Saturday, April 19, 2014

Destroyed Painting by Artist, NORA KASTEN

Painting #1035  Oil on Linen   (36"x 24")   Painted in May, 2009   Overpainted or destroyed

"This may be my last Post for a couple of weeks.  I leave for France on Monday, April 21, 2014 and return on Monday, May 5, 2014.  This is my first trip to Europe and I feel so very happy and grateful.  It's my 77th birthday present to Nora.  The IPad and IPhone will be with me and who knows . . . .  maybe I can post from France.  This Digital Age is a wonderful experience, isn't it?" 

From "The Daily Word"                       Saturday, April 19, 2014
I forgive, and I am forgiven.
Today I choose forgiveness for myself and others. I let go of the perception of how things should have been and open my heart to accept life as it is. I make a choice for my serenity and peace of mind.
I forgive any error I may have made in my thoughts, words, or actions. I quickly release any harsh judgment and step into expressing my best self. In so doing, I become more accepting, tolerant, and free.
As I forgive others, the Divine in me connects to the Divine in them. Even if no apology is spoken, my forgiveness cleanses me of any bitterness. Forgiveness creates harmony and builds communication and understanding. By forgiving both others and myself, I gain an open heart and peace of mind.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.—Psalm 86:5

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Portrait by Artist, NORA KASTEN

Painting #923  Oil on Linen   (20"x16")   Painted in April, 2007

From:  "THE DAILY WORD"                                                  Thursday, April 17, 2014
Today I am free to begin anew.
In springtime, all is made new. As buried bulbs push up through the ground, I behold the cycle of Life at work. I discover the same kind of drive in me to create a new life for myself.
I am free to release old ideas, habits, or preconceptions. I choose to think and do only what supports my highest good. Each moment offers me the gift of making a new choice. I deserve the life I dream of—the life I was meant for. Every day I remind myself: I am free! I am free! My freedom grows as I trust in my God-given power.
The seed of new possibilities has been planted in me. I blossom in every area of my life. I am happy, joyous, and free!
For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.—Galatians 5:1

Saturday, April 12, 2014

"Macy" Oil Portrait by Artist, NORA KASTEN

Painting #931  Oil on Linen  (16"x 20")    Painted in May, 2007

From Unity's  "DAILY WORD"                                                     Saturday, April 12, 2014
I rest in Spirit, and I am comforted.
Life is unpredictable, and sometimes, I may feel frustrated or disappointed by unexpected events. I may feel hurt by the words or actions of others, or fearful due to an accident or illness. Yet through it all, I count on the love and comfort of Spirit.
I am empowered by the spirit of God within, giving me courage and wisdom to brave any hardship. I hone in on what is working well in my life, while facing challenges with strength. I know that even the most difficult situations bring blessings.
I rest in the comfort of Spirit, listening for guidance and finding the answers I seek. I am reassured, soothed, and consoled. Peace fills my soul.
For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.”—Isaiah 41:13

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Destroyed Painting by Artist, NORA KASTEN

Painting #997   Oil on Linen   (10"x8")  Painted December, 2007   Destroyed

From Unity's "DAILY WORD"                                                  Thursday, April 10, 2014
I affirm the absolute good of God.
The words I speak and write carry energy and power, so I choose them with care and clear purpose. When I speak words that express Truth, I set in motion the energy of prayer. My chosen words are sacred. What I send into the world returns to me multiplied.
I boldly declare my good, speaking in life-affirming ways about myself and others. I live an empowered life of confidence and optimism. God is the only power at work within my mind, soul, and body, and this power is invincible.
My affirmations demonstrate my faith in the absolute good of God. I speak with certainty, clarity, and positive expectation.
So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose.—Isaiah 

      From Unity's "DAILY WORD"                                                 Wednesday, April 9, 2014
I see the dawn of a new day.
My life is a reflection of my consciousness. If I am feeling unhappy with my circumstances, I don’t linger in disappointment or discouragement, but rather I rejoice in the discovery that I can change my life by shifting my consciousness. If I don’t like the film that is playing, I can change the reel!
To shift my consciousness, I examine my beliefs. Do I believe I am deserving and loved? Do I believe I am one with God? I discard any unsupportive self-talk and affirm: I deserve all the good God has for me. I am whole, confident, and strong through the power of God within me. I repeat this practice until my consciousness shifts and I see the dawn of a new day.
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ … may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him.—Ephesians 1:17

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Roses Painting by Artist, NORA KASTEN

Painting #588   Oil on Linen   (40"x30")  Painted in March, 2000    SOLD
This is a bad photo of a beautiful Painting

