The Master’s Brush

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Living at 10,000 feet opens one’s eyes to the benefit of embracing the incredible beauty of the 360 degree landscape of the Rocky Mountains, Denver, and its foothills. The morning sunrises alone offer the partaker the revelation of the limitless palette of colors the Heavenly Father possesses and how creative a Master Painter He is, as each sunrise is uniquely its own.

As with each sunrise, each of our lives has been individually and beautifully painted by our Heavenly Father, the Master Painter of the universe. The “landscape” of each woman’s life may have similar events however their stories are different. Our landscapes include mountains marking the heights of success, valleys designating the depths of our sorrows, darkness representing despair and depression, and the bright sunny frames when the “Son” has taken over our spirits and lit up our worlds.

To better understand the beautiful masterpiece that continues to be created for us by the Master Painter; one must look at how the Master, just as any artist, prepared our canvas to receive its painted story. Long before paint was placed upon our canvas, the Master prepared the surface with a sizing or gesso material. The gesso sealed our canvas’ surface and became a protective covering preventing decay and deterioration and giving strength to the canvas itself. What an incredible blessing! Our Creator placed deep within our beings a “gesso” that when the need would arise we would find an invisible strength within the depths of our spirits that would assist us in weathering the storms of life. Psalm 46:1 states, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (NIV). That same “gesso resolve” assures us that we will not succumb to decay or deterioration since everything we need is already inside us to come against destruction. “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm…” (Ephesians 6:13-14a NIV).

When the priming process of our canvas was completed – its surface was ready to receive the Master’s brush! Meticulously the Master mixed the colors from His palette and began to capture our life’s landscapes. Every joyful moment, every success, every heartache, loss and grieving moment is caught on our canvas. Daughters of the Most High King, every one of us have had “stuff” happen to us in our lifetime; whether it is abuse, rejection, offense, hurt and/or pain and we need to remember that nothing has happened to us that did not first pass through the Master’s Hands to His brush. Our tests become our testimonies; our battles qualify us to become overcomers as we tap into the power of the Holy Spirit within us. There is beauty to behold in each landscape. Rejecting any storm within our lives and staying stuck in the “would a, could a, should a’s” of life, denies us the liberation of being set free as God’s healing becomes complete during our lifetimes.

The Word tells us we have been created in the image and likeness of God – oh, women of God, behold your beauty for the Master has creatively painted every moment of your existence! Embrace your landscapes!                                               

The Words of a Mother

If you knew that your words as a mother would shape and mold someone into who they would become, would you be more careful to choose what you say? Or would you change the way you said it, knowing that every word was heard by someone you cared for…that they would listen to those words and then learn how to act and respond just by following after you?

Ever since I was little, my mom (especially) has always spoken words of life into me. I feel as though my mom was the head cheerleader of who I was, and she always cheered me on, wanting to see me succeed. No matter the mistakes I made, I knew she would always love me and care for me. How powerful is the love of a mother! It touches a child’s heart in ways that words can’t express.

We can learn so much from our mothers and can’t forget the impact that they make in our lives. I am a prime example of how the words of a mother empowered her daughter to be the woman God has called her to be. As I have grown older, I have realized that I need my mother more than I did before. She has already been where I am going and has already done the things I am starting. So, I need her to continue to speak words of life into me just as she did when I was a child.

Mamas, we need you!
Mamas, we need you more than we ever have before.
We are starting a new season of our life and can’t do it without your love and guidance.
We need the encouraging words that you speak to remind us that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.
We need your love to remind us that no matter what happens or what situation comes that there are always arms open wide for us to run to.
We need your laughter because only you can make the silly jokes that make us laugh and smile in a way no one else can.
We need your correction; we are going to try new things, say the wrong words, or mess up in some way or another, but we need the voice of wisdom and guidance to help us along the way.
We need your support, for when we know that you are behind us, we feel as though we can mount up like an eagle and soar.
We need your hand to help us up when we have fallen and to show us who our source is and where our help comes from.
We need your mercy; sometimes we will push you away and act as though we may know it all, but we don’t, and we still need you to be there to help us through.
We need you to believe in us because we have dreams and hopes for the future, and we need you to pray and believe with us that they will come to pass.
We need you to teach us how to be a godly wife, mother, daughter, and friend.
We need you to teach us how to have faith and believe that all things work together for good. Just remember that every prayer you prayed has helped make us into who we are today.
Every tear you cried with us meant the world to us.
Every time you put us before yourself, we saw, and we can’t thank you enough.
Every word of encouragement you spoke was planted deep inside our soul.
So keep being who you are because no matter how old we get, we will always need a role model.
We will always need you.

Nurturing a Strong Relationship with Your Husband – Part 3

Here is the final segment in the three-part series on nurturing your relationship with your husband. See how to implement strategies used by the Proverbs 31 woman and become the priceless partner your husband needs. She is his companion A strong woman is eager to be her husband’s companion. In essence, she studies her husband […]

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Nurturing a Strong Relationship with Your Husband – Part 2

Last week we embarked on a study of the Proverbs 31 woman. This week we will continue to see how we can implement her strategies, as we strive to be a godly wife that nurtures a strong relationship with her husband. She knows that her words have great power in his life A strong woman […]

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Nurturing a Strong Relationship with Your Husband – Part 1

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The Proverbs 31 woman is a strong and powerful woman. She has crafted a life of skillfully managed priorities, productivity, and relationships – especially a healthy and rewarding relationship with her husband. Whether a woman works outside the home in a career or job, or works within the home raising children and tending to the […]

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The Beauty of Prayer

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The beauty of prayer is that it is God’s desire for us to come near to Him. It is that intimate call from our Abba Father to draw near to Him, to spend time with Him, to come to Him as His cherished daughter. The Amplified version of John 6:44 says: “No one is able […]

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Hallelujah!

This is the Easter version of “Hallelujah” adaptation by Kelley Mooney of Leonard Cohen’s song. Very moving. I hope this will bless you during this Holy Week!    

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The Healthy Exchange

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As wise and beautiful women who allow our footsteps to be directed by the Lord, we need to search the Word and find out what God has to say about health. Is it His will that we be in good health? How do we obtain it? Will it benefit our lives on earth? It is […]

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Prayer Warrior

Prayer-Warrior

Prayer is not a passive activity. It is an offensive strategy designed by God to destroy the works of the devil (see Ephesians 6:10-18). However, too often Christians perceive prayer as merely a reverent petition and they limit the power of prayer. We have become passive, spiritual hostages, while biblical values are attacked and immorality […]

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The King’s Daughter – Part 2

When you are changed, it’s because you have allowed Jesus to become the King and Ruler of your life. Is He ruling over every area of your life, or are you still ruling certain areas? He wants to be the King of your whole life. Surrendering everything to our King isn’t always easy. We don’t […]

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