{through the lens} I Believe in God

June 8, 2012 | 42 comments

God’s glory showed up in my mailbox yesterday. Laura Boggess, author and artist and beautiful friend, sent me this painting, photographed above. The words are just a few coming out of the overflow of my heart, inspired by Laura’s painting.

Linking with Deidra and Sandra this weekend…

 

UNTO THE GLORY {favorite things}:

Hi friends …

I found so many goodies around the Web this week. I’m excited to share a few of my favorites with you:

• Do you feel like you’re the sloooowest work in progress ever? Yeah. Me, too… If you’re like me, you might enjoy this post by Holley Gerth. Holley writes:  “Because while I may not ever be a grape grower, I belong to One.” Yes … fruit takes time to grow. Let’s go easy on ourselves.

• Were you a Mr. Rogers fan? Oh friend. You will LOVE this: A Mr. Rogers remix. 

• Deidra Riggs writes: “On the day I woke up counting calories, and figuring out how much I’d need to exercise in order to lose three pounds that week, I knew something was wrong.” <—- If you can relate to that, even a little bit, then you might just want to read this.

• And this… A song that moves me so: 

” When the stars burn down and the earth wears out
And we stand before the throne
With the witnesses who have gone before
We will rise and all applaud
Singing blessing and honor and glory and power
Forever to our God “

by | June 8, 2012 | 42 comments

42 Comments

  1. S. Etole

    What a delightful gift from a delightful lady.

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    • dukeslee

      Indeed. She is amazing. And gifted. Artful, and kind.

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  2. Sheila Seiler Lagrand

    Beautiful. Absolutely exquisite. That Laura…

    And you, Friend? You could have just tucked it away to savor yourself, but you chose to share it.

    You blessed us all, extending the precious gift.

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    • Jennifer@GDWJ

      Yes, that Laura is amazing. The painting stood well all on its own, of course, but I couldn’t help but share the words bubbling on the inside when I looked at it. Things like flowers and paintings — people like Laura and Sheila — all of this is evidence of a God’s whose hands have caressed the Earth.

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  3. Shelly Miller

    Always inspired by the way friends encourage one another. Beautiful painting, just another one of Laura’s gifts I didn’t know about. Thankful you shared it with us.

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    • dukeslee

      I know. I KNOW! Laura is so talented. I gasped when I opened the envelope. I recall reading — a FB status? a blog post? — that Laura was having some fun with art. Maybe she’ll drop by and tell us the story. 🙂

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  4. Joanne Norton

    It is gorgeous… and sure fits into my bright-color-oriented love of life. [I’d say “color-oriented personality”, but sometimes I end up with shades of “boring”. ;-).]

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    • dukeslee

      Joanne … You’re full of color and vigor and life — all the Jesus Light shining out from you. xo

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      • Joanne Norton

        Thanks so much. Looking forward to the day I hop into my car and head your way to hang out for a few hours and then come back home. Just gotta get it on schedule, doncha think? You’re a blessing.

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  5. Deborah

    I love your words and the picture is just wonderful. He has indeed caressed the world, hasn’t He? His work is all around us, we just need to notice it.
    Happy Saturday to you! X

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    • dukeslee

      Thanks for being here, Deborah. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, filled with reminders of God’s caressing Hand.

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  6. floyd

    That painting is absolutely awesome! And a simple beautiful truth in your words.

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    • dukeslee

      Yes, it is awesome. Have you met Laura at lauraboggess.com? She’s a great writer, too.

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    • dukeslee

      Thank you, Patricia. Laura’s painting is a treasure.

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  7. laura

    I’m so delighted that you are enjoying the painting, Jennifer. It makes me so happy to know that. This is the best part of the art, no? Giving it away…

    As far as a story–not really much of one. Painting is something I just play with. Sometimes I get a wee bit blocked with the words and squeezing out that vibrant color onto a white palette is like balm. Sometimes it gives me so much joy that I tremble. 🙂

    The best part is sharing, though. And you’ve made it even sweeter with these words.

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    • dukeslee

      I perhaps should have asked before posting. 🙂 … I thought about that afterward. Isn’t there a saying about it being easier to ask for forgiveness, instead of permission? 🙂

      It is a joy to share your art.

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    • Michele-Lyn

      What a beautiful gift you have! Thank you for sharing it…

      Blessings to you 🙂

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  8. Lyn Cooke

    So beautiful – Laura’s painting and your words. Both of you inspire me every time I visit. Blessings to you and your family this weekend!

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    • dukeslee

      Hi Lyn! Happy Sunday to you. Thanks for being here. You inspire ME! 🙂

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  9. Sandra Heska King

    Oh. Oh. Oh. I must get me some paints. These colors. These words. I love you both so.

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    • dukeslee

      Sandy, You are a painter, too, yes?

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  10. Diane Bailey

    Wow, what a precious gift! Thank you for sharing picture and words are beautiful.

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    • dukeslee

      Thanks Diane. My pleasure. Have a great Sunday.

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  11. Caroline

    Oh, yes, His work and presence is evident everywhere. Thanks for the reminder! (Gorgeous painting!)

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    • dukeslee

      Hi Caroline. A joy to have you here in the comment box. Happy, restful, joyous, wonder-filled Sunday to you!

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  12. Danise Jurado

    Beautiful painting! “the overwhelming evidence” of His amazing presence and grace. Stopping by from Sunday Community. Blessings~

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    • dukeslee

      Deidra’s Sunday community is great, isn’t it? It’s the perfect example of that overwhelming evidence, I think.

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  13. Kathie M Thomas

    I see God’s glory all around me whenever I’m out and about with my camera. I just love capturing what He shows me to share with others.

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    • dukeslee

      Me, too, Kathie. The camera goes with me most places. I see your there, in that sweet picture!

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    • dukeslee

      I KNOW, right? Amazing.

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    • dukeslee

      Love seeing you in the comment box, Thelma. You’re a blessing to me.

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  14. Debby

    You had me at Mr. Rogers. Loved him, and smiled pretty big when I watched the remix. Good stuff!

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  15. Kerry

    Amazing and beautiful at the same time. Thanks for sharing what was given to you!

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  16. Linda

    It is so “Laura” – her lovely heart. I just love it Jennifer.

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  17. Sharon O

    Is that a painting? it is beautiful.

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  18. Laura

    Love, love, love that song!

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  19. emily wierenga

    oh what an incredible painting! i love when God shows up in our mailboxes.

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  20. Dolly

    Wow…beautiful painting and words…also love the post by Holley…hope you had a blessed Sunday, Jennifer 🙂

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  21. Deidra

    I didn’t know Laura is a painter! Wow!

    I’m a bit late to the party this week. It’s taken me this long to get here for this post. Thanks for the link to that Body Image post. It’s opened up so many opportunities for discussion with so many women.

    Bless you!

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