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31 October 2008

Contemporary Art Italian Seascape Palette Knife Art Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

18 x 24 inches Oil on Canvas

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When I paint something like this I am awed by God's creation in giving such depth in color and such peace in a moment. I am reminded that giving thanks and praise to God of my appreciation of his creation is vitally important. If God made us in his own image, tell me, do you like it when someone says, "Hey you did a great job." or " You are fabulous to do this. I cannot tell you how much this means to me that you took the time to do this for me."

I don't know about you, but I puff up inside and have warm fuzzies every where. I try to be modest but it makes me feel good to have done something worthy of notice. It makes me work a little more on the next thing I take on, knowing what I do is appreciated.

Why would God be any different? If you only go to him in times of need, you basically are a basic need person that comes to his door to knock when you are hungry. He longs to please us but also has a deep need to have a relationship that is more than one sided...where He gives all the time, and we take all the time.

By giving thanks to Him and appreciation and praise, we expand our true awareness of who he is. That to me is one of the powerful thing in Psalms. When I read the bible I like to start with a Psalm before I go to any other reading in the bible, because David's relationship with God is so basic and yet complicated. David gave his inner heart to God through his writings. He sang the highest of joy to God and groaned the deepest of despair. Often I wonder if he had moments of joyful manic and moments of deep depression, but then I remember we all do.

Also, a post note if you are married, be it one month or many decades, remember to praise your spouse and to say thank you for what they do for you too. These simple kindnesses make the relationship closer and the giving deeper. This will work in every relationship and your life will immediately become fuller, happier and abundantly filled with joy.


"I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you. I will sing praise to your name. O Most High." Psalm 9:1-2

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