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14 October 2008

Child playing Piano Art Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

18 x 24 inches
Acrylic with Varnish Overlays
Original Antique music from 1902 forward used in the background.

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When I paint these compositions with Children and their music, it always takes me back to my early years at the piano and how much enjoyment I got from learning to play. I still play today and can sit there for hours and lose myself in the music.

Do you ever think, Can I ever get there? Do you ever think, Oh if I change this or this, things might work out better? I believe firmly for myself is one of my biggest mistakes (sins) is trying to control and make things better for everyone around me. I want things to work out right and every one to be happy. I want CHANGE to the positive. I want physical change here on earth.

What is missing is the fact that God constantly gives us prescriptions for change, but this change is not for getting better in the eyes of those around you here on earth, but getting better in God's eyes. All of us seem to conform to the whims of society and get caught up in the buy it now and make your life better scheme. To believe that materialistic things can bring that inner pleasure is lying to yourself. It might be satisfying for a week or so, but the newness wears off and you will be constantly searching again for something else to take it's place to "make it better".

If only I had a bigger home. If only I had a more reliable car, a new one that is covered by a warranty and then I would not be out repair money. If only I could find a better job with more benefits and pay..... We are all in this same place with ONLY IF.... I wish it was so simple to write to you and say do not conform any longer to the patterns of our world....but I know that would fall on deaf ears. It is too ingrained in us to want want want more more more. When you do not have God centered in your life and your family, you are missing out on great pleasures and treasures. We can never be perfect, but we can strive to be better and to follow the Lord.

The importance is to find your life's work that God wants you to do. As you step out God will lead you. God will shield you and God will feed you. It is a risk to separate yourself from that which is so familiar to you, following your desires. The time is now to access your talents and limitations and then step out committing to the Lord. It is then He will give you the desires of your heart.


“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

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