Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wonders of My Heart Christmas 2012 by A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

This past Christmas Season, this image was the wonder of my heart.

Lady L's first year to begin to understand the story of Mary and Joseph. Next year will even be better. I love her with every fiber of my being. God has richly blessed our family with her presence in our lives.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Rain is a Wonder of the Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

RAIN is one of my current Wonders of the Heart

The Texas drought is one of the worst in over 130 years. That is going back into Texas History pretty darn far.

We had over 80 days of temperatures in the triple digits. We are behind in rainfall for this year right at 30 inches and we were behind last year 18 inches.

Finally on Sunday night we had a cold front whip through and meet some rare gulf moisture and wham... God is giving... and we had an inch of rain.

God is good...and this is a treasure in our lives... a simple wonder of the heart.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wonders and Blessings, Lilly and Piggy, Our Grand Dogs

Wonders  and Blessings in our Lives 1

Gift of Love 

As I start this process out on this page... wonders of the heart, it is to find things in my life or the lives of my family that bring great joy. Next will be to have an image to share it with you.  
This by far is NOT the most important wonder in my life... God takes that fully by hand and heart...but I had this wonderful picture of Lilly, my granddog and I wanted to share it.

Lilly is a wonder and a blessing to Tara and Justin.  So is Piggy aka "Bridget.

Both puppies in this household are loved deeply and both were rescue dogs.

A gift... of love.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Horse Painting Splashing in the Rain by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Wishful thinking in the horse painting entitled Splashing in the Rain by Texas Artist Laurie Pace.

18 x 24 Inches Oil on Canvas    
 ©Laurie Pace    Graphics One Design 1998-2011  
Contact me for your own commissioned painting: Laurie    


Life moves forward around us every single second. Those seconds make minutes and those add up to days, months and years.  Moments can be filled with joy or sorrow, peace or chaos, but through it all despite discontentment or circumstance I must trust that God's hand is in everything.  I have to turn to Him.

 Truly making a day would be impossible with out His presence in our lives. Some days are harder than others when the situations involve those I love and I feel so helpless to meeting their needs. I have to remind myself, only God can meet those needs not me.  In the depths of 'hell' the only source for good and light is the Father. 

You will find if you can get to that place of relying on Him you will have balance in the moment and regain your ground. This works through times of discord and despair. 

God brings harmony if you are listening and waiting on Him and through this you will find peace.

" I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them and give them gladness for sorrow." Jeremiah 31:13


Monday, September 5, 2011

Red Poppies Painting and Dressing up by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Red Poppies

Small Flower Painting of Red Poppies 
by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Blending thick oils with her Palette knife, Pace adds several layers of paint to this vivid poppy painting. The contrast of greens in the background with deep red poppies are finished off with the mauve bowls holding the blooms.
9 x 12 inches   Oil on Canvas    
 ©Laurie Pace    Graphics One Design 1998-2011  
Contact me for your own commissioned painting 
or to purchase this piece: Laurie    


We arrived at Tara and Justin's house last week and Tara brought out this special box. It was medium large in size and we were all inquisitive.  As she pulled the box open out erupted beautiful fabrics in every imaginable color. It was memorizing just to witness the box opening. These rich fabrics were her collection of dance costumes over the years of dancing.  After every performance her mother had carefully packed away the costume, collecting many years together in this one special box.

 Lady L was in awe of the colors and the fabrics and she reached out, eyes sparkling with a growing smile across her face. Tara carefully pulled each one out and spread them across the floor as Lady L ran between them giggling try hard to make a choice of a favorite one to put on.

In this life we are often faced with decisions about things. That is where my dad would say, "Laurie, have you made your list of priorities?" Artist friend from Colorado, Armella Benton, reminded me of that this summer when I was struggling with health issues and the heat. Sometimes we have very limited choices and other times we are overcome with too many choices.

Finally Lady L choose a beautiful pink netted dress with white dots and black ribbon. ( I wish I could show you the whole picture... it is awesome.) She even managed to hold her dress up as she waltzed around the room dancing in this floaty puffy netting.

Choices we make in life usually affect deeper things. Sometimes our choices affect other people.  Our negative choices often weigh heavily on those that love us, forcing them to make choices of their own creating a domino affect in a family.  With every choice is a consequence and we must always consider what will follow with the decisions we make.  

Brings back vivid memories of Sesame Street when they would run that story about 'IF I DO THIS...then this will happen, which will make this happen and then that will happen.'   Maybe we need to think about things in a simple way like this... Make your list first and then a second list of the things that could happen from your initial decision. 

Seems like in today's world the pressure is so intense we make hasty decisions often regretting them later in the day or even later in life.  Too bad life is not as easy as Lady L sees it.  It should be...God wants it to be.  He wants us to live our life and be happy, NOT stressed.

