Thankful 30: Day 26–Clenched Fists or Open Hands?

I have joined Emily’s* 30 Day Challenge:

I’m challenging myself to post a picture every day during the month of November (30 Days To Be Thankful For) and to add a caption as to why I am thankful. — Emily

Day 26:  I’m thankful for my friend, Julie, and her artistry.

The photos below are of a triptych done in pastel.

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“Attitudes of the Heart: 1 Closed” by Julie Saugstad

For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.   Matthew 13:15   NIV

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“Attitudes of the Heart: 2 Reviving” by Julie Saugstad

For this is what the high and exalted One says—
he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place,
but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

Isaiah 57:13   NIV

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“Attitudes of the Heart: 3 Alive” by Julie Saugstad

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“Attitudes of the Heart: 3 Alive” by Julie Saugstad

What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.  Romans 6:8-11   The Message

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“Attitudes of the Heart: 1 Closed, 2 Reviving, 3 Alive” by Julie Saugstad

He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ.  Ephesians 2:5   The Message

See Thankful 30 page for every day’s entry.

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