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31 December 2008

Contemporary Art Horse Palette Knife Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

30 x 30 inches
Oil on Canvas


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As I close out the year of 2008, the flashes in my mind recall the rapid decline of my dad with his Alzheimers; my mom with her health and three hospitalizations; the closing down and moving of my mom from her home of almost 40 years; the horrendous months of no gas or electricity in this house and constant construction all around me; the free fall of the stock market and our economy; my youngest son's two bad motorcycle accidents within one week; etc. Then I smile with the joy balanced out by my daughter's pregnancy; my gallery shows in New York, Jackson Hole, Dallas and Marble Falls; an increase of sales of my art work; my mother's health improving; finding a new relationship with my older brother; watching our oldest friend be elected Sheriff of Franklin County; having electricity and gas working again in the house; having my new granite in the kitchen; and Terry and I blessed with good health this year.

Remember the journey is what we make of it. We cannot find the joy with out the struggle. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was empty, a formless mass cloaked in darkness. And the spirit of God was hovering over its surface. Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. And God saw that it was good. Then He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "Day" and the darkness "Night". Genesis1:1-5

God reaches out to embrace the darkness in us and to bring the light to our day. Wherever God is there can be no darkness. When you are embarking on a new beginning, like a new year, go back and read Genesis. This first book of the bible lays out the guide for new beginnings in relationships, rules, jobs and direction. God's truths are unchanging and timeless. They have been around for centuries and provide the best ideas for succcessful living. Newness of anything is always exciting and for most of us, we make plans for the new year. It gives us the space to say GOOD BYE to last year and problems, bad habits, illness, or whatever you want to turn away from. The new year embraces a time for beginning fresh and bright as God created the first day.

Today reflect on this past year. Say good-bye to the emotional baggage you can leave at the door as you walk into 2009. If you have the time today.... make a list of what you want to say good-bye to. Keep it handy to remind yourself that you let those things go whenever you are tempted to pick them up again. Set new boundaries for a new life. Separate the spaces in your life and bring God in.

Joy and Abundance,

"And God said, "Let there be space between the waters, to separate water from water." and so it was, God made this space to separate the waters above from the waters below. And God called the space "sky". This happened on the second day." Genesis 1:6-8

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