What am I? Weed Watercolor Sketch

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I am mesmerized by the most ordinary things sometimes…a simple weed…but then I think, there’s nothing really ordinary about this beautiful specimen.

It’s an opportunistic, being the first to attack disturbed ground, it moved right in. From where? I haven’t a clue. It’s Popeye the Sailor strong, I almost couldn’t tear off a sample. It makes its presence known, immediately emitting a pugnant aroma…one of force and energy… a pleasant scent not putrid… almost minty.

I’m sure it’s probably common, I have so many around, but I do not know what it it. Here is a photo:

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Does anyone know the name of this weed?

Do you feel ordinary?
Well, you are not. You are loved. You are loved by the One that gives life…so creatively He gives life. He chose to take His own life away, for you. I pray you will discover and grow closer to Christ who is waiting…

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  2 Peter 3:9

Summer at Twelve Thousand Feet Watercolor

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Summer @ 12,000 Feet
watercolor on 300lb paper
Interested in prints or greeting cards?  Click here to view.

I’m still having fun painting mountains. Such a contrast from where I live in Illinois…the flattest state in the US. But what’s really fun, is to see snow in the summertime. Yes. Even after a really, really long winter, it was fun to see snow in July.

…but not just see snow….PLAY WITH IT!!!

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Want to have a snowball fight?!?  Okay!

I couldn’t resist throwing some snowballs. Surprisingly I wasn’t cold even though I had shorts and a jacket on. It was very mild out. I wish I had checked the exact temperature but it slipped my mind. It was fun knowing it’s only a temporary winter day!

Help in Troubled Times – Free Artwork – Afraid (true story)

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This is a true story.

About a month ago I was given a verse by my mom, who believed God wanted me to have it. It went something like this…. Because you trust in Me, I will help you…
It may have been this one:
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.”  Ps 9:10

You see, at the time when I read it, it wasn’t relevant to me. I didn’t even write it down. I thought it was nice but that’s it.

Fast Forward one month later and I am hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park  in Colorado, 12,000 feet high. The day was beautiful but suddenly, out of nowhere, a storm developed over the mountain ridge. Miles away from my destination I found myself being the tallest thing around, concerned, and clearly on my mind, oh yes, the article my boss gave me before I left for vacation, about the 3 hikers dying after being struck by lightning at this same park.

I turned around walking quickly in a steady drizzle, when a bright flash of light illuminated everything and immediately a piercing crack of thunder clapped above my head.

That’s it. I’m toast. I’m dead, I thought, for real this time.

I joke about it now, but I was very scared. So scared of being struck by lightning, it triggered a panic attack to which I could not be consoled. It was a full blown panic attack. Tears were involved, I have to admit. I became very lightheaded trying to breath normal, but it had nothing to do with the altitude. It was fear.

After saying a prayer, that verse repeated in my head.

THAT VERSE!

That’s why I received that verse! So I repeated out loud, “Because I trust in YOU, because I trust in You, because I trust in You…”

A physical calm washed over me. The tears stopped. I was able to breath. And I KNEW I was going to be okay. I still practically ran back, but I knew I was going to be okay.

That’s how God works… in very mysterious ways. He knew that verse was going to be relevant for me exactly when I was going to need it. He delivered to me a message before the event and helped recall it in my memory exactly when I needed it. He’s alive and He really does love us.

This artwork is a free gift to you in a pdf format. Maybe it can help.
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Perhaps you don’t know anything about God but would like to know more? You can click here to read. Having peace.

Churchill Woods Watercolor Sketch

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Red-wing blackbird parks above my head…That watchful eye focused on me while repeating mild warning calls.  check, check, check
His shoulder badge bears witness to his duty as forerunner, he’s obligated I suppose.

But to the dragonflies, they pay no mind…darting, chasing, they zip within inches of me.

And to the fish, they pay no mind…springing out and doing belly flops right next to me.

So too those mosquitoes outright laugh as they happily munch on me.

Therefore red-wing, step down. There is no danger here. Step down.

Mulberry Watercolor Sketch

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I’ve discovered three mulberry trees in my new backyard. Two on one side dividing the property line and one dividing the other. I didn’t realize it was a mulberry until the berries developed.

Having a hunch this was mulberry, before I ate, I armed myself with a field guide to edible plants. Confirming, I partook in the most delicious free berries provided by my loving Father.

Please always double and triple check that the berries in the wild are safe before eating. Check leaf pattern too and do not rely solely on the look of the berry.

Anyway as I was eating my step daughter came out and was appalled. Flailing her arms and running towards me she screeched, “What the heck are you doing?!?”

I responded, “I’m eating mulberries. Look they’re safe.”
Then I showed her proof in the field guide.

In disgust she said, “I would NEVER! EWW. GROSS!”

Showing her PROOF AGAIN, I could not change her mind.

Then my neighbor came out and overheard our conversation and responded, “Oh we eat them all the time.”

Step-daughter pipes up, “Oh really? Cool!”
And begins to scarf them down.

I laughed because I have proof, but she believed practically a STRANGER.

Ha ha ha! Oh well, I’m thankful my neighbor came out and we were able to introduce this gem to the next generation!