Sunday, January 27, 2013

whatever

No, not that kind of 'whatever', with the eye roll and head toss, that seems to be so popular these days.

I'm talking about this kind...the Jesus kind....the original   whatever....from Phillipians...


Whatever is true, 
whatever is noble,
whatever is right, 
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, 
whatever is admirable -
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy --
think about such things.

Philippians 4:8

I am a little bit in love with subway sort of art right now and have been doing canvases with paint and words and felt - my version of subway sort of art.  
Here is my 'whatever' :

Can you see the felt parts?  The heart and this....

So, WHATEVER is sort of my word for the year.  I thought it is a good choice because in this context you get all those other word, too!  Yay!

My e-friend, Marla, has a sister, Bethany, who makes banners (you can find her at Banners By Bethany on facebook) and donates 50% to a project in Cambodia.  I got her to make me a banner that says....
Isn't it amazing?


Now, to train my brain to think on these things.....




14 comments:

K said...

Beautiful. And I haven't chosen a word for this year, yet. I just realized that. Now, about what you have written. Once upon a time, Joseph Smith was asked to explain what the core beliefs of the LDS church are, so he sat down, one hundred and fifty or so years ago, and wrote down thirteen articles of our faith, a clear summation of our basic principles. And this is the 13th:

"We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul - We believe all things, we hope all things,
we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."

And so there it is. I see your testimony in your choices, and that is the strongest testimony of all. In fact, that is, for me, the definition of faith - to believe is one thing. To walk in that way is faith.

Donna said...

To walk faithfully in what I believe...my life's work...your life's work...the life work God has given us each to do.
Writing core beliefs is so hard. If you get much past 5 words or so, it just unleashes a flood for me.
It just came up at a church meeting and I summed up what I think we believe as this:
Love God. Love others. A lot!
Bumper stickers? :-)

Marla Taviano said...

You're so great. I love this!! The canvas and banner are PERFECT.

Donna said...

Thanks, Marla...tell Bethany to come and have a look, too!

Sharon Wang said...

Donna,

Visiting from Marla's blog. I'm the one who mentioned a "whatever" plaque that a MOPS speaker has. I love yours! And your banner, too. The colors are great!

Donna said...

Thanks, Sharon...I just wanted you to see how I interpreted it for me....

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Excellent!!! Give "whatever" a MUCH better sound than the current cultural slur!! LOVE your piece, Donna! Well done. Well said. Well lived. blessings ~ tanna

Donna said...

Tanna..I'm thinking I need to do a post on what each of the 'whatever' words means....
Might have to.
<3

Rachel said...

WHATEVER!! I really like this and I love your canvas! You are so blasted gifted!!!!

Hmmm. A word for this year. I've not come up with one yet! I think.... my word is going to be Tarry. When Martha came running to the Savior and asked him why he tarried as Lazarus lay dead in the sepluchre for 4 days He told her it was for the Glory of God, for the greater good, and then He wept with Martha. He knew he was going to fix everything, he didn't pat Martha on the head and tell her to quit blubbering, that He was there to bring Lazarus back....... he wept with her, and then He raised Lazarus from the dead.

My word this year (or phrase more like), is trust in the tarry. When things aren't being fixed/healed/answered/etc. as quick as I'd like, I remind myself that the Lord is tarrying for the greater good but not to worry, He weeps with me, and then He'll fix it all.

Rachel said...

I like what Kristen mentioned at the end of her post. Faith is an action word. To have faith, one must act.

Donna said...

Rachel, I love your phrase. It is something I am getting better at....my personality is all about 'fixing' things and sometimes waiting is what is called for. The trick it waiting peacefully, knowing God is there in the wait as well.
Walking in faith...that's what you are talking about.
<3

Rachel said...

I'm a fixer and a doer too. It's the waiting that I'm not so good at so this is a perfect one for me this year. Walking in faith. Walking means I'm getting somewhere. :D

W-S Wanderings said...

What a brilliant word choice. A beautiful life choice. And you have rendered it so wonderfully in your art.

no spring chicken said...

Subway art huh? Whatever it is.. I LOVE it. Definitely this is something that is so important. Whenever the kids are confused about something that their friends can do (usually see) and we have to say no, all we have to do is hold it up to the light of this verse and there is no arguing. Perfect. Whatever...

Blessings, Debbie