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Light before Sunset, March evening sky...

© Laurie Pace        Graphics One Design 2024 Light Before Sunset  Laurie Pace   The photo was taken back in late March as we headed home from church one Sunday night... and the sky was intensely vivid just before the sun began to sink.  It was that moment you catch your breath and hold it as you take in the beauty of the sky.   I have been catching my breath and holding it lately.   Last night I struggled at one a.m. to return to sleep. Thankfully Spotify seems to work with the sound of rain ... ten hours worth, but I am awake by six.  I try to visualize curling up under a soft blanket and sleeping near a small fire crackling to keep me warm. Recitations of favorite Bible verses in my memory wrap me in the Lord's word and I fall blissfully into a deep sleep.  " Stress often impacts on sleep quality and duration. Stress and a lack of sleep can both have a severe impact on physical and mental health. Experts recommend that people aim for 7–9 hours of sleep a night, d
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Geese on the Lake and God in our hearts and lives.

  © Laurie Pace        Graphics One Design 2024 Our Geese  ©2024 by Laurie Pace   1 Peter 1:22 "Seeing you have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth through the Spirit in sincere brotherly affection, love one another from the heart fervently." The geese and ducks were outside my studio window overlooking the lake below in East Texas 12 years ago. I grabbed my camera and head out to snap some shots of them gathering. I could not have ask them to pose any better for this photograph!  We are seriously considering moving back to East Texas.  We are not sure we could leave our grandchildren here as attached as we are. I told Terry we could put a pond in the back yard here in the city and hope the ducks stop by... but he laughed at me.  We are but children of Our Father in Heaven. Each morning as we wake, we give thanks for our rest in the night and ask for guidance in the day ahead. It reminds me of small children gathering and sitting at the feet of their gr

First Iris... ENDURE in your faith....

  © Laurie Pace        Graphics One Design 2023 First Iris 2024  by Laurie Pace   Looking out my bedroom window is a beautiful bed of Iris. They only peek out and bloom March, April and early May. My peonies are blooming too. These flowers are my vision when things begin to fail around me, or evil seems to arise.  In your life now and before, there are likely things you did not like that you had to deal with no matter what.  Over the years you learn resilience from these times and often that came at a price of knocking your head a few times, the hard way.  Today we all have to learn to endure in faith like NEVER BEFORE. What the enemy meant for evil, God can turn it around for our own good. We must trust in the Lord. Romans 8:28 ..."Or that all things work together for good to those who love God, who; or that in all things God works together with those who love him to bring about what is good for those who have been called to his purpose" Pray for my family right now.

Hints of Picasso was born here in Texas....

   © Laurie Pace        Graphics One Design 2024 Hints of Picasso  by Laurie Pace   I absolutely love this piece painted between 2007 and 2009. There is a freedom and freshness in this painting, even today discovering it in my archives. Vivid reds, yellows and blues predominately with cross over colors of green and orange.  I am still working out the sadness in life missing my Mom this week especially. Probably this is why I was called to share this particular painting.  When we cleared out her home and all the paintings in the household... it was amazing.  She had many from me from early ages through today...along with many from her circle of friends that were amazing artists. My youngest son has a favorite of Jesus. It hung in her front entry area and greeted you coming and going! I often wonder where many of my pieces are these days. I really started selling on ebay in about 2003 I believe.  I miss those days... I painted a painting every single day and put it

One of those Days and it's only 9:30 in the morning...

© Laurie Pace        Graphics One Design 2024 After the Afternoon Rains 9 x 12  Oils on Canvas A flash back from 2014 and a sweet small enticing painting 9 x 12 in size.  My color addiction really shows in this piece with my collected painted ponies!  Contemporary palette knife horses straight from my studio! One of Those Days  It was a delicious night of sleep... and I woke up late, but still dove into my Bible readings, which I do each morning. JOYFUL CELEBRATION greeted me... with remembering it is Holy Week.  The sermon yesterday at Countryside Church was breath taking at many levels. Factual to the time of Jesus and what he experienced as he was falsely arrested, people falsely testified against him, he was passed from court to court only to be sent back to the original court. The Jewish Court that wanted him dead.  Our Pastor was very moving as he walked us through the timeline.  In truth they remind you of what is happening today. As this Holy Week begins, I place my m

My Buddy and Me

  © Laurie Pace 2024 Disasters and misfortune are woven in the fabric of all our lives.  They appear without warning and can leave one with devastation that threatens existence or even life itself.  In most cases we are changed.  From weather related storms, to massive earthquakes, gun violence, illness, anger and misunderstandings, job loss, divorce, auto accidents, and more, we all face them in our lives.  Each one of us will navigate them differently.  " Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight. in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3: 5-6 My husband once said, ”What doesn’t kill you will strengthen you.” With age comes wisdom from experience. With trials comes the experience. What are your coping skills? As a mother or a father, you often grasp at what you have experienced in life, trying to use it to guide and prepare your children for these challenges.  What was missing for me was the simplicity