Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
After a loooooong creative drought, I have added a few prints and a listing for a custom pet portrait needlefelt wooliture (wool sculpture) to my new shoppe at http://rosethistleartworks.artfire.com/
I am currently working on several woolitures that I hope to offer for sale in the near future, too. I've never seen any wool sculptures like the one I am working on right now. It took months and months to find the right supplies that I was looking for. Wouldn't you know it? I finally found these elusive supplies at Red Lobster of all places! LOL We went there to celebrate my son's birthday just last week and my artistic drought was ended when these supplies were found! I'm very excited to finish these projects that have been shelved for almost a year, maybe longer.
I have a very dear friend, Sarah, whose family has been struck by unexpected and sudden tragedy. Her husband, Larry, was rear ended in a traffic accident, (by someone charged with DUI), which caused debilitating injuries to his neck, back and broke his hip in addition to totaling the family's "work" truck. We're all so grateful that he is alive! But, he will be having surgeries and healing over the next year at least and will be unable to work. They also lost their work truck. Sarah has been doing the construction work, herself, to support her family, while she ALSO cares for her husband right now. She is also always extremely supportive of everyone around her, even while going through these trials. She offers so much heart in everything she does. She is a gift and an inspiration to me. I'm hoping to be able to give back to her now while she has a financial need.
I am offering all profits from sales in my shoppe to her and her family until they have moved beyond this difficult time. I will try to post updates here on the blog. Larry is recovering from his first surgery on his neck. He is wearing a neck brace 24 hours a day right now. My friend has been changing his bandages daily, too. She even shaved his face yesterday! I know my husband wouldn't let me near his face with a razor. LOL That's some love and bravery on both their parts!
If you find you are able to help this family out with a small or large gift you can donate directly through http://paypal.com/ to firstname.lastname@example.org Since this is a long term disability for the breadwinner of the family, all gifts are greatly appreciated, to help this family during this trying time.
You can see the new shoppe by clicking on some of the listings for sale down below or on the mini shoppe in the sidebar of this blog.
Monday, February 23, 2009
There are two books that really explain how the stars tell the Word of God. One is The Witness of the Stars by EW Bullinger who also wrote the Companion King James Bible notes and appendixes.
The other is The Glory of the Stars written by E Raymond Capt a Biblical archeologist and researcher.
Deer visits Spaulding 022309
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks
I opened the front door this morning and a sweet herd of deer greeted me. I tried to get some pictures, but the camera did not co-operate. Every picture was fuzzy. This one is the least fuzzy.
I captured this moment between Spaulding and one of the deer.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Isn't this Photographic Print by Gay Bumgarner GORGEOUS?!!! I love Dogwoods and Daisies and clouds and open meadows. I love Ms. Gay Bumgarner's work. You can buy this print by clicking on it or copying/pasting this link http://www.art.com/products/p13802182-sa-i2759049/gay-bumgarner-wild-daises-with-blooming-pink-dogwood-tree.htm?sorig=cat&sorigid=0&dimvals=0&ui=12242e96b3f74af08746e1145b3dcf83# His gallery there at http://art.com is filled with heart touching, gorgeous Photographic art that he has created.
Have you heard the legend of the Flowering Dogwood? This site http://www.promiseofgod.com/dogwood has a wonderful description.
Legend of The Dogwood Tree Story http://www.promiseofgod.com/dogwood/
Two thousand years ago, few trees in the Middle East were big enough to construct anything. However, one tree was valued above the others for its thick trunk and fine, strong wood.
When the Romans came to rule over Jerusalem, their government used this same timber to build the crosses for executing criminals. A group of workers were assigned to gather wood for the crosses. Before long, every Roman official knew the best wood came from these gatherers of execution wood, so those workers became popular.
One day, the wood gatherers received a special request. An officer of the Roman court came and said, "The King of Jews is to be put to death. Deliver an extra-large cross made from your finest wood." So, a fresh tree was cut from the forest of the trees with thick trunks and fine, strong wood. An extra-tall (and extra-heavy) cross was quickly made and delivered.
