Word Art/Subway Art — Mixed Media

September 4, 2017 at 8:24 am (mixed media, Scripture References, Subway Art, Word Art)

So, I promised to blog each and every week and already I’ve broken my promise!!  No more promises!!  Actually, I spent last week in NoVA, helping darling daughter to organize her house. Both she and her hubby work full time and go to school, which leaves no time for the little things…  I spent the days with their cat, Phlox 🙂 .  I had fun!!

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I actually would be a professional organizer if I didn’t have these little things, MS, ON, TN, which leave me exhausted after a few days of hard work.  I enjoyed visiting with her and we shopped, ate, talked and laughed and loved on each other.  I realized how much I really miss her,  She correctly stated that, after about 5 days, we’re ready for a break from each other.  I like to think we’ve learned, in 35 years, how to speak to each other and encourage each other!!

Anyway, I thought I’d catch you up on some of the art I’ve been doing, using my Silhouette machine and lots of trial and error.

This was one of the hardest pieces I did and it was one of the first!!  I suppose I love to jump into the deep end 🙂

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I love taking Bible Verses and making them into subway art…

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This is a piece I did for a baby shower…

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These two pieces were done for wedding showers…

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I love this piece, a poem written on a cellar wall in Germany during the Holocaust.

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One of my most precious pieces… the song Brent and Marissa danced to at their wedding.

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This was just a saying I liked.

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This piece is a mixture of stencil and hand lettering — for a refurbished farmhouse in Richland.

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There you have it!!  I guess I did more than I thought I did in the last year… I just neglected to blog about it!!

Be Blessed my friends!!

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Be Kind To Each Other

October 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm (Scripture References)

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” ~~ Ephesians 4:32

The other evening, my sister, Sue and I were visiting at Momma and Daddy’s house.  Momma isn’t in good health and often says things out of the blue that have nothing to do with… well… anything.  As she was walking up the stairs, she peeked her head down and said, “Now I want you girls to be nice to each other, okay??”

Me and Susie

That phrase was common in our house.  Momma would repeat this, when I was probably 11 or 12 and all five of us would stay in the house for a short while so she could grocery shop.  I must confess that we didn’t always listen to her — kicking, pinching and biting were our weapons of choice.

Esther, Debbie, Susan and Me(Melodye)

We were not allowed to speak anything unkind to or about anyone.   If Momma caught us talking about someone, she would simply say, “Meow!” and we knew to stop.  She taught us that words are as hurtful as fists.

Precious Momma and Daddy and their “girls”

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Heather on our swing

I am so glad that Momma and Daddy worked hard to show us, both in word and in deed, that kindness is the most important of all.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” ~~ Colossians 3:12

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My Lament ~~ His Promises

March 15, 2012 at 6:28 am (Multiple Sclerosis, Scripture References, Trigeminal Neuralgia)

Those of you who know me understand that for 22 years I have struggled with MS.  About 4 years ago, I developed trigeminal neuralgia – the most painful thing I have ever dealt with in my 52 years of life. In 2010 I had MVD surgery for the TN, which was unsuccessful.  In May, 2011, one of the meds I was taking caused me (very briefly – see my post, “Seeing In Color Again“) to contemplate suicide.    In November of 2011, right before Thanksgiving, I had a mini-stroke.  I certainly understand that compared to others, my battles are minor occurrences, but quite honestly, in January of this year, the weight of it all overwhelmed me ~~ I was in my hole, deeply seated, where I felt safe.   Then… two months ago… I went off of an MS drug, Betaseron I had been taking for 8 years and I was diagnosed with (albeit) mild hypothyroidism.  For a 6 week period, I was going one of my doctor’s each week and on their scale, my weight was up 3 pounds… each week!  That was the proverbial straw…

I messaged my cousin, who is a registered dietitian, and she gave a food plan recommendation.  I started making those changes, but I saw no results.

I wore the last pair of pants that really fit me to church on Sunday and as I was talking to my sweet friend, everything crashed together.   I have struggled with anorexia and bulimia in my 20’s and 30’s and I understand that slippery slope.  I am feeling (mostly self-imposed) stress leading up to my darling Amanda’s wedding in 9 days.  I am tired of fighting.  My friend knows a lot about holistic medicine and did some research for me, as I did research on hypothyroidism.  She called me Sunday afternoon and said that she thought my adrenal glands had shut down.  (Incidentally, one of the nurse practitioners suggested I see an endocrinologist but I rejected that as I do not want to add another doctor to my list).  We – well really — she read the information she had found and the recommendations, which are mostly vitamins.  The suggested food plan for adrenal gland issues is a low-carb diet.  I have given up my Frosted Flakes for breakfast and replaced it with Greek yogurt.  I had already made some of these moves based on my cousin’s recommendation.  I have lost 8 pounds of water weight in the last week!

