Fall A-Z Art Challenge 2016

In the other gardens   
And all up the vale, 
 From the autumn bonfires 
   See the smoke trail! 
 Pleasant summer over
  And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes, 
   The gray smoke towers.
Sing a song of seasons!
  Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
  Fires in the fall!

"Autumn Fires" | Robert Lewis Stevenson 

Zoodle Italian Salad

Summertime and noodle salad.  Is there anything more American?  Thanks to this zoodle version of spaghetti salad, those of us who do not get along with grains don't have to be left feeling hungry or unpatriotic.

Thanksgiving Art Challenge 2015

Praise the LORD.  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
~Psalm 106:1

Seasonal and thematic art challenges are one of my favorite tools to keep myself picking up pen or brush daily to practice.  This is my third Thanksgiving challenge.  (Link to 2014 & 2013 challenges)

Since I am currently taking a class on sketching on location and still life, I have implemented these techniques into this year's challenge.

How to Grow in Your Knowledge of God (Start With Worship Part 3)

 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To him be glory both now and forever!  Amen.
~2 Peter 3:18

We have established that worship requires focus, a choice, and knowledge of the object of our praise.

While we can have a knowledge of God independent of belief, we cannot know God apart from a relationship with His Son, Jesus, (John 14:6).  Through a relationship with the Son, we come to know the Father.  We begin to understand His character, recognize His actions, and believe His promises.  Jesus, the Author of our faith, by the power of His Spirit in us, gives us eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to love our great God.  

To know God through Jesus is to enter the Paradise our first parents lost; and like Adam and Eve before they fell, we have good work to do in the Garden.  We have the great privilege of cultivating beauty and fruitfulness through a living, active relationship with God.  This is a life of worship.  And He has not left us without tools for the job.

Start With Worship Part 1

We do this by fixing our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates
and perfects our faith.
~Hebrews 12:2a

Worship Requires Focus
Worship is ascribing worth or great value to someone or something.  When we worship God, we are acknowledging His great worth.  We are turning our eyes away from the chaos and ugliness of sin and focusing on the life-giving beauty of God.