Three days after the death of Jesus of Nazereth, the chief wood gatherer got alarming news. "All of our finest trees are withering!" the messenger whispered. The wood gatherer hurried to the forest and saw that it was true.
Several years later, the chief wood gatherer heard that, every spring, many people visited the old forest that had once made his job so easy. Despite his advancing years, he set out to discover why. He saw the remains of forest, now like a salty bottoms, with only a few trees still standing tall, bare, lifeless and rotting.
But what was this? As he drew closer, his feeble eyes could make out the people walking among thousands of beautiful, flowering bushes. Seeing one of his own workers there, the old man said, "No one could ever make a cross out of this twisted wood. Our finest tree has gone to the dogs!" He noticed the beautiful white flowers, each blossom looking as if it had been burned from the touch of a miniature cross.
As told to Ben Baston by his grandmother, Louise Brown.
There Is A Legend
At the time of Crucifixion the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used thus for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus nailed upon it, sensed this.
In His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering Jesus said to the tree:
" Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross--two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember."
The pink dogwood is said to be blushing
for shame because of the cruel purpose
which it served in the Crucifixion.
The weeping dogwood further symbolized the sorrow.
The red dogwood, called the Cherokee, bears
the color to remind us of the blood shed by our Savior.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Iran prepares people
for 'messiah miracles'
Government broadcasts series on imminent
appearance of apocalyptic Islamic 'Mahdi'
Posted: January 27, 2007
1:00 am Eastern
© 2009 WorldNetDaily.com
Official Iranian radio has completed broadcasting a lengthy series on the imminent appearance of a messianic figure who will defeat Islam's enemies and impose Islamic Shiite rule over the entire world – even speculating on specific dates the so-called "Mahdi" will be revealed.
English-language transcripts of "The World Toward Illumination" programs can be found on the website of IRIB, a public broadcast arm of Tehran.
"Be joyous my heart, miracles of the Messiah will soon be here," reads a poem used to conclude the first broadcast. "The scent of breaths of the One we know comes from near. Grieve not of sorrow and melancholy, as assured I was … last night that a Savior will come, it's clear."
Contrary to the views of western theoreticians, who usually depict an ambiguous and dark future for mankind, Muslim experts believe human history, despite its many ups and downs, has a very auspicious fate," explained the program. "Muslims believe hopes for the realization of such a happy ending for the world are called 'Awaiting Redemption,' and means waiting for man's problems to be solved by the Savior at the end of time. This awaiting influences many, and inspired them with activity and enthusiasm in confronting darkness and oppression for changing the existing situation. …"
This messianic figure will be a direct descendant of Muhammad, according to the broadcasts.
"In short, when he reappears, peace, justice and security will overcome oppression and deceit and one global government, the most perfect ever, will be established," it said.
The Mahdi will appear suddenly, according to the report, in Mecca. Though no one can know the day, Shiites believe, the report actually suggests possibilities in the Muslim calendar.
The Mahdi will lead a cataclysmic battle against a descendant of Muhammad's archenemy, Abu Sofyan, culminating in the cities of Kufa and Najaf. His enemy, though, is destroyed later in Jerusalem.
"Another beautiful moment of the Savior's appearance is the coming down of Prophet Jesus (PBUH) from heaven," says the report. "Hazrat Mahdi receives him courteously and asks him to lead the prayers. But Jesus says you are more qualified for this than me. We read in the book Tazkarat ol-Olia, 'the Mahdi will come with Jesus son of Mary accompanying him.' This indicates that these two great men are (sic) complement each other. Imam Mahdi will be the leader while Prophet Jesus will act as his lieutenant in the struggle against oppression and establishment of justice in the world. Jesus had himself given the tidings of the coming of God's last messenger and will see Mohammad's ideals materialize in the time of the Mahdi."
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appearing at "The World Without Zionism" conference Oct. 26, 2005
As WND reported last month, in a greeting to the world's Christians for the coming new year, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he expects both Jesus and the Mahdi, to return and "wipe away oppression."
"I wish all the Christians a very happy new year and I wish to ask them a question as well," said Ahmadinejad, according to an Iranian Student News Agency report cited by YnetNews.com
"My one question from the Christians is: What would Jesus do if he were present in the world today? What would he do before some of the oppressive powers of the world who are in fact residing in Christian countries? Which powers would he revive and which of them would he destroy?" asked the Iranian leader.
