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Awake Sleeper, Rise

A small oil painting half painted awaits me on the easel. It’s a happy piece, big clouds, spontaneous, loosely painted thus far. A good beginning, recovering from an “oil drought”. I do thrill at the small canvas. Usually I paint much larger, it takes so much time to do. Take small steps.

It seemed a big accomplishment to me, to stop being lazy and actually prepare my watercolor paper before painting on it. I bought paper clamps to hold down the wet paper, until it dried into smooth surface once again. It actually does make the painting stay flatter, and it was well worth the effort. After 40 years of painting, one really should learn the fundamentals, and take the time to apply them. Thus, I’m painting on a larger surface, painting more than one piece at a time. Two watercolors are on the drawing table – one a more realistic rendering of a thrasher on a whipple cholla cactus. It is finished now, here it is.


Thrasher in Cholla
Thrasher in Cholla


The other watercolor is a brightly colored happy playful piece, portraying Psalm 96. It’s so fun to paint praises.


Part of "Psalm 96", unfinished
Part of “Psalm 96”, unfinished


“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all it contains; Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy Before the Lord, for He is coming, For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness.” Ps. 96: 11-13.

He is slowly awakening this sleeper from the dead. As a seed sprouting beneath the surface, a little more Rain brings growth. Praise Him for His Life in us. Being more timid than Paul, I say, “I can’t do anything without Jesus.” Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” We can do what He gives us Life to do. Praise Him.

Not too long ago, someone showed me that I had the words, but not the Power. I am more content to lay waiting for God, for my Resurrection is Jesus. He is the Power, the Life. A seed… relying on Power and Water.

He makes all things beautiful in His time.

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  1. ” . . . and Christ shall dawn upon you.” Ephesians 5:14

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