Tuesday, July 25, 2017

'Master' Inspiration - 'Master' Encouragement

A Art major, which is indeed a NON Theologians sharing here, who doesn't know how to write a proper sentence to save their life... God only knows why this share from Quiet Time Chair finds itself across the country from its usual home sweet home. Sometimes God's encouraging Word, simply feel compelled to share.  Master: meaning 'The Master', our loving God, and 'Master' Artist's works of art too, both a source to study and hopefully learn from.  Visiting Family in California this past month, has landed us up in the Sierra Mountains and beautiful Lakes up here too. The area is also experiencing epic snow melt run off everywhere we visit.  Its overwhelmingly beautiful up here.  Mind boggling too for this Artist.  Inspirations may abound, so does the humbling of the majesty of the images before me.  
Michelangelo's quote comes to heart:  
"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection"
so the mornings study...
A few Red Letters my Bible is
Inspiration: Edgar Payne- 62x52 Painting of the Sierra's
bookmarked at today:
Matthew 9:16 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do we pour new wine into old wineskins.  If they do; the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.  No, they pour new wine into new wineskins and both are preserved. - Jesus

*Jesus brings a newness that can not be confined within the old forms

Thank you Lord for Your God breathed LIVING Word - relevant to every breath taken in these today's -- spoken Godspeed.
Edgar Payne
Edgar Payne

 This/these led to after praying the day before; Forgive me Lord, my insecurities are running rampant - feel like a failure because of them.  Show me how to overcome Lord, in your ways filling the errors in mine, mercifully so. Praying Lord to reflect Your love, grace and fellowship-- to be a good steward of Your gifts and talents.
personal attempt at surroundings...

Being reminded that if we proclaim to walk by faith not sight; we must Believe in ALL of God's Truths.  These Red Letters are Jesus' reply to "Jesus Questioned About Fasting"  Verse 9:15 Key to His reply.

Key: faith is NOT 'ritual religious' practices as in Biblical times when the Pharisees would call their disciples to fast 2x's per week.  Jesus does not measure one by their 'ritual religious practices' - He measures one by the motive of their heart.

Faith in Christ; back to John 1:14a The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us... 17 For the law was given through Moses (10 Commandments) ; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. <><  
Yes, It is important to hold onto the Truth as one walks by faith.  The Law remains; we are blanketed in it with grace and truth through Jesus Christ.
     The motive of ones heart if of Christ Jesus, is Love.  Jesus speaks in the language of love and in absolute truth.

God knows are human weaknesses better than we do ourselves.
"God is Love." "God so loved... He gave... Jesus Christ..." (see John 3:16) " that none should perish...<><
*Jesus brings a newness that cannot be confined by/in/within the old forms.

As i read on in Chapter 9:18-22 illustrates.  
9:20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years came up behind Him and touched the edge of His cloak.  21 She said to herself, "If i only touch His cloak, I will be healed"
     22 Jesus turned and saw her,  Take heart, daughter, He said, your faith has healed you.  And the woman was healed from that moment. <><<><<><
The significance of who this was and when -- profound.  Old made New is defined.  By faith old made new-- defined.  Faith is NOT ritual religious practices - faith is believing in the Gift of life in Jesus Christ, at least what this heart hears here.
 Seeing no prejudice of who or whom is IN Jesus Christ; only motive of heart & faith is measured. 
     Perhaps foreign to a non-believer.  Understanding, learned from others that shared the history of Biblical times, that in Biblical times; this woman, for 12 long years was not even allowed out in public, let alone in a crowd, let alone 'touching' anyone! Can you imagine? No other medical remedy tried had worked... desperate for a cure, in faith, she went out - seeking Jesus Christ - believing with her whole heart - that just a 'touch' would save her. 'Touch' to this woman profound -- for she was not 'allowed' to be touched , or touch, in the laws of the pharisees.  12 long years with no human touch.  She did not give up.  She did not bury her head and give up, in faith she looked up, went out, took action, in faith!
Jesus' Word "Seek and you shall find"
Matthew 9:22 Jesus turned and saw her,  Take heart, daughter, He said, your faith has healed you.  And the woman was healed from that moment.

