Monday, December 31, 2012

Blessings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Watercolor Painting 1998 by Laurie Pace

John answered them, "I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize,
the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie."John 1:26

Blessings to you my friends.


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Preparing for the new year...Words of my heart, Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Blessed are those that fear the Lord and walk in his ways.  Psalm 128

As we close out this year we think of preparations in our life for the new year coming.  Ben Pace was always smiling greeting each new day. It did not take a new year to roll around.  Whistling, dancing, sharing jokes, playing his harmonica... it was always about sharing and giving to others.

I want to take this joy with me as I remember the legacy he left to us...
to live each day to the fullest and to remember that you could get glad just like you got mad.

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Welcome the Prince of Peace, Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. 
They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.  1 John 2:9-11

Look to the morning light. Let if fill your heart and soul and then take that light with you this day and share it with others. Be confident as Jesus Christ was born and is our Prince of Peace.

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Friday, December 28, 2012

Tell your own story...Words of my heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

"This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." 1 John 1:5-7

Some days you think you should not have even gotten out of bed. Things do not go the way you thought they should. Violence interrupts life when you are least prepared for it. Somehow life consists of pain and sorrow along with the joys and love.  Innocent people suffer and die. Today's violence and injustices seem immeasurable worse than in past generations.

What can you do to make changes in your story as your story will affect the story and lives of others.  It has to start in our hearts and our homes. Surrounding ourselves with others that care and believe and want to make a difference just enforces the good that can grow and flourish in one community, than one county, than one state and one nation.... One Nation Under God.

When I am teaching art to my students, I encourage them to tell their story in their own way through their artwork. No one produces the same story as we are all unique.  Where we are bound together is by our priorities, our compassion and our beliefs. 

Do you know what yours are?

Words of my Heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Reflecting the Light, Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.  Isaiah 9:2

The colors of Christmas now are colors of my own earthly Father. Streaming back in my heart are the memories of putting up the tree. Usually it was the two of us. He taught me how to put the lights inside the branches closer to the trunk. I squealed often as it was scratchy to stick my chubby arms in the pine needles...but I did it wanting to please him.  Then we had all the many years of collected ornaments out in their boxes on the couch. Smaller ones went higher up on the tree...where I could not reach, and the larger ones toward the bottom where I could reach.

Memory reminds me they were all very fragile and each had a bit of family history to them making me even more careful as I chose the next one to hang making sure it had a secure hanger and hook on it.

Once the ornaments were on the tree, hung just inside the outer fringes of the was time to hang the 'tinsel'. My adult children do not even remember the days of tinsel.  My Dad was the man to learn how to hang tinsel. It is done one tiny strand at a time.  The silver threads began reflecting the lights of the tree and brightening the room to a full warmth.

We are just like those ornaments and tinsel Dad.   Some of us are fragile and must be handled with care. Some of us are just a simple shiny strand of tinsel...nothing by itself, but once hung in the right place in life, we reflect the joy and brightness around us.  We need His light in our lives to shine and reflect out to the world. All of us come together in His light and make the season uniting together in Him.   Without Him, we are nothing. With His light... we are reflecting His light around the world.

Remember, lights go on first toward the inside of the tree...then the ornaments, ribbons and tinsel.

The last thing Dad always did was to set up the train under the tree with my older brother Bill. He still has that train today. It was Dad's train as a youngster. I am hoping that Bill has that thing chugging right along right now enjoying the sweet memory of Dad and celebrating the joy of this season.

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Let it shine...through you. Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

“Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord. And this will be a sign for you:
you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12

This is an ornament from a set my Mother made me back around 1975 when I had a tree to decorate with a baby in the house... they are plastic but with the paint she used, the lights shine through like stained glass... taking the lowly cheaper plastic and filling it with HIS light and turning it into a thing of beauty just like real stained glass.

His light can fill each of us with the same beauty no matter what we have or have not done in our lives. 

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Keep the flame burning...Words of my Heart A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Keep the flame burning in your heart and live with joy in your life each day.

He gave us the gift of His Son;
 it is a gift to be kept with us at all times and used often.

Let your light shine filled with His love...

Laurie and Terry Pace

Monday, December 24, 2012

Words of my Heart, Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Tomorrow we light the last center candle in our advent wreath. His love shines throughout the world and fills our hearts and every need.

