Jealousy At The Art Show…and Beyond

(NOTE: Me and a few of my art friends are currently participating in a long Facebook thread about how we handle criticism of our art. It has been both fun and informative. It made me think about a blog I wrote and published a few years back about jealousy in the art world. Yes, Friends, it exists!)

I’m sad to say that I heard jealously in the extreme at the art show I entered this weekend. That is so wrong! It has continued over the past few days right here in my little studio. Oh, no, not from other artists or friends….no, no, no….but from my three other paintings I entered in the show. You see, only one of my four paintings won a ribbon; the other three did not. The complaints of the three losers have been aggravated by the ongoing, smug attitude of the painting that won a ribbon, “Southwestern Kitsch”.

First Honorable Mention, Professional Division (Acrylic or Oil Category)

Sibling rivalry is never pretty and often unreasonable. I’ve tried to explain to the other three paintings that there will always be another show to enter; art is subjective; judges are only human; “Southwestern Kitsch” was smaller and thereby garnered sympathy; but no….the whining continues. I’m going to put the “winner” in my art closet, turn off the light, and shut the door. Maybe that will help. We’ll see. If the “losers” continue to whine they will go into the other art closet, lights out, door shut.

As for me, the artist, I appreciate the ribbon…..and don’t play favorites; I liked all my entries. There was a lot of very beautiful art at the show and I’m grateful for the recognition. Now the painting qualifies to compete in the Lone Star Art Guild annual convention at the Woodlands Waterway Hotel and Convention Center in the summer in The Woodlands, Texas. PLEASE keep that quiet or the whining and bragging will start all over again.

On a happier note, before the art show started my husband, daughter and I enjoyed a picnic outside the venue, under the trees and next to the tennis courts there at Kingwood Country club . Tennis was my obsession for over twenty-five years at that club. Ladies were playing right on the other side of a very high fence. I had just commented to David and Karen, that “Good tennis players rarely hit a ball over the fence”, when a ball came flying over the fence and bounced off my head. No kidding! (Not to worry…it had bounced once….and didn’t hurt at all.) I had fun teasing the worried ladies.

“Art is a jealous mistress”_____Ralph Waldo Emerson
(I’ve always wondered what that means!)

Back to work. Wish me peace and quiet. The closets are close-by. By the way, my website is

A Scary Story

“David looked up and saw the angel of the Lord standing between heaven and earth, with a drawn sword in his hand extended over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell face down.”  1 Chronicles 21:16

This verse from 1 Chronicles 21 may seem like a strange memory verse for April. Where is the sweetness and light? Where is the applicable motivation? What am I to make of this story? I want easy words to live by…..don’t I?

I chose it for its powerful message and lessons.

All the questions above are valid, but when I read this chapter of 1 Chronicles I was very, very impressed….even after having read it many times before. Read this Old Testament chapter again, just to refresh your memory.

To summarize the story:

David was incited by Satan to sin against the Lord by counting the people of Israel. He knew it was wrong but did it anyway. This was evil in the sight of the Lord. The Lord gave David three options for his punishment. He chose “…three days of the sword of the Lord-days of plague on the land, with the angel of the Lord ravaging every part of Israel”. Seventy thousand fell dead in Israel. Then God sent the angel to destroy Jerusalem.

Lesson #1: Satan is real. The Lord God is totally holy. He is sovereign and does all things according to His will. Sin has consequences.

The story continues: The Lord saw all that was happening and was grieved because of the calamity and said to the angel who was destroying the people…..“Enough! Withdraw your hand”. (vv.14-15) After David confessed his sin, the Lord told him to build an altar of burnt offerings on the threshing floor of a man named Araunah.

Lesson #2: Our Lord is compassionate. He provides a way of repentance.

At this time, Araunah, the Jebusite, was quietly at work threshing wheat with his four sons. He turned and saw the angel; in fear and terror his four sons hid themselves……then, to add to the drama of the moment, David, the King walked onto the scene. Can you imagine Araunah’s shock? I can’t. Araunah bowed down in front of David with his face to the ground. What a scene; the angel of the Lord with a drawn sword and the King of Israel….all right there together.

