I want to share with you something that is very much on my mind all of the time…concerning Christianity. I ask you to have ears to hear, eyes to see, and a heart to understand. Please do not make assumptions.
I’m a pastors wife. My pastor reverend husband, Robert, was called by God to serve people participating in presbyterian churches.
I grew up in a presbyterian church, Robert, grew up in the Catholic faith. Robert and I took our children to Non-denominational churches, most of them tongue talking, oil anointing, laying on of hands and dancing in the isles churches.
Have I given you enough information that assumptions and attitudes and differences are at the front of your thoughts?
- Robert is serving where he knows he was called.
- We spend a lot of our time with people that don’t read the Bible.
- We spend very little time with people that read their Bible.
- Robert preaches the gospel truth of Jesus in every message.
- Robert and I share the gospel truth of Jesus in every conversation and in every class we teach, everyday.
The first 25 years, before seminary, we spent very little time with people that needed to hear about Christ, they knew it all. Now, in the last 15 years we spend almost all of our time with people that hunger to be loved, recognize Christ when they see Him in people and grow with every teaching they hear from the pulpit telling the gospel of Christ.
Now for the point of this blog, please do not make assumptions about my salvation, or walk with Christ, when we meet. Don’t, assume I need to be more like you or that the church where my husband serves is a dying church and we need to bury it and join with you.
I think Robert and I have been built for wear and tare and we have been prepared for this small congregation of people. They are a beautiful remnant of God’s people….an important remnant to Jesus. Join us some Sunday and see if God shows you what I can see about His people.
I contend that if we all spent more time sharing Christ love with the lost all around us they would know us by our love.
Join me at Leander Presbyterian Church, 101 N West Dr, Leander, TX, 78641, Worship Service 11:00 am each Sunday. You will need to come early to get a back seat.
You are invited to Watercolor and Fellowship in the fellowship hall at Leander Presbyterian Church from 2-4. Learn more by visiting my website Classes Page. It is not us and them…it is Jesus and us.
Come Paint With Me, Watercolor and Fellowship days.
Next Watercolor and Fellowship is Sunday, July 8th, 2018 2-4 at Leander Presbyterian Church, In the fellowship hall. Come in the back door where the ramp is at 101 N. West Dr, Leander, Texas 78641.
Same as always, I supply all the art supplies you need. Watercolor & Fellowship is free and I ask for a $5.00 per person donation.
Thank you Leander Presbyterian Church for allowing me to teach in the Fellowship Hall! Oh and if you would like to make a donation to Leander Presbyterian, a gift to further the outreach of Christ Love to your community or a donation to help pay for the cost of the repairs needed on this wonderful historical building, your donations are welcome.
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My sweet, very good looking Pastor husband, Robert, says “Kathleen talks and thinks in negative space”. When he first said this I knew he was correct. I think and talk in the same method as I plan a painting.
I meticulously lay out the negative space, the white space in my paintings. This is the space where the purpose, the focal point is not, the space where your eye can rest and then wander back into the painting.
Now thinking a bit more and a bit deeper about this – Even as a child I surmised that everything in the painting, that is not the focal point is the negative space. And the negative space becomes the supporting evidence of the purpose of the painting.
I was about 13 when I first heard the gospel. I desperately wanted the relief that people talked about experiencing when they accepted Christ as Lord. I began the journey of implementing this new knowledge into my life. I was 22 before I had teachers in my life that began to inspire me to read the Bible and to allow the Holy Spirit to work in my life. For me it was not the magic of the sinners prayer, it was the line upon line precept upon precept that allowed me to make changes in my life, but I remained human. Now as a Christian, trying with all my mite to do the right things I proceeded to experience life in ways that I think mirror Job and his heartbreaks and losses at the hand of satan. I was a very unhappy person, holding fast to a love for Christ but not walking in Christ’s love for me.
I then made a conscious effort to turn my life around. I made the decision to wake every morning, reach my hand out to Jesus and tell Him I wanted to walk in the garden with him.
This was when I began to live consistent with my purpose and let my day-to-day life be the supporting evidence to my purpose: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
I began to paint each day while I walked and talked with Jesus. Each day, a new day, a new garden, a new experience of Christ love and each painting included a deeply experienced time of coming away, of being still in the presence of my Lord and Savior.
When I invite people to learn to watercolor paint from me, I teach them to paint, but one of the results is that people learn to become quiet and be still for a bit. This is not something that happens in the American culture unless you individually allow it, it is an act of your will. Knowing how to do this is not easy, but it happens as you learn to watercolor paint from me. I believe when the Holy Spirit called me to teach people to paint with this method that I was being called to share daily devotions the same as Frances J. Roberts in her devotional Come Away My Beloved, and Sarah Young with Jesus Calling and many other writers of daily devotions.
For me, and maybe for you to turn your life around, to experience the everlasting love of Christ you need something to do with your hands to learn to, Be still and know God, as intended in Psalms 46:10.
Come learn to paint flowers and birds and trees and seeds and insects that live in the garden and see if you find yourself walking with your Lord in the garden that you have now learned to paint.
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A mindset is a set of assumptions or methods held by one or more people or groups of people.
The mindset I ask my students to hold – If I learn to watercolor paint I will learn painting techniques to practice and I will enjoy the time I spend learning. Over time I will become a better watercolor painter. I will seek to practice and study the skills and techniques rather than accomplish a masterpiece. I want to look at each painting session as an opportunity to learn, not as a good painting or a bad painting because with each painting session I am working towards my goal of becoming a better painter.
