Wednesday, August 05, 2015

WOYWW: Mother Teresa's Humility List

I have been busy,
and even if I have very little space,
I manage to paint!

My sister Peggy and I need to make 3 big paintings for an art exhibit
in Manila Hotel, a prestigious hotel with a rich history.
General Douglas Macarthur stayed there 
to help build the Philippine Army.

To handle the cost of his suite,
he was given an honorary title of "General Manager".
Gen. Macarthur however ignored the figurehead status and 
took over the management of the hotel!!!!

 These are 2 small ones I started before 
I knew about that invitation,
so these have to wait a while!

Work in progress.
Really when you start out, 
you have to go on in faith
that something beautiful will eventually emerge
from bits of paper and splatters of paint!

"By my life,says the Lord,I will do to you just what I have heard you say." Numbers 14:28
Sometimes, when someone says something negative and I say, "Don't say that! Don't confess defeat or failure or lack or disaster!", I get a scoffing expression on their face. But we either believe the Bible or we don't. Here is a direct example of what happened when the Israelites grumbled against God. He was going to give them this land flowing with milk and honey, but they were intimidated by the "giants" who lived there.
Even if Caleb said they could be victorious, the Israelites preferred to believe the men who had gone with him who said, "The land we explored is a country that consumes its inhabitants. They are giants and we are like grasshoppers to them!" The people had forgotten their God could do the impossible! They started grumbling and complaining until God said, "I will do as I have heard them say." Instead of giving them the land, he allowed them to be consumed (Numbers 14:45).

Jesus said in Mark 11;23 that we will have what we say. Indeed it says in Proverbs 18:21 that death and life are in the power of the tongue. There are about 8000 promises in the Bible. If we confess even some of those promises, instead of declaring defeat or lack, we will be able to fight the enemy from a standpoint of victory. Our God will do to us just as He has heard us say!

 "Now, Moses himself was by far the meekest man on the face of the earth." Numbers 12:3
Another word for meek is humble. Now you would think that a man who spoke to God face to face, who led a nation to freedom, would not be characterized as the "meekest man on the face of the earth". I would think words like confident, fearless, mighty man of valor, would be a more fitting description. But no, Moses was the meekest man ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. Perhaps that is why God chose him. Maybe that is why God was able to use him in a powerful way. Scripture says God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5). Thus it is clear if we want to be used by God, it is best to study how to be a meek and humble person. I don't know about you, but I never really aimed to be known as a meek person. I remember my sister said once that she was always honored for being simple, and she didn't like it!
Meekness or humility is not highly prized today. It is listed as a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Joyce Meyer said that all the fruit of the Spirit comes from love and is held together by self control. Are you up for a challenge? 

Let's rate ourselves against Mother Teresa's humility list!
1. Speak as little as possible about yourself.
2. Keep busy with your own affairs and not those of others.

3. Avoid curiosity.

4. Do not interfere in the affairs of others.
5. Accept small irritations with good humor.
6. Do not dwell on the faults of others.
7. Accept censures even if unmerited.
8. Give in to the will of others.
9. Accept insults and injuries.
10. Accept contempt, being forgotten and disregarded.
11. Be courteous and delicate even when provoked by someone.
12. Do not seek to be admired and loved.
13. Do not protect yourself behind your own dignity.
14. Give in, in discussions, even when you are right.
15. Choose always the more difficult task.

There's a FREE LIVE simulcast event featuring Raul Ries 
presenting a clear gospel message as well as encouragement to believers 
on Friday, August 7th at 7PM (MT)
 in the USA -  9AM on Saturday in the Philippines 
Listen live on Youtube!

Joining the lovely Julia Dunnit for a 
peek at desks and projects!
I find a lot of inspiration
visiting my friends here:



  1. Congrats on showcasing your work at the hotel can't wait to see the big ones the small canvases look wonderful hugs Nikki ??

  2. what an honour! your WIP looks great too... Helen 3

  3. I am sure your lovely art will be well received. It already is starting out lovely. After all, those small canvases are beautiful. Happy WOYWW from #2.

  4. wow Congratulations on the gig !! If they are anything like the rest of your work , they will be wonderful- have a great week . Soojay 24

  5. i love your two small canvases cant wait to see what the big ones become.

    happy woyww
    Charlie :) #9
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  6. Your two small canvases look beautiful. I look forward to seeing the large ones done. Have a lovely week. Barb#20

  7. Wise words, neighbor. And I so love your art work! Blessings to you and yours!

  8. I do so love how you copy people's portraits from magazines. It has been so long I forgot how much I like to visit you! Your large canvas is definitely a work in progress and we all have faith that it will come out wonderfully. I like the bits of text pages here and there. Judy #49

  9. Your art is beautiful and unique! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. What a marvelous honour and opportunity for you and your sister. I pray the Lord will guide your hands and minds as you paint by His Spirit.

  11. Well done on getting the commission! The canvasses will be stunning I'm sure. Offer them to the Lord and he will lead your paint brush.
    Mother Teresa's list is certainly food for thought. I think I will copy it and stick it on the wall!
    Apologies for the late comment. I've been so busy yesterday...
    A blog hug from me,


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