Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Rhythmic Grace

I slip into my bed at the end of the day,
I yawn and I sigh, I read and I pray.
The things on my heart I place into His hands,
He knows all that has happened and He understands.

All the words that were said and the things left undone
Leave me ever so grateful that He is the One . . .
Who promised new mercies at dawning of day,
His goodness and mercy companion my way.

The burdens are lifted, no need for alarm,
My Shepherd has found me, I rest in His arms.

And while I sleep . . .

He gives His beloved rest.
He renews my strength.
He restores my soul.

He breathes on broken dreams 
and hope springs to life once more.
He sings over me, dances round about me.
Whispers mysteries in my ear.

As the darkness gives way to morning's first light,
I stretch and I yawn and smile with delight.
My spirit is singing the song that I heard
From the lips of my Shepherd, how precious those words.

I step into the day full of promise and hope
With Him at my side I'm convinced I can cope
With whatever should happen, be it happy or sad
If I get frustrated, excited or mad.

And at the end of the day, I'll slip into my bed . . .

©Andrea D. Olsen, 13 August 2013

Friday, 2 August 2013

Photo Art Friday, 2 August 2013

Photo Art Friday is back . . . how I have missed you.
I love how this link-up challenges me and gets my creativity flowing.
The optional theme this time was flowers with one of our host Bonnie's textures applied as an added element of the piece.  

Here is what I came up with . . .

 This first piece is actually the last one I did.  Geraniums from my daughter's garden with an oil painting filter and Bonnie's "Bamboo Dreams" texture.  I finished up with a frame from picMonkey.

 Here I have a classic rose bush against a cedar fence with a Giger Fine Art filter and Bonnie's "Mother Love" texture.  I finished this one off with a "Dusk" effect in picMonkey.

"The first shall be last" as the saying goes.  Here is my first creation for this month's theme.
A rudbekia in my container garden  with a Fine Art watercolour filter and Bonnie's "Lost and Found" texture.

I see a correlation in my progression of pieces with some circumstances currently in my life where I begin with quite a blurry picture of what is before me and how I feel and what needs to be done.  As I think and pray and process my feelings things begin to come more focused.  Ultimately, things become quite clear and sharp and I see the steps I need to take to bring about the changes I desire.

"I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; 
what I can say is they must change if they are to get better"
~Georg C. Lichtenberg

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