My absolute favorite rendition of this great hymn. Enjoy!
My absolute favorite rendition of this great hymn. Enjoy!
I like to think my readers miss me if I don’t keep a regular flow of posts my blog (you do, don’t you?). So this post displays some sketches I made over the summer.
These sketches are nowhere near finished, and nowhere near perfect (they’re not even shaded), but I’ll show them to you nonetheless. I plan on adding color to them….someday.
I probably never told you about my writing project before, but I’ll tell you now. As I slowly plod my way toward completing a children’s picture book series I am writing, I like to draw by looking at photos or illustrations that inspire me, just to sharpen my drawing skills. I especially like emulating my favorite illustrators. The future title of my picture book series will be “Heritage of Grace” just like my blog. But don’t ask me when I hope to publish the series because I can’t tell you a specific date. :) I have some of the stories of the series written down, others are in my head, and I haven’t even started on any of the illustrations yet. I have virtually no time to draw while I’m in school so I try to squeeze in time during my winter/summer breaks.
Now for the sketches I was talking about. For these drawings I used my Staedtler Mars Lumograph graphite pencil(s) that my uncle gifted me, and sketch paper.
I saw the photo of the leopard above on pinterest, and couldn’t resist drawing him. The beautiful coat, the pose, and the style of the picture makes it worthy of drawing. My leopard has no spots- yet. He’s still looking for them. I guess you could call him a panther for now. And I need to work on his eye/pupil a little. But otherwise I think he’s quite handsome looking.
This is a military version of Rosie the Riveter. It’s actually a sketch of a drawing I found. The original picture (here) looks more fierce, but I like my tough girl. She’s strong and ready for work, just like my daddy raised me.
Amy Bates is one of my (many) favorite illustrators. This picture is from the book “The Dog Who Belonged to No One”. I loved the flow, the movement, and quaint, vintage feel of the whole picture. The girl and her puppy are so sweet. I itched to try my hand at drawing it for forever. Now I finally did.
This is another sketch from the same book. I don’t have a picture of the original illustration. I liked the simple but expressive vibe, so to speak, of this image. It captures the reality of young girls chatting and playing. Of course, dolls are a central and indispensable part of their lives.
Sweetness that melts your heart, should be the caption of the above picture. I see a lot of flaws in my own sketch, particularly the newborn’s face, (please don’t point them out to me, it pains me so), but I console myself with the idea that it’s a work in progress, I didn’t spend much time on it, and I have to tweak it here and there. I do however, like how the older sibling turned out.
My archer. Looking at this picture I get ideas floating around in my head for a historical novel full of suspense, bravery and adventure. Oh wait, I still have to finish my picture book series. Never mind.
On another note, horses are my favorite drawing subject when it comes to animals, and I made plenty of sketches of horses, but as it turns out, I don’t have any horse drawings for you today. Maybe I’ll make another separate post all about horses. Let me know if you’re interested.
Hope you enjoyed my sketches.
A couple weeks ago my family and I went to the best airshow in the world- Miramar Air Show! I may be biased but I don’t care, because once you come see it in person, you’ll be convinced I’m right. Seriously.
According to the MCAS military base, nearly 700,000 people came to the 3-day air show this year! It’s the largest air show in the country, and we had a fabulous time!
Watch this promo video to get a glimpse of the impressive performances. The video is circa 2010, but it’s my favorite video of this air show:
You’ll have to pardon the low quality pictures. We didn’t have the big cameras we usually use (borrowed from my cousin), so we ended up with our little digital camera this time. I edited the photos as best I could…think of them as instagram photos and everything will be okay. Lol!
At the entrance, ready and excited for the day
U.S. Army Golden Knights parachuting from the sky
Love that red, white, and blue up there for everyone to see!
The MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) is a favorite!
You get to watch a little demo of how they deploy in enemy territory, just like in the movies- but better.
It comes complete with elite Recon Marines zipping down a rope from a helicopter,
jets dropping bombs,
tanks rolling in, and a wall of fire exploding!
Of course it’s all simulated but the fire is real- so you feel the heat.
Tiny Marines hanging from a rope… :) too bad our zoom wasn’t that great.
This is when you feel dwarfed by the people with the big guns, like the man below with his massive lens
No, that was not a toy- it’s a real humvee!
And the old familiar Sea Knights. It’s the last time we’ll see them around…they’re being decommissioned this year and replaced with Osprey aircraft. I’ll miss seeing them around.
The Patriots dazzled us with their feats in the sky.
They’re a civilian jet team with experienced pilots that have military backgrounds.
After their demonstrations, you can go meet the pilots in person, ask them questions and take pictures.
Fans can even get their autographs on free posters they hand out.
This is a picture from my mom’s phone.
It looks like we’re all doing a synchronized wave or something,
but we’re just shielding our eyes from the sun.
If you stop and look around you at the air show, it’s pretty amusing to see a whole mass of people all gazing up in the sky, turning their heads left and right as they follow the jets & planes.
