Thursday, March 21, 2013

Confidence in Him... Words of my Heart, by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:7-8

This is our last night here on Golden Pond.  I shot this sunset a few nights ago.  It was cloudy last night, so I am posting it this morning.  Mixed emotions as good friends have come to say goodbye and Terry reminds them it is not goodbye it is 'see you soon'.  God has opened a new door for us and while I am still hesitant about it, Lord, I am ready. 

There are not trees where we are going, or large lakes outside the back door. There is not clear dark skies at night filled with billions of stars. There is not the deep silence for sleep and rest that fills our every evening. There are not the sounds of birds greeting the sunrise or the deep throated call of the frogs announced sunset. There are not turtles amassing on the logs in the water, or ducks flying overhead with snow white crains.  

What there is ... is pure trust in my Father. That is greater than all before my eyes here.  My Father is my never ending stream that will nourish me in any drought or hard time.  It is through His eyes I will see our new home with thankfulness and delight.  Our four year old granddaughter will be across the street and she will be our sunrise and our sunset.  She is ever so close to her Bampa and is really excited he will be there to play with her.  We will miss the sounds of the birds singing, but in it's place will be her chatting voice and hundreds of questions each day.  I am sure the sounds of airplanes and trains will catch our attention at times but our trust is rooted in the Lord. He will bring peace to our hearts no matter where we are planted.

I try this day as we finish up packing to focus on Him and stay rooted in the moments He has given us this day.

Keep our family in prayer over the next few days as we make this move back to a busy world from the quiet calm of the beauty around us. 

   Words of my Heart,  Laurie Pace
    A Texas Artist

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Please Tell that is not you laughing God... Words of my heart by Texas artist Laurie Justus Pace

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3

So much change in our household and I continue to lean on the Lord and my dear husband. Was knocked off my feet the past few days with low potassium and magnesium levels causing many things, the worse is my heart arrhythmia returning. 

I felt so helpless and despaired quite a bit yesterday as Terry braved through his third day of packing and me not helping.  When I am like this only resting and drinking lots of carrot juice or coconut water helps and upping my supplements of Potassium and Magnesium.  Actually God helps the most.  He always KNOWS right where my mind is. He always knows I need to slow down and stop controlling things. He always knows what is best and all the things I am in despair about will work their way out. 

So as we continue preparing for the move I do believe we are all on the same page... no more moves.  Please tell me that is not you laughing God....

Words of my Heart, Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist

Friday, March 15, 2013

Bursting into Bloom, Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

It will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.  Isaiah 35:2

I noticed this morning the first bulbs out a few weeks ago were just about done blooming.   I know with the move to the new house I will be planting more bulbs to break the days of winter next February.  It is a sign of hope and new growth as spring has arrived in East Texas. 

Words of my Heart, Texas Artist - Laurie Pace

Monday, March 11, 2013

Blessings to You from Words of the Heart, a Texas Artist Laurie Pace

May God give you... For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile, For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, 
A faithful friend to share, For every sigh, a sweet song, 
And an answer for each prayer.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Laying in His Peace, Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 
Jeremiah 29:11

We are turning the point of a year since my dad continued on to be with the Father.  So many things taught by my parents were joint, but the list making and the process of making decisions and weighing all aspects was definitely my Dad's strongest asset. 

We have all the pieces to put together our lives as God has in His plans for us, no different than this puzzle in progress.  Our lives are in progress.  Sometimes you pick up a piece and try it in place and it does not fit.  You release it and try another until you find the piece that fits right there. In doing puzzles it is common to sort out the like pieces in different places so if you are working on the sky, you go to the sky pieces, or working on a pink building, go to the pink building pieces. You don't waste time trying out sky on the pink building.

In life we know the difference between our choices as well and can sort them out. Our hearts are often leading us in places our brain would never go. That is when it is time to pray and open your heart to Him to light the way so your heart and head have to get out of the way.  It is very hard to let go because it is a common trait for all of us to want to control our lives.  

The Father knows what piece is ready for your life. Time to get out of the way and let Him lay in His piece... or is it His Peace.

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Monday, February 4, 2013

His Favor is like Rain in Spring, Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

When a king’s face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.  Proverbs 16:15

It is February and it feels like early spring in Texas. I took this picture on a walk at the arboretum in Dallas.  Soon God's favor will bring the warmth needed to encourage the trees to bud and the bulbs to push further through the newly warm soil.  Life will spring forward. 

We are a little over a week from the beginning of Lent. My heart is beginning to prepare itself to push forward and spring into life and light preparing for what is ahead.  

How much better to get wisdom than gold,  
to get insight rather than silver! Proverbs 16:16

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Choosing wisely, Words of my heart, Texas Artist Laurie Pace

The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.
Proverbs 21:20

Choose wisely in life.

Sharing my heart...
Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Word of the Heart to share.... by Laurie Pace