Ocean Waves

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~ Holy Spirit inspired, written and composed by Karin Przybilski

This is a song about the firey trials that we may face in our lives and how God will never leave nor forsake us in and during our times of great need.

Psalm 121:1-8

1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

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BE SOBER AND VIGILANT

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1 Peter 5:6-11

6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

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‘Buffalo Cloud’ – Enderby BC – 2016

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HEAVENLY CONVERSATION

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Philippians 3:20-21

20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

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‘Engaging Clouds’ – Enderby BC 2016

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BE STRONG IN THE LORD

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BE STRONG IN THE LORD IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT

Ephesians 6:10-23

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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‘The Cliffs’ – Enderby BC – 2016

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYBODY

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~ by Karin Przybilski

Matthew 5:1

Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Have you ever felt like you don’t fit into this world and even into your community no matter how you try and regardless of how many efforts you have made to. This, I know all to well for myself has been the case more often or not. I get all inspired and excited to share my artistic, creative and expressive personality and character with the people in my neighbourhood only to meet up with the adversary, the one and most wicked person of the bunch, who seems more than ready to throw a wrench into my sense of team spirit to join in with the surging group of artists and crafts people. Usually, the owner, operator, manager, recruiter and/or their right hand partner in crime.

You might think that a vibrant, healthy, active, inspiring and eager human being as myself would not have much difficulty fitting in or being a person of demand. I am well educated in art and have been able to bless others, mainly children, with art instruction. These opportunities happened through seasonal community leisure arts & crafts, sports, church and camping activities programs, but the best experiences of the fullness of love, hope, faith, joy and peace happened when I was hired without a designated supervisor.

Working independently secured the atmosphere in that there was no wicked or evil person working behind the scenes to instigate trouble for me by setting snares, traps and nets to cause me to stumble, trip and fall. And at my age I don’t want to deal with them any more, at and for any cost.

Yes, I have learned over time that I do much better when I am given the job and responsibility to work independently, without someone looking over my shoulders and monitoring my every move and lifestyle.

In my meditation this morning about my concern of fitting my artistic lifestyle into and with my new community, I gained some deep and valuable insight that helped to lift me up and out of the bog of fearing the negative people that can make or break my opportunities of well doing and well being.

THE TRUTH MAKES US FREE

John 8:32

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

There are times when the Word of God creates such a clear picture and reality of it’s real and intended purposes and this is to remind us again and help to make us free of the things that bind, restrain, constrain, depress, oppress, suppress, hinder and give us the enabling strength, will and determination, to carry on, helping us to over come the obstacles and to leap over the hurdles in our lives.

God does not want us to be misled by people who lie about the truth.

John 8:36

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

OHHH…GET OVER IT! DON’T LET IT EAT YOU UP ALIVE!

From time to time we have heard these very words being said and spoken from others, when and while we have been spending far to much time mumbling, grumbling, groaning, ailing, spouting out words of anger, crying or throwing our hands up into the air feeling ready to give up, feeling tempted to throw our precious lives away and all over something negative and critical that somebody said or did to us one day, while we were in pursuit of our ultimate dream and/or happy place.

Well, this post has come about as a result of this very kind of experience, during this present time when I thought and was seriously considering to finally get my art portfolio in order, frame my work, wire up my canvass art pieces to hang on the wall and submit my work for evaluation to be accepted into the local art gallery.

But, during one afternoon last week, one little incident and short lived conversation with an art gallery personnel had their critical words riveting into every bone in my body and heart muscle. In other words, that somebody, said something negative and their words put a pin into my faith, hope and dream bubble. Then and there all my hopes collapsed and were completely dashed, as I felt myself melt into the puddle of muddy water under their feet.

Perhaps, it was a minor thing, just a test of my faith, something that I could have easily brushed off and overcome or utilized as a mounting board to prove to them that they can’t discourage me that easily. Yet, at that moment to me all my hopes and chances of starting off on the right foot and giving and leaving them a most positive impression of myself, failed.

Galatians 5:15

But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

The negative outcome caused me more to realize that sharing my creative, friendly, out going, team spirit with others in the community in reality should not require me to have or need to prove anything to anybody, except to be myself and of having and taking the sufficient steps of faith and courage that I needed to join in and get on the merry-go-round with them. Negativity does not make room nor allowance for unity, harmony of spirit. and follow through. One can not put ones trust into people that uphold and harbour negative attitudes, opinions and views towards others, who are actually like-minded in their aspirations. One will out do the other in no time flat.

