Your Masterpiece Or Your Master's Peace

Your Master's Peace

You are a masterpiece with your Master's Peace
You are a masterpiece with your Master's Peace

Splatters on the canvas

Splatters of life come flying onto our canvas; attempts are made to maneuver their placement. Ego battles pride seeking individual arrangement within the brush stroke's of our masterpiece. Stepping back, you admire your work all the while forgetting what allowed its completion.

Today you can be a part of something greater, think about how you will be a part of a masterpiece. Do you want to create your own, or relinquish your brush to the Master Painter? By allowing His hand to guide your brush stroke’s you can become a true work of art.

Something special is going to happen today because it’s a new day! Opening your eyes, taking that first breath, maybe your first "for real breath," how exciting to see what ways you will be used on the canvas of this new day.

Whether this breath was your first, because you were a newborn, fresh from your mother’s womb or because you were saved by grace and newly born, does it matter? Why bother getting caught up in the logistics of which breath is most important? Both are given, therefore, they are and will be used. Surrendering to the artistry of your Master allows for the breath to be used for a purpose. Breathe in this fresh start with a new focus. Turn your attention to God and see how He will use your breath. Allow yourself new breath in Christ for this will lead you home.


Today is a new day

No one knows what you're facing today, maybe not even you. No matter what happens with our splatters in life, we own our reactions to them or do we? Even these have been strategically formed in our creation. We will learn from every splatter, and be better for them.

Each splatter becomes part of a beautiful work the Master creates in each of us. This doesn’t mean that we’re not going to smudge the work a bit, adding a little too much shadow, or at times being a little heavy handed trying to get our way. We must learn to be patient, waiting for our brush stroke to dry, before seeing what comes next. We’re not in control, so, why not trust the Hand that is?



Brushstrokes by the Masters hand

Let Him Place your splatters
Let Him Place your splatters

The canvas is always changing

What happened to your painting today?

Were you the dad who saw his newborn inflate his lungs with a joyous fill today?

Were you the daughter who watched her father gasp for one more breath to say goodbye?

Were you the teen who released a sigh at the passing of a driving test?

Were you the girl taking a weak breath due to pain after joyfully walking away from your traumatic accident?

Are you the parent who got the call trying to remind yourself to keep breathing?

Are you a patient breathing through the journey?

Are you the family breathing as you wait for the journey to be in the past?

Are you the bride that feels his breath on her cheek as she waits for the first day as his wife?

Are you the groom mesmerized as you gasp seeing her walk toward you into your forever?

Are you the mom who breathes a comforting sigh knowing the baby moved inside of you for the first time?

Are you the mom trying to hold it together panting until bedtime?

Are you the family breathing between a hearty laugh of silliness?

Are you sighing a breath of loneliness as you pray for the answers to your moment?

Are you the broken trying desperately to take a breath?

Are you the healed breathing in the beauty and relief?

Are you breathing in your moments?

Are you breathing in, the moments of pain?

Are you breathing in, the moments of joy?

Are you finding they're one in the same when the breath of heaven is yours?

See that first breath changes everything, especially if you woke up today. The truth is, that breath was meant for you. That breath was paid for, so how are you going to use it?

You are His masterpiece

Suppose we recognize, all that is given, good, bad, even indifferent is allowed. It’s allowed for the making a masterpiece. You’re a brushstroke, you matter and you’re important. Don’t let anyone tell you what your brushstroke looks like, or is going to look like, they don’t know, only the Painter knows that. The work being done within you today is part of the beautiful scene, of your future.

Our future is not in the breath of this life, but rather in the breath of heaven. It may be hard to recall that idea, in your minute to minute, however, if we take a moment to look back at our latest brushstroke we often see the masterpiece coming together.

Breath of Heaven

We are all blinded at times

Our circumstance does not define us, how we use it for our walk with Him is what makes for a life changing moment. Relying on our own masterpiece will be but a mere replica of the Master Artist’s work.

Just as in a work of art, we meet challenges along the way. When in battle with people it’s sometimes hard to remember that God has placed you together at that moment, to love one another unconditionally while perfecting the worst parts of yourself. When we humble ourselves to see the imperfection of self, over any of those in our path, we are then seeing the work we have yet to do. We are humbled by the love shown to us, the Masters special love given in every breath regardless of our very obvious imperfections. He sees our worth, why do we not see the worth in others as He does? Why do some not see their own worth? We are all a part of the big picture and yet we are blinded.

HIS

Trusting the Painter with our brushstrokes

Sometimes things on our canvass become clouded, it’s all in how we see things. Are we seeing with a blinded eye, through a plank so large it obstructs our view of who we really are? Are we detecting a brick wall with limits that are binding and defeating? How about we open our eyes to the masterpiece and see it for what it is? We are, after all, a work in progress, right? What if as we stumble we start seeing the good in every happening?