Forced to ask therefore self; 'Do you have faith to believe in the miracle of Jesus Christ's touch on your life?
*Jesus brings a newness that cannot be confined within the old forms.
Red letters 9:16 "No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse." --Jesus.
Are you trying to take "New Creation" in Christ Jesus and sew it onto your old self?
I confess, i wake up here, far too too often.  That self defined 'most in-secure confidant person known' cripples me on a regular basis.  I 'say' i have 'faith;' in truth- i lose it far too easily.  Every stroke of the brush - so to speak - and literally .
Trusting fails if you are relying on self to trust in .  Faith fails if you are relying on self too.
     Yet- we are called to action.  We are not called to 'sit there' and dare to ask God to come serve us!  We are called to serve Gods call on our hearts in faith.  This looks different to each of us.
     We each have different gifts, talents, and needs.  Romans 12:5-6; Eph 4:7; Rom.12:2-3;
Eph 4:7But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
Romans 12:2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-- His good, pleasing and perfect will.
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather with sober judgement, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 
...6a We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. ...(on thru v.8 context)

Leading next to "Love: Romans 12:9-21. Recorded only in part here: v.9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good...11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor serving The Lord. 12 Be JOYful in Hop, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 14, 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn. 16 Lin in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.  Do not be conceited. 
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19-20,21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good
Faith in Gods plan, God's LOVE God's provisions, God's grace, God's call... on us each and everyone of us.
*Jesus brings a newness that cannot be confined within the old forms<><
"...Take Heart..."He said
"your faith has healed you."
...from that moment.
From THAT moment on -live out loud - God's love IN you forever more.  Once touched - nothing can separate you
believe - walk by faith
reach out and touch the life Christ Jesus has for you---Godspeed.
Thank You God!  As You always reply: with exceedingly/immeasurably MORE than i could hope for OR imagine. Thank YOU.
Humbly and boldly You call us to step out IN FAITH and press on to take hold of ALL Christ Jesus took hold of us for.
as i continue to seek to GROW not only as an artist to meet the next seas in life - to live out this walk of faith that has forever 'touched' this life.

Prayer remains to reflect God's Word as the LIVING God breathed Word that it is.  Relevant to EVERY breath we take in our today's... Godspeed indeed--

Humbly and boldly in FAITH may i indeed proceed... 

i NO theologian or authority in any way shape or form.  Simply a believer... compelled to share from my quiet time chair of how God's Word lifted me up when discouraged, or overwhelmed.  I am thankful that I have the opportunity to study and learn, not only in the Word, also from the Artist's that came before me, and also living Artist today.  These mountains to this Florida gal are indeed a challenge and I love it, even though it makes my brain explode and it beats me up.  Being an Artist is about as humbling profession as known... there is amazing talent everywhere you look. As we HITT the road, its a challenge to try and get work done worthy of competition deadlines.  I am missing many and blessed to have been accepted into others.  I'm thrilled to be signed up for a workshop with Jill Carver in October. Not long after that I will be participating in one of the top Plein Air Events in the county; En Plein Air Texas.  Before all this, on our way back home, we pass by CO where I am an associate member of PAAC (Plein Air Artist Colorado) where I am honored a painting was accepted into their 21st annual show held at Mary Williams Fine Art.  Bottom line, just as another Michelangelo quote: "I'm still learning" that he shared at the ripe ole age of 87.  I sincerely repeat.  Growing never ends, and that is more of the Good news i simply press on to take hold of that which Christ Jesus took hold of me for, encouraged by God's living word.  God-breathed and relevant to every breath we take in our today's!  Godspeed. 
sister Pamela at sunset, her birthday being celebrated in heaven July 29th
* equals NIV Study notes

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Slices Of Red- Awakenings...

