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Working My Way Back

To all those who have honored me in following my blogs and sending your prayers, thank you so much.

Please don’t give up on me.

This has been a very difficult time for our family.  Although I have slowly began to get back to work, taking on projects and working in the studio, it is a slow process.  I was thinking back over the last four years and our family has really been hit hard.  We have lost 6 immediate family members, 4 others have been in serious accidents but all but one have recovered well, the economy hit us very hard forcing us to make hard decisions and change the way we live, and now I have taken on another role of caregiver.

For those who do not know, we lost our son on September 4th this year.  It had been very hard to accept but we are beginning to make progress with the Lord’s guiding hand.  We have been surrounded by so many that loved him.  Several people put together 2 separate benefits which were wonderful to help raise money to pay for final expenses.  Our family is so thankful to all who helped us during this time.  Austin was loved by many and will live on through all of us.

My love, Smokey, is still recovering from his accident back in March.  Still having problems with his lungs and now hoping that all will be okay and ready for the next surgery, number 4, tentatively scheduled November 2nd.

It is said that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that the Lord never gives us more than we can handle.  If you know me then you already know that I believe God’s Word.  All of it.  Even those parts I don’t understand or like!  I have made that choice to believe, have faith in, trust, rely on and lean on God.  So to act or do differently would be going against that choice.

I am not sure what to do, or rather, what God has for me to do from here.  But I am ready.

Lord,

Guide and direct me,

Hem me in Your love and protection,

Have mercy and show me Your grace,

Show me way You would have me go,

And then help me go You way.

In Jesus Holy Name,

Amen

worship

 

 

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Just finished this painting.  I love the way it came out and God gave me the name this morning!

Do Not Doubt  James 1:6

2′ x 4′ Gallery Wrap

Finished Edges

Mixed Media

James 1:6

But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Love it!  Thank You Lord

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For those of you who follow my Carleysense blog site:

My Coffeebook, Coffee and God

A Prayer ForThe Weary…

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Kite_runner  

 

  My life seems to always be affected , moved and even changed after reading certain books.  I am sure yours does as well.  And I read a lot.  Mostly books about God, the Bible, christian life and christian fiction.  Oh, I can’t forget to include a number of business and finance books too.

   It’s not that I never read anything else, it’s just that I am never really interested in anything else.

  A good friend convinced me that I had to read this one. And I am glad I did.  I was intrigued be the plot and the setting.  Especially with what is going on in Afghanistan then, now and what to be in the future.

Instead of me filling you in about it, this link, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kite_Runner

This gives a great description and a glimpse inside the book.

 

It’s not that I just wanted to tell you I read this book and it was a excellent book.  It’s what it did to me I feel I must share.  Some books leave you changed.

It took me all of 3 days to read it.  Since sleep was not going to come easily on the 3rd day, I arose at 2am and could not get Hazara and Amir out of my mind.  So, I made a pot of coffee, put on the reading glasses, curled up on the sofa and began my descent into their world.  By 6:30 am I was finished.  And I wept.

I finally got up, in a daze, perhaps 4 hrs of caffeine contributed to that, and went to get ready for the day.  You know the drill, shower, dress, put on the face and out the door. But…….

I put my favorite coffee mug that my precious grandson gave me, in the sink, in my kitchen, in my house on this piece of beautiful land, in a wonderful area, in America.  I walked up the stairs to the bathroom, on my legs, attached to my rather healthy body and stepped into my bathroom, where it wasn’t too hot or to cold and the lights work just fine.  Ran the water, the hot, clean, refreshing, renewing water and stepped in.  Washing with products that make my hair nice and soft and soaps the keep my skin healthy.  I sat in the tub and began to shave my legs, with a razor I bought from the store down the street where there are no armed guards and I have no need to fear going there.  I drove my car that I put gas in the day before with money I earned doing work that I love to do.  I spoke to others, friendly people, “Hey how are you?-Wonderful thank you and you?-Great and thanks, have a wonderful day!”

After I shaved, I put my razor on the shelf, thought I should get out now and grab that dry, clean, plush towel I washed in the washer and dryer and get dressed in fairly new clothes and get on with my day…

But I didn’t.

I sat in my shower, the warm clean water running over me that I can turn on or off when I desire.  I sat and thought about places and people far away and here in our own country.  People who don’t have, people in need, people who are hungry, people who are running to find safety, people who see unspeakable things.

People…

like me…

flesh and bones…

and blood runs red…

who are uniquely and wonderfully made.

I sat and

I cried…

and

I prayed.

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fullarmorofgod

I found this picture searching images on the web.  I loved it!  

I have just finished a awesome book I have spoke about many time here, “Drawing Near” by John Bevere.  It took my about 8 months to get through it.  It involves, at least for me, some heavy studying, a lot of soul searching, much truth and much revelation.  I learned and applied so many things.  

I morning not long ago, I felt this absolute desire to pray, in the Spirit.  It was the very first time that as I prayed, and although I could hear myself, it was as if I was away from myself.  It speaking coming out of my mouth was fluent, full of peace, beautiful. But there was something else happening.  That small voice inside me began to speak.  “Put on the full armor of God, Put on the full armor of God, Put on the full armor.  Put your helmet of Salvation on, protect your mind as there will be things that try to come against your your thoughts.  Your thoughts are for me and of me.  Do My will.  Protect yourself, Put on your Helmet! I am with you!

Put of your Breastplate of righteousness!  Protect your heart.  There will be discouragement, things will try to come against you to try to bring discouragement to the things I have for you to do.  Do not be disheartened.  Put on your Breastplate.  I am with you!

Put on your shoes of Peace.  Stand firm I am with you!  Without your shoes, commendation, chaos, stress, worry will come to you. Put on your shoes of Peace and Stand Firm!  I am with you!

Put on your Belt of Truth!  I am The Truth, know Me.  Come to Me.  Live with Me.  Involve me.  I have a great work for you.  If you know Me, you will know Truth.  Put on you Belt of Truth! I am with you!

Put on your Shield of Faith.  It will extinguish those arrows of the one who has evil intent for you.  Stand firm and raise you Shield of Faith.  I am with you!

Put on and hold on to the Sword of the Spirit!  I am the Word!  Know my Word for it will protect you, guide you, hold you close to me.  If you will draw near to me, I will draw near to you.  Put on the Sword of the Spirit!  I am with you!

I am so thankful that I am allowed to hear, to understand, to be close to Him.  I want to be covered by Him and I want to soar with Him. I want to draw nearer.

Put on Your Armor!  We have battles to fight and He promises, He is with us!

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