I Choose Love! * Pause and Paint

I Choose Love!

 I Choose Love

My day started with prayers and a little bit of reading. As I looked at the background of a painting I started yesterday, I decided to give life to a vision that had been dancing in my head for the past week.

The Vision of my Painting

I envision two women, a light skin girl and the other with a darker complexion. I saw their long hair flowing in the wind, leaning towards one another. One of them, her hand lifted high is showing the path of love and the other girl is leaning tenderly on her friend, as she holds a bouquet of sunflowers in her hand. The sunflowers represent a peaceful gathering and the hope of more people coming together and choose love.

A Lovely Coincidence!

As I do almost daily, I started playing my “Bible in Year” program. As I listened, I was amazed at the content of today’s lesson because I chose the title and concept of my painting way”before”  listening to this particular lesson.

I am sharing the lesson I heard today in hope that you will open your bible and read it for yourself. I also recommend the Bible in a Year Program. I have been so blessed and  inspired by this program and I wish you much discoveries and Blessings as well!

I Choose Love!

1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13 New Living Translation (NLT)

27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.28 Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church:

first are apostles,
second are prophets,
third are teachers,
then those who do miracles,
those who have the gift of healing,
those who can help others,
those who have the gift of leadership,
those who speak in unknown languages.

29 Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? 30 Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not! 31 So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.

But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.

Love Is the Greatest

13 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[a] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages[b] and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.[c] All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

Dear friend, Will you please share what has been your daily source of conversation with God lately? Do you draw, paint, sing dance? When do you feel closest to God? Also, can you please share what emotion you have when looking at my painting?

Thank you!! Be Blessed…Be Loved!

Nathalie

About

Nathalie Villeneuve is a Canadian-born visual artist. Her paintings are best described as Expressionist meets Parisian chic. Villeneuve’s, strong influence of Franz Marc, a German printmaker considered a pioneer of the German Expressionist movement, creates a series of heavy lines contrasting bright colors fading into soft brush strokes on canvas.Her body of work depicts women in dance, cinema, photography and even the mundane such as sitting at a Cafe or by the beach. The scenes she creates on canvas consists of elegant, long-legged feminine figures gracefully perched and seem frozen in time during moments of peaceful reflections.Villeneuve, a Meriden resident has shown her artwork at various galleries and venues in Connecticut and Canada. She now has a growing body of collectors throughout the U.S. Northeast. Ms. Villeneuve studied at the Dicksen Art Center/UCLA under Professor Roger Herman towards receiving her Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Art.For more information: www.NathalieVilleneuve.com

2 Comments

  1. Leila Grandemange /

    Beautiful post Nat! The emotion I feel is acceptance. It’s almost as if the blond lady is pointing the brunette towards God’s love. She accepts her where she is at, and points her towards greater things. That’s what friends are for . . . That’s me and you 🙂

  2. Nathalie Villeneuve /

    Hi Leila, I love your interpretation of the painting! Yes! Sounds like us but it could be the brunette pointing towards God as well!

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