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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 us 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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carry peace

6x6 encaustic  (wax & pigment)

6×6 encaustic
(wax & pigment)

One of the bigger lessons learned through my study of the armor, is on peace.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

We often look so long on what is wrong we miss what is great.
We battle the darkness but forget to bring oil for our lamps.
We seek knowledge about Jesus yet never know ourselves as His beloved.

Being in this world and not of it may seem a difficult line to straddle but God shares such amazing tools with us.

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:14-15

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The problem isn’t…..

Debby’s post just spoke to my heart…

The problem isn't…...

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truth of the heart

TRUTH

TRUTH

The paintings may have stopped in this series but the lessons continue as these images come to mind.
Without The Holy Spirit (T—H) we are left in a RUT.
I always have liked word puzzles – maybe why He speaks so often to me through them.

Why is TRUTH a belt that needs to be wrapped around us?

Our center needs to be on HIS truth. The belt holds the most important weapon, the sword (WORD). In researching it said this is not a long sword to kill others, but a smaller sharper one to dig out arrows that have hit.

BREASTPLATE

BREASTPLATE

We have a very compassionate and loving God. Some will focus on the flood, hell, disease, and whatever they want to say God is cruel. But His love is so great he wants to lavish it on us and call us ALL sons and daughters (1 John 3)

Open your heart fully to Him – He is the shield that brings us to righteousness. It’s not our activity He wants – it’s our HEART!

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Ephesians 6:10-19

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head covering

SAVED

SAVED

A friend and I were discussing further the many ways we try to take His Word literally when it shouldn’t be.

Picture in your mind a helmet – it’s a heavy metal piece that fully encloses the head, right? Maybe that flip up mouth guard and a feather plume. It will be great for protecting the flesh but yet…

He was saying this “helmet of salvation” is not about something outside, but inside…

When we REALLY receive and believe in Jesus, we are given the mind of Christ (2 Cor 2), yet many are still operating with the worlds understandings and relying on the metal instead of the mental.

His Word shares His Mind. We have redemption through His blood (Eph 1) – making us one with Him (Rom 8). He needs us to be renewed in the spirit of our mind (Eph 4).

If you read with His Mind I think you too will find that this armor isn’t about outerwear.

sketch

sketch

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spirit word

Sword

Sword

As I was sketching for this armor piece, I thought it interesting that SWORD had WORD in it and I wanted to enhance it. I do like puzzles so studying the Bible has definitely replaced my Dell Crosswords.

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:17

It felt like this sword of the word wasn’t about a knife or a book that was carried to cut down an enemy but something even stronger to battle those things unseen.

sketch

sketch


For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

We often think of our enemies in an earthly way but it that’s not what this points to. In order for us to battle well, we also need the Holy Spirit. Some have sarcastically said many believe in Father, Son and Holy Bible more than Holy Spirit, which may be true – but where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom! (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Wishing you a wonderful FREEDOM weekend.


If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36

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peace or sword

Sword

Sword

I’ve said I usually have more questions as I study and here is another area.

Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34

Jesus talks about turning families against each other…which seems very harsh for a Prince of Peace.

Are these really contradictions?
The Bible seems to have many.

We often focus on easy, encouraging verses instead of questions that require our “Counselor/Holy Spirit” to bring understanding. Sometimes it’s years before we “get it,” but He is patient with us.

Peace is such a personal aspect of our relationship with the Lord. Peace comes from trust, surrender, and a deep abiding in Him and His Word that nothing will come between; not even family.

It’s as if it were a test of where or in whom we find our peace.

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