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Joshua and Katrina Currie CANVAS

Today, I was inspired to write this blog post by capturing my 15-year-old son’s reflection of his daily devotional. We ask our son, Joshua Currie, to read a passage of scripture and/or devotional and share his reflection on what he has read. It does not have to be a thesis or dissertation. In fact, he can send myself and my spouse a quick text, at least a paragraph, to share his thoughts on what is unlocked for him as he reflects on what he has read.

Listen to my words, O Lord, give heed to my sighing and groaning.

Hear the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to You do I pray.

In the morning You hear my voice, O Lord; in the morning I prepare [a prayer, a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart].

For You are not a God Who takes pleasure in wickedness; neither will the evil [man] so much as dwell [temporarily] with You. AMPC Psalm 5:1-4

1-3 Listen, God! Please, pay attention! Can you make sense of these ramblings, my groans and cries?     King-God, I need your help. Every morning     you’ll hear me at it again. Every morning     I lay out the pieces of my life     on your altar     and watch for fire to descend. Message Bible Psalm 5:1-3                                                                                                                                                                                

Joshua’s response made me pause and reflect carefully upon Psalm 5:1-3, particularly verse 2. Here is the gist of what he wrote and what we talked about: I believe this is about letting God guide us through his way. We are to bring ourselves before God with all of our failures, triumphs, sadness, depression, gladness, and hopes – all that we have before God every day. If we decide not to come to the Bread of Life every day, we have made a foolish choice. We deprive ourselves of the much needed nourishment of the Bread of Life and the needed guidance of our Father. We cannot do life by ourselves and we operate in a spirit of pride if we don’t come before God daily. It is akin to saying – not today God – I got this by myself. We lay ourselves before our Father and those things that shouldn’t be part of our focus or our lives, we allow our hearts, thoughts, will, and motives to be laid on the altar and he burns (take away) those things that do not line up with his purpose for our lives.  “Listen, God! Please, pay attention! Can you make sense of these ramblings, my groans and cries? King-God, I need your help. Every morning you’ll hear me at it again. Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on your altar and watch for fire to descend. This should not be considered a hardship. Joshua expressed: “It is about relaxing in him and live well in his presence and being discipline is an art.” It is a gift to be disciplined – disciples of Christ. “Through life concentrate on growing closer to him as our number one priority and be a divine artist. It is like our lives could be viewed as a canvas, we can mess up miserably but we can have a new beginning.” As we submit our lives to the one who makes the beautiful strokes and skillful at taking the things that we have botched, we can work in unison with him to change the canvas.  “By canvas, I mean our journey of life.”  The canvas is our life – the submitted life to an Almighty God and this is how we are divine artist, through Jesus Christ. “We mess up. God forgives us and allows us to have new opportunities.” We are grateful to God for his compassion towards us.

 

10 comments

  1. AngelaC

    This is a powerful divine message. Canvas of Life: Art that can created for your life style…
    I’m so thankful for God’s Grace…

    1. atko8 Post author

      Thank You for taking the time to write a comment and to encourage Joshua and I. To God be the Glory!

  2. kristen webb

    Thank you for inviting me to your blog!!! Absolutely loved your blog of the day.

    1. atko8 Post author

      I am so grateful you enjoyed visiting – prayerfully you will come again. You are an Amazing Canvas that God created and he shows off his Handiwork in You!

  3. Ozell Adkins

    Awesome. Powerful.

    1. atko8 Post author

      Always grateful for the burden removing and yoke destroying power of God!

  4. TINA JOINER

    NEW MERCIES! DAILY!
    WHAT AN AWESOME SPIRIT FILLED YOUNG MAN JOSHUA IS.
    OUT OF THE MOITHS OF BABES.
    BE ENCOURAGED.

    1. atko8 Post author

      Grateful for the growth God does in our children and us. We pray that God continues to grow you and your family as well – to God be the glory. They have a lot to share that God is speaking to their hearts! Glory!!!

  5. Brewel Currie

    This really blessed my soul. Our reason here is all about living for God and His pleasure and the only way to accomplish this is to seek Him day and night, letting every word that proceeds from His mouth be our food which we live off of. Amen Hallelujah! Thank you family for this blessing

    1. atko8 Post author

      Thank you – You are such a blessing and have an encouraging spirit. Yes! we absolutely must eat the word of God. Thanks for stopping by and please share and revisist

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