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24 July 2009

'Jewel' Horse Oil Painting by Laurie Pace

24 x 36 inches
Oil on Canvas


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© Laurie Justus Pace Graphics One Design 2005

The Painting: This is an older piece from 2005. This usually means I am behind in the studio. Western Art Collector contacted me for participation in the wildlife issue coming up in September and my life went upside down. Diane Whitehead and I are doing an ad together in this upcoming edition as well as contributing to the editorial on wildlife art.

The Thought: Do you ever feel unappreciated? I know I do. I was talking to another mom yesterday who was having difficulties getting a teenage son to mow the yard. Of course it is his contribution to the family but for some reason he felt she should do it herself. We have all been there at one time or the other. It seems no matter how hard we work it never gets done.

Each day we all face unique pressures in our life. No one can truly appreciate what burdens we carry with our expectations we place on ourselves. I worked yesterday from 5:30 in the morning until nine last night. I was only out of the studio for about 30 min when I ran to the store for a few groceries. My husband looked at me and said, "Why?" Of course I had answers.

Why do we pressure ourselves so much? And attached with that comes the feeling of not being appreciated. At this moment only God truly knows your heart and your mind. He can see your current circumstances from an overall view and knows what will be next in your life. He recognizes your emotional needs as you feel spent from all you push yourself to do. He knows you better than you know yourself as He is the one that created you. Lean on Him today to take over some of the burden you face. Then lighten up on yourself. Give up at least one of those things today and take 30 minutes for yourself.

Take heart and trust Him to help.


"We are people of flesh and blood. That is why Jesus became one of us." Hebrews 2:14

1 comment:

Margie said...

Thanks Laurie for your words of wisdom about putting pressure on ourselves and not being appreciated. It is nice to know others feel that way, too. Your reminder that only God is in control hit home with me today.
"Take heart and trust Him to help", A very good thought for the day.

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