Mannerism

Love’s Arm Around My Shoulders

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Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph 5:20 ESV)

A new chapter of my life has been unfolding these past few weeks, the pages are crisp and clean, and I find myself unabashedly grateful. I’m grateful for a God who loves me, and who continues to bless me daily.

I’m on my way out of the shadow of my father’s death. The road before me will not always be easy, but I travel with a constant companion in my Lord and Savior. The two of us will march towards tomorrows smiles and tears together, and for that, I find myself thankful.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thes 5:18 ESV)

So as I write this morning, I lift up my words to Him, my great King. My thoughts of praise and worship are offered to the One who has, does, and will always embrace my life.

I write from thankfulness, from a heart that cries of joy, from a soul that knows of peace, and from a faith that knows no other.

I write as a mourner who knows healing, who knows a love that surpasses all understanding, and knows of a hopeful and joyful path to eternity.

In all times, in all places, and in all circumstances I offer my complete life as a sacrifice, honoring His will for me. It’s the least I can do.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Col 3:17 ESV)

I’m embarrassingly blessed. I don’t deserve the life I get to live. Sure I do my best, but inevitably I come up short at the end of the day, and yet the blessings continue to rain down. So it is that whatever I do in word or deed, I do in the name of the Lord.

Prayerfully I go forward striving to appreciate the grace that surrounds me, and to recognize the Love that always has an arm around my shoulders.

Pray on,

Eddy

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Mannerism

Create In His Name

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So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Gen 1:27 ESV)

I’m currently the owner of a clear mind and I’m loving it. It’s a mind that’s free from darkness, it’s free from obscurity, and it’s even free from cloudiness. It’s dictionary clear. There’s no discoloration, no defects, not even a blemish. It’s a gift that’s been lovingly given to me, and graciously received.

It’s with this new found clear mind that I’ve become truly inspired to create again. As I was walking through my previous season of servanthood, I neglected to keep a balance in my life, and I wandered away from the God given gifts that were there to feed and strengthen me.

I wasn’t aware of it at the time, but by not having symmetry in my life, I was missing some deep emotional opportunities to be creative.

But I’m now experiencing a heightened sense of harmony. I’m beginning to explore other areas of expression. Some of these I haven’t visited before, and a few others are outlets I’ve long left behind.

And he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, (Ex35:3-32 ESV)

I’m not sure where any of this will lead, but that doesn’t seem to matter at the moment as the journey itself seems to be the most important thing right now.

Embracing the process is a luxury that sometimes gets lost when we find ourselves being enslaved to deadlines.

While in the studio I’ve had to remind myself on more than a few occasions to remember that this is fun. That’s how and why I fell in love with it in the first place. I create for that exciting moment when a mistake becomes the catalyst for something beautiful and new. I wonder for the stream of conscious work that seems to have been created by someone else when experienced the following morning. I have to be more mindful of not letting go of that.

And so that’s where I find myself at the moment. I’m filled with this childlike enthusiasm, and I can’t wait to open my new box of crayons… whatever that may be. And that in itself is motivating me to see, hear and think about things differently.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. (Col 3:23 ESV)

This place that I dwell in right now has been provided by Him. The surrounding expressions of love and wonder have been produced by Him. The gifts have been bought and strategically placed are by Him.

So one thing’s for sure, I’m wholly inspired by the Author of all things, I’m encouraged by the love that He lavishly expresses over my life, and I’m honored to be given the opportunity to create in His name.

Pray on,

Eddy

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Mannerism

After the Storm

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And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:7 ESV)

There’s a sense of calm that engulfs me right now. I know that it’s temporary, but I’m enjoying it none the less. My heart and mind feel amazingly peaceful, almost what I imagine would be heavenly.

After any storm comes a settling calm, and it’s in the calm that I’m currently residing. If you’ve ever tried to describe such a place, you know how difficult it is to find the words. That’s because it’s a peace which surpasses all understanding.

If I’m unable to understand it, then I’m unable to explain it!

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. (John16:33 ESV)

We need to reconcile that peace is a fragile moment of time that can disappear in a heartbeat. We’d do well to never take it for granted.

Overcoming the trials of this world is a lifelong challenge. We face trials daily, and sometimes even hourly. They can knock the wind out of us quickly and without warning. On our own we’re doomed to fail. On our own we look for worldly cures and strength, but there aren’t any sufficient answers or fixes to be found here.

The only way to maneuver through the maze of this world is with the One who has gone before us, with the One who has successfully found His way through. On our own we’ll spend a lifetime of running into dead ends and repeating the same mistaken choices and never finding our way out.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27 ESV)

The calm I have is heaven sent, the peace I’m experiencing is beyond understanding, and the only way out of this maze is through Him.

Pray on,

Eddy

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