Today’s Bible passages are: Exodus 31, John 10, Proverbs 7, and Galatians 6

By Mary Freeman

Exodus 31
Today’s art is a response to Exodus 31:

The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furnishings of the tent, the table and its utensils, and the pure lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin and its stand, and the finely worked garments, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, for their service as priests, and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the Holy Place. According to all that I have commanded you, they shall do.” (Exodus 31: 1-11 ESV)


Following are Mary’s thoughts on her art and the passage that inspired it:

God prepared Bezalel to accomplish the task he called him to.

God filled him with the Spirit of God.
God filled him with ability.
God filled him with intelligence.
God filled him with knowledge.

When God calls us to a specific task, we can be sure we will have what it takes to accomplish it, with his help.

Sometimes our talents and gifts and strengths get buried under living. Sometimes it takes the living of years to bring into blossom those gifts and talents and strengths. And sometimes we have to begin when we don’t feel rightly equipped, because if God calls us he will certainly provide what is needed along the way.


Editor’s note: When Mary submitted her art for this month, out of curiosity I asked her how the elephant image connected with the passage. She said she wasn’t sure, only that it was an image she was drawn to lately, and she was asking God what the connection was. Earlier, she had shared with me the following:

I am not sure if God is trying to impress this on me, or if someone reading PYP needs this or both (probably both)—this is kind of a continuation of my last month’s post. I am hearing “I have called you, and I am equipping you.”

Mary offered to change the image for today’s post, but ultimately we’re sticking with the elephant, believing that God brought it to her mind for a reason. Was it for you?

-Lisa

Today’s Questions: Do you sense God calling you to something but are afraid to begin because you do not have the skills to do it? Are you willing to step out in faith, believing God equips you?

MaryF_200Mary has always kept a journal, but what began as a woman’s own journey of God-discovery in her personal journaling, has spawned a ministry of reconciliation and healing for women. A few years ago, this mom of three realized a desire to dig deeper into her own heart-wounds and invite God into her hurt. The artist in her began experimenting with layering images, patterns and text into journal pages that captured words and feelings in a more coherent and impacting way. As Mary began to share her experience with her friends, opportunities to teach the technique of visual journaling began to open. Mary now leads workshops at her local church and in her home studio. She says, “God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to His eyes…” Find her at asplendidadventure.blogspot.com and asplendidadventure.etsy.com.

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10 Comments

  1. This is wonderful. All of it- wonderful.

  2. I am blow away again at how kind and loving God is…when I create a page sometimes words and images are used when I have no understanding of why. I have learned to go with it because God often has a wonderful surprise for me…and it seems others as well.

    Grace and peace…

  3. This is so awesome. And I was thinking the same thing about the elephant. Thanks, Lisa, for the editor’s note. And the real bonus for me is that Erin is my SIL, so I know the reason why she said it’s for her! :)

  4. Teri Vogeli · March 20, 2014 at 5:24 am · Reply

    My husband and I are in a new ministry. But the task He is setting before us is SOO much bigger than we can accomplish alone, and right now, we are pretty alone. I take huge comfort in this post, knowing that not only has God given US abilities and His wisdom, but that He is also calling and equipping MANY others we don’t even know about yet that will come along side of us to bring this vision into reality! Elephants are slow, but try and stop one that is on the move! Thanks, Mary! I especially love the “march, march, march!”

  5. It was definitely for me.

    • Well, that was fast. :) This post has been such a mysterious joy for me—waiting to see how God would use it, and wondering how that might happen. Thanks for letting us know! Praying that he encourages and sustains you today, however you need it.

    • Erin, I love “elephants are slow, but try and stop one on the move” adding that to my page of insights about them.

      And the March…I originally stamped it because it’s March, but after when I looked at the page it meant so much more…

      • I guess I could give you a little more explanation so you can enjoy the message, too.

        So for over a year God has been calling me to compile a book about my experience losing a child in 2012. I had written a blog throughout the process that seemed to bless way more people than I would have expected as really the purpose was a release for me. It turned out testifying about God’s character was probably what allowed me to heal so quickly through the loss.

        Many times since then God has been pretty clear–well I’ll admit it, explicitly clear that I am to be writing. You can only imagine all of the excuses I have been using to delay this process. My main defense is to deny the calling (even though He’s been so clear). Ultimately, all excuses come from the fact that I feel ill-equipped and thus kind of embarrassed for even trying.

        I had been deliberate about writing for several weeks but for the past several weeks I haven’t really even thought about it. This morning before my quiet time, I had a thought come to me. “I wonder if the reason I haven’t remembered to write was because God never really called me to do it.” (doubting the calling again so as to avoid trying). Then I started my quiet time. The first passage was about God equipping the ones He calls to a task. I wrote down notes as I read that passage because I knew it was an exact response to my earlier thoughts about questioning the calling (again).

        So when I read today’s PYP contribution and saw that the artist used THE EXACT words I wrote in my journal, I knew He was speaking to me. But then when I read the editors note I just knew it was a word for me. “I HAVE CALLED YOU!” I don’t know how He could say it any clearer. I need to knock the doubting off and just get back to work. And He will equip me.

        The elephant to me was just the icing on the cake. When I see an elephant I always think of the phrase, “Elephants never forget.” The main meaning the elephant held for me was that even though my experience feels so far behind me, as I’m fulfilling my calling I will remember every detail as it needs to be written to fulfill it’s purpose–whatever that may be.

        Hope that blesses you, Mary. Because God most certainly used you today to bless me! Thank you!

        • Erin, thank you, thank you, for sharing your story! I find it amazing when God uses the events in our lives, the joyful yes, but especially the hard painful things in each other’s lives to comfort, bless, encourage and to spur each other on…he uses His body to comfort and it lets us know we are not alone on this sometimes hard hard journey.

          Those paralyzing doubts are a hard hurdle sometimes, but knowing God does equip, will equip helps us to step out…

          I made a card from a portion of my journal page with the words, step by step…will you send me your address, I would like to send you one. maryefreeman@hotmail.com

          Grace and peace

    • Teri, would you send me your mailing address? I would love to send you something. Maryefreeman@hotmail.com

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