Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Monday Meandering on Tuesday 7.7.15

I meant to write this blog post yesterday, but the day got away from me.... honestly so did the month of June. It flew right by and I didn't even notice. It ended up being much busier than I had planned. In the midst of helping at Vacation Bible School, writing devotions for His Kingdom Come, and meeting a few other deadlines, I ended up with a 10 day visit from bronchitis, who was a very unwelcome guest. Not much I could do about it so I'm just going to move one and enjoy July and August.
We started July off with a visit to my sister to meet the newest member of our family. My niece had her first child in May and it was wonderful to meet him and to watch her being a mother! Here is our little man, Case.

Friday morning my sister and I took a walk and it was like being at a bird sanctuary! I guess the lake draws the birds. We stopped more to take pictures than we actually walked. 

White Breasted Nuthatch

Blue Heron

Cedar Waxwing

Female Red Winged Blackbird

Red Winged Blackbird

Sandhill Crane

Red-bellied Woodpecker
We also saw an Indigo Bunting, Gold Finch, Hummingbird, Swallows and Sparrows. I know, I'm obsessed with birds. I just love how creative God was when He created them. There are so many sizes and varieties, it's never boring.

July begins a new theme for the Take Me Deeper devotions at His Kingdom Come. This month we are exploring what it looks like to have a culture of Honor in the kingdom of God. Our first week looked at being dependent on God and having child-like faith. And while there was a lot to dig into and study, I found myself drawn to the theme verse for the month found in Revelation 4:11. In fact, that verse really connected me with other verses in Revelation that exalt and honor God so it has become my theme for my art this month.

The leaves are scraps from Gelli print papers.

I have been immersed these past few weeks in reading and studying about gratitude for the devotions for August. 
*Sneak peek: our theme in August is about having our mindset shaped by gratitude and it includes some practical stories from our HKC foundation team members. 
I read and studied far more than I could fit into the devotions and I was reconnected with how practicing gratitude was one of the first steps that began my journey out of burnout. So, watch for quotes and posts on gratitude in the coming weeks.

Have a good week and thanks for stopping by my blog and visiting. :)


  1. Hi Mary, I so enjoyed seeing all the beautiful birds you and your little one saw on your walk....I love in the mountains, and enjoy all the birds that visit our feeders each day. I found your lovely blog when visiting my sister, Mary Freeman's blog this morning...I'm so happy to be following you now...come visit mine when you have time

    1. Thanks for visiting my blog, Bevie. I enjoy following Mary's blog and will visit yours as well. :)

  2. I love birds too. My "Bird" board on Pinterest has more pins than any of my others. I pin them not only because I love birds, but it is a wonderful reminder of how lavishly God created our world.

    Also, loved your gelli plate leaves!

  3. As always, your art, your photography, your words always resonate with my spirit. God bless you, Mary Brack! Oh, my grandson and I have been watching from our living room window as 2 robins hatched and are growing from momma and poppa Robin faithfully feeding and nurturing them. I think I'm more excited than Noah!

    1. Thanks Pamm! Birds are so fascinating! I always appreciate how encouraging you are. Blessings to you, my friend. :)

  4. Your nephew is a beautiful baby!

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  6. I'm glad you are feeling better. Those are some awesome photos.