Then the angel of the Lord was standing at the threshing floor of Araunah, the Jebusite. “David looked up and saw the angel of the Lord standing between heaven and earth, with a drawn sword in his hand extended over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell face down.”  1 Chronicles 21:16. David pleaded with the Lord to bring the punishment on him alone, not the innocent people.

Lesson #3: Never underestimate the angel of the Lord; never think he is a sweet, little, chubby, blond baby..flying around ready to encourage you every now and then. No. Most people in the Old Testament fell to the ground, some lost consciousness at the sight of an angel of the Lord.

To conclude the story, David purchased the threshing floor and built the altar the Lord had instructed him to do. And oh, how I love this verse:  “Then the Lord spoke to the angel, and he put his sword back into its sheath.” (v. 27)

Lesson #4: Our Lord God is all powerful, all mighty, and fully in charge of everything. He is to be obeyed.

“But David could not go before it [the altar] to inquire of God, because he was afraid of the sword of the angel of the Lord.” (v.30)

Lesson #5: Fear of the Lord is wisdom; fear of the Lord increases the more you learn of Him; fear of the Lord applies to us today. Be wise. Fear the Lord.

‘Til He shouts!




Tears and Triumph

Tears and Triumph

“Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey-riding on a donkey’s colt.’ ”   

Matthew 21:5


On that day…..the day we call Palm Sunday…..the Lord Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on a small donkey. As the ecstatic crowd welcomed Him thinking He was the one who would free them from  their suffering under a cruel and harsh rule, He wept.

“As He approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day

what would bring you peace-but now it is hidden from your eyes.’”    Luke 19:41-42


The Greek word for weep is  ἔκλαυσεν…meaning to weep aloud, expressing uncontainable, audible grief (“audible weeping”). He was sobbing; those around Him could have heard Him but the crowds were cheering.

Our Lord shed tears of grief and sorrow as He rode the small donkey into Jerusalem that day.


“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and makes war. ” Revelation 19:11

“On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written:

King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” Revelation 19: 16


Yes, Jesus Christ is coming again and in complete victory and triumph. He will not be shedding tears. As the King of Glory, He will be riding a white horse….not a small donkey. He will establish His everlasting kingdom.

Wishing you a blessed Palm Sunday with praise to Him.

‘Til He shouts!




I first wrote and published this blog in 2015. The message is the same; it will never change, and will never grow old.

Show Me The Way


My New Year’s Resolution for March

Psalm 143:8


What are my first thoughts when I awaken each morning? Are they positive…..negative……hopeful…..fuzzy…..? Usually they are random, different each morning than the day before. Often my first thoughts are about what must be done that day….or of commitments I have made. At times I would like to start all over, sleep a little bit longer, then see if I can come up with lovely thoughts, thoughts that encourage me. Right here I’ll admit that many mornings my first thought is about my first cup of tea and maybe a croissant with marmalade.

Must my thoughts be so unpredictable, I ask myself?

I would like to awaken each morning with thoughts of my Lord Jesus Christ’s unfailing love. Wouldn’t you?

I have put my trust in Him, so I pray as did the Psalmist….“Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul”.

‘Til He Shouts!

Grace For February and Beyond

My New Year resolution for February is about grace; where does it come from, how do I live it out in my life, can I be like Him who is full of grace and truth; how does imputed grace affect others in my life?

“Grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen”.

___2 Peter 3:18

A brief Google search showed that the word grace appears 206 times in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Grace is used in many different ways in the Bible. But the one I want to focus on this month involves how I serve Him and relate to others……what is in my heart.

Romans 12:6 teaches me that my Lord has given me grace. I have not earned it. It is a gift that enables me to be effective in my life as I serve Him. Since it is a gift that I have by my faith in Him, I want to use it, live it and show it.

