"I am guiding you in the way of wisdom, and I am leading you on the right path." proverbs 4:11

in or out?

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Published on November 16th, 2013 @ 02:42:00 pm , using 307 words, 618 views

i?ve been praying about a thing for a while now, but last week i picked it up more intensely. 

is it time to get out?

out of the ministry that brings the ruffians to my door

out of the house that is small, small, small

out of the school where the parade walks by?

there were some valid reasons for exiting the ministry-which prompted some of these prayers

and 9 men who do the work of elders and this woman met to pray and search the scriptures and plead for wisdom from the One who gives generously without finding fault.

and the question was put to my husband and i

and we were given the opportunity to get out

multiple times

and we searched the scriptures together to grasp wisdom for the issues. and we wrestled with the hard things.  and when all that was worked through.  what to do with the ministry and how to do it

the opportunity was put forth

to get out anyway. 

if the Lord is leading us out personally-

100% support for whatever we choose.

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we attended a meeting for a new school for the one who will be heading off to middle school next year.  his brother could join him there-because they also have 4th grade.

i looked around at other neighborhoods, with other houses

where the teen could have her own room.

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i?ve been sitting with the Lord about the direction my life is heading now-this season of transition.  and nothing has seemed clear.

and i know that i have confessed and apologized for the despising of what He?s chosen these last 10 years.  and i also know that i have enjoyed and embraced it too. 

i feel like the choices before me,  are mine to choose. 

am i in?  .....all in? 

or is it time to get out?  

que the interlude

feeling homesick?

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Published on November 13th, 2013 @ 11:26:00 pm , using 464 words, 762 views

this has happened before, this ache.  i don?t know if homesick is the correct term.  i?ve not really any childhood home or roots that call me back.  but it?s this knawing longing to be near. it happened when my younger sister was pregnant with her first so very far away in vermont.  i was pregnant with my third in colorado and we delivered within a week of eachother.  i longed so desperately to be near her.  to share it all with her. 

but could do nothing about it.

now my youngest sister is pregnant.  and the knawing longing is there heavy today.  wishing there was some way to not be so far away.   and seeing no solution. 

and all of that is miraculous, really

for this one who worked so very hard to distance myself as far as i could from my family.  it was necessary for healing.  and the Lord met me there and rescued me unto Himself.

but they still await their rescue and know Him not. 

and they are still my dear sisters* and i do love them very much.  and i long for relationships that are closer. 

but i can do nothing about it.

even if i moved to be close to one, the other would be half-way across the country.   it seems all us girls worked hard to distance ourselves for a time.  and we all ended up spread out around this great nation of ours. 

but now, reconciliation has begun.  and the youngest moved back home near mom and dad.  but the rest of us are settled into our new locations and we have all worked to see each other from time to time for weddings and thanksgivings and Christmases.

but the way relationships can deepen with time spent together is not possible for us.

how can a family fractured and healing go much farther when we are so far apart?

but i can do nothing about it.

and how much healing can even happen when there is no bonding over the Only One who makes completely whole?

and i can do nothing about that either.

so what does one do in a time like this?  where longings are strong and there is no relief to be had of my own making?

take it to the One

the only One

who can do something about it.

and i will thank Him for whatever it is He does do.

 

*there is another sister-the oldest-not pictured.  there is still much work of healing needed for complete restoration of all 4 of us.  will it happen this side of heaven??  will it happen the other side of heaven??  only the Lord, the God of Israel who is Mighty to Save and who came for this very reason knows the answer to that question.  


Veterans Day

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Published on November 11th, 2013 @ 03:33:00 pm , using 145 words, 430 views

somedays i wonder why our kids attend the school they do

but then there are days like today, and i am thankful

thankful that the entire school comes out with flags waving and cheers ready

where two boys who happen to belong to me remember their teacher's instructions to dress well for the occasion

thankful that they get to go to school at all

and because they go to this school 

right on the path of our city's annual Veterans Day parade

i am invited to join each and every grade on the sidewalk with their flags and cheeers

and when an Army Veteran joins them

 and calls out; "Truscott students, Attention!"

as only an Army Soldier can do

and they all stand at attention, saluting

i am reminded to be thankful

for these men and women who have sacrificed much

happy Veterans Day friends

Art and Traveling Joy

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Published on November 9th, 2013 @ 03:13:00 pm , using 698 words, 512 views

 Jesus reminds us we are art and empowers us to make art.  there isn?t only one right way to do the job of glorifying God.  There are many ways, a million little ways, that Christ is formed in us and spills out of us into the world.  

-emily freeman

 (i?ve been thinking on this topic of Art for some time now.  i wrote about the way art (as we normally think of it) facilitated the drawing out my youngest?s truer self. Emily Freeman?s journey with art has also influenced me greatly.  She started 2011 on her blog with a series on Art.  This year, she did a series titled; ?Artists and Influencers.?  the quote above is from her newly released book: A Million Little Ways (p.29))

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The Art of a Pastor

on any given Sunday there is this man.  he is a father, a grandpa, a husband, a shepherd.  throughout the week he wrestles and ponders and discovers truth from God for himself.  and then on Sunday he authentically shares it with us-hoping so much that we would grasp in some way the height and depth and width and breath of God?s love for such sinners as we are.  because he?s beginning to grasp it as the deep sinner that he knows he is. and he?s finding freedom and joy in the grasping. 

that is his art.

