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wakey, wakey—rise and shine

The story of Lazarus is in John 11. “Wakey, wakey. Rise and shine!” could be the subtitle.

Light by contemporary artist sue kemnitz

As Jesus goes to raise the dead, He makes this statement, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” John 11:9-10

The statement seems to be out of context. But, as Jesus does so well, the statement is a call. And an explanation of what He is about.

“Are there not 12 hours in the day?” As long as the day is, be “open.” Dwell on the good He has done. Keep His stories close to our hearts, so they come easily and naturally. “Do good,” wherever He puts us. Oftentimes, it speaks louder than words.

Walk with me in the day. As we walk and talk with Him, the Fathers heart will be revealed. We will see Light.

We will not stumble. What a bold remark. As we purposefully stay in and with the Light, We will go to the dead and God will be glorified. What if we approached each opportunity knowing that in the light, we won’t stumble?

Can you see the people in the dark? Dead and buried spiritually? As my friend, Diane, asks, “what unreached people group has the Lord put in front of you?” What unreached person has the Lord put in front of you. Whom can be overcome with His kindness and joy?

A couple hints:

  • Say yes. Jesus said yes.
  • Be yourself. David used a slingshot. What’s your weapon?
  • Look. Who is in your “yard.”
  • Do your passion. Shine.

My hubby, Randy, has found an unusual way to connect with our son. He plays “Words with Friends.” I never would have expected that my prayer for daily contact for the two would include playing a digital game! God is amazing!

God will have His way. His Word will hit the target. But maybe, just maybe, only with and through you. Will you be the one to raise the dead? The one saying, “Wakey, wakey. Rise and Shine!” To shine the Light. Knowing darkness is impossible in the Light.

Question: Who, around you, needs the Light? Are you praying? Are you sharing? Are you bringing light?

Only Believe.
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Light by contemporary artist sue kemnitz

Power. Light. Boldness. Whether this portrays the Bright Light that is Jesus, or the angels, I’m not sure. Maybe it changes. Maybe its both.


our friend, Jesus

I love that we are the friends of Jesus. My friends are important to me. I love to chat with them, to find out what’s going on in their lives, and to know them better. The tagline of our Tuesday morning Living Loved and Healthy adventure is “John telling stories of his best friend, Jesus.”

Baby Sketch by Sue Kemnitz
One of the things I love best, is hearing what Jesus is doing in and through them. Can you imagine “the boys” sharing the stories?

“Yep, we were gawking at the crowds, and Jesus knew it was lunchtime. Jesus decided He could and would feed the mob. He turned to one of us, ‘Phillip, where are we to buy lunch?’ I think it was a trick question, could we see beyond the local McDonalds and Starbucks. Nope. Then Andrew piped in, ‘there are a few fish sandwiches available.’ ‘Perfect,’ Jesus winks at Andrew, Have the crowd sit down. Without hesitation, Jesus thanks Poppa God, and we all watch Poppa God be Poppa God. The bread and fish keep coming. And we got to feed the mob!”

Can you hear the excitement of Holy Spirit? “Brilliant idea, Jesus!”

There are so many outrageously fun parts to this story.

  • There’s always more than meets the eye when we befriend Jesus.
  • Jesus always lets us start right where we are and with what we already have.
  • Listening to Jesus opens up the best, in us, in our surroundings, and in Him.

And finally, Jesus lets His friends do the really fun part. He makes His friends look like rock stars. They get to pass lunch out. And pass out more and pass out more fishwiches. (Do they still call them that?)

We can feel that same incredible friendship of Jesus today by just turning our attention to Him. Say, “Hi Jesus, I’m glad you’re here with me. Thanks for being my friend.”

Feel Him? See Him?

What adventure will He open up to us today? He’s more than we can ask or imagine.

Only believe!

