Friday, May 30, 2014

Paint Party Friday: Troubles into Joy!

When I was pregnant, I was filled with anxiety.
I was 38 years old, it was my first time
and I entertained fears about whether my baby
would be born normal.
I had spotting, pre-eclampsia, and
pains in my pelvic region.
And the baby would have spasms of what would
turn out to be bouts of hiccups.

Because of my anxiety, I would nag God,
"pray without ceasing".
Then I felt God say to me,
"Patsy, when you hold your baby
in your arms,
you will know how much I love you."
True enough, my delivery was quick,
almost painless.



When Joshua arrived, he had a big nose
and even bigger ears.
My mom was so dismayed that she nagged God
to make Joshua cute.
And Josh was the cutest baby ever!


There are many times in our life that give us
anxiety, fear, grief, or pain.
We go through many challenges.
But if we HOPE in God, 'pray without ceasing',
and trust that God always 
wants the best for us,
ALL our troubles will turn into JOY!

"When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish
because her hour has arrived;
but when she has given birth to a child,
she no longer remembers the pain
because of her joy that a 
child has been born into the world"
John 16:20-23

Jesus said to His disciples, 
"A little while and you will no longer see me,
and again a little while later and you will see me."
John 16:16

Jesus and His disciples certainly
had some strange conversations!
But after He died and appeared to them,
some of those conversations became clearer.

I miss my mom very much, but that
is tempered by knowing I will see her again.
How terribly desolate I would be if
I did not have this reassurance!


But we do not have to wait to be with Jesus!
We can be with Him all the time!
He left us the Spirit to be with us always!
"And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age."
Matthew 28:20

We just need
to spend time with Him and
not be so enamored of the things
this world has to offer!
We can't "see and hear" Him
if we don't turn off the noises,
the clamoring of this world,
the urgent call of
the long list of things to do!




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Thank you for dropping by!
You are appreciated!

Patsy





11 comments:

  1. Beautiful artwork and reflections Patsy.

    Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. Beautiful arteork. I can't help thinking of a Chinese proverb saying : There's only one beautiful child in the world, and every mother owns him/her. I think it tells the truth that every mother loves her child no matter what.

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  3. Precious! The image of pregnant woman, so sweet, so strong, I love, and his life story too. Saludos

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  4. I like the splotches of blue on this beautiful piece. Thank you so much for taking time to post this absolutely wonderful work of art with us at Word Art Wednesday.
    Blessings,
    Carole

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  5. I love the reflections on the memories you have. The painting is beautiful. Blessings, Janet, PPF

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  6. Beautiful! Thanks for posting! <3

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  7. pray without ceasing and trust. yes, yes, yes. remind myself of this often, patsy. always love your thoughts along with your beautiful art. thanks for sharing with us 'in the studio' this week!

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  8. When I was carrying my Emily she had hiccups all the time. She's 21 and still does. I am thankful, too, that I have the hope of seeing loved ones in heaven.

    Joyfully,
    Pamela

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  9. Thanks for sharing your lovely art with us at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy Patsy!

    You are in my thoughts and prayers! :-)

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  10. What a precious gift. Yes, I love how the anguish of childbirth produces something so spectacular you can't even describe in words.

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