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Just do what you can

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Same thing, different way to say it.  This time from the Bible—we can’t control it all.  We can’t.  We are human.

We can:

COMMIT to doing what is right and loving.

CLARIFY our love and DECLARE it.

and DO what we can.

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Live long and Prosper

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This is a popular verse.  I do really like it.  This artwork is from last summer, but as I was reading a study recently it brought up this particular verse in relationship to people taking it out of context.  So I was curious and looked it up.  My guess is that the study author is referring to people looking for prosperity of material things.

In context, it is a letter Jeremiah sent to the elders of the Israelites who were exiles in Babylonia.  They were to establish homes, go ahead and live life, and pray for the welfare of the state.  God promises that after seventy years He will listen and restore them, bringing them back together as a nation.  Nothing about winning a lottery, long life–in fact you are going to be lucky to last the seven decades in reality, getting what you want, or immediate satisfaction here.

Interesting.

Like so many other verses in the Bible, God is not promising immediate action.  He does not promise earthly wealth.  God promises HIS prosperity and hope.  He does think of us, always planned to bring Christ, always planned grace, always planned to pull us back to Him.  What could show more prosperity than that?

My hope is that my faith will prosper so that I can live in the promise that I will return to Jesus one day.  That sounds like a pretty good reward to me.  What do you think?

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And the result…

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A new brick house!  One built out of bricks of LOVE,  FAITH, and HOPE.  Not fear, not the past, not sin.  One that we can be proud of, one to be excited about, one that leads us to even more love and joy than imaginable.

And that is why I try not to worry.

That is why, when I do break down and let the fears over come me and the worries settle, I turn to love…I climb back to Jesus.  I confess to Him my sins.  And he leads me back to that place of love where hope resides.  Where worries are trampled by joy.  Back to the brick house HE built for me.  Not one to hide in, but one to enjoy and invite others in to enjoy as well.

 

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Guess what?

Hee, hee.  So, some of you may have seen this one…appears I scheduled it for Sept. 7 instead of October 7.   I am putting it back in its correct order…but this is a good one for every day to remind us…sorry about my mistake.IMG_0025

 

See?????

God PROMISES it!!!!

God did not create us to fear.  He created us with souls capable of so much love and joy.  It is when we think we must control everything and keep all the crud out and don’t listen to our own good sense that fear takes over.

Why are we like chicken little?

Why do we believe all the internet and news says?  Why do we dwell on it?  Why do we worry it will happen to us?

NOW….I am not saying we cannot take precautions and be ready.

For example, I put on bug spray–sound mind.  I don’t want the mosquitoes to bite me–spirit of love.  But I will enjoy the forest, mosquitoes or not.  And sometimes.  In a spirit of love for others and self.  A mosquito must die.  But I will not live in fear of the mosquito.  I will not stop living in fear of the mosquito.

Get my drift?

Which will you focus on?  The spirit of fear that comes from evil….or the spirit of love and sound mind that GOD gave you?

 

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guess why?

IMG_0002Cuz’ here is the thing:  God has our backs.  Crud or good stuff.  Fear or not.  God has this.  All the time.

Now sometimes, I need a quick little jaunt away to remind myself of this.  Probably you do, too.  Sometimes it is way too easy to fall into the fear trap.

And God is there to give us the way out.  To give us all we need.

 

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Go for a Walk

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A walk can do the soul a lot of good.  It is one of my best ways to calm down.  To refresh, literally to breathe in some different (hopefully) cleaner air.  To clear my mind.  To pray and talk with HIM.  I need that alone time.

I am an introvert…I get my energy from doing things on my own.  I enjoy people and love to be around them.  But I can’t do it all the time.  I have to make space for myself to re-energize.

I am in need of some of that space.  This is the hardest part of homeschooling.  As I talked with my mom and some homeschooling friends yesterday I realized 1) I have brought this on myself by not setting aside time and by giving into the demands of those around me and 2) my recent meltdowns have a lot to do with my own perceptions and expectations.

Now…that being said there are some things that my kids especially need to get done.  On a daily basis. By themselves.  Thinking on their own.

I have allowed them to make me think for them.

So I am going to take a walk.   No dog, no kids, no spouse, no friends.  Not alone…but with God.  I am going to confess to Him what I have done and what I have left undone. I am going to take the time to really talk to Jesus and refocus, revitalize, re-energize.  I have a feeling that will help.   I’ll come back to them ready to walk with them each and every day.

And that is why I will turn to Jesus and walk with Him all of my days.

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And then He did more: Goose bump moment!

IMG_0023Goose bumps time.  Do you ever have those God moments when you know He was working and something happens and you are suddenly covered in goose bumps???  I do.

I had a big one the other day.  And it involves this artwork.  God is just so awesome.

We visited our good friends’ church a couple weeks ago.  Annika’s best friend decided to be baptized.  Their church does it in a river and we wanted to be there for him.  It was our first experience with this kind of baptism and it was incredible.

