One of the most wonderful things about being an artist is the space your brain has to think and to contemplate as you do the parts of the construction that are run of the mill, as it were. The stitching into and the stretching of the canvas over the frame. Your mind has a chance to catch up with itself.

Yesterday was a busy day. For the first time in a very long time I baked from very early morning until late afternoon for my daughter’s sale for Comic Relief. I am not a natural cook but recipe book in hand it somehow gave me a confidence that I wouldn’t have had alone. Even the decidedly dodgy looking and slightly burnt topped Chocolate and Sweet Potato Loaf was bearable with some cream!

And so it is when I stop and sit and read the instruction book God gave me. Somehow, I feel more confident knowing that this life is not something I will be travelling alone; knowing that in these times when I listen and He whispers words of help and encouragement and love, my mind stills and settles, and the things I have been worrying about turn into conversations of prayer rather than a spiral of anxiety or concern.

Ephesians is a joy of mine at the moment. I’m really chewing over its words and wanted to share some of them. They are from The Message translation:

“My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask Him to strengthen you by His Spirit – not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength – that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite Him in. And I ask Him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all the followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.”

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