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Hope is an anchor.
March 12, 2014, 8:15 pm
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With so many distractions, interruptions and things fighting for our attention… Focus can seem fleeting. Balance feels elusive. Hope seems unreal…

But the truth is that God’s word is a rock to stand on.

I love this strong word describing God’s love –

Rock.

And others…

Anchor.

Refuge.

Strong tower.

Cornerstone.

That’s what the hope of a personal relationship with Jesus brings. Solid security of a life-long relationship.

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Art created at Westerly Town Beach, Westerly, Rhode Island. Sunshine yesterday – rain, ice and snow today. Even the weather displays confusion.

Life is not without storms, without fear and without failure, but The Lord is holding His people steady. The promises speak to this.

I’m grateful for this undeserved gift of grace.

Hebrews 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for our souls, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary, behind the curtain where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever.



Trust.
November 1, 2013, 12:21 pm
Filed under: Environment, Mind, Minimalism, Motivation, Poetry, Spirit, Writing | Tags: , , ,

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Happy first of November! I’m praying this month brings moments of cozy clothing,  family togetherness and comfort food. Hot chocolate, pensive misty days and perhaps a first flurry. Most of all I’m praying wisdom, protection, love and pursuit of truth and the healing love of Jesus for all those who are seeking. God’s love never fails. ♥

I feel cozy already.

Thank God it’s Friday and we’re into November.



Taking courage.

Today thousands of people  are reflecting with still heavy hearts on this date, though a dozen years have passed since 9/11/2001. The loss and sacrifices of so many civilians, responders and emergency personnel is etched in hearts and minds. But we move forward, as we always do. And in these days when still more decisions are being made about our country’s involvement in conflict and international affairs, there are no easy answers.

There are no simple cliches of consolation that can erase the day.

Simplicity seems lost in these days of foreign interests and terror.

How do we see so much hurting, remember the pain and shock, and still feel hope?

Today I’m praying for continued healing and praying for our leaders in these complicated times.

Every day we have to remember how fragile our world is.

But I choose to remember how great God is and how vast His knowledge.

And these words are all I have today.

Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the Lord your God goes with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6

I lift up my eyes to the mountains —

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121: 1-2

 



Grace to balance, courage to stumble.

little itty bitty tips

to untangle complication

sip coffee and smile

don’t spend more than you make… it doesn’t make sense.

it’s ok to be alone

it’s ok to reach out, too…

it’s ok to just be.

it’s safe to smile

it’s safe to ask for help

little by little

slow and steady wins the race

patience is a virtue

good things take time and yadda yadda yadda

and that’s alright, darlin’

ain’t no thang but a chicken wang

are you in a hurry?

be fruitful, not frantic.

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Some artwork I painted in my office.

Painting helps me slow down… and reflect.

The creative arts are also a great way to achieve better brain balance.

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The left brain: I am the left brain. I am a scientist, a mathematician, I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate and linear. Analytic and strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am.

The right brain: I am the right brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feet. Movement. Vivid colors. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. I am everything I wanted to be.

What are some ways you search for balance in your life? Is it working for you? How do you define balance?



He will cover you.

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“He will cover you with his feathers,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield…”

Psalm 91:4

Faithful.

Constant.

True.

Loyal.

Amazing.

Just.

Compassionate.

Merciful.

Omnipresent.

Forgiving.

Strengthens the weak.

Protects the weary.

Refuge for the wounded.

Solid rock.

Sovereign.

God.



Happy Saturday :)

Hope everyone out there is having a beautiful weekend!

Psalm 18:28

You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;

My God turns my darkness into light.

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The only thing.

The concept that wisdom only comes with age and experience is like saying that basketball prowess comes through simple observation alone. Wisdom does come as we age, of course, and the odds of getting it increase with time, but it is actually achieved through the active process of seeking understanding and the application of the understanding – practicing discernment in our daily choices.

So seeking wisdom begets wisdom. Thirsting for understanding leads us in walking a careful and thoughtful path of curiosity and wonder in a relationship with God as we understand that we can learn, know and discover many things, but in the long-run – all knowledge and wisdom are His.

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

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(Images from my sketchbook 5/22)

Understanding is something that can be achieved at any age.

Wisdom is different than intelligence.

Wisdom (noun) – the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.

Intelligence (noun) –  capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.

So we see intelligence is the ability to grasp truth, but not the capability in seeking it and following it justly. Smart people may see the “right” path plain as day, but not see following it as the “right” answer. Wise people will see the right path and choose it, knowing the cost, but knowing there is truly no other better alternative.

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“Receive your day piece by piece from Him

who will remember always

when He gives you work to do,

that you need strength to do it.”

– Priscilla Maurice – 

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Dear Lord,

Give us faith and wisdom in our walk with You. Help us to discern between Your voice and all the endless chatter that exists in the world. We know that your word is truth, light and redemption for the lost. We know your plans for us are for good. Your plans are to prosper us and not to harm us. God, we ask for wisdom to stay on the path with you.

Amen.




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