Favorite Verse of the Moment

"The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made." Psalm 145:13

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

This is a painting of the Lone Cypress Tree of Carmel that I finally painted for my dad.  He and my mom visited that spot on a trip to see my younger sister.  I confess I have feared that photo for four years or so now.  It was never that I didn't want to paint it, rather, the photograph was so breathtaking and I had absolutely no idea how to capture it.  I felt completely inept every time I looked at the picture.  You feel a metaphor coming on, don't you?  I absolutely love how God uses events in our lives, the simplest of things, to remind us of His truths.  I was focussing on the wrong thing. 

How many times in life have you looked at something and felt completely inept?  Completely NOT up to the task at hand, and you wondered how in the world you were going to manage it?  I had a wonderful conversation recently with a dear sweet lady about letting go of control.  How do we function as children of God and completely trust?  How do we tell the difference between our striving and taking things OUT of God's hands (and trying to manage it on our own) and just taking care of the responsibilities God gives each one of us?  I believe it is a moment by moment thing.  Just as you do not eat the food you'll need for the whole day in one meal, God does not give us all the strength, direction, guidance, peace, hope, etc. that we'll need all at once for the whole day.  It is a relationship where we continue to seek Him and He gives.  He continues to show me that my place is at His side; trusting, reaffirming His promises to me, looking for Him in the day's events, and in the faces of the people I meet.  He demands silence from me - not as a cruel taskmaster, but as a loving Father who asks me to turn away from the noise of the world and cover myself in silence so that He may be found by me.  That is our special place.   I look at this tree surrounded by water, high up on a hill and it reminds me to wait.  To wait in silence for my God, my Savior, my Lord who promises to never leave me or forsake me.   He promises that He will be found by those who seek Him.  Seek Him today.  Not just once, not twice, but all day, and watch Him change your life.  "You will seek Me and find Me when you seek me with your whole heart." 
 Jer. 29:13 NIV


  1. Natalie Pare'tJune 22, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Julie, That is beautiful! and I know from your Dad and Mom how difficult it was for you to do it, but oh! the joy now that you have. They cherish it. I've bookmarked your blog and will enjoy coming here. Natalie

  2. Natalie,
    Thank you so much for visiting!...and for your wonderful comments! My parents are wonderful, patient people! This has been such a great journey, learning to push myself and the joy of making someone special happy is awesome. Wouldn't trade it!
    God's blessings!

  3. Beautiful words, and the picture too. Enjoy painting this summer.

    1. Thanks, Jenny! I have waayyy too many projects started at one time. I guess we'll see what wins out. ;)

  4. Julie, God always brings me to your blog to read the words I need to hear, as well as to see your beautiful paintings. You did such a beautiful job with this. I know your mom dad were ecstatic!
    Hope you are enjoying your summer and thanks for the reminder to seek Him all through the day.

    1. Carol,
      I'm so glad you visited, and so happy you found something from Him nestled in the words here. It's amazing to me how our stories are never really ever just for us.

      Thank you for your kind words as well! I've vowed to redo some previous paintings for my parents also. It's so much fun to discover colors you like to work with.

      God's blessings and enjoy the last few weeks of summer.

  5. Hi Julie, you commented on an old blog of mine 2 years ago and I'm happy to see you still have your blog and are still painting. Thanks you for your kind words then (on my blog) and for your words of encouragement here. I may borrow the sentiment about not eating all the food of the day at once, for my FB status =)