Posted in Christian, January 2017, Rhyme, Scripture

Standing Ovation


This very place

Where I once stood

Weak and frightful

Wondering if I could

Now I stand

And all’s well and good

I’m feeling strong

As I hoped I would

This brings the thought

Had I not in Him stood

If life now

Would be this good

It would not

For its understood

In His great strength

Is my livelihood

Rhyme

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  (Jesus) John 15:5 

 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 

Posted in Christian, Etheree, January 2017

Ribbons of Life

Ribbons of Life watercolor painting , original painting by Leona J. Atkinson
Life’s

Ribbons

Teardrops flow

Pain overwhelms

Trials seem to grow

Hope slowly declines 

The future looks so dim

Yet thru all these ribbons glows

The strong and sure symbol of Him

He nevers leaves us nor forsakes us

Etheree

Yesterday I decided to do a watercolor tapestry of my life.

I planned to use different colors and drawings to represent my various life events. Well, not being an artist, the whole painting ended up looking like a timeline of colors with some childish doodle drawings. The one thing that stood out was a brown cross that I drew, however, the rest of it I knew I would need to redo.

The whole painting had a good message as I explained it, it just needed a better appearance.   

So, this morning I had the thought to just wash the whole painting clean with water and start over, kind of like a new life, new beginning. So I did. I loaded my shammy with water and washed and rubbed. In the end most of the paint disappeared, some just faded and all the drawings washed away EXCEPT THE CROSS!  Honest! 

The Cross didn’t fade nor change at all! It did not erase thru all I did! All the other drawings were drawn with the same watercolor pencils as the Cross, and they all erased, but it did not! AMAZING! 

It seemed God was speaking to me in this, telling me that nothing can ever erase the message of the Cross. That what Christ accomplished thru His death on the Cross will always remain and that if we believe and receive Him as our Savior and Lord He will never leave us nor forsake us. 

This seemed so profound to me that I decided to name the new painting “Ribbons of Life” to represent that no matter what happens to us in our life, if we have believed and received Jesus as our Savior and Lord, He will always be there with us thru it all!