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16 April 2008

Horse Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

18 x 27 inches


Time for a new pillow. Woke up again with a pull in three places in my neck. BUT I will stay the course with my day and the plans for the day. It is Wednesday and today I begin sketching out my work for the week. I have one already on Canvas sketched out, the rest I will transfer from my sketch book to canvas. THEN I get to play in my paints. This is a time of not only painting, but deep mediation as I work with my oils. It never ceases to amaze me the blends and "happenings" that appear before my eyes. Did God watch in amazement as He created all around us in the beginning? He is the great Artist! And then when I zoom ahead in the bible to the arc when he had to wipe out so much through the flood, I wonder if He did it as I do a canvas. When it is not working I begin pushing the paint in totally irrational unplanned ways...if nothing begins to work, I scrap the painting, pulling the oils off with my palette knife. When I am at this point though, of removing the paint, I am totally confident knowing it is part of the process to begin again. During this entire process I never falter or regret the movement forward, because it is part of the journey for that painting.

Having faith and stepping forth in that faith is truly not difficult. Hear that one more time, getting out of the boat to walk on the water is truly not difficult IF you have complete faith. It is only when there is a whisper of a doubt, and then suddenly you will sink. Too often we do not give value to ourselves to believe, truly believe we are worthy and capable of change and doing something new. The Faith propels you forward in confidence. Faith does not guarantee the result will be what YOU think it will be, but Faith will take you to where the LORD wants you to be. He will walk the journey with you, giving you strength when you begin to falter and feel the water rising around your ankles. He will renew you to step on in faith to a greater good.

I ask prayers for family today, specifically my youngest son Morgan as he contemplates a step in faith once again. He is home from his cruise/business trip and had an epiphany.


"...but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31

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