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My Plan, I Hope

There’s this blank spot on my living room wall, just to the left of the piano. It really needs something. But not just anything.

It’s got to be special. Personal.

Something that reflects me and my husband.

The sea is what daily calls to me and on one of my walks on the shore, I did what I usually do: look for sea shells.

Then the inspiration hit. Why not collect enough shells to make a shell wreath. I pictured how pretty the wreath would look mounted against a blue backdrop and hung to the left of the piano. I’d decorate the blue canvas with some Bible verses. Some sand coating along the borders of the backdrop to make the blue pop and to remind me of the ocean beach.

My thought had gone from a thought to a plan. I’d mentally made my craft store list and pictured how I’d go about constructing this magnificent project.

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As I drove home from Michael’s with my supplies, I thought how God, too, had a thought, concerning the creation of mankind. People would be His crowning creation. And before He even created the world, and the oceans, forests, mountains, animals, and mankind, God had a thought about me…and you.

The Bible (see John 1:1) speaks of Jesus as the Word. The Greek for this is LOGOS. There are many ancient and contemporary writings on the meaning of the word, Logos. But the essence is “the thought”, and the “expression of the thought.”

John 1:1-2 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.”

Not only that, but verse 3 says, “All things were made through Him, and without Him, nothing was made that was made.”

Nothing.

My creative powers only extend to assembling a few objects, painting and glueing, then hanging on my wall. I’m not even sure if my creation will come out the way I envisioned it.

But God’s plan, through Jesus Christ, did and does not fail.

My artistic plan is to paint Bible verses across the blue canvas in white lettering. Verses that will remind me daily of the power and glory of God.

Hopefully, in another week, I’ll be posting a photo of my completed “Logos.”

 

 

 

 

Writing On The Wall

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I was thinking a month ago about the creepy account of King Belshazzar, that wicked and arrogant ruler of the ancient Babylonians. During a feast, he and his guests suddenly saw a disembodied hand writing on the wall: “Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin.”

The Israelite prophet, Daniel, interpreted the words to the King: “God has numbered your kingdoms and finished it; you have been weighed in the balance and found wanting; your kingdom will be given to the Medes and Persians.”

That very night, King Belshazzar was deposed and his kingdom conquered by the Medes and the Persians.

And I thought, if God were to write on my wall, what would He say?

  • Would He remind me of my pledge to speak life into others rather than criticism or condemnation?
  • Would he project precious memories on my “wall”?
  • Maybe he would put some friend on my heart who’s struggling with illness, discouragement,  or a difficulty in their family, or job, and urge me to pray for him or her.
  • Maybe my wall would contain dream and goals, and creative ideas for future stories.

So there was this blank spot next to my computer just screaming to be filled. What would I put there? Another print? A small shelf?

And I got this idea from the Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic. They have this lovely bulletin board in the meeting room with inspirational thoughts, photos of beautiful babies that have been born to clients, thank you letters from clients.

Why couldn’t I do that, too? So I told my son and daughter-in-law that I wanted a plain but fairly big bulletin board for my birthday. When they came out to visit, Carissa and I went to Michael’s and found the perfect size. We also bought lots of tiny decorative things to hot glue onto the frame.

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This is it so far. What do you think? Can you see the words I’ve glued to the top and the bottom? “Speak life” on the top, and “faith,” “hope,” and “love.”

I’m sure, as time passes, there will be letters, photos, business cards, more timely inspirational thoughts and scriptures.

Things for me to meditate on each day: what my life is about.

A daily reminder to me “speak life” into other people’s souls and to do so in the power of the Holy Spirit empowered by the faith God had given me, and the hope and love He supplies. His, not mine.

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure,whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (NKJV, Phil. 4:8)