I copied this post (with permission) from my new friend, Wonder Woman’s blog, My Daily Bread. She has wonderful insights daily relating to her scripture study. So here are Wonder Woman’s words:
I need to:
• exercise the gifts I’ve been given.
• Be patient, sober and temperate.
Be faithful and diligent in keeping God’s commandments, and you’ll be encircled in the arms of his love.
(You may have seen this image floating around. I have info about it at the end of this post, but I thought this picture perfectly illustrated being encircled in the arms of God’s love.)
Later in the section is a very popular scripture, with good reason. Verses 22 & 23.
“I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things.
“Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?”
Then vs. 36 is one of my personal favorites. “Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.” Short and sweet and direct. How different would my days be if I truly looked to God in every thought? If I had no doubts or fears?
And now about the artist:
David Bowman: has had a passion for art ever since he could pick up a pencil. He loves creating images of the Savior that inspire and uplift. Along with his Christian fine art, David has also written and illustrated a series of scripture storybooks for children titled “Who’s Your Hero”. Check out his website at https://www.bowman-art.com/ to see more of his precious art.
The Savior tells us we need to become as little children to inherit the kingdom of God. I’ve often wondered what it is about little children Jesus loves most, and I think its their innocence. They are clean slates, seeing the world and others through untarnished eyes. Their hearts are pure, without the baggage of cynicism and self-doubt. In this piece, I’ve tried to imagine how a child would act upon meeting the Master for the first time. Without reservation or inhibition, I think he would simply want to play with Him. He would be at complete ease, allowing his pure little heart to soak in the love and laughter of His pure, infinite heart. Its no wonder Christ delights in these little ones and sets them up to be our examples.
One of the greatest human needs is a sense of security. In all aspects of life, we naturally gravitate towards anything that makes us feel safe. In this piece, I wanted to convey a sense of complete peace and calm like only the Savior can provide. It’s a security that allows us to rest assured, without fear or worry, when we put ourselves trustingly in His arms. Little children have that inherent kind of trust in their parents, so it’s fitting that the man and girl who modeled for “Security” are actually father and daughter. They generated the exact feel I was looking for.
This piece conveys an intimate, up-close-and-personal feeling of the Savior’s love. Notice how all the lines draw your attention and point towards Jesus’ face in the center. I chose the name “My Child” because the only thing that could compare (even remotely) to Christ’s compassion for us is the love of a parent for his/her child. This image is also intended to put things in perspective. Above all, we are God’s children first. He allows us the privelege of experiencing parenthood for ourselves and we are entrusted to be the mothers and fathers of His children here on earth.
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