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01 February 2009

The Young Stallion
Contemporary Palette Knife Art Horse Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

SOLD (#3 out of 4)

This is the 3rd piece in a four piece commission group for a collector in California. If you study the colors in "The Sire" and "Ma Mere" you will find this painting to be an even blend of the two. Just as a child would be of their parents. I would welcome doing custom commissions for your home, just contact me: Laurie

"You will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you." John 8:32

A short blog with a great dawning. Yesterday was a full day as I almost caught up in the studio. I had the false pleasure of thinking at 2 pm that I was done for the day and started cooking dog food (another story for another time) and took Annie for a walk and enjoyed the 65 degree sunny weather here in Dallas. I didn't realize by 5:30 before all my dinner guests arrived I would have studio melt down with shipping issues and gallery sales requiring immediate attention. I was also thrown off by something I noticed during our family dinner. My heart felt it and my mind fought it. I had to immediately reflect on the book I finished several weeks ago, "Setting Boundaries for Adult Children" and I have to move on beyond the panic that filled me.

Then this morning I opened up to "You will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you." John 8:32

I cannot change what my heart and eyes felt and saw and my mother's heart cracked a little bit more. I pray I am wrong, but know from past experience that I probably am not wrong. This is by far one of the hardest things I have to do in life and that is to let go and let God. It is more than obvious that God has His own spiritual and psychological time table. Our emotional hurts will eventually heal and at that point acceptance of life as it is seems to be a positive step to being 'whole'.

Think of your emotional "sore" (and we all have one or two on hand right now) as being 'scabbed over'. That crusty scab protects the wound while you are healing. Over the first few days the swelling subsides, and although the scabbed area still is sensitive to touch, the scab begins shrinking and eventually the day comes that the scab falls off. Underneath the scab, new skin will form; when the scab is gone, this new pink skin is evidence of God at work with your body and healing. After the healing time, you still tend to protect that area out of habit, but the day eventually comes that healing is complete. No one notices the injury any more to ask their probing questions of "what happened?" This too is part of God's time table.

Our human trait of impatience cannot speed up anything but our blood pressure. It is a small lesson in patience to watch a wound heal. As a mother, the difficulty lies in seeing your child "wounded" and watching them continuing to pick off that scab making the wound bleed and fester even more. My sin is in NOT giving the situation over to God. I cannot change an adult child, nor can I save them or remake them. I am not God. I am only a mother with a broken heart that I must now allow to heal.

Continued Joy and Abundance,


"Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about what happens to you." 1 Peter 5:7

"In His kindness, God called you to His eternal glory by means of Jesus Christ. After you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation." 1 Peter 10

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