SPIRITUALITY AND ART

L havnt written anything on here for quite a while but i have been busy. Ive been training as a artist!

My life is not perfect the same as anyone if their honest and reveal the hidden things in their hearts and closets but for me its a little more obvious. I have a mental health condition… its life limiting and has got me down and its meant ive had to give up work and my training as a counsellior but ive discovered the perfect tool to manage it and lifes ups and down and that is CREATIVITY.

Ive discovered that theres a place within and around me that is absolutely beautiful calm and tranquil even if it doesnt look that way at a material glance or on the surface. Its in this bountiful well that I tap into and informs my art. Ive been busy creating some good some bad art but it makes me well inside even on the darkest day.

So this blog will now document my progression as an artist. I have a name Hephzibah arts for my art and a facebook page but ill keep this page contented bumblebee.

Ill post pics of my art and progress and what happens as i bumble along :

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Im a Christian or spiritual artist as the spirit is what informs my art and I couldn’t do it without Him

I’m currently doing a study on water lillies although have done lots of different work

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Above All Else Guard Your Heart

English: Scroll of the Book of Proverbs

English: Scroll of the Book of Proverbs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The book of proverbs is all about Wisdom. God is concerned that we acquire some wisdom both to better know Him but to also keep us safe and free us from trials and traps.  God compares His dear flock to sheep but this does not mean His sheep should be mindless.  Jesus instructs His disciples to be as wise as serpents but as as harmless as doves.

Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,from men whose words are perverse, who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways

Wisdom will also save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words,surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.

Blessed are those who find wisdom those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;those who hold her fast will be blessed

Proverbs

But what wisdom may we gain from reading a book that is at least 2000 years old? – the Bible is full of sound advice and timeless wisdom thats still relevant and helpful today you can find everything in there from relationship advice, to how to best deal with politcians or wise counsel about debts and money matters, but if there was one key important thing to note, what might it be? In the Book of Proverbs God says

ABOVE ALL ELSE Guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.

Love is the most important thing to God, before he looks at anything else He examines the heart – He loves us with an unfailing love, He does not change nor does His love, it is us that changed, we fell, we got entangled and destructively ensnared in the duality of good and bad deeds, sin, the fruit of the tree of knowledge that separated us from God but He was always there.

In life, He instructs us, we need to guard our hearts, nurture and protect our love. He wishes that love and faithfulness would never leave us; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.  Perfect love casts out all fear. People with cold stone hearts create a cold and cruel world and their deeds become evil even with the best logic behind them or otherwise brilliant scientific or scriptural understanding. Everything we do flows from love or the state of our hearts.
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. (1 Cor 13)

Religious teachers throughout the world may demonstrate perfect clarity in their understanding on the Law and hold masters degrees in it, but where they lack love then they will do the opposite of what love demands. This is where people are stoned to death for adultery or other crimes, perfectly right by the law books, but love and compassion says no there is none without sin to take the stone and the one without sin would not do it. There are cruel and barbaric religious wars, hate crimes, terrorism  mutilations  tortures, beatings countless murders all done in the name of religion. The scriptural justification is underlined in triplicate in the Holy Books – its totally right and justified in law somehow somewhere, but would love do it? Love, understanding wisdom mercy forgiveness and compassion is what God demands from His disciples. Jesus says – Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” God does not care about good or bad deeds.  He takes care of sin or bad deeds, but no good deed will get you into heaven what He wants and requires is love.

what does love look like, the Bible describes in detail what love does:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres

If we have love we have all these qualities we easily forgive others, indeed see nothing to forgives and keep no record of wrongs, it always protects, so if you love others there would be no question of  killing them or even subjecting non believers to heavy penalties even if the law demands it, love doesnt allow it. Love always hopes – so the law may demand people go to hell for eternity even but love hopes the best for every sinner great or small. Love does not condemn thy neighbour nor even judge.

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

If you love God you want to follow His commands and lead a life pleasing to God and if you love your neighbor as yourself you wouldn’t murder them (thou shalt not kill) or steal from them (thou shalt not covet your neighbors goods) so you would automatically follow the whole law and commands of God just by focusing on the command to love – which comes from guarding your heart and cultivating the qualities above every day and weaving it into all you do. Empathy placing yourself in the shoes of others even praying for an “adversary”

God heals the broken hearted, love is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit it can be restored for without Love then all things we do are affected. Without love you may be following the law like a long list of chores and still getting it wrong, wheras someone with love would follow them easily and be unable to do things against the law because love simply wouldnt allow it.

Love then and compasssion, not the law or trying to avoid every single sin which is impossible to do, should always be our highest goal. Not only that it should be part of everything we do “in everything strive to love” It is Gods urgent command, to love Him as much as He loves you and love others with the same Love He pours out on the world it is the fufillment of the Law

Lambs and the Good Shepherd

 

Good Shepherd

This is a test blog – but i thought I would write about Jesus and my recent visit to the Gower Heritage Centre.

http://www.gowerheritagecentre.co.uk/main.htm

This is a great place to visit whether young or old and as I visited with the familly we were lucky enough to feed the resident lambs at the end of the day.  If they were still with their mother they would have been able to feed whenever they wanted so in a way it was a shame they are denied this for a plastic baby bottle for a full guzzle of milk at the end of the day. Lambs are amazing creatures – as they feed they dig their back heels into the ground reverse suckle and wag their tails like crazy. Perfect little creatures, something so perfect and amazing has to be created by God – i find myself grateful once more i dont eat them.

Lambs

Lambs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Im a new Christian and studying Christianity at the moment and Jesus was a shepherd – he loved lambs, he compared human beings to sheep. Not in a derogatory way like sheeple but no because human beings need the same love and care as attention from God that a good shepherd showers on his flock. They need love and care and good company, defense from wolves, clean pastures and to be fed.  In Christianity we need to be fed regularly on the Word of God.  Jesus says He is the good shepherd and he gave the care of His sheep to His disciples also – He tells simon and Peter if you love me – care for my sheep – feed my sheep.

Jesus:

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd

 
In John 10  Jesus talks about those who came before Him as thieves and rogues and presumably other religious leaders like Gurus are like hired hands – these people are just men they are not God and they are not the good shepherd, when trouble comes they flee and leave their flock to the wolves to save their own skin but Jesus is different – he lays His life down for His sheep and protects and frees them< he has the Power and Authority to do it even at His own detriment as the ultimate act of Love and sacrifice. He puts the welfare of His sheep above His own welfare even as God and loves every single one – as a good shepherd loves cares for and defends the trusting and gentle lambs in His care.