You can still join us for “Living Loved and Healthy,” Tuesday mornings, 9:30-11:30. More info here.
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Baby Sketch by Sue Kemnitz

This is the final sketch for a friend’s baby, “crowned with love” That’s a good word picture for us, too.

showered in love

The disciples and Jesus are relaxing at what we now know is the last dinner before the great and terrible day. They enjoy some good wine and fabulous food. The Father had prepared the place and time precisely. What’s important to Jesus, to share at this last gathering? (John 13:1-20)

Epiphany painting by minnesota comtemporary artist Sue Kemnitz
Thomas is munching on some fruit, “Andrew, did you see Jesus put his thumbs in that guys eyes? Imagine what it feels like to see your mother and father for the very first time!” Peter pipes in further down the table, “Hey John, the lame guy will need to walk places now!” While James engages Thomas, “I know – I thought fire and brimstone would be best for that city, but I guess I’m still learning,” There is no lack of stories, excitement, or laughter at the table. In fact, some evenings, they try to one-up each other. The stories are all so good!

They all turn and look as Jesus gets up from the table, rolls up His sleeves, and ties a towel about His waist. He pours water in a basin and sits at Peter’s feet. Peter is uncomfortable and gives Jesus “the look” as he challenges Him. But, as always, Jesus has His way. One by one, not to be hurried, He washes their feet.

It gives Him a chance to focus on each man.

* To touch, as we only can while on the earth.
* To connect, hands and feet.
* To look deep into their eyes. Although He may start in silence, to let it all sink in, He may also quietly share what He loves about each of them; Peter – his passion and zeal. James – willing to do anything, a keen sense of justice. John – who knows the depth of love. Thomas – wanting to die with Jesus. And the others.

One last intimate moment.

Yes, its about many things. Its a teaching moment, as Jesus continues to share with them afterwards. But in His eternal wisdom, its also one last time for their hearts to be one with Him, just as Jesus and the Father’s heart are one. Its a time that not one of them will forget in the incredible days ahead.

A few years back, I had the honor of caring for my sister while she was recovering from surgery. I fixed her meals, read to her, opened the shades and let the sun in. Thinking back, it was a opportunity to be very close. To connect hands and feet.

Close, personal, and loving. His heart is to always to draw near to us. Sometimes we need to just let Him shower us with love.

And the requirements to pass this on to others? Often just a bit of time and a love that passes understanding.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35.

When do you feel close to Jesus? Have you let Him wash your feet lately? Have you washed others’ feet lately?

• • •  Please join us for an Afternoon Adventure. In Art. And Writing. To be held at NewDay Church in New Prague (MN). April 22, 2012 from  1-4 pm. Click here for more information and to register! Maybe we’ll draw feet—though unlikely…

Only believe.

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Jesus shines

rising to setting

from rising to setting

This painting was finished for a Children’s Palliative Care Community fundraiser last week. I emailed Mindy, the organizer, the day before because the Lord had put this verse in front of me:

“The Mighty One, God the LORD,
   speaks and summons the earth
   from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
    God shines forth.” Ps. 50:1-2

There are various thoughts that the Lord brings to mind as I read through this Psalm, but this morning, the last line is speaking. How many ways does Jesus shine, especially in this season?

Jesus shines love. Unconditional and steadfast. Eternal.

Jesus shines grace. Unmerited favor. Keep walking in it.

Jesus shines joy. Picture Him smiling on and at you today.

Jesus shines mercy. For us all, thank you, Jesus!

Jesus shines forgiveness. Keeping us from the enemy’s taunts and trials.

Jesus shines faith. Knowing the Father always answers prayer.

Jesus shines hope. For the better. For the best.

Jesus shines peace. Beyond understanding.

Jesus shines. There is always more.

The amazing thing is He shines through us! Yup – we are Zion. Zion not only applies to His land, but also to His people. He made us to be the “perfection of beauty.” Think on that for awhile. As you gaze at the lights this season, think of Him. Shining. Remember, to shine Him. And thank Him—for His wonderfulness!

He is Good News!

Only believe.




I woke up Sunday morning at 4:44. As I usually do when I wake up early in the “late” morning (too early to get up and too late to get back to sleep), I let scripture float through my mind, tell Jesus how much I love Him, and pray. Not everyone would like this early-late-morning time, but I love it. I could stay there all day, to tell you the truth. A while later, I thought of getting up and looked at the clock. It was 5:55. Now I’m not really a number person, but this was pretty darn cool.

I decided to check out some scripture once I did get up and here’s what I found in Ezekial 4:44. “Then He brought me by way of the North Gate to the front of the house, and I looked, and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord and I fell on my face.” Is that a marvelous verse? Yes! Indeed!