For a few days after this negative experience, I felt that I lost my zest of life, I lost my appetite, I lost my zeal for living and I then I began to recount on the other times in the past when something like this had happened to me before, all because of something somebody said to throw a wrench into my deepest longing and desire to relate and share my creative life and living with others.

It struck me then and there that the world is not filled with human beings that are thinking purely in and on terms of equal opportunities for all concerned. Even if and when they begin in such a manner, no sooner will success, position, authority and competitiveness go to their heads and then gives way to segregation.

YOU ARE WORTH MORE THAN THAT!!!

Matthew 10:31

Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

BEWARE OF LEGALISM

This happens in the world and then it gets into the church or vice versa, which ever way, the equal opportunity turns into cherry picking where upon they will evaluate human beings in such a way that if they find one thing that does not agree with them, you automatically disqualify. It could be they don’t like and want a person on their team because they have acne or are wheel chair bound. What ever the case, that’s enough reason to utterly absolve to not have anything to do with them at all, even if they are the only organization in town that offers the opportunity for any kind of development of skills, advancement in training and/or offer support and public exposure for your work. Should they in any way be prejudiced, biased and prone to accuse, judge or condemn or threaten others in a negative light, well, by now it is much easier for me to say in the ‘light,’ of their negativity, “Stuff it!”

And I hope you will be of the same mind and attitude now with me because you and I, have so much more worth and value, that is ‘WE,’ aren’t that desperate to sell ourselves short and to live to please man and we don’t need them that bad!!!

GOD OFFERS AND HAS OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

GOD GIVES US WISDOM, GUIDANCE AND COUNCIL

Ephesians 2:10

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath beforehand ordained, that we should walk in them.

God, Jesus, the Holy Ghost have predestined plans for our lives that have been pre and pro created and ordained opportunities. These God given and blessed opportunities come by God’s all sufficient grace and are meant for everyone, especially those who come to and believe in the true and living God, Jesus Christ!

True help does not give us trouble and God’s help and guidance has no trouble in it at all! This is a good way to help us and give us the moral support and assistance that we need when we take the time to evaluate potential opportunities and/or the people that offer the kinds of opportunities that we may be directly interested in and with.

James 1:5

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and up braideth not; and it shall be given him.

Then we need to ask for wisdom and God helps us by giving us wisdom liberally to make the best and wisest choices, preferably those that have no trouble in them! Secondly, we then need to be willing to adhere to and apply His wisdom for the optimal results we so desire to have and achieve along with our pursuit of success happiness, peace and prosperity.

Yes, the truth is that God gives His Children, visions, pictures and dreams of and for a life of love, faith and hope, joy and peace in their lives, so that they would not perish.

When I found these thoughts of hope and God’s words enter into the very place of where I was afflicted and feeling utterly discouraged, His words of encouragement brought me back to life and the view that He gave me, got me back up on my feet, again.

Matthew 5:1

Blessed are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven!!!

ALL THINGS ARE MINE IN CHRIST JESUS

Worldly Wisdom is Foolishness to God

1 Corinthians 3:19

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

23And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

This scripture makes me sigh with great and deep relief that God made it so that we are not limited to human beings in order to do well, live well, succeed in life and spread the good news. No, we are not limited to the human help that God regards as vain! He says,

“Come to me for help, because the help of man is vain. What ever you give to them they will use it for their own profit, furtherance and glory, any ways. So, make Me your boss and partner, says the Lord and I will take you places that they of themselves cannot go nor will be able to take you, says the Lord!!!” Selah!

Then I found myself thanking God for the problems and praising Him for the adversity that helped me to see and realize that in and through the life, love and Spirit of God in me, that I could step up and out of the box, enter into the Kingdom of Heaven and put on the spirit of crazy faith and live my life, hopes, dreams and aspirations, in and through His help, comfort, guidance, council and leadership, just like He is giving me today and now!

WE ARE THE BLESSED CHILDREN OF GOD

I call these scriptures and verses our Christian ‘Adoption Certificate,’ affirming that we ARE the CHILDREN OF GOD.

Spiritual Blessings

Ephesians 3:3-14

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

10 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

My Dear Friends,

Remember, you belong to God and He has a plan and will for your life no matter the situation, circumstance and or predicament you may be in at present. God can create a way where there seems to be no way, for you, too! I hope you are and feel as encouraged to live on and do all that is in your hearts, again, in and with God’s peace! 

Love always,

Karin

John 14:18

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

~ Written by Karin Przybilski through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit & Scriptures

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A CROWN OF GLORY

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Isaiah 62:3

Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.

