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10 August 2011

ROSE PAINTING A Dozen August Roses by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Dozen August Roses
12 x 12 inches Oil on Board 

    ©Laurie Pace    Graphics One Design 1998-2011  
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(I left the close ups pretty big so enjoy!)
Close up 1

Close Up 2

How do you bow down before the Lord?  The time you spend alone with God determines how intimate your relationship is with Him.  That 'intimacy' word again.

Bowing down to worship is the act of freely giving love to GOD in every aspect of your life, not just in those moments of desperate prayer.  How can you expect intimacy in a relationship that you do not contribute to?

Start small if you are just reaching out. Some of you will find connection in singing... and this is one of my favorites..

 We Bow Down by Twila Paris

You are Lord of the Heavens and Lord of my life
Lord of the land and the sea
You were Lord of Creation before there was time
And Lord of all Lords You will be
We bow down and we worship You, Lord
We bow down and we worship You, Lord
We bow down and we worship You, Lord
Lord of all Lords You will be
You are King of the Heavens and King of my life
King of the land and the sea
You were King of Creation before there was time
And King of all Kings You will be
We bow down and we crown You the King
We bow down and we crown You the King
We bow down and we crown You the King
King of all Kings You will be

I told Martha at Church Sunday how moved I was when she was singing and leading the congregation.  She is older like I am and I do believe the depth of her life experiences and intense feelings infused in her singing bringing Jesus alive in that sanctuary. Her voice rang of praise and adornment, not of entertainment and brass. The fullness brought me to tears.  This is obviously a love for Martha and a way she connects intimately with our Lord. 

Praying and having conversations with God is also bowing down.  We have to remember to give and take in that conversation.  If your 'friend' arrived at your home and launched into tears and desperation of everything they needed from you help wise... and that was ALL they ever did, you might stop answering the door when you saw their car pull up in the driveway.  They would drain you every single time they walked through your door. Relationships take tender care just like gardening.  Same with God.  He wants to give us the desires of our heart, but He can't do it when all we do is whine, complain or ask for help in every conversation or prayer.  We should not pray in order to get blessings, we are literally blessed as we pray.  Give freely of your love and adoration to Him and you will find yourself blessed through out your days. This praise must come in the darkest of moments as well as the joyful ones. He is there with you through it all.  (Remember ACTS, Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication)

There are many other ways to bow down... to many to blog about in one blog. Teaching is one close to my heart. You do not teach to get blessings, you are blessed to teach. Over the years I have taught children and adults and given my most to every lesson shared.  I know they have benefited because I have been blessed to watch many of them over the years go into teaching art and passing on the blessing to others.  I see God working through all of this and I give thanks... I bow down.

"Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;" Psalm 95:6


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