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Ya’ll know I preach having quiet time with God/Jesus/Holy Spirit.  Ya’ll know I encourage you to look for them all day long.  Ya’ll know I think praising them should be a dancin’ clappin’ reachin’ up to them affair.  It’s because I have learned that doing those things provides ways to BE with God.  Not just letting them walk along side you.  Not just letting them carry you.  But holding onto them and breathing in that constant.  Just relaxing into them, yet pulling the Trinity along with you every where you go.

Let’s pray today:

Trinity we want to BE with you today and everyday.  Today we promise you to take a moment, a minute, maybe more throughout our day to just stop and praise you with our deep breaths of love and satisfaction.  We confess we are going to screw up today despite our efforts to follow your path.  We confess we need you to be with us.  We confess that we are in need of you and that we surrender to your love and the joy it can bring us now and the hope in eternity.  Let all of our moments we give to you, being with you, collect into a life that is a beacon to others.  Encourage us Trinity to rejoice in those moments of being–of understanding your majesty and in thanksgiving.  And we pray that you feel our love returned to you.

All God’s people shout…AMEN!

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Be Pleasing

More playing…lots of collage is happening around here.  I wear Modge Podge and glue like perfume lately.  In fact, I got gel nail polish to protect my nails from all the goo.  (Everything washes off it like a charm and I have great nail color and long healthy nails.  Bonus.)  I bought a hymnal at a garage sale that has this bright white paper and thickness–perfect for collaging, so you will see lots of music notes popping through art for awhile.

I know my art time, meditation, and the prayers and songs over the finished pieces is pleasing to me.  I just hope it pleases Jesus.  I am guessing it does.  I know I feel His presence.  I know I feel Him inspiring me lately.  I know that the Bible says He loves when we spend time communing with Him.

How do you meditate with God?  What words do you share with Jesus?  Are they pleasing?  Can you feel His pleasure?

Maybe this blog is part of that time with Him.  You can easily look up the verses in the art in the Bible and find the rest of the words.  Pray over them.  Study them.  Write down your own thoughts and prayers.  Maybe  you even make art to go along with it as well.  Maybe you sing.  Maybe you go cook, or garden, or drive to work and meditate on it.  Whatever you do, I hope you are connecting to our Savior and feeling His joyful love in your life.

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Knowing is in the Rejoicing

I have been playing with my art.  I got bored with just watercolor.  🙂  I decided to outline this peony with white–I used liquid frisket (a rubbery liquid that dries and keeps water and color from soaking into there) to draw the lines and the leaves.  And I loved the result.  I sure hope you do too.

And then this verse just fit my positive vibe lately and the brightness of this piece.  It is so much easier to live life when you know who you are trusting.  When you have a personal line directly to Jesus.  When you know that He knows you implicitly, completely, fully–and that it isn’t necessary for us to know His individual thoughts, plans, etc. because His are so much bigger and brighter and something to look forward to.  What a blessing to KNOW.  To TRUST.

That makes me pretty happy.  I hope it does you too!

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Rejoice

I write my prayers down.  Not every day, but often.  Helps me keep track of everything I want to talk to Jesus about.  And lately I have been able to start with lots and lots of praise.  It takes Him awhile sometimes, but He does come through and I can see progress lately–for me, for family, for friends.  It can be hard to rejoice the little steps when you are wanting big ones.  But it is worth it.  The joy that fills your heart with gratitude is a fantabulous thing.

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Peace

I have been signing my email and online correspondence Christ’s peace for several years now.  Several reasons prompted this:  my favorite verse above, the good old Lutheran tradition of passing peace, and….well, it was a good compromise between love and sincerely.

But today I typed it and I felt it.

After visiting Chicagoland last weekend to spend time with dear friends I was a frazzled wreck.  I loved seeing everyone.  But the pace, the traffic, and the other people grated on my nerves.  I came home and when I am stressed I sleep and clean, so that is what I did day one home.  And then the next day I felt ready to tackle several errands around town.  But, in Belmond that running was pleasant.  Yes, I was gone for nearly an hour to run three simple tasks, just like it would have taken in the city.  But here it was because I walked the block or so to each place, and then sat and chatted every where I went–giggling, happy chats.  There were complications at some of the errands–but they smiled through it and made them seem like no big deal, not an inconvenience to them, but happy to help.  I walked in the sunshine down the sidewalk and every car waved to me.  And I felt peace.  A calm pure joy–tranquility– and connection.

Some of you might find peace in a big city, but it is not for me.  I need that slower pace, the connections to all of my community.  I need this kind of peace.  My heart feels light, yet still full.

I think that is what Jesus is after–He wants to fill our soul, our heart, our everyday, and help us be not just happy–but a calm, loved, quiet joy in the moments of each day.  Or at least as many as possible.

Have you found what brings you peace?  Are you at odds right now and feel agitated?

There are going to be struggles that we will have to wait for the peace to come.  Not all days will be that calm and quiet soul and thoughts.  Relinquish control.  Relinquish the worries.  Hand it over.  And I encourage you to find what can help you get closer to that peace…and do it.  You know that through Jesus is the best way to find what brings your peace.  Go to Him.  Listen to what He points out.

“Peace I leave with you.  My peace I give you.  I do not give as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. “

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Bold

If we decide to acknowledge God is with us at all times, if we decide to build our life around that, and if we decide to share it with others we might as well go for it and go all out.  Be strong.  Be bold.  Be unapologetic.  God encourages it throughout the Bible over and over and over.  We just have to grab hold of it and go for it.  Find your way to be strong.  Find a way to be bold.

