December 10 JoyDare



 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  Isa. 9:6 KJVB  That verse packs a powerful message.  It is one our family memorized each year for our Christmas Advent for many years.  We would all would work so hard for days and days on that one and then the older ones would whiz through it (and a few other ones) each year while the younger ones got it down.  I am so glad God promises none of that will return void.


This thrift store trinket box daintily reminds me of a precious truth.  He has, indeed, made everything beautiful in its time.  If we just use the lens of the Word, we can see the beauty He has placed all around us; sometimes it is hidden and must be unearthed.  Sometimes it is more outward, but that can trip us up if we don’t use the correct lens!   “The LORD    does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”                1 Sam. 16:7b


Gourd art is time consuming but the end results are fun, pretty and practical.  The Native American style one on the left was made by my youngest son, Jacob; I made the one in the middle, and Hannah made the bird one on the right.  Jacob and Hannah enjoy art classes from a local art teacher at Little Log Art Studio.  Of course, they are embarrassed that their pictures on her website are from several years ago.


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