Let’s Paint It In

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I am loving these paint dates! Alone, couples, friends… It’s all a different experience. Peaceful. Laughter. Atmosphere. Contentment. I want to go back. I like painting this way. End result is always astonishing!

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Ecclesiastes 7:8

“Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:3-6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

We follow the teacher.
Listen for the steps.
We see a finished work displayed.
Many people in the room.
We confessed that we wouldn’t give up, doubt, complain or get discouraged.
We started with the base background.
We all have the same tools to work with, different people surrounding us.
Specific colors to use.
And a very positive and experienced teacher.
He knows what he is doing so we shouldn’t try to get ahead.

If you try and match any TWO pictures in the room, including his new muck up…. None look identical.
They are each unique, guided by that ones individuality and talent.
Everyone’s different, but each is special in it’s own way. You can’t compare your painting with others. They will all vary slightly.
That finished product.
We heard the word.
We know what it looks like, some specifics and an image.
Looks like it’s going to be a lot of work and detail to put in order to get to THERE!
His painting looks flawless.

And so does mine.
Theirs does too!
Great work.
We all want the finished product.
The promise.
Hang it on the wall as, “I’m done; I have obtained; I have arrived; I have accomplished; I have conquered this; I got there; I finally made it!”

But all the detail and work it took to get there.
We had to listen.
Watch.
And try.
Even if we made mistakes. Sometimes it is frustrating.
We can cover over with the next slab of paint! No problem! Easy peasy! Let’s keep it moving!
That’s life!
We live.
We learn.
We paint well.

Broken crayons still color. Blended colors do very well together. Being different can hold such great value. When you hold it up! You can say…. I did it!
It looked REALLY DIFFICULT!
Almost impossible! I have no painting talent but with a GREAT INSTRUCTOR leading the way moment to moment… The finished work will be amazing.
And all along the way, some parts were more difficult than others. Some things fairly simple!

C’est la vie! That’s how life goes!
Trust the Artist!
We all start with a clean slate…. New mercies every morning! Let’s paint it in!!! Our tree of tranquility!!!

Beyond the canvas of things… There is a God who mapped it all out already. He has been guiding us all along. We just need to trust His voice, His word, His plan and His timing! We’ll get it all right!
We just get there! Show up! Trust! Say, “lead the way!” I am just a learner ready to
DO!
I will pick up my brush and get to painting! Keep leading me God! Because
I trust that your work (no matter how messy I think it is) will truly be flawless!

I am your painter.
You are my instructor.
This canvas of mine, belongs to You!
I want my tree of tranquility…. ❤️🎨

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Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor. We have been together for 25 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 17 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me.

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