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10 February 2016

Change is in the Air



  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2016

Photography Lake Cypress Springs 
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“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ― Leo Tolstoy

I am not sure I think of just changing the world because of what I do... my marketing and 'presence' have to constantly be changing to offer up incentives for people to follow my writing and watch my art grow and change. I overthink the 'changing of me'.

Change is a constant in our lives. It is the one constant you can predict will be every single moment of every day and you have absolutely no control over it except HOW you respond to change.  Maybe that is the part of changing yourself you need to work on.

We all have that 'great pie in the sky' thought of IF ONLY... IF ONLY this happened everything would be good.  IF ONLY this happened then I would not have to worry anymore.  IF ONLY... IF ONLY... but it is not about things happening, it is about how you react to things happening around you.  Things are good right now if you truly stop and reconnect with God. 

In the old Testament, in Deuteronomy 31:6 it says, " Be Strong and courageous.  Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. he will not leave you or forsake you."

Be aware of how fast things change around you this week.  If you can keep a tally count. Then be aware of how you react to the change. Work on keeping everything in perspective with God.

Change is in the air again here. I grow weary of it at times but know it keeps us on our toes. This soon to be change should allow me a bit more freedom to be a wife, mother and grandmother.  There will be other things to take the place of what will fall off my schedule, it will be different and it will be change. God will be with us every moment of the journey.  

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ESV  "So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."

Laurie



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07 February 2016

Dirt... it is all Dirt. Flower Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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 Sunday Morning Color  Oil on Canvas. Sold
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“It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.” ― C.S. Lewis

You really have to read the whole paragraph to understand this quote.  "I know all about the despair of overcoming chronic temptation. It is not serious, provided self-offended petulance, annoyance at breaking records, impatience etc., don't get the upper hand. No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home. But the bathrooms are all ready, the towels put out, and the clean clothes in the airing cupboard.  The only fatal thing is to lose one's temper and give it up.  It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us, it is the very sign of His presence."  C S Lewis 20, January 1942

I believe we all face despair and chronic temptation in our lives. If our faith is strong we realize despite it all, God is in us and with us.  Last month I was struggling with some changes in a situation that I felt disappointment and anger.  When others disappoint us, it is easy to develop a chronic case of failure.  With lots of prayer and study and reflection, I knew I had to allow God to work this all through and I could do nothing more. All the time I lost over this worry was now lost to me.  Make sure in your life you are not wasting precious moments with misunderstandings and allowing them to fester. Let Go and Let God.  He takes us dirt and all and will walk through with us. 

Look at the beautiful flowers that grow from dirt.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:34

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06 February 2016

Second thoughts... Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



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 Second Thought  Oil on Canvas. Sold
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“The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking."  [War With Honour, 1940]” ― A.A. Milne

How much value do you give to second thoughts?

sec·ond thoughts   .   noun  .  a change of opinion or resolve reached after considering something again.   Example: "on second thought, perhaps he was right"

When taking a test it is usually better to ignore second thoughts. That is when you start talking yourself out of your first impression answer, which is usually correct.  As an artist working on canvas, sometimes second thoughts hold more value... The canvas seems to have a mind of its own, or at least a spirit that grows from the surface of color. Gee some of mine have third thought and fourth thought. 

I love A.A. Milne's quote above.  We are a society of people that wants love and wants to be accepted.  So too often I believe we try to join and think with the majority to be popular or with the larger group. Is that really sane thinking?  Then you think about the minority group, which is usually filled with personalities that challenge the accepted norm, or the majority thinkers.  

Confused yet?  Perhaps it is best to be an independent that thinks on your own.  Can we get to that point of accepting and loving ourselves just like we are?  That my friend, is a first thought and I think I will stay with it.

"I said to myself,  “God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed.”
 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”   So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?" Ecclesiastes 3:17-22


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05 February 2016

Passion of Seven... A time to be born. Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



Passion of Seven 2007 Laurie Pace
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“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

I know time is relevant for each of us.  I grew up with the song in the sixties based on this Bible verse.  What you do not see is a time to be angry. Try to let go today of any anger living inside of you.  Free up your life. 

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
     a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
     a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
     a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.
 What do workers gain from their toil?  I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.  He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.  I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.

God does it so that people will fear him.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-14


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03 February 2016

California Dreaming, Red Poppy Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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 California Dreaming Oil on Canvas Sold
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

Was recently reading an article that was shared on FB about the five things people regretted when they were dying.  This was one of them at the top of the list.  How many of us, myself included, always take the safe route on choosing?  I rarely have been daring in life and when I did...wow, I really did.  I was constantly pushing the edge for careers and doing it successfully but my personal life... nope... very cautious on making any decisions or choices.  

