ponderings

take a look

Behold – oil and cold wax on panel

It has been wonderful to work on creative things again. This painting is one from a while ago that really impacted me and many others. I found an old friend became the owner of the local photography and printing business she worked for. I brought a few of my more unique paintings I found difficult to capture the glimmering gold and silver leaf, shimmer of dry pigments or the uniqueness of texture. I am praying their great skills will be able to do more than I imagine!

As I painted, the word BEHOLD came to me and I wrote it on an early layer. Though soon covered over, I missed its presence and felt it needed to be seen again. So I wrote it on a newer layer! It did not want to remain hidden and God doesn’t want His people to remain hidden either.

BEHOLD from Merriam Webster
transitive verb. 1 : to perceive through sight or apprehension : see. 2 : to gaze upon
 

I feel BEHOLD means so much more. Awe, wonder and anticipation for what is to be seen and often an urgency to experience.

Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. Genesis 28:15

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Lord thank you for the many ways You capture our attention. Let our senses be even more attuned to the ways You are calling us, revealing things to us and beckoning us into Your peace and joy!

anticipation, blessings, expectations, follow God, God first, Holy Spirit, Jesus, joy, relationships, seeing beyond, worship

together

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Spirit Dance
Spirit Dance

The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics. Isaiah’s question, “Is there anyone around who knows God’s Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?” has been answered: Christ knows, and we have Christ’s Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:14-16 MSG

anticipation, comfort zone, expectations, faith, God first, Holy Spirit, living in the past, mystery, relationships, renewal, seeing beyond

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

ponderings

irritation to revelation

journal 1/9/11 part 4

Somewhere I dared to lay down my ideas, culture, and control.
I found HIM ready and willing to give me peace, joy, and hope.

The darkness did not disappear as I wanted but in new ways it revealed even more of who I was really meant to be.

Like that pearl…I had to have irritations before I could become the real treasure of the King. Only through the remolding heat would I be transformed into a work of art and dare to let His reflection show.

Oh the joy Lord of putting words here. Thank you that you fill me with goodness. Lead me Lord. Lead me in all ways. Lead me with art, with words, with worship that I would share the joy you’ve given. Let me be clay in your hands.

Going over journals or past blog posts, we can be amazed anew at our transformation as God works both in and through us.

confusion, Holy Spirit, pleasing others, ponderings

who is right

Yupo #020
Deep thoughts lately. Wondering about our varied responses to Christ, to religious practices, holy days, miracles and being Spirit filled and led.

Comment from a conversation a while ago. “Good thing we all have our own interpretations.”

I replied, “Maybe not.” And as I continue reading the Bible I wonder why there really are so many interpretations, accusations and confusion.

Paul writes most of the New Testament and says, “I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.” Galatians 1:11-12

How often do we, as churches and as individuals, receive revelation for our understanding of scripture? Are we just taking someone elses interpretation?

Sometimes I think we’ve created too much red tape to God’s message.

Is anyone right?

expectations, ponderings

holiday stress

Soar High
Do the holiday’s give you the gift of stress?

“What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.”
Luke 12:29-32

Tis the season… Even though it is about the birth of Christ, usually the theme isn’t about receiving from Him but from our earthly friends and family.

This Christmas, let’s ask God to show us that kingdom, to bring new revelation, to shine His glorious Light into our corner so we can receive His very special gifts.

May we all see further “the wonders of His love.”