Seek to practice and study the skills and techniques I teach each time you paint rather than expecting to accomplish a painting.
In my classes, I teach techniques for you to practice. Most people start with my Keep The White Space® Practice Patterns and many people are happy continuing learning with this approach. Each practice pattern may be used for a greeting card,
Regardless, over time you will see your skills increase and give place for your own creativity to emerge.
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I am often asked the question “How do your watercolor classes work?” This question comes up because I do not require people to pay for a series of classes. Each class can stand alone and students learn more and more about how to watercolor each time they attend. I tell them to come when they can and pay when they come.
It is not unusual to show up at 10:00 or 2:00 and find the room active and feeling a bit full, but then again, you might show up and you pay $35.00 and you receive a private class from me. I enjoy this method, I don’t spend all my time doing bookkeeping and answering questions about makeup classes. I do sell tickets on my website to classes and if you find you purchased a ticket and can’t attend, no problem, come when you can and your ticket is good.
Only once has the class been so full that students had to help me set up an additional table.
Also, I am asked, “How do you deal with students at all different stages of learning?” Well, I realized about 25 years ago that all students are at different stages of learning and every time you attend any class you can only come away with so much information. I teach each class and I tell stories and I talk about my philosophy around the importance of Keeping the white space in your life and in watercolor paintings each week. Each Keep The White Space® Practice Image Pattern will be a good practice for you. Do you want to paint a Red Fox? or a Blue or Purple Iris? You will be practicing watercolor painting in such a way that over time you will begin to make decisions and paint on your own. Each video I produce if you will give it a try, buy the pattern as an instant download from my Etsy store and paint along with me or watch and paint along with me, again you will be practicing brush strokes properly and building on experience and knowledge of watercolor painting.
This video on my youtube channel is a good example of this practice https://youtu.be/rqkVJ9lCDvg You can use the pattern found in my Etsy Store or you can follow along and paint. I have given you all the resources you need right in the video. The photo for inspiration, the colors I used, the painting itself so you see how mine looked in the end. Happy Painting and enjoy each painting you do and know that each painting is building on the base of knowledge you need to be as great a painter as you can imagine.
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I painted this painting the first day of Hurricane Harvey. While I painted I was praying for the people on the Texas and Louisianna coast all the way up into central Texas. The scripture in Isaiah 43:1-3 when God tells us – Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One, your Savior.
I realize how busy we are and how easy it is to leave quiet time out of our daily lives. Please take a minute to put your hand out to Christ and ask Him to walk with you, just as you did the day you realized your sin and ask Jesus into your life.
Jesus wants to walk every step with you. He is not just a door man holding open the door for you on the day you received Him into your heart. Let Him be all He is. Be Still and know that I am God Psalms 46:10 or the way I say it…Keep The White Space® in your life and in your watercolor paintings.
This time the dove returned to him in the evening with a fresh olive leaf in its beak. Then Noah knew that the floodwaters were almost gone. Genesis 8:11From 2007 – 2011 I watercolor painted during my commute to and from my job at The University of Texas each day on an express bus. I was often referred to as the BusPaintings Artist. During the years of being “The BusPaintings Artist,” I realized great growth in my relationship with my Lord Jesus Christ. This growth came about because of the extreme amount of quiet creative time I experienced and the quality interactions I had with fellow bus riders each day. People on the bus valued the opportunity to watch me paint and expressed interest in technique and process. Often people shared stories about how important doing art had been to them at one point in their lives.During these years I painted hundreds of quality 5×7 paintings. Surprisingly even more so, I began to find healing for instances in my life. Of many life traumas, I had not expected to know wholeness until I was standing in the presence of my Lord Jesus Christ.In time I stopped working at The University of Texas November 10, 2011, because of serious health problems.I awoke November 11, 2011 – 11/11/11, and began right away:· Writing my autobiography in short story form· Writing “How to Learn to Watercolor Paint,· And creating Image Patterns from many of the paintings painted on the bus.The short stories for the autobiography I called, Encounters With Jesus.The How to Learn to Watercolor Paint books launched my public teaching engagementThe Image Patterns provided students a way to begin painting without needing to learn to draw.Prayerfully seeking the Holy Spirit’s direction, I began telling BusPaintings stories during instructional teaching time. Then, before students would begin to paint, I ask everyone to treat the painting time as quiet time. I ask them to observe how the brush strokes they were making looked, go slow and enjoy the experience – much like they would if they were to stop and smell the fragrance of a rose.By intentionally taking it slow with deepening awareness, students began to exhibit confidence in what they were learning. Painting with increasing confidence built friendly relationships, as strangers engaged with one another. Success!Now I have turned the stories into Devotions, Watercolor & Fellowship.My hope for you in reading the story is that you might be edified, strengthened, and encouraged in your fellowship with our God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Please ponder the story; treasure the scripture! Included is a Keep the White Image Pattern matched with each devotion/fellowship time. I invite you to transfer the image pattern to watercolor paper and then experience a quiet time while painting.My classes are held at churches, at conferences, retreats and in classrooms and homes weekly, invite me to teach at your next event.
On the Home page of my website, you will find links to my Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Youtube and Vimeo videos. To stay informed sign up for my newsletter.I teach so that you might learn, be encouraged and edified, Ephesians 4:12.Thank you for your interest.For a free download and a video of me painting the Olive Branch visit my Patreon Page.Patreon.com/kmcelwaine You do not need to become a patron to take advantage of the Devotions and Keep The White Space®This time the dove returned to him in the evening with a fresh olive leaf in its beak. Then Noah knew that the floodwaters were almost gone. Genesis 