Just the evening before, I learned that the North Gate can refer to an entrance to the unknown of the God. An entrance where man can go back and forth, between here and There. A divine portal. So this is a prayer of mine, starting now. Lord – bring us to the place where we can look and see you and your ways and behold Your Glory. A Glory like none other. In Your house. Or mine.

Sign me up. Beam me up. Raise me up. For Your purposes. Thank you, Jesus!

I hope you see me soon with a scraped up nose… I’ll have a big smile on! Ü

May God bless you, too, with a glimpse of His Glory!
Only Believe!

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Tho it is not quite complete, I’m quite happy with this painting. Some little tweaks yet to be done here and there. It will be fun to hear what Holy Spirit thinks about it and how He leads in the finishing.

Jenn Johnson spoke Friday morning at the Women’s Conference. She had an amazing testimony of her daughter getting a word of knowledge from Holy Spirit. It started at the beginning of church on a Sunday morning when her daughter announced, “Mom, we need to go home right now. Right now.” Jenn said ok, thinking perhaps the house was on fire. Doubt  and reservations set in on the way home and, especially, upon arriving home, and everything was ok. She asked her daughter to pray and ask Holy Spirit what this was all about. After a bit, her daughter, totally convicted, announced they had to find a young woman whose name started with an “M” or “N”. This woman was distraught and needed a word from the Lord. So – they went to Target. Long story short, they found the woman with the name starting with “N” (after a couple that weren’t) and the Lord touched her profoundly and deeply. All through her daughter, as Jenn left the mission up to her daughter with enthusiastic support. Wow – what a story of listening to our kids (and grandkids) and Holy Spirit and obedience! Yeah Jesus! I can say that in several portions of this story, I most probably would not have made the same decisions. I have much to learn.

Beni spoke in the evening. The two things that stuck me were ….

A prayer Beni has been faithful to speak over Bill since they married, “God, make him the man You want him to be.” Wow. That’s a wise woman. How often do we want our husband’s to become our idea of a good man. We’re “totally justified” knowing we know what a good Godly man looks/acts like. What would our world look like if we prayed that over our husband (or wife), over our kids, and over our best friends, daily? “God, make him/her the man/woman You want them to be.” Our world would be way different than we can ask or imagine!

Beni also spoke on courage. She brought to life Judges 4, highlighting not Deborah, but Jael. A quiet, unassuming homemaker, probably a mom, who went about God’s business with courage, determination, and quiet self-assurance. Pick up your swords!

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this little interlude of painting and soaking in a bit of Bethel. It is my hope to have some of you join me in October in person—to enjoy some painting, some wisdom, and the peace and relaxation of our cabin. And most importantly, Jesus!

Only Believe

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As I mentioned a blog or two ago, I am streaming the “What If…” Bethel conference and painting during worship. The image above is after worship set one. The image below is almost before worship. There is an underpainting on the canvas, yet I forgot to take a pic before I started working, so this is about 15 minutes in. Over to the right, you can see my baby painting that I am working from. I often (prefer) to work this way. Kinda like having a sketch or map of where I’m going. It let’s me worship while painting cuz I’m not trying to make the painting work. Well, at least until later.

Highlights from Beni’s message:
Trash your toxic thoughts. We all have them. We did a prophetic act of writing a thought down (not a book, just a thought), tearing it up, and throwing it in the trash. Try it. You’ll like it. We have the mind of Christ, so, simply, use it. (That sentence is mine.) Redeem your thought patterns. Remember joy, the atmosphere of heaven. Think and act from your heart, not your head. Your mind is the student. This was the “leading up to the message” message.

She spent the rest of the time talking about angels. Many of us have heard the “Wakey, Wakey” story. Beni read testimonies of those who did the “Wakey, Wakey” shout. Praise God! He is doing amazing things on the earth and its so exciting that we get to wake up angels to help us! Of course, there’s the familiar caveat, “Don’t worship angels. Don’t ignore them, either.” They are messengers of God and they bring the Kingdom. I went out on the deck and gave a “Wakey, Wakey!” shout at midnight. Now I’m waiting expectantly. My “Protector angel” is standing nearby, too, as I fondly call him. Hovering. I like that, too.

Oh – and – when we talk about the angels, they get all stirred up. When we talk about Jesus and His goodness, they listen in and are in the room with us. It just makes me smile.

God bless you richly, today!

only believe!

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