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27 August 2009

'Abundance' Roses Flower Oil Painting by Laurie Pace

24 x 36 inches Oil on Canvas
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© Laurie Justus Pace        Graphics One Design   2009

The Painting: This one was on the easel being worked on for over a week. It began with a charcoal sketch.  From there I work in acrylics first establishing a rather sherbet looking painting.  It had all the colors in the wonderful rainbow sherbet.  I dabbled on it on and off; Then Terry gave his view and I added more values. Then two days ago I begin in earnest to pile on the color with my knife. That is my joy and abundance...and here you have simply Abundance. 

The Thought: I often write about the squirrels that live in our brains and run the exercise wheel usually at night when we are trying to sleep.   Seems we allow concerns of the day and doubt from our activities to creep into our peace of mind making it difficult to let it all go as we enter into the quiet time our soul needs to rest and be totally immersed in the peace of God.

Many nights when flopping restlessly on the bed my brain begins searching for those repetitive phrases and prayers we use daily.  One that I use during the day is simply the Nicene Creed.  It is rather heavy for use at night to fall asleep.   "Be still and know that I am God" is a good night time mantra.  
In Lamaze training they took us through the muscle relaxing chore of starting at your toes and tightening them, (While breathing in) and then slowly letting them relax while breathing out.  You work your way up your body with different muscle groups, breathing in to tighten and out to relax.  At night you could use this and insert the mantra between each group. Slowly your squirrels will stop and rest their actions and a peace will begin to fill your mind and body.

It is hard during the day to just STOP.  STOP and be at peace. We all need this peace in the center of our hearts both day and night.  From there it will spread out to our thoughts and our actions. It completes the cycle of Mind and heart, body and emotions, and then actions. This is a very powerful peace.

May His inner peace fill your heart, your spirit, your mind and your actions today.
"Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock." Isaiah 26:4

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