Back in 1969, all my friends in high school had jobs during the summer.  I modeled from age 13 throughout the years at the Apparel Mart in Dallas.. but that was about it for me.  That summer after week two in June, I was so bored with no one else home and my best friend traveling Europe over the summer... so I decided to do what two of my close girl friends were doing and I applied to wait tables at a restaurant inside one of the classy department stores at North Park. Being honest as I filled out my application, they ask all sorts of questions you could not ask today and I filled out something that raised a flag when they considered the weight of the trays with food.  Long story short. I did not get the job.  I was devastated. I could not even get a job as a waitress.

On Monday morning I was looking through the Dallas Morning News (mind you I was only 16 at the time) and saw that Neiman Marcus was needing an ad model.  I called and set up an appt later that day and went in with my portfolio stuffed with things...both modeling references and fashion designs I had created.  Bless the HR person's heart.  They put up with a lot from those of us trying to get employed at 16.  Shortening the story... Yes, I got the job.  I failed to get a waitress job but I landed a full time modeling job with NM!  I modeled for all the print ads for the next year, leaving school each morning early by ten to go to work. (I had most of my credits out of the way and only had to take two courses.) I loved every single moment of working at Neiman Marcus and being apart of everything. With the lush store discount, I went off to college a year later with a closet full of clothes that were the envy of many.

My dad always told me to believe in myself and I could accomplish anything I put my heart and mind to.  He was right and this has taken me through my life taking chances I normally would not take.  I am still very cautious about travel, and I do not drive a car. (Story for another time.) I am a homebody with a secret desire to travel. What is holding me back? It is easy to say world situations or something similar, but something else holds me back.  

I do dream, but there is not enough exploring and discovery unless it has to do with my careers.  I have been a model through age 35, runway, print and TV. I worked for an ad agency 10 years as Head Artist, did voice overs and television commercial work. Then with three children at home, I went back to add to my degree a teaching certificate. I then taught school for 7 years.  When I left teaching I was a mess trying to figure out what to do next... and that is when I chose to do my own art and have it support me.  It took a lot of work over the past twenty years and I reached every single goal I could have imagined. In many ways I want to still do this but I am yearning for a change with less responsibility because now I want to spend time enjoying family and travel. I need to get the 'What ifs" out of my life. 

What are you NOT doing that you have always dreamed about and why are you not doing it?

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;  Romans 12:6

Laurie

Post Note:  A young woman I met last summer is off on a real adventure. She and her husband left FULL TIME JOBS after saving money for seven years...and they are off backpacking and enjoying the world with no plans to return to Texas for two years. I pray for them nightly and totally admire their spirit of adventure.  I would have a mind full of WHAT IFs?


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01 February 2016

My Love for You... thoughts and photography by Laurie Pace



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 Orchids  Photography  
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“Flower petals in the breeze look like a butterfly flapping its wings. My love for you takes flight like a white orchid blushing pink.” ― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

We have made February... the month of love and another month for me filled with birthdays.   I looked up on the internet to see where the origin of this holiday started, thinking perhaps this was just another HALLMARK holiday pushed by our economic frenzy to spend money! It actually hit the USA in the 1800's... but started years and years before this. 

Here is what I found .  "While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage."  Click here to read more. 

Not sure what your plans may be, but it might be wise to be heart-ful this month.  We all seem to yearn for someone to love us because there is an emptiness inside of us.  We have to love God first and learn to love ourselves.  You cannot give what you do not have to others... LOVE.   

So when your heart is filled with love, only then you will receive great joy in sharing that love with others. When you give your love so abundantly and freely, the feeling of joy that comes from sharing it will be great. Your love continues to grow and expand.  So if you feel the emptiness of not being love, it is time to shift your attention to your self and realize you have to love yourself first. What is in your own highest good? Make February the month you figure this out. Read more. 

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12

Laurie

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31 January 2016

Did you begin? Thoughts and paintings by Laurie pace



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A Moment  Sold   Oil on Canvas.
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“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

With new years well underway, did you make resolutions?  Did you begin those resolutions?  To begin something to bring change to your life, you must begin it.  You must start it right now. 

As for this day... if it is beginning, make it the best that it can be. Do not waste time thinking or worrying about things ahead or problems you face. God only wants you to experience them one time... not a hundred times going through your head with worry about what might happen.  Let him handle it.  It is NOT easy to refocus your thoughts away from the worries and problems, but you can do it.  One problem or worry at a time.  Tomorrow will come on its own with it's own challenges.

The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. Luke 8:14

Laurie


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