Many of my pieces revolve around this theme.
Life is a journey
rather than a destination.
It is a process.
And that is ok.
For several years,
I seemed to have believed
that there were people who had life
and so therefore, there was something wrong with me.
I was in a mental
boxing match with myself.
And when you are beating yourself up
one part is always winning
and the other is always losing.
But then in a day of brokenness
I seemed to discover
for the process
and for a His continual
that He will not give up on.
He does not give up on me
but continues to transform me
until the process is complete.
What a relief!
And what a miracle
that as my body and mind age and become older
my spirit is renewed continually.
And I seem to rediscover
who I really am
that person that was always there
but needed a
I love this passage paraphrase of Romans 12 from
The Message by Eugene Peterson:
Take your everyday, ordinary life--your sleeping, eating, going to work, and walking-around life--
and place it before God as an offering.
Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
. . . . fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out.
Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.
Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity,
God brings the best out of you,
develops well-formed maturity in you.
I am so glad that He is not finished with me yet.
*ART & PHOTOS COPYRIGHT 2011 Jodene Shaw.*