Monday, December 14, 2015

Learning to slow down...

Philippians 1:3-6
I thank my God every time I remember you . . . being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus

When it comes to learning how to slow down, Cathy and Walter Hopper turn to Paul’s letter to the Philippians. The retired couple knows that God will do in their lives whatever is necessary to complete his good work. They don’t have to stress about it. This proved true in 2003 when Cathy suffered a heart attack. After returning home from the hospital, her artist friend Donna suggested that Cathy start painting as a stress buster. “I can’t paint,” Cathy responded, but Donna wouldn’t give up. “Everyone has an artist within,” she said. “All you need is a blank canvas, an imagination, and some paint.” Cathy felt inspired. She asked the Lord to give her something to paint, and suddenly she knew. She painted a sunset for her grandmother who was slipping out of her life. “She loved it,” said Cathy. After that, whenever Cathy felt despair about losing her beloved grandma, she turned to God for scenes to paint. “He showed me the hues in the sky, bluebonnet and iris fields, and trees with long limbs holding beautiful, colored leaves.” The Lord tells us to ask and we will receive. “I believe God wants to give us the desires of our heart,” she added. Cathy advises those who want to slow down and express their creativity to do it. “If you’re inclined to paint, I hope you’ll go for it. Just enjoy the beautiful colors that come to mind as you guide your brush across the blank canvas.” And she finds inspiration in the words of Winston Churchill: “Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and color, peace and hope will keep them company at the end of the day. 
” I'm posting this article my dear friend, editor of Miracles in Red, and author Karen OConnor submitted to The Lookout Magazine, Los Angelous for me, thank you Karen. I'm praying this post will lift someone up that may be desperate as I was, when my grandma was so sick, and went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ, and encourage you to never give up on your dreams. Be creative, and do what makes you happy God will guide you if you trust Him! 
Merry Christmas everyone!

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