INTERNATIONAL ARTIST DAY

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Today is INTERNATIONAL ARTIST DAY.  Art impacts all of us every day in one form or another.  It encompasses painting, sculpture, writing and music.  We draw beauty, grace and humanity from the timeless gifts that artists give us.

Use this day as the opportunity to take an artist to lunch, buy that painting that’s been haunting you for months, visit a gallery,  go to the symphony or take part in something creative that is “outside the box” of your day-to-day life.

Lucinda Berry Hill wrote a poem about THE Masterpiece:

A MASTERPIECE

Artist & Founder

Chris, a Canadian Romantic Realist Artist in White Rock, BC, is always looking for that authentic gesture or moment in everything. His paintings express his “Romantic Realist” view of life, not crafty nor painterly.  Chris started I.A.D. to have a special day for the world to recognize and celebrate all the contributions artists have given to society.

The International Artist Day Festival in White Rock, B.C. will take place on October 24-26.  For more information, visit their website at www.IADFestival.com 

Enjoy live performances and so much more. This is a chance to meet and get to know the creative talent in your own backyard!

Some scenes from last year’s festival.  Looks like fun, doesn’t it?

I enjoy the arts because it is not set in stone.  There is no right or wrong when it comes to creating.   God will draw others to our art that need to be encouraged and uplifted.  We don’t know the far-reaching effect of the art God calls us to create.

If you’re like me, you won’t be celebrating the day in Canada (although it sounds lovely).  We have a fantastic art museum.  I might persuade my husband to take me to the Wichita Art Museum for lunch.  Then we can take a look around the art gallery.  We can spend the day just appreciating art!  😉

 

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WORLD CARD MAKING DAY

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 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. – Ecclesiastes 9:10

Do you enjoy being crafty and making a friend’s day? So do I! Today is WORLD CARD MAKING DAY, so let’s get busy making some happy cards!

How cute is that? It’s a real birthday candle!

I like this get well card! I’m sure receiving this would put a smile on my face!

Nowadays there are many methods to create cards of all types! Stamps and ink, punches and other ways to cut shapes, or maybe like me, you want to make your cards digitally. There is no right or wrong way to make a card and the type of card you make is limited only by your imagination!

I’ve never made an interactive card before, have you?

I like to make Thanksgiving cards. I’m so thankful for my friends and like to make them something special to let them know I care about them. I’m not sure if I could do all the drawing for this, but I’d be willing to try this:

How about sending some Thanksgiving Blessings?

Fall is the time of year we begin to think about warmth and nothing catches my eye faster than a cozy quilt. I don’t know how to make a quilt, but I think I could do this cute card:

There are literally TONS of ideas for cards of all kinds on the internet. Pinterest alone can keep you busy searching for just the right idea!

Oh – take a look at this one. I think I could even do this!

So many cute ideas! Get a group of friends together and start making some cards today! I’m sure you can think of someone who could use a handmade card just from you. Many years ago my pastor told me that when you give a gift, it reflects your personality. It’s the same principle with a handmade card. That card is something you took time to make especially for someone. When you take time – time you will never get back – to show someone how special they are, it means a great deal. Have fun making cards today! 😀

PLAY DOUGH DAY

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I have such fond memories of Sunday nights in Training Union. There’s a name that most of us have not heard in years! We had Sunday School on Sunday mornings and Training Union on Sunday nights. My parents taught my Training Union class. It was usually just me and the pastor’s son, John Mark Anderson.

John Mark was a pistol. Is anyone shocked by that? Yeah, I didn’t think so. He was a little hyper and was always leading me astray. Seriously, I’ve never been a leader, but I’d do anything for John Mark.

As much as I enjoyed Training Union, with the flannel board stories and games and puzzles and stuff, I really liked the times when we got to play with play dough! It was really special because my mom and I made our own from scratch!

The Saturday before, mama and I would put on our matching aprons and head for the kitchen. We put on our gloves and made four batches of dough – in primary colors – red, green, yellow and blue.

The red not only had red food coloring in it, but we scented it with cinnamon! It smelled good enough to eat, but you wouldn’t dare because it tasted very salty! Don’t ask me how I know that…

The green had green food coloring and a mint scent. The yellow had vanilla scent and the blue smelled like almonds.

