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17 April 2015

Who is running next to you? Race to the Oak Tree . Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace




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Noon Run to the Old Oak Tree Size: 8 x 8  Oil on Canvas.
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Who is running next to you? Race to the Oak Tree . 

The last journal entry was about the 'TOP FIVE' in your life. Did you make your list? We choose who we spend time with each day.  That is in our control and part of our responsibility to surround ourselves with wisdom and love.  It begins with us to have a positive life and be there for others as a good moving force in the world around us.  

In every spoken word; in every typed email or letter; in every thought and deed, we are transmitting powerful ideas and thoughts that can either discourage or uplight the people around us. Make wise choices and chose your words carefully.  I know first hand from family experiences, there are those in the world who cannot see past their misery and lead a life filled with hatred and anger.  Is that any way to live?

Blessings, Laurie

"Jesus stood still and called them, saying, 'What do you want me to do for you?" Matthew 20:32


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16 April 2015

Who are you? Do I know you? Morning Light Nude Study by Laurie Pace




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   Oil on Canvas Sold.
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“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”  Jim Rohn

I heard this quote recently in a class with Alyson Stanfield.   It really stood out in my mind as I contemplated who were the five people I spend the most time with.  DO you know who yours are? 


  1. God ... I start my day with Him; I walk with Him; I talk to Him constantly throughout the day; I rest in Him; I believe in Him.  From Him I have LIFE, LOVE, LIGHT and BEING.
  2. Terry... My husband.  I met him when I was eleven so I would definitely believe he qualifies as a top ranking person. From Terry I have unconditional love, trust, laughter, and that beautiful feeling of "attached at the hip". We are always there for each other.
  3. Lady L... she is next in ranking for time.  She keeps my view in perspective to youth, life, and the importance of priorities and always serving and doing for others. She brings energy to my life and that keeps me thinking and acting young. She offers the simple love that only a child can offer, without strings attached.
  4. Stacey... our daughter. Wow, where to start there. Courage, strength, tenacity and unconditional love. She is a constant. 
  5.  Morgan... our youngest son. Heart, belief in unconditional love for family and friends, would give you the shirt off his back to help you. He does not just reach out, he is there when you need him no matter what.  

The beauty of these top 'five' is the blessing of life walking with them. They hold me up and I in turn hold them up. Without my 'five' I would be struggling.  We are all interconnected. What we say and do affects not just ourselves but others in our lives. Did you realize how much words cut hearts and dreams into shreds? Think about your actions and your reactions in life.  

I told Lady L last week when I taught school I had only ONE RULE in my classroom. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."   If you are living your life with that in your heart, your words and actions...you are living life right.

Make your list of the top five.

Laurie

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
1 Peter 2:24 NIV




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15 April 2015

Tripping Up and Falling Down . Walking by Faith and not by Sight . Horse of Midnight . Contemporary Western Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace




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Midnight Horse  Size: 8 x 10  Oil on Canvas.
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Tripping Up and Falling Down . Walking by Faith and not by Sight . Horse of Midnight . Contemporary Western Horse Paintings

When we bought this two story house two years ago, Diane Whitehead laughed when I posed the thought... "Gee, I am getting older, not so sure about doing stairs." She assured me it was wonderful exercise and I would stay younger.  Walking by faith, we bought the house, not because of the stairs, but the location across the street from our daughter and her family.  Today, two years later, we stand in faith that we made the right decision and God has provided everything we needed to be here. Occasionally we have those "panic moments" of  "what have we done?", but standing in faith allows us to live life courageously and confidently knowing we cannot see the underlying good in every situation.

It took about 8 months before I had an encounter of the third dimension on the stairs.  It was Christmas eve and family had begun to arrive.  I was suffering from severe bronchitis and pretty worn down.  I realized I had forgotten a group of small gifts upstairs and went up for them.  It was the coming down or the falling down I remember. I missed the last two steps and literally 'flew' downward clutching the gifts and landing on my right hip. I think it was my wake up call to use the banister from that day on and I have.  Now if I can figure out how to not trip up the stairs...   

Through faith we can remain steady and strong and know that God walks with us and will show us the way to achieve our highest good. When we trip up or fall down, He is there with us to pick us up.  Through my experience the 'highest good'  is never what we anticipate.  Be courageous and walk confidently with God. 

Blessings, Laurie

"We walk by faith, not by sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7


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12 April 2015

In Between the Rock and a Hard Place . Paintings Daze of Horses . Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace




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Rocky Mt Sunrise available at Mirada Fine Art
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Have you ever been between a rock and a hard place? Do you know what that means? Morton's Forkis the same thing. It is a situation offering at least two possibilities, neither of which are acceptable. 

A Morton's Fork is a specious piece of reasoning in which contradictory arguments lead to the same (unpleasant) conclusion. It is said to originate with the collecting of taxes by John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury in the late 15th century, who held that a man living modestly must be saving money and could therefore afford taxes, whereas if he was living extravagantly then he was obviously rich and could still afford them. From Wikipedia 

Sometimes I shake my head and wonder if this isn't life in America right now. Terry and I both feel we are living between a rock and a hard place with all the changes in government, policies and everything else. I am still trying to figure out the 2014 tax bill. You never know when you come to the computer every morning what government scandal is occurring. Sure are a bunch of those.  

Just this morning I was on the phone with ATT ( A definite Love Hate Affair).  I have to pay a full month of service that I only used two days of.  At the same time I pay ahead a full month of service for the new service.  Only at ATT can you have your private number spoofed and sent out across the United States with your personal ID on it prank calling people. (Did I call you?)  

