Holy Thursday Thank-Full…

Girl in Prayer

“Thank-Full”

 

I posted this today on Facebook, then thought I would share it again here for those of you who might not be on FB… 

A few jeweled thoughts:
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“God gave you a gift of 84,600 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say thank you?”   
― William Arthur Ward
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“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
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“When we choose thankful prayer over wallowing in anxiety and worry, we are demonstrating an unwavering trust in God.” –Priscilla Shirer

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© Pam Depoyan

“Thank-Full,” shown above, is now on display and available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery — Inspirational Designs

(Please do NOT copy without permission. See my copyright info button on the sidebar.  :)

 

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Nothing Compares to Our Promise In You

Some of His Healing Promises to Ponder This Holy Week

 

I tasted death for you.  I destroyed the devil who had the power of death.  I’ve delivered you from the fear of death and bondage.  (Hebrews 2:9, 14, 15)

I wash your body with pure water.  ((Hebrews 10:22, Ephesians 5:26)

I have given you My Name and  have put all things under your feet.  (Ephesians 1:21, 22)

The same Spirit that raised Me from the dead now livs in you and that Spirit will quicken your mortal body.  (Romans 8:11)

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.  (John 6:51)

 

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At the Scent of Wonder

“At the Scent of Wonder,” available in my new gallery, Easter…Spring…and Mother’s Day

 

So…  I’ve resisted for a long time.   I just didn’t want to get involved with it.  With one more thing to keep up with.   With counting – and , ugh, comparing! — the numbers of those who might call me “friend.”

In some very real ways, it conjures up all those   “less than” sort of feelings of never quite measuring up to high school popularity contests… especially next to those today now into the literal thousands of follower names…

I’ve always been a “hold a few dear friends close rather than hundreds of acquaintances to occasionally smile at” sort of gal.  And, um, biggest question — Since most of my closest friends aren’t even on it, who would I invite to “my party?”

Plus, well, I have this blog (actually two, now that I have my art blog as well) where I enjoy sharing with all of you…

So…ahem… really… what is all the hoopla about Facebook?????

Quite out of the blue, everywhere I turned, voices began clamoring and hammering the answer to that question at me… until…maybe a bit slow, but clued into the way the Lord often uses people to get our attention with witty ideas… I began mulling it over.  At the scent of wonder… “Are YOU in favor of this for me God?”

“You really need to ‘get with the times!!'” my hairdresser and friend teased me.  “Get yourself out there with your artwork!”

“I don’t get how it will make a difference,” I answered.  “I’ve got an online presence with two blogs that I am constantly linking up to others to read…”

“Yeah, but when someone ‘likes’ or ‘shares’ your posts on Facebook, it can go out to hundreds of thousands of people who might never else see it!” she encouraged.  “You just don’t know what God could open up…”

Hm.

“You really need to get on Facebook with these!”  my friend at the local Print shop repeatedly enjoined nearly every time I stepped into the store.

Each time, I smiled, shrugged…

Argggh…. I thought.  I once tried to ‘fudge’ some info in to FB just so I could read some writer friends’ pages,  and now it just seemed too muddled.

Until about a week ago.

Okay, I’m going to try this God, I thought.

After some exacerbating moments grunting and whining to myself at trying to locate settings and such (why they are almost hidden and indecipherable at times is beyond me!), I suddenly found my page up and running!

I won’t be making it the typical sort of confiding kind of page – because I’d rather save that writing and sharing for here.

For the last week or so, I’ve really thought of it as mostly an avenue to share my artwork in a way that brings it faster to people, hopefully sparks some interest, brings people to my art blog and orders!

Still… after reading the FB pages of others now,  I see how FB can and should be an avenue for a quick and lilting uplift to others.   An opportunity to make it a spot where a “friend” can light for a moment to catch a smile in a harried world.

My favorites are those of friends who are posting delightfully simple and mostly uplifting,  inspiring FB pages with vignettes in photos, fun or silly or interesting or lovely videos, and keeping up to date with daily goings on in their families.  Or even just sharing a bit of their own hearts, ups and downs.

