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29 November 2008

Finding Peace
Contemporary Art Daily Horse Painting with Palette Knife by Laurie Justus Pace

20 x 20 x 2 inches of thick Oil
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Saturday finds me here ready to paint. This is one I worked on yesterday. I think it is done. I like the play on colors and the subtle changes of light. Hence the title FINDING PEACE.

First I would suggest we examine the definition of peace. Webster tells me it is a state of tranquility or quiet; freedom from civil disturbance; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions; a harmony in personal relationships.

Who would not want that in their life? The perfect state of I would believe in my heart most of you reading this would yearn for tranquility and quiet, even if it were only for a short fifteen minutes. Think what you could do if it were every day for most of your day?

Freedom from civil disturbance. I chuckled at that one. Civil disturbance within yourself is the norm for all of us. Our mind goes one way, our heart another. We are constantly pulled in opposing directions in most of our waking hours. Would it not be blessed NOT to have this?

Freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts. That my friend takes guts. Every time your begin a thought that is negative, STOP IT. Don't even go there. This will take practice, but you can do it. You can stop thinking those WHAT IF thoughts. Get those squirrels out of those cages in your head and SET THEM FREE!

Lastly, harmony in personal relationships. Once you seek the higher power that graces you with the peace, the power surrounding you will begin to seep into the lives of those around you and you would succeed in having peace and giving peace and promoting peace.

Where does this come from? First you must fill the emptiness within yourself. Unfortunately most of us strive to be "good" and do everything "perfect" and think all should be well. It is not.
If the Holy Spirit is not apart of your being at this time you cannot find that peace. With HS on board you will find new purpose in every thing and every one around you. You will find hope and goodness around every corner once you open up that relationship with God. He will grace you with the Holy Spirit.

JOY and Abundance,

"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." John 14:27

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