"We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 1:3

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I just made some note cards to help me memorize the first 8 verses of Proverbs 3 - I thought I would share. I don't know about you - but I need it in my soul today:)

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Yesterday my sweet husband took me on a date to the HIGH museum of art in Atlanta! So sweet and fun! It also marked the one year anniversary of when we started dating last year - and one of our first dates was to the HIGH - can you tell which picture is from this year or last?!

There were a few "give-aways" - like the current exhibition with Andy Warhol prints in the one from this year, and if you can read the dates on the stickers! Anyways - it was awesome! The current exhibit is titled, "From Picasso to Warhol" - basically - a road to abstraction. It included 14 artists including:

Giorgio de Chirico (which Ben was particularly interested in!)

Jackson Pollock (I am always especially drawn to the energy of his extreme process - driven pieces - Ben thought they were pretty ridiculous!)

Warhol, of course:)

Alexander Calder (I am teaching first grade about them right now!):

Constantin Brancusi:

Henry Matisse!!!!! SOOO COOL!!!

Of course, Picasso:

Ben got a little frustrated with the taking of the pictures!

I thought it was so cool they let you - I don't think I have ever been to a museum where you were not only allowed to take pictures - but encouraged to do so! They had an "app" you could download to your phone - and then when you took pictures of the art, your phone would tell you about the piece! Crazy! Pretty amazing what technology can do today!

There were also works from: Mondrian, Duchamp (this was THE most interesting to try to explain to Ben- ha!), Miro, Leger, Bourgeois, Jasper Johns, and Romare Bearden! For more info: http://www.high.org/

It was pretty awesome to see all these works together. Our one big criticism was that there wasn't a clear path through the exhibit - we doubled back several times to find certain things we wanted to see and then once we were out - realized we had missed the whole Calder room! Altogether - we would both highly recommend going to see the exhibit - just make sure to check off all the artists you are suppose to see before leaving!

Friday, October 21, 2011

When Christ is our focus - and He is filling our hearts - peace, love and joy erupt from within. The love and grace Christ has given us was given to be shared.

"Present grace COMPELS joy. Future Grace, our hope in heaven, ALLOWS for present joy." - Gary Spooner

"Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him." Psalm 98:1
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ahhhhhh! (The Scream)

Second grade is learning about Edvard Munch's "The Scream" this week! We are discussing things that make us scream...So I took the opportunity to show them something that makes me scream!!!!!!!! Ha!

It's a messy art room:) We are also discussing diagonal lines and how they create "drama" and lead the viewer to the subject of the painting!

FYI - got some more wedding pics! If you are interested:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

In need of a Savior!

I am studying Esther and Ruth right now - and learning TONS about being a girl! Go figure - I am 28 yeras old - and just now learning to be comfortable in my feminine skin! I am trying to unpack exactly why – and mostly I think it’s just our culture. Our culture tells us to be tough and independent and that I don’t “need” any help; I can do it all myself.

I am learning, now – that God didn’t create us to be independent – or to do life by ourselves. He created us to be in relationship with Him – to ask for and rely on help from Him. The whole point of life is to learn to life in relationship with Christ – our PERSONAL savior – who knows us completely and loves us unconditionally.

And, all of our Earthly relationships reveal something about the way we are called to relate to Christ – and I think marriage is an especially awesome blessing in this respect! I am already learning from my marriage relationship about the deep LOVE that God has for each of us. I am also learning that relationships REFINE us! Each person in your life is there to “chip” something away – or “sheer” off some of the “wool” that is keeping us from a full relationship with Christ.

God is showing me that admitting my need (for anything and everything!) is the first step to having an authentic conversation with Christ. So – I need help – but my help comes from above – so that I can in turn help and love the precious people in my life. Thank you Jesus, for showing me how much I need you!

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." – Hebrews 4: 15-16

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I've been a little MIA because I have been planning a wedding - but I hope to get back to blogging soon:) Here are a few pictures friends and family have sent from the day:

The day was pretty perfect - God is so good and so faithful. Ben and I are blessed - the whole experience was overwhelming - I am still marinating in the bliss! Thank you, Jesus for precious friends and family and for the A-mazing sunset on October 1, 2011!

- Mrs. Benjamin Dwight Duncan