Monthly Archives: January 2018

Live to LIVE

Before the foundation of the world when it was a blob of nothingness God chose us. Before your grandparents were born, met, married and conceived you…before your parents were born, met, became a couple and you were conceived…you were chosen, chosen to be alive.

You weren’t chosen to merely exist.  You had a name in God’s heart.  He knew you would be because He chose you.  He knew your imperfections and idiosyncrasies and He chose you to live. Even then (before the foundation of the world) He saw you all the way through your life and loved you completely.  Before it all, you were and before anyone else knew you would be, He had your life planned out.

God had plans for you regardless of the circumstances or the family you would be born to.  He knew you as His person, His wonderful creation and designed you to love Him and be with Him throughout eternity…if you chose to love and know Him.

My mind can’t comprehend that but just because I can’t doesn’t mean it isn’t true.  Every single person who has ever existed, God knew they would be, before there was anything.

You were planned with a plan.  Our lives are unfulfilled because we’re living apart from Him.  Just like anything created for a specific purpose if it’s never used for what it was made for, it is wasted.  A car can be a home but it wasn’t designed to be a home. Paint never used dries up and is wasted and eventually thrown away because it was never meant to sit on a shelf unused.  The same is true for us.  We can live out our lives never connecting with God thus, never knowing what we’re here for.

Regardless of the circumstances, the hardships and challenges our lives offer, we were custom designed for a specific purpose in mind, however if we don’t make the effort to get to know the One who chose us to live, we’ll never do what He designed us to do.  How sad it would be to go through all we’ve gone through, survive all we have and feel it was for nothing.

God has that key…is that key and the “perfect fit” and all the fulfillment that comes with it can only be found in Him. Completeness, contentment and purpose can only come from the One who chose you to live in the first place.  You don’t have to live just to survive. Through Him, with Him and because of Him, we can live to LIVE life to its fullest.

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Beginnings

 

IMAG1491It’s a brand new year.  None of us knows what this day will bring, must less the year.

This plate is my latest painting adventure.  I haven’t done this in quite a while, why I chose such intricacy is beyond me.  Pray for me!

We have to start somewhere – it’s our choice how we begin a new day, a new year or a new project.  We can choose to think about it, how we’ll do it and it can stay right there – in our heads.  The grandest plans often never materialize.

Let’s start off right.  Do something, be purposeful to get a good start.  My first moments awake this year were spent with God.  I didn’t want to get out of bed (it’s cold in my room) – I just wanted to stay under the covers but move I did and I’m so glad I started this year that way.

Now to paint this plate. I have a great plan in my head of how it will look when I’m finished. One thing’s for sure – it will stay just like it is if I don’t paint it.  Let’s begin shall we?IMAG1492