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The End From the Beginning

I had a lot of fun painting this rooster. They are lively colorful noisy creatures! As I was looking at this painting I was reminded of Jesus telling his friend, Peter that Peter would deny Him 3 times before the cock crowed the next morning. Peter loved Jesus and had just told Him that he would die for Him! Well, in theory maybe. But in reality, just as Jesus had seen and known, the rooster would crow and Peter would run.

Jesus doesn’t exist in time as we do. He did have to function in time while He was with us on earth, yet even then, He could see and know what had yet to happen. That gives me comfort! I am a True Fan of HINDSIGHT. I love being able to look back and see clearly what previously made no sense to me. Hindsight is 20/20, they say! But with FAITH in Jesus, I can trust in the One who knows the end from the beginning. Even in my darkest times, when my life seems uncertain, I rest on His wisdom and faithfulness. I trust His knowing rather than my own.

One of my favorite Bible verses is probably also one of yours: Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowedge Him, and He will direct your paths. Prov 3:5,6

Lord, we need You

So we ask You to lead and guide us. We make decisions and choices based on limited information and faulty wisdom. We invite you into our mess — we have tried and often times feel we have failed. Yet You use all the circumstances in our lives to ultimately shape and mold us. Help us to shine Your Light and to be faith-filled sojourners here on earth. We need Your strength as ours often fails us. As You’ve promised to guide us, You’ve also promised

“… that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬


I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come… Isaiah 46:10

WHAT Do You Want God to Do for You?

I love the author and pastor, Mark Batterson, of National Community Church in Washington, DC. One of his recent books is called “Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God.” It is wonderful and thought provoking reminding us of the many ways we can know God is speaking to us. Obviously, the first place is in His Word, the Bible. A blind man called out to Jesus from the side of the road. Jesus asked Him what seems an obvious question in Luke 18:41

”What do you want me to do for you?”

Mark Batterson said: “We’re out of touch with what we really want. If we don’t know what we want, how are we going to know when we get it? Maybe it’s time to take inventory. What do you want God to do for you? You owe it to Him to answer that question.”

Mark went on to say, “We let the expectations of others override the desires God has put in our hearts.” (pg 92 “Whisper”) Just think about that statement for a minute… Is there something you’ve always had as a secret desire deep in your heart that you have stuffed away?

Let’s each look deep within today sifting through all the COVID clutter to find our one and only true life. This is our now, our gift of breath – our present. We don’t get to do this over. What is a deep longing that You can bring to Jesus’ feet and ask Him to bless and prosper? Are you hiding from a calling because you are afraid of failure? Do you long for a good friend but have fears about their condemnation or disapproval? Do you have something you have always wanted to do or be?

What do you want Jesus to do for you?

Watercolor and writing have always been a secret desire for me. Hidden away in notebooks and closets for a lifetime, I strove to meet the expectations and needs of others oblivious to what God had placed in my heart…until I heard His call and knew it was His time.

What place in your heart aches to be filled? In James 4:2b James says, “You do not have because you do not ask.” Those are pretty powerful words… I encourage you to ask Him to clear away the cobwebs and clutter around you and dust off your passions. Go before God and ASK Him for what is deep within You.
It is too easy to fill those empty spaces with very wrong things: eating too much, falling into depression, unwise choices. None of us are strangers to these things…So I pray honesty, vulnerability, WISDOM and TRUST in this process.

One of my favorite promises of Scripture is Psalm 37:4. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

What is your heart’s desire today? Are you lonely, frustrated, fearful, hiding? Is there a secret part of you that wants to poke your head out and shine? ASK Him. TRUST Him. BELIEVE Him. Because He sees you as you sit by the road. He only wants to know from your heart, what it is you need from Him. And maybe more than anything, you need Jesus Himself.

Surely Goodness & Mercy Shall Follow Me…

Sometimes it doesn’t feel as if goodness or mercy are following anyone. I know many who are profoundly struggling and the battles on all sides seem interminable. We look around our communities and wonder how we could have gotten to such a place! We are harangued by COVID numbers and warnings and concerned about those we love, jobs and businesses are lost, and fear keeps us apart and seems to be shutting down our world.

There are many ways we can and should individually choose to deal with the issues of our “Roaring 20’s” world. We do need to be wise, compassionate and thoughtful as we confront the challenges facing us. And everyone will have a different position or platform. I choose to focus on how best I can continue to love on and bless those God has given me as well as seeking wisdom to deal with the times in which we find ourselves.

In spite of all that seems upside down these days, I trust the promises of God and the wisdom on His Word. Psalm 23 verse 6 begins, “Surely Your goodness and love (mercy) will follow me all the days of my life…” The original word “follow” is PURSUE. God is chasing after us in His effort to rescue His lambs. He is our Great Shepherd and we are certainly lost sheep! ”Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me; your rod and staff comfort me.” God’s shepherd tools guide, direct, and sometimes discipline us for our protection and safety. He is our Gatekeeper. He IS your Savior.

You may feel like a woman walking alone in stormy weather. But the Lord has not abandoned you. Your Heavenly Father and good Shepherd will never let you go. Seek Him, I pray. Confess your need of Him and give Him your anxieties – He is faithful and strong to carry them on Your behalf. After all, He gave His life to save you…

“Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on YOUR understanding. In all you do acknowledge HIM, and He WILL direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5, 6

Praying for you today✨

Thinking About What I’m Thinking About…

Heading Home

Yesterday morning I read something on Facebook that created a shower of conflicting emotions. Where I had been before at ease, I was abruptly in a different time reliving painful feelings. As I thought about how these words made me feel, I was struck by how powerfully emotions can affect our lives. They are not “reality” as much as they are possibly a previous reality – but they can change our present if we let them. I had to have a heart to heart with my head and instruct it to straighten up and fly right. Think about what you’re thinking about, Cheryl!

Later in the evening a remarkable event occurred which brought me unexpected joy, but also enabled me to give unexpected blessing to someone I love. I experienced the profound impact of emotions and this time it was from a place of JOY. I relived how happy it made me to surprise and gift someone who matters so much to me all through the night into this morning!

I chose to share the painting, ‘Heading Home.’ This solitary bird battles strong wind currents and must continue to powerfully pound its wings regardless of how it may be feeling. There is a goal in sight and that must be its mission to stay focused on the task. The apostle Paul said in Phil 4:8, “…whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, whatever is commendable – if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise – think about these things.” Also in Colossians 3:2 “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

We are encouraged to renew our minds. To think about what we are thinking about. Don’t let your thoughts or emotions drag you into a dark place. Be careful what you focus on and what information you feed your heart. These days it is easy to feel we are sinking in the chaos and disinformation swirling powerfully against our peace of mind. FOCUS. Look up.

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“Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all you do acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.“ Prov 3:5, 6

Living Water

We need You, Lord, every hour. Precious God and Savior, we come to Thee🎶

Cheryl

Welcome to My New Gallery

I encourage you to stop by and take a look around. I would also like to invite you to comment on and, hopefully, LIKE my BLOG as well. I value your feedback. Let’s inspire one another in these challenging times.

Below is a slideshow of some freeform explosive art. What do these help you to imagine?!

I am a very visual, controlling painter most of the time. I love that art can also be free and imaginative. I hope one or more of these new pieces speak to you! Maybe the colors fit the palettes in your spaces. I hope you will find JOY and reason for HOPE in your day today.🎨

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us REJOICE and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Cheryl