Double Blessing

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday I drove seven hours to my friend Kathy Fincher’s lake house in Georgia, where today I was able to watch the solar eclipse in the ‘totality’. I donned my protective solar glasses, and joined thousands of others for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

I had an extra pair of glasses which I used to cover the camera lens on my cell-phone in hopes of being able to photograph the eclipse. My photos weren’t fabulous, but I wanted to share this one with you, as it shows the moon starting to block the sun.

There was something special– almost sacred– about sharing the experience, not just with Kathy’s friends and family, but with the hundreds of thousands of other people who made their way into the narrow band of the totality to watch God’s handiwork in action.

Interestingly, I was able to see the eclipse in progress through the glasses until the moon fully eclipsed the sun– then it was as if the lights went out– the glasses became totally opaque. One of my companions said “It’s safe to look without the glasses now”, so I took mine off, and WOW! There was the dark circle of the moon, surrounded by an incredibly bright halo of light as the sun radiated out behind it. Beautiful, powerful, moving and connective.

Later in the afternoon Kathy took a few of us on a boat ride around the lake, and we saw a rainbow– a sign of God’s promise– even though it didn’t rain at all today. I felt doubly blessed.

If you weren’t able to experience the eclipse, and would like to get a feel for it, NASA’s website has some great photos and videos.

Speaking of websites, I am truly delighted to announce that after many months of work, the companion website to the Complete Guide to Bible Journaling: Creative Techniques to Express Your Faith went ‘live’ tonight! It includes information, inspiration samples, and free downloads. Heartfelt thanks to my friend Julie Ager for all her help in making this happen. Here’s what the home page looks like:

Most new websites have glitches, and I’m sure this one is no exception. For those of you who are interested in Bible Journaling, I’d be grateful if you would take a look at the new site, and let me know if you see anything which needs to be fixed. Also let me know if you are interested in having your work included in the inspiration gallery. Thanks, in advance, for your help and suggestions.

Stay Zenspired,




8 thoughts on “Double Blessing”

  1. As always, a wonderful post dear friend
    I will for sure check the new site out! How exciting! I will grab my book and check it out right away. Thanks for your uplifting and positive posts they help me through many things and I can’t thank you enough ☺❤

  2. I went to your new website entered my email and name but it wouldn’t enter anything.
    I am excited about Bible Journaling.

  3. Joanne what a beautiful experience for you! i wanted to tell you that your new website is just what we needed! It is a wonderful wealth of information and of course, your work is just exceptionally beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful artistic work with us. It is very inspiring and uplifting to me.

  4. Thank you, Joanne, for the pictures. I’m so glad you got to see the eclipse. We weren’t so fortunate here in Las Vegas, so we watched it on TV.

  5. Fabulous photo. Thank you for sharing it with us.
    Thank you also for sharing your art, words of comfort, encouragement, joy, love and friendship.

    You are a blessing in our lives.

  6. What a wonderful experience you had to see both the eclipse and the rainbow. God is so good. Thank you for getting the website for bible art journaling up and running. I will check it out. Thanks for all the work that you do to help us stragglers out. You are always so encouraging.

  7. How wonderful to have experienced an eclipse Joanne…you will never forget that…and to see a rainbow on the same day. You art is taking the world by storm and I could not be more delighted for you my friend! I’m off to check out your new web site xx

  8. Hi Joanne! You were so close to me on your visit with Mary Anne, about an hour away! Unfortunately I was working, but we were able to go out and see the beautiful eclipse. I’m so happy for you and your new website, congrats!!! I would be honored to have my Bible journaling pieces included if you choose to use them. The site is going to be awesomely inspiring, Just like everything you do!

    Love and hugs,
    Terri ❤

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