Painted this potter years before I started pottery this year. It often looks right, but my hands are still so inept that I can’t even say I am a potter. All the people who do the how-to videos say that they have done it for 20 years, so I wish myself success and even more determination to get to at least a certain level.
When we think we are our own boss and live in a democratic society that is largely true, but in the spiritual realm that would not be the greatest thing, for God reminds us once in a while he is the potter, and I am the clay. Ouch, I have felt that when he made some moves that seemed illogical or unnecessary, and I started protesting, “What on earth are you doing??” I think I hear a chuckle:)
My Weekly Smile. Once in a while I’lI hit all the angles right so it’s fairly symmetrical and “normal” looking. At first I balked at the brown clay, but am getting used to it now. Also, it’s not as bad to throw away brown clay as it would have been white, lol (this is how we are kidding ourselves:):)).
It was in a time of drought and famine that the prophet repeatedly said to his assistant, “Go and see if there’s a cloud.” After the seventh time he came back with the report “I saw a cloud the size of a fist.” Upon which Elijah responded, “Go up and say to king Ahab “Prep your chariot and go down, so the heavy shower does not stop you.”
Elijah had declared the drought and the evil king had been “scouring the nations for him.” You can imagine the reason! He was used to get his way (he killed a man to get his vineyard), but not with Elijah, because his God had more power than Ahab, who was married to Jezebel, his partner in evil. 1 Kings 18:44-45 So you see God’s goodness always conquers evil.
After hurricane Ian, my mind is on floods. Lots of reflections. Weekend Reflections
What intrigued me in this image was the large white space (unintended!) FOTD, Garden Affair, Floral Fri Foto
Something black for Makro Tek, and Orange Leaves for One Word Sun and Der Natur Donnerstag
Wanted to make this image lighter, but after a few edits I concluded we have to live with the dark earth to enjoy the sunset!
No quite finished (have to put more of my own stamp on it) but the reason why I’m showing this now – which is by some called the second exodus – is because the political air is buzzing with it, that God is heaping on the enemy what they had intended for the “slaves,” rescuing them, and giving them their freedom. Not without sacrifice or difficulty, but nevertheless!
If you are not familiar with the story, the Israelites had been the slaves of the Egyptians for about five hundred years. When Moses (who grew up in the Egyptian court) demanded for their freedom, Pharaoh, who may have been his adopted brother- refused, and God reigned down 9 plagues on the country, which did not affect the Israelites, living in Goshen. After that, Pharaoh in a weak moment let them go.
But changed his mind when the Israelites walked through the Red Sea, when the water was congealed (kind of a jelly-like form when it gets very cold). He went after them with his carriage. However, since it became dawn, the water went back to its usual water like liquid form and he and his army drowned.
The similarity of the second Exodus shows up in many resignations, bankruptcies, death after people lose all their wealth. I shudder thinking about the consequences of evil.
With pleasure I think back on the two dog wood trees where we used to live that bloomed in early Fall Garden Affair, FOTD, Makro-Tex, Floral Fri Foto
The park close to our house has some interesting creek bends.
Wordless Wednesday & Smile! One Word Sun
Last year when a hurricane landed here in TX ( a half hour drive from our house!). I took some images of the sky afterwards. The sky was an unusual dark blue. Sky Watch
One summer, after our son had spent his first teaching year in China, we decided “this is our time to go, because we don’t know if we will ever get this chance again.” This was some time ago. We spent a week in 4 cities on the mainland. I kept saying, “All I wish is to see Tiananmen square.”
We spent the last 3 days of our week in China in Beijing. Hubs and son visited the Big Wall, while I painted in the street, we visited the Forbidden City (buildings of previous monarchs), ate the famous Peking duck, and hotpot. All great tourist places, but I still had not seen Tiananmen Square!
The very last day we stopped at an open-air market to buy gifts for our family. Then a sudden rainstorm broke out, and we ran across a large square to the restaurant to the other side, and ate hot pot (One dumps thin slices of meat or vegetables, one by one in a pot with hot bouillon and spices – delicious). After coming out of the restaurant, we discovered that big square
was Tiananmen square! The cheerful view of all these umbrellas on this square belies the sobering fact that once so much innocent blood of students was spilled. As a memorial, I had to paint this capture after we came back, with our son in foreground The lives that were lost deserve it.
Driving along the freeway in Dallas – judging from the other high rises, this one looks higher. Sorry, no idea which company it represents. One Word Sun – high
Unusual color for the heart of the flower Garden Affair, FOTD, floral Fri Foto
Waiting for coffee with a striped background. If you wonder who these people are, my daughter (strap on shoulder) with her two teens, and hubs. Makro-Tex: striped
Wordless Wednesday Der Natur Donnerstag
A great reflection in the canal and a sky full of clouds Weekend Reflection, Sky Watch