What Worlds We Are Creating…?

Do you believe in the magic and beauty of words?

Though He doesn’t use the term “magic,” God does.  Only, He calls the speaking of words Holy Spirit-breathed, dunamis (dynamite-powered), the power to give life (or death) in  in our tongues.

In His Word, the Lord relates countless moments when He created  light and worlds with only His Words.  And Genesis explains how, making us speaking beings after His own Creative Heart, He has put that same power within His People, intending for us to come alongside Him and create beauty, hope, everything that brings life with every word we speak.

Oh, what might change around us if we only did!  

When we say something like “Cross my heart and hope to die,” certainly we don’t mean those words literally.  It’s just an idiom, right?  But if we are to take God at His Word literally, are we  not speaking a sort of death knell into the atmosphere with those types of sayings?

Worse still… what if Satan – who used to know and walk with God as the one called light-bearer (Lucifer) – takes God at His Word more than we do?   That he, thief and murderer that he is,  comprehends greater than we have how we give him license with our words to kill and destroy, because he knows and truly believes… God has made us speaking people, filled us with His very self, and put power behind our words – the same dunamis power He used  to create worlds, resurrect Jesus from the dead, and bring forth life!   

Can you imagine Satan’s glee then, every time he hears us gossip, speak careless words of death, go along with the crowd that is tearing down another?  “Go get those words and bring them to pass!” he engenders his minions!

In the same way, God tells us in His Word – His ministering angels are standing by us, ever waiting for God’s Words upon our lips!  Waiting upon us to speak them, so they can take them and fulfill them on our behalf, on the world’s behalf, on God’s directive!  Its an overwhelming, yet so true gift of God – but what words are we giving the angels and God to move in?

Often, I find myself reading and marveling at a most beautifully and stirringly written novel, how gifted is this author in the art of taking words and making the reader feel, touch, hear and see them!  Yet… there are many with the most stunning talent, who not seeming to know their Creator… take that gift and bedazzle the world with evil under the guise of creative fiction.  Or some who just taint their beautifully written words with land mines of muck to be waded through…

Sometimes, savoring the artistry of a talented writer who has also strung their words with unnecessary passages, I am overwhelmed with prayer for the Holy Spirit touch on their hearts – for oh, what greater life they might bear to a world with His dunamis in their words!

I’ve also been musing on all of this lately as I peruse Facebook.  I expect to find rantings and ravings and negative verbal and video bashing on sites where I know those who are posting don’t really follow Him or have publicly said they don’t want to.

New to this avenue of social media though, I am somewhat stunned to see these very same videos and postings, those that are tearing down politicians we don’t necessarily agree with, cursing with our actions what life God might be wanting to bring through these elected — on the sites of many I know are faithful to His Word!

“It breaks My Heart,” I sense His whisper, as I gaze at this sort of content on these sites.  “Have I not called My People, My Bride, to pray for kings in power?  Promised to heal and restore the land of those who pray for such?”

Whoa.    

I think I understand the righteous sort of motivation… wanting to enlighten others with what we perceive as unworthy on the political scene… yet, is it not a whisper of our enemy such as he insidiously wheedled into Adam and Eve’s thinking in the Garden, to make us join in with the hate war out there?  To make sure our words  (and videos are today’s most powerful word-bringers) don’t bring the the LIFE God intends, but tear down and destroy instead?

I think we are just being thoughtless, not really realizing the impact.  Posting things we think the world should know.  Yet…

Proverbs 12:18 warns: ” Thoughtless words can wound as deeply as any sword, but wisely spoken words can heal.” (Good News Translation.) 

God has set certain laws in place, just as much as the law of gravity – and one of those is that we bring life… or death… with our words.  Magic in the sense of   beauty.  Power in our words.  

Let us activate His Word in this world… NOT Satan’s invectives.  If you have posted things that tear down just for the sake of fueling hatred against someone who is leading whether or not we want him to, I would suggest un-posting them.  Ask God to give you uplifting and prayer-laden truths that challenge others to see the story behind people they might not otherwise see… the kind of story that makes us recognize tenderness or hope or light.

Let us lift up our leaders to God’s leading.  Let us be willing to look for  the good that is being done, whether or not we voted someone in, and laud those events!  Satan has tried, and succeeded in many ways, in turning our world into a sort of black and white “he’s wrong, he’s right” sort of place.  But God says no one is so unreachable that He can’t transform… pray, build up, speak LIFE into these and see what I will do with My words in your mouth!  Let us use our words and platforms to open the way for God to lead through our leaders… Give His angels words of His word to pour out…

Even when we do something as “simple” as posting… let us ask ourselves if it is Philippians 4:8 worthy, lovely, Life-Giving…

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think (and speak!) about such things.

