It was the Fall of 2013 and I just felt FRANTIC. The church that we go to, Highlands Church, has a Be Still contemplative prayer service most Wednesday evenings. This evening, we had the opportunity to do art. I took a piece of paper and scribbled with watercolor crayons. Then I sprayed it. Then I thought, "Crap! There's too much water!" So I took another piece of paper, laid it on top, flattened them together so that the second piece of paper would absorb the excess water. When I pulled the 2 papers apart... this is what I found.
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