1 For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp [that] burneth.

2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.

3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.

4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.

5 For [as] a young man marrieth a virgin, [so] shall thy sons marry thee: and [as] the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, [so] shall thy God rejoice over thee.

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‘A Crown of Yellow Bliss’ – Enderby BC – 2016

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Power in Praise by Merlin Carothers

Chapter One

The Power in Praise

     Jim’s father had been an alcoholic for thirty years. During all those years, Jim’s mother, and later Jim and his young wife, had prayed that God would heal him, but with no apparent result. Jim’s father refused to admit that he had a problem with alcohol, and stalked out in anger if anyone mentioned religion to him.

     One day Jim heard me speak about the power that is released when we begin to praise God for everything in our lives instead of pleading with Him to change the circumstances that displease us.

     Jim brought home a recording of my message and played it over and over again for his friends. Then one day it struck him; he had never tried praising God for his father’s condition. Excitedly he shared the thought with his wife.

     “Honey, let us thank God for Dad’s alcoholism and praise the Lord that it is part of His wonderful plan for Dad’s life!”

     For the rest of that day they gave thanks and praised God for every aspect of the situation, and by evening they felt a new sense of excitement and expectation.

     The next day the parents came over for the usual Sunday dinner visit. Always before, Jim’s father had cut the visit as short as possible, leaving right after dinner. This time, over a cup of coffee, he suddenly asked a pointed question.

     “What do you think about this Jesus Revolution?” He turned to Jim. “I saw something about it on the news last night. Is it just a fad, or is something happening to those kids who were hung up on drugs?”

     The question led to a lengthy and open discussion about Christianity. The elder couple didn’t leave till late in the evening.

     Within weeks Jim’s father came to admit his drinking problem, turned for help to Jesus Christ, and was completely healed. He now joins the rest of the family in telling others what praising God can do!

     “Just think,” Jim said to me. “For thirty years we prayed for God to change Dad. We spent only one day praising Him for the situation and look what happened!”

     To praise God is to express our acceptance of something that God is permitting to happen. So to praise God for difficult situations, as sickness or disaster, means literally that we accept its happening, as part of God’s plan to reveal His perfect love for us.

     We can’t really praise God without being thankful for the thing we are praising Him for. And we can’t really be thankful unless we believe that an omnipotent, loving Father is working for our good. Praising, then, involves both gratitude and joy that God is keeping His Word to work good through everything if we love Him. (Romans 8:28)

      The very fact that we praise God and not some unknown fate also means that we are accepting the fact that God is responsible for what is happening and will always make it work for our good. Otherwise it would make little sense thanking Him for it.

     Always be joyful. Always keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (I Thessalonians 5:6-18).

     I’ve met many people who are able to praise God for their circumstances, simply because they accept the word of the Bible that they are supposed to praise God in everything. Praising Him, they soon experience the results of an attitude of consistent thanksgiving and joy; and in turn, their faith is strengthened, and they can continue to live this way.

     Others find it a little more difficult.

     “I just don’t understand,” they say, “I try praising God, but it is so hard for me to believe that He really has a hand in all the horrible things that have happened to me lately.”

     We say we don’t understand, and some of us get stuck right there; our understanding becomes a real stumbling block in our relationship with God. But God has a perfect plan for our understanding, and when we use it His way, it isn’t a stumbling block, but a wonderful aid to our faith.

    For God is the King of all the earth, said the psalmist. Sing praises in a skillful psalm and with understanding (Psalm 47:7 Amp).

     We’re not supposed to push our understanding out of the way, grit our teeth, and say, “It doesn’t make sense to me, but I’ll praise the Lord if it kills me, if that’s the only way I can get out of this mess!”

     That’s not praising, that’s manipulating. We’ve all tried to manipulate God, and it is wonderful to know that He loves us too much to let us get away with it! We are to praise God with our understanding, not in spite of it.

     Our understanding gets us into trouble when we try to figure out why and how God brings certain circumstances into our lives. We can never understand why and how God does something, but He wants us to accept with our understanding that He does it. This is the basis of our praise. God wants us to understand that He loves us and that He has a plan for us.

     And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans (Romans 8:28).

     Are you surrounded by difficult circumstances right now? Have you been struggling to understand why they have come to you? Then try to accept with your understanding that God does love you and has allowed those circumstances because He knows that He can bring good out of this for you. Praise Him for what He has brought into your life; do it deliberately and with your understanding.

 

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