The Life of A Time

Prepare (copyright): ARS
“Joan of Arc” in mind
Colored Pencils

It is with great hesitation I present the following piece. It is something I wrote my freshman year of college after one of my idols passed away. In today’s society it’s as if death is more than just an end to life. We have become a society that lives in desperate fear of what is to come and what we may miss. We even have an acronym for it: FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). I love words and vocabulary but . . .

As one of God’s prophets, there’s a deeper pressure to speak on and think on things He has given me. The reason? We are in a convergence of times; a time where it is the same song just a different century, day, and/or decade and all playing at the same time. Though things are better, how much better should they and could they be? We have become so used to natural disasters, massive deaths, and the youth being insensitive that no one is thinking about discipline anymore. You know. . . “discipleship”? (question mark is to stake my sarcasm).

With all that said, the following piece was my take on the events back then. There are even more questions today than there were back then. I did not share this piece to open old wounds. I shared this piece because the wounds have never been closed. I also am putting this out because I feel like it. Love . . . but can we?

~Alicia R. Shipe~

A Double-Sided Soul

A Day Like Today

The joy of The Lord IS MY Strength
Title: Strength
Medium: Colored Pencils
Artist: Alicia R. Shipe

Many moons ago, on a day like today (in Virginia), I happened to be bored as an anti-social teen. It was a day (again, like many others throughout my life thus far) that I discovered a few loves. No co-incident that today is one of my fave artists AND Icon’s birthday (Madonna). Lightning struck our home on that day. Somehow the circling events go hand-and-hand through my memories. That isn’t the wow of this particular (or peculiar) day. On my side of town the sky was pitch black, it was raining, and I was admiring the awesomeness of nature as a rainbow appeared against the darkness. By my memory, it is also the day (or time frame…what’s the difference, really) I came to know of another infamous blonde, Marilyn Monroe. I also became familiar with Elvis Presley and began a never ending journey into the history of music. (That was also when MTV played music…🧐). Back then television honored the Kings and Queens of music, the Kings and Queens of the silver screen (for you millennials that’s movies), and of television. The month and date of that day are not important to me. The image and the events of that time are.

Philippians 1:3-8 –  I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

Memories are just as important to me as the air we breathe and the water we drink. I don’t know how or why that lightning bolt struck the back side of our home. I don’t know why I was and still am fascinated by the rainbow being set against the darkest sky I’ve ever seen. I know I am and always will be. For me, it’s just another sign and wonder of God Almighty for HIS Love for me. Materialism is a state of mind that can be transformed, transferred, and transfigured into something magical. Too many times our judgments and pre-conceived notions get in the way. Straight talk on this glorious day.

Philippians 2:1-4 – Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

LOVE is always LOVE even through the harshest of times. To one of my idols: 🥰: Happy Birthday LadyLove (I’m naming her that because I’m silly and possibly the best of the past at playing with Barbies). 💋💝

Blood and Water

May 30, 2019

Worthy to be Praised 7 (copyright)

I am watching Game 1 of the NBA Finals and feeling the adrenaline of the event (I have no doubt I’m not the only one). I have family and friends from and in Canada so I can only imagine the intense excitement (BTW: I’m rooting for the Warriors; sorry – teeheehee). I was led by Holy Spirit to look up John 13 (it’s what I do). The Wisdom of the Spirit hit me. No matter how we may feel at any given moment, there are a multitude of elemental themes that occur and recur through the Living Word of God; blood and water was my focal point tonight. That’s what we are, right?! . . . and then some more.

John 13:1-5 – Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

Watch the order of the passage as I currently see it:

  1. Jesus knew
  2. Jesus loved
  3. The Devil was already there
  4. Jesus rose from supper
  5. laid aside His garments
  6. girded Himself
  7. Then . . . He prepared the basins to wash the disciples feet [even I will have to unpack all this later] .
  8. After He did He dried them with the towel covering Him.

What captured me with this is a remembrance of God’s Shekinah Glory. There is much in just that title so here is one reference <>.

The simplest way I have heard of God’s Shekinah Glory is as His manifested Presence/Covering. The above Bible verse caused me to pause because I immediately thought of two other related courses.

Genesis 3:21-24 – Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. 22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

I heard a great teaching where I realized this fact; God covered Adam and Eve under blood BEFORE He removed them from Eden. Throughout the Bible, we see Him and His Presence covering His people in various ways and forms especially for their/our protection. [We can unpack later]

When Jesus hung upon the Cross as the storm began to roll in, the spear was lunged into His side to assure He was dead. His blood and water spilled out of Him and covered the Roman Soldier who stuck the spear in. We can never forget the many times He bled before this moment also.

With just these passages we know and see God’s unfailing Love for us though we can easily forget through the hustle and bustle of our busy days (I know I do).

I have no idea what God Almighty through Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ has in His plans for me or where He is leading me. I am finding a different kind of relationship in Him. There is much we know and much more He chooses for us to gain in “such a time as this”. If this is your first time to my page: Be sure to hit the Welcome page to view a partiality of my core. God Bless!

Digital Art: 11×14: ARS