Another long story shortened.  Yesterday I went to The Wellness Store with my list and Wanda helped me.  After the wedding I am heading back there with my list of meds so we can work to counteract my reactions to them.  I need my medicines, but they have many adverse side-effects.

Now to the real reason for this post.  As I crawl out of another hole…   In January another of my sweet friends, Danielle, recommended a devotional, “The One Year Book of Hope.”  To be honest, I bought it within the week, but really didn’t look at it, except to read Nancy Guthrie’s bio.  Two weeks ago, my spirit sensed that this was the book I needed to study.  Today’s devotional was titled, “Bitter beyond Words.”  In the “digging deeper” section Ms. Guthrie suggested I read through Lamentations 3:1-66 and write down what I can relate to in verses 1-20 and what me gives me hope from verses 21-66.

As I always say… “New Morning, New Mercies.”  “I am moving forward with J-O-Y.”  It is a constant battle to win, but I move forward, claiming His promises.

My Lament (Based on Lamentations 3:1-20)

I am the woman who has seen affliction.  Surely against me He has turned His hand.   He has walled me in so that I cannot go out.   He has made my chain heavy.   Even when I cry out and call for help, He shuts out my prayer.   He has made my paths crooked and has filled me with bitterness.   My soul has been rejected from peace, I have forgotten happiness.   So I say, “My strength has perished.”

My Remembrance of His Promises (Based on Lamentations 3:21-66)

The Lord’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.   They are new every morning.   The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.   The Lord will not reject me forever.  If He caused grief, He will have compassion according to His abundant loving kindness.   You have heard my voice.   You drew near when I called on You.   You said, “Do not fear.”   You have redeemed my life.

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Please Hold My Right Hand

February 16, 2012 at 5:31 am (Scripture References, Trigeminal Neuralgia)

My TN always causes pain and misery.  Some days, however, the pain can be off of the pain chart.  These are the days that I am desperately talking to my Father in Heaven.  I do not drive bargains with Him, but I ask him to take me home to be with Him.  Since I am writing this blog, He has not done that yet.

My plans for yesterday were to work on my MofB dress and another little corduroy dress.  I got none of that accomplished.  I folded laundry and made my bed and brushed my teeth …I think that is about it.  It is 5:00 a.m. and my pain woke me up.  Because I didn’t want to wake Danny up I headed downstairs.  I made a cup of tea, took more meds and decided to blog about what the Lord revealed to me.

Sunday, Amanda merely texted me a Bible reference, Isaiah 45:3.  “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden wealth of secret places, so that you may know that it is I, The Lord, the God of Israel who calls you by your name. ”  In context, God intended Cyrus to be aware that The God of the Jews was giving him victorious conquests.

This verse tells me that God will give treasures out of darkness and wealth out of secret places.  I am in a dark place right now.  God promises me treasures and wealth — not wealth of money, but wealth of friends, family, blessings.

Another verse that branched off from my study of this verse is Isaiah 41:13, “For I am the Lord Your God who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘do not fear, I will help you!'”

Another verse, Isaiah 42:6 says, “I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness.  I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you.”    Psalm 73:23 says, “Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you have taken hold of my right hand.”

Oh that I would never let go of His right hand.  My struggles are at times unbearable, but if I hold His right hand, He is continually with me.  Here is my hand, Lord.  Do what you want with my life.

Help me.

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Spiritual Reflections of 2010

January 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm (Scripture References)

These are a selection of journal entries, scripture verses and prayers I wrote as I “practiced the presence of God” in 2010.  My time in The Word is a precious part of my day.

January

“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28.  “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.”  John 7:37

I was in a lot of pain in January and was weary.  My notes reflect that… as I desperately looked for relief, I looked to Jesus.  I also shoveled a lot of snow!

