glory search

heritage EP coverProverbs 25:2-3

God is honored for what he keeps secret.
Kings are honored for what they can discover.
No one can measure the height of the skies or the depth of the earth.
So also no one can understand the mind of a king.
ICB (International Children’s Bible)

God delights in concealing things;
scientists delight in discovering things.
Like the horizons for breadth and the ocean for depth,
the understanding of a good leader is broad and deep.
Message

It is the glory of God to conceal things,
but the glory of kings is to search things out.
As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,
so the heart of kings is unsearchable.
ESV

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read OR write

Early Rise

Early Rise

There are seasons when reading and writing go together! It’s been a time of reading off line for me.

A few months ago I heard someone mention the Mirror Bible and found the phone app. I like how Francois du Toit shares the Greek study following the verses. He has a way with words that brings extra laughter too!

Galatians –

MIRROR
1:9 Let me be blatant and clear about this: any gospel that does not emphasize the success of the cross is a counterfeit and produces nothing but the curse!
1:10 (In sharp contrast to the time when I needed letters of authority from the religious institutions of the day, endorsing my mission) God is my complete persuasion. I answer to him alone, not man. Christ employs me; I am addicted to his grace. Popular religious opinion will not influence me to compromise my message. (What is the point of an impressive CV, when your Maker is not even asking for it?)

NIV
9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!

10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

MESSAGE
9 Let me be blunt: If one of us—even if an angel from heaven!—were to preach something other than what we preached originally, let him be cursed. I said it once; I’ll say it again: If anyone, regardless of reputation or credentials, preaches something other than what you received originally, let him be cursed.

10 Do you think I speak this strongly in order to manipulate crowds? Or curry favor with God? Or get popular applause? If my goal was popularity, I wouldn’t bother being Christ’s slave.

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heavenly perspective

eden

eden


And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus…
Ephesians 2:6 NIV

click to read in NIV
click to read MSG

Question to self –
Am I truly seeing things from HIS perspective?

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open wider

the door is always open

the door is always open

Words that were a perfect compliment to yesterday’s post…

Ephesians 3 MSG
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you’re familiar with the part I was given in God’s plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief.

As you read over what I have written to you, you’ll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God’s Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I’ve been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in Christ Jesus. The Message is accessible and welcoming to everyone, across the board.

This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the details. When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in God’s way, I was the least qualified of any of the available Christians. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities.

And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!

All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus. When we trust in him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go. So don’t let my present trouble on your behalf get you down. Be proud!

My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!

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knocking

narrow door

narrow door

Sometimes the words need a picture and other days the picture brings His Words…

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Revelation 3:20-22 NKJV

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have so much they want to give to us and so much that we don’t need, that they want to take from us.

I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for – will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.
John 10:9-10

Someone’s knockin’ at the door.
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell.
Someone’s knockin’ at the door.
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell.
Do me a favor,
Open the door and let ’em in….
Paul McCartney & Wings – 1976

Will you let ‘Em in?

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choices

sugar islandShould I write, paint, pray, clean…

We have a multitude of choices each day. Some days are very open and allow us to do all the things we like but I’m sure most of us are finding it hard to keep up, squeeze things in, or even cover the minimum.

Part of our culture?
Lack of time management?
Scheme of our enemy?

I would say ALL.

Lately I have been with people more than paint, paper, or prayer. Or so it might seem. I remember so clearly how doing some of these things had to look a certain way or I didn’t feel I accomplished what I wanted. My creative side had to have something completed and my spiritual side liked to be journaling, marking off chapters, or finishing books.

Some may take what I write as an approval to skip those processes. It is not!

God has been showing me even more ways to carry these things with me. It’s not just a Sunday morning or while I am in front of a place to capture the moments but Christ in me, the hope of glory! Colossians 1:27

It’s not about what we accomplish – it is about who and Whose we are!

John hits that very well in so many places…

“Remain in me as I remain in you.” John 15:4

I pray you feel His Presence with you every moment of every day!

