[PC-USA] 2020-02-27 - Shake off the Dust

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As I pulled out a pad of tracing paper, my sketch board and pencils, and looked for my pen and ink tools, I remembered what I loved so much about using them. These are some of the many tools that allow me to connect to the world in my own way-the way in which I was wired. Then affirming this as my ultimate happy place was my son saying, “I still want you to teach me darkroom photography one day."😊 Not only was it nice to know he values my experience, but it also took me back to times in college learning, and then with the kids growing up, sharing some of the aspects of how art collides with and enhances life. Making crafts with them and seeing their joy in learning and making things to lift others‘ spirits. One of my favorites was when the kids and I went and picked out some balsa wood boxes at Michael‘s, to make memory boxes for their Dad for Father‘s Day. They each decorated theirs with their own theme, colors, and style, to begin a journey of sharing special times together and having a little token of the experience to put inside the box. A ticket stub from the movies or concert, a photo of something or someone, cards, notes and other trinkets evoking joyful memories.

Much like the memory boxes, the many instruments that aid me in sharing creative works evoke joyful memories for me. And when life sometimes gets in the way of shaking the dust off my artist toolbox, God can send me gentle reminders of the importance of sharing it. I can do it for the pure joy it brings me, for the love of teaching an aspect of it to someone else, or to use my gift as a blessing in many other ways. Asking for God‘s leading in how he will be best glorified is always my prayer. And no matter what - I am grateful for all he has given me to share, and I pray for the strength and wisdom to know the best timing in which to do so. Are you shaking the dust off your tools and talents, and getting back to the basics of sharing a wonderful gift whenever you can? Off I go - getting to work.

“He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:22-23)

“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ’Master,‘ he said, ’I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So, I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.‘ “His master replied, ’You wicked, lazy servant! So, you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned, I would have received it back with interest. “’So, take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.‘ (Matthew 25:24-28 NIV)

“Wake up, wake up, Jerusalem, and clothe yourselves with strength from God. Put on your beautiful clothes, O Zion, Holy City; for sinners—those who turn from God—will no longer enter your gates. Rise from the dust, Jerusalem; take off the slave bands from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For the Lord says: When I sold you into exile, I asked no fee from your oppressors; now I can take you back again and owe them not a cent!” (Isaiah 52:1-3 TLB)

“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 9:8-10 NIV)

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