Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
 who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
 who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
 He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
 He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
 For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.

 As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
 to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.

 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!
 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!
 Bless the Lord, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Describe Heaven

This post calls on my readers’ participation. I want to know what you think heaven will be like. I was given a writing prompt to “describe heaven” and after I was done, I was really curious as to what other people’s versions of “complete happiness in Christ” would be. Don’t use my description as a model. Just give me what you would first say when told, “Describe Heaven.”

Mine:
Well heaven is certainly different than some silly things I hear. I will not be peering down on earth, watching the proceedings, and sending snow and blessings. I don’t even think I’ll notice the earth at all. No, I will be dancing! I will be dancing and singing and laughing and crying. Dancing with balloons for feet and wings for arms. Dancing with every ache and care gone. I’ll dance for the greatest reason there ever was the dance. I suppose it doesn’t get much better than dancing for Jesus. I can’t imagine anything better.

Happy New Year!

Electric Bubbles

Journal on the past few days

Leading up to the wedding I was in a state of numbness. I got excited, but not emotional. Which was good! Otherwise I couldn’t have survived! But I stopped to just think—wait, my brother is getting married—and at those times I was absolutely astounded. It is so bizarre, but so natural that Billy and Sarah should be joined. I still can’t believe it!

Glimpses into my journal: (Don’t ask who I’m talking to, that’s just how I journal.)

October 12th 2013 At the reception hall in the van

Tomorrow? You’ve got to be kidding. Tomorrow Billy is getting married? My brother Billy? That’s a good one! My brother kissing? Incredible.

But I tell you what, if it was anyone but Sarah I wouldn’t believe you. If it was anyone but him I could never believe Sarah was getting married.

My brother hugging someone? Yes, my brother.

My brother kissing someone?

Yes, tomorrow he will give his first kiss to his first and only girl.

My brother a husband?

You better believe it!

If that doesn’t beat all….

October 13th 2013 on the sofa

Whoa! You have got to be kidding. For serious? My brother is getting married!

Maybe my body understands that if I could comprehend it all I would bust, so it won’t let me comprehend it, hopefully until I am alone.

This is incredible.

(At their graduation)

October 14th 2013 on the floor by the bed

It is done. It has really happened. I have a new sister. She was absolutely, without a doubt, the most beautiful bride I have ever seen or ever will see. She was absolutely radiant. Billy was by far, without a doubt, the handsomest groom I have ever seen or ever will see (save mine, if/when he comes!). He looked so much better in a brown vest and pirate boots than he ever would have in a suit or tux. Even his curly hair looked right for the day. I got a little shiver as Billy leaved over to kiss Sarah and when he picked her up to carry her up the aisle, it was all I could do not to cry!

Sarah, Billy, God bless you! October 13th 2013 rivals for the best day of my life!

Congratulations Billy and Sarah Jackson!

For serious!

Electric Bubbles

Read My Story!!!!

I must apologize for not blogging. I am very busy, believe me!

My brother is engaged! He is planning on getting married October 13th, 2013.

Thus, I am busy!

Second, I go to Wisconsin tomorrow! I am terribly excited and I will try to take all the pictures I can! It’s the awesomest place I’ve ever been! We are still trying to get packed, get food ready for the 10-11 hour drive, and pack the van.

Thus, I am busy!

But I haven’t completely forgotten my blogger friends. I do have pictures I have drawn, but the picture I am working on I cannot show you. Not yet! 😉 Instead, I have something for y’all to read. I found and read over one of my old drafts, from June 2013, Camp Nanowrimo. I think it is my favorite draft that I have. I made a cover for it awhile ago….

Nighttime_Sky

To be sure, I have plans to change some things in it, but I want to let y’all read it and critique it. Please be ruthless with the story, and please be kind to me!

If a doc. doesn’t work for you somehow, let me know and I’ll try to email it to you, but it will be after I return from Wisconsin.

NOTE: If an italicized sentence or portion is not expressly a thought of a character, then it is subject to removal and is italicized just for me. I’ve also written notes for myself, just ignore them, if you want.

1 The introduction to the family of Adofo, and how misfortune befell them in the cozy town where they lived and what became of their misfortune.
2 Leaving the town and journeying on
3 Dividing 
4 The fates and fortunes of Hanson and Westby
5 The fates and fortunes of Mireille and Hurlee
6 The Placing of Hanson and Westby
7 Living in the place
8 What became of Westby’s place
9 What became of Hanson’s place
10 Hanson’s captivity 
11 Westby slipping
12 The Capture of Mireille
13 Westby’s search

Part Two

14 Hanson’s escape
15 Hurlee slipping
16 Mireille and Westby’s Captivity
17 As a Captive
18 Captive and more
19 Breaking point
20 Rescue
21 No Rescue
22 Preparing for Change
23 Escape
24 Betrayal
25 Westby’s rescue
26 The end
for those who wondered

Enjoy!

Chill Peeps!

Electric Bubbles

Portrait Drawing Course

Hello Followers! My apologies for getting so behind in blogging. I’ve been meaning for weeks to write this blog post, but it kept getting shoved around on my schedule. So now–I won’t do it justice, I’ll just get it out there!!!

Lately, whenever I can find time, I’ve been drawing portraits, if you didn’t know. I’ve been drawing people I know, and I love it, but my problem, which has always been my problem, is that I cannot draw a portrait without a picture. And having a reference is (haha!) not my thing! It gets boring.

How to Draw Realistic Faces

So I’m taking a Portrait Drawing Course! I’m super excited to be doing it. All online, with videos, with pencil and simple supplies. Ethan starts with the very beginning and works up to a full, detailed, shaded, and realistic portrait, and besides the initial video course, he is full of tips on his site.

http://mydrawingtutorials.com/

And because it is a real person telling you how to draw, for this gal, it is much nicer, easier, smoother than reading it on paper.

https://i2.wp.com/mydrawingtutorials.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Eye-wrinkles-reference-photo.jpg

Since you never really know how good an art course will really be, the course is risk free. It is also a work-at-your-own pace course, which is critical! to me right now. =) You can find the course on the site linked above, as well as his figure drawing course, which is actually what first drew me to the site.

I’ve super enjoyed it so far! Just ask me if you have any doubts.
Tell me if you have questions about it or email them, support@mydrawingtutorials.com.

I’ll be posting my drawings that I get and my progress on the course as I go. I’ll be going as fast as my hectic schedule will allow.

Tootles!

Electric Bubbles

(behind on my wordcount, don’t even ask)

Behold the Man, song

You sat upon your mother’s lap somehow
Creator of the universe would bow
What a mystery to marvel on right now
Real hands tough from splinters of wood

You set these same hands upon children
To bless the little ones until your kingdom
A kingdom not of this world but of heaven
But still you chose to dwell among men
Behold the Lamb!

Jesus!—What have you done?
What have you done for me?

I —can’t understand why
You would die
To be my King

Sacrificial Lamb
Both God and Man
The Great I AM
My God!

That God would be a man, unbelievable
That this man could be God, unreceivable
A man to emphasize that a lamb could sympathize
When Pilate turned Him toward the crowd
“Behold the Man!”

Jesus!—What have you done?
What have you done for me?

I —can’t understand why
You would die
To be my King

Sacrificial Lamb
Both God and Man
The Great I AM
My God!

Real blood in your veins, in your sweat
Thorns you had made on your head
Your own chosen people would have you dead
Behold Your King!

Jesus!—What have you done?
What have you done for me?

I —can’t understand why
You would die
To be my King

Sacrificial Lamb
Both God and Man
The Great I AM
My God!