Saturday, February 16, 2013

February Art Update

To whom it may interest...Here is where I am on my deer painting...I am working on the right ear! LOL   Also I lifted a lot of the paint from the lower leaves- they just weren't suiting me. I find myself wishing I had not tried to do an autumn scene because green leaves would be much easier. :) But this will make me learn something hopefully...







Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Devotional for February - Shared

My husband receives the daily devotional from Joni and Friends...this one was published January 30, 2013 and I liked it so well I wanted to post it here on my blog.



Giving Grace
"Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear." Ephesians 4:29 (NASB)

Before this day is done, an occasion will arise in your life that today's verse calls "the need of the moment." It will happen this way: God has someone in mind He wants to touch today. He has grace available for this person. At the same time, God is looking for another person to serve as His conduit. What does He do next: He crosses your paths. He puts the two of you together in a grocery check-out line, on a golf course, at choir rehearsal, in Chemistry class, in the parking lot or at the ATM booth.

What happens after that is up to you. You have before you a "need of the moment." You also have God who desires to give divine help. You can choose to side-step the moment and, thus, miss the opportunity, or you can give "such a word as is good for edification...that it may give grace to those who hear."

Every day you and I have a chance- many chances- to nudge people closer to the Lord. To be one more stepping stone in the many it will take to bring that person to Christ. You have a chance to extend the magnificent grace of God through what you say and do. You are a pipeline, an aqueduct through which He keeps meeting needs of the moment in the lives of others.

We can be in partnership with the Lord to reach those He has special designs on. Your encouragement becomes grace that is strengthening, enabling and empowering for others. This is the ministry God will call you to today.

Don't miss it. Sometime, before you lay your head on the pillow, someone will be positioned to directly benefit from your words. When the opportunity arises, don't forget to speak that word of grace.

Put me on alert, Lord. Thank You for using me as a conduit of Your love and care to someone else.

Blessings,
Joni and Friends
www.joniandfriends.org

You can also listen to the radio spot by following this link:
http://www.joniandfriends.org/radio/5-minute/giving-grace/