Sunday, July 6, 2008

Pink Poppy Watercolor Painting

This is a 5 X 7" watercolor on Arches 140 lb paper.

My thought for today is from Joel Olsteen and his book Your Best Life Now...talking about letting of the past, he says one of the keys to moving forward to the great future God has planned is learning how to overcome disappointments.... and who hasn't had those.... In the words of A.W. Tozer, "To let go is surrender; to let God is belief."
Knowing that God is fighting your battles, you can release pain and hurts. "Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it."....Henry Emerson Fosdick.

That especially concerns what we've done ourselves by our own poor choices. Those are sometimes the hardest to forget. Olsteen says, 'You may feel disqualified from God's best, convinced that you must settle for second best the rest of your life because of the poor decisions you made. But friend, God desires your restoration even more than you do! '

Dorothy Bernard is quoted as saying, "Courage is fear that has said its prayers." It takes courage to look at your mistakes, shake them off and go on----ask anybody in recovery from alcohol or drugs.

And I will leave you with one last Scripture....from Philippians 3:13.... from Paul. who had originally been an enthusiastic opponent of Christianity and a murderer of Christians. He had to forget his past once he had a personal encounter with God:

"Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal."

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