Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Have All Your Plans Worked Out As Hoped?

It has been over seven months since sharing at this other hat blog.
many good life circumstances have transpired, along with not.  Through it all, all is well.
Have all of our plans worked out as ‘we’ had hoped?
We each and everyone probably raise up our voice to say ‘NO!’

Today’s quiet time begins with a thankful heart.  With a Thank you for the note from a dear friend… a thank You God for them finding their way through a difficult diagnosis time, blanketed with God’s peace to carry them through.

Boundless- 60x48" Oil on Linen by Karen Ann Hitt for "At That Moment..." Exhibit
As this world says good-bye to Billy Graham – this nations Pastor, the world’s Pastor – Oh how he above any other man today, shared the Savoir Jesus Christ with a loss world.  Father thank You for Your LIVING Word- God breathed breath of life – relevant to EVERY breath we take in our today’s. Thank you for Billy Graham and his life dedicated to sharing it with the world.  He indeed has made an eternal difference for countless lives.

God thank YOU for sharing the evidence of  bringing those that seek You to a greater understandings of Your TRUTH in their life.  Thank YOU for blanketing PEACE my Lord – Your PEACE beyond understanding.

As this 147th(2) journal began as a sister journal to Beth Moore study ‘Good-bye Insecurity – You Have Not Been a Good Friend’ or something like that…
Father, though insecurity ATTACKS full force still – priority shifting away from the study – for it seemed to lead to dwelling there.  There, is NO PLACE You designed for us.

This month of February marks two significant events: Modern day Isabella gifting me literally a monetary gift, to simply paint, five years ago now.  And it has been three years since the opening of that exhibit culminating from the Gift.  Bringing in even another at just the right time to keep the work moving forward. After“Isabella” taking very very ill during the journey – severing our ability to visit each other. By faith pressing on...

God orchestrated HARMONY and peace to us ALL.  Thank YOU Lord.  Not only a friend for life, a true sister in Christ, our now forever union to this day. 

In all that we do, Peace is in the knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ Jesus.

I think of my literal sister Pammy Lord.  Thank YOU Lord for keeping her whole and with You – forever more as we had to say goodbye to her here.  She – who took me to Godspell at Ohio State University where as a teenager I walked forwarded and accepted Jesus Christ into my heart for the first time.  Sister and I debated faith over the years, and by faith, I believe You God remained the Truth in her spirits heart cry – that through Jesus Christ Your Holy Spirit interceded on her behalf – Your Truth forever more.  Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.

At That Moment... illustrates Mt.3:16-17
Mathew 3:16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.  At that moment heaven was opened , and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him. 17 And a voice from heaven said ‘This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I Am well pleased.”
*All three persons of the Trinity are clearly seen here.  The tense of the Greek verb used here is timeless.  God has ALWAYS been and ALWAYS will be pleased with His Son *NIV Notes
Only God knows our hearts fully and their motives. 
This passage marks the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry.  It awakened this heart to desiring to illustrate God’s LIVING Word – long before I had a clue as to how ‘that’ would look.
The word pictorial rises up often from the page in certain passages.
Who knew all those sorted paths – ALWAYS in TRUTH lead me straight to Gods all on this heart with His heart.
In a faith walk – it is not by sight – as Scripture teaches us.  Only by getting away to solitude with the Creator of our faith walk – does His Word truly become a LIVING God breathed breath of life to our journey.  A journey – fully and completely in His Omnipotent  hands.

Many are the plans of a man’s heart, BUT it is The Lords purpose that prevails <><<><<><

Joshua 1:7-9 “Be strong and courageous.  Be careful to obey all The Law My servant  Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of The Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.  9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Job 22:21 “Submit to God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you..”

Jeremiah 29:11 “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 “<><<><<><

Success Therefore Gods Way <>< Godspeed

The favor we pray for – is simply and fully favor with our Lord and Savior and to walk in His will for our way.  We are all here in it – by grace – not earned.  So back to that question: Has all of our plans worked out as ‘we’ had hoped?


Praise be that GOD remains steadfast and In Control.
Good are Gods plans – we need not be afraid.

I always like the line in the Rolling Stones Song ‘You can’t always get what you want… but you find sometimes… you get what you need.”
Hah!  Rolling Stones not your usual devotional quote source!  In this world – we are often told what we want is what we need.  Nothing could be further from the Truth.

Horror also happens in this world, that has us looking up and sincerely through our tears asking ‘why God?’

Scott Krippayne lyrics

Silent Thunder Oil On Linen by Karen Ann Hitt
All who sail the sea of faith
Find out before too long
How quickly blue skies can grow dark
And gentle winds grow strong
Suddenly fear is like white water
Pounding on the soul
Still we sail on knowing
That our Lord is in control

Sometimes He calms the storm
With a whisper peace be still
He can settle any sea
But it doesn’t mean He will
Sometimes He holds us close
And lets the wind and waves go wild
Sometimes He calms the storm
And other times He calms His child.

He has a reason for each trial
That we pass through in this life
And though we’re shaken
We cannot be pulled apart from Christ
No matter how the driving rain beats down
On those who hold to faith
A heart of trust will always
Be a quiet peaceful place.
Sometimes He calms the storm
Other times
He calms His child
Rhapsody Oil on Linen by Karen Ann Hitt

This original inspirational passage Matthew 3:16-17 inspired many years ago to somehow paint it.  An impossible inspiration really the lack of faith thought.  It took a long time to learn to trust. In truth,  No person can ‘paint the Trinity’ as I naively scribbled in my Bibles margins each time reading this verse.  Some 20 years later, after that 1st scribble – life weaved this inspiration onto a canvas.  It waits for its true hanging spot to this day.  It came to be a painting in reply to confirming one day that the Bridge Church will have it’s own Cornerstone.  Godspeed remains in control of that too.

No coincidence  you see – the passage that immediately follows Matthew 3:16-17 is Matthew 4:1-11.  V.4:1 Then Jesus was led by The Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.

This follows
“This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I AM well pleased.”

Jesus took every temptation for us – He – fully God, fully man- knows our hearts and knows our storms and knows our triumphs.

Through it ALL
Jesus remains the greatest lover of our heart and soul.  May He be our strength to press on to take hold of ALL He took hold of us for.

Good are His plans. Perfect is His will and Way

If you find yourself not where you had it all figured out and planned

Simply look up and say;
“Thank You God.  Please Hold my hand” “By grace, where You lead, may I humbly follow”

What you will always find there is
Ephesians 3:20
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than ALL we ask or imagine,
According to His power that
Within us

21(in part) To Him be glory…
In Christ Jesus through out all generations for ever and ever!

Yes my Lord and praise be my God
For Your LIVING Word
God breathed breath of life- relevant to every breath we take in our today’s Godspeed indeed Godspeed.

That a passion on this heart to illustrate with this life and this life's work.  Only God knows where that will lead.  I no theologian or scholar... simply an art major with a big heart, that seeks to encourage others to live out loud their passions, by faith...