We used the play dough to make the characters we learned about in the Bible Story. One night we learned about Noah’s Ark. We made an ark and the animals and John Mark used most of the blue to make the “water” for underneath his ark. My ark was on dry ground. LOL!!!

Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
– 1 Timothy 4:13

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It’s PLAY DOUGH DAY!!!  Make some great memories with your kids today! 😉

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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I had a thought; an idea of how something would work. I was so sure it was right! I was so confident that it would be perfect and I was so excited to get started on the project!  My heart was in the right place and my intentions were good.

In our old house, we painted an accent wall in our basement, then built shelves to display some dishes. It turned out so well. I am not brave enough to paint an entire accent wall in this house. Yes, I am a coward! I decided the next best thing was to paint one small table a beautiful Chinese Red. I reasoned that a table could be re-painted or discarded if it didn’t go well.

It did not go well. My little table was absolutely orange! The poor little thing looked like a pumpkin when it was finished. I kept saying, “It will dry darker – it’s going to turn Chinese Red by the time it’s dry.” Nope – didn’t happen!  Of course, it was just a table so it wasn’t a life or death sort of impact.  But sometimes if we have good intentions and don’t seek God before we act, it can have a more serious impact – not just on us, but on others as well.  Here’s a somewhat exaggerated example.

How many times do we cry out to God that despite our best efforts and good intentions, things ended badly? I’ve done it and I’ll bet you have too. It’s much more difficult to praise God during those rough spots when the results are less than desirable.  It’s so easy to give God glory and honor when things end well, isn’t it?

On this day in 1962, Bob Dylan recorded BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND, a song that proved to be the most powerful protest song ever.  He insisted it was not written with that in mind, that it was not his intention for it to be used as a protest song.  You can listen to the song on You Tube.

This here ain’t no protest song or anything like that, ’cause I don’t write no protest songs.  – Bob Dylan

The lyrics we sing have unimaginable impact on society even though Dylan described his song as “just another song”.  Whether he wanted to see it or not, it became the unofficial anthem of the civil rights movement.

We must be more responsible and careful to pray over what we create.  Yes, God gives us the talent and the ability.  It is up to us to include Him in the creative process and make sure our end product glorifies Him.  We need to think about our intentions, pray to God about them and trust Him for the result.  ❤

 

 

WORLD ART DAY

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Today is WORLD ART DAY!!! I’m sure the intent is for us to celebrate the works of man, but in my opinion they pale when compared to God’s creation. All art created by man comes from work already done by God. Think about it.

My favorite artist was Thomas Kinkade. I like that he gave glory back to God not only for his talent but for the subjects he chose to capture on canvas. I especially like the bridges for some reason. While I realize that bridges per se are made by man, the beauty that surrounds them are definitely the awesome creation of God.  I wish I could share some of his art here, but I’d be violating copyright laws if I posted them here.  😦  There are TONS of slide shows on You Tube.  Please check them out.

On this special day I want to urge you to see the beauty around you. This may be difficult if you are in chronic pain or grieving today, but it sometimes helps if we can stop to look at nature and enjoy our surroundings. It has a way of rearranging our priorities and getting our minds refocused. It makes our problems seem smaller in the grand scheme of things. Looking at God’s creation has a way of calming my spirit and once again I can say with confidence, “God is in control and everything will be alright.”

It’s a daily struggle to keep a positive attitude in the midst of grief and pain. There is not a time limit on grief even though most people would like to impose a time limit on it. People are uncomfortable talking about those who have died. I find it comforting to talk about my family because it brings such happy memories to mind. I could talk about them for hours but most people do not want to hear about them. It makes them uneasy and they tend to want to change the subject. I’m viewed as a “downer” when I talk of those who are no longer here.

There are days when all I can think about is the pain of neuropathy. When chronic pain is with you every day it is not easy to see anything good in the world. I was talking with a friend on facebook yesterday and mentioned that the only time I don’t feel pain is when I am sleeping.

I made an effort to find beauty in God’s creation today. I was walking out of a restaurant and spotted a single yellow daffodil in the landscaping just outside the building. Yellow is my favorite color, but it is even more captivating when it is against the beauty of a dark blue sky. It was as if God pointed it out to me on purpose. It’s like He knew I needed to see it and I’m so thankful that He showed it to me.

Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, How Great Thou Art. How GREAT THOU ART! ❤