Blue Luna – Final Design

And here is the final design.

Blue-Luna-Design by Carmen CS
Blue-Luna-Design, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the beauty and light around us.  Help her to see and remember that beauty during the dark times.

Blue Luna – Subset

Now it’s on to the background!  To break up the work, I decided to concentrate first on a smaller design within the overall piece, which includes the moon and the moth, but not the words.  This design I may use again.

Blue-Luna-Saleable by Carmen CS
Blue-Luna-Saleable, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, our needs are shared.  While each of us in unique, and experiences a unique life, many aspects are common.  Help her to see how she may benefit from, and benefit, others in similar situations.

Christian meditation…

“Eastern meditation is an attempt to empty the mind; Christian meditation is an attempt to fill the mind.”

From my morning readings in “A Celebration of Discipline“, by Richard J. Foster.

Deep Meditation... by Sthe 55
Deep Meditation…, a photo by Sthe 55 on Flickr.

That’s what I want.  To fill my mind with God.  With His love, His grace, the beauty of His creation.  Then I can move forward with my life and my service.

Blue Luna – Text

The final foreground element is the text.  Her amazing, brave choice is

Always Victory!

Blue-Luna-Text-Context by Carmen CS
Blue-Luna-Text-Context, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, grant her strength and faith to continue to strive for victory in You.

Blue Luna – Tree

Unlike the other elements, I need to substantially change the tree.  I need a branch for the moth and the cocoon to cling to.  The challenge is to make the branches I introduce work visually as part of the tree the photo shows.  The branches should be similar, but not identical.

Blue-Luna-Tree-Context by Carmen CS
Blue-Luna-Tree-Context, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, grant her support in her journey towards the light.

A friendship which does not grow closer…

“A friendship which does not grow closer with the years tends to vanish with the years. And it is the same with us and God.”

From my morning readings in “The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians”, Daily Study Bible Series, by William Barclay.

No Boundaries by premasagar
No Boundaries, a photo by premasagar on Flickr.

I believe that friendship to be the cornerstone of each of our lives.  And how do we grow our friendships?  By giving time to our friends.  By sharing with them.  Laughing with them.  Crying with them.  Telling them what is in our hearts.

But also, crucially, by listening to them.  Trying to understand them.  Concerning ourselves with what concerns them.

Prayer lets us do all of these things!