We surely balk at the mishaps of communication during our days. We probably want to rebuke the conversations or obstacles that block us from moving forward. We must try to look at the bright side of the dark cloud on any given day. Most importantly, look closely at our own brushstroke’s that He has placed upon the canvass, and understand in retrospect what a wonderful and beautiful work He is doing in all of us.

In the times when something or someone is nipping at your toes, and causing distraction from His Masterpiece, try to look down and love the fact that it’s only at your feet, and you, are at the feet of the most-high. Keep your eyes on that future, on that masterpiece, and all the brushstrokes will come together for a beautiful work in you.

The Cross is the best example

The Cross is my Master's example
The Cross is my Master's example

The Master's example

To live in view of the examples of works completed by the Master is a gift. To be witness to the testimonies of His faithful, while in the chaotic whirlwind of the scenes He is creating in them is pure beauty. To know and feel His grace in the action of a moment is breath itself. Living in the knowing that He sees us in our imperfection, yet knowing that He loves us anyway, this is how our brush stroke in life should be with others.

We will never make the brush stroke that we are meant to place in the masterpiece unless we allow the Master to help us in its placement. He can also erase the mistakes with His special techniques using everything from His grand design.

Forgive, live, laugh and love, but humble yourself to the joy of one more breath for Him. It’s not about the why, it’s not about the he said/she said, and it’s not about the critique of you. It’s not about the mistake you made today or tomorrow. It’s not even about your brush stroke. It’s all about the breath He has given, and the work He wants to do with you, and in you. It’s NOT about YOUR MASTERPIECE, but rather your final placement in your MASTER’S PEACE.

Paying it forward ...Be a part of His solution

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The Stages Of ME 16 months ago Author

Dana ~

God is so good all the time :) Thanks


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Dana Tate 16 months ago from LOS ANGELES

Re-reading this again was a true pleasure. This hub is a "masterpiece" congratulations on your Gold award.


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Dana ~

Thanks for stopping in and for the comment ~ God is good all the time:)


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Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

To God be the glory: Beautiful hub. Yes, we are his masterpieces and if we allow Him to direct our lives we can do all things through Him who is our strength.


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Thank you Ms Dora ~ a heart united in the love and worship of Christ ~ these hearts clearly connect, as does He with us. Peace my Sister


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Reread this again! "We’re not in control, so, why not trust the Hand that is?" You speak to my heart.


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Dear MsDora

You then know the peace in surrender and the joy that will be ours tomorrow as we live for Him. What a beautiful reality to be His child,many blessing to you :)


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Beautiful and inspirational. Thanks for sweet surrender to the Master Artist. I desire, with you, to be the Masterpiece He designed for me to be. God bless!


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Thank you Healthmunsta

What a sweet comment, and yes may He guide our everythought and action. Blessings to you


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healthmunsta 2 years ago

I love this title! So eloquently written, and what a profound message! I enjoyed the first video, too! I've seen it before, but this was a nice refresher! May God guide us all. Peace :0)


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Dearest Blossom ~

So very true and hopefull we are thankful for each new day as we Live4Him. How blessed we are to be used for His glory. I agree some of our paints are a little watery. We need to encourage and thicken them up for the bold brushtroke, He needs for us to be each day. We need to help everyone be brighter so others can see the shine and follow it to Him. :)


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A lovely hub. The Master's work, but sometimes we don't give Him the right paints to use and the end result isn't so pretty. This could be a wake-up call to watch out and make sure we give Him only the best paints. God bless you.


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Dear Faith ~

Writing a piece for His glory is such a comfort and I am moved each time someone feels His warmth in a writing He has allowed in me. I am blessed by so many of the writers here at hub in the same way. We are His materpeices for ever and always. So excited to enjoy the view in our Master's Peace. Hugs :)


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Prairieprincess ~

So glad you enjoyed this piece and you are so welcome. I always pray that the words inspired by my Master Painter, jump off the page and hug the reader, as I would if I was there. Our God is so good in His reach, blessings to you, and stay warm up there in the great north of Cananda :)


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Dear Jo Thank you for the beautiful comment. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. I am sure it's difficult to not be with them at such a time. I will pray for you and all of your family as they remember the one that has passed. I will also praise God for the joy of their homecoming. God bless and sending you hugs and wishes of comfort at this time. May you feel the Master's Peace during the days ahead, blessings always.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

Thank you for the brush stroke of his spirit to move you to write this.

It is really beautiful! Please pray for me as I just learned about a death in our family. And the pain that I can't be there to comfort those who mourn, and be comforted in my grieving with them. The Sweet Father in Heaven is sure with you as you continue to create HIS Master Peace.

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Shalom


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prairieprincess 2 years ago from Canada

Simply beautiful! Thanks for this.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, what a beautiful hub!!! Yes, we are His masterpieces no doubt. We are all so beautiful in His eyes, and we should look at ourselves and others as He does, and we will see just how much we are valued and loved.

You have written a wonderful piece to His glory.

Up and more and sharing.

God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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