’t take chances… how will doors open?

I don’t have anyone else to be bringing in funds, I remind you. You know my needs…and the longing you put in me to bless others as you bless me…

The charcoal sky, black against the vibrancy of fall trees, reflects my mood with its threatening storm. I want to sing praise in the face of all these thoughts, but despondent is a cloak that just makes me want to hunker down… And I am silent.

Do not be discouraged, you whisper. My favor is on you. You have my ‘yes.’ Believe what I say, not what you see. The doors are for ME to open…

My mind is numb… but I listen to others uplifting your Word. I sup on your promise and a spirit of worship soaks into me.   And over the hours of listening, like the radiance that splits a storm-crested sky to light the earth below with ethereal glow, I know… no matter how many ‘no’s’… all the gold is in your ‘yes.’ Because of you, the cares of life will not prevail against me…and you place provision in my path…

Thank you, Lord, I breathe then… and this momentary dam breaks. Greater are you against all that seems to hold me captive. You send your ministering angels out on my behalf. You turn my water into wine…  Radiance awaits…

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© Pam Depoyan

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For the Water Into Wine of Our Days

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a psalm in worship to our save-the-best-for- last God

You speak  to me, O Lord, in Autumn’s royal raiment;

You whisper softly in the treetops

With the soothing, breathless sound of the sea in your voice.

 

                  “I have beauty for ashes in your life…

                                     I am rising my glory over you

                                                 You hold my heart… for I make you a vessel… 

                                                     and inscribe ‘holy to the Lord’ on yours.” +

You show me a season within seasons, O Lord;                                                                     Trees that burst into flame and fizzle,                                                                                         like firework splashes against the sky                                                                                        that quickly…too quickly…burn out and die.

Others that take their time to glow…                                                                                   Brighter and brighter…                                                                                                                   As if time- releasing their beautiful bounty

Leaf by leaf

                  Blessing by blessing  

                              Dancing, sparkling, pirouetting to carpet the ground gold.

I ask…but…when is my time, Lord?                                                                                                 I am but a vapor on this earth…                                                                                                  Will I ever see my dreams come forth?

You answer…                                                                                                                                  “Do not listen to the lies…

                    I must be forgotten…

                            My hopes will never be…

                                     Dreams have passed me by

“Listen as I confide                                                                                                                      Cana wedding truths;                                                                                                         Sometimes the best is held for last…                                                                                            See how I save radiant glory                                                                                                             To burst forth as a final hurrah of joy;                                                                                 Spectacular beauty                                                                                                                     Reserved as afterglow sparkle showers that Shimmer                                                                                                                                           Deeper… stronger…                                                                                                                         And linger long upon the heart.

“Trust to my dreams for you                                                                                                      Dreams to give you a future and a hope.++

Yes! My glory…is rising on you…                                                                                                     And joy for every sorrow,                                                                                                          Every moment that has seemed too long to wait.

Sometimes My best is held for last…”

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© Pam Depoyan

…an Autumn praise re-posted from a few years ago, but still so true…

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Announcing… An Autumn GIVEAWAY of my notecards!!

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I love this faith-filled community of bloggers!   Generous-spirited women who reach out to build each other up! 

I got to know such a one last fall when she chose one of my drawings for her “Anything Blue” featured winner of the week’s linkup…  Kathryn Griffin of The Dedicated House and I began talking then of coordinating a giveaway to her readers and mine — but immediately I broke my wrist and with one thing or another we didn’t come back together on this idea until recently.  When I approached her again, she took the thought and ran with it.

That’s why I am so excited to announce…

It’s time to toss in your raffle entry,  like Autumn leaves to the sky!

As of THIS VERY MINUTE…my notecard giveaway (Note: United States only) is LIVE on Kathryn’s blog here!!     http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/10/giveaway-at-dedicated-house.html

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Then just use the cool rafflecopter on her blog to enter! **

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Free Christmas Ornaments Clipart  You’ll find all the details there at thededicatedhouse, but I am also going to include one more bonus to the winner – your choice of one of my Christmas cards!  (It’s possible there may be one more of these Christmas designs to choose from by the time the winning name is drawn on October 16th!  :)  Keep your eye on my pen and ink page here: pen & ink HOME PORTRAITS )

BONUS TO WINNER – YOUR CHOICE

OF ONE OF THESE CHRISTMAS GREETING CARDS

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Happy leaf toss into this Giveaway entry!

 http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/10/giveaway-at-dedicated-house.html

(Note:  U.S. entries only)

Winning Date – October 16th!

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**  When you go to  www.thededicatedhouse.com  — I think it is just my sometimes SLOW-loading  computer, but sometimes it takes a minute for my screen to load — If you just see her blue background design with images on top, wait a moment and it will convert to a great easy to read white page…

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© Pam Depoyan

 

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