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28 March 2010

'Fleeting Moment' Woman portrait Oil Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

'Fleeting Moment'

  Oil on Canvas

Private Collection

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 © Laurie Justus Pace     Graphics One Design 2010

The Painting: This piece resides up near Boston.  It survived a house fire I am told and may come home to be refurbished. 

The Thought:  I know there are many of you out there that keep the perfect house ....and are so punctual and good about cleaning.  My sister Jan is for sure.  She is older and much wiser and from her I have learned so much about life and cleaning. She came to help me move once and I marveled as she scrubbed down Terry's filthy coffee pot.  I am not one to even touch the machine as I do not drink coffee, but she firmly removed all the old coffee stains and shined it right up and then attacked the toaster, which I do use.

I am so caught up in my work in the studio I become ignorant to things like this in the kitchen. I am totally anal about scrubbing bathrooms clean, sinks and counters in the kitchen, but I disappointingly often forget about the coffee pot and the toaster. Every time I look at them I think of Jan and then think of God.

We are like those coffee pots. We are in use daily always busy and always working.  Those stains build up and grunge sets in. With out taking the time to "clean up" daily, we just add more stains on top of more stains.  Those daily visits with God are vitally important and should not be ignored.  God cleans those stains off when we take the time to talk to Him and ask for His forgiveness and guidance.  If we compare ourselves to the toaster...we stay pretty crummy with out His clean up touch.

Lets get in the spirit of spring cleaning and shine up our lives, removing the stains and crumbs from every corner.  Jan is my spiritual sister and I am forever grateful to the Lord for her guidance and influence. She is my prayer partner through it all.


"Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name." Psalm 86:11

1 comment:

Grammie Jan said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww I sure do love my middle sister (Pat is my younger sister and I am the ancient choice of words :-) ). We have had some great times together.....such wonderful memories. God Bless You Laurie.

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