Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Moving From Darkness to Light

There is not much moving and shaking around my house, but there certainly has been with
Joyce.  So I am grateful she found time to post our questions for today's

1. When was the last time you relocated? Did you move yourself or leave it to the professionals? Are you happy staying put or is there a move in your future? Best thing about moving to a new city or town? Least favorite and/or hardest thing about moving house?

We downsized to a Garden Home about eight years ago but remained in the same city.
We did the moving ourselves along with a very robust friend and my sisters who lovingly volunteered.
We will be staying put for the unknown future.
Best thing about moving to a new city is meeting new people and establishing new routines.  We have loved the opportunities for entertainment here that we didn't have previously.
Least favorite is finding new doctors and hair dressers, new friends and establishing new routines.  No contradiction at all.

2. When were you last 'moved to tears'? Explain.

I'm not a crier, so it might have been watching an emotional scene in a movie or TV show.

3. Do you have rules about eating in the car...any forbidden foods? What's the last thing you consumed in your car? Your go-to car snack when traveling long distance?

No rules for just Hubby and me.  The last thing I consumed was my morning drink after leaving the gym today.  Our go-to long-distance car snack is cubed cheese and grapes and Trail Mix.

4. Share a favorite song relating to cars and/or driving.

The only one I could think of is "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson.

5. What's your most frequently visited drive-thru...Starbucks? the bank? the pharmacy? some other window?

I really don't do drive-thrus so I guess it would have to be an occasional trip to the bank.

6. "He who hesitates is lost"...would you agree? When it comes to making decisions do you generally act quickly or do you more often than not fall into the 'lost' category?

By agreeing may we also disagree?  Sometimes hesitation is good; sometimes it isn't.  Hubby tends to be the hesitator in our family.  I know in many situations he is either thinking about a decision or else is choosing to ignore it.  I want decisions made right now!  So, that's when I jump in and try to deal with the hesitation.  Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't.

7. When was the last time you got lost? Was it stressful or an unexpected happy adventure?

With GPS we don't get lost any more.  Confused but never lost!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I took a little different approach to my painting this past weekend.
During some Bible reading I came across a phrase in 2 Sam 22:29 that read:

"The Lord illumines my darkness."

This really spoke to me and I felt compelled to try to express what it meant with paints.
This is the result.

 I am so grateful that the Lord does come and shine His beautiful revealing light into my dark times and times of confusion and uncertainty.

May He illumine any darkness in your life as well.


  1. I love your beautiful painting. Wonderful answers---thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day. Blessings

  2. Your painting is lovely and such comforting words to remember. Enjoy your day!

  3. I love our home but I look forward to downsizing in a few years. Love your painting and the bible verse.

  4. Great painting. My car snacks also contain fruit and cheese!

  5. Your painting is beautiful! I love the verse that goes with it.

  6. Beautiful painting that sums up that scripture reference! Thanks for sharing it.

  7. You can't go wrong with Willie! He is a childhood favorite of mine. My dad always listened to him while we were growing up and I still have a soft spot for Willie.
    Your painting is beautiful and the verse is lovely.

  8. Beautiful painting. My granddaughter told me I should have used "On The Road Again." I'm glad that you did! I enjoyed listening to it while I read your answers.

  9. I love your ability to express a feeling through paint. Great random answer. When it came to choosing an automobile song, I have no idea why Willie Nelson didn't come to mind. Love that song. So catchy! Have a wonderful rest of the week. :-)

  10. That verse meant SO much to me one February (2002) when I was on bedrest after a freak birthing injury. (Tore all my pelvic ligament and couldn't turn over in bed by myself. ) I became terrified of the dark, hated when the house got quiet and everyone went to sleep--just me and my hospital bed in the kitchen--and darkness. One night I cried out to God," Please be my Light!" I meant it metaphorically--and thought he'd answer metaphorically, reminding me that he is Light. Well, as I stared at the floor at midnight, it started getting lighter. The light grew. Then I realized it was coming through the window behind my bed in the kitchen. I managed to strain my head to look over my shoulder--lo and behold, the entire sky and the woods behind my house were ALL LIT UP WITH THE MOON almost as bright as the dawn. Yet it was midnight!
    I felt so incredibly HEARD and LOVED in that moment, I could only cry tears of joy.

    Then the next day my mom visited and brought gifts from her Bible study ladies. One was a mug. Mind you, no one but my own husband had heard the testimony yet. I open the gift mug and there is that verse you quoted!!!

  11. Your painting portrays the "Light of God" very well.

  12. Lovely painting and verse. Thanks for sharing.


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