IT’S THYME TO HOPE–CREATIVE TUESDAYS

IT’S THYME TO HOPE–CREATIVE TUESDAYS

I’m not a plant lady.

I kill plants. So don’t ask me to care for your plants or they will die.

Every spring I say, “This year will be different.”

So after slinking into the garden center, I spy a container, purchase a Forget-Me-Not and then strut out the door. I arrive home, plop the container on an antique chair and admire the gorgeous plant.

Much later, petals drop and leaves turn crispy brown.

I rap my knuckles on my head. If only I had watered the plant and talked to it, it would still be alive.

I douse the plant with water. “Please come back to life,” I say, adding a prayer for good measure.

The Forget-Me-Not blooms once again.

Hope has returned.

THYME TO HOPE - FOR BLOG POST

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” Lady Bird Johnson

The Forget-Me-Not reminds me of a project I begin. I have high hopes my project will grow and bloom. If my project appears to be going nowhere, my hope begins to wilt.

I’m now confronted with two choices:

  1. give up and throw away my project, or
  2. ask God to flame my spirit of hope.

I usually choose (2) because I believe:

“God gives a hand to those down on their luck, gives a fresh start to those ready to quit.”

The Message (MSG)

With renewed hope, I continue “watering” my project and wait expectantly for growth.

So, before I head off to visit the other garden containers over at Creative Tuesdays, let me encourage you to never give up on your project(s).

Today, it’s “Thyme to Hope” no matter how long it may take to see results.

“There is always hope for a tree.
    If it is cut down, it can grow again.
    It will keep sending out new branches.
Its roots might grow old in the ground
    and its stump die in the dirt,
but with water, it will grow again.
    It will grow branches like a new plant.” 

Job 14: 7-9 Easy-Read Version (ERV)

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DEAR GOD, MY FURRY BEST FRIEND IS GONE

DEAR GOD, MY FURRY BEST FRIEND IS GONE

Dear God,

It’s me, Indy.

SAD INDY

Patches, my furry best friend, died Tuesday while my parents and I were at Aunt Barb’s cottage. But you know that already.

PATCHES - KING OF CAMPHILL HILL FARM - OCT. 19, 2012 - PHOTO TAKEN BY MARJORIE N.

 

Even though me, Mum and Pop are sad and blue, thank you for answering Mum’s prayers—the three, I overheard her ask you a few weeks ago.

  1. Mum wouldn’t have to make the decision to put Patches to sleep,
  2. Patches wouldn’t feel any pain when his time on earth was up, and
  3. She wouldn’t be alone when it happened.

And, thank you for giving Patches a burst of energy that morning even though he did steal my dog treat.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

P.S. Will you please you read Patches my poem?

PATCHES PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARJORIE - NOV. 3, 2012

My Dear Harley Dude

I come to the back door alone,
While my tail drags on the deck board,
And your bark I miss, and that whisker kiss,
And Mum and Pop are floored.

And they cry with me, and they sigh with me,
And they tell me you’re not alone,
For the toy I chewed, my dear Harley dude,
Is buried with your bone.

The Dog Daze of Summer - Indy and Patches - July 20, 2014

O Patches, we miss you so.

”Always be full of joy.  Never stop praying.  

Whatever happens, always be thankful.

This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus.”

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

ARE MY NEIGHBORS BURSTING WITH PRIDE?

ARE MY NEIGHBORS BURSTING WITH PRIDE?

I’m certain my American neighbors are bursting with pride this July 4th weekend. After all, it is Independence Day.

Perhaps, you’ll toss a Frisbee, share a picnic lunch, and/or enjoy spectacular fireworks.

To help you celebrate, I created an illustration titled, Home of the Brave. And today, it’s also featured over at Kathy Temean’s Writing and Illustration Blog.

HOME OF THE BRAVE - TRACY CAMPBELL - JUNE 17, 2015

“Great blessings belong to those who have the Lord as their God!”

