rescued art…my daughter’s attitude/treatment toward some of her art work is an on-going test of my patience, forgiveness & self-control!;)…opportunities for NOT getting overly-upset with the condition with which she cares (or doesn’t)…for certain pieces within her control. She consoles (tells)/reassures me she has work not wrinkled, ripped, nor folded.
“The good man reaps the reward of his dealings.” (Proverb 14:14)
When we are good toward others, they are more likely to treat us well in return. (Prov. 14:22) Even if others do not, our persisting in good deeds may soften their disposition and melt their hardness.—Rom. 12:20, ftn.
tiny? hands…large results of “finger” painting;)
We need not imagine that practicing good requires grand gestures or dramatic sacrifices. To illustrate: Do you think of an artist painting a portrait with only one or two brushstrokes? Rather, he may use many brushstrokes to create his painting. Similarly, our goodness can be seen in many helpful acts.
The Bible urges us to be “prepared” and “ready” to render good. (2 Tim. 2:21; Titus 3:1) Being alert to the circumstances of others, we may see ways to please our neighbor “for his good, to build him up.” (Rom. 15:2) That may involve sharing something we have. (Prov. 3:27) We might invite someone over for a simple meal or for upbuilding association. If we know someone is sick, we can send him a card, visit him, or call him. Yes, we may identify many opportunities to say “what is good for building up as the need may be, to impart what is beneficial to the hearers.”—Eph. 4:29.
[excerpted: Goodness How Can You Cultivate It? W March 2019]
life as good art–worthwhile goal
3/4/19 @ 7:33 p.m.
My goofy “dumb and dumber” lol 🙂 b.angs..c.hopped
by me in a hurry;) last night.
Cannot take myself too seriously, eh? (i hide behind my hair anyway. My oldest daughter has an adorably-chic pixie-ish cut accentuating her high chipmunk cheeks. My middle girl has very long hair; dark with hazel eyes on the greener side. My youngest daughter hair grooming is in-between both lengths, but shorter than mine and long enough for braiding. Every time i get close to changing a decade…30, 40..now 50 envision bravely changing/cutting my crutch to a stylish chin-length bob/lob. Then, worry i’ll look like a boy! My cousin who wanted to “trim” my hair for me…gave me a really bad boy’s punk haircut, by mistake once.;) Awful way to start junior high school: UGH! the birth of hair fear and self-consciousness…was already too tall, too skinny, and too freckly…and too different thinking/living because of my spirituality. Survived and hair grew; not fast enough for me, though.:)
(Only the exceptionally cute can/do pull off attractive shorter cuts in my POV.)
Though, i got a great cut in France back in the day. The salon/experience was like an art studio. They skillfully worked on my hair for seemingly hours. (Hubby Chato liked it more than me.) All my French female friends had fashionable hair with stylish neck scarves. So, i chopped my plain hair.
Chasing after 4 kids…easier keeping it no-fuss, one-long-length to pull back or up.
Do somethings need trimming/chopping IF impairing our vision??
(yep, small talk is over:)
bangs brings mind to…
“fringes” there are examples in the Gospels of people being miraculously healed by touching the “fringes” of Jesus’ garments.
(BTW: i don’t believe in modern-day faith healing, um, cough, cough: scams/schemes for money; just like i don’t believe in spiritualism: fortune tellers and spirit mediums communicating with dead. Topic fodder for another time, perhaps.)
Last night @ the mind gym was meditating on this thought of how minor changes can heal/help us. “Fringes”…small bites of healthy spiritual food, a comforting/positive scripture…time outside in nature focusing on the beauty of life and not its tragedy so much…quells anxieties. The scriptures say we only know the “fringes” about God.
excerpted: “LIVING AS CHRISTIANS” Do You Perceive God’s Invisible Qualities?
When you look at a colorful flower, a starry sky, or a thundering waterfall, do you see the handiwork of the Creator? The creation around us clearly reveals Jehovah’s invisible qualities. (Ro 1:20) By pausing to reflect on what we see with our eyes, we are able to perceive God’s power, love, wisdom, and justice, as well as his generosity.—Ps 104:24.
What are some of Jehovah’s creative works that you notice each day? Even if you live in a city, you may see birds or trees. Observing intently Jehovah’s creation can help us to reduce anxiety, put our problems in proper perspective, and increase our faith in Jehovah’s ability to care for us throughout eternity. (Mt 6:25-32) If you have children, help them to perceive Jehovah’s matchless qualities. As we grow in appreciation for the creation around us, we will draw closer to the Creator.—Ps 8:3, 4.
It’s logical to me to acknowledge work of an artist, an author etc.
Seriously, would any of us pick up a book or purchase a work of art and not readily accept…somebody/some person/personality…accomplished this?! The book didn’t write itself…nor did the painting paint itself: DUH!!
This brought me to tears (the other day) and helped me cope with my limitations and inadequacies..weaknesses; (obvious). Hopefully this will be encouraging to You Reader…
Maintain a Realistic View
To find contentment, we must maintain a realistic view of our own limitations and those of others. In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul points out: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Many facets of Jehovah’s glory lie far beyond our comprehension. One example is the simple fact stated at Genesis 1:31: “God saw everything he had made and, look! it was very good.” Whenever Jehovah chooses to look back on what he has done, he can always say that “it was very good.” No human can always claim that. Acknowledging our limitations is the first step toward gaining contentment. However, there is more to it. We need to understand and accept Jehovah’s view of the matter.
The Greek word translated “sin” comes from a root that means “to miss the mark.” (Romans 3:9, footnote) To illustrate: Envision someone who is hoping to win a prize by hitting a target with an arrow. He has three arrows at his disposal. He shoots the first one and misses by a yard. He aims better with the second arrow but still misses by a foot [30 cm]. With full concentration he lets the last arrow go and misses by only an inch [2 cm]. It was so close, but a miss is a miss.
We are all like that disappointed archer. Sometimes we seem to “miss the mark” by much. Other times we come close but still miss the mark. We are frustrated because we tried so hard, but it was still not good enough. Now, let us go back to the archer.
He is slowly turning away, dejected because he really wanted that prize. Suddenly, the man in charge calls him back and hands him a prize, saying: “I want to give you this because I like you, and I saw how hard you tried.” The archer is elated!
Elated! Everyone who receives from God “the gift” of everlasting life in perfection will feel this way. (Romans 6:23) Thereafter, everything they do will be good—they will never miss the mark again. They will be perfectly content. In the meantime, if we keep this view in mind, we will feel better about ourselves and those around us.
[excerpted: Find Contentment by Applying Bible Principles w 06]
Take Care Reader🙂 pursuing integrity & cultivating contentment is worth the effort.