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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Etching sketching

To start the new art year off I decided to do something easy and fun being an etching sketching project of which I bought two.  One of domestic kitties and then you guessed it another of a tiger and cubs.  I have completed the domestic kitty cat one and am working on the tigers at the moment.

The whole process is so simple, there is a design on a board with black background and you scratch away the pattern to reveal a the golden back paper.  In the light it is quite spectacular and of course it made me think. 

Our lives and faith walk are much the same.  Every day we get about our business and in the grand masters design for our lives, we etch out a bit more of the design that he created for us.  As we do, we become more and more glorious and the process only ends when we do and we meet our father.  Then our life's full image will emerge for all to see and marvel at its beauty. 

Do you sometimes feel that life is hard and dare I say, scratchy?  Fear not, God is busy revealing His Glory in you and one day you too will shine bright as Gold.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

The week that was

It was the week that was.....unfortunately for me there was another security breach in my complex and a vehicle was stolen.  As much as we try, with limited budget there is only so much that one can do to enhance your security.  It leaves one feeling vulnerable and frustrated and not to mention the guilt I feel for the pain and inconvenience it has caused to the owners involved.

Life leaves us feeling vulnerable for any number of reasons and each is valid but we cannot allow ourselves to be dominated by fear, if we do, we can become paralyzed and weak and have no strength to face the difficult circumstances that will often come our way.

What we need to learn to do is to keep Philippians 4:7 top of mind.  "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."  We can use the peace of God to build a wall around our heart which will protect us from losing sight of God's everlasting love for us and knowing that all things will be turned for His glory.



Monday, February 6, 2017

Graveyard sprinting

I only saw it for fleeting moment but when I did it made me think.  On my way home I pass a graveyard and there is saw a man jogging through the park.   

At first I thought, "you're nuts!"  Then I started thinking about the logic.  No cars, no exhaust fumes, no other people getting in your way.....bottom line....great idea! Sometimes the best ideas are the ones we get that are truly 'far out' and we shouldn't be afraid to take risks.   

Ask the Holy Spirit today to give you great ideas in season to turn around difficult situations in your life.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Kissie time

For all her naughtiness Topaz can be really cute! Her hardened behaviour when she first came home was really difficult to deal with and trying to give her love was impossible. One thing however that she enjoyed early on was being kissed, so kiss her I did, over and over.

Now the cutest part about bed time is is when she decides it is kissie time. She'll pop out of her basket and jump on the bed next to me and give a small little whimper, then I know she's ready for a bit of love and I can kiss and tickle her for a while before she climbs back into her basket.

Learning to give love to people that are hard of heart can be really difficult, but if we truly do want to love them then we have to learn how to show them love in a way that they will be willing to receive it.

If you have someone in your life that is hard to love, ask the Holy Spirit to guide your actions so that you can do what will be best for them.





Sunday, January 29, 2017

Shattered glass

Any weekend that has gardening included is simply amazing.  Not to mention spending great time with the Canadians, my good friends Bridget and Greg....and there was some shopping involved, all in all...a great weekend! 

What surprised me this weekend was a small little glass candle stick.  After the gardening on Saturday I was ready for a good early night and the quickest way to unwind is with candles and wine.  I had noticed that the one candle was a bit low but I figured it would just burn through and drop to the bottom the way it did with one of my ceramic sticks.  I was wrong!  As I was dozing off a loud bang gave us all a fright and the stick had shattered. 

Would it surprise you then that we do this with people too.  Sometimes we are not as cautious with our words because, ag, we figure that person can handle it.  Before we know it, the words are out, the shock on their faces tells us immediately that we were wrong and there are shattered hearts all round because we know now the friendship will never be the same again. 

Can I encourage you not to judge what you think others can handle.  Be gentle and kind to all and most of all guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus and remember to lift others up. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dead spot shop

There is a shop in the small centre near my office that is designed for a restaurant. It is well located and although there are other eateries nearby the area is most certainly not saturated. What amazes me however is that without fail, every restaurant that has opened in that in that spot has closed. This is most certainly not the first time that I have noticed this phenomenon.

In our spiritual lives this can happen as well. We can have an area of our lives that for all intents and purposes appears to be dead. Well I have wonderful news for you....challenges like this are just Jesus sort of specialty. We all know the story too well and I am sure you will get the same goosebumps that I do when I think about, but there is something very special that Jesus has to say to the “death” in your life.....

John 11:25 Jesus says to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. He that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”

Speak this very powerful promise over the dead areas in your life. Jesus word is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and if He can raise our mortal bodies then He certainly can resurrect our hopes, dreams and every area of our lives that need His resurrection power!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The good fairy

If there is one thing I appreciate with all my heart it is a good, reliable domestic worker.  When I partner with a lady my first words to her are that I respect her as a person and that the only difference between me and her is the job we do.  I also let them know that there is nothing I am asking them to do for me that I am not willing to do for myself as I have done so for many years.  I simply need the help as I don't have the time to take care of everything.

After parting ways with my previous lady, I asked my neighbours lady to assist me at times when she is not working for my neighbour and we have set things up.  I had worked with her before while my lady was on maternity leave and I was truly delighted to have her come back again for the first time this year.  Having good help is like having a good fairy who waves her magic wand and the house is clean.

Good help is so unbelievably valuable and as Christians we need help to live life too.  That is why God sent us the Holy Spirit.  The word of God says that He is our Helper and our Advocate.  When life gets difficult, the Holy Spirit comes along side us to do the things that we simply cannot do and He stands by us through thick and thin.

Will you call on the Holy Spirit to be your Helper today?