This painting was done several years ago, shortly after a tornado tore through the city of Minneapolis.  An entire rookery was destroyed, except for one lone survivor.

He sat majestically in his tattered nest, surveying the remnants of his environment.

A tornado ripped through the night before, splitting trees in two,

Uprooting some and destroying hundreds of nests in the rookery.

This Great Blue Heron survived the turmoil – the devastating wind –

The fierce torrential rain.

Now he sits, staring out over the destruction below.

Many of his friends had vanished or died.

The aging bird was spared, remaining behind and lonely.

Would he be able to pick up the pieces of his former life?

If God’s eye is on the sparrow, He certainly would provide for this king of the river.

He would rebuild day by day, with the help of his Creator,

But today he was simply a survivor –

Crushed by the elements, yet hopeful.

May this Earth Day be a constant reminder to all of us of our Creator, God. He has formed this earth from nothing. He designed a perfect place for his creatures to live and thrive. When sin entered the world, the beauty was tarnished. Each day it devolves back into chaos. We have made it so. Let’s return to the One who graciously allows us to have the earth to watch over. We have been given that responsibility. With His help alone, we can restore it. It will never be as it was in the beginning, but we can see to it that it is available for future generations. In the meantime, we can look ahead to a perfect paradise in heaven.



As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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  1. Myrna Migala says:

    Absolutely love the painting!

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  2. K.L. Hale says:

    Your posts always lift my spirits. Thank you for this beautiful message. And please tell Paul his art always touches my heart! One of my favorite family songs is, “His eye is on the Sparrow!” I sing because I’m happy! 🎶 ❤️💕💛 I love you, Kathy. Happy Earth Day! 🌏

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  3. GOD’s protection is really great.

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  4. ken riddles says:

    Cool post – please also pass on compliments to Paul for a Sterling piece of art.

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