But then… oh, there are so many others that are simply cataloguing their outbursts bashing this political thought or that politician.  Or railing against others they perceive as being less enlightened and thus too condemning…  (Hm…  a bit contradictory in the nature of that unhappy rave!)  Are they really this full of angst that they can only write to mirror the spewing on so many news channels?  Or… are they  really  just longing for some connection with others who can lift them up?  Maybe they, most of all, could use an encouraging word!

And it brings me back to wonder – wonder at the wisdom of St. Paul encouraging us to think on whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—to think about such things.

So starting today, I want to make my FB page not only a place where people will view my artwork, but to come for an uplifting line or two and share a smile. Maybe a fun quote, an encouraging word, a hopeful lilting thought-provoking word that goes with the story of the illustration I share  – minimal thoughts with art that hopefully touches or makes someone smile or simply causes them to share a bit of uplifting with others too…

Sooo….to those of you on Facebook… (some of you have already found me!)  🙂

Will you come and “join” my new FB party (a.k.a., send me a friend request)?

I’d love to see you there!

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...yet at the scent of water it will bud
    and put forth shoots like a plant.

~ Job 14:9

  © Pam Depoyan

“At the Scent of Wonder,” shown above, is now on display and available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery — Easter…Spring…and Mother’s Day

(Please do NOT copy without permission. See my copyright info button on the sidebar.  :)

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The Lord’s Own Blessing Be Upon You

Irish boy & collie

“Someone to Share Secrets With, ”  now available at my “Picture It In Pen and Ink” in The Luck of the Irish 

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Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 

“…’This is the way you shall bless [My People].  Say to them:

The Lord bless you, and keep you [protect you, sustain you, and guard you];

The Lord make His face shine upon you [with favor],
And be gracious to you [surrounding you with lovingkindness];

The Lord lift up His countenance (face) upon you [with divine approval],
And give you peace [a tranquil heart and life].’

 So… shall [I] put My name upon [My own], and I will bless them.”

~ The Priestly Blessing, Numbers 6:20-27, amplified

 

 

Do you ever find yourself just reading words like this blessing and not really taking them in?  Especially if they seem familiar as breathing to you?   Just sort of sloughing them off as, “Oh, that’s nice…”

The amplified version above adds in a bit more depth, like highlights on a painting, but this blessing didn’t truly sparkle across me until I heard a minister explaining the rich truth of the Father’s Heart for His children as it is imparted in the original Hebrew through the scripture writers.

Like an image appearing through the unveiling mists o’er the Emerald Isle, the Hebrew meaning gives us a wondrous picture, telling us that God Himself instructed the priests on how He Himself wanted to bless the children of Israel (and us to follow) — telling them to say it this way:

“You, my God, kneel before me (never in subservience, but like a Father getting down eye to eye with his beloved child), presenting me with these gifts…

  • You guard me with Your own hedge of protection
  • You illuminate the very wholeness of Your Being towards me, Your Glory, bringing order to my body, my increase, my success and all that I am
  • You pour out Your Love on me, to give me Your Sustenance and Your Friendship
  • You, alone the Almighty and Majestic One, lift up the wholeness of Your Being and look upon me
  • You enfold me in Peace and set into place all I need to be whole and complete!

What an amazing portrait of our Father, and of Jesus – now become our great High Priest before the throne, interceding on our behalf for us to come into full understanding of the Victory He has won for us!  To think of Jesus placing His hand on our head, speaking this blessing into and over us…  Rising His Glory over us (Isaiah 60) so all the nations of the world will see that Glory shining in us and be drawn to Him…

And how God continually longs to bless us more deeply than we know…

It is no accident that a word study of “glory” uncovers the literal meaning as the manifested presence, power and goodness of God.

 For the eyes of the Lord search back and forth across the whole earth, looking for people whose hearts are perfect toward him, so that he can show his great power in helping them.

~2 Chronicles 16:9

Been asking God to make you or your life whole in some way that seems impossible?

Today,  let the words of this blessing and all its depth of meaning for healing wholeness in His Presence  flow over you;

see the Lord, kneeling before you,

looking into your face, and shining His very Glory and all His Being before you…

and savor His amazing Love soft as a woolen cloak round you,

restoring and renewing.