Psalm 33:12b (ERV)

Happy 4th of July,

Tracy

P.S. I’m taking a blogging break. See you in September. :-)

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3 REASONS ME AND MY TWITTERS TWEET—CREATIVE TUESDAYS

3 REASONS ME AND MY TWITTERS TWEET—CREATIVE TUESDAYS

I race toward the finish line. I run out of time.

Still, it’s a happy day. At least I finish the line drawing for Creative TuesdaysTweet! That’s the first reason.

Lame, I know.

The second reason this mama, her two little twitters and I tweet is because it’s Canada’s 148th birthday. Tweet, tweet. Okay, so we’re a day early.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA - BLOG POST - JUNE 30, 2015

Third, we’re proud to live in a country whose Canadian national motto (inscribed on Canada’s Coat of Arms below) is based on the verse found in my trusty guidebook.

Canada's Coat of Arms

Canada’s Coat of Arms – Artwork by Karen E. Bailey/courtesy of the Library and Archives Canada

Et dominabitur a mari usque ad mare,

et a flumine usque ad terminos terrae“.


“He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,

and from the river unto the ends of the earth”.

Psalm 72:8 (AKJV)

Now that school is out, it wouldn’t hurt to remind the kiddies how fortunate they are to live in our great country Canada. A country where we can still express our opinions and beliefs.

Before I dismiss my class, your kiddies will want to print off another FREE coloring page (shown below) over at “Kids’ Corner”.

hikids2

Happy Birthday, Canada!

As the kiddies scribble or color, sing our national anthem—O Canada. And don’t forget to point out the words in the anthem, “God keeps our land glorious and free!”.

Now, please flitter over to Creative Tuesdays’ blog and whistle at the other creative twitters.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CANADA! (Tomorrow)

Tracy

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P.P.S. How will you celebrate your country’s birthday?

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A NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE IN GREENISH-BLUE WATERS – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

A NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE IN GREENISH-BLUE WATERS – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

Aqua is the color that’s half way between green and blue on the color wheel.

Aqua is also the Latin word for water.

So when our Creative Tuesdays’ host, Michael, chose the word “aqua”, I immediately thought of that greenish-blue liquid that fills a swimming pool, and the ocean.

Now, I don’t live near an ocean and I don’t have a swimming pool. But, childhood memories of swimming in greenish-blue water at the indoor community pool float through my mind.

I loved:

  • drenching friends with humongous cannonballs,
  • whacking a volleyball over the net,
  • showing off my diving skills (sometimes a graceful dive morphed into a belly flop—ouch, and
  • swim meets.

Oh oh…a terrible memory surfaced.

One summer day, as sidewalks sizzled like plugged-in frying pans, the scorching sun lured schools of fish (me and my friends) to the community pool.

Squealing kids somersaulted into the crowded pool. Others scampered up clammy ladders to practice their diving skills. Some, in the deep end, whacked a volleyball over the net. And most, splashed, screamed, and giggled.

I sauntered over to the middle of the pool’s edge, inhaled and plunged head-first into the refreshing aqua-colored water.

My breaststroke and frog kick propelled me. I won’t have to come up for air.

My confidence surged.

One stroke to go.

My outstretched arm slammed into a wall of slippery skin. I surfaced, breathless.

Oh no.

I thrashed the water.

No one sees me.

Choking, I sank like an anchor.

Jesus, help me!

Up-down-up. I was a bobber on a fishing line.

Strong arms yanked me out of the pool.

God, you did everything you promised,
    and I’m thanking you with all my heart.
You pulled me from the brink of death,
    my feet from the cliff-edge of doom.
Now I stroll at leisure with God
    in the sunlit fields of life.”

Psalm 56:12-13 The Message (MSG)

 

Now that I live in Wasaga Beach (a tourist town known for having the longest freshwater beach in the world), I don’t have to swim in greenish-blue liquid. Then again, if I venture into an ocean, I may get to swim with my bubble-blowing-fashionista-fishy, Fancy.

FANCY

To view other fancy art. Please visit Michael’s Creative Tuesdays.

When you have time, click on the coloring page below for your free download.

FREE COLORING PAGE

Have a fun and safe summer,

Tracy

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P.P.S. Do you have a poolside story to share?

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