18 x 24 inches
Oil on Canvas
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© Laurie Justus Pace Graphics One Design 2009
The Painting: Playing off complimentary colors of blue and orange, the strength of this painting is remarkable in person. With my traditionally heavy oils without Impasto, the texture feel of the horse makes him come alive.
The Thought: Coming alive seems to blend right in with a good thought to build on for the day.
A few months ago I never struggled in the early hours at 4:30 am when we crawled out of bed. I have always been an early riser. Lately after our last three week vacation I became accustomed to sleeping in until eight or nine in the morning. When I work up then I was so refreshed and alive. At 4:30 am there is a struggle to come alive from the depths of sleep.
There are many folks that go through life living each day and not being ALIVE. Some zombie movies call them the walking dead. While we are trudging through our lives, now obviously bogged down by "many commitments", we try to reach perfection in life getting it all done. We are actually not getting anywhere. We are swimming against a tide stroking in the water as hard as we can but the tide is stronger than we are. We are going nowhere. We live in the spirit of our generation. One writer divides it into three areas. The first is humanism; this is the philosophy that you do your own thing as the expense of others. You are the boss, forget anyone else. The second is Materialism; We live to get more money to buy more possessions. Remember that statement, "he who has the most wins"? It is not true. The Third is Sex. Everything in the world around us is promoted with strong sexual overtones. They are on our tv sets, our billboards, our radios, the movies, the theater, etc.
We can't help but think we are alive with so much going on in our "age". We sin not only against God but against our selves. We cannot swim against this tide. We cannot win the game with "I have the most stuff". Are we really living? Are you truly happy and content right now as you read this?
To come alive is to come to the realization that there is more to our lives that what we physically see before us. The spirituality is missing. When you become alive with God your entire world changes. Problems still exist but you are not drug down by them. You have Him taking care of them and you are in the trust believe mode. Other non-believers will continue to bombard you and attack your newly found peace, trying desperately to drag you back into their life.
Coming out of the darkness of where you live right now can be a startling change to your vision as your eyes adjust to the light in this new "morning" in your life.
You will awake more rested.
"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2: 1-10