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09 January 2010

Kyra and her Irish Horse by Texas Aritst Laurie Justus Pace Child and horse Oil painting

'Kyra and the Horse, Ireland '
6 x 6 inches  Oil on Board

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The Painting:  This picture was sent to me by a collector in CT.  I love painting her kids; they are in the banner at the top of this blog.  This is not a good representational painting of Kyra but mainly capturing her with the horse... catching the feeling and the mood.  I want to do a large painting, maybe 8 x 10 or so of just her face with the horse.   I will be sprinkling these in as I do them.  The next may be a soccer girl... from a collector up north.  Wait and watch.... meanwhile remember to send me a picture if you have a good one for me to paint.

The ThoughtYesterday I spent time in Psalm 25.   Do you know your Psalms pretty well?  The Lord is my Shepherd is the 23rd Psalm...then the 24th Psalm is a strong song followed by the 25th which I was led to read as I am praying for direction.  Starting with the first verses...

"To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.  Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me"

We have to start with the trust thing first and foremost.  To lift up your soul and give yourself 100 percent to God, you have to trust Him with it completely. When you do, you are giving Him power to control and when you finally reach that begin to realize how much stress is gone from your life.
Verse 4 and 5:
"Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me,  for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long"

This is where you walk in His way and not yours; then verses 15, 16 and 17...
"My eyes are ever on the LORD,  for only he will release my feet from the snare. Turn to me and be gracious to me,  for I am lonely and afflicted.  The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish."

 I think this speaks to so many of us today in our busy lives.  We have done this to ourselves and we cannot break free with out relying on Him to make the journey with us.   Pick up your bible and read the rest.  It is worth the read several times. ...both the Psalm 25 and the bible itself.

Wishing you a healthy happy weekend full of life and love.


"May integrity and uprightness protect me,  because my hope is in you." Psalm 25:21

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