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Not Disorder but Peace

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I like things all lined up and organized.  There are times that I literally cannot function until I clean up my studio space because it stifles my creativity so much.  And once I have a clean surface and can find everything again, I can breathe deeply, dig in, and just let it all flow–let it all go.  (Yes, Elsa is singing Let it Go in my head as I type LOL–I cannot escape Disney).

Anywhoo.  I like to imagine God in this verse kind of like Elsa in that famous song–sweeping His creativity across the world in one cleaning, clearing, organized swoosh of beautiful peace.  Just crystallizing the earth in shining peace.  Wouldn’t that be wonderful???  Because really that is how He creates the world.  Organized down to the very inner workings of each molecule.  His intelligent design of everything functions in such a fantastic system.

When we trust Him, when we work for Him, that organized peace flows into our hearts.  Really it does.  I am telling you, the peace that surpasses all understanding just puts everything in your soul in its place.  Your world will start to make sense in a whole new light.  And you will want to share that love and light. (Remember our mantra?)  Ahh,  it is such a good thing.  It makes me want to twirl.  LOL

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White as Snow

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I love this old hymn.  I painted this one last year during the spring actually–all the pear trees were in bloom and it seemed like it was snowing out there were so many white petals on the breeze and in the new grass.

Right now there is real snow on the ground and I need this reminder of spring.  🙂  But I do love a fresh snow fall.  The fat flakes so big that you can see the intricate designs.  The tiny bits of glitter flakes that sparkle in the sun.  The wet ones that cling to the trees and make it a fairy wedding world.

And…I like how all of those visuals remind me of how Jesus forgives my every sin when I hand them over to Him.  He makes me fresh, blooming, glittering, a new bride.  Isn’t that a wonderful picture in the mind?  Imagine yourself that way.  In my head, that is what I want to look like in heaven as an angel.

Here is a version of this song.

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Prayers for Plants

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We pray for people all the time.  When was the last time you prayed for plants?

If you are a farmer, maybe recently.

So let’s pray for good crops.

Let’s pray for trees–their beauty, shelter to creatures big and small, for the wood they give, for the air they clean.

Let’s pray for flowers–that they grow and continue to color our world, that they continue to be signs of celebrations good and sad.

Let’s pray for grass–the green carpets we see each day that lay dormant all winter.

For weeds–that are so strong and hardy, and that help us appreciate the other plants so much.

For vegetables and fruits.

God is so good that He created a multitude of plants of all shapes, sizes, colors, and uses.  God is so good that He gave humans dominion over them that we may enjoy them.  Let us be thankful.

 

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Commit to God

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I am finding that this works.  Anytime that I am trying to do something for my own benefit, I have to struggle through.  If I am doing it because I feel called by God, to serve someone else, to spread the gospel, to show love to another, to bring joy–any of those and it totally goes well.  And usually better things come from it.  God is good like that.

He really does have a plan for us, and it is a plan that will prosper us in His ways.  Not necessarily in Earthly ways–there is the difference.  And really, He doesn’t want us to stray from that plan–so none of that stuff works out.  See?

The more I blog and create art for God, the more opportunities He throws my way.  The more involved I am in activities that pull me away from Him–the more annoying they get.

How about you?  Do you notice this in your life?

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Far Better Up Ahead

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One more Lewis.

The best part of being a Christian is knowing that better things are ahead.  We are promised the greatest reward out there:  eternal life with Jesus in the best place ever in complete joy without any suffering at all.

Super awesome.

As long as we stay focused on that far into the future, we can’t go wrong.  Things will happen here on Earth that are going to bring us pain and struggles, but we will leave all of them behind.  Just drop them and go.

Why not do it now?  Why worry?  Live life.  Yearn for better things.

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Cast Anxieties

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1 Peter 5:7 Cast Anxieties by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

Following God sure is a lot easier when we cast our anxieties off and let Him have them.  He truly cares about each of us, does not want us to worry, and is ready and waiting to take all that burdens us.

This is one thing I am getting a little better at.  I have been giving Him a lot lately.  Praying some big prayers that I am not going to worry about my parenting choices, I am giving it 6 months before I look for a full time teaching job–because I am going to trust HIM.  To protect my babies in ways I never can and to lead them into independence from me, but leaning on Him.  To provide for some of the bills we have and foresee through this ministry.

Now, the hard part is giving in to HIS answers to prayer.  That is definitely the harder part!  But I know that any answers He gives are part of His master plan and He knows better than me.  And so the letting go and going along with it is getting easier as well.

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Seeking in Chronicles

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Chronicles 16:11 Seek the Lord by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

I am going with a whole series of flowers this week.  I have actually organized the whole month this way.  Today’s flower is basically the same message as yesterday, which works pretty well.  I love that God tells us the same things over and over in the Bible.  He knew as humans we needed the repetition.  He knew we would need to hear the same concept in different ways.  He knew we would need to be able to see how the same learning applies to different situations and outcomes.

But everything comes back to HIM.  Seek HIM.  Get what we need.

Pretty easy actually.

Pretty hard to do.

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Mind on the Spirit

 

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Romans 8:6 Mind on the Spirit by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

It can be hard after a long weekend/day off for  us to go back into our regular work weeks and jobs.  It feels so good to be off–because we don’t do it nearly enough.

