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Observant — 14 Comments

  1. Janis, I so agree with you – writing has caused me to become more observant. There are lessons and connections all around us, waiting to be discovered so that we grow in our relationship with God and those around us.

    • Joanne,
      Thank you for visiting. My observation techniques need to be tuned a little better these days. Hopefully, I’ll find new observations as our world changes rapidly.

      From My Heart to Yours,
      Janis

    • Hi Liz,
      Thank you for your visit. May your observations continue to be blessed.

      From My Heart to Yours,
      Janis

  2. Being a photographer and then an artist has made me sooo much more observant. Often I have realized I see differently and more intensely than my husband. I have always enjoyed God’s beautiful world, the nature and the scenery around me but after beginning to paint I see things in a completely different way. More details, more colors, more depth, more texture…..just more. At times I have felt “ sorry” for those who just look and don’t see. A couple of years ago I was helping and encouraging a friend to beginning drawing and such. He said he began to see things is a way he never saw before. We joked it was like a sickness…..oh the clouds! Oh look at the colors on the mountains! Oh the colors in the clouds! Oh look at the shape of the trees! And on and on…..but it is a great sickness to have! I’m thankful the Lord has given me the opportunity to pursue my art work in watercolors because it has enriched my life!

    • Patti, your observation skills have been expressed superbly in your artistic drawings. (I still want one.) In addition, you have given the gift of observation to your “student.” His eyes have been opened to the remarkable creations of God and the colors of the world as he learns to paint under your teaching! A double blessing.

      From My Heart to Yours,
      Janis

    • Marcy, I’ve seen your observation skills at work! You notice and comment on an individual’s growth, joys, and needs. You always have encouraging words for those with whom you visit on social media or through our zoom Bible study.
      Such a blessing!

      From My Heart to Yours,
      Janis

  3. Janis, as long as I have known you, you have always been observant. But now as you relate your beautiful photos to scripture, shows me you are not only observant in what you see, but observant in what God is communicating with you through HIs Word…and it’s beautiful!!!

    • Oh, Cecelia, you warm my heart with your words about how I have observant as long as we’ve known each other. And that’s longer than I’ve known my husband! I’m encouraged to hear you say that my observations now reveal how God is communicating with me now. Thank you so much for your thoughts and words here.

      From My Heart to Yours,
      Janis Van Keuren

    • Paula,
      Thank you for stopping by! Sometimes our sensory systems are overloaded with trivial information that we can’t see through the mess to observes the beauty surrounding us which God has provided. I’ll stop by and visit you.

      From My Heart to Yours,
      Janis

  4. It is really a good reminder for all of us whether we are writing or not. We should all be more observant of things around us and be teachable as well as grateful. Thank you for your insight.

    • Thank you, Mary, for noting that being observant and teachable almost go hand-in-hand. It’s always good to see you here.

      From My Heart to Yours,
      Janis

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