Step By Step

29 Aug
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My finished work

A couple of weeks ago, I took a painting class as part of my future sister-in-laws bachelorette party. Canvas painting was new territory for me. My mom used to oil paint, but I never tried. Too much could go wrong. To my surprise, with the teacher’s step by step coaching, it wasn’t as difficult as I’d imagined. She paved the way by issuing specific instructions, painting each part on her canvas first as example, and walking around for one-on-one help as well as encouragement.

It reminded me how similar our Christian walk with Christ is. The end result–the beautiful masterpiece of Heaven–sometimes seems unattainable with our lost and dirty souls. But if we trust in the Teacher, with step by step instructions (the Bible), and trust His promises and encouragement, we can end this life with a finished work of art. It takes one stroke at a time, and we’ll have moments where we smudge the paint, but Jesus is there to clean up the mess.

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To keep with the Ball jar theme, I made some sugar cookies to snack on.

Have you ever tried painting? Was it as difficult as you expected?

How do you relate your walk with Christ?


~Candice Sue Patterson writes Modern-Vintage Romance–where the past and present collide with faith. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart releases November 1st and is now available for pre-order. For more, visit her website at


Posted by on August 29, 2016 in devotion, Writing


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3 responses to “Step By Step

  1. Robin Patchen

    August 29, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I am so terrible at anything visual, I’ve never tried. I am, however, good at following directions, so maybe I could make something not terrible. Il love the visual, though. We’re muddling through, but with Christ’s hand involved, our lives can become something beautiful.


  2. Pegg Thomas

    August 29, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Oh, wow … I just want one of those cookies! They are adorable! I did oil painting in college but didn’t keep it up. Sometimes I wish I had. Glad you enjoyed your experience.


  3. jerichakingston

    August 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Beautiful, Candice! I love painting. And I definitely know how it feels to put on that final brushstroke. The Lord is the greatest artist of all. He’s finishing His masterpieces!



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