"If Jesus were present today, who would be facing him and who would be following him?"
Ahmadinejad's mystical pre-occupation with the coming of the Mahdi is raising concerns that a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic could trigger the kind of global conflagration he envisions will set the stage for the end of the world.
In a videotaped meeting with Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli in Tehran, Ahmadinejad discussed candidly a strange, paranormal experience he had while addressing the United Nations in New York last September.
He recounts how he found himself bathed in light throughout the speech. But this wasn't the light directed at the podium by the U.N. and television cameras. It was, he said, a light from heaven.
According to a transcript of his comments, obtained and translated by Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, Ahmadinejad wasn't the only one who noticed the unearthly light. One of his aides brought it to his attention.
The Iranian president recalled being told about it by one of his delegation: "When you began with the words 'in the name of Allah,' I saw a light coming, surrounding you and protecting you to the end."
Ahmadinejad agreed that he sensed the same thing.
"On the last day when I was speaking, one of our group told me that when I started to say 'Bismillah Muhammad,' he saw a green light come from around me, and I was placed inside this aura," he says. "I felt it myself. I felt that the atmosphere suddenly changed, and for those 27 or 28 minutes, all the leaders of the world did not blink. When I say they didn't move an eyelid, I'm not exaggerating. They were looking as if a hand was holding them there, and had just opened their eyes – Alhamdulillah!"
Ahmadinejad's "vision" at the U.N. is strangely reminiscent and alarmingly similar to statements he has made about his personal role in ushering in the return of the Shiite Muslim messiah.
He sees his main mission, as he recounted in a Nov. 16 speech in Tehran, as to "pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi, may Allah hasten his reappearance."
According to Shiites, the 12th imam disappeared as a child in the year 941. When he returns, they believe, he will reign on earth for seven years, before bringing about a final judgment and the end of the world.
Ahmadinejad is urging Iranians to prepare for the coming of the Mahdi by turning the country into a mighty and advanced Islamic society and by avoiding the corruption and excesses of the West.
All Iran is buzzing about the Mahdi, the 12th imam and the role Iran and Ahmadinejad are playing in his anticipated return. There's a new messiah hotline. There are news agencies especially devoted to the latest developments.
"People are anxious to know when and how will He rise; what they must do to receive this worldwide salvation," says Ali Lari, a cleric at the Bright Future Institute in Iran's religious center of Qom. "The timing is not clear, but the conditions are more specific," he adds. "There is a saying: 'When the students are ready, the teacher will come."
God foretold us all things in His Word for those who take the time to study ALL of His Word with understanding. God foretold in Daniel 11:20 and 11:21 that a raiser of taxes would come and then a vile one. There will be a one world government system and many will cry peace, peace, peace, but there will be no peace until the TRUE Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ returns. The vile one will stand in the place of God and claim that he IS God. THEN AFTER the abomination of desolation stands in the Holy Place where he ought not, and he has killed the two witnesses whose bodies lay in the streets for 3.5 days, Jesus will come, everyone will be changed into spiritual bodies and EVERY knee will bow. If you can pinch yourself and it hurts, then whoever claims to be Jesus is NOT Jesus. If there are people who refuse to bow a knee, then he is NOT Jesus. This world is so hungry for God and He left His Word and His Holy Spirit here to comfort us. Amos 8:11 "Behold the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord" Just because someone calls himself god does not make him god. God told us what to watch for in order to prepare us. He will never leave us nor forsake us if we love Him and don't foresake Him. In order to know God, you must read His letter for yourself and make your own mind up. Don't listen to what this person or any other person tells you He said. Check it out for yourself, do your own studying in the original languages or use a Strong's Concordance to take words back to their original meanings. No one will be standing in front of God with you. Use the tools He gave us and stay out of deception and in His truth.
Full Moon Rising 020909
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks
I caught this giant full moon rising as I went out to feed the horses this evening. It looked much better in person. I hope someday to improve my camera and skills to really capture the beauty that is all around.