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18 March 2010

'The Princess' Child Princess Oil Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Justus Pace

'Being a Princess'

11 x 14  Oil on Canvas

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The Painting:  I am preparing for a show at the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas and this is a piece for this show.  Little girls have dreams of being a princess. This is painted from a photograph shared by a collector and I fell in love with the soft look of the little girl.  This is a TINY painting for me at 11 x 14 inches so I am a bit out of practice painting so tiny....but I hope you will enjoy it.

The Thought:   I have several things in mind this morning.  

First, How well do you take criticism? I think I wrote about it earlier this month, but I am hitting it again. Sometimes there are folks that find fault in everything.   I often think they suffer from being what we call "Grumpy Pants" in our family.  Positive criticism helps us grow and learn from situations.   Criticism that is constant and bitter does nothing but sow ill thoughts and later negative words between people.

Today when reading in the bible, Terry and I came across "Anyone who loves learning accepts correction; but a person who hates being corrected is stupid." Proverbs 12:1 

Second, we also read Psalm 35:1-10.  You need to read it yourself, but the main parts are asking the Lord to battle right next to you as you fight.   To pick up the shield and armor and rise up and help you. We want to hear from God that He will save us.  As we read this Psalm together, we were moved by the power behind it.  We have His power surrounding us at all times if we just believe.  When criticism comes, we need to be open to it and learn from it.  We need to protect ourselves from the "Grumpy Pants" in our lives and realize that is why God gave us the gift of discernment.  Open your ears and listen, open your heart and love.

One day, according to Christ, He will return and set us free from all of this.  He will be back.  It has been described as in the blink of an eye, as fast as lightning can flash from the east to the west, He will come to us.  Everyone will see Him...the earth will tremble and those that do not know Him will be in fear of what is happening.  At this time, those that know Him will not fear. 

Our hearts are open right now as our direction seems to be for us, in a limbo state as we wait upon the Lord. He is definitely NOT in a limbo state as He knows exactly what is to be in our lives. Many have comments and suggestions to offer up to us and we listen carefully and take it all in, but realize in the end, the Lord is in control and we will know our direction.

My prayers are for you today that you will wait upon the Lord, that you will open your ears and keenly listen to all those that offer their sage advice and criticism and use the discernment that God has provided for you to move forward.  


"And in the future, you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of God the Powerful One and coming on clouds int he sky." Mark 14:62

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