White Poppies Floral Art Contemporary Flower Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

'White Poppies'
9 x 12  Oil on Canvas
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  © Laurie Justus Pace     Graphics One Design 2010

A friend emailed me today in great pain. She had pulled her back cleaning her house.  She was hurt, mad and frustrated.  She thought she was doing the right thing, bringing order and cleanliness to the chaotic house. She had prayed about her day on what to do and was pulled strongly to do this... clean up the chaos and bring back peace and beauty.  So why did she get hurt doing this?

I told her I was right there with her.  Sure as I think I am going in the direction that He wants me to go, I stub my toe, or catch my hand, or something that brings tears to the eye and makes me stop and go 'WHY LORD, I THOUGHT I WAS DOING WHAT I SHOULD BE DOING.'

While I believe firmly in prayer and having discernment... it is obvious my decisions are not always right as I think they are.  Humans have this wonderful thing called a brain. It is capable of doing so much and has the ability to even convince us of things to do that we probably should not do.  Our brains are imaginative. Our brains are creative. We pray and those active brains do not shut down and as we are asking for direction, our problem solving part of our brain is firing off several different answers and we tend to take the answer we like the best.  (Not necessarily His answer.)  

Perhaps it is good that we pray and listen and block out the brain's static.  When an answer seems to come, how do we know it is His  or if it is part of that over active problem solving brain?  

Stay purposeful in your prayers and requests. Learn to listen and stay focused and shut out all the brains waves bouncing around. There is a difference in fantasy and divine possibility. Try to look at your requests and responses from the spiritual side to enable you to think out what the outcome might be with a chosen path.  Be open to see things in a new way and accepting of change.

When we walked yesterday morning, we took the same path as the night before. We had heard sirens galore outside late last night.  Those are sounds we never hear out at the lake.  Sitting on the porch swing, we counted six emergency vehicles screaming down the road across the pond.  On our walk with Paddy about 30 minutes later, we watched as a neighbor was brought out of the home and loaded into an ambulance.  There were ER folks everywhere, sheriff's dept, fire dept, the lake patrol and two unmarked vehicles.  They were still doing CPR on the man in the ambulance and we have not heard today if he made it or not.  That is life CHANGING.
Things like this make all those questioned decisions seem like nothing.  Our life is in God's hands.  Keep your life simple. Try not to complicate things. Learn to live with less and be happy with less. You will enjoy life more.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”- Colossians 2:9-10
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Margaret said…
I know you are known for your horse paintings, but your flowers are just as magnificent. And thanks for the words of wisdom.