Art, poetry, photography, and inspirational writings by artist Barbara A. Carlan
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday and today and forever"
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Today is June 7, 2015, so much has happened in the years since my last update here. On February 28,2014 I suffered a Heart Attack. Probably one of scariest events of my life but deeply grateful that the Lord has spared me. So because of Him I am here today and able to give Him praise. We are enjoying the warm months of summer here in Georgia as we watch the spring like weather fade. I hope all are enjoying the blessings of our great God!
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************************************** "For I know my thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will harken unto you. And ye shall seek me and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11-13
Barbara Carlan is a self taught artist living in the southeast. She was born in Washington D.C., was primarily raised in the panhandle of Florida and traveled all over southeastern United States and parts of Washington state as a child of the military. Barbara from an early age showed a passionate interest in art. She began painting and writing poetry in the late 1980's. Now that her life is free from the responsibilities of parenting and the necessary demands of having a growing family, she's able to pursue her true passions, painting, writing, photography and sewing. Barbara has discovered through art that life with it's complexities can find a sweet fragrance of release through the creative process.
"For where your treasue is there will your heart be also" Matt.6:21
Today more than ever, we're able to aquire more than an abundance of things or stuff, because of easy credit. Our economy is dependant on consumer spending, so most of us have followed suit and tried to do our part in shoring up the walls of our ailing capitalistic system. Most, if not all of us, have our closets, attics and garages crammed full of things we've garnered over the last thirty years or more. Some things are perhaps valued family heirlooms or just memorabilia from our vast experiences and travels through the years. I know in my own case, much of what I have stored lacks any real value to me or will garner more than a few dollars in a yard sale. Growing up as a child, we were taught that if you didn't have the money in hand you couldn't buy. Somewhere through the years we've been seduced into believing we could buy now and pay later and buy we did! The current economic crisis in America has brought to light a new and disconcerting concern to me. Many are comparing this recession to that of the mid seventies. I remember the long lines at the gas pumps and the slow employment market. The recession of the mid seventies is the reason our family sold our home and relocated to the south. The sale of our home was enough to pay off the mortage and the note on our new 1978 Oldsmobile Cutless Wagon. The balance sufficently cleared all our debt and put a down payment on new residence in the state we were moving to and we began again to try and build the American dream. The present recession is much different. Many Americans are carrying more debt than ever in the history of our nation. Sadly for most, the level of their indebtedness makes the likelyhood of financial liberty appear nearly impossible. This country was built on the hopes that common men could work with their hands and build a life of substance for their families. Many of the people who settled and developed this country were Europeans who were offered freedom from debtors prisons if they were willing to leave their homeland and help in the development of America. It's took a little over two centuies to once again enslave the masses through financial bondage! They say, "if we fail to learn the lessons that history has taught us we are destined to repeat them. "Slowly our liberties have been eroded though our own desires to aquire physical treasure, enslaving ourselves and future generations to follow in the chains of financial bondage! How could we have let this happen? Most of us have been taught history! What once was deemed the ,"American Dream" has developed into an "Amercan Financial Nightmare." My concern as a Christ follower is, have we believers also been seduced by the world and sacrificed spiritual wealth for following after the dainties of living in a prosporous society? We cannot excuse ourselves, for God in his word forwarned us!
Even as the darkness will yield it's place to the light,
the troubles we know, in His presence turn to flight!
Barbara A. Carlan 5/31/2009
Romans 12: 11-12 "And that, knowing the time, that now is high time to awake out of our sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
He came in the light of the morn. Clothed in the swaddle of a baby,
bringing men hope that was born! Jesus, the child in the manger, sent down from Heavens domain. Came to give life through redeeming, the souls of those dying in shame. What joy man can know in this Savior, who gave up His life blood for them. To open men's eyes that are blinded, by paying their great debts for sin!
On this "Fourth Of July," many Americans are wondering how the two words,"truth and freedom" equate to our present culture anymore. Never before in our history or even my life time for that matter have we doubted that these words were even applicable to our American way of life. Our's is an ever changing world and I seriously doubt there is much that most can do to prevent the further eroding of our civil liberties. In a world of change and uncertainty, the message of the Gospel of Christ is more relevant than ever before! Our present culture with all of it's mandates seeks to further enslave men by removing certain freedoms of expression through personal economic sanctions. We are told in the scripture that true freedom is found in a person not in governments or institutions of enslavement. In John 8:32 it says, "And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." The truth referenced here is the revealation of God's son, Jesus Christ! Further in the gospel of John 8:36 it states," If the Son therefore shall set you free you shall be free indeed." Christ is the liberator, who through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, sets men free from the bonds and captivity of sin. Sin is at the core of all mens difficulties in this world. The root cause of man's seperation from God and his inability to please God at any level in the flesh.
God desires a personal relationship with man, that relationship was severed when sin entered into the world through Adam. Men from that point on were essentially dead men walking, physically alive but spiritually dead, seperated from the life of God in this world and eternity. Jesus Christ is the repairer of the breach between humanity and God! Christ is calling man to repent of his sin and turn to Him through the eyes of faith and be saved! No one can give to God what He desires from you in a relationship, but you! This is truth and freedom at it's personified best! I hope you'll make the decision to live for Christ today, He's waitng to hear from You!
John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."