In His Light…Before The Dawn, a cherished time, a God given retreat and place of refuge, restoration, renewal, retrospective, revival, renderings inspirations, simply put: Breath of Life, to this life… that begun some 141 journals ago.  Do believe it is Gods way of also taking ones weaknesses, and growing them into their strengths and gifts.
An utter ‘exceedingly more’ has abounded of late—the good, the bad and the ugly of it.  Overwhelming, and seemingly seeking to suck the breath right out of me.  Have witnessed the habitual also birthing new.  For my favorite time of the day- In His Light…Before The Dawn- has birthed another gift “Slices of Red – Awakenings” and the inspiration on how to render them to share the gift.  For Gary and I’s new home, I do believe that its most beloved part is the Masterpiece Theater that unfolds anew here, before the dawn every morning.  God’s gift is also in the fact that photographs just cannot capture them.  Michelangelo-“The true work of art is but a shadow of the Divine perfection” echoes the humbling reality too as I am inspired to paint this new series of paintings.
Alas, God is so GOOD- amidst struggles, if you simply remember to take every thought captive and obedient to Christ; ‘let go let God’ – His, exceedingly more than you could ever hope for or imagine blankets!  Slices of Red – Awakenings remains the inspiration birthed.  Now, I must apply it!  The inspiration to work, is a gift steered by His motive of heart I pray in mine.
The battlegrounds remain, beauty from ashes in His hands do too.  Frankly, I can not keep up with ALL the NEW- so what did God do? He brought me back to where I began, anew In His Light… Before The Dawn with Slices Of Red- Awakenings as my wake up call.  My wake-up call to PAINT.
Step away from (do not even know how to share the list) and simply apply Gods breath of life in your life, with your life and its work, seems to be the call heard.  It is why I breath, and it is why I paint.
So, just as I revised my Vision Restoration Eye Chart with God’s Word, I shall apply life’s new glorious distraction too—without adding pressure—simply, seeing, by faith where it leads and when the display of this new series of painting will be displayed at the miracle studio which is another gift in the midst of waking up to its New Season too: An Original Hitt- Fine Art & Atelier Karen Ann Hitt’s working Art Studio’s is where this newest journey shall be put on display – Godspeed.
Godspeed has fueled it, thanks be to God. 
There is so very much that has NOT been shared with others, simply haven’t known how to.  To say that so much has been happening in this New Season, is an understatement. Few are aware of the things like, when I received the call that there was a spot for me as faculty at PACE16, I didn’t know if I would be coming to it, with, or without hair.  Plus, domino effects and the aftermath as i continue to work on retraining my Ciliary muscles after the gift of amazing eye surgeries, which restored my loss vision.  These surgeries became the least of my worries after losing my sister/best friend, then a week later my husband being bay flighted in the midst of a heart attack.  He, experiencing full recovery PTL!  A few days after he came home from the hospital, and just before my first eye surgery, I receive a call that they think that I have lung cancer!  A lung biopsy needs scheduled asap! One of those calls you NEVER are ready for.  On top of which I can’t tell my husband about this call, because he just had a heart attack, and I can’t tell my family either, it would all be too much after we just loss our sister/daughter.  Can you say NUMB.  Life became very numbing.  All of this came about after being back home barely a week, post traveling in our RV for 5 months, yes, living the dream on our USA Honeymoon.  Comparing that to my solo 5 month journey living out of my trusty steed; which was also living the dream on the GLF tour.  Stepping out and up, emphasizing growing as an artist to meet the next season in life, a 3 year, intentional added focus and study;  God only knew just how much change was ahead in this next season.
It is still in a whirlwind.  All working together to the good, as only God could orchestrate it, yet overwhelming and at times still numbing.  Add to these relocating, organizing and moving out of a home after being there 21 years, into a glorious new place up in the sky… with a husband! Who knew!?!   Moving out of the home that God provided for the children and I, in that starter home that lived in 21 years, it too is now moving into its ALL NEW Season. It, until their wedding day at the least, the new home completely of their own for my oldests child.  No longer anything to do with ‘home’ in the sense ALL now in either a storage unit, donated, or minimally in Gary and I’s new home. 
Letting go of the trials like computers crashing, external hardrives erasing themselves of all the references you thought were saved, the post office returning your mail to sender from your work place, simply put the list is toooo long to fit into a sensible sound bite, so, what does God do? Yes, He shows how He is making ALL things new, and working ALL things together for His good purposes and that I quite simply have work to do.  New Work, New Inspirations from life’s daily distraction up here in the sky, Slices of Red- Awakenings coming about during a beloved time that has long been a source of my hope and my strength in God’s Work In His Light… Before The Dawn the name given to quiet time journaling.  God simply reminds, he not only provides, He inspires, and He makes beauty from ashes- EVERYTIME: GODSPEED.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Hebrews 10:23-24-
God answers Every prayer Godspeed.  Pressing on in faith that the Day after a literal meltdown, God replied with this:
Pull the curtains back; a flock of Ibis fly by on eye level, summer sky, pinkish orange while the sun, a huge red ball comes up in slices through the cool lavender horizons cover.
Lush deep greens abound in the foreground, summers thunder and rains reflection on their plumes.  Mangroves drink in the inter-coastal waterways wake, sheltering the manatee as it gently grazes on the sea grasses. 
The hot humid haze along the horizons line, diffused with day light breaking through as the sun continues it rise; illuminating from behind the haze – a warm glow greets this new day – as osprey sing out its time to begin…
As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for You, O God.  I thirst for God, the Living God. (Psalm 42:1-2) Explains the chosen days fast.  Scattered thoughts do not change the hearts beat, the hearts motive…
A heart that loves You Lord and so thanks You that it may.  Make within me a pure heart O Lord- removed mercifully so any offensive ways in me O Lord.
Guide this heart with Your motive O Lord, Counsel this spirit with Your Spirit – renew my strength and inspirations Lord – soaring as like on the wings of eagles – gliding above the heat and the beat of turmoil discerning where best to land; where the sighting both inspires and feeds Your Good purposes.  Thank You for the blessings Lord – they do abound.  Thank you that Your love endures forever.  Thank You for Tara and Gary helping me here – where I am weak – where any of us are weak—YOU orchestrate all the parts to make for a beautiful song of Gods great love to be played.  May  utizie Your gifts and Talents in a manor that they may multiply ten, twenty, hundred fold for Your honor and glory, Godspeed my Lord, Godspeed. (journaling from June 28,’16)
So, I read my Vision Restoration Chart again – and again – and again – and THANK GOD that I may, and that He is the Great Physician for us all… as I breathe in His Breath of Life with no lung cancer, and try to tame my unrulely hair- that remains God’s greatest reminder to me daily and illustrates His sense of humor too, for my hair is God’s daily reminder that I have ZERO CONTROL! Thank YOU GOD – for Godspeed is perfect EVERYTIME

