“From forth the kennel of thy womb hath crept A hell-hound that doth hunt us all to death:
That dog, that had his teeth before his eyes, To worry lambs and lap their gentle blood, That foul defacer of God’s handiwork, That excellent grand tyrant of the earth, That reigns in galled eyes of weeping souls, Thy womb let loose, to chase us to our graves.“ (4.4)
Martin Freeman as Shakespeare’s Richard III, oil on canvas.
After showing you guys just the nose last week here is the whole thing finally finished.
To be honest I’m very happy with how it turned out.
sherrkey asked about oil painting tips, so I’ll also be using progress shots from this in an oil painting tutorial later on. Keep a look out for that!
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(Part 2 of 3) When it comes to the confidence that you have when you’re at work or at school or with people that you’re close to, it’s important to know these two things: what’s draining you and what’s fueling you. Yes, it’s true that you are God’s handiwork and He wants to use you for His glory, but if your life is filled with things that only take you further and further away from Him, you’re going to find that it’s more and more difficult to stay focused on what He’s calling you to do.
When it comes to the things that might be draining or fueling you, take a close look at:
1. The kind of people you’re around and the relationships you’re building.
2. The kind of music you listen to and entertainment you watch.
3. How you choose to spend your days off or your alone time.
4. Who you spend your lunch break with at work or school and what kinds of things you’re talking about.
5. How much time you’re spending in God’s Word and in prayer and worship.
Are these things uplifting you and preparing you for the work God has called you to do, or are they drawing you further and further away from God and causing you to be less focused? When it comes to spending time with God, you really have to keep this at the center of your life! If you feel like you’re being drained and you’re not getting what you need out of life, take a close look at how much time you’re spending with Jesus, the One who is the source of all life. Listening to uplifting music or hanging out with encouraging friends can be great fuel in your life, but the ultimate fuel is Jesus. He came to give you life. Even when you’ re at your job, or at your college, or at home…let this be the source of your confidence!
When I first started my journey to self-love, I consistently asked God to continually mold me into His image.
Well, on Thursday, a super sweet girl that I had talked to many times before came up to me and said, “Every time I see you, I just want to smile and laugh.”
and I said, “Oh really?”
Then she said,“Yeah! You’re always so happy! You’re such a bright light in this world.”
And honestly I was so taken aback because I was not expecting that. It was one of the kindest compliments I’ve ever received. Although it’s nice to be complimented physically, the fact that she noticed my inner nature honestly brightened up my day.
This goes to show that when you allow God to transform you from the inside out, not only will your Spirit change, but you will begin to humbly love others just as He has so mercifully loved you.
“Anytime you reject any part of yourself, you are rejecting God’s wisdom and sovereignty in creating you.” More often than not, I reject many parts, if not all, of myself and I needed to realize that rejecting myself ultimately rejects God. I am his handiwork, his perfect creation. He calls me his masterpiece. Who am I to tell him that his work is flawed?
God created everything that is… we cannot escape his creation, and he reveals himself to us in and through that creation. Everywhere we look, we see the handiwork of God. Everything we see, we see with eyes that declare the glory of God. Even if we shut our eyes to the world, we see the insides of eyelids that declare the glory and majesty of God. He is inescapable…
Whilst I am very much enjoying Misha’s portrayal of Lucifer, the body language, the snark, I wish the present writing team could deliver greater depth to the Devil.
When we met him, wearing Sam, in The End, whilst he despised humanity, he also admired the earth, and unlike the angelic followers of Michael, he did not want the apocalypse to come to pass, he just wanted to be free:
“Why would I want to destroy this stunning thing? Beautiful in a trillion different ways. The last perfect handiwork of God.”
So far, in S11, although he wants to be “the new God”, he hasn’t really shaken things up in Heaven. Hell’s Angel was such a gift of a title gone to waste - imagine him riding into Heaven motorbike gang style. Moreover, there used to be angels, like Uriel, who were Lucifer’s followers. It would be great if some of them slithered out of the woodwork. Heaven is so full of bland suits these days.
Sure, Amara is looming large, but the Devil, at one time God’s most beloved angel, once forged connections, had allies, caused a war in Heaven because many followed him.
Then there’s his connection to Sam, the perfect vessel created for him by an angel breeding programme, which brought John and Mary together expressly for that purpose. Would he really so easily discard his designs on that vessel? I would expect him to continue to maintain a, twisted, relationship with Sam.