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Saturday, February 22, 2014


 An artist is his own worst critic.  I had a painting I did of an old family Bible my grandfather gave me.  I wasn't happy with the way it turned out.  The focus was off from where I wanted it to be.  That and two of the most difficult things to paint didn't, in my opinion look very good, the liquid in the cup and the lit candle.  I was pleased with the way the Bible turned out though.  So, I will give you the before and then what it now looks like.  I think I need to retake the bottom picture and use more light.  So after I do that I will place it for sale at my artist website.  Shalom friends and may you seek the old path that will never lead you wrong.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Holding Pattern

I would first of all like to say I am sorry I have not updated this sooner.  Yep, today is the 10th, when we had set a tentative date for heading south.  We have a new tentative date as the first part of next month.  We continue to sort and get rid of things.

I would like to say I was reminded by my wife and children that Yahweh knows our needs and the steps we take are guided by Him.  I was, needless to say, quite disappointed by our new leave date.  That being said, our steps are directed in the way in which we should go by a higher plan and better plan than we could ever imagine.

If we had left today we would be headed into another snow storm in the Georgia region at just about the same time frame we would be arriving.

Our "sale" didn't go quite as we had planned.  We had about 10 come with sales of just under $10 per person.  So, I am going back to selling through the paper and craigslist.  We will also be making quite a few donations of the things we will not be listing.

We will being getting some warm air in at the end of this week.  That is a praise!!
We are praying the price of propane goes down as we will be using that for heating and cooking.
We still have our school library to continue to sell.
I am needing to put air in the tires of the camper and all I am using is a small air compressor.  It takes quite a bit of time for each tire.
I am in need of a used spare tire for the van and camper.
I am in need of a generator that is quiet.

We were blessed by a visit from the neighbors yesterday as they thought we were heading out today.

Esther has illustrated a book and now needs to find the right words to put on the pages.  She has described the day in the life of a family of home schooling penguins. 
I told her to name the parents Percy and Priscilla Penguin and the three children Pieter, Paul and Polly.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Blessed or Cursed

Time is quickly dwindling here.  There is still much that needs to be done.  That being said I would like to share a blessing.  A friend has donated to our trip.  We are praising Father for His gift.
The children are becoming more excited and asking about the states we will be going through as we head south on the 10th.

Compare and Contrast
Jer 17:5 Thus said יהוה, "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart turns away from יהוה.
Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man who shall not walk in the counsel of the wrong, And shall not stand in the path of sinners, And shall not sit in the seat of scoffers, Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the Torah of יהוה, And he meditates in His Torah day and night.
Psa 37:3 Trust in יהוה, and do good; Dwell in the earth, and feed on steadfastness.
Psa 37:4 And delight yourself in יהוה, And let Him give you the desires of your heart 
Psa 37:5 Commit your way to יהוה , And trust in Him, and He does it
Jer 17:6 "For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and not see when good comes, and shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, a salt land that is not inhabited.
Psa 1:3 For he shall be as a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That yields its fruit in its season, And whose leaf does not wither, And whatever he does prospers.
Psa 1:4 The wrong are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind blows away.

Psa 1:5 Therefore the wrong shall not rise in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Psa 1:6 For יהוה

knows the way of the righteous,
Jer 17:8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Jer 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

May our prayer be to be the blessed man:  Forsaking the ways and counsels of this world.