Prayer:  O Lord, show us Your Glory that others will see You!

Irish shamrock for St Patricks Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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   © Pam Depoyan

“Someone to Share Secrets With, ”shown above, is now on display and available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery — The Luck of the Irish

(Please do NOT copy without permission. See my copyright info button on the sidebar.  :)

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My Little Book of Valentines — Closing Page

(IChild in gardenmagine you are holding a tiny gift book in your hands and turning the pages as you read this next special series of  Valentine posts here this week… 💖  )

Valentines is a time to celebrate everyone we love…

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At times, when you are feeling lonely —

it might be easy to start thinking valentines have passed you by.

But that’s when you need to find a corner of quiet

in a hub bub world.

Take time to notice reflections of color in rainwater pools

where a heart-shaped leaf has come to rest right at your feet.

Listen for an unexpected song

trilling a serenade just for you from an overhead branch,

or wonder at a once-wilting plant

that has quite suddenly bounced back to life from your nurturing hands!

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For the One who loves us most

has hidden and planned brightly-shaped valentines all round

for us to find…

like an Easter egg hunt

directed by His Hand.

Yours may be an exquisite butterfly sent your way,

or maybe a stone or a seashell with a heart design

discovered on a walk.

It could be a breeze that lifts its fingers gently through your hair

pushes you playfully from behind,

or whispers I love you’s through the treetops.

Or the joy of seeing ripples streaming patterns of peace across a still lake…

There are valentines waiting for each of us…all the time…

Have you looked and listened for yours today?

 

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© Pam Depoyan

Have you found any unexpected valentines lately?

 

If you missed the earlier story pages of this series, here are the previous links:

“In the Garden with Blue Enchantment” * shown above, is now on display and available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery — All Things Childhood

(Please do NOT copy without permission. See my copyright info button on the sidebar.  :)

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My Little Book of Valentines – Page 4

Little Girl leaning into Brother

 

 

(Imagine you are holding a tiny gift book in your hands and turning the pages as you read this next special series of  Valentine posts here this week… 💖  )

Valentines is a time to celebrate everyone we love…

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Sometimes, someone —

perhaps an admired older brother–

may lend us a shoulder to lean upon

when maybe we are feeling a bit insecure

or shy.

They may not even realize

how much their kindness means.

 

But even more than paper lace and flowers,

theirs is the type of valentine

that lasts

long upon the heart.

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Thank you again, Debbie, for sharing the darling vintage photo of your mom (leaning into her big brother’s shoulder) that inspired this drawing.  I thought it seemed perfect to showcase here today as a valentine… Her so-expressive eyes hold so much story!

 

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© Pam Depoyan

Have you a snapshot in time (paper or memory) that captured a “living valentine” sort of story moment for you?

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If you missed the beginning pages of this series, here are the links:

 

“Virginia…”  * shown above, is now on display and available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery — All Things Childhood

(Please do NOT copy without permission. See my copyright info button on the sidebar.  :)

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My Little Book of Valentines – Page 3

Mom and Daughter Picking Flowers

(Imagine you are holding a tiny gift book in your hands and turning the pages as you read this next special series of  Valentine posts here this week… 💖  )

Valentines is a time to celebrate everyone we love…

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Some of those share their hearts with us as living valentines

throughout our lives…

They take our hands and teach us to find and explore and take joy

in  the new and the old.

They sing soft songs upon our days.

They lead us to care about others with thoughtfulness

by showing us how much they care for us.

So that no matter where we go,

or how far apart we may be,

we can “take them out to hold and read” …whenever we want…

as forever valentines.

 

If you missed the introduction to this series, here are  the first two links:

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© Pam Depoyan

Who has been a living valentine in your life?

Or, in what ways have you been blessed to be one to another?

I’d love to hear your stories…

 

“Out on the Meadow Together”  * shown above, is now on display and available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery —  People and Landscapes After the English Heart

(Please do NOT copy without permission. See my copyright info button on the sidebar.  :)

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