The only thing that saves you from any of this is trust in God.  I have to shake my head and then bow it to Him.  He is light and our hope.

This week we celebrate family with my younger brother who is celebrating his birthday with a family gathering. Fun time, lots of family, babies to be held and fabulous food to eat. I will not be limited by the rock or the hard place!
Blessings, Laurie

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11 April 2015

Gray Matters . Cubby Holes of Love . Longhorn Silver Haze




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Longhorn Silver Haze © 2015 Laurie Pace  SOLD
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Gray Matters . Cubby Holes of Love . Longhorn Silver Haze 
A friend called wanting something special in his cubby for art... a special built in part of his wall for art, already with a light but needing a painting. He sent me pictures of his rugs, walls, pillows and I set to work. He did not want specific colors included and at first I felt limited but as I worked I began to see a true personality come alive in this painting.  
God calls each of us for a certain 'cubby' spot in this world. His light is shining on it waiting for each of us to show up.  We will bring to that 'spot' the colors of our gifts and the generosity of our souls to share it with others. 
I have to share on a second front the piece donated to  the Allen Outreach from Allen Texas.  This piece was for fundraising and supporting their local needs to help others. I painted this just for them and donated it from my heart.  The person that asked me for the donation offered to pay me, but I love giving when I can. I posted this painting earlier in my blog.  It is called Racing the Shoreline.    It was to be part of the silent auction, but they brought it out for the first piece of the live auction and this small 18 x 24 inches piece brought $2500 to their cause.  God is so good. All the time God is good. 
Is he calling you to fill a cubby somewhere?
Blessings, Laurie
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

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10 April 2015

Going Back In the Hood . New Art Show opening at Dutch Art in Dallas . Wolf Painting




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 Size: 8 x 8  Oil on Canvas.
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Going Back In the Hood . New Art Show opening at Dutch Art in Dallas . Wolf Painting 

Later this month I am excited about returning to the Lake Highlands area of Dallas for an art show with three other women.  It is the Colors of Lake Highlands.  While I wish there had been more lead in time to create new paintings, I do have six or seven debuting in the show.

The Wolves will be there along with flowers and horses and even a bowl of fruit.  I will be there too. More details will be later in the month on time of the reception and opening.

Every morning we are given a new day to open.  Our thought process from the moment we wake up sets the pace of the day. We all, yeah me included... seem focused on our agenda list and even before pushing back the covers, we have already covered it in our thoughts ten times readjusting times and places to make the day work.  Have you ever tried NOT having an agenda?  Maybe just a loose idea of one or two major things to accomplish and allow God to guide you through the day?  

Last week is a good example. The crashing Mac continued to crash and finally a week ago I gave up and hauled it into the Apple store. I am still under warranty.  One more year.  Long story short, the last day when I picked it up supposedly repaired early that morning, Terry and I were giggling and enjoying our day and walked down to Starbucks before the Apple store opened. I had a delightful large cup of iced tea, half and half and he had a coffee.  We were deliriously happy as we each picked out a muffin to eat.  We had no idea what was ahead in our one day.
  • Three in and out trips to the Apple store
  • One there to get it after it was repaired, one back only an hour later to return it as it was not fully repaired and then a third trip back to pick it up that night.
  • That is up and down the stairs with a heavy IMAC a lot of times added in with plugs and stuff to be set up.
  • An overachieving  police officer on a motorbike clocking us at 70 miles an hour merging into traffic moving 69-72 miles an hour (no we did not pass anyone, only merged)...but we drive a RED CAR.  Choose me...choose me...
  • Missing dinner
  • Spending entirely too many hours on this computer that day testing to see if it was going to fail.
  • The smart manager promising me a brand new IMAC if it was not repaired correctly.
The day was never our day...or it seemed that way. But in truth, it brought us closer together spending the time in the car, laughing about things...startled by the ticket, but snuggling close when we climbed into bed close to 11. It was God's day and it unfolded exactly as it was suppose to.  My agenda was quite different but I knew by 11 am that morning I would not touch one single thing on my to do list.   

The grace of God fills our lives and I am ever thankful for each day and his blessings.
Laurie
 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
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08 April 2015

Hill Top View . Hey, what is on the other side? Revisiting 2006, Landscape Painting by Laurie Pace




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Hill Landscape Sold
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Hills are both literal and psychological.  Some hills are higher to climb than others. Some hills offer something pretty neat on the other side. What hill are you climbing right now?

I really sat and thought about this blog before I began it. In the past week:
  • I lost a favorite Aunt, my dad's sister.  
  • I heard from some dear friends the dad has colon cancer.
  • One of my older art friends has a wife on the verge of sliding further up the other side of her hill into God's arms, also with cancer. 
  • Lady M, our newest granddaughter will be Baptised in a few weeks to celebrate her new journey in life as she begins to 'climb' her hill of life.
  • This past weekend we celebrated Easter and the death and resurrection of Christ.  From the top of the HIll of Calvary, down to the depths of hell and rising again to the highest existence with God the Father.
So, with that list being there in front of me... it truly put a lot into perspective.  I continue to do my meditations with the Healing Codes. Terry and I are working on cleaning up our diets again. With all of this comes a beautiful change of heart. Connecting throughout the day to God not just in prayer but listening while meditating; then smiling and feeling His light surrounding me and flowing through me - I have begun to realize the need is to have an open heart to him.  Really how important are things in your everyday life that seems to drain you of your energy and happiness.  Did you ever stop to think of everything that is weighing you down?  Where are you on your journey? What hill are you climbing? What is truly the most important thing in your life right now? Where is your joy? 

Sending you light and love, Laurie

 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do." James 1: 2-8

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