Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WOYWW: Only Believe!

Here is my desk
when I woke up this morning.
I was making ATCs last night.

From where I am, we are having BED weather.
Rains and more rains.
But in other areas of my city,
there is flooding and evacuations.

Can you believe this picture?!!
Here I am at home, blessed,
safe, dry, no flood at all, just buckets of rain
And in other parts of the city,
people are waiting on the roof to be rescued.
So many things to be afraid of, to be anxious about
in a time of calamity.

I read in my Bible this morning
about a man, Jairus,who was very afraid
his daughter might die.
He went looking for Jesus.
While they were on the way to his house,
his servants came to meet him with 
the news that his daughter had died.
"No need to trouble the Teacher anymore!"

But Jesus said to him,
"Do not be afraid any longer,
only believe."

What things do we fear?
What are we anxious about?
I have to confess that
my prayers are all full of 
"Please heal my mother!"
I want to know what I can do,
what needs to be done,
how to pray,
who to see....
But I take this word today,
"Do NOT be afraid any longer,

Gideon in Judges, Chapter 6, was called by the Lord
to save Israel from the power of the Midianites.
"How can I do that? 
in my father's house!!!!", Gideon cried out.

"The Lord is with you, O champion!
Go with the strength you have...
It is I who send you.
I shall be with you."

NO matter how unimportant we feel we are,
God calls us, like Gideon,
to do something
that only we can do.
He gave us so many talents,
gifts, resources...
if only we could see ourselves
through His eyes!
Imagine God saying to you,
"The Lord is with YOU, O champion!"
If we could see ourselves
the way God sees us,
we will not be afraid.
Only believe!

Every week I choose one wonderful visitor
who leaves a comment
to receive an ATC from me.
I know it takes so much time and effort
to leave a comment
and I appreciate it soooo much!

This week, chose
 #3, La Abela , a woman who talks to herself,
as she claims, and draws amazingly
with charcoal and graphite.


  1. Love your inspirations..both in word and art!

  2. Really tragic that peoples live are being affected by the weather. Stay safe x

    Candace #14

  3. How frightening it must be to see images like the one you shared with us. Be safe. Thank you for the inspirational words and beautiful art.

    Have a blessed day!
    Belinda (15)

  4. Your very lucky to not have been stuck on a roof with the rain have a dry week :) beautiful creations you've made too hugs Nikki 22

  5. Patsy I so love coming and reading your verse and interpretations of it each week as well as seeing your beautiful art. I hope you stay safe and dry. Happy WOYWW !Danie #17

  6. What a beautiful post! I needed this tonight. So many fears abound, yet, the Lord is with us and in control. I'm so sorry to see what is happening to some of the people in your country! Such devastation from the rains! Praying they will be safe and that your own home will continue to be safe and dry!

    I always look forward to your linking up with me on Tuesdays, Counting Our Blessings!! THAT is a huge blessing to me each week!!

    Many blessings - Julie

  7. Love your work. Happy crafting #7

  8. Kawawa naman mga naapektuhan ng baga at ulan.
    Yes, sometimes we feel so helpless. There are beeds on every sides and the best we can do is to run to God and He will provide.
    Thanks for the words and the pictures.

  9. Glad to hear you are alright and not having to have refuge on the roof with others.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Yoda 24

  10. Hello, love your look on your tags! I am also glad that you are safe and dry. Floods are no fun! Will be sending blessings your way. Until then Have a great day and Bright blessings to you and yours Roberta 26

  11. Glad you are not troubled by those terrible floods. Your atc's look gorgeous.. Have a lovely week. Helen 8

  12. there are so many things i can thank God for esp now during this rainy season. but there are also so many things i'm fearful about. this message is very timely. it's been ages since i last posted and visited blogs. haven't really been up to it the last two months.

  13. Sending love and strength for your Mother Patsy. Oh how alarming the rains are, it's hard not to be frightened by such forces around you. Your bible reading this morning is completely apt, if not a little challenging in times such as this!

  14. Hello Patsy.
    I was praying for you all and your land last evening, when I saw the pictures on the BBC website (we choose not to have a TV licence for watching live television). How beautiful that Father God gave you just the passage you needed today - He knows you, and loves you so much. Rest in Him at this worrying time, Patsy. Remember, His plans are perfect and good.
    Have a precious week with Jesus.
    Margaret #58

  15. These floods look terrible. I do hope you stay safe and that your faith keeps you still and calm. What a beautiful, peaceful image and text on your first ATC. Julie Ann x #35

  16. Hi Patsy
    firstly oh my word the flooding that must be so frightening when that happens, thank heavens you are safe and dry.
    I am loving your ATC's and then your lady on the two larger images is stunning she draws you in.
    Have and extra special WOYWW and week
    Hugs Ria #87

  17. Glad to know you are safe with all that rain
    You artwork and messages are an inspiration
    Hope those you care about are well soon

  18. Hello, Patsy! This is my first visit to your blog - I am very touched by your scriptures and artwork! Glad you are safe and not in the flooded areas; that would be so frightening!

  19. Such beautiful work, Patsy. I especially like the one: do not fear. So many times in the Bible this phrase is used. I'm glad you are high and dry. I have wondered about you and Peggy and the others from that area.

  20. Your posts are always such a blessing to me, Patsy and I'm renewed each time I read. I'm like you, I read my Bible in the mornings. As we read in Lamentations 3:23, "The Lord's mercies are new every morning", and God and His Word are just waiting to bless us. It will NEVER return void. When we open our hearts to His Word and His messages, He will teach us something new each time we open His precious Word. This is how we grow so that we can bless others. Thank you for reading the Word, sharing your art, serving God, and being a blessing and encouragement in my life. I can only hope that I do the same for you, and that together, we can LIFT UP AND PRAISE THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS. I am so blessed to know you and to worship Him with you from all the way across the world. That's how AWESOME our God is!
    Thanks for stopping by to share with us and have a very blessed week.
    Word Art Wednesday

  21. Hi - so sorry to see all the flooding so close to you - it really brings home the need to count our blessings. Thanks for sharing your journal pages - very thought provoking Ali #30

  22. Patsy,
    Such a way you have of making the Good News look good on your ATC cards.
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful project with us this week.
    It means a lot to us that you to pop in.
    Carole Robb Bisson,
    Word Art Wednesday

  23. It's hard not to feel guilty when you are ok but people around you aren't. Sending prayers for your mum and for the poor people who have no home after the rains......
    Hugs, LLJ 63 xxx

  24. Beautiful work, as always. Glad you are safe from the flooding.

  25. Once again, this was exactly what I needed to hear/see today. God is good to give the these reminders that I do not need to fear and that He will give me strength to face whatever's ahead.

  26. Lots of rain here too! tho I am on a mountain top so also blessedly high and dry.
    My brushes are on what I believe are pen holders. I love them for using when I paint and also for drying.
    Thanks for visiting and the snoop around your place.
    I also love ATCs- maybe we could swap.
    robyn 25

  27. Now I am just in tears! Let me explain. Your post is the 4th one I have read from UNITE about seeing.i.e. "If only we could see ourselves
    through His eyes!" The last three in a row have been on the same subject. I know it's God...only God. Plus, your top painting just struck me...brought me tears..real tears. She looks like me. A sharp nose, no upper lip...and of course, her eyes struck me. Then your words? "Don't be afraid". I knew that was God speaking to me. He is using you, friend. This site. All of you at UNITE. A million words cannot thank you enough! ~ Jen


I am so glad you dropped by! You are a blessing!
:^) Patsy