The magnificent gift of His Son Jesus, to live and die for us, to lead, guide, guard and direct us in every way...and to die for us and our salvation, 
is the greatest  gift of your lifetime.

Words of my Heart, Laurie 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Believe in the promise, Words of my heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

“For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.  Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Luke 1

We light our fourth candle this day...the last Sunday in Advent and reflect in awe over the wonder of this week and the greatest gift we receive from God.
It is not one wrapped in sparkling paper under the tree, or the small box at the bottom of our stocking...but it the gift of His only Son.

Open your heart and receive your gift... prepare to accept the light and grace that accompany the gift. Fill your heart with the love of God and His Son our Lord, Jesus.  Believe in this promise.

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Standing Before Him, Shared Words by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

"Oh, king of us all. 
I find myself standing before 
your strength and splendor 
watching, waiting 
and filled with total joy.

You have lifted my mind in hope. 
Now help me to open my life 
the the coming of the Spirit.

I want to be like Mary, your mother. 
Her wonderful courage and strength 
inspire me to do the same. 
She simply said Yes 
and the impossible was done.

Thank you for this Advent journey. 
The anticipation has filled my life 
and made me long for 
a closer relationship with you.

My life gets so busy that I forget to focus. 
Thank you for guidance. 
Thank you for the quiet moments 
when I have felt your love.

Nothing will be impossible with God.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel!"

Friday, December 21, 2012

Can you let yourself believe? Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and our shield,
For in him our hearts rejoice; in his holy name we trust.   Psalm 33:20


Only a few more days until Christmas. Terry has the train hooked up and blowing smoke.  The Christmas music lingers in the air be it from our guitars playing together and singing or from the Ipod.  Our spirits are full of the promise of the days ahead with the Christmas Symphony in Dallas, spending time with family and enjoying the special foods that seem to 'appear' during this joyful season.

A new mother and father await the arrival of a new child... anticipating and looking forward to their family expanding.  Can we be excited thinking of all God has in plans for us?  No, not sit back and let it happen, but giving Him your hand this time... this new year and living your life to serve Him and others.

Can you let yourself believe?

Words of my Heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Be His Today...Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory. 
Psalm 24:1-2

I have often heard many pregnant women feel like their body has been 'taken' over by the little one growing inside. I loved being pregnant and glowed the entire time (three times) never even thinking about it, just being excited and thankful.  We have another grand-baby due to arrive in the early spring and watching my daughter-in-law change with her first pregnancy has been like watching a flower bloom. 

So when I was reading about Mary becoming the 'temple of God's Word' carrying Jesus the Son of God, I begin to realize the fullness of her commitment and trust in our Father. As an unmarried woman, to agree to carry and nurture this child conceived by the Holy Spirit, she was leaving herself wide open to many horrendous bad 'endings' to life as she knew it. 

Could you seriously put yourself in God's hands KNOWING you would be placing yourself in a tenuous situation that would most assuredly bring condemnation to you and your family?  I do not believe he is asking anything near as serious as Mary took on... so try this day to place your day, just this one day to begin with, in God's hands. Be His today. 

Words of my Heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Speechless... Words of my heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory!  
Psalm 71:8

Sometimes while reading the advent story and lighting our candles things stick in my mind a bit longer as I reflect on them from a different perspective. We just read about Zachariah being confronted in the temple that Elisabeth would have a child and in disbelief he asked the Angel to have God give him a sign so he could be assured of the truth of this prophecy.   I could hear my father-in-law Ben laughing at me saying, "Be careful what you ask for."

God sent a sign... he struck Zachariah speechless until after the birth of his son, John the Baptist. 

Is this true for us today?  We seem to often doubt God's words of promise to us and in the true sense are we not "unable to speak" because we do not trust? Are you giving your life and service to Him, surrendering all to put yourself in His hands and be apart of His plan?  In the smallest ways sometimes we make the biggest contributions.

Words of my Heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Are you ready for Company? Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also. 
2 Corinthians 6:13

The coming of Jesus, the coming of light, the coming of grace, the coming of joy and the coming of salvation. Have you cleaned out your house? Are you ready for his company?

He is coming....

