Category Archives: Bible

The Evolution of an Idea

Idea’s never leave me alone.

They bother me when I’m riding in the car and have no pen to record them. They keep me up in the middle of the night after a child wakes me up. They distract me when I should be paying attention.

Sometimes one idea will come, then quickly leave. Other times an idea will stick with me, aggravating me until I create it, or write it or do something about it.

Often, when I am working in my sketchbook, I am thinking of what else I could do with image.

This idea started with a frame that I created and really liked in my sketchbook. I used my sharpie and watercolor brush markers to sketch this.

doodle borders

I took a picture of it and uploaded that to my computer. I used Photoshop and Illustrator to create a vector image. (Visit this website for more information on vectors and bitmaps.)


Once I had the vector image, I used InDesign to add the background, color and text. I ended up with a 5×7 to offer you as a new free download!

 Psalm 100:2

Click here to download a high resolution 5×7 jpeg for printing at your favorite photo developer!


4 Reasons to Smile

A recent ladies bible study really got me thinking about smiling and cheerfulness . About how I should smile more. About the many reasons I have to be full of cheer. About how much better laugh lines will look than frown lines with my graying hair.

If you feel rainy, foggy, cold, or stormy on the inside today, try this exercise. Take a deep breath and smile…a genuine smile….for 15 seconds.

Now how do you feel? Did those endorphins respond? Did your mood suddenly improve?

Maybe you’ll be encouraged to read what the Bible has to say:

Truth springs up from the earth, and righteousness smiles down from heaven.
Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings. Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.

 Psalm 85:11-12 (NLT)

A joyful heart makes a cheerful face,
But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.

Proverbs 15:13 (NASB)

Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray.
Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.

James 5:13 (NASB)

We can all come up with a million and one reasons to be grumpy, complaining, angry, bitter, disobedient and the like. But what one reason do you have today to smile?

I’ll start……the four kids I am blessed to have in my life…they are super cool, occasionally crazy, and very creative. It is an honor to have them as my family and I am looking forward to watching them grow into the life God has given them.

Now it’s your turn. Leave a comment and tell me what your reason to smile today is.

The men whom I have seen succeed best in life have always been cheerful and hopeful men, who went about their business with a smile on their faces, and took the changes and chances of this mortal life like men, facing rough and smooth alike as it came. – Charles Kingsley

P.S. For those who are wondering, we do still have our little guy, but privacy concerns will keep me from posting pictures of him until he is no longer in the foster care system.

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