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A Spiritual House

What if instead of considering a church the only holy place, what if we thought of ourselves as the church?  As Spiritual houses carrying Jesus everywhere we go.  What if we built our very lives, ideals, values, dreams on the the cornerstone of Christ?  What if let people  peek into our windows to our very souls?  What if we opened the door to our life to others to share in this spirituality?  What if we shared the safety of our roof with those who are broken and in need?  What if we let our lights shine across the lands?  How would our place on earth change and all those around us?

God created our blueprints, but we are the contractors.  We are choosing the details and the fixtures.  I know how I want to complete my house.

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Standing on Holy

God was talking to Moses about standing on holy ground and considering it sacred.  But what if we considered all ground holy?  What if everywhere we walked we considered the fact that God is with us, that He created that space in the world, that He created the people in that spot.  What if we respected it, looked for that joy I talked about yesterday?

So many people think churches are the only holy places, or Jerusalem.  But they are so wrong.  The spirit is strong in each of us in all places all the time.  That is what makes it possible for us to share the gospel to all.  If we pretend we only have to be Christians on Sunday mornings in a certain building we aren’t giving glory to all God can do.  But if we truly walk as companions of Christ, think of what we are capable of.

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Smiling

When we trust in our God, in Jesus our savior, it is so much easier to have hope.  When we look for examples and reminders of His love all around us it is so much easier to enjoy it.

I have been making a conscious decision to look for those lately.  To listen for them.  And every time I see one, it makes me smile.  And then I realize God gave me that smile.  And I smile at people in town, and they smile back.  And the joy just keeps going.  It’s that easy.  And stress melts away because it’s not important.  A cycle of joy is so much more.  And really it takes very little effort.

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The gate

Not only does God shepherd us in our everyday now, He became Jesus to open the gate to eternity.  He promises to not just be here with us here on earth, taking care of our every moment and need, but to also lead us into the great unknown after life.  He promises it will be better than anything we can envision.  And how could it not be?  God is so vast and powerful.  The mere thought of being in His presence is overwhelming right here in life.  I am filled with gratitude thinking that He is with me here and I can’t even see Him.  How can I imagine the extravagance of meeting Him face to face and being invited to stay right next to Him?

Yes, I will walk through that gate.  I will wait on this side expectantly.  I will stay at the gate, doing what I need to do, waiting for passage.  I will follow.

Will you?

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Lead

God is a super duper awesome leader.  Every time I stray from Him, I feel lost…truly.  I worry, stew, and ruminate until I drive myself crazy.  But when I turn to God, I don’t.  I don’t want, not do I need to.  I can just be and trust.  Live in the moments of each individual day–for really that is all we can do.  The past is done.  We can’t control the future.  But in this moment I am safe, cared for, planned for, and deeply loved.  If that doesn’t give a sense of comfort and contentment I don’t know what does.

May the Lord lead you today…may He be your shepherd and caretaker.

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Shout out for Jeff

Kind of a fun and goofy artwork, but a great quote.  Today is our 18th anniversary.  He has been my constant for 23 years.  He has stuck by me through so much, and I him.  We have truly evolved together.  We have both been through a lot of changes–jobs, becoming parents, moves, personal growth.  Every morning we still choose to love one another and keep God in the center and I am so thankful.  He is the perfect husband for me and I truly believe God created us for each other.  Such a blessing.  So today I am sending him wishes of happiness and gratitude.

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Booth in Belmond!

So I have decided to sell some prints in person!  I haven’t done that in over 18 months.  So I unpacked all my booth pieces and parts, printed up a bunch of bestselling prints from Etsy, made a couple journals, a few cards and think I am ready for this.  I will be in the Belmond pool park among the other artists/crafters/sellers on July 4th from 1:30-4:30.  So if you are one of my readers in Iowa come celebrate the 4th in Belmond and stop in to buy some things from me.  🙂  There is lots going on–a good old fashioned fourth celebration that I am super excited about.

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Always Full

Do you ever wonder if other religions want more from their gods?  If they feel like something just isn’t complete with the faith?

You know, like still waiting for a Messiah.

As Christians we don’t have that.  Our faith can be COMPLETE.  We know our beginnings in Christ and our ending with Christ in heaven for eternity.  We know He loves us.  We know He wants us to do as He did.  Pretty simple.

We don’t have to really worry about the laws and rules, and the do’s and the don’ts.  Jesus takes care of it all.

If we are thirsty or hungry it is because WE have pulled away from the relationship.  US.  Not Him.

The tricky part is staying at the table.  And holding onto that royal purple ticked that Jesus/God/Holy Spirit is the I AM.    Believing it.  Trusting it.  Following it.

Coming to the table.  Ordering. And partaking.

Let’s do it.

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Thirsting for a LIVING God

I am not thirsting for material things, not for gods of this earth.  No shopping will quench the thirsts that I have right now.  But my LIVING God will.

The writer of this psalm got it.  He knew the idols of that day were not going to cut it.  And he asks, “When shall I come and behold.”  Notice that?  Not when will God come.  But when will I come.  The writer realized he needed to make that first step, place the order, let God know of his need.  And then God will come and quench that thirst, because that’s what He does.  Because He is living and breathing and can actually do things.  Material things and idols of earthly materials can’t do one single thing that will actually satisfy in any meaningful way.  We have to be able to interact.

So my next step is finding people to interact with:  a small group, a book club, art friends to paint with.  Time when I can come to a place, invite God to join us, and behold His grace and glory.

That God, He is so stinking smart and right all the time!

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