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in process

bicycle in process

bicycle in process

I connected with a newly formed group of artists in the area. We painted live for a pop-up art event and were invited to create during music at the park. It can be a bit difficult to do a scene with people who move so this week I was glad to have a bicycle posing just for me!

Do you ever look for one thing and discover something better?

God frequently works that way. Foolish things to confound the wise and all. He wants us to ask to see new things. He wants us to know His thoughts and His heart. He has so much more to show us…

This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
Jeremiah 33:2-3

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lines

Lines

Lines

A verse came to mind as I was editing the image…
“the lines have fallen in pleasant places”
I had to look it up since my internal library did not carry the reference.

Psalm 16:6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.

And the full Psalm is more beautiful than any painting could be!!!
Enjoy…

The Message Bible
Keep me safe, O God,
I’ve run for dear life to you.
I say to God, “Be my Lord!”
Without you, nothing makes sense.
And these God-chosen lives all around—
what splendid friends they make!
Don’t just go shopping for a god.
Gods are not for sale.
I swear I’ll never treat god-names
like brand-names.
My choice is you, God, first and only.
And now I find I’m your choice!
You set me up with a house and yard.
And then you made me your heir!
The wise counsel God gives when I’m awake
is confirmed by my sleeping heart.
Day and night I’ll stick with God;
I’ve got a good thing going and I’m not letting go.
I’m happy from the inside out,
and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed.
You canceled my ticket to hell—
that’s not my destination!
Now you’ve got my feet on the life path,
all radiant from the shining of your face.
Ever since you took my hand,
I’m on the right way.

The Passion Translation
Keep me safe, O mighty God,
I run for dear life to you, my Safe Place.
So I say to the Lord God,
You are my Maker, my Mediator, and my Master.
You don’t need my “goodness,”
For I have none apart from you.
And he said to me, “My holy lovers are wonderful,
My majestic ones, my glorious ones,
Fulfilling all my desires.
Yet, there are those who yield to their weakness,
And they will have troubles and sorrows unending.
I never gather with such ones,
Nor give them honor in any way.”
Lord, I have chosen you alone as my inheritance.
You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion.
I leave my destiny and its timing in your hands.
Your pleasant path leads me to pleasant places.
I’m overwhelmed by the privileges
That come with following you,
For you have given me the best!
The way you counsel and correct me
Makes me praise you more;
For your whispers in the night give me wisdom,
Showing me what to do next.
Because you are close to me and always available,
My confidence will never be shaken,
For I experience your wrap-around presence every moment.
My heart and soul explode with joy – full of glory!
Even my body will rest confident and secure.
For you will not abandon me to the realm of death
Nor will you allow your Holy One to experience corruption.
For you bring me a continual revelation of resurrection life,
The path to the bliss
That brings me face-to-face with you.

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embrace change

Blues

Blues

I liked how this wax painting was but I saw something else in there and reheated the wax to see what else would emerge.

Just as God knows there is something else in us since He is the original designer of each and every one. He creates with great vision but the things of this world bring great corruption to His design. We often feel the heat as our best side is brought back to life.

We create with limited vision….until we focus on Him!

Wings

Wings


Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.

Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.

How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.
2 Corinthians 5:14-21

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let love bloom

bloom 6x6 encaustic wax & pigment

bloom
6×6 encaustic
wax & pigment

With news and social areas filled with judgment and more, I keep praying for clearer understanding of how to respond – as Jesus would. We are only righteous through Christ and so often we aren’t even staying close enough to Him for that to be seen.

A Christ follower should look different.

I remember lecturing others in years past, “Don’t use the word hate. It’s not a good thing to keep in your heart.” Now I’m lecturing myself for my use of “love the sinner and hate the sin” and feeling it’s not how Jesus would respond.

JESUS LOVES ALL. Enough to die for ALL, no matter what was done or will be done. It is not those who sin who are the issue – it the author of lies and his dominion of darkness. That brings a new light to the darkness.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Romans 12:9-14

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