Monday, December 28, 2009

Jesus is the Beauty of Life

Jesus is the Beauty of Life. At this Christmas time we think of Jesus coming to Earth - nevermind if it's not the right time, it celebrates that He came! He came folks! God came to Earth as a man. Emmanuel, God with us.

Isaiah predicts His coming and says he won't be handsome or in a palace like people expect. So I'm wondering if perhaps Jesus wasn't handsome like the standards of those days. But NOW! Now, this Jesus is Beautiful. He is full of light. Full of truth. He is Love. He is full of Peace. And He is sooooooooo Beautiful, for that is true beauty.

This peace He brings is causing our lives to be beautiful like He is. I like the Christmas decorations, because they are always pretty and beautiful. Everywhere you look the decorations are pretty, gorgeous, sometimes opulent. The Bible says, God deals extravagantly with us and we can see from the descriptions of the Temple and the priests in the Old Testament that God loves beautiful things, expensive things - gold, silver, fine linens, braids, tassles, brass, draperies and so on. You know that must have looked beautiful. And the backdrop was the desert, because the people of God were in the desert, so it really stood out.

In the future those of us who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as God come to Earth as a human and have asked and allowed Him to be the Lord and Master of our lives, look forward to the heaven description we see in Revelation. Why, folks, "the great street of the city was of pure gold", they say we'll be able to see through it. It's so pure that it's clear! There are 12 foundations to the city and each one is of a solid precious gem. Can you imagine? Talk about Art and the Beauty of Life!

People, behold your King Jesus. He is beautiful. If you haven't made Him King of your life yet, He's available to be your King. He will make your life beautiful. You'll be walking around and won't even know how beautiful you look, but God would have done such a work in you that others will see and name you - Beauty. It won't be as the world calls beauty, but they won't be able to miss you, for He is going to make you one of his diamonds.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Don't be overwhelmed

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the work that the Lord has given you to do. It may be because He is in a hurry and He can't keep waiting for all those others in the Body who won't 'step up to the plate', 'move those feet of clay', 'get on with it', 'just do it'!

If you and I could, or just would, look up into the heavenly realm with God, we would see those having faith, then unbelief, then faith. Stepping forward in fear and running back in terror. Sure and then not so sure. They are exhausted but they're really not doing anything. So, if you feel like Kenneth Copeland did one day and said, "Lord, why do I have to do all this work?" The Lord might say to you, like he said to him - because you're the only child I can find who will do just as I say.

Let us be called to be in the number, let us be called to be in the service of the King and let us be glad and ready. Stop trying to do it yourself, because your burden is heavy and your yoke hard, but His is easy and light. Besides 'not by might nor by power, but by the Spirit, says the Lord'.

Have a wonderful day of service.

Here's a word that came today:

“My Vision is great. My Burden is great. And the hour is late. And the weight of My Vision and of My Burden is descending on My People in this hour. I cannot wait for more to stand up, I must release My Burden now. I must release My Vision now. I must begin, for the weight of souls is so great, and the hour is so very late, and I cannot withhold My Hand anymore. I cannot withhold the judgments that I have laid in store. Because the Blood cries out to Me from the ground, and it has become a roar. But I say, I shall show you more.” (On Faith Tabernacle's site - SUSAN O'MARRA)

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Eagle

I just love this eagle. He might look ferocious, but at the same time he could be comical. Which ever concept you lean towards, he is amazing, gorgeous and beautiful.

There is no need for you to have an overwhelming feeling , because God has everything under control and will use your gifts at the perfect time and in the best way. Better than you or I could ever imagine. So sit back and watch him lead you and guide your hand. Enjoy the increase.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

"Art of life" written by the fine artist Mona Youssef

I love this folks. Just sit back and enjoy.
Princess Ayo

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Red Lady

This has been one of my favorite works done for the greeting cards. I don't know why I like her so much. Perhaps her sassyness and boldness reminds me of my sheer determination to be here and stand no matter what anybody has to say.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Yoda, not her real name

On 9/14/09 I met Yoda. Her real name will be kept anonymous because she wants it that way. Yes, Yoda, like in Star Wars. I was sitting in Panera Bread and she came in with her stuff, just like me and plopped it down on a table in front of me. She was like we are when we come into a different space; looking around, fiddling, trying to get her spirit to come into the place with her body.

