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18 March 2008

Horse Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

24 x 24 inches

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Rain is on the horizon and cooler air is pushing thru this morning. We are triple excited today because Jonathan is FINALLY coming to visit and our old neighbors from Justin TX are coming too. The family from Justin has three fabulous children that are all gifted in art and music. I had the pleasure of teaching them for close to 6 years. The youngest Victoria, is Jonathan's age and she taught him how to ride his bicycle and how to play when they were young. I cannot wait to hear Ashley play the piano. She is in her second semester at college. She was my assistant teacher in Justin for three years and so very gifted with her music and art. Brandon is next in the group and must be heading near fifteen. Very tall handsome young man that can pick up a guitar and jam with the best. He can draw circles around any student I have ever had and paints with a delicate touch of realism. The youngest, Victoria is ten. She too can paint and from her very first painting looked as if she had been doing it for years! When I left Ashley was teaching her how to play the piano. I might get to hear her play too. Such anticipation! Such joy!

So this morning I will finish cleaning house in preparation of their visit.

Cleaning house in preparation. I was going to blog off on another subject this morning, but it seems as I write I am praying for direction when I blog everyday and this has to be where He wants me to go. This is the Holy Week marking the crucification of Jesus and his accession into heaven. Are you prepared?

When I think of Cleaning House in my brain and my body I lean toward the realization of meditating a bit longer and praying a bit more. Always confessing to clean my soul and directing my thoughts to celebrate the awesome Lord. You know, not to sound flippant, but in my younger years of 20 and 30's I really tried to live (as I do now) a clean life and would often go into prayer thinking I have been good I have no horrible things to confess. Oh my, what age and wisdom does as the years pass. By THOUGHT WORD AND DEED....there was much to confess that I missed. Perhaps as you grow older you not only grow wiser but you grow deeper in your relationship with the Father. In preparation this week, go to prayer keeping with the direction that Jesus traveled this week many years ago. If you are imaginative sweep yourself back to that day and time and imagine seeing and feeling the moment. Think about Mary and her thoughts during these events. Think about Mary and Joseph and how they might have felt as parents and what if it was happening today?

I leave you with the Grace of the Lord and your own 'house cleaning'.


“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

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