And The Patriots even made a heart in the sky
as an appreciation for the military families on base…so sweet!
The Fat Albert of the Blue Angels Team.
I love watching this massive whale take off, but we didn’t get pictures of it in the air
The Blue Angels jets. When you feel the roar of these jets reverberating in your chest
as they zoom past, it sure makes you feel quite tiny.
After the MAGTF demonstration the team rolls by in their tanks and trucks
to greet the audience, shake hands and give high fives
And because we’re a generation of “selfies”, one guy stopped to get his selfie taken with the crowd
as he stood on top of the tank.
We touched the muzzle of a tank while it was still smoking after it fired- just kidding!
That smoke was in the background, from an explosion
but we really did touch the muzzle as the tank passed by.
The driver (you can see his helmet peeking out down there) rotated it toward us
as a way of “shaking hands” :)
Others sported the “royal wave”
A real special treat was the first time public demonstration of the F-35B Lightning.
It was able to hover in place like the Harrier.
We were among the first few civilians to get to see it live in action!
It made me feel really special, let me tell you.
I saw it with my own eyeballs people! :)
There it is again
And one more from another angle, just in case you missed it
There were a bunch of other static displays to walk around and explore
Here’s a little military supporter, proudly showing off her colors
And another one I found in here…saying her last goodbyes to the Sea Knight below
We reluctantly headed back home after a fabulous day!
I had to end this post with a cake. This was the camouflage cake we made
for my little sister’s birthday, per her request.
She even specified that she wants soldiers posing on top of it!
It’s homemade from scratch, so it may look a little squiggly,
but it has natural ingredients and no food coloring which makes it a great cake.
Finally, when you have time, watch this documentary video about how the Blue Angels train for their shows. It’s quite inspiring to see their dedication, hard work, and professionalism
Hear ye, hear ye! There will be a national creation conference held in California this weekend Oct 10-12th, by the Institute for Creation Research. There’s a whole lineup of great speakers and awesome topics of course.
If you cannot make it out to the conference because… you live out of state, you live out of country, or have school obligations and group projects (on exactly that weekend- like me) then you will be happy to know that you can register here to watch it live streamed!
“Contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” Jude 3
I was saddened to find out tonight that pastor/apologet Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries has passed away to be with the Lord on September 29th, 2014. I knew he was battling difficult illnesses but I did not realize it had advanced so quickly that he would pass away… I was praying for his health but did not have time to check on updates, which is why the news of his passing took me a little by surprise.
By God’s grace pastor Silva was a diligent soldier for Christ who stood up for the truth, which is rare these days. My family and I are also involved in apologetics, which is why I feel a connection to ministries like Apprising. Pastor Ken Silva’s apologetics website is on my list of recommended sites. I would encourage you to keep his family in your prayers during this time.
Check out this excellent collection by the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) that reveals 10 evidences for creation! For each of the 10 evidences presented, it has links to scientific articles that go into depth about the topics. This is one great resource to share with friends and classmates when the topic of evolution vs. creation comes up!
Photo & link attribution: © 1994-2013 Institute for Creation Research. http://www.icr.org
The book of 2 Peter focuses on false teachers and heretical teachings that infiltrate the church. It is an epistle that warns and instructs believers to fend off destructive theology.
After reading through the book, I suddenly realized that the epistle begins and concludes with the same kind of exhortation.
“ Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,” (2 Peter 1:2)
“…but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18)
Growing in the knowledge of Jesus Christ means to grow in knowing doctrine. It means studying the word and having a good grasp of the correct doctrine. This is essential to being able to detect false teaching. It is like being armed with the right weapons and knowing how to use them. If you don’t have the right weapons and don’t know how to use those weapons, you cannot defend your position.
Commentators say the word “knowledge” is used in this epistle in different forms about 16 times, and the book is only 3 chapters long!
I love how Spurgeon comments on the passage in 2 Peter chapter 1.
Study well the Scriptures, and get knowledge; for a knowledge of doctrine will tend very much to confirm faith. Try to understand God’s Word; let it dwell in thy heart richly.
And we see that God has provided everything we need in His Word, to be equipped to serve Him and defend our faith:
“His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature…” (2 Peter 1:3-4)
Now, notice a particular word used in verse 5. It says “give all diligence“.
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:5-8).
The Greek word for diligence used here is spoudē (σπουδή). The first meaning of this word is actually “to hasten, haste”. So the apostle Peter is urging all readers to “hurry up” and not neglect these aspects of spiritual growth. And look how beautifully interconnected the Word of God is- the apostle Paul uses the same exact Greek root word when he writes to Timothy exhorting him to waste no time in gaining a good grasp of doctrine:
“Be diligent (spoudazō; σπουδάζω = make haste) to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
We live in increasingly evil days. There are many false teachings invading the church. As a believer you cannot be neutral on these issues. You have to take a side, and it must be the side of truth.
A wise man once said:
“Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather it is the difference between right, and almost right.” – C. Spurgeon