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04 December 2016

Preparation for the Future... Second Sunday in Advent Laurie Pace



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“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.” ― Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place

We are only four days into December and I feel like I am behind and I have not even started.  For many trying to feel fulfilled turns into personal need or even greed...the constant need to feel satisfied.   For some unexplainable reason, we begin to think 'enough simply becomes not enough'.   Living in the United States there seems to be excess pushed with every ad on television and across social media.  We are bombarded by things that lure us into the belief that we need them.

This is a time before Christmas to be in quiet preparation, not hurried chaos. I love some of the things shared on FB where people are giving to others in need or charities in place of buying gifts for family or even for themselves.  For some reason this year, I have not felt the need to run out and shop like a crazy grandmother/mother/daughter trying to figure out what everyone wants or needs. It seems like every year I am trying to go a bit further and get a bit more.  But not this year. This year I told Terry specifically what would be a treasured small gift for my stocking and he bought it last month.  He told me two weeks ago what he wanted for his stocking and I bought it for him. So we both know, but the fun was knowing it is a treasured gift.  There will be no other gifts between us, but this small treasured 'want'.  The grandkids are getting toys, which personally I think are overrated, but we took a list and daughter Stacey helped and we bought a limited amount per grand.  As far as the 'kids'... adult children that is, we gave up the gift fiasco years ago and if anything we do the white elephant exchange.  

The pressure is off. No more six to eight rolls of Christmas Paper... massive amounts of scotch tape, ribbon and gift tags. It is so simple now.  Why did we not do this a long time ago?  

So while searching for verses to tag to this second Sunday in Advent, I did come across a phenomenal ART story tidbit to tie into this week of Preparation. Stop by tomorrow and I will share the story and the source link.  It all ties into preparation and the things that stand in the way. This second week in Advent is your time to get right with the world, your family, friends and even strangers.  Get right with God in preparation for what is ahead.

Isaiah 7:10-17   New International Version (NIV)

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, 11 “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”   But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.” Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right,  for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.  The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah—he will bring the king of Assyria.”

Laurie


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28 November 2016

30% Off through Tonight. Small Business Saturday Sale runs through Cyber Monday.



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“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!” ― Maya Angelou 

ONLY THROUGH TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT


This is the first time I have ever done a sitewide sale and never have I done 30% off.  This includes paintings at my galleries as well and many are here on my site.  It started with Small Business Saturday which follows Black Friday... so I made it go through Cyber Monday!

Find the one you want... and be prepared to get it!

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24 November 2016

"I am grateful for what I am and have." Thanksgiving Blessings from Laurie and Terry Pace


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“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite - only a sense of existence. Well, anything for variety. I am ready to try this for the next ten thousand years, and exhaust it. How sweet to think of! my extremities well charred, and my intellectual part too, so that there is no danger of worm or rot for a long while. My breath is sweet to me. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.” ― Henry David Thoreau


From Terry and me...with lots of love and blessings.  We are spending the day with our children and grandchildren, feeling ever so blessed and rich with love and family. Live for this day and the beauty God offers you with this time. 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING



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20 November 2016

The Media is my Shepherd, I shall not want . . . Laurie Pace



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“People are sheep. TV is the shepherd.” ― Jess C. Scott, Literary Heroin (Gluttony): A Twilight Parody

I do believe I might substitute FaceBook (Twitter, Instagram etc)  is the Shepherd.  My dad always used teaching comparisons on us.  "If everyone jumps off the roof, are you going to jump off the roof? If every one runs on the edge of the cliff by the ocean, are you going to do it too?"  Social media is more evil than good in my eyes and experience. Most viewers are herded right to where they want you.  Social Media lives off chaos and conflict just like TV does. 

What happened to our nation?  We seem to have lost our touch with God.  We are still the 'sheep' but Jesus is no longer our shepherd, it is all the media in our lives. We want to be accepted so we join the herd. We have forgotten not just our faith, but how to think for ourselves. 

"For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened." Romans 1:21

Laurie

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19 November 2016

You can Inhale its Essence . . . Laurie Pace



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 Size: 48 x 48  Oil on Canvas. Sold
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“Knowledge was not meant to be locked behind doors. It breathes best in the open air where all men can inhale its essence.” ― Louis L'Amour, The Haunted Mesa

I wanted to share the video of this painting below because the book pages served as the foundation of the painting.  It sold this month at Mirada Fine Art Gallery in Indian Hills outside of Denver.  It is a painting that packs a punch and then when you see how it was conceived and how it grew, it is truly powerful.

