Sunday, July 14, 2013

Art Archives & Spirituality by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"Lady With Letter"
Painting #238 of 1179 Paintings /  Oil on linen  (30"x24") / Painted in 1996

"The spiritual journey started for me as a little girl, eight years old(I'm 76 now), sitting on the front row pew of our neighborhood Methodist Church in Terre Haute, Indiana.   Other children and friends from my neighborhood were seated with me and none of us wanted to be there.  We loved going to Sunday School and to do that, we had to stay for morning worship service too.  A wonderful lady and servant of God, Miss Bartruff, had heeded God's call and her mission was to bring as many children as she could to church.  She went throughout our neighborhood, knocking on doors and asking mothers if she could be permitted to pick up their children and take them to Sunday School every Sunday morning.  My mother was happy to send us to Sunday School and several other mothers were too.  My girlfriends and I loved Sunday School and our teacher, Mrs. Dooley.  We sure didn't like it though that we had to stay for worship service, sitting on the front row, before Miss Bartruff could take us home.  That was the deal  . . . .  and we did it.

One Sunday, while sitting on that pew, I heard the "Word" and my little girl heart opened.  I received Jesus Christ as my Savior.  I did this without a word to anyone but I was sincere and God's LOVE has never left me. 

That's all for today but remembering Miss Bartruff has made me aware once again how very serious and important it is to heed God's call in our lives."

Today's "DAILY WORD" from Unity

"I AM a divine expression of Spirit."
My senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch emanate from my physical body. My capacity to think independently reflects my mental ability. I understand, however, that I am more than my physical and mental self. I am a spiritual creation.
Although I may sometimes act or speak in error, the perfection of Spirit is within me. As I connect simple but powerful words such as faith, love, and peace with the affirmation, I AM, I affirm my true nature and expand my consciousness. I AM an expression of God’s love and peace right here and now. I AM faith in action.
I embrace the Truth of who I AM and live this truth every day. I AM an expression of Spirit contributing to a world of divine creation.
Truly it is the spirit in a mortal, the breath of the Almighty, that makes for understanding.—Job 32:8

1 comment:

Carol Blackburn said...

Beautiful post, Nora. Thanks for sharing. Is the lady a younger version of you?