NASA Image of the Day

Thursday, July 18, 2013

"Daisy Jane"

ARTS in HEALTHCARE therapy items by Dawn M. Nevills, Arts-in-Healthcare Consultant, B.A., Dip. Psych., Dip. P.I., Dip. Pol. Sci.

                                                 "Forest in Late Summer"

                                                      watercolour by Dawn M. Nevills

                                             "Seeing Into Grief" Mousepad   $12.95 Cdn.
                                               watercolour/acrylic painting by Dawn M. Nevills
                                (A portion of proceeds from this item is donated to the Canadian
                                 Cancer Society)
   ..........can you see the silver tree in the middle, the green and red leaf on either side, and the silver
             horse running wildlly away from the flames, aside from the two faces, one "hoarse" from
              trying to talk to the grief-stricken, closed-mouthed figure on the left? Two paintings in one!

Monday, July 8, 2013

2nd Kings, Chapter 5 Verses 1-14

1.Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria; he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.

2. And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.

3. And she said unto her mistress, "Would God my Lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria!, for he would recover him of his leprosy."

4. And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.

5. And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.

6. And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.

7. And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? Wherefore consider, I pray you and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.

8. And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.

9. So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.

10. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.

11. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

12. Are not Aban and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.

13. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

14. Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

Chapter 8

...19 Yet the Lord would not destroy Judah for David his servant's sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his children....

Psalm 119


57. Thou art my portion, O Lord; I have said that I will keep thy words.

58. I intreated thy favour with my whole heart; be merciful unto me according to thy word.

59. I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

60. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.

61. The bands of the wicked have robbed me; but I have not forgotten thy law.

62. At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgements.

63. I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

64. The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy; teach me thy statutes.


49. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

50. This is my comfort in my afflictions: for thy word hath quickened me.

51. The proud have had me greatly in derision; yet have I not declined from thy law.

52. I remembered thy judgements of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself.

53. Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.

54. Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

55. I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law.

56. This I had, because I kept thy precepts.


17. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.

18. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

19. I am a stranger in the earth; hide not thy commandments from me.

20. My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgements at all times.

21. Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.

22. Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.

23. Princes also did sit and speak against me; but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

24. Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.

Psalm 119 -


105. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

106. I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgements.

107. I am afflicted very much; quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word.

108. Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, and teach me thy judgements.

109. My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.

110. The wicked have laid a snare for me; yet I erred not from thy precepts.

111. Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.

112. I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.


113. I hate vain thoughts; but thy law do I love.

114. Thu art my hiding place and my shield; I hope in thy word.

115. Depart from me, ye evildoers; for I will keep the commandments of my God.

116. Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live; and let me not be ashamed of my hope.

117. Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe; and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.

118. Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes; for their deceit is falsehood.

119. Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross; therefore I love thy testimonies.

120. My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgements.


129. Thy testimonies are wonderful; therefore doth my soul keep them.

130. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

131. I opened my mouth, and panted; for I longed for thy commandments.

132. Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.

133. Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

134. Deliver me from the oppression of man; so will I keep thy precepts.

135. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.

136. Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.

Psalm 130

A Song of Degrees
1. Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.
2. Lord, hear my voice; let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
3. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
4. But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
5. I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
6. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
7. Let Israel hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
8. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world."

Saint Mark Chapter 9 Verse 23

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."

Verse 24
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

Verse 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, sayng unto him, "Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him."

Verse 26. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out f him; and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.

Verse 27. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up, and he arose.

Verse 28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

Verse 29. And he said unto them, "This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting."




     Question: What kind of "fasting" will you do, if any? Is it all about food - and what do we mean by "hunger" and "appetite"? ....can we, after all, "hunger" for The Word?  Why, or why not?

Something to think about........