Louis L'Amour was my mother in law's favorite read. She collected all of his book. (I did not use her books in this painting, I found old copies at a used book store.) Knowledge is not meant to be hidden. Let us make it circulate among everyone and lead us to true benefit for all.  The hard part is realizing there are ALWAYS those people who are not ready to 'receive' the knowledge. 

See the video here.

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:18-23

Laurie

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16 November 2016

What are you enamored with?



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“Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville

I refuse to be labeled by anyone and I refuse to be apart of the herd concept.  Henny Penny flew through her town crying "The Sky is Falling... The Sky is Falling". Many lives became endangers as animals flew into a fearful frenzy. Some versions of the story have an unhappy ending and others an ending where Henny Penny realizes it is important to be brave and figure things out. 

Do not believe all you hear on social media or the news. This election was not controlled by the parties participating in it as much as it was controlled by the Media. Words cut deeply and sometimes it is more valiant to keep your opinions to yourself or shared quietly with your friends. 

Read about the Fable of Henny Penny Here.   

“Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.” ― Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

Exodus 23:1 - "You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness."

No matter who originates the accusation, we should not repeat and spread it unless we have substantial evidence it is true. The fact that someone simply made an accusation is not enough. Anybody can make accusations. Lots of innocent people, in the Bible and since, have been falsely accused. We need to know what the evidence is.

1 Peter 2:1 - "Lay aside ... all evil speaking."

Laurie

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10 November 2016

That feeling of being safe in the world... Contemporary Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



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Hot Summer Night  36 x 36  Sold  Oil on Canvas.
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“And then one student said that happiness is what happens when you go to bed on the hottest night of the summer, a night so hot you can't even wear a tee-shirt and you sleep on top of the sheets instead of under them, although try to sleep is probably more accurate. And then at some point late, late, late at night, say just a bit before dawn, the heat finally breaks and the night turns into cool and when you briefly wake up, you notice that you're almost chilly, and in your groggy, half-consciousness, you reach over and pull the sheet around you and just that flimsy sheet makes it warm enough and you drift back off into a deep sleep. And it's that reaching, that gesture, that reflex we have to pull what's warm - whether it's something or someone - toward us, that feeling we get when we do that, that feeling of being safe in the world and ready for sleep, that's happiness.” ― Paul Schmidtberger, Design Flaws of the Human Condition

Here it is November and I am posting Hot Summer Nights.  It is an archival painting that is hugely one of my favorite.  The beauty of blogging is choosing the art, the quote and the Bible verse and figuring out how to mesh it all together. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. The quotes I post are always attached to the paintings or the photos I post.  Sometimes the Bible verse fits and sometimes the verse does not.

Here it is interesting because the readings in Hebrew this past week was one of safety and security and how God provides and cares for each of us. When I read the quote I truly loved the sentiment that pointed to my heart the constant struggle of things 'not right with the world' and how we go from needing something to fulfill us constantly. The constant movement of media, of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter... Youtube, television... all social media. Our eyes are constantly searching and moving and seeking the next best thing, never stopped to be still and comfortable right where we are.  Sometimes you begin to slide into a comfort zone and a commercial zaps in and you are back wide eyed taking it all in. We seem to relish the bad luck of others we watch through social media... and we want to see the winners win and bask in their victory.  Is it real or is it all a hoax or something that is made to entertain you.  

Why do you need to be entertained?

Can you unplug and break that addiction to your phone, your ipad or your computer? Yes I know that means you won't be here reading these words, but my friend, you need to be reading God's Word. I hope I am pointing you there!  Your stress level will fall. Your weight will fall because you will not binge eat that entire bag of potato chips or the half full bag of cookies while you lock your eyes on Facebook or that movie or channel hopping.  What will it take to feel safe without the need of all of the stimuli? 

Hebrews 12: 15 "Look after each others so that none of you will miss out on the special favor of God. Watch out that no bitter root of unbelief rises up among you, for whenever it springs up, many are corrupted by its poison."

Laurie


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