Soul Food

At our church they have at least two hymns as a part of the service- I love that they have kept they Hymn tradition alive. 
As we sing together, I think of all the people throughout history that have met on Sundays and sung these hymns for hundreds of years. It is like worshiping with all who have gone before us.
One of my favorites is: Before the Throne of God Above.
Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
King of glory and of grace,
One in Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Savior and my God.

If this hymn were to be compared to food, it would be Jamie’s Chocolate Ganache cake. If you have had it, you know there is some truth in this comparison :)

Take some time this week and listen this hymn that proclaims truth, grace and joy sweeter than anything on this physical earth. I highly recommend Shane & Shane’s version.

Do you have favorite hymn? 

You can download SPOTIFY and listen for free (it is legal and legit too!)

Flowers from Pikes Place Market, Seattle


For a friend

This is a little out of order since I completed this before I completed the portrait in the previous post.

This paining was done for a sweet friend who just came out with an amazing CD: Terese Fredenwall’s “Not About the Songs.” The painting is inspired by her whole album, really. But the lyric that was playing through my mind as I added layer upon layer to the canvas was: “I see beauty, everywhere you go.”

You can listen to a few of her songs here. Her songs tell the stories of the people she has meets through her tours and work with Wings of Protection. They are filled with truth, love and encouragement. In knowing the love that God has for us there is freedom and healing. The dancer represents that rising out of hardships, oppression and emotional pain and again finding joy and freedom that was taken away or lost.

Here are some photos of the process:


In the last week, I have been baking a ton! I would have photographed it all and posted, but alas, I have lost the connector cord thing so I can’t upload anything. Sad. So I will supplement all of pictures that can’t be posted with some gems from the world wide web.

I thought I would share some things that just really make me laugh really hard.

Go on and judge me a little (or a lot), but just try not to laugh yourself :) This is just straight ha-larious! (My sister got me hooked. The cat pics are the funniest in my opinion)

Portlandia- I have only seen clips on Hulu because somehow the Seminary cable package doesn’t include the Idependant Film Channel. Two of my favorite clips are below: and “Is it local?”

Do not leave this blog without watching these. Seriously.

 And lastly, something rediculous, the Hawaii Chair. The lengths people will go to to try to get fit by doing nothing.

Thats all :) I hope you laughed really hard at least once.