Wednesday, March 5, 2014


In Dulce, tipis are pretty common. During Go-jii-ya (a festival), many families pitch tipis and camp in them for the four days. If you walk around town, it's usual to see a tipi set up in a yard or two. I've been in several tipis in my life; I've even slept in one on a frigid January night in Iowa!

I had no idea, however, until a couple of weeks ago at Bible Study, that a tipi's foundation is at the knots at the top. Makes sense, once you think of it, but it really surprised me!

So when you look up in tipi, you see the foundation... instead of standing on the foundation, the foundation is above you. And of course, that got me to thinking......

What is my foundation? 1 Corinthians 3:11 says that Christ is the foundation. And in Luke 6:48-49, Jesus describes one who builds his life upon Him as a man building a house on a firm foundation.

I love thinking about these verses in the context of a tipi. Jesus Christ, who is above us, is our foundation. We build our lives upon Him, as a tipi is built around the frame knotted together at the top.

And then, FLASH! I had one of those inspirations for a glass design that comes complete. I immediately started drawing my design. As soon as the drawing was done, I made a copy and began choosing glass. Here is the first version of "Foundation":

Next time I will choose a glass for the tipi that has more contrast from the sky background glass, but I love it! The cross is the foundation for my life; if that is also true for you, please consider ordering "Foundation" for yourself or a gift. It is 10x8 inches, and I will sell it for $60.00. $10.00 of each sale will go to the Jicarilla Apache Reformed Church, a mission church serving the Jicarilla Apache Nation.

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