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13 August 2011

Abstract Horse Painting Power of Three in Progression by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Progression on Power of Three
This is my first painting in Painting it Forward. This is the time to contact me for special budget pricing and gifts for the holidays... This piece is sold and is a commission for a Houston Collector.
2 ft by 3 ft  Oil on Canvas  
 ©Laurie Pace    Graphics One Design 1998-2011  
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Early NOTE:  It is raining here!! Praise GOD!  We had a forest fire across the lake last night... it is contained and now God has blessed us with rain.

Teach Me the Way; Afraid or Fear?

This is the third part of Psalm 86 and a deeper look into intimacy.
How can you possible learn the way to have that intimate relationship with God? 

 He is reaching out to you saying, "In To Me See...."   If you cannot see into Him, ask Him to teach you the way.  How Lord can I learn to trust in you? How do I know you will be faithful and care for me? (Note not to say what can you give me.)

David writes of fearing God's name.  While you might believe that means to be afraid of God's power, it does not.  The meaning of fearing God is not the same as being afraid of God.  Fearing God is a component of faith born from our knowledge of who God is and what knowledge we hold from the stories in the Bible.

11 Teach me your way, LORD,
   that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
   that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
   I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
   you have delivered me from the depths,
   from the realm of the dead.
 14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
   ruthless people are trying to kill me—
   they have no regard for you.
Psalm 86:11-14

Being afraid is part of our instinct to survive. It can be a reaction to someone threatening us or just a fight or flight response to bad traffic on the freeway.  It could be danger of a small amount or danger that threatens our lives.  Imagined or real, being afraid is instinctive to survival.

To fear God is NOT to be afraid of Him; fear is something to learn. Think about when miracles were worked in front of a crowd.  They were not afraid, but they did marvel at the works and realized with fear what they had seen was wonderful.  Fear is another name for awe and praise, like a companion of love.  Stop and think about it. I love my husband very much.  I want to please him.  In a way I fear disappointing him or not providing what he needs.  I am not afraid of him, but I fear disappointing him. 

 This is a dead oak from our drought. It brings fear but I am not afraid.
Whatever the Father has in His plan we are fortified by His presence.

Our earthly fathers imitate our Heavenly Father's way.  They do not want their children to be afraid of them, but they do want their children to fear them and have confidence and respect in them.  
This is intimacy with God. You learn to fear Him and be in awe of Him. Take that 'awe' and praise Him for His work is mighty.  He will deliver you safely from harm. It may not be the way you think He should do it, because He will do it His way, not your way.  Be faithful in your love for Him and let Him see it in your works as well as in your conversations with Him; you might discover a wealth of unexpected love.


“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. “So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows"  Mathew 10:28


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