Friday, October 24, 2014

PPF: Impossible?

 "Why do you not know how to interpret the present time?" 
Luke 12:56

In this chapter of Luke, Jesus is frustrated that 
people can't 'interpret the present time', 
can't see things as they really are.  
Part of discernment is seeing things as they are, 
not misinterpreting situations, people, choices etc. 
Sometimes I think if only God would make His will clear. 
If only He would speak and we would just need to obey. 
To have clarity without doubt!!  

When my son Josh was a baby, 
it was very difficult for me to breastfeed. Painful!  
I wanted to stop but Luigi, my husband, 
insisted I continue.  
So I asked God, hoping He would give me permission to stop.  
I was listening to the radio at that time, 
to FEBC, a Christian station.  
Right after I asked the question, the announcer said, 
"Don't quit. God doesn't like quitters."  
I got my answer, loud and clear!

 But most of the time, 
we don't get the answers so clearly. 
Should we expect God to speak to us?  
In John 10:27 there is this reassurance: 
"My sheep hear my voice, I know them and they follow me."  
And then there's Matthew 7:7 and Luke 11:9 
where Jesus says, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find..."  
If we persist in seeking God's will, we will find. 
And why should we persist?

"In His will is our peace." 

 Let us claim Saint Paul's prayer 
for the people of Ephesus for ourselves: 
"I kneel before the Father...that He may grant you 
in accord with the riches of His glory 
to be strengthened with power... 
And that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; 
that you, rooted and grounded in love, 
may have strength to comprehend ...
what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, 
so that you may be filled with the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able 
to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, 
by the power at work within us, to him be glory...
forever and ever. Amen." Eph. 3:14-21
What a powerful prayer this is! 
No one can conceive how rich God is. 
No one can comprehend His power. 
He can easily grant any of our prayers 
and nothing is impossible for Him. 

Paul KNEW Christ. 
He received a revelation from Christ Himself 
and He is praying the same for us. 
That we would know Christ 
and that He would dwell with us. 
If Jesus said He wanted to live with us in our home, 
what would we do? I would clean up for sure! 
Jesus wants to live in our hearts! 
We need to be rooted and grounded, established, 
stable in God's love not the love this world offers 
so that we may be overflowing 
with His fullness and grace and spirit.
If we want it enough, God is fully able 
to do all this and more!

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  1. Your art pieces are always so inspiring Patsy. It's always nice when we receive answers from God so quickly and clearly isn't it?

  2. Beautiful artwork as always Patsy. Happy PPF Annette x

  3. I love this painting, it is so thoughtful and soft. Your message is wonderful, too. How grateful I am that God is in control.

  4. Very nice pieces. You know how to draw a face in an intelligent but kind way.

  5. Patsy,
    I like your figure sitting contemplating. Your post about not quitting is lovely as well. Thank you for posting your beautiful art with us this week during our 155th challenge at Word Art Wednesday. I’m praying for sweet sunshiny days and I’m sending happy hugs to all. Carole, Encouragement Coordinator

  6. Beautiful art and beautiful message. Yes, God does speak to me. . . I pray and I listen. Good blog. Blessings, Janet PPF


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