Today, while my husband is doing his finish work to prepare the frame over our dock for summer wear and tear, I have been given the freedom to engage in artistic pursuits. Yesterday Ken found a huge, amazing book of Norman Rockwell paintings and drawings in the local library. For me! 😆 so, I am trying my hand with pen on this lovely painting titled Looking Out to Sea. Not everyone is perfect but there are some that are so inspiring that you want to press into their moves and if at all possible reproduce what they’ve got going. This is true for fans of every genre from media to science to athletics, musicians, teachers and many more but the cutest is when a little child gets their dad’s swagger down. We are told in the Bible to have the mind of Christ, take on His attitudes, His swagger. The Apostle Paul said what you’ve heard me say and seen me do, do them. If you’ve listened to Graham Cooke he says we are called to be brilliant, like Jesus. If people ask what Jesus is like we can say “A little like me.” when the disciples asked Jesus to show them God He said if you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father. The name Christian, little Christ, was initially meant to be derogatory but was embraced by Jesus followers. Jesus Himself said He only did what He saw the Father doing. As we practice the moves more and more of the One who loves perfectly the more we will take on His swagger, not pride but joy, not self serving but initiating and reaching out to care for and bring out the best in others.
Heavenly Father help me to better see your moves. You said you are a Spirit and we must worship You in spirit and truth. Cause me know Your truth is meant to free and empower me and upgrade my faith. Cause my heart to always be looking for ways to encourage, empower and release others to be all you have called them to be.
Jesus, you are always in agreement with the Father. You placed Yourself in submission to His will. You did not insist on coming to earth in a blaze of glory but instead showed us that humility comes before promotion. I want to be a good listener. I want to embrace your heart of love over adulation and self importance. Jesus, You said when I do what You say I am Your friend. I always want to be Your friend.
Holy Spirit, You are my Teacher, my Guide and Counselor. You empower me to exercise self control, to be kind and grateful, joyful and wise, fearless and courageous. Give me ears to hear You speak and determination to obey. Keep my heart soft and yielded to Your voice.
Thank You Father for sending Jesus. Thank You Jesus for Your sacrifice. You, for all the joyous anticipation of having me with You forever thought I was worth it. And thank you Holy Spirit for sealing me for eternity in the Kingdom of Light and for working inside me to become more like YOU. Awesome!