I have a Facebook page called Expound. I invite you to read and participate on the page if you have an interest in studying God’s Word the Holy Bible. As you will see in the About page here, I have had a calling on my life for a long time to teach God’s Word.
I do hope that we can all learn together. I learn a little bit more every single day! I have not sent out an Expound newsletter recently, but I do invite you to sign up for the next one coming out. Thank you for your patience.
I am making a personal request to those who believe in Jesus as their Savior to pray for my voice so that I may be able to speak for long periods of time again. If it be God’s Will, I would like to teach in that way too. I have a problem with my throat that causes bad pain from speaking. Sometimes I can only speak for about five minutes or less before the pain starts.
I was talking to my friend Frank Menhart Jr. today. He is a minister of the Gospel and was on his way to northern Pennsylvania to preach tomorrow. I was telling him how I took the emerald out of an old ring my wife and I bought for my mom a very long time ago. My mom passed away in 2007. She really liked jewelry whether it was real or costume.
It is unlikely that anyone would ever wear the ring again so I took out the emerald to use in a future painting that I haven’t painted yet. Artwork to me has more value than the ring. The stone of the ring had more value to me than the metal that held the stone. The stone holds more value because it is my mom’s birthstone. Even more so because it is a Chatham emerald.
Chatham emeralds are not naturally occurring gemstones. They are created in a lab. It is a real emerald, just created in a lab. They typically have more clarity. They are grown at about a rate of 1 millimeter per month on a colorless beryl seed crystal. That kind of stuff is right up my alley of interest. So having a lab created emerald that my mom cherished has value to me. Having it become part of artwork that I will create just adds to the value.
However, no object has eternal value. None of it will go with me when I die. The only thing that will go with me is the meaning behind the value that I have attributed to things. The real value is in the relationship. The real value is in the memories. The object is a token that prompts the recall of memories. Artwork is an expression of established memories.
Eternal value is what I seek now. There is value in my faith in Christ. I have a hope and a future. I am eternally established with God through what Jesus did for me on the cross. Where and in what do your values rest?
Lucy who is also called Goose, Goosey, Gooster, Scoobs, Pickle Butt, Lunch Lady Goose, and a whole bunch of other good names is really sick. She was a big part of our website that we had from the beginning of Alderson Arts.
I don’t know how much time she has left. I do know that God can heal her. I do not know if He will.
I could write a post that would be the size of an encyclopedia in its length if I were to share with you the wonderful things da Goose has done for us. All I can write now is that it hurts inside really bad to see her so sick.