Hot mess

This is how I feel a lot of the time.  Especially lately with school starting!  Our family is transitioning into the very first time that both Jeff and I are working full time at the same time that the kids know.  One of us has always been home to take care of everything.  Jeff commented last night, “Wow, when the kids are in school there is a lot more laundry and dishes!”  Nooooo….one of us just isn’t home to do the laundry and dishes, or make the kids do them.  LOL  There have been times this week I have gone to the same store 3 times because I forgot things.  I have a list on post it notes that seems unending.  And I wonder how we are going to hold this all together.  Plus, you add in my regular crazy.

And then I read my Bible, or I even read my own blog, and remind myself, God has got this.  He isn’t going to let the mess explode.  The laundry and dishes will happen, and they aren’t worth blowing up about, they are not what really matters.  And I stop, breathe in the Holy Spirit, let Him fill my lungs, calm me, fill me with joy, and I keep on keeping on.  He reminds me what I really am–and it is not a hot mess in His eyes.

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Thank You!

I wanted to just thank all of my subscribers quick this morning.  All 1660 of you!  That is not a huge number, but to me it is.  I started this blog in December of 2013 and to be honest I haven’t done very much advertising.  To think that there are that many people out there interested in my art and the words of God that flow through me, make my heart rejoice.  Thank you for being here.  Thank you for sharing with others.

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Bear His Light

We can beacons of light, of Christ’s peace.

Not the peace that some religious people think–that only includes certain groups, faiths, theologies, colors.

But the kind of peace Christ called for.  That includes us ALL.

That treats each other with love and respect.  That does not condemn others, but educates and gives mercy.  That doesn’t yell and persecute–no matter what side you are on.  But that whispers even, and works in constancy.  It comes from the words spoken by Jesus, recorded in the gospels.

I painted this piece at the BEGINNING of summer.  Because this is not a new issue in our communities.  This is not a new idea.  It goes back to the fall of man, the ark and Noah, and all time. And we will never be completely exonerated from this problem here on earth.

It is the reason Christ CAME!  To remind us each and every one to be the light that God created us to be.  So that we can get as close to peace as we can here, but more importantly that we can experience true peace in Heaven ALL together as God intended.

 

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Works of God

We are all designed by our creator.  ALL of us.  Every. single. one.

We are all loved individually and wholly.  From birth to death.  He watches our hands as they work for His service. He watches as our hands share His love.  He watches as we use our hands to pray and praise.  He notices as our hands wrinkle and age.  He reaches for those hands to pull us close to Him–sometimes when we are young, sometimes when we are old.

Take time today and pray for ALL the works of His hand.  And while you are praying…pray that we will recognize that we all belong to Him and that He loves us all.  Pray that we will love each other as He loves us.  That we will take each other by the hand and spread peace and love.

 

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Embedded prayers

I spent a lot of time just allowing myself to play with my art supplies this summer trying new techniques, new color combos, more doodling, less doodling, lots of collage.  It was wonderful.  I get caught up trying to “create” “good” stuff–that is internet ready, sellable on Etsy, pinnable for Pinterest.  And become far too critical–and then kill my creativity and desire to work.

When I allow myself to let God flow through me and into my artwork though, the artwork becomes something else.  It has deeper meaning than what stays on the surface of the paper.  Prayers and soul become embedded in each mark.  And in God’s miraculous ways, those pieces are often some of my favorites.  And probably God’s too!

Our culture asks so much of us, especially as Americans.  Criticism, commentary, and opinion are integral to our way of life–commonplace, our choice/freedom/right, even required.  It can be absolutely draining.

Because that is not how God designed us to be.

He wanted us to work in service to HIM.  We are to work for His pleasure.  And when we mix Him in, embed Him, flow through Him, and allow His spirit to encourage us through the process none of the other stuff matters.  And our work becomes more of an intrinsic reward that carries our own spirit so much farther.

I am learning this lesson daily.

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More than thought

Summer, in terms of school, is almost over.  I have been in my art classroom every day for the last week, and many days before that.  We went on one last weekend trip to Branson as a family last week.  And the blog got away from me.  Partially because I thought I didn’t have anything worthy of posting.  I didn’t like what was left of other art left in my library (just wasn’t feeling them).  I felt like I had created a lot of mediocre art this summer…lots of just playing around bits that weren’t worthy of the internet.

But I had more than I thought.

Some needed tweaking and a lot needed finishing as much as anything.  I also haven’t taken the time to scan anything and add them to my online library.  Saturdays are “blog” days–when I get art ready and write at least a week of posts and schedule them–and I haven’t been home for many Saturdays in quite awhile.

But when I took the time this morning to do all of those things I was pleasantly surprised by the 50 pieces that resulted.  🙂

It is easy to get frustrated in the midst of a big project when it seems like nothing is working and we will never see a finished product.