We were running late and I grabbed the card for him and four prints of my artwork.  I handed them to Annika in the car to let her choose–either one or all –for her friend.  She chose one.  That leaves 3, right?

We get to the service.  Outside by a river, gorgeous day.  Very moving.  Two other people are being baptized and then a third stands up.  3.  And the verse for the day and focus of the sermon:  the one above, Colossians 2:7.

So I realize, hey!  I have 3 prints I will give those to the other 3 new brothers and sisters in Christ.  So here I am, complete stranger handing these over to a teenage boy and two adults in their 50s or 60s I would guess.  I gave the one above to the teen.

So I am not sure what happened in between…but the print of this verse ended up on the windshield of the pastor’s car.  So for him, this was a total surprise.  He does not know me or my artwork.  He does not know that I handed this out.  It just ends up with him–what his sermon series started with last week and is focusing on specifically the next Sunday.  He has a God moment–how in the world did this artwork get completed, end up at a service by the river, and then on his car???  He decides to use it in his powerpoint for the sermon.

Our friends go to church, are listening to him telling his God moment story and the sermon and then my artwork is put on the screen and stays there for 10 minutes or so.  Several other people in the church know me through them and recognize it as well, and all are flabbergasted by how this came about.  And they share the story with me.

Cool, huh?  I cried when they told me.  Happy, proud and humble,tears.

This is what my artwork and this blog are about.  God moments.  God working through me to share His word and power.  Using my artwork to touch others.  To bring joy and peace to those around me, and around the world.

Thank you to all of you who share these stories with me.  They mean the world to me.  Thanks for being here.

Now, go share my artwork!  🙂  God moments abound!

 

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Jesus called

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See???  I am telling you, Jesus called me this week.  He plans this blog people, not me.

He knew He needed to remind me that the important work was at home.

He knew He needed to remind me that teaching and being there for my kids is not a distraction, it is the most important job I have.

He knew that I needed to be reminded that Jesus is not looking for perfection.  We are going to need a panic bag.  We are going to stumble.  We are going to need to get our perspective put right.

Jesus needed to remind me that with every breath He is there with me teaching them.  That it is my job to let my children in on on that super powerful learning and important life skill–turning to Jesus.  Giving it to HIM.  Letting HIM lead.  That they are looking to me to be an example of a Christ follower.

They see me reading my Bible, creating these artworks, going to church, serving others, praying, singing his songs of praise.  Talk about important home schooling.  Not indoctrinating, but modeling.  MODELING.  How crazy important.

I hope that these last blog posts have been good for you as well.  You got a glimpse into my days that is for sure.  Some of you have kids, some of you are teachers, some of you homeschool.  A lot of you don’t.  So I hope that you were able to find something in the artworks and even in my posts that encouraged you to do great work at home.  With those close to you who are not a distraction, but important pieces of your day.  I hope that you will remember Christ does not call us to perfection, but to just follow and do what we can in every step and moment.

 

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The right Way

IMG_0011-001He has a plan for me, for my talents.  As long as I turn to Him who created me, who is with me at all times, who doesn’t want me to stumble, He will direct me.  He will not let me falter.

This is my direction.  This art.  Sharing my faith, the gospel, spreading truth and light and love.

It may not be museum worthy.  But it is touching you and me in a real way.  And that is His plan.  It is time to be me.  The me He created me to be.

How about you?  Where is He directing you?  Which arrow will you follow?  His or your own?

 

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But here’s the thing: LOVE

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Do it without logic.  Sometimes.

Do what is enough.  Call it good. Whether it is big or small.

But do it with love people.

Love on anyone and everyone you can.  ‘Cuz that’s what its all about.  It’s about love, love, love.  (HA!  Do you remember that Sunday school/Bible school song?  LOVED it.  I know you are singing it with me. )

THIS is what being a Christian is about.  This is what following and being faithful are about.  Doing it in LOVE.  Not in lustful love, not in judgemental love.

LOVE.  PURE.  LOVE.  Even if it is for someone you disagree with.  Even if it hurts.

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Come Rest

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Ha!  See I KNEW naps were a good thing!

No, seriously, God commands us to rest.  One of the big 10 is to set aside a day for quiet.  To come alongside Christ, to pray, to renew, to well….rest.  We cannot go at a breakneck pace all the time and expect to be at our best.  We cannot shine a clear, bright light.  We cannot use our lightning power for good.

I don’t know about you, but when I am tired, I am cranky and I screw up twice as much.  My first day on vacation, before I really had some true quiet and rest, I hit my head on a table, tried to take my pills with a hot cup of coffee, lost several things, dipped my paintbrush in said coffee, put my clothes on wrong, couldn’t get a sentence out straight to save my life and more.  I painted, I walked, I napped, I read a book, I chatted with my parents and enjoyed the view.  I prayed.  And I was so much better off.  I need that rest.  God knows this.  He planned it.  I just have to obey.  All of His commands are for my good.

So how about you?  Are you good at taking the time to refresh?  To be quiet?  How do you do it?

 

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