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”  Isaiah 26:3

February

Still shoveling, I was reflecting and learning about the Power of God, who HE is.   I needed His Power to merely function.  “You are my witnesses, declare the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen; so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am He.  Before me, no God was formed and there will be none after me.”  Isaiah 43:10

March

I had MVD surgery on the 16th.  It was not fun nor was it easy.  I spent five days in ICU and as I recovered at home, I was looking for rest, peace and joy.

“He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge.”  Psalm 91:4.  “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.”  Jeremiah 31:3

May

I have two quotes in my notes in the month of May:  “God looks upon our hearts and knows whether we have any authentic desire to be different or if we’re all talk.” ~~ Beth Moore 

“God is far more interested in my holiness than my temporary happiness.”  Pastor Dave.  According to Pastor Dave, the Greek translation of 2 Corinthians 12:8 is “sufficient for you is the grace of me.”  “I (Jesus) am  the grace.”  Just like the Apostle Paul struggled with his “thorn in the flesh,” I continued to struggle with my physical limitations.  However, if I didn’t struggle, I would experience His power! 

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love, according to your great compassion, blot out my transgressions.”  Psalm 51:1.

June

I was focusing on prayer and answers.  “Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  Mark 11:24.  “You do not have, because you do not ask God.”  James 4:2b.  “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16.

July

“Lord, I am so glad that You do not give me what I deserve… Thank you for your favor, compassion and love.  I claim those today, with full understanding that it is only through the cross I can claim those ~ not for anything I have done, but because of Your great love & mercy.  Your daughter, Melodye.”

September

“My soul is thirsty for ~~ Waters of  Life ~~ Rivers of Joy.  Come now and hear my plea ~~ I need more of you!”  (Me)

November

“Dear Jesus ~ I love You and thank You for Your sacrifice on the cross.  May I never forget it.  I ask that  You clean my heart today ~~ find me faithful.  If it is in Your will, please restore my singing voice.  If it is not in Your will, use me the best way You can.  Bless Amanda and Brent, as they make decisions and work out their salvation ~~ always coming back to you.  Keep me faithful to pray for them.  I love you.  Your daughter, Melodye Joy.”

December

“The Son is the radiance of God’s Glory, and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.  After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the majesty in heaven.”  Hebrews 1:3

I think I still have more questions than answers, but I will continue to strive to be an instrument that God can use in 2011!!

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Meekness: Strength Under Control

September 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm (Scripture References)

The Pastors at Emmanuel Baptist Church are doing a series on “Life’s Healing Choices.”  The series is based on Matthew 5 ~~ The Beatitudes.  This Sunday, Pastor Ray (who was preaching Pastor Dave’s sermon) 🙂  spoke on Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”

 Meekness, Ray Jr. explained, is strength under control.  As I usually do each week, I took the sermon notes and started looking up the scripture references for further study.  I was absolutely hit between the eyes with something I struggle with… humility.  Diva that I am, and sinful human that I am, the “I” part of me fights to be heard, to be validated (a word we hear so often today).  That is completely contrary to what God says. 

“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.”  Titus 3:1,2

 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”  Colossians 3:12, 13

 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient; bearing with one another in love.”  Ephesians 4:2

 No where in any of those verses does it say, fight for your “rights,” make sure your “voice” is heard, do whatever feels good, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone.  None of that is acceptable if I want to live as Christ lived.  I have learned to keep very short accounts, to ask for forgiveness and to accept apologies. 

 I must, above all, be a servant, not a diva… although, technically, since I am a daughter of the King of Kings, I am a princess!!  🙂

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Fervent Prayer

August 11, 2010 at 2:56 pm (Scripture References)

fer – vent \ adj.  2.: exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling: zealous

Once again, I am coming to the Lord about situations that I have been praying about for a long time.  I am weary, discouraged, emotionally exhausted.  But, I know, that I know that I know…  I will continue as long as I have breath, to bring petitions to the Throne of Grace.  He has the answers, He is able.  I must be faithful.

“The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  James 5:16

 

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Fighting Fear

July 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm (Musings..., Scripture References)

What are you afraid of?  I don’t mean snakes and spiders fear (although my fear of snakes IS very real!).  I mean… well, here are a few pictures of my fears…  

Fear of Success

Fear of Failure

Fear of Losing my Musical Abilities

 These fears paralyze me.  They keep me from finishing well.  Fear renders me deaf and dumb, immune to those who try to encourage me.  Fear weakens my resolve to live for Jesus. 