The verse I selected for February tells me right away how to begin to grow in grace; I must have knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There it is! The more I know about our Lord, the more I love Him. To know Him I must read His Word….over and over, and daily if possible. I have heard we eventually begin to act and think like the person we associate with the most. I find Him and associate with Him in His Word and my worship. I want to be like Him…as much as He will allow.

I won’t focus on everything grace is and means but how I can use it this month and beyond; all for His glory and to bless those around me.

‘Til He Shouts!


Just Forget It…….

When I began to write this blog I realized the Holy Scriptures do not need any help; they are intensely straight forward; sharper than a two edged sword and fully capable of accomplishing exactly what our Heavenly Father intends. However, I can’t resist adding a few words from experience.

First Corinthians 13 is a powerful chapter clearly stating our Lord’s standard for what we call love. As in everything He does, they are high…but not unattainable. By the power of His indwelling Spirit, we can grow in Him, coming closer every day to His standards. Thank you, Lord.

This new year I’m continuing my “New Year’s Resolution for the Month” series.  I submit for January only the last part of this powerful verse:

“Love keeps no record of wrongs”.

WOW! I told you the Holy Scriptures are direct, didn’t I?

I think it is appropriate to title this blog, Just Forget It. Since the Lord God has forgotten our sins, then certainly He will help us forget them and forgive ourselves and others. Now I can make room in my mind and heart for joyful things; the world is full of them. Take your pick.

‘Til He Shouts!

Adele’s Excellent Christmas Shopping Advice


….Just stay home!

Yeah, actually those three words are my best advice about Christmas shopping. Trust me, I know these things! After sixty-six years of marriage and the age that implies, I have tested all methods of Christmas shopping. Of course, that was before online shopping, which I love. Back to the subject. I published this blog a few times before but this morning I realized I was beginning to have the same thoughts about Christmas shopping and suddenly remembered my own Excellent Advice. So here it is again.

I love numbers. After my husband served 6 years in military service; after 5 years of his undergraduate studies; after many years of his graduate studies; after 3 children, (all this time with zero discretionary funds), I finally began to notice a singular truth about my shopping: If I went out of the house I would spend money! That’s it! It was as simple as that! To resist the urge to shop, I would make a cup of coffee, grab a cookie, and wait for the urge to pass….and it would pass. Yay! Just think how much money I saved today, I would think. Perhaps the thought of taking three little children along with my shopping trip had something to do with deciding to “…just stay home.” Maybe.

Fast forward to today with the convenience of online shopping at my fingertips. Remember I said that I love it. Well, I’ve learned something about that, too; If I fill out all the necessary information in the Shopping Cart…i.e. the mailing address, credit card number, on and on, I’ll probably make a mistake and have to delete the whole thing. I’m usually so aggravated and bored by that time, I go find something else more fun to do. Yay! Just think how much money I saved today.

Recently while shopping online at a fancy store website, I came to the final bottom line stating the cost, it was really low….yes LOW! I thought how can that be? I just ordered some expensive items, jackets, sweaters, etc. I pondered this for a while and decided to start over by going back to the homepage of the store. Oh! I see it now….in big bold letters it read “EVERYTHING 70% OFF TODAY.” That answered my question and confirmed my growing suspicion that I am the world’s worst shopper. Yes, I started over and bought all the same things I wanted as before. Oops! I didn’t save any money that day.

You might also find it helpful to know that if you are traveling with all your children and you are on a tight budget……don’t stop the car……ever! It will cost you money if you do. I’ve tested that theory before, in fact, we’ve lived it. However, I’ll admit it is a little difficult if you are trying to get to Lubbock, Texas from Houston, Texas in one day. At last count it is almost 600 miles.

Friends, that is the extent of my shopping advice gleaned through hard-earned experience and a lot of fun. Get a cup of coffee and a cookie….and wait.

Merry Christmas, one and all. With praises to Our Lord Jesus Christ as we celebrate His birthday.

‘Til He Shouts!



Note: I first published this a few years back, but truth is truth and always valuable….just like really good advice.