I wasn’t able to unplug as much as I hoped.  I did spend quite a bit of time socializing with friends and family–which was quite lovely.  And I did get in a few naps.  But instead of zoning out to a book, I wandered Pinterest (I was looking for furniture for a good friend who is re-doing her home after a flood–so that was okay.  Right?  LOL)

And now…I need to dig in–I have quite a few projects that require a fair amount of time and energy.  God is listening to my prayers–He is throwing more business my way and challenging me to be a strong business person.  CHALLENGING.  I will need to do a much better job of balancing my time, and procrastinating less, and do more artwork to other people’s specifications (not my strongest suit admittedly).

And this verse is going to be KEY to keeping me on track.  If I set my mind on the Spirit and that this what God needs me to do, the balance will come.  I will be able to craft a life of peace and joy instead of burn out and frustration.

So as we all go back this week–let us pray together that the Spirit will keep Jesus forefront in our thoughts and that they will lead us in our labors.

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Be Glad and Rejoice

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Psalm 118:24 Be Glad and Rejoice by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

Enjoy your day today!  In all our laboring days may we find God, be glad for the labors He gives us–the opportunities to work with others and be His hands and feet in all we do.

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Confidence Week

Sound like a strange theme for the week?  Maybe it is.  But I need it, all the teachers going back need it, all the mamas counting down the days need it, and let’s face it–we can all use a little confidence boost!  Are you with me?

This Thursday I take my very first real business trip in a very long time!  I am going to Atlanta on Thursday to all sorts of art businessy meetings and I cannot contain my excitement!

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Commit Your Work Proverbs 16:3 by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

This is the crux of it all for me:  I finally gave into committing my whole body of work to God and He is pleased.  I am feeling very blessed.  And the wonderful thing about all those meetings, is that each one is an opportunity to discuss Him and His great commission.

I will meet with a marketing team and author.  I will be on tv with Leslie from Bible Stories from the Heart promoting the Bible Study and Faith Journaling.  I will be offering a class.  And we will be out promoting the printed copy of the Exodus study.  It will be a whirlwind weekend!

All of it is work committed to Christ.  I know I can be confident that these plans will succeed.  And I can trust in the fact that I can be comfortable with any level of outcome–because God will be.  If I reach one more of His sheep during those meetings, He is pleased.

That can be the hard thing for us to remember in our current culture.  More is more.  The bigger the better. Expect new, first place, outstanding numbers.

But that isn’t what necessarily means success to our Lord.  One sheep. He is pleased.  ONE.

Even if  I am the one sheep who comes closer to Him by committing my work:  HE IS PLEASED WITH ME.

That right there is a confidence booster!  I want to make other people proud, I want to do great things, but really–the MOST important thing ever is to find favor with Jesus.  And this will definitely bring me closer to Him.  And it will help me feed His sheep.  AND I know He will be with me every step of that work.

And He will be with you.  He will be pleased with you and your efforts.

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It is WELL with my Soul

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It Is Well with MY Soul by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

Ahhh.  And this dear friends is the culmination.  To feel that peace.  To feel the positive outcomes of a little time of solitude.  To enjoy our dream places of staying.  To know that we are loved by family and friends.  To know that we came home to what we really should focus on.  To know that God is with us.  Yes.

It is well with my soul.

Drink it in, breathe it in deep.  repeat it to yourself over and over, as a prayer.

It is WELL with my soul.  It is well with MY soul.  It is well with my SOUL.  

Isn’t that wonderful?  Do you feel it change you?

Remember that piece in orange, one positive thought a day?  This can be it.  This is all it needs to be.

Rest in the face that faith makes our souls well.  We are WELL.

Here is the song and the fascinating story behind it!

 

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Flowers Like Sunshine Bring Seeing and Happiness

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Flowers like Sunshine Bring Happiness

 

Good morning friends!  Spring  has sprung full on!  Joy of joy of joys.  Needed it!  The trees are all in bloom, forsythia brightens the roadways, bright daffodils and hyacinth dot the bright green grass.  Oh, my colorful world is back!  How I have missed you.  I don’t know about you, but obviously flowers and sunshine make me really really really happy.  I don’t know if it is the explosion of colors and light that pervades my artist eye that makes the difference, or the bodily response in hormones that God designed–you know oxytocin, serotonin, happy-tonin whichever one it is.  🙂

Sunshine makes me see my world in a whole new light.  Seriously.  Not just in a, “Wow, look everything is so pretty and smells fresh!”  kind of way.

But in a, “Wow, you know, God has a plan in this!  Check out those stepping stones laid out for me.  He lined them with sunshine so I would notice this is the path to take!”

First Tanner went back to school, now another one is considering it.  That left me reeling.  How do we make that change and how do I redirect my thinking?  But also—whoah Nelly!  That will leave me with a LOT more time! Do I get a job outside our home?  Or do I pursue the job God is laying out for me????

Have you been noticing the change in writing?  I got this cool little tool for Search Engine Optimization.  In other words, it checks to see if I am being cohesive, linking out, and making sure that more people can actually find the blog and artwork.  I looked back at the beginning of the blog and at my original intentions.  I thought I wouldn’t have enough artwork and words to share. Ha! I planned to add in crafts, recipes, homeschool stuff.  But that is not what God had in mind.

I found a manuscript I started a couple years back that is just like the blog really–artwork and response. When I started it, the words just flowed, often like they do here.  Like the blog, it isn’t some theological, Bible study, deep thoughts kind of writing.  It is my style, that I use here, applying faith to everyday life.  Walking those crazy stepping stones, looking for God moments and good, learning how to love like Jesus in every moment.

I think I know what I am going to work on next year.  And that dear friends is making me happy.  Stay tuned.  🙂

 

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