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Monday, December 17, 2012

Peace shall surround us... Joy will fill us. Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun. Then all nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed  
Psalm 72:17

Peace and Joy... God saves each of us. Jesus comes to teach each of us. From our advent journey through our last breath, may we praise His name and call Him Blessed. 

His son came to us to walk this earthly mess as a human among us. Still today he comes to us through advent offering us this new journey in our lives. 

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Rejoice without Ceasing...Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The third week of advent begins this day... and joy fills the heart knowing that soon we will celebrate Jesus' birthday... It is coming near. Excitement fills each moment and the joy stays alive in the background of each day....waiting to burst through and be the glow in our lives.

Are you content in life?  Have you given where you need to give and provided for your neighbor as you have for yourself? 

Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4: 6-7

Words of my Heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Time to Bloom, Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.  Isaiah 49:13

Feel His comfort and grace.
Prepare your heart.
It is time to bloom.

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Light of Life, Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe. Proverbs 28:26

Not many blooms left on my two Christmas cactus.  Talk about reliant plants... every season in November... late November, they bloom... and bloom wildly with stunning buds opening to large flowers. They are just about self-reliant...but I know that God is really what it is all about.

Often it is easy to forget that we need to rely on Him. He truly knows what is good for us and He calls that goodness into our lives.  We watch our granddaughter often rebel against her parents directing her life. When we do it to ourselves we are basically being self destructive. 

Advent offers to us the time to accept God's invitation to light our lives with his direction and grace. It is wise to accept this invitation and follow the Lord and His light of Life.

Words of my Heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hold my Hand, Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

When we are feeling insecure we reach out for someone's hand in comfort. All of us are needy in life and we seek something to bring us comfort.  Often we seek the wrong things in life.  It is only the Father that can refresh us and restore our balance in life. 

In advent we realize this promise comes through the birth of Jesus who gives His life for us, for our sin and our salvation.  God promises to strengthen us and help us... He will uphold us in his hand.

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Struggling along, Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.
Isaiah 40:31

We often struggle over things in life. The struggle makes us weary but eventually we begin to see the end or the light to the struggle.  God is there. Our confidence soars as we see 'His light' and realize we are almost there. Our strength is renewed and we move forward now with more courage and energy than we had when we began.

Advent preparation is about this very feeling... the beauty that you know is there, you can see it with your eyes and your heart.  Despite everything else in your life, the joy of this season renews you daily.

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Lift up your eyes... and see it differently. Words of my heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Lift up your eyes on high and see who created these: He leads out their army and numbers them, calling them all by name. By his great might and the strength of his power not one of them is missing! Isaiah 40:26

Winter is here and the grass has browned, the leaves are falling in a blanket of color and today the cold wind blows from the north... yet the word of God withstands all seasons and things.

Inside each of us, we know what we personally need to be saved from. And only through ourselves can we allow that to happen.  We choose new ways to see things in our lives. We find new answers to challenges that confront us.  Then we begin to see the freedom that comes with our relationship with God.

It is not His will for us to be lost, hurt or confused.

 Words of my Heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Monday, December 10, 2012

In moments of weakness... Words of my Heart, Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Strengthen the hands that are feeble, 
make firm the knees that are weak,
Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not! Here is your God,
He comes with vindication; With divine recompense He comes to save you.  
Isaiah 35: 3-4

The promise made to us is incredible. Just visualize waiting for the best thing that is getting ready to happen to you. (No not the lottery)  God has promised to save each of us and this time of advent is to prepare us for His son as He offers us healing, restoration, love and salvation. 

In the moments that you feel weak or overcome by everything, you must read Isaiah 35: 3-4 above. 

Words of my Heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Sunday, December 9, 2012

You will never go Hungry...Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

Are you worried about anything right now?  

What if you could pretend those worries were a coat you had buttoned on yourself and you could simply unbutton the coat and just drop it right where you are?  As you drop this coat of stress, pain or immediately find you are dressed in the light and glory of God forever. Just as Jesus declared your needs will be provided and there is not room for worry with this light and glory surrounding you. 

So in this second week of advent consider yourself freed of what holds you captive. Be free from your longing and desires that seem to hold power over you. Simply be filled with His joy.

"The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy."  Psalm 126

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Saturday, December 8, 2012

It this is the way, walk it. Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:2--22

We weep and moan over much in life, but you will weep no more if you wait upon the Lord fully trusting in Him for your needs. 

