Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Oh “Goodness”

Wow, I just checked and was shocked to see that it has been almost three months since I posted on the blog. Also it has been that long since I painted. I always wonder if I’ll be able to “get back to it” after a long break.

Any time my painting subject is fruit, I think about the Scripture reference about “fruits of the Spirit.” My prayer journal documents this passage as one that I pray for myself.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 

I always know that I fall short of exhibiting every one of those fruits. I guess that’s why it is a prayer request for myself.

Of the fruits that are listed here, for no real reason, this mandarin orange that I just painted makes me think of GOODNESS. 

Well, I do love citrus fruit, and I always feel sorry for someone like my sweet granddaughter-in-law who is allergic to citrus. She doesn’t get to enjoy some of the most delicious fruits in the world!

Side note: I have become more and more disgruntled about the “state” of social media these days. I am backing out of some of my previous involvement. For now I am still sharing on Instagram, and I am maintaining my blog, because it may be that it becomes the only place where I share my art. (Well, and for a long time now, my blog has been the only place where I can get on my soapbox and/or “vent”!)

Also will keep sharing on my Pinterest boards for now. 

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