The Western Blue Bird by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Western Blue Bird

"And if the house just keeps on winning
I got a wildcard up my sleeve
And if love keeps giving me lemons
I'll just mix 'em in my drink
And if the whole wide world stops singing
And all the stars go dark
I'll keep a light on in my soul
Keep bluebird in my heart."

From Miranda Lambert "Bluebird"

What's Up God?
Part 1

Have you ever felt 'led'  but was not sure where you were to go or why?  The past year I have learned to lean into the Lord almost minute by minute. I believe I have begun to succeed in retaining peace and calm when attacked by others or myself, or when a pity party tries to launch in my brain. We all seem to be easily led by our own thoughts into areas never previously examined. But are we aware when the Lord is trying to lead us somewhere?

I have learned to let things happen with out trying to over control them.  Why did it take till this age to realize if I let it go, there is no stress or worry and what happens just pans out before my eyes. I have found peace in sleep like I have not experienced in years. I feel the presence of the Father. I feel safe.  In rest and repentance I am saved. In quietness and trust..... 

   “In repentance and rest is your salvation,
    in quietness and trust is your strength,
    but you would have none of it." 

Why do we ignore what is right before us? 
"You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’
    Therefore you will flee!
You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’
    Therefore your pursuers will be swift!"
                                                    Isaiah 30:15-16

Are you on the horse riding away? I am believing you are. I was for most of my life. I tried to control it all. There were things to face in life and there were those things you jumped on the horse to get away from.  Out of sight out of mind...ride hard.

Another area of question is planning and planning and trying to work to make things happen in life. In prayer we are open to ask our Father to fill our needs or wishes. He cannot possibly work while we are planning and forcing things around to fit what we want.  Most likely He walks away from you.  

                                                            The Story
It was last October that my youngest son came running into the house... "Pop just sold me your car."  I did a double take and shook my head, "What do you mean he sold you my car?"  I knew our son was offered good money for his lease car and had turned it in...and now he had nothing to drive.  But my car? I am not a big driver and esp since Covid curtailed running around. "He sold you my car?"  A day later he handed me cash for the car.  It was 10 years old with only 70K miles on it. It is a Chrysler 300 CE with a Hemi engine. Terry picked it out. Can you tell why?  I had traded in my VW Passat and wanted a Durango.  Terry walked out with a red Chrysler for me.  It was the nicest car we have had in the past 30 years, comfy seats maxed out, and the perfect car for retirement and travel. The SUV idea was not his thought at all. The Chrysler was beautiful.

Zooming forward about six years... his 1999 Ram had over 210K miles on it.  He wanted to find a used one and did on Ebay. He flew to Mobile Alabama and he and our Son in Law picked it up and drove it back. It only had 48 K miles on it and it was a 2013. Laramie Longhorn.  My mistake in agreeing was not realizing it was almost one and a half times larger than our 1999 Ram that I loved driving. This truck was too big for me to navigate city traffic.

God was still talking to me in my heart... but I was not listening.  I just resigned myself to have the grandparent car and two trucks. I rode gunshot and enjoyed not getting uptight with traffic.  Things were going to change but it took six more years before they did.  More tomorrow to finish my BlueBird Story or the Learning to Leave it to God Story.

Part Two tomorrow:  RedBird Sings in the Bluebird. "Blessed are all who wait for him!"

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
    therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
    Blessed are all who wait for him!" Isaiah 30:18

Laurie Pace - A Texas Artist 


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Laurie is an international artist, her paintings are collected in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, DuBai, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, St Thomas, Romania, Greece, Croatia, and Ecuador.  


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