The Commission Piece continues
4 ft by 5 ft Acrylic on Canvas
Contact me for commission work. Laurie
It is that time of year...just a few days away. Those of you who have known me for the past years know that from Sept through the first week in December I get excited about painting. When I do commission work for families and gifts it brings double joy back to me being involved with surprises and special pieces. So for the next three months if you have a desire for a painting for yourself or a gift, now is the time of year to do. Every year for the past four years I have called this my "Pay it Forward" time. Other artists have followed suite doing this and I think that is grand because it is allowing God to work with us and spreads the gifts.
The painting above is one of the first that starts this season out... and it is huge at 4 ft by 5 ft in size. So whatever you might want painted, this is the time to email me with a request and lets find the right price and do it. Email me: Laurie
Church was right on yesterday. We love our new church, the choir, the congregation, the music leaders, the organist, the pianist and of course Pete, the minister. He was preaching on part 3 of a three part message. We obviously missed part 1 and 2 with our Dallas travels. He spoke on a passage out of Luke; I am thinking it was in chapter 14. It is where Jesus is telling about what it 'takes' to follow him. I remember Pete reading it and I was a bit breathless hearing the part using the word "hate" as Jesus was not one to teach anything but love. Pete summed it all up in an easy concept. "completeness is finding wholeness in lessness."
Could we truly learn to live with much less? Will it really take giving up so much of what we yearn and desire to actually feel complete and whole?
Yeah, at first it made me think about my diet. Completeness=Wholeness=Lessness? I have given up the "good" for the "better"; Chocolate ice cream for a healthy body; Mashed potatoes for 10 pounds less; homemade cinnamon rolls for more energy. Now what about the spiritual? Hummm, could that be worry for contentment; anger for peace; all of my 'extra stuff' and busyness around the house for more free time to give to others. We are so caught up in the "things" we have, we miss seeing all those that have very little. But that is NOT the direction he went....
Pete explained it that no one today would literally give up their family, their home and all their belongings to serve God, but what COULD we do today that was reasonable in this day? When you want to buy that purse that is a name brand $$$ purse, perhaps you could find something that might due functionally at TARGET. Then take that extra money and buy some school clothes for kids that are wearing things from last year that are too small. Or if you are the man in the family and caught up on buying and buying at Lowe's, tools and things you might only use once... borrow that tool or find another way to do what you are doing. Take the money you saved and give it to a man that is struggling to repair his broken car. That is his only transportation he has to get back and forth to work, and he has a family to support. Think of others before self. Do with less to become more whole and in the end 'complete'.
It is a lesson Terry and I will meditate on through out this week. We are new to this community but there are places we can serve and be active.
"Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple" "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'
"Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple."Luke 14:25-33.