Friday, January 22, 2016

Entertaining Angels Unaware... ?

an alla-prima portrait of the artist' beloved sister 18"x24"
 Oil on Linen the last painting of 2015
'  "Entertaining Angels Unaware" is the next series of paintings
 planned.  Unplanned- Pammy- Entertaining Angels Unaware
  being the first painting in it, and that it was executed alla-prima. 
 Alla Prima, meaning all at once, in regards to its execution. 
Therefore, this painting very impressionistic with looser detail and
 brushwork. Pammy, on her dear life long friends sailboat. 
When asking if they had been updated on Pammy, his wife 
informed me that he had also passed, the same morning as my
 sister.  Two dear souls and a homage to them sailing home.'-K

Entertaining Angels Unaware—is the next series of paintings planned; Unplanned, “Pammy- Entertaining Angels Unaware” being the first in it.
><> Many are the plans of a man’s heart but it is the Lords purposes that prevail. <>< Proverb 18:21

By faith we press on.  In that faith we grow in it, faith, and in strength.  Amazingly our greatest strength we learn – is to let go and trust, not in self, but in God.

><>We ‘press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.’<><(context, chapter 3 of Philippians)
  For God ><>Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20)<><  The King James Version: ‘exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask Him’

My currant struggle so illustrates this truth.  Presently I struggle to SEE; yet, that is a blessing!  Daily I am forced to not only trust –and also press on and do my part.  Yes, I want instant resolve.  Yet, for this ‘fix’- instant is not a part of my cure.  Yes, patience is waning, as I for the umpteenth time read: “Vision Restoration Chart… put away your glasses and read as much of the vision restoration chart as possible… You are retraining the Ciliary muscle… it has become dormant from lack of use.”

