Thursday, June 5, 2014

God’s Masterpiece

P31 OBS Blog Hop This morning, I don’t feel much like a masterpiece. I feel skittish and my eyes are filled with the various obstacles I know I’ll approach today. But, I’m going to literally force my eyes to stop focusing on the obstacles and instead focus on Jesus.
This week, I’m continuing to read Limitless Life by Derwin Gray as part of my Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study. Our key verse for the week is Ephesians 2:10. I love The Voice translation, which says “For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.” Mmmmm… that poetry part captures my heart and speaks to the writer inside of it! The artist, too… so I made a little art as part of the Map It P31OBS challenge. I’m following it up with the photo art I’ve made for each of the four chapters so far.
Chapter 1, page 9IMG_2496
Chapter 2, page 34IMG_2498
From Chapter 3, page 62. On page 60 he talks about how an oyster is wounded, then spends 7 to 8 years forming its pearl in response to the wound. The 7 to 8 years is the pearl's full life span. That puts my pain in perspective and reminds me it will take my entire lifetime to turn my mess into God's masterpiece.IMG_2566
From Chapter 4, page 73 “When we wallow in self-pity, the pain or event that caused the pain only gets worse. It magnifies. And did you realize that whatever we magnify, we worship? And whatever we worship, we resemble? If we wallow in self-pity, we will become more pitiful and limit our lives. If we stay in Jesus and meditate on what He's accomplished on our behalf, we magnify His great work, and as we do this, we worship Him.”IMG_2568


Missindeedy said...

Elizabeth, what powerful visual art you have created to remind us of these important Truths! I so loved your Heaven's poetry piece. Thank you so much for sharing these inspired pieces with us here, today! What an encouragement to remember.

Missy (Proverbs 31 Ministries OBS Team)

Stephanie Haynes said...

Elizabeth, I LOVE your art!! I am soooo glad I found your blog too (I should have just asked you for the name but I didn't think of it!)

Tonya McCoy ~ Proverbs 31 Ministries OBS Team said...

Elizabeth, I love this! Your art is beautiful! I love the reminder about the pearl. I keep thinking about my situation & too many times pray but God it has been so many years of this how much longer.....ha, maybe I'm that pearl! Thank you for that reminder today!

Red Sox Liz said...

I love your visual art. It is eye-catching and thought-provoking. I also love the translation you used of this week's verse. It is absolutely beautiful!

Unknown said...

Woweeee, I love, I love, I love it!

All the spiritual truths from the book that stood out for me you nailed each one of them into visual art. Brilliant and simply beautiful. Thank you!

Valerie R said...

I love your art and words. Everything is heart moving and encouraging!!


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