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23 May 2008

Portrait in Turquoise
by Laurie Justus Pace

18 x 24 inches Oil on Canvas

Today will be busy. I feel a bit frantic. The painters are suppose to paint the house today, but it is NOT sanded properly and the repairs to the wood are not correct. I shoved the phone number of the contractor in Terry's hands to call them at eight this morning.

I have paintings to finish up for my client today along with a Fire Inspection. One of the Dallas Fire Marshals will be out to give me a fix it list I am sure. I left Terry in charge of the list but I have not had time to go behind him to see if it is all right. I am hoping they do not care if the house is dusty and needing scrubbing as I have been studio bound all week.

I was reading about escaping from darkness this morning. It is written in a different angle than I wrote about earlier this week. In seeking peace and joy you have to escape from darkness. Define darkness as a lack of light just as sin is a lack of love. (Often it is a lack of love for ourselves!) Darkness has no unique properties of its own. To get out of the darkness you have to first recognized that darkness cannot hide you. Usually fear keeps us in areas of darkness. You have to come to the realization that through forgiveness of yourself you can come to a place that you have nothing to hide even if you wanted to hide it. The fear is then removed and in its place are joy and peace.

Keep the thought that truth is abundant to you at all times. When you get to the point that you recognize you truly have no needs because everything is in abundance, you will find joy and peace.

Fear only breeds emptiness and keeps you in the dark. Forgive yourself today and sit for a few moments and take in and acknowledge the abundance in your life. God is Good.


"He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains." Psalm 107:14

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