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© Pam Depoyan

“My Girl,” shown above, is available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery — All Things Childhood

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Joyful, Joyful

Alleluia!  He is Risen!

Blue with Lambs on Hill

“Daffodils and Bluebells Sway”

Hymn to Joy

 

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,
Opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
Earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain
Call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Wellspring of the joy of living,
Ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother,
All who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine.

~ Henry J. van Dyke, 1907 (Music, Beethoven)

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Happy Easter filled with song!

© Pam Depoyan

“Daffodils and Bluebells Sway,” shown above, is available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery — Bluebonnet Landscapes Glen to Glen – Full Pastel Color

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The GOOD in Good Friday…

I saw this today on another blogger’s Facebook page and just had to share  it all with you here too…  Please listen all the way through.  It’s an absolute stunner, especially in the twist – as you will see…

 

 

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Holy Thursday Thank-Full…

Girl in Prayer

“Thank-Full”

 

I posted this today on Facebook, then thought I would share it again here for those of you who might not be on FB… 

A few jeweled thoughts:
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“God gave you a gift of 84,600 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say thank you?”   
― William Arthur Ward
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“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
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“When we choose thankful prayer over wallowing in anxiety and worry, we are demonstrating an unwavering trust in God.” –Priscilla Shirer

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© Pam Depoyan

“Thank-Full,” shown above, is now on display and available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery — Inspirational Designs

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Nothing Compares to Our Promise In You

Some of His Healing Promises to Ponder This Holy Week

 

I tasted death for you.  I destroyed the devil who had the power of death.  I’ve delivered you from the fear of death and bondage.  (Hebrews 2:9, 14, 15)

I wash your body with pure water.  ((Hebrews 10:22, Ephesians 5:26)

I have given you My Name and  have put all things under your feet.  (Ephesians 1:21, 22)

The same Spirit that raised Me from the dead now livs in you and that Spirit will quicken your mortal body.  (Romans 8:11)

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.  (John 6:51)

 

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At the Scent of Wonder

“At the Scent of Wonder,” available in my new gallery, Easter…Spring…and Mother’s Day

 

So…  I’ve resisted for a long time.   I just didn’t want to get involved with it.  With one more thing to keep up with.   With counting – and , ugh, comparing! — the numbers of those who might call me “friend.”

In some very real ways, it conjures up all those   “less than” sort of feelings of never quite measuring up to high school popularity contests… especially next to those today now into the literal thousands of follower names…

I’ve always been a “hold a few dear friends close rather than hundreds of acquaintances to occasionally smile at” sort of gal.  And, um, biggest question — Since most of my closest friends aren’t even on it, who would I invite to “my party?”

Plus, well, I have this blog (actually two, now that I have my art blog as well) where I enjoy sharing with all of you…

So…ahem… really… what is all the hoopla about Facebook?????

Quite out of the blue, everywhere I turned, voices began clamoring and hammering the answer to that question at me… until…maybe a bit slow, but clued into the way the Lord often uses people to get our attention with witty ideas… I began mulling it over.  At the scent of wonder… “Are YOU in favor of this for me God?”

“You really need to ‘get with the times!!'” my hairdresser and friend teased me.  “Get yourself out there with your artwork!”

“I don’t get how it will make a difference,” I answered.  “I’ve got an online presence with two blogs that I am constantly linking up to others to read…”

“Yeah, but when someone ‘likes’ or ‘shares’ your posts on Facebook, it can go out to hundreds of thousands of people who might never else see it!” she encouraged.  “You just don’t know what God could open up…”

Hm.

“You really need to get on Facebook with these!”  my friend at the local Print shop repeatedly enjoined nearly every time I stepped into the store.

Each time, I smiled, shrugged…

Argggh…. I thought.  I once tried to ‘fudge’ some info in to FB just so I could read some writer friends’ pages,  and now it just seemed too muddled.

Until about a week ago.

Okay, I’m going to try this God, I thought.

After some exacerbating moments grunting and whining to myself at trying to locate settings and such (why they are almost hidden and indecipherable at times is beyond me!), I suddenly found my page up and running!

I won’t be making it the typical sort of confiding kind of page – because I’d rather save that writing and sharing for here.

For the last week or so, I’ve really thought of it as mostly an avenue to share my artwork in a way that brings it faster to people, hopefully sparks some interest, brings people to my art blog and orders!

Still… after reading the FB pages of others now,  I see how FB can and should be an avenue for a quick and lilting uplift to others.   An opportunity to make it a spot where a “friend” can light for a moment to catch a smile in a harried world.

