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26 June 2010

Mariya's Pink Pony Contemporary Abstract Horse Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

'Mariya's Pink Pony'
20 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas

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   © Laurie Justus Pace     Graphics One Design 2010

The Painting: I can't remember her age, but this is the second one of three for three very very special young girls... each for their own rooms, done in the colors they love.

Living at the Lake:  Well, yesterday was more work than play for me.  But at eleven thirty I took a break for us to sail and move the boat back out of the lake to the house.  Storms every day have hit our area and we have not been able to sail to the marina to trailer it home. Read on for more about it....

The Thought:  Storms ascending in life... There is nothing like being out on the lake and the day is partly cloudy and you are zipping across the water enjoying life and suddenly you hear thunder and as you roll over on the trampoline there is a huge storm moving much faster across the lake than the wind is blowing your sails. That happened to us a few weeks ago.

Larger sailboats have small motors that they rely on when the wind dies. A catamaran does not have any of these things, so when Terry told me we had to bring the boat around to the marina,  I began checking the radar thoroughly.  Problem is these afternoon thunderstorms crop up suddenly with the rising heat of the day.  Being prepared is the best you can do.  You check radar, you watch the skies and you stay aware the entire time you are out on the lake.

It took us 45 minutes to get the sails up and actually get out of our cove... and the clouds were not friendly looking but the sky had patches of blue.  I started praying hard before that, always thinking about Jesus and the storm on the sea with the disciples.  The boat has been out for three weeks and it was necessary to trailer it home, or I would not have been out there.  Terry has to tack back and forth across the different channels to the main body of the lake.  It seems nerve racking to take a tack a mile the wrong direction, but you have to catch the wind just right in your sails to make any progress in the right direction. (Doesn't that sound like life?  We always seem to take the long way around to get there.) 

This is what we are suppose to do on the lake...but this lake does not have the wind...

                               But our sky looked more like this and as you wind.

 That is often how life is when you have those sudden storms and you are out of 'wind' or energy to endure them.  It is always quiet before the storm. We often forget Jesus is right there with us and if we would slow down, breath and allow Him to work, we would not wear ourselves out with worry over the storms. When you face hardships and trouble how do you weather those storms of life? These storms include accidents, catastrophes, illness, unemployment, retirement, loneliness, hardships, personal issues or even death. None of us are exempt from these.  Is your faith strong enough to sustain you through the toughest gales? Jesus would say, "O you of little faith, why are you so afraid?"

We made it to the marina, loaded the boat and by that time I was singing thanks to God and smiling as the dark clouds began rolling in with the thunder.  His timing was perfect again and my worry was for naught.


"Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!"
 He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
 The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!"" Matthew 8:23-27

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