From "THE DAILY WORD"                                                          Sunday, April 6, 2014
Behind all of life, I perceive Infinite Love.
Our physical senses allow us to perceive the world from a certain perspective. Yet as we expand our view spiritually, we perceive so much more. We open ourselves to a consciousness of Oneness—harmony and connectedness that radiates through everything and everyone.
With our thoughts on the Divine, we attune to the Infinite Love behind all life. This radiant energy is present in every circumstance and in every person, even if it is not readily seen or heard. Evaluating life only through the filter of our physical senses, we might perceive discord or lack. Yet when we look at our lives with our hearts and minds on Spirit, evidence of the Divine is unmistakable.
Whoever is from God hears the words of God.—John 8:47

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Portrait by Artist, NORA KASTEN

Painting #938    Oil on Linen    (36"x24")    Painted in June, 2007

From "THE DAILY WORD"                                            Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Gratitude brings me joy!
According to the Law of Increase, what I focus on multiplies. Knowing this, I refrain from dwelling on my challenges and struggles. I choose instead to center my thoughts on what brings me happiness—my friends and family, beloved pets, satisfying work and interests, the beauty of nature, and so much more. As I appreciate the blessings in my life, they multiply abundantly.
I joyously and continuously give thanks for my ever-increasing good and stand in awe of the activity of God. As I dwell in the energy of gratitude, its radiance expands within me, blessing not only myself, but also those around me.

You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest.—Isaiah 9:3

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Oil Painting from Photo by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"ME & MY BROTHER"  1948
Painting #921   Oil on Linen  (36"x24")   Painted in March, 2007

FROM "THE DAILY WORD"                                                Saturday, March 29, 2014
I am amazed at God’s good.
Wonder reflects a sense of reverence for all of life. I am filled with wonder as I gaze at a drop of rain perched on a leaf or behold the first ray of sunlight over the horizon at dawn.
I expand my sense of wonder by taking nothing for granted. I am captivated as I contemplate the world we live in. Each breath is a miracle­—an intricate collaboration between the cells of my body and nature. Gravity holds me securely to Mother Earth, yet the birds fly with ease in the sky above.
I am immersed in awe and gratitude for what God can do. Whether a tiny baby or a majestic mountain; a grain of sand or a work of art—the creative activity of God is on display within and around me.
God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him.—Ecclesiastes 3:14

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Destroyed Portrait by Artist, NORA KASTEN

Painting #916  Oil on Linen    (16"x12")    Painted in February, 2007   Destroyed

From Unity's "The Daily Word"      Wednesday, March 26, 2014
God is my all in all.
It is possible to be alone yet not lonely; to feel down but not out; to experience loss and recover. All is possible because the spirit of God fills me with a steady stream of comfort and love. If I experience loss or a broken heart, I invite the love of God to heal me. Divine love is powerful in restoring my body, mind, and spirit.
If I am grieving, I trust in the promise of Spirit’s comfort and restoration. I recall the story of Job, who went from having everything to losing everything—possessions, friendships, social status, and health. Eventually, God restored it all to Job, even beyond what had been lost. I trust in God within to restore me to wholeness. The ups and downs in life are temporary, but God’s love is constant and sure.
Remember, I am with you always.—Matthew 28:20

Monday, March 24, 2014

Oil Painting by Artist, NORA KASTEN

Painting #944   Oil on Linen   (36"x30")     Painted in August, 2007

From:  UNITY'S "DAILY WORD"          Monday, March 24, 2014
I celebrate my unity with all life.
In childhood, my notion of family might have stretched no further than my relatives. At some point, I may have widened my concept of family to include friends and members of my spiritual community. I might also consider my neighbors and coworkers to be family, as well as any beloved pets or animals.
As I mature in my understanding of All That Is, I see that I am one with all of life. I celebrate my unity with all living beings.
All people have the spirit of God within them. If I have been excluding anyone from my circle of respect, honor, and care, I now open my heart to Spirit within and embrace them as family.
So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.—Romans 12:5

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"Cynthia Richards" Portrait by Artist, NORA KASTEN

Painting #914  Oil on Linen   (24"x20")   Painted February 5, 2007

FROM  UNITY'S  "DAILY WORD"                                     Thursday, March 20, 2014

I am grateful for this season of my life.
Each season has its own distinct character and purpose—dormancy in winter, budding in spring, growth in summer, release in autumn. Each season is dependent on the others occurring in their natural order.
Our lives, too, have seasons. We move through infancy, childhood, adulthood, and maturity experiencing constant change. Each season brings its unique joys and challenges, and each builds on the one before it.
In Ecclesiastes we read, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” I am grateful for this season of my life, for the changes and growth it brings, for the rest and activity. With each season, I grow into the fullness of my humanity.
They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season … In all that they do, they prosper.—Psalm 1:3