your hand

A few years ago I was showing up to a blank page as part of my morning devotions. Not with pen, but with a paint brush to see how God would guide my hand. After doing this for two weeks, my final paint sketch was a hand. As that came to the paper, I knew I was to do some paintings of hands.

closed hand

closed hand


A closed hand,
not open to receiving.
A tight fist,
not ready for giving.
Fingers clenched,
holding in anger.
Tensed and tight,
seeking to control.

Even if we are trying to protect a treasure, we should hold it loosely.

I saw a beautiful drawing today of a small child with a little bear who didn’t want to release it to Jesus who was next to her. Behind His back was a bigger bear He wanted to bless her with.

How do your hands look?

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His mighty hand

His Hand

His Hand


Within your temple, O God,
we meditate on your unfailing love.
Like your name, O God,
your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;
your right hand is filled with righteousness.
Psalm 48:9-10

On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.
Psalm 63:6-8

Then I thought,
“To this I will appeal:
the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.”
Psalm 77:10-11

Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous:
The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
Psalm 118:15

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in His hand

His Hand

His Hand


You make your saving help my shield,
and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great.
Psalm 18:35

Now this I know:
The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
with the victorious power of his right hand.
Psalm 20:6

It was not by their sword that they won the land,
nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand, your arm,
and the light of your face,
for you loved them.
Psalm 44:3

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His right hand

His Hand

His Hand

It’s project time!
Last year I started this painting during worship. It is a larger canvas, I think 24×36 and otherwise not too impressive. In my own opinion.

As I was working on it I also looked up verses about God’s hand, specifically His right hand.

You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 16:11

You stretch out your right hand,
and the earth swallows your enemies.
In your unfailing love you will lead
the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will guide them
to your holy dwelling.
Exodus 15:12-13

The painting is displayed at church and more will come with the project. I will share as that unfolds but until then, more of the verses that will be a part of it.

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Ordinary Heroes {we’re surrounded}

judikruis:

I have been listening to Debby’s heart for years and was blessed to meet her in person and see the SA Center where these HEROES found new purpose and life…

Originally posted on livingingraceland:

This week my series on people has been about people who are ordinary heroes. People who are living their ordinary lives in extraordinary ways. Bearing grief on a daily basis. Battling the disease of addiction and winning one day at a time. Keeping a marriage together. Choosing change over comfort.

It’s easy to be disgusted at people today. Listen to the news, click on Facebook, read the newspaper and we quickly hear about the latest despicable act, a heinous crime, moral failure. We live in a broken world. And in the midst of our brokenness we are surrounded by heroes.

Jeff and Geoff aka Gee'-Off

Jeff and Geoff aka Gee’-Off

Jeff M

Jeff M

Carlos M

Carlos M

Jeff was, literally, living under a bridge 4 1/2 years ago. But for the last 1900+ days he hasn’t had a drink or taken a drug. He is employed and taking college classes. He gives back by carrying the message of…

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words of worship

On Wednesday nights I host a small group to worship, pray, and dig into the Word of God.

We were also discussing some of the worship songs and what we were really speaking.

“I surrender”
“I want to know You more”
“Speak to me now”
“Lord have your way”
“like a mighty storm, stir within my soul”

Do we really mean the words we sing?

Can we expect these things to happen?

Our discussions will be in Romans 8 and Ephesians 1. Both are very deep and challenging chapters.
Great to dig in with others. Here’s a good one to ponder…

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9

What questions come to your mind?

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attention attention

Leaf II

Leaf II

Many “things” beg for and distract our attention.

Social media replaces many in-person conversations and some are not the best encouragements.

It might seem like “no big deal” to many but…

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4

Has “this age” been blinding us too?

How do we share the light if we are only with our BFFs…in our safe circles?

What NEW (or renewed) ways can we reach out to others?

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18

Are we being like Jesus or Moses?
This glory isn’t just for our comfort…it’s for His purposes.

Let’s step out and shine on!

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limitations

Leaf I

Leaf I

I don’t know about you but my comfort zone and thoughts are being challenged and pushed by God lately. My faithful study Bible split, so it’s set aside to keep from completely coming apart. I’m back to a basic NIV without underlines and notes. It feels like fresh pages and the Spirit bringing even more to life. Stretching me and challenging me in good ways.

When you get used to the side and place on the page of verses and have to look around a little more – you notice new things. As I continue in Corinthians…even out of context this spoke to me.

…their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away… But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 2 Corinthians 3:14,16

Thanks for unveiling more Lord!

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stretch

I wish I could stretch like my cats do. Even my chiro shared what he called ‘The Cat’ stretch. Whether we sit, walk or sleep – we need to stretch. To move different muscles and the overused ones to keep things limber. Otherwise…yes, knots, pains and more.

I think God is often trying to get us to stretch and release so we can do even more and we think it’s not needed. Our knots and pains become good excuses and to some, honor badges, to keep us in our comfort zone.

think bigger

think bigger

I saw a similar graphic last week and redid a little…

Our Comfort Zone is not where we make impact for Jesus.

So dare to stretch a little this week.
Offer to pray with a stranger.
Leave an extra large tip.
Make a phone call.

Think outside that little circle to make a difference…

S T R E T C H

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workship

Great Message
Great Art
Great Work
Great Worship!

Go get em!!!

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