Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WOYWW: Hold Your Peace

Here is my desk as I am preparing
to paint the verse in John 15:
"I am the VINE,
you are the BRANCHES."

You can see some ATCs I am preparing
for next week's WOYWW anniversary!

I have drawn this verse many times
and I thought that this time,
I will draw a woman
with a grape vine in her hair!!!

The verse continues,
"Whoever remains in me and I in Him
will bear much fruit..." 

"..because without me 
you can do nothing."
John 15:5

Picture yourself in a vineyard.
The grapes are lush,
bursting with color and life.

In the far side of the vineyard,
there is a branch, all withered,
brown, its grapes crumpled and dry,
and all because it was cut away.

"Anyone who does not remain in me
will be thrown out like a branch
and wither..." John 15:6

I don't want to be pruned from the VINE
and neither do you!
In an old fashioned version of this verse,
we can read,
"Whoever ABIDES in me..."
This speaks of LIVING in Christ,
having an ABODE in Him, a HOME.

Having the SAP of Christ
run through us,
His life, His power.
How do we do that?

 The WORD of God is spiritual food.
It is sustenance for our spiritual bodies.

  In Jeremiah 15:6, the prophet said,
"When Your WORDS came, I ate them.
They were my joy and my heart's delight,
for I bear Your name, O Lord God Almighty."

Let us eat God's Word, savor it,
so His sap will run through our lives
in abundance!

 "Peace I leave with you..." John 14:27. 
Jesus never promised a life 
without challenges or problems, 
but He did promise us PEACE. 

 When there are storms, there is an eye,
 where all is CALM. 
When we are in the midst of challenges, 
we need to find the eye, where we rest in God. 
Exodus 14:14 says, "The Lord shall fight for you, 
you need only to be still, 
hold your peace and remain at rest."



  1. These are lovely pieces of art Patsy! Keep going with the beauty you are creating. I love the way you shared how your heart tied scripture to the creativity that came out. Beautiful.

  2. So pretty your painting is :) hugs Nikki no desk # yet

  3. Beautiful paintings. The grape vine in the girl's hair is lovely.

    Fiona #9

  4. A wonderful way of using your creative talents.
    Sandra @10

  5. The background looked lovely and then you drew on it - fabulous! have a good week. Helen 8

  6. Beautiful thought isn't that in the LORD we have peace.. .. "we have peace with God, through our LORD Jesus Christ" Rom 5:1 and the world cant take that away (unless we allow it.. in midst of hurly-burly of life we can rest in that ..
    ...thanks so much for being a blessing and sharing, Patsy, Shaz in Oz.x #14

  7. Actually, 'calm; is a word that I would associate verymuch with you Patsy. And I'd like you to get on a plane and come show me how to paint eyebrows like that...on my real face!

  8. Good morning. Can't believe it's Wednesday again already! Thanks for letting us in to peek at your creative space.
    It is lovely to see the progression of your painting.
    Hope you have a good week too.
    Neil #40

  9. Hi Patsy, so good to see your lady change like that, you are a true artist. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Sleepy head Yoda 26

  10. I do love the way you base your paintings on photos - they turn out brilliantly, and are so apt with the verses you pick. Have a great week, Chris # 17 xx

  11. This is so clever Patsy. Like Julia, I would like you to come and paint my face like that! Maybe fill in a few blemishes and lighten my freckles too!
    Thank you for visiting.

  12. Just beautiful! Yes I am Julia...I need some eyebrows like that too! I made some ATCs too if you want to swap, let me know. I love to watch how your paintings evolve. Just lovely

  13. What I can't get over is the way you allow the background colours to show through the skin tone - I'd never think to do that and yet it looks great! Clever touch :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 21 xx

  14. Lovely painting. I too like the way you let the background come thru the skin tone. Hugs and Happy WOYWW! Nan G #10

  15. hi patsy
    that is so gorgeous and such a hlovsly vese
    jjaneg #24

  16. Hi Patsy - would love to swap ATCs - is your address the same as last year - email me twiglet517 at hotmail dot co .uk

  17. Anonymous1:52 AM

    Lovely words and art, as always! Thank you for linking up to Testimony Tuesday!

  18. Thank you for showing your heartfelt pieces, Patsy.

  19. stunning art work patsy its truly beautiful.i dont always understand all of the mesages behind the words but I love how you use your art to express yourselfand your faith ... its wonderful and enriching.thankyou for sharing it with us have a fab week andrea #45

  20. Patsy, as always your pictures are beautiful and the words so encouraging. I'm not very good at encouraging cards, I don't have the right scripture stamps.
    Thanks for your nice comments on my page, we don't live on our boat, just try to spend 8-10 weeks a year on it.
    Chris #39

  21. Thank you for your Word this week. Once again you are so spot on - without the Peace of the Lord, the Peace that surpasses all understanding, we are nothing.
    Thank you
    Bishopsmate #75

  22. Thank you for sharing all your artwork, Patsy.

  23. Hello Patsy, Thank you for visiting my blog on WOYWW. I do make ATCs and read about the swap but was not clear how it works so I might sit this one out. I will reread the instructions to see if ii "get it." Thanks again.

  24. Another beautiful piece, thanks for visiting me earlier in the week : ). #63


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