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20 October 2008

Breaking into the Light
Horse Abstract Oil Palette Knife Painting by Laurie Justus Pace


22" x 28" (55.9cm x 71.2cm)


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Yes I painted more on this one. Sometimes after I finish one and it hangs here in the studio and then I pick it back up and paint some more. I always encourage students not to stop and give up. When something is not working, walk away to get a fresh perspective and then back to work.

Makes me wonder if God thinks about us in that way sometimes. We tend to be rather self destructive most of the time. We often don't need others doing things to us, we do it to ourselves. God probably watches shaking his head as things develop in our life as we forget to go to Him in prayer. We are in need of His guidance and wisdom to make our decisions in life. So much knowledge is gained from our everyday experiences but not enough to always pull it together for the best choice.

I laid in bed this morning thinking it would really be nice to go back to sleep as it was only 4:15. We normally are up by five so I could not quite bring myself to snooze back to slumber land while so much of my mind rested on life in general around me and decisions that are ahead of Terry and I. My wise Dad would say, MAKE A LIST. I think his wisdom is correct in this case. Experience tells me though despite the list and the ensuing decision, God could still be there shaking his head no, thinking That is not how it will be.

When it comes to decisions that are not clearly lined out in the bible, like moral issues, how do you know when you pray you are getting answers? Step one: PRAY (Philippians 4:6-7) Step two: Analyze while seeking counsel from God and God's word and your pastor or your prayer partners. God has given you a mind to think with, use it. (James 1:5) (Proverbs 15:22)
Third: STEP OUT IN FAITH. Decide! Do it and trust in the Lord.

OH but what happens if there is fallout? You did everything above praying often and hard for direction from God. You asked for wisdom. You explored all the facts that you could find and listened carefully to those around you. Just because you did this, it does not mean all will be smooth. You may be 100 percent on track with God's will and still be in the midst of chaos. Think about Daniel in the the den of the hungry lions. (Daniel 6:16-24) or about the disciples in the boat on the Sea of Galilee when the huge thunderstorm arrived. (Mark 4:35-41)

As a sailor my husband sums this up well. We are the humans that steer the ship, but the winds and currents are God.

Grace,
Laurie

"All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." Romans 8:28-29

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