The featured image: Red Leaves are for Nature Notes,  Maktro Tex: Nov.

Several things came together last week. First a few lines about “the back story.” I dreaded to go to Southern California to accompany hubby on his job, because I had the feeling it would be tiring and uncomfortable. Yet, I let it slip out to one of my  painting friends that hubby had a job in Southern California.”Next day an email came, “Can you paint?”

When writing a few days later in my journal that we should not let ourselves lead by circumstances, but by the message and purpose that is in our heart, I wondered why I was writing this. Was something serious going to happen?

The next song actually comes last in the  story, but you need it now, to understand the whole story.
At my wedding a small group sang to us, bride and bridegroom

“BECAUSE the Lord is my shepherd
I have everything that I need
he causes me to lie down  in meadows, streams
…………………………………..even when walking
through the dark valley of death
I will not be afraid, cause you are right beside me
guiding, guarding all the way ……….”

This song is known in the Western world as the 23rd psalm
This song came to mind a few days after I had heard about the eleven, killed in the synagogue. in Pittsburgh.



At the time about the killings in the synagogye I knew nothing about it.  I had a talk with  Liz while we were both painting in LAguna Niguel (close to Laguna Beach, CA).
She was finishing up a painting of a young shepherd
“With a sigh, “I’ve been painting on this almost a year …
his staff was a revelation in itself. “(for her)
When she asked what I was painting, I started telling,
“Yesterday when the music began to play
I began to see in my mind a very dark corridor, like a hall. The end was pitch black. Then some little spots of light appeared … like doors?

A shepherd came out of one. It was Jesus. In the dark I could faintly see  a mourning dove on his shoulder.
He turned to the one behind him, who was frightened to go onto that dark pathway. I was like walking on water.
“Come on, when you stay close to me, you can do it, you really can. We will walk in the dark together,” and took the hand of the frightened one.

Tue Travel, City Tripping,


What is so significant we discovered, was that our paintings complemented each other, as well as the song on my wedding. The song was composed by another Jewish shepherd, who later became known as king David.

These parts  all needed to come together for one or more,
frightened by these kinds of dark circumstances, needing to know, he or she is not walking this dark path alone.
If you know someone struggling with this kind of a darkness of circumstances, please pass on this story.

(my painting is not done yet, but I’ll show it when finished)

Floral Fri Foto, Natur Donnerstag, Fri Bliss


A colorful door
Thurs. Door, Weekend  Reflection



C’est si bon, such beautiful clouds today!
Thankful Thurs., Sky Watch






Our WorldMakro-Tex: Nov
Travel Tue * Nature Notes Pictoral Tue City Tripping *
Tue FOTD * Communal global * Sun Snap *
Thurs. Doors * Natur Donnerstag * Thankful Thurs. * Floral Fri Foto * Sky Watch * Pink Saturday *
* Weekend Reflections * Fri Bliss * Fri Photo Journal * Fri Photo Friends *



  1. Psalm 23 is so encouraging, isn’t it. I often use music to inspire me when writing, usually instrumental but sometimes with lyrics. I’m looking forward to seeing your painting. Your friend should be pleased with her painting, it portrays calmness and serenity very well.


    1. Yes, instrumental is less distracting:)
      Her face is calmer than the way she talked – I love her painting – a side of Jesus I never thought about! Aren’t artists always their own worst critics? (lol)


  2. James says:

    I like the sign above the reflection. It reminded me that there is a “C’est Si Bon” near where I live. It’s a bakery not a bar. 😉


  3. Of course as I write this there has been more devastating news from California this week. It’s hard to find strength at times.


  4. Thank you. Good blog and touching words. I often read Psalm 23 and John 10.

    Adonai is my shepherd … even if I pass through death-dark ravines,
    I will fear no disaster; for you are with me;
    your rod and staff reassure me. (Psalm 23)

    I am the good shepherd; I know my own, and my own know me — just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father — and I lay down my life on behalf of the sheep. Also I have other sheep which are not from this pen; I need to bring them, and they will hear my voice; and there will be one flock, one shepherd (John 10)


  5. riitta k says:

    We here here on the news these shootings in the US. So sad, it’s a crazy world. Life & society in Finland are safe compared to yours.


  6. Peter B. says:

    Very troubling times indeed. And now another shooting and more wildfires. I wonder when (if) things will ever settle down? Nice to see the picture of you painting and the smile on your face. Enjoy your weekend!


  7. Dan Antion says:

    One of the rabbis used that Psalm in his remarks at a vigil the evening after the shooting.


    1. Oh, I love when things of different sides come together like this! Had no knowledge of this – thank you!

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  8. Joyful says:

    A beautiful reflection on the need to know God is with us. I look forward to seeing your painting


  9. Michelle Keltner says:

    Thank you so much for linking up today. Nice to see you and the painting 🙂 Thank you for linking up 🙂


  10. Prior... says:

    This is a good post
    Muy bueno
    And the encouragement was uplifting
    Looking forward to seeing your painting 😉


    1. Thank you Yvette. Now, the painting is another thing – it seeds some serious work):)

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    2. Prior... says:

      All in time – right…


  11. Pat says:

    How wonderful to paint with a friend and share encouragement with each other! The world can be so dismal but we can all add more beauty and love to it to counteract that!


  12. Norm 2.0 says:

    Oui c’est bon. Une tres belle porte 🙂

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    1. Merci, merci! I only saw this little treasure because it was next to the parking lot of the Art Warehouse in South. Calif.:)

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  13. I love the story of your painting, Jesh. Looking forward to seeing it. 🙂


  14. Cee Neuner says:

    Beautiful post Jesh. 😀


  15. Lovely star of the month.


  16. Joanne Sisco says:

    What jumped out at me was the line “yesterday when the music began to play I began to see in my mind ….”
    Coincidentally (or not), just yesterday I was reading an article about artistic inspiration and it mentioned that not all cues are visual and that music is a common one. I remember being rather surprised when I read that because it wasn’t obvious to me.
    …. and yet here you are less than 24 hours later saying exactly that. Cool 🙂

    Also, the line you wrote in your journal “we should not let ourselves be lead by circumstances, but by the message and purpose that is in our heart” really resonated with me this morning. Lately I find myself trying to sort out the two. It’s not always apparently which is which.

    Thanks – this post has given me a double nudge this morning.

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    1. Yay, am glad this post helped – because of my previous job, it takes a lot to be so personal, because I know some may tend to put me in a certain corner:) Hope you will follow your heart unequivocally!

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    2. Joanne Sisco says:

      I know the feeling about getting ‘pegged’ and then the challenges of trying to get people to see you differently.


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