There are such talented people in our world! I love to watch an artist at work…how she takes the colors and blends them and mixes them…applying them to the canvas just so…and OH! just the tiniest touch of white…right over there! And so as some do their best work on canvas or watercolor paper…some do their best work…on their hands?…with their hands?…with their hands on another’s hands? Just look at this and you figure it out!!!

For around 30 years, I have worked with children…in differing capacities. But, always, thankfully, in places where I could use verses or thoughts from the Bible, as I wished. One of the favorite of these was always, “WORK WITH YOUR HANDS.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11

So, GO! Work with your hands! Do what you do best! Cook…ride your bicycle…paint a picture…style someones hair…sort clothes in a thrift store…soothe a scared child…there’s too many to name here. Besides, you know what you do best. Just go and do it!




  1. This weekend my son Eric and his wife and my three grandchildren are coming so my hands will be busy….hugging, tickling, cooking, etc. Can't wait.

    Have a wonderful weekend sweet friend.

  2. What amazing pictures, Tonja … and inspiring words. We're having company this weekend, so my hands will be busy, too … but in a GOOD way. Best wishes to you and your sweet family for a happy and safe weekend.

  3. Tonja,

    You just find the most wonderful things to share! I especially love the wise-eyed old elephant, regarding us and the world with patient acceptance.

    But the best of all, you know, is the personal one from yesterday—the most treasured photo you have, just for the momentous reality of it and the beautiful links-in-the-chain symbolism.
    Everyone in your family would treasure a copy.

  4. Those are amazing, can't believe it! Have a nice weekend.

  5. Amazing artwork!!! So creative!

  6. Playing catch-up tonight. So a belated congratulations on being a grandmother. You will love it! I always thought it wouldn't matter if I never had grandchildren but it is so wonderful. I decided after a long process to be Gram but it was pointed out to me it isn't always my decision. Kaiden has yet to call me anything, so I guess I will wait until he does to see "who I am". I love your posts on hands. It has taken me a long time to see that even if I do not have "artistic" hands, my hands are still talented.

    Hope you have a great weekend.

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