And finally some art stuff! I painted this painting several weeks ago but forgot to take a picture for posting, it's been hanging in the church art gallery since. I went and got it so I could take some pics for posting and because I thought I had it sold, but the sale fell through and now it is back on the market !! It is 18x24 acrylic on canvas title "compromise" It is $65. but if you act by Tuesday I will knock off $10!!!! email me if interested!
This is a journal spread that I started on vacation it's not done yet but it is water color, ink, and paper. I was revisiting some of my old "Cure Magazines" and again was stirred by this picture, it stirred my spirit the first time I saw it as well but for a different reason. This time I was desperate for vacation and a time of rejuvenation , not that I was hurting or sick but we all know how busy our lives can sometimes get, so much so that we neglect the "Good Part". This month I found my self rushing around worrying about academic preparation and issues that needed attention. Swirling about in a life living whirl wind and captivated by the flesh still in me that says "just take care of it your self", creating such wind that I couldn't feel the gentle breeze of Jesus beckoning me to "come unto Him". Who is it that he beacons but those who labor (work hard and feel fatigued) those who have not the rest they desire, those who become tired and heavy laden (to over burden with ceremony)... me! Forgetting that the fatigue of the body can bring fatigue of the spirit. Hearing His voice now calling "I have been waiting to give you something" ...that love luring voice driving me to floors still dirty with family comings and goings, bowing and bending at the knee and heart, ceasing all service and waiting patiently, expectantly for Him to come and minister to me and my laden vessel. Remembering that it's a trade- my burdens for His Yoke (from the root of ζεύγνυμι zeugnumi (to join, especially by a “yoke”); a coupling, that is, (figuratively) servitude ; also (literally) the beam of the balance (as connecting the scales): - pair of balances, yoke.
Neglecting the coupling of my self with His strength and power leaves me out of balance and assuming that service is but more exercise to tire my weary self. The only exercise is the quieting of the mind and spirit, then the privilege of service to Him is but easy when the mind and spirit are quiet and still , He promises me this as His presence washes over me, flooding me with rest, straightening me with His Balance, curing me of my self burdening and busyness, trading His freight for mine, Peace as He gives, not as the world. My worry for His peace, Soaring instead of crawling, reaching out for His beauty while giving Him my ash heaps, pouring into me the oil of Joy and wrapping me tightly in this garment of praise so that once again I might be called a tree of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Clothed in Christ's righteousness and covered with His Blood, I stand before the Ark in the Holy of Hollies, giving... my broken but earnest praise and only by the grace and mercy of The One who is most worthy, reaping the restful, restorative, faith building presence of God in my life. Reaping the benefits of His teaching His process of learning the "Good Part", the God part, Reaping My Rest.
Have a restful, presence filled day.