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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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another world

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Where's Your Focus?
Where’s Your Focus?

Now I’m returning to you.
I’m saying these things in the world’s hearing
So my people can experience
My joy completed in them.
I gave them your word;
The godless world hated them because of it,
Because they didn’t join the world’s ways,
Just as I didn’t join the world’s ways.
I’m not asking that you take them out of the world
But that you guard them from the Evil One.
They are no more defined by the world
Than I am defined by the world.
Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth;
Your word is consecrating truth.
In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world,
I give them a mission in the world.
I’m consecrating myself for their sakes
So they’ll be truth-consecrated in their mission.
John 17:13-19 MSG

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new eyes

The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust

New Discovery
New Discovery

We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. That’s why we have this Scripture text:

No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—
What God has arranged for those who love him.
But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.
1 Corinthians 2:6-10 MSG

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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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mind over matter

Thankfulness
Thankfulness
Do you find some days you wake up with an attitude?

Maybe it’s every Monday, the weather, or dentist. Most of us have things that trigger negative thoughts. It’s a free country so let’s voice them, right?

Recently I was feeling one of those patterns again. And I don’t like having them. I told the person I was with that I needed a time out. I think they thought it was them but it was me. I found 10 minutes with God and felt released. When I returned, I apologized and shared what was going on in my own mind. We had great conversation and it was gone. The atmosphere changed for the better.

How are you affecting the atmosphere around you?
Is it just our bad day when we carry it around others?

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:1-2

I’ve heard of others doing negativity fast’s. It’s making me more aware of what really matters to my mind and what I want to focus on. How about you?

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don’t let go

Jump In - encaustic collage
Jump In – encaustic collage
Most of my life I thought, “Why would God want me? I’m a mess.” In 1996 I found how much He loves no matter the condition of their lives.

Recently while journaling I heard Him say, “I watch over you child. You are my daughter and I can’t let you go.”

It’s a great encouragement to listen in prayer and then to see in His Word the same message…

“Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go. I came down from heaven not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me.

“This, in a nutshell, is that will: that everything handed over to me by the Father be completed—not a single detail missed—and at the wrap-up of time I have everything and everyone put together, upright and whole. This is what my Father wants: that anyone who sees the Son and trusts who he is and what he does and then aligns with him will enter real life, eternal life. My part is to put them on their feet alive and whole at the completion of time.”
spoken by Jesus
John 6:37-40 Message

So grab on to Jesus, jump in. He won’t let go!

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setting new roots

We had a nice tour of the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Estate in Ft Myers. Hearing the history of their individual lives and how they were intertwined.

There were many great trees on the acreage. The aerial roots of the Banyan were pointed out on what is said to be the first Banyan planted in the continental US. Several figs were adding more to the story…

Searching
Looking
Seeking
for water, for light, for hope

Securing
Claiming
Absorbing
for growth, for strength, for life

We all have varying “root” systems. They do not always seem logical, direct or even sturdy but they make each of our lives unique and give us strength to withstand whatever winds come our way.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8

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back to the journal

"Well Watered"
“Well Watered”
When is your favorite time of the day to journal or write?

Many would say in the morning with coffee.

My preference is the end of the day – with tea.

My journal used to be a very messy thing. Rehashing tough topics seemed to plant them in my brain. Somewhere the pages became a safe place to leave them in God’s hands.

A time to unwind, leave my cares behind, process feelings and questions from the day, and bring my prayers and focus to Papa.

Extra joy to hear this as I finish, “Sleep child.”
I know the day is complete.

We finish with these verses…

“This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks!” John 16:23-24

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the juicy journal

xzest webHave you ever read biographies that are dry and filled with more facts than you ever wanted to know?

Do the stories of pain and triumph leave more of an impression?

Reading your own story may seem a bit self involved, too introspective or even scary. I know I have a few sections of mine I don’t want to read again but they are really the places that have benefited my life the most.

I consider my journal a safe place where I can be very open and honest with myself and with God. Some days I write from the heart and other times it’s those many repetitive and agonizing messages that want to scramble up my thought processes and I MUST GET THEM OUT —- then I can find peace again……ahhhhhhh

A journal is often like making fresh lemonade. You squeeze a lot to get the juice….then there is sweet refreshment.

Other days it’s just the trash container.

Are your writings more facts and actions or feelings and fiber?

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no questions

Do you have questions about life, God, hope, love, faith?

We all have questions about something. I’m not trying to answer all of my questions but I am trying to dig in on several topics. The past weeks have been in the book of John. free to soarSpeed read, re-read, pray, and ponder. Many questions require more digging.

I love John’s faith in what he has heard from God. I’ve heard several things I haven’t yet seen and I often focus on those instead of what has already come to pass.

I think I need to readjust again.

John clinched his witness with this: “I watched the Spirit, like a dove flying down out of the sky, making himself at home in him. I repeat, I know nothing about him except this: The One who authorized me to baptize with water told me, ‘The One on whom you see the Spirit come down and stay, this One will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ That’s exactly what I saw happen, and I’m telling you, there’s no question about it: This is the Son of God.” John 1:32-34

Thank you Lord for ALL you have shown and completed. Let us move forward with great expectation so we too can say, “There’s no question about it: This is the Son of God.”