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10 February 2009

No 59 Ponies
Contemporary Art Palette Knife Daily Horse Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

20 x 24 inches Oil on Canvas
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"and I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily." Ezra 7:21

The verse above reported to be the only verse in the entire bible that has every letter of the alphabet in it. Stacey spotted no "J" above so it might be only in a certain version. Trivia I realize, but just one for your Tuesday morning. We found this information in (Grandmother) Annie Pace's bible, which has been rebound, and was presented to her many years ago by Terry's Dad, Ben.

This particular chapter in Ezra is explaining why Artaxerxes exempted temple workers from paying taxes. He recognized that the religious leaders played an important role in the community so he freed them of tax burdens. Artaxerxes was a pagan king, but he recognized and supported this principle for all spiritual workers to keep worldly burdens from their lives. Ezra points out quickly that God put this in the pagan king's heart.

When you are facing life's challenges you have to work diligently and often with more effort than normal. You must realize that God oversees ALL OF YOUR WORK. Acknowlege His hand in your life and your work as you find success and give Him praise for His continued help and protection.

Terry and I woke this morning, both overwhelmed by our current state of responsibilities and both feeling burdened. We prayed together and we are up hitting the list, him in the kitchen laying the back splash and me here in the studio.

May your day be filled with positive progress toward your goals as you finish something today. Remember to Thank God.

Joy and Abundance,

Laurie

"Praise be to the Lord the God of our fathers, who has put it into the king's heart to bring honor to the house of the Lord in Jerusalem in this way." Ezra 7:27

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