Thursday, July 21, 2011

Humbling Experience

Last Friday I mailed off my postcards for the postcard swap & cannot wait to start receiving pieces of art thru the mail! While sorting through my many, many, many photos of my art, I came across a V that was shaped like a music note stamped on a dot design I drew with markers. I immediately thought of Mrs. Velvet H., a new member of our church who struggles with cancer. She is a beautiful lady. Just by looking at her, you wouldn't know she has or had the dreaded disease. I put that photo in plastic see thru fridge magnet frame for her in hopes she would put it on her fridge and it will brighten her days ahead. I also gave her a tiny copy of my best painted V I love. I gave the original on a small canvas to my mom for her birthday. I had an odd sized color copy of my "One day at a Thyme". When she saw the later, she told me that is the way she lives her life - one day at a time. I was really glad I included this one for her. I firmly believe Someone had a hand in my choices. This Random Act of Kindness (RAK) made me feel good.

When Rhett & I left the Pickle Barrel last Friday night, it was raining. I wasn't thinking. I was trucking along in Daddy's SUV talking about some amazing art we had seen by T. E. Breitenbach. Check him out at the following....
I was probably driving faster than I should have been driving in the rain when we hit some standing water. The sound was louder than the water was deep, but it scared me. Naturally I swerved a little too far to the left. Luckily there was no other traffic on that stretch of Veteran's Parkway for miles. Odd to think of that fact now as I can see it in the rearview mirror of my mind. I admit I was afraid and probably went "Oh No!" to Rhett. I swear I felt strong hands on the wheel over mine. Jesus really did take the wheel! So that song will have new meaning for me now.

Yesterday I had a very humbling experience.... I am still reading the book my friend Gil lent me The Red Sea Rules by Robert J. Morgan. (Thank you, Gil!) I was at Wendy's when I read these words, "Envision His enveloping presence right now." I thought of Jesus sitting across from me at Wendy's and it brought tears to my eyes. Me. Jesus. Wendy's. It was rather surreal movie like moment as the traffic flowed by at a fast pace outside. I felt Him there with me even though I know He is with me always. I saw him clearly in His robes. I know He was laughing at me when I said I shouldn't have gotten the chives on my potato.

Last night I used these two examples and the short prayer idea (I wrote about last week as my TT post) as my lesson for Rhett's Bible class. I admit it brought tears to my eyes again when I told the later part about Jesus sitting there with me at the table. It also brought tears to another little girl. So I touched someone else. The kids told me I tend to use my hands more when I am near tears. LOL It seems I rub my hands together. I was totally unaware that I do this. So I learned something new about myself. I knew I was meant to be there telling what happened to me. God put me where He meant for me to be and I am thankful.

Mrs. Velvet sent me a sweet thank you note last night thanking me for her abstracts I gave her.

I'd sent this an email to all my friends yesterday including Gil who lent me the book. It seems his church buys this book in bulk to give to others. He told me because it worked for me, I could have it. I so needed that book and didn't even know it. What a blessing. What a gift for which I am ever thankful. Gil in turn had sent my email to his wife Brenda who suggested I email the author to tell him how this book helped me. Great idea! I will. It is not the first time I have written an author. I wrote to Lyn D. Nielsen, author of the Place of Sage books and she actually emailed little ole me! I will never get over that. Gil and his wife have actually met the author, Robert J. Morgan. Cool! I so hope to meet Lyn someday.

I see a theme here... I felt like Jesus was sitting with little ole me. Lyn wrote to little ole me. Jesus is so HUGE that we would indeed feel small in His presence.

Then I thought I do little art as in small. I don't do art on a large scale and I probably should go big. I do what is affordable for me to make. Even when I attempt to sell my art, I don't ask a large amount of money. I do put a higher price on my better pieces of art and still probably sell myself short.

Daddy is doing ok. He has had a lot of visitors lately and we are thankful.

I have included a Youtube link to the hymn "Humble Yourself In the Sight of the Lord" sung by Norfolk Church of Christ. It is one of the new songs we have been practicing and is one of our favorites. Ithought it was perfect for this post. Enjoy...

Quote of the day:
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
~Mother Teresa~

May He be with you today, tomorrow and always....

Please join us with your thankfulness at Lynn's a the following...


Nancie said...

Hi Becky,

Thank our Lord Jesus that He is with us always! The thought of Him loving us and being with us is really comforting and cheering. Thank God for blessing you through the week. So glad to know that your Daddy is doing ok.

Thank you so much for your visit, prayers and concern. You are in my thoughts and prayers too. I have been extremely occupied and trying to pace myself carefully, by His grace, and so I have to consciously cut down on the things I am doing. But some unexpected things do cropped up every now and then. Thank God for giving me grace, strength and joy in Him daily!

Take care and have a blessed weekend!

Warm regards,

Tami Boesiger said...

LOVE that Mother Teresa quote. As I read your post I'm reminded how God weaves in and out of every aspect of our lives.

becky aka theRAV said...

Hi Nancie! Yes, thank you that He is with us always. Ditto for all your wrote. We do believe Daddy is better & are so thankful. Glad to hear you are doing well and could comment. Continuing to keep you in my prayers. Blessing to you. Take good care of yourself.

becky aka theRAV said...

Hi Tami! Oh, I had to laugh at your last 2 posts I read! They are so funny. Thanks for you the good laughs and smiles 1st thing this morning. Love the way you write. Thanks for stopping by & commenting on my TT post. Funny that you mentioned about God being interwoven in our lives... This weekend I was aware how my friends have interwoven each other into my other friends lives now forming the tapestry of my life. This will be my next TT post. You are just getting a teaser. LOL

Lynn said...


You always are a treat to stop by and visit. To catch up with and see how your life is going along. I love the quote from Mother Teresa. I was so inspired reading all of your praises and encouragement.

Happy TT. Rejoicing in the Lord with you, Lynn

becky aka theRAV said...

Lyn, I don't think anyone has ever called me a "treat" before! LOL I love it. And told I was told my art was "the bomb"! Can't get any better than that. So glad I could inspire YOU! Thank you so much for stopping by & commenting. You made my day!