My favorites are those of friends who are posting delightfully simple and mostly uplifting,  inspiring FB pages with vignettes in photos, fun or silly or interesting or lovely videos, and keeping up to date with daily goings on in their families.  Or even just sharing a bit of their own hearts, ups and downs.

But then… oh, there are so many others that are simply cataloguing their outbursts bashing this political thought or that politician.  Or railing against others they perceive as being less enlightened and thus too condemning…  (Hm…  a bit contradictory in the nature of that unhappy rave!)  Are they really this full of angst that they can only write to mirror the spewing on so many news channels?  Or… are they  really  just longing for some connection with others who can lift them up?  Maybe they, most of all, could use an encouraging word!

And it brings me back to wonder – wonder at the wisdom of St. Paul encouraging us to think on whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—to think about such things.

So starting today, I want to make my FB page not only a place where people will view my artwork, but to come for an uplifting line or two and share a smile. Maybe a fun quote, an encouraging word, a hopeful lilting thought-provoking word that goes with the story of the illustration I share  – minimal thoughts with art that hopefully touches or makes someone smile or simply causes them to share a bit of uplifting with others too…

Sooo….to those of you on Facebook… (some of you have already found me!)  🙂

Will you come and “join” my new FB party (a.k.a., send me a friend request)?

I’d love to see you there!

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...yet at the scent of water it will bud
    and put forth shoots like a plant.

~ Job 14:9

  © Pam Depoyan

“At the Scent of Wonder,” shown above, is now on display and available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery — Easter…Spring…and Mother’s Day

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The Lord’s Own Blessing Be Upon You

Irish boy & collie

“Someone to Share Secrets With, ”  now available at my “Picture It In Pen and Ink” in The Luck of the Irish 

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Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 

“…’This is the way you shall bless [My People].  Say to them:

The Lord bless you, and keep you [protect you, sustain you, and guard you];

The Lord make His face shine upon you [with favor],
And be gracious to you [surrounding you with lovingkindness];

The Lord lift up His countenance (face) upon you [with divine approval],
And give you peace [a tranquil heart and life].’

 So… shall [I] put My name upon [My own], and I will bless them.”

~ The Priestly Blessing, Numbers 6:20-27, amplified

 

 

Do you ever find yourself just reading words like this blessing and not really taking them in?  Especially if they seem familiar as breathing to you?   Just sort of sloughing them off as, “Oh, that’s nice…”

The amplified version above adds in a bit more depth, like highlights on a painting, but this blessing didn’t truly sparkle across me until I heard a minister explaining the rich truth of the Father’s Heart for His children as it is imparted in the original Hebrew through the scripture writers.

Like an image appearing through the unveiling mists o’er the Emerald Isle, the Hebrew meaning gives us a wondrous picture, telling us that God Himself instructed the priests on how He Himself wanted to bless the children of Israel (and us to follow) — telling them to say it this way:

“You, my God, kneel before me (never in subservience, but like a Father getting down eye to eye with his beloved child), presenting me with these gifts…

  • You guard me with Your own hedge of protection
  • You illuminate the very wholeness of Your Being towards me, Your Glory, bringing order to my body, my increase, my success and all that I am
  • You pour out Your Love on me, to give me Your Sustenance and Your Friendship
  • You, alone the Almighty and Majestic One, lift up the wholeness of Your Being and look upon me
  • You enfold me in Peace and set into place all I need to be whole and complete!

What an amazing portrait of our Father, and of Jesus – now become our great High Priest before the throne, interceding on our behalf for us to come into full understanding of the Victory He has won for us!  To think of Jesus placing His hand on our head, speaking this blessing into and over us…  Rising His Glory over us (Isaiah 60) so all the nations of the world will see that Glory shining in us and be drawn to Him…

And how God continually longs to bless us more deeply than we know…

It is no accident that a word study of “glory” uncovers the literal meaning as the manifested presence, power and goodness of God.

 For the eyes of the Lord search back and forth across the whole earth, looking for people whose hearts are perfect toward him, so that he can show his great power in helping them.

~2 Chronicles 16:9

Been asking God to make you or your life whole in some way that seems impossible?

Today,  let the words of this blessing and all its depth of meaning for healing wholeness in His Presence  flow over you;

see the Lord, kneeling before you,

looking into your face, and shining His very Glory and all His Being before you…

and savor His amazing Love soft as a woolen cloak round you,

restoring and renewing.

Prayer:  O Lord, show us Your Glory that others will see You!

Irish shamrock for St Patricks Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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   © Pam Depoyan

“Someone to Share Secrets With, ”shown above, is now on display and available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery — The Luck of the Irish

(Please do NOT copy without permission. See my copyright info button on the sidebar.  :)

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