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13 February 2009

no. 62 Horse in the Wind
Contemporary Layered Acrylic and Oil on Canvas Daily Horse Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

24 x 30 x 2 inches
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"Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering He did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry and his face was downcast." Genesis 4:2-5


The Second Child/ The Middle Child Syndrome

How many of you are "the middle child"? I am. I have always considered myself totally different from anyone in the family. I look like my mom, but nothing else truly matches anything with my brothers. If every one in my family put their hands together in prayer, I believe they all have left thumbs on top. Mine is right. I am the "different one" that left Dallas to find my way and have lived in Nacogdoches TX: Houston, TX; Beaumont, TX; Fort Thomas, KY; Tulsa, OK; Trophy Club, TX; Justin, TX; Argyle TX; Grapevine, TX; St. Louis, MO; and of course, Dallas, TX.

My life has been my journey and the tremendous relationships I have made with each stop have blessed me with abundance of meeting and knowing so many others in my life time. In every place I have lived, I have taught in that community. From music to American history, from art to Texas History, from general classroom to piano and guitar. God has gifted me with the desire to serve and teach and I feel blessed with this gift.

God wants us to use our gifts.

Abel was the second child born to Adam and Eve. Abel was a shepherd and he always honored God with pleasing sacrifices. Cain was the eldest child of Adam and Eve. Both boys knew what was expected of them with regards to God and how they lived their lives. When I read the story of how both boys brought their sacrifices to God, the bible truly does not indicate why God did not like the sacrifice that Cain brought to Him. Why was he rejected? It might have been his attitude or it might have been that the fruits of his crop that he gave to God were the left over fruits, not the first fruits. Proverbs 21:27 says "the sacrifice of the wicked is destestable- how much more so when brought with evil intent." Seems to me that God knows our motives before we do and He recognizes the quality of what we bring to Him. Now today we do not bring "Sacrifice" but we do bring pray and praise. How joyful is yours? How serious are your thanks and praises? What is your "behind the scenes" motive to pray?

Are you using your gifts?

Obviously the jealousy Cain felt for his brother was his beginning of his end. He allowed jealous anger to cause him to sin and he took his brother's life. Do not be victims of sin...do not let sin be a master over you. Keep your intentions high and worthy of God.

Joyful Abundance,

Laurie

"By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead." Hebrews 11:4

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