May 25, 2024


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Art With Mr. E: Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Paint By Number Life


There is a excellent attractiveness to the paint by variety kits that you can by at the store or get online.  Everything is furnished for you.  The shades are even numbered on the perform & the containers keeping the paint so you have not dilemma about what goes where.  How could something go incorrect? Proper?  The only matter is…the wrestle to generate, compose, and carry out an creative concept is what delivers a “soul” to the artwork work.  The well planned, laid out, “perfection” of a paint by numbers leaves the get the job done sensation additional like wallpaper than art. It limitations the creator to carrying out only the fundamental & stops them from genuine individual expression. It may perhaps search nice, but it is missing a thing. The creative battle & imperfections are what offers character, coronary heart, voice, electrical power, and link to individuals that watch the do the job. 

But You, O Lord, are a defend about me, 

My glory, and the One who lifts my head.

I was crying to the Lord with my voice, 

And He answered me from His holy mountain.

I lay down and slept 

I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.

I will not be fearful of ten hundreds of individuals

Who have set themselves in opposition to me round about.

Psalm 3:3-6

So many desire their was a formulation to life. 

“If I abide by abc…than xyz will arise.”

“I just will need to live my lifestyle this way, and good points will come about.”


Daily life just isn’t a paint by range.  I understand the deep wish to prevent the soreness that existence can deliver.  I recognize wishing that the evils of this planet would remain far away from us & the types we really like.  I have seen the impact of the injustice of this environment on a existence/loved ones.  The younger die.  The wholesome grow to be unwell.  A everyday living permanently transformed by no fault of their own.  Pain & heartache occurs.  Tears movement as if they will never ever close.   We do not want or want for these matters in our lifestyle….but what do we do when they take place?  

“IN THIS Earth YOU WILL HAVE Difficulty…”

Our world…our everyday living is not paint by selection.  Sin came into this earth…and has forever altered what God had supposed for His young children to experience. Even so, it has not changed God.  He is God.  He is nevertheless on His throne!  He is the just one that sustains us in the midst of our trials.  He lifts our head in the midst of our sorrows so we can see His experience!  He offers us strength we did not know we experienced in our finest hour(s) of need to have.  

We discover that in & soon after our struggles…we occur to a new being familiar with of God’s grace.  We see His love for us in new strategies. There is a new & further appreciation for the Lord’s presence in our existence.  Prayer is far more serious.  Praise is a lot more passionate. The Word is much more potent.  Not due to the fact of the pain & problems, but due to the fact of the Just one who observed us by way of it.   

The paint by range daily life may possibly feel attractive, but Lord…I select you in the good periods & in the poor occasions.  I pick you…since you first chose me!  You gave Your existence…that I could have Daily life!


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