The Art of an Architect

there is this architect who still draws with pencil and paper.   i wanted to quote the entire post titled ?drawing to a conclusion, the art of architecture part 1? but instead i will settle for just this quote:

?the [homes] illustrated here (all produced by the agile hands of Bobby McAline) are the initial sparks of creation.  They are predicated by talking (and mostly listening) to what our client says.  Once we identify the heart of who is sitting in front of us and comprehend why the thing is, we can begin what the thing is.?

if i could ever afford an architect-this is exactly what i would want.  one who would listen to my heart and perform a work of art to become my home. 

The Art of an Italian Plaza Sketcher

There was this portrait artist my husband and i saw on our honeymoon.  we were young and niave (nice way to say stupid) and cheap/having limited funds.  we saw him on our first day of the tour in a plaza in Rome.  he was creating a portrait of a woman with pencil or charcoal.  it was breathtaking the way he was capturing her.  we were intrigued and desired one of ourselves.  but the 60.00 was a bit high-and we decided to wait until we returned to Rome at the end of our trip.  we didn?t know what was ahead and didn?t want to spend so much our first day out.  also thinking maybe this was something common in Italy and maybe we?d see more artists like him?  we didn't.   and he was not there when we returned to the plaza 2 weeks later.  he had a gift of capturing a soul. 

The Art of mining for treasure with a friend

the Lord has gifted me with a dear one- a counselor who became my friend. a vessel in which the Lord has carried out His promise in Isaiah 45:3 as she came along side and mined for treasure in the darkness.  my life and the lives of those i come in contact with have been forever changed because of the insights she?s invited me to discover and deal with in her listening.  Her listening is her art.

Art+ no shame = Joy

the joy i see in the architect and my pastor and my friend seems directly related to not being ashamed of the way Christ is spilling out of them into the world.  they are not ashamed of their art. 

I will give you the treasures of darkness
And hidden wealth of secret places,
So that you may know that it is I,
The Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.  (isaiah 45:3) 

the treasure of art

unashamedly formed within and spilling forth

from the Master Artist

 The Lord, The God of Israel,

who calls us by our very own name.

Fear, Art, and Matthew 8

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Published on November 8th, 2013 @ 04:24:00 pm , using 791 words, 547 views

 

it?s been quiet around here this week.

i wrote on Tuesday. 

but (obviously) did not publish. 

because the words stopped coming for a moment and so i walked away and then allowed fear and comparison to enter the void.

and then just moved on with my world....forgetting, actually forgetting, all about it until just now when i pulled up MSword to write on my ponderings of Matthew chapter 8.

Tuesday?s post was about artists. 

i let fear keep me from completing my art.

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Matthew 8 (it will make more sense if you read the passage too?) begins with 3 different stories of healing.  i am slowly learning to shift my vision and focus when i read scripture.  typically i?d read each story one at a time-and create a list of things to copy so the story could be mine too.  but this time i sat down and read the entire chapter all at once and mapped out verses 1-17.

the leper kneels and pleads with Jesus for healing-telling him exactly what he wants;

the centurion goes to Jesus and tells Him about the problem, not stating what he wants the solution to be.

Peter?s mom-in-law doesn?t do anything.  Jesus goes to her house, sees she is sick, touches her and she is healed and begins to wait on Him.

 ?Lord what do You have for me here? because i can?t make a moral to do list, they are all so very different.  the only thing in common is that You healed them......the only thing in common is You.....and the word i am seeing repeated here in this chapter is..... Authority.....?

Jesus has authority over all of creation, time, space, infirmities, diseases. 

and He is very personal and relational about it.  and oh so full of grace. 

the leper was sure of His power, but unsure of His character; ?Lord, if you are willing....?

the centurion seemed both sure of His authority and character-trusting that Jesus would care about the suffering of his servant and His ability to ?just say the word and he will be healed.?

Peter?s mom-in-law.  she says nothing.....

once my husband was out of town and my 3 were off at school and i was sick as sick could be.  i spent the day laying in the bathroom-because the toilet needed to be that close.  my daughter comes home from school informing me that she and some classmates have made plans to get together at our house to work on a class project.  in about 10 minutes. 

WWWHHHHAAAATTTT???????

i wonder if that?s how peter?s mom-in-law felt.  and Jesus knowing the burden of hosting a Rabbi and his followers, just goes and touches her.  He doesn?t even say a word.  and nothing is recorded that she says anything back, she just gets up and performs the hospitality she?s been taught to do when a teacher comes calling with your son-in-law.

when i finish mapping it all out in my notebook the two questions i ask myself are:

what about His character do i need reassured of?  (?I am willing?)

How does this visual of His power and personal relating....
           comfort me?
           challenge me?

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what does that have to do with Tuesday?s unpublished post??

you see the fear of publishing my writing comes from that old comparison trouble.  these stories show that Jesus works personally with each person-there wasn?t some formula for approaching Him that could be gleaned from these stories-tho we have often tried so hard to do so.  i think that so misses the point. 

the point is that He has authority over time and space and His character is trustworthy. He cares about my humanity.

vs. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: 

?He took up our infirmities
and carried our diseases.?

in so many areas of my life i need some sort of healing.  in this particular blog space i need to be delivered from the doubt and fear that so easily entangles me and causes me to walk away from my art without sharing it. 

and it robs me from the joy of having obeyed.
    regardless of the results of words that flow smoothly and words that fall way short of good writing.

and so, i?ve decided that tomorrow i will publish Tuesday?s post.  even if i can?t figure out how to wrap it up and it stops short in the middle of a thought.  Even if i don?t get all the links and acknowledgements and writing etiquette figured out proper.

Christ has authority over time and space and His character is trustworthy.  He cares about my art.

      for this blogging thing isn't about putting on a show
                    it's about unashamedly sharing my art
                                 resting in His authority and charactor to do with it what He will.

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