Draw Near

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Draw near

By Susie Teramura


Sailing in a bit late

We take

A seat in

A new pew,

New for us, anyway.


Deciding to sit

In this section

Of the church

So we can see

Little one wave her

Palm branches

And sing Hosanna!


The first song begins

And as we get

To the chorus,

Singing loud about

The Lion and the Lamb

I notice it…


A smell so putrid

And repulsive

I feel I might get sick.


Trying to choke

back my reaction

I continue to sing

Wondering who

or what it is.


Song number two begins

And I am

Beside myself,

I can stand it

No longer.


Husband’s face

Reads mine.

He smells it too

And we decide to

Exit after the next song

And relocate.


But I got to

Thinking about

Sin and me

And the stink

Of it all.


How this Easter message

Is all about that,

The rot of death

And the loneliness

It creates,

The separation,

And how you fixed all that

By your blood

Cleaning me up,

Drawing me near.

And I pause there…


You wanted me near,

You wanted me

To be Yours forever

So You rolled up

Your sleeves and

Entered my mess and

The smell of

It and dealt

With it all

Not even a bit

Left for me.

You did it all,

100% complete .

You rescued me.


How great

The mercy,

How humbling

The kindness,

Leaving me

A speechless

Mess on my knees.

How great

The Father’s love, lavished

And poured out

In extravagance

No strings attached,

Pure love

All over me.


And I look over and

She’s jumping up

And down

Palm branches

Waving crazy

Like a rescued one.



Ephesians 2:13

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.



Hebrews 10:22

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.


James 4:8

Come near to God and he will come near to you


Deuteronomy 5:27

 Go near and listen to all that the Lord our God says.







Big Bold Blooms in progress


Here is an in-process painting. I charcoaled the flowers and put in basic colors. ( I am sorry for the bad quality photo.) Next, I need to work on the shapes, background and finish up details with chalk pastels.

Your Words are Better

Summer Camp Day three Water color picture 1post card-Assignment one

Your Words are Better

By Susie Teramura

Your words are

Better than mine,

So I am parking here

Tonight, in Your Word

Making it my own,

Digesting and mulling,

And rewriting it in words

That belong to me,

To sing back to You:

 Isaiah 64:3

 God, You do

Awesome things

Things that we

Do not even


 God, You come

Down to us?!

Even the mountains


At your coming.

 Never in all time

Has anyone

Ever heard or seen,

A God like You,

Who leaves Your

Holy and perfect place,

And comes

To act in behalf of

Those whom

You love.

 You step in

And help

To carry

Our load,

You love

To do it,

To protect

And help us,

We wait

For You.

 You are glad

To come and

Save the day.

 You are full of


Mercy and love.

 I am so glad,

Deep in my soul,


That I belong to



 Isaiah 64:3-5(NIV)


For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,

You came down, and the mountains trembled before you.


Since ancient times no one has heard,

No ear has perceived,

No eye has seen any God besides you,

Who acts on behalf of those who wait for him?


You come to the help of those who gladly do right,

Who remember your ways.


Very Big Bold Blooms


I have had a little bit of time to work on this very large painting. This is the background colors that will be all painted over  with flowers when I am done . I think I was supposed to do it in darker colors but I like all the bright ones. 🙂 We will see how this all works out… 🙂 I am not too confident as usual, but have decided to just keep going! Who knows what happy surprises might come too. As my teacher says, its just one layer- 🙂