Stirred but Steadfast

My emotions percolated and spiked today. Disappointment overflowed. I was forced to draw the line, cut a bond, and withdraw my affections. Why? I was giving my all, and my spirit said, hold off here. This is a time for b-lessing not for sacrifice

The word bless can be seen as “Be Less.” Less, as often quoted, is More. So, when you lose, sell, or give away and receive less than the value of your gift, you are B-Lessed.

Giving your all = sacrifice. God asks us to sacrifice at times, and we cannot question, because only He knows the return we will create for His kingdom and our soul. Likewise, God also asks us to withhold, protect, or withdraw our energy for He knows we need it for a greater purpose. This is God b-lessing us.

I am stirred by my emotions today, but I am steadfast. For my faith in God endures and my spirit knows He is guiding me. I am grateful for my blessings and prepared to sacrifice. I will be patient through tribulation and exalt in His jubilation. He knows what I do not.

My prayer: Thank you Lord, for Your works and for the Love you give all Your children. May my brothers and sisters, neighbors, community, and all Your followers receive the fruits of their labor, peace in their mind, and Your boundless Love in their heart. Amen

Peace be unto you and yours.

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a letter to mitchell browne, ‘why should artists at work fund idlers at art?’

Scored one for the good guys. I didn’t read every word, but I believe this article was well researched and I agree that art pulls its weight. I find art very therapeutic and inspiring. With the rising costs of healthcare and mental illness, it may be a better investment than we project. And it is a better world to live in when more people are achieving self actualization. Art inspires awe, a wonderful feeling and one that is well worth the money.

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School For Birds

I’m so happy to bring you this letter. One of my favourite artistic collaborators, Dave Lamb, has written this beautiful, eloquent, generous and immensely clever response to Mitchell Browne’s Syndey Morning Herald article ‘WHY SHOULD ARTISTS AT WORK FUND IDLERS AT ART?’ Enjoy and, if you happen to know Mitchell, please pass this on. Dave wants to hang out. 

 

Hi Mitchell

My name is Dave, and I’m an artist. We’ve never met, although you assume an awful lot about my lifestyle.

Last week I read your opinion piece on the Sydney Morning Herald website, along with the comments it generated. I must admit, I originally felt a lot of the ire that was expressed there, but I realise it’s not fair or productive to respond with scorn or sarcasm – that would only serve to distance our positions further, and one of the chief goals of the arts is, in my…

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