February 17, 2018

Doors of the World & Christ's Message of Salvation


Doors have particular significance in Scripture.
Although each of these doors, with its own beautiful architecture,
 represents a different country, the message of Christ's offer 
of salvation through Him is universal and remains the same
for every country, 
in any language, 
to all people.

Contemplate each of these Bible verses,
take in the artistry of these doors from around the globe,
then consider:
Have you knocked?
Have you opened?
Have you entered?

 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; 
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; 
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."
Matthew 7:6-8

"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. 
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door
I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me."
Revelation 3:20

 "I am the door. 
If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, 
and will go in and out and find pasture."
John 10:9











February 12, 2018

Kay Leverton's Wonderful Scratchboard Designs

Kay Leverton, of Wales, creates her art using a medium called scratchboard.
If, like me, you aren't familiar with this, I'll explain.
 Using a sharp tool, or nib, a layer of india ink is scraped and scratched away, 
exposing the white clay surface underneath.
The resulting black and white image is detailed and dramatic.
Kay achieves fantastic texture, perspective and depth with her designs.

Find more of Kay's work here:

Images used with direct permission from Kay Leverton.

February 5, 2018

Frilly, Vintage Heart-Shaped Valentine Candy Boxes

Here's a lovely collection of vintage heart-shaped candy boxes-
those fanciful, romantic gifts that ladies hoped they'd be 
lucky enough to receive from their sweethearts on Valentine's Day.

They were bedecked with ruffled lace, pleated satin, and fluffy tulle,
then topped off with a big bow and a rose to boot.
Inside was a variety of chocolate confectioneries by 
companies such as Whitman's, Schrafft's, See's, or Brach's.

Whether traditional red, pink, or any sherbet-y pastel shade,
the more feminine, frou-frou, and frivolous, the better!

"Sometimes a girl's gotta have some chocolate!" 
-Carrie Underwood

“My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. 
You never know what you're gonna get.”
-Forrest Gump

Check out these Valentine posts, too!

Hope your Valentine's Day is especially sweet!

February 2, 2018

Some Fun Facts About Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is on the second of February.
Why February 2? It falls midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.
The very first Groundhog Day was on February 2,1887.
 Germans who settled in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania first began looking to the
groundhog to predict the weather and determine the length of winter.
Groundhogs are also known as woodchucks - as in, How much wood could one chuck?  

After hibernating all winter, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow. 
If he sees his shadow, 6 more weeks of cold weather are in store for us.
However, if he doesn't see his shadow, spring weather will arrive early.

The event is emceed by an Inner Circle of top hat-donned officials. 
As far as accuracy is concerned, Phil has only nailed his prediction 40% of the time.

Punxsutawney, with a population of just under 6,000,
attracts tens of thousands of folks each year for the brouhaha.
Punxsutawney is the Delaware Indian word for "town of the sandflies." (Oh, dear.)


Quite a gig for a rodent!

January 31, 2018

Hanna Varghese's Dramatic Christian Art

 I love to come across a person who uses their God-given gifts of 
artistic talent and creativity to glorify the Lord through Christian art.
Malaysian-born Hanna Varghese's bright and bold 
works of art depict magnificent scenes from Scripture.
Her use of acrylic paint or batik provides a modern
interpretation of classic Bible stories about the life of Christ.

She has been quoted to say, "All creative work, be it the spoken word, 
the written word or the sung word, are essentials in praise and worship, 
meditation, education, inculturation and evangelism. 
This also includes art and pictures, which is universal seeing."

Hanna lost her battle with cancer in 2009.

Above: Give Me a Drink
Below: Unto Us a Child is Born

Receive the Holy Spirit

He Is Not Here, He Has Risen

Hosanna in the Highest!

Peace Be Still

The Shepherds: Glory to God in the Highest

(This was the first piece of Hanna's art I saw.
I used it in my Christmas 2017 blog post
entitled Glory to God in the Highest!.)

Ascension: He Was Taken Up Into Heaven

More of Hanna's art can be found here:

January 26, 2018

Collections: A Show of Hands

I always seem to be attracted to carvings of hands.
I guess you could say they're a bit eerie,
but I find them infatuating.
They might be glove or mitten forms, artists' hand models,
 or hands of statues or dolls. 
Be they functional or decorative,
there's something about a replica of the human hand.

Oh, the positive power of hands as they're 
stretched out in welcome,
extended in friendship or hospitality, 
and raised in praise or supplication!
They can reach out to help,
give generously, and 
offer peace, love, or hope.

Lend one and see for yourself!