God works miracles by the dozen... can you allow yourself to imagine His touch transforming you? It is not the situation that will change but it is you that will change and how you look at things. 

Wait patiently during this time of advent and allow God's work to evolve and happen in your life.  Can you let Him into your heart? 

This truly is the way... walk in it.

Words of my Heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Friday, December 7, 2012

Missing things...Words of my Heart, A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. Psalm 57:7

This is my 'missing' Taylor 914 E.  I hope to replace it this next year as it was the guitar I always played in church with it's pickup.  Life happened and when it was suppose to come home to me, it was gone.

In the busiest times of our lives things happen and it is hard to realize things are not in our control. More often than not, our worst enemy is ourselves and our own sinful nature. Occasionally it is someone else near and dear to us. 

God can save us. During this time of advent remember to pray ceaselessly savoring this time before us and knowing only He can provide what we truly need in life. 

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Promise of Hope... Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
Luke 12:27

This is a photo from last week and my last roses before all the cooler weather...although it is definitely warm outside today. 

When I have flowers around me I feel God's promise of a day filled with Hope. With hope I seek a peace and with that peace the grace of our Father.  

In anticipation of the birth of Jesus... we have the full promise from God providing us with hope. This is the time to spend our day in preparation and anticipation of what is to come to us spiritually. Are you open and ready? 

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Being Set Free... Words of my Heart, Texas Artist Laurie Pace

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1, 26

A short share this morning from one of our walks along the shores of the lake.  We are counting blessings as we go.

Today, turn to God, with all your needs. Part of the advent journey is learning to hope and trusting in what you cannot see.  Going through each day with confidence in God, knowing with that confidence comes a freedom in living. 

God will set us free... He is the God of power and might.

Words of my heart, Laurie

A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Easy to say but not easy to do, Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, " Colossians 3:23

Sometimes it is so easy to say 'I am a believer'... but how easy is it to actually be one?  It is hard work. It takes sacrifice and giving of yourself to help others. It is not just sitting at home reading the bible...but it is working and striving to be the best you can be in His eyes. Striving to please Him. Time to renovate.

God can transform our  weakness, our sin, all conflict and all division.
From every life-less stump - where any future hope has been cut off
- a shoot of new life can sprout.

Are you hard at work as we begin Advent this year? This is the first week of advent and the perfect time to reflect on your actions this past year and what you can begin again with tomorrow. You do not have to wait for the new year... start fresh right now.

Throughout the day today, you can lighten your spirits and turn to God and pray.   Rejoice at the coming of your Son, for you and me!

Words of my Heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Monday, December 3, 2012

In the darkest Hour...Words of my Heart, A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”  Colossians 3:16

Last night we were walking across a parking lot from the Verizon store to Staples. It was warm outside still at nightfall but a cool front was due to pass through.  It was still in the low seventies as we went into Staples.
We walked around gathering some things while waiting for my phone to be transfered and ready for me... and as we walked out of Staples an hour later the dark clouds were literally rolling across the sky and the moon would peak out from the thick clouds between the wind gusts.  It was remarkable beauty at night. There was absolutely no way for me to take a phone no camera...but the image of God's work is engraved in my mind with the brilliant moon edged by slight haze gleaming through the edges of the heavy night clouds. 

Just a reminder to me even in the darkest times His light is there and we only need to turn to find it. We want to begin our advent journey by turning to the Lord with great hope.  In the midst of so many discouraging challenges in our lives  and the violence in the world around us, 
spend this day in anticipation of the graces and gifts our God desires to give us as we begin this first week of advent.

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Sunday, December 2, 2012

No Looking Back...Words of my heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."  Luke 9:62

Taking on a task in life is heading into something with confidence and trust that God is guiding you on your way. If you stop believing and start doubting, you are looking back and giving up on the trust in the Father to continue supporting and providing for you. 

When you take something on take it on knowing it will require sacrifice and discipline but do it knowing the Lord is there for you through it all. 

As we begin advent...this is the time to ask Him for assistance in guiding and directing you through the preparation time of the coming of His Son.  

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Guilty as Charged, Words of my heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26

Guilty as charged... Yes I worry. I worry about money, events, paintings and even what to cook for dinner each day.  