I had to throw in a picture of my outdoor boots for a laugh.... quite a contrast from Lady L's precious pink... but it brings me back to what I wanted to blog about this morning. Dress Up or dress down with boots?  Is it important to dress up to impress people with who we think we are?  That is where I was going  originally with this blog. What does your 'dress up' have to do with who you are?

James 2:2-4

New International Version (NIV)
"Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,”  have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts" 

Know a man/woman by their actions and their travels through life.  We all leave a trail on this planet with our choices and our actions. How we 'Dress Up' our lives and our appearance means very little if we are dark of heart.  Do not judge by appearance but judge by heart and actions. Those decisions you make today create changes in the future, basically echoing on forever.


2 Kings 1:1 "And when King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the LORD."

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Abstract Horse Painting, Scattered to the Wind, Equine Art by Texas Contemporary Artist Laurie Pace

Scattered to the Wind

28 x 42 inches  Oil on Canvas  
      ©Laurie Pace   Graphics One Design 1998-2011
Contact me to purchase. Laurie

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Morning Climb is a site I use to look up my bible verses and to cross reference things.  I also subscribe to their daily thoughts but rarely have time to read them.  The one yesterday caught my eye because of all the things I have been writing this week.

I personally feel like the climb has begun physically (Challenge 47)  as I began my exercise program of a promise of at least 100 minutes a week.  I am up to 40 min in the two days so far... and should exceed this weekly, but I up till now since last fall, I have done ZERO per week. Last year at this time I worked out almost an hour every day.  I need to get back to that level.

When I wrote about the bridge yesterday and crossing the vast misty valley... it rang a bell in my head when I read about climbing the mountain in a swift glance to the morning mail out. They compared the getting to know Christ with the climbing of a mountain.  When you are at the foot of the mountain your eyes cannot see very much.  When you live in the valley of a mountain you are limited to what is there at ground level... you miss out on other things. 

As you climb the first knoll of the mountain you can see a bit further and experience a bit more as your mind expands with the new views and all you are taking in.  The higher you climb the more you see and your mind expands with thoughts.

The more you get to know Christ, the more you discover the beauty of His love. The heights and depths of His love are incomprehensible. (Yeah, remember that song, My love is deeper than the deepest ocean wider than a mile...etc).

"But who has ever gained the summit? Who has known all the heights and depths of the love of Christ which passes knowledge? Paul, when grown old, sitting grey-haired, shivering in a dungeon in Rome, could say with greater emphasis than we can, "I know whom I have believed" for each experience had been like the climbing of a hill, each trial had been like ascending another summit and his death seemed like gaining the top of the mountain, form which he could see the whole of the faithfulness and the love of him to whom he had committed his soul. Get thee up, dear friend, into the high mountain."  Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon.


"Get Thee up into the high mountain." Isaiah 40:9

Friday, June 24, 2011

Abstract Horse Painting Crossing Over, Commissioned Horse Art by Texas Contemporary Artist Laurie Pace, Crossing Over

Crossing Over
  Commission SOLD

24 x 36 inches  Oil on Canvas  Signature Painted Pony Pull by Laurie Pace

©Laurie Pace   Graphics One Design 1998-2011

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Sometimes there is a long bridge ahead in life.  The bridge is crossing over open deep gorges of things unknown that are lost in a dark mist.  The bridge is so long you cannot see the land on the other side, and yet you have no choice but to move forward and cross the bridge.  You are paralyzed in fear before you even begin with the first step.

How would you cross over?   Easy answer for me who does not like to drive. If it were a driving situation I typically hit a bridge and go fast fast fast....I figure if I go slow the anguish and fear have longer to take hold of me... so it is easier to take a deep cleansing breath and increase my speed to cross knowing full well God is right beside me in the process.

But what if the bridge is soooo long that you cannot do that? Whether by foot or by the use of is a 5 mile bridge. 

In life there are always times and occurrences that loom before us like the unending bridge.  We have no insight as to what is on the other side of the bridge and the alternative route of climbing through the rocks below and wading through dark foreboding streams is not acceptable.  God has made it clear to us that our path is only on this bridge and it is only one way and there is no other choice left open to us.  Things are out of our control, yet GOD is not out of our grasp. He is right there.

He will walk you across that bridge. He will carry you across that bridge. The importance is your acceptance to give up control and have total faith in the upcoming journey. He wants you to view it as something with possibilities and keep your mind open while you listen for His directions in your life. Don't assume anything. Be still and know that He is God. He is your protector, your strength and your guide as you make this crossing over.


"He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
   I will be exalted among the nations,
   I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10


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