Sitting before the clearing
distant autumn trees array like wallpaper.
along with my thoughts.
Something about the clearing allows the thoughts to linger.
A heavy idle.
As darkness falls
taunting me with should have dones.
Agony makes warfare.
I ask the Light for help.
I whisper back to the clearing….
the fog recedes.
Peace as an infantry
Agony has no chance.
Serenity swells my heart
there is no more room for fog.
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There once was I time when I thought I had things figured out…
“If I just put my mind to it and work really, really, really hard,” I said, “I’ll make ____ successful.”
Whether my “blank” was family, school, career, or finances, I thought I was in control and if it didn’t work out….well…then it’s my own fault.
Then life rolls around and beats you up a little.
Suddenly, I realized I’m not in control at all. Despite your best efforts things happen and you could be on an entirely different path then the one you wanted.
That’s why today’s free download is so comforting.
God said, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways.” Is. 55: 8 and “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9
Where I come up short, my heavenly Father takes over. I don’t have to be in control. And that is a relief. Do you know the sound a bottle of soda makes when you open it *Pishhhhhhhhh*? That’s how I feel as my stress is relieved when I meditate on this scripture. It was once bottled up, but now is released.
It’s not easy. I have to keep reminding myself this very thing.
I may not want to be where I’m at in life right now, but that’s okay. I will let God be in control and trust in the end result.
I hope this has helped you especially if you find yourself in a difficult situation. You may download this free artwork and use it for yourself or maybe give to a friend.
Full resolution 8×5 .PDF file.
Never give up, with God all things are possible.
Help in Troubled Times Free Download Strength by Christine Novak Kane is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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Glitter Snowfall watercolor sketch
As the sun peeks out from the clouds, the snow is transformed into glitter. Glitter, literally.
It is falling soft and slow, straight down for there is no wind. A calm hush prevails.
It is a very holy moment.
As I sketch this scene from my window, a foreclosed house is in my view. There is no smoke from the furnace pipe and the eyes of the house are black and cold. My anxiety rises thinking of how many of these are on my block. Will mine be next?
But this moment is truly holy for God is trying to teach me how to be still, to appreciate this very time filled space and be happy in His wonder.
I close my eyes and praise Him for who He is. In the midst of all the problems, my anxiety fades away. I open my eyes and watch the sparkle of the snowflakes. Those tiny mirrors reflecting the sun, how amazing. I am happy. I am living in this moment. I am living under His care.
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Have you ever been in a spot where things seem impossible and you just don’t know what to do? Maybe you weigh your options but any decision you make will still not work.
When you don’t know what to do, seek God.
I try to do this in my own life. It’s not always easy. Sometimes God allows us to go through difficult times for many reasons, but never because He’s mean or likes to deal out punishments. Here what is says in the bible about such times:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28
You can view it like taking medicine, tastes horrible but in the end beneficial for wellness. You just can’t see the end result yet.
God always has a plan for those who seek Him and He is always in control. Even when it looks just the opposite. He will provide a path for you.
As a free gift, I offer this piece of art. You can download a full 7×5 .pdf here:
You can print it, give it as a gift, or maybe make Christmas cards with it?
Winter Night by Christine Novak Kane is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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It seems as if we are bombarded with unsettling news nearly everyday now…high unemployment, rising prices, dysfunctional government, corporate greed, etc., etc…
There is hope in situations which appear hopeless. Don’t lose heart.
Look at the birds of the air: for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Yes, you are of more value.
He even has the very hairs of your head numbered (Matt 10:30).
You are loved.
If you are struggling or worried you soon will be struggling, cast your cares on God. You do not need an elaborate prayer with puffy fluffy words, just quietly say, “Father, I need you.”
This image is a gift for you. Print it, share it, put it on your refrigerator, what ever you like.
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I hope this is of help to you.
Help in Troubled Times – Sparrows by Christine Novak Kane is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License.
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