When I sit outside on the swing and listen to the symphony of birds, I am reminded they do NOT worry. They sing constantly raising praises to the Father.  

Next time I will remind myself to SING and not worry.  Be Happy and not worry. Praise God and not worry. Live in this moment focused on the Father and be content and in peace.

Share the love. Be not worry.

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Narrow Road, Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.  
Matthew 7:13-14

It is evident there is a message coming loudly this week. I pray before each blog that I do for guidance on the verse and the subject and my response and words.

Staying with the 'toos' in life and the busy bees...this certainly brings it back as a subject again this morning.  If you are on the broad road in life you are living broadly... participating in life broadly, eating broadly, involving yourself broadly in multiple areas of work, enjoyment and pleasure. You find it easy to explain things and rationalize things so you can continue in your lifestyle.

To be on the narrow road, is to keep your eyes on HIM.  There is only one way to God. It is not a broad path or wide road getting there... it is a narrow one that keeps you and I on the straight and narrow. The narrow road calls for self denial, strict obedience and watchfulness of the spirit. That broad road allows you to lumber along with all your baggage, and the narrow road wants you to leave it all behind.  

Keep your eyes on the Father.  

Navigation is necessary on this narrow road to avoid the twists and turns and dips. If you chose to be on the broad road it is easy going and there would be much company for you traveling on the same road.  The narrow road is less traveled but it is chosen because of the destination at the end of the road.  Where does the broad road lead to?

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Busy Bees Words of my heart, Texas Artist Laurie Pace

 (Bee on Passion Flower)
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. Titus 3:3

Was surprised to find this verse after writing about the 'toos' yesterday that seem to take over our lives.  This is the verse you read with peace knowing you gave it all up... the foolishness, the pleasures and the passions.  Before that you were a 'busy bee'.

This small bee knows what is needed for him to do his job. He certainly is not taking a swim in the pond or buzzing the dog to annoy him.  God wants us to live simply and to embrace a life of peace and love. What changes do we all need to make in the new year?

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist, Laurie Pace

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Too Many Toos... Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

Making do with what we have in our kitchen is always a challenge. This was a homemade apple pie in a healthy recipe without fats, diary or extra sugar. 

The way we live in America is quite the opposite. Instant gratification along with food loaded with fat and sugar is the norm. In our home we have chosen to change our diet and change what is in the cabinets and the refrigerator.  So when I choose a new recipe, I often have to adapt to what we have.

Life was simpler back 100 years ago.  Closets were non-existant or they were about the size of a small coat closet in the average size home today. When is too much too much?  Too much food, too many clothes, too many new cars, new homes, instantly new games and movies?  Can we slow things down to and at least try to reflect on the peacefulness (and quiet) that would invade our lives if we gave up so much of the "too's"?

Words of my Heart, Laurie 
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Falling Leaves of Winter... Words of my heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Colossians 3:17

We spent most of the weekend raking leaves.  We have over fifty trees on our lot and when you spend two days raking and when you get up on the third day you discover you have to start all over again.

I imagine God feels that way with each of us. How many times do we have to visit some situation before we finally get it?  I do not believe the leaves will stop falling until early Spring, but I do believe the Father has the patience to wait us out while we start over again each day trying to figure it out.

Words of my Heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Monday, November 26, 2012

Getting GLAD, Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

But the Egyptians are mere mortals and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out his hand, those who help will stumble, those who are helped will fall; all will perish together. Isaiah 31:3

Somewhere in all the psychology courses I took in college for teaching I learned that no one can truly hurt us but ourselves. I am of course referring to the verbal actions not physical actions. 

Our every day experiences occur and how we react to things affects how things appear to us internally. At any time we have the power inside of us to change how things are 'affecting' us.  

Hurt feelings rob us of joy; we can chose not to react or be hurt. My FIL Ben always said, "You can get GLAD just like you got SAD." 

Words of my Heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Grass Withers... Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

“All people are like grass and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.  The grass withers and the flowers fall,  because the breath of the Lord blows on them.   Surely the people are grass.  The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:6-8

Terry often says we are only caretakers of what we have in life. We really truly never own anything for eternity... it is only for our short lifetime.  

We all are guilty of collecting possessions. We seem to have the mentality of who has the most wins at the end.  No one wins.  Possession bring responsibilities and with responsibilities comes 'tired and weary' as you continue to make more money to buy more 'possessions'. 