Do you feel like that about your relationship with God?  Do you think He feels that ways about us?????  Maybe we need to spend time tweaking ourselves and our faith.  Maybe God knows there is a lot of awesome product ready to emerge from each one of us, and He is just waiting to put the finishing touches on…or waiting for us to put it into action.  Stop and think about that today and how it could pertain to you, your life, your faith.

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Dripping with Faith

I don’t know about you, but this is what I desire.  To be so filled with faith and love for my Savior that it practically drips from me.  That you can see the ideas eating the darkness like little parasites to reveal the shiny beacon of light that is Christ in me.  That I stand so firm in the storms that it could only be from the power of God.  That I see the majesty in so many things that it spreads joy like the winds to the four corners.

How about you?  What do you want your faith to be like?  What are you doing to fulfill that?

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Resilient Parasite

Have you ever had an idea that kept you awake at night?  That you couldn’t let go as the day went on?

Maybe it is desire or fear that you live with daily.  One that consumes you.

What if that idea was faith?

What if we let our service for Christ consumed us and became so contagious it spread through the nations defining love and light and destroying darkness?

What ideas do you have today?  How can you take that smallest of ideas and grow it into something majestic?

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Seen the Majesty

I am teaching the science center at our local Bible school this week.  Several different denominations got together and we do it for the whole community–which I love!  It is not about theology but getting kids closer to Jesus and faith.  Making it just about them for one week.  Helping them find God in everything and every moment.  Leading them to live and love like Jesus.

Majesty–in this passage Peter is reminding them that he got to witness, “Jesus resplendent with light from God the Father as the voice of Majestic Glory spoke: “This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of all my delight.” We were there on the holy mountain with him. We heard the voice out of heaven with our very own ears.”

But that majesty that we get to witness can be just as powerful when we link it to Jesus.

It could be the amazing mountains, mighty waters, miles of grassy plains, the infinite stars of the galaxy.

OR

It can be the molecules that give magnets power, the atoms that line up to give a substance strength, the mixing of different liquids that combines to create gases.

OR

It can be pretty majestic just seeing kids open to the Holy Spirit.

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Mighty Waters

Fascinating isn’t it how we need water so much, and yet it can be such a burden at the same time.  We want there to be just enough.  And we don’t want to have a drought or a flood.  Have you ever listened to water in its different forms?  I’m guessing you have.  The pitter patter of rain, to the drumming of a downpour.  The rippling of tide, to the crashing of waves.  A trickle from a faucet, or incessent drip all night long.  It has its own music that can turn our emotions inside out.  It can calm us to sleep or it can excite us to a frenzy.

What if we thought of those waters as the Holy Spirit?  What if we thought about how God is in the calm, bringing quiet, or He is in the storm crashing and calling to us.  How will we react to His calls?  Will we listen and receive them?  Or will we ignore them?  His voice is mighty and powerful whether it is small and quiet or enormous and loud.  Our first step is just to recognize that.

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Satisfies the Thirsty

These cravings…I don’t know about you but I can eat something I am craving, and I still feel empty—I don’t want it to stop.  Just one more bite and it will be all right.  I am never quite satisfied.

But with Jesus…there is satisfaction.  There is a lightness, yet fullness.  Have you felt that?  A completeness.  And I know that what He fills me with is good.  Goodness in its perfect form.

Let’s pray today…

Savior, Creator, Spirit–you fill us in ways we cannot imagine.  We pray to you often with our concerns, our praises.  Today we come merely for the satisfaction of YOU.  We put aside all of our earthly cares and seek communion with You Lord.  We know that you fill all the little crevices in our bodies and souls.  We know that you are sweet goodness overflowing and never ending.  We do ask that you help us recognize that what we crave is YOU…that fullness and satisfaction that only you provide.  Help us seek YOU. Let us remember that You are our portion.  And that You are all we need, in this life and eternity.  Amen

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Taste and See

Speaking of Coca Cola yesterday, and then this pie…man do they taste GOOD.  I love me some pie–cherry, peach, rhubarb, chicken…it doesn’t matter whether it is sweet or savory.  I love pie.  I cannot resist it.  The same with Coca Cola.  Pepsi I can walk away from.  Mountain Dew–yucky.  Iced Tea—mmmm, depends.  But Coke–yummy.  Want it.  Gimmee.

What if we looked at faith that way?  What if we had faith in Christ as our favorite food served up beautifully before us?  How could we not desire that?  How could we resist digging in and wanting seconds, thirds, forget it….just give me the whole darn thing!

That is what our faith should be like!  God wants us to crave Him and his love and fellowship like we crave nothing else.  He designed us to want Him every moment of the day–and then our free will got in the way and humans separated from Him.  And they have been searching for ways to get back closer to our creator ever since!  How ironic is that?

And the thing is, once we do taste how good His love and grace is, you do crave it constantly.  Because it is sooooo good.  

 

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