"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners.nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Psalm 1:1-3
A friend of mine had shared a picture of her grandfather and son walking hand in hand that she had taken at a cookout I was at. As I looked at the photo, I knew there was a story to tell through a painting, so I asked if I could use the photo of the two of them as a reference for my painting. She was excited and gave me permission.
As I studied the great grandfather walking hand in hand with his great grandson, I thought of the heritage this man was leaving his little great grandson and how it tied in with Psalm 1:1-3. He definitely loves to delight in the LORD and his little great grandson is like a tree planted near the water soaking in the nutrients of his great grandfather's example.
As parents, grandparents and great grandparents we need to ask ourselves what kind of heritage are we teaching for our little ones. It reminds me of Psalm 37:23-24 which says, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand." Whatever comes our way, our little ones need to us walking in God's truth. They need to know that God is Sovereign, that He is in control even when things seem chaotic in this world.
Finally, I am reminded of the verse in Proverbs 22:6 which says, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Yes, it is our children who are training our grandchildren, but we as their grandparents train them in a special, unique way. We are walking alongside our children guiding them, when needed, as they guide and teach our grandchildren. By being that godly example that we should be, not only to our own children, but to our grandchildren also. Our grandchildren need to see us exhibit Christ, not just talking about Him, but living in Him. Do they hear His words or ours? Do they see Him in what we do or what we desire? Are we walking through the ages in TRUTH?
Karen's Artistic Thoughts
I decided as I was working on this website, that a blog would be a way to explain what goes through my mind as I work on each piece the Lord has laid on my heart.