Wednesday, December 16, 2015

WOYWW: Expecting the Messiah

 I am starting another canvas
in preparation for next year's Art in the Park.
Art in the Park is an annual Art Fair and it's the only place
where I really sell my paintings. 
On the right is a tub of mixed nuts.
I get hungry while I'm painting, ha ha!!!

"Are you the Messiah we've been expecting..." Luke 7:20

Didn't John the Baptist know who Jesus Christ was? Why did he send two of his disciples to Jesus to ask, 'Are you "He who is to come" or do we look for someone else?' Like John, many of us have questions from time to time. Being a a committed Christian is not always a straight road. In the 1st chapter of Luke, verse 41, John leaped for joy in his mother Elizabeth's womb, when Mary came to visit, in recognition of who the baby in Mary's womb was. You would think that he of all people would be sure of who the Messiah was. After all, he was called to prepare the way of the Lord. In Luke 1:80, we read that John grew up and became strong in spirit, and lived out in the wilderness until he began his public ministry.

 This tells me that it is all right to be on a constant exploration, to be constantly in search of God, to never give up. Even if we have doubts, even if we have questions. Even if we take a wrong turn. God is discoverable. After all, Jeremiah 29:13 promises, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." And in Matthew 7:7, Jesus himself says: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."

 "Come to me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me...Your souls will find rest." Matthew 11:28-29

Usually what we remember about this well loved verse is that Jesus will refresh us, and our souls will find rest. We usually disregard what Jesus said about learning from Him which is a prerequisite to finding rest. Rest of course does not mean sleep or having time off. What Jesus promises is a season of refreshment, fulfillment, restoration. It is very clear that to be in this enviable state, we need to learn some life skills from Jesus. Humility, generosity, putting God and what He loves first, prayer, and first and foremost that Jesus is Master and Lord. How else can He become our teacher? 

When we observe people, we will see that when we need help, when we are burdened, very often we run to other people and other places, rather than come to Jesus who is waiting. We may even run to Church or religion. But going to Church is not the same as making Jesus our teacher, brother and friend. We need to read His Words, His teachings for ourselves. Lord, teach me to enter into Your rest!

"He guides the humble to justice, He teaches the humble his way." Psalm 25:9

I think most people are a complicated mixture of humility and pride. Sometimes we have this humility that makes us not step up because we think we can't do something, we are not capable, we don't have what it takes. We prefer to watch as other people "take the limelight". But I think being humble means that we know the truth about ourselves. C. S. Lewis in his remarkable book, "Mere Christianity", wrote, "True humility is not thinking less of yourself: it is thinking of yourself less."
I enjoy listening to the preacher, Francis Chan, because he tells funny stories about himself. He told of one of the first times he did a conference and John MacArthur, the famous author-preacher etc. was in the audience. While he was speaking, Francis kept looking at John MacArthur. When they were driving home, Francis Chan's wife asked him, "What was that all about? You weren't yourself!" And Francis Chan said, "John MacArthur was in the audience!" "Let me get this straight," his wife said," You were preaching about the presence of God, and you were worried about the presence of John MacArthur????" 

How many times do we refuse to use our gifts, the gifts God has given us, because we are afraid of what other PEOPLE will think? Humility is knowing that we are nothing without Christ. We can do nothing without God's presence and power. "Few of us are big enough to become little enough to be used of God," Vance Havner wrote. Lord, help me to become little enough so You can teach me Your ways, and You can accomplish what You want to accomplish through me!

Joining the lovely Julia Dunnit for a 
peek at desks and projects!

I find a lot of inspiration
visiting my friends here:



  1. Your words and the Bible verses all focused on Jesus. And that is what we need to do. I enjoyed your post and the lovely artwork. Have a blessed Christmas!

  2. Your art is always so lovely. You draw so well and the colors are always so beautiful. Happy WOYWW from #1.

  3. I love how you paint! Happy woyww and a hug from Holland, Marit #28

  4. I love your artwork!

    P.S.: don't forget to enter my giveaway to win a bracelet and earrings jewelry set!

    Greetings, Sofie # 31

  5. I love your artwork!

    P.S.: don't forget to enter my giveaway to win a bracelet and earrings jewelry set!

    Greetings, Sofie # 31

  6. It is lovely to visit you and get grounded. So much commercialism nowadays it is great to step into 'the Light' for a few moments.
    Thank you

    Have a good week

    Bishopsmate #36

  7. Ahh, yes. I love your art. I share your faith. It's always a pleasure to visit your place. Thank you. Blessings to you!

  8. Beautiful Artwork! Inspiring desk.
    Marnie #41

  9. What does woyww mean please? Love your artwork 😊

  10. Love your artwork! Its always so uplifting to come and visit.

  11. Am super impressed that you're starting now....although I've no idea how I thought you got ready to sell art if you don't make it first!!

  12. "Few of us are big enough to become little enough to be used of God," Vance Havner I love that quote.If only all Jesus followers would become small so that He might use us in big ways. Your neighbor on Women with Intention

  13. Love that Havner quote - great post! next to you at wednesday link (I love nuts, too!) Merry Christmas!!

  14. Sometime I bring a few pretzel sticks with me to the craft table. Your art is always so inspirational but your post is not only thought provoking but also reaches my heart to make me want to change. We all need to be a work in progress to please the Master. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday in our 214th FF AG challenge! Advent Blessings, Carole

  15. Hi sweet Patsy! I'm always SO delighted to see your wonderful cards linked to our challenges at Word Art Wednesday, and really can't thank you enough for playing along with us. It's a real treat, and I thank you. I want to also invite you to stop by and play along with us at CropStop - always Anything Goes and it would be such a treat to have you share your cards with us there as well. I hope you'll stop by to check it out.
    Blessings to you,
    Karen Letchworth

    Here's the link:

  16. It is always such a blessing to stop by your blog, your words and art are truly overflowing with the love and Grace of God! Thank you for joining Word Art Wednesday' 214th Challenge! Ginny DT, WAW


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