Wednesday, November 05, 2014

WOYWW: We Have Wings!

What's on my workdesk?
I've been commissioned to do a painting 
of the Holy Family.
I didn't start it for a while and 
I keep stopping and starting, even now.
Commissions are difficult,
and I always say,
"I'll make it, but you don't have to get it!"

 You might have thought, 'where's her junk?'
This time I didn't shove it in a bag under my desk,
but put it on the sides.

 On top of my drawers...

 a pile near my laptop...

 ...even stuff on top of my lamp base!

"Whoever does not carry his own cross 
and come after me cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:27
Cross. Even the word scares me. 
Instead of looking at the "crosses" in our life as misfortunes, 
with dread, alarm, resignation, 
could we ever be joyful about them, excited even? 
"I've got the Big C!!! Be happy for me!!!" 
Probably not. 
Unless we really embrace the fact 
that God's love for us will never allow 
anything remotely bad for us. 



Suffering is God's opportunity in disguise.
"Be like a bird that, halting in its flight

Rests on a bough too slight,
And feeling it give way beneath him SINGS,
Knowing HE HATH WINGS!"
(Anon)

Carrying our cross is an opportunity to discover our wings!

"Come, everything is now ready." Luke 14:17
This is what God has been saying to us 
ever since Jesus died on the cross. 
"Come, everything is ready. It is finished." 
Hopefully, we are not too busy, like the guests 
invited to the King's banquet in Luke 14. 
One by one they had excused themselves! 
They were all too preoccupied taking care of things and people 
God had given them as blessings- 
their businesses, their properties, their families. 
Let's not wait until things and people 
are taken away from us to enjoy God's invitation to us! 
What is it that keeps us from 
accepting God's invitation to spend time with Him?



Blessings!
Patsy

17 comments:

  1. Really, really beautiful artwork on your site here! I just love it Patsy.

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  2. Beautiful! Such talent! So glad I followed you at Testimony Tuesday! Blessings to you. Julie

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  3. So much beautiful work. I love the background in the first picture. #8

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  4. Commissions are really hard to do, people are very specific and yet they arent, its a matter of interpretation
    Bridget #2

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  5. A powerful and scary, but encouraging challenge - thanks for sharing it, and your lovely art work - as always. Hugs, Chris # 7

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  6. Wonderful post, hope your get your painting completing.

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  7. Lovely artwork Patsy, congrats on the commission. Cheers and happy WOYWW RobynO#39

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  8. Your faces are amazing, Patsy! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #42

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  9. I always look out for your blog, not just because your art work is beautiful but because you always add a short message. Today is no exception. I had never thought of it that way: carrying your cross to discover your wings....
    I normally read your message out to my husband in the evening. You are anointed girl!
    Thank you for letting me look over your shoulder.
    Have a good week.
    Lisca#28

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  10. Hi Patsy,

    This is my first time visiting your blog. You are very talented and quite an artist. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  11. My first time, too --- you linked to Share the Joy and that led me here. What a lovely sequence of words and images!

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  12. I love your mixed media art Patsy and the message behind each piece!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  13. Late, sorry!
    Lovely words Patsy. I think you need to be surrounded by yourstuff so that the word 'commission' does float across your eyeline everytie you try to paint..that way, it will feel slightly more normal, as if you're doing your own thing.. Amazing how, for such an accomplished artist, a commissioned piece could scare you a bit!

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  14. Beautiful work Patsy and I agree taking on a commission is a difficult project and having your stuff around to bolster your creativity is a small price. Have a great week. Vickie #68

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  15. I found this post to be so interesting to see behind the scenes on your work desk. Your artwork is always so beautiful.

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  16. It is easy to get caught up in everyday living and drift away from time with God. It is a constant battle to keep the world from distracting us. Beautiful art as always Patsy. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!
    Blessings, Deborah

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