Life is not about our possessions. Life is not about the physical here on earth. Life is about the giving... and to find the path to harmony and peace with the blessings of inner joy, you must find your way back to Him.  (Cleaning out 60 years of living from my FIL's house several years ago was an awakening. We truly do not need everything we have and most of what we buy.)

I challenge you this holiday season to do something unexpected for someone you do not even know. Have you ever left a large tip to an over worked waiter or waitress? Or quietly picked up someone's tab you do not even know but you could tell it would benefit them either by the surprise or the need?  If there is a family in need with this recession, think about groceries, toys for the kids and box somethings up and mail them without a return label.   Take extra groceries to a nearby food bank, or drop new toys off to a charity.  In your piles of possessions could you part with one of your most favorite passing it onto someone else?  

It is so much more fun when you let God take the full credit.  Talk about inner joy, it will make you giggle.

Words of my Heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Flowing Waters, Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

"For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall," 1 Peter 1:24

I have been reading a book about life and retirement. One of my favorite parts is where the author is comparing life to a stream of water flowing down to the ocean. The water will continue its trek even if you try to divert it or build a dam, eventually it will flow around or over and seek its preset destination.

Life is pretty much the same way.  When you begin to think about worst possible outcomes you are disrupting the flow of what God has planned for you. As hard as it seems we need to bless the situations we are in and not think the negative thoughts that come so quickly in reaction to things. 

Keep your mind clear of negativity and the answer will come because God will provide them.

Words of my Heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist, Laurie Pace

Friday, November 23, 2012

Loosing control? Words of my heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”  Psalm 119:18

Nothing better than watching the sun rise or the sun set.  In the mornings you are waking and greeting a new day and in the evenings you are putting that day to rest behind you.

We have no control over the sunrise or sunset.  In life we truly have no control over any situation.   We only have the ability to control our interior being... our thoughts and emotions which affect our actions and reactions.

May this weekend be a blessing to you. Stop and watch that sunset and remember to share time with God.  Thanks Him for your blessings and even thank Him for your challenges and all the situations that seem to weight you down.  Try a new perspective the next day of 'accepting' what is and giving thanks for it.

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist, Laurie Pace

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Speak through your Heart, Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

In that day, in every place where there were a thousand vines worth a thousand silver shekels, there will be only briers and thorns. Isaiah 7:23

Have you ever been so determined to be truthful as you confront or speak to friends that you are brutally honest?  This ties into yesterday when you are looking into things do not always trust what you see, but trust your heart and what you feel.

This is ever so true when you are so brutally honest that you destroy a relationship instead of using your empathy and heart to choose gentle words to get your message across.

With the coming together of families this Thanksgiving, remember to see and speak with your heart.

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Looking through your heart, Words of my heart, A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.”
1 Peter 3:18

This is looking own our driveway to the street.  Some of the slower trees are just beginning to change with the cold weather the last few weeks. I am surprised this looked as green as it does as they are really rather bright yellow.

Things are often not as they may appear in life.  You may see things with your eyes, but are you looking with your heart?  

In my lifetime I have noted there are some people with the gift of feeling what others feel almost like a kinesthetic soul.  Many of us are capable of 'empathy' but often are still led more by appearances of a situation over the 'heart' of the matter.    

Are you looking at life with God through your heart?  Are you alive in the Spirit?

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Escaping to Spring Forward, Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

“Where have you come from?” David asked him. He answered, “I have escaped from the Israelite camp.” 2 Samuel 1:3

Is there something you are avoiding in life or even running from?  We all have something that keeps us looking back or we try hard to move further from it to leave it behind.

Funny thing is we really do not have to do any of that' escaping'.  Handing it over to God is a total release from the past. Asking for forgiveness and moving on to LET IT GO is the only way to spring forward. 

Do not let the past hold you captive.

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Monday, November 19, 2012

Walk along the shore, Words of my heart, Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.  Proverbs 6:5

There is nothing like a walk along the shoreline at the lake and visiting our white ducks. We hear them jabbering every day and watch them from the dam, but walking on the waters edge makes it clear they are trusting.

How close do you walk with God? How trusting are you to relax in His presence and share your needs and concerns?

Words of my Heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

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