Finally she settled down and got her lunch, covered it and oddly enough brought out paperwork, pencil cases, highlighters and got to work…Who was this person? Someone like me, her manner, not her look – protecting herself, careful, watchful. I smiled at her and she smiled back – especially after I noticed two senior citizen Caucasian women starring at her set up. I don’t know what it was about, but they weren’t being friendly. Was it her long graying dreadlocks?

After quite some time I went and got lunch. As I sat down, pushed my laptop away and concentrated on my lunch, Yoda said, “What are you studying over there?” All of a sudden, out-of-the-blue, without a please ma’am or thank you, with no hello (as a Nigerian would say). Used to the blunt manner of Americans and without missing a beat, I answered “I’m a writer”.
And that was the beginning of our intense, amazing, magical, conversation. I got a lot from her and it tickles me what she said she got from me and how she kept pulling out paper to write it down.
· That’s what you need to blog, she would say – a stranger at a party giving me $100; strangers who were pastor and his wife, letting me live with them in Georgia; Gloria feeding and taking care of me and then taking me to Virginia Beach;
· You need to blog! And I know I do. Some guy she read about, sad about his high powered job, quit and started writing and then started blogging, only his mother and wife as readers, but eventually had 7,000 followers. I told her about Stanice Anderson who wrote e-mails to people for 2 years and Walk Worthy gave her a contract to turn that into a book.
· God wants me not to look down on anyone. Everyone is loved by Him, whether they are New Age or Buddhist or anything else. And God talks to everyone.
· Why don’t we like our names? Why do we have so many problems with these given names from parents or husbands? She wants to be called Yoda. My issue is I don’t know what I should be known as.
· People are acting like her and I and many of my friends and opting out of the ‘normal’ 9-5 work, for a salary the regular way, for pension and health insurance. Someone has studied this and put it together in a Harvard University course about living your life thriving, letting go. What these courses miss is the spirit, the Holy Spirit, the supernatural, the magic… that which cannot be explained. Her and I began to talk and complained about the coldness of the air in the restaurant. As we talked it got warmer. When it was time to go, the cold air blew in again. This, cannot be taught in college. This is the supernatural that can only come from the Father.
· Yoda found a wonderful place in busy New York called Zen, run by a woman who charges $50. Can you believe it? And all she asks is that you leave her property nice and she has plenty of rules so you know what she’s talking about.
· Yoda also found communes of the kind I was thinking would be good for me. She said you write to them and tell them what you can do to contribute to the commune and you need to live there for 3 months or whatever. That’s what I was thinking about and as I was telling her that, I realized and said, that God really wanted me to go through this time without relying on anyone but Him. He would put me in the home he had ordained and it would be obvious and other doors would be closed except the ‘door’ to the place He wanted me.

We talked about stepping out on faith and what was the reason that so many of us are doing that and that many of us are over 45, and could be thinking retirement plans. I talked about being in my third widow’s home, (like Elijah, 1Kings 7:7-16) after stepping out in faith from my job in March 2008. Yoda laughed, looking under the restaurant table, "Are you walking on the ground or on air? You really are walking by faith.”

The importance of the walk I’m on, is to see that I’m not writing to bring people to me so that I can make money, I am writing because God asked me to do it, so that I could show people, Him.

It’s not about me. It’s about Him.

Yoda asked what is happening that we are all choosing this way. I said I thought it was because things are coming to an end. That was disingenuous. I know very well that things are coming to an end. Time is drawing to a close. The Bible has shown us and we can see it. I said things are getting wrapped up and cleaned up. So we have to shed all weights and things that encumber us.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Dad's Life and Times

Well, here I am with another blog. It came about quite by chance really. I wouldn't say accident, but it seems My Father in Heaven wants it. Art & the Beauty of Life. The other two blogs I have and are about words the Lord gives me to say and what I'm doing and what's happening with stuff I'm selling and the children's book.

I envision this one being about my artwork and how beautiful life can be. Mmm, let's see how it goes. Should be interesting. I start with this family picture. It's bitter sweet as time marches on. Families cannot stay the same. After 54 years as head of our family Daddy went on to Glory on July 2. It's like the group has broken up. We've been the six Durodolas for so long, but change must come. Even though I know he's happy in his new home, I miss him. Like he told me one day, some years ago, "I can't stay here forever, Carroll".