That ‘lack of use’ a post surgery cocoon so to speak--- the exceeding more is that little detail ‘put away your glasses’!!  Never would I have imagined that to be possible!  Since the age of twelve, my vision has been corrected.  The hidden blessing is also in what is not a part of my diagnosis—family heredity thwarted –what is not in my diagnosis: no Macular, no broken blood vessel, no Glaucoma.  The ‘no’s
 Far outweigh the daily struggle.  And all of those were feared, as vision diminished in left eye to not being able to read a stop sign with my glasses on! Yes, that other little detail – I am an artist! Great faith didn’t eliminate “I’m scared”!  It is though my perseverance!  And God’s answers are exceedingly more than I could hope for or imagine!  Seeing far, mid range and up close WITHOUT glasses—and with clarity of color that literally makes an artist, or anyone go “wow,” is a gift!  God’s orchestration of provisions beyond anything that “i” could do—are quite miraculous to me too.  Never imagined SEEing to this diagnosis’ degree! A bad—certainly made good.

There has been a lot of that of late—meaning A  bad—certainly made a good.  The tears that come from trying to imagine what could be good about Pammy being the first in my next series of paintings.  A bad—certainly made good to be a painting of my sister, but this way?… alas, again by faith—Joy remains.  As does faith and perseverance illustrate this page in Fine Art Connoisseur. 
Fine Art Connoisseur January February Issue

Each painting illustrates life’s full circle—
Purple Mountains Majesty Above Fields Of Gold”—Mountain top views remain, as the temperatures of our valleys are ever changing …with each harvest, each season.
The ‘planned’ view to paint was inspired by the light hitting the fields of gold.  The urgency to capture the inspiration came when those fields of gold began to be harvested—cut down—and making them green not gold.
Changes in circumstances do not change our inspirations.  They may just be transformed into Godspeed for us – if – by faith we proceed.
Walking by faith, not sight involves a hugely important detail: STEPS:  Especially when you find yourself in a place unimaginably NOT where ‘you’ planned.

I, as write this, turn back to re-read the Word that inspired.  Never did ‘I’ imagine how great would be the struggle to simply SEE the Word in front of me!
Yes, it is a struggle when it’s so hard to do an action, done before automatically and now, it’s a fight and it feels like everything is upside down!!!

><>for we walk by faith not by sight<>< 2Cor 5:7 for context see the chapter.

God’s literal LIVING word, God breathed and relevant to EVERY breath we take in our today’s.

Much of where I am today is not anywhere that i ‘planned’ to be. Yet, it is also exceedingly more than i could hope for or imagine.  It’s not my plan—it’s Godspeed.

I press on…
               By faith
                              Honored and thankful that this page, is possible to share.
God has enabled me to share His gifts and talents in ways ‘i’ never imagined could or would.  Much has been overcome, and even with a mountain top in view; the changing temperature of the valley is too.

Yes, the gold in the fields is cut down for the good—IF harvested!  I look forward to SEEing how the next series of paintings unfold, they have been on my heart to paint for some time now.

><>Many are the Plans of a man’s heart but it is the Lords purposes that prevail.
                                           In faith—proceed
                                                         And always press on

I have pondered for a bit now, how much to share—a sixty day time line that included more than any could imagine--  HOPE remains
H onor
O bey
P raise
E xpect
A timeline of an extreme 60 day faith walk, will be a page added at my other hat blog-  and a look of what is ahead shared at my Out and About blog.  Read both at will, when they are up. Hope to get the final posts up by Monday. Editing how it rambles; it does seem Psalm 23 was not only the last painting painted, done for my church before we left on our USAHoneymoon, it has been lived out loud upon our return. 60 days faith walk covers:  Vision, Stroke, Death, Heart Attack, Life, Vision Loss, Heartache, Lung Cancer threat phone call from my Dr.(NO i don't smoke), Moms Birthday, Eye Surgery, Sons 25th Birthday, Lung Biopsy, Second Eye Surgery, Offer on a home, Cancer Lung Biopsy results… oh yeah, Thanksgiving and Christmas in there too. I can’t make ALL this stuff up.  ALL the Good the Bad and the Ugly of it.  Praise the Lord His GODspeed remains steadfast and blankets love and peace tenfold, over us ALL.