Pastor Ray, Jr. at EBC has been doing a series on fear.  Today, using some of the passages he referenced and using my handy-dandy concordance, I found a few verses.
“For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7
 
“The Lord is my light and my salvation.  Whom  shall I fear?”  Psalm 27:1
 
“So do not fear, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10
 
“There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear.”  1 John 4:18
 
Unfortunately, I was not a good model of courage for my children.  I watch as they struggle, as I have with fear of failure.  I wrote out this prayer today…
Lord, my life is often ruled by fear:  fear of failure, fear of success, fear of the unknown, fear of people’s reactions, fear of finances.  You promise that your perfect love casts out fear.  I am embracing, filling myself with your perfect love, so that I may approach this day, tomorrow, and the days following with courage and boldness.  I want YOUR WILL to rule my life, not fear.  I love you.  ~~ Your Daughter ~~  Melodye Joy.

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Behaving My Way Through…

April 6, 2010 at 12:35 pm (Decorative Painting, Jewelry, MVD, Scripture References)

Coral bracelet ~~ my design

How is one supposed to be feeling three weeks removed from MVD surgery?  Is it okay to still need pain medicine as the nerves in my head come alive again and my ear feels like it is infected?  Is it okay to need lots and lots (and still more) of sleep?  My hair hurts at the roots.  Is this normal?  Why do I seem to have concentration issues? 

The good news is I am now able to wash my hair and I feel human again!  I showered, dressed, put make-up on in preparation to attend Easter Services on Sunday and was too exhausted to go, but I looked great!!!

It is very interesting that my devotion today focused on Psalm 119:71-74

“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.  The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.  Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.  May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word.” 

I must always, in all circumstances, remember that God made me and all the junk that goes along with being “me.”   I want to be salt and light ~~ I can’t do that if I stay in bed all day!! 

To be honest, for me, the risk is that I stop doing, stop living life, just stop fighting.  I must behave my way through this day… which to me means:  to get up with darling DannyO, even if I need to lie down when he goes to work; read my Bible and pray; take a shower, think about supper, figure out my next painting project, my next jewelry project.  Those are the concrete steps I must take to behave my way through this unfamiliar journey.

What steps do you need to take to behave your way through a particularly hard situation?  I would encourage you to figure it out, even write it down if you must!  (Lists are my friend!)

Blessings to all who read this today!!

New England Sampler 3-2010

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Keeping Short Accounts

August 19, 2009 at 11:38 am (Scripture References)

I was responding to Danielle’s blog, http://dancebythelight.wordpress.com/, about marriage.  One of the important tools to a happy marriage and a happy life is to keep short accounts, with both the people you interact with, and with God.  

Anger, bitterness, and sin are like festering wounds.  Wounds, if not treated, get infected, hurt and begin to smell – a putrid scent.  Then they leave a scar…

 Anger is not always sin, but unresolved anger becomes bitterness, which then is sin.  How can we keep anger from becoming sin?  By not responding in kind and forgiving immediately.

  •  “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
  • {{Love}}” is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrong.”  1 Corinthians 13:5
  • “Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.”  Proverbs 10:12
  • “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”  James 1:19

 If we have allowed anger to fester, unresolved, how do we overcome the bitterness?  By recognizing that bitterness hurts no one but ourselves and “behave” our way to peace.

  •  “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy.  See to it that no one misses the Grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble.”  Hebrews 12:14,15
  • “The end of all things is near.  Therefore, be clear-minded and self-controlled so that you  can pray.  Above all, love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.”  1 Peter 4:7,8
  • “Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on YOU, live at peace with everyone.”  Romans 12:17-18

Part of the “active” process of behaving our way to peace, is to forgive.

  •  “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.”  Ephesians 4:32

God left us some great examples of forgiveness.

  • “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.’”  Luke 23:34
  • “But you are a forgiving God – gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.”  Nehemiah 9:17b
  • “The Lord, the Lord, is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love.”  Exodus 34:6

 Forgiving IMMEDIATELY keeps our account short before God and with all men.  If we do not forgive, we cannot pray.

  • “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him.”  Mark 11:24-25
  • “In your anger – do not sin; do not let the sun go down while you are angry.”  Ephesians 4:26.

This process is not easy, but I promise you that it is doable.  My wish for you is that it doesn’t take you 50 years to learn this valuable lesson. 🙂

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