Thomas Kinkade was known as the Painter of Light because of the beautiful hints of light in all of his paintings. Here are a few more of his quotes.
Feed your heart with beauty.
Somewhere out there is a unique place for you to serve, a unique life role for you to fill.
Condition yourself for joy by doing little things you love on a regular basis.
Even the most mundane tasks can be transformed into inspiring sources of joy.
Opening our eyes to beauty really means opening our hearts and imaginations.
Beauty enters your heart to all the senses.
Keep your eyes open for the signs of spiritual reality hiding behind a familiar disguise.
Only you can make your particular contribution to humankind.
We live far more joyfully when we allow ourselves a playful spirit.
Don’t be afraid to go deep, to dig out a spiritual reality that might not be readily discernible at first glance.
More to come.
Recognizing God’s Spirit in each other would be a wonderful way of looking beyond appearances and seeing our unity.
“I will put My Spirit within you…” Ezekiel 36:27
“The Spirit within me salutes the Spirit in you”. This is one of the meanings for the word Namaste, an ancient Sanskrit greeting.
Here is one of my great-granddaughters (four years young in this photo) in the Namaste pose which she enjoys very much. Happy Sunday.
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…this is the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22
There are days it is evident that this fruit is an integral part of our lives, if not all of it, at least some…other days, not so much. May we experience a full crop today. Happy Sunday.
Last Sunday I described the Holy Spirit as an unseen force, the analogy being the wind.
It was brought to my attention that a better description would perhaps have been…a power, a presence, a person…and I totally agree because I also think of Spirit in these terms.
It was suggested that “the force” was often connected to the movie, Star Wars’ “May The Force Be With You.” Funnily enough, I likened “The Force” as the Holy Spirit. As it turns out, the makers of Star Wars were trying to inject some spirituality into the movie to get people to think about God in some way, “the force” being their way of a subliminal message. (I gleaned this from researching the word “force”.)
Among the meanings for the word “force” in The Mirriam-Webster Dictionary are:
strength or energy, especially of an exceptional degree
capacity to persuade or convince.
Because I have always thought of Holy Spirit as a powerful force in my life, who has persuaded and convinced me of many things, I wrote about Him that way without taking into consideration the way others see Him.
And so I stand happily corrected and thankful to my teachers for another lesson learned.
My saving grace is knowing that wherever I am, God is. There is no escaping God’s flashlight. Happy Sunday.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. (Psalm 139:7-8)
Matters of the heart can mean many things, one being an actual heart attack where the heart is physically endangered and/or damaged. It can also mean that from the heart flows life, not only physical but emotional life…and life is definitely an emotional experience.
Here is some biblical advice concerning the heart:
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23 NIV
Create in me a pure heart, oh God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 NIV
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26 NIV
As water reflects a face so a man’s heart reflects the man. Proverbs 27:19 NIV
…love one another deeply, from the heart. 1 Peter 1:22 NIV
There are so many more to do with loving the Lord and each other, but these few were weighing on my heart. There are so many lessons to be learned in life and I believe that having a loving heart opens us to each new learning experience whereas a closed heart, as the Bible says, a heart of stone, closes us to them.
What do you think of when you think about power? Do you think of those who hold high places in government? Do you think of the rich and famous? Power is only powerful when used for the benefit of all. Here is what the Bible has to say about power:
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, Acts 1:8 ESV
For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 ESV
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 NIV
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, Colossians 1:11 NIV
And from my poem “All Things Are Possible”…When you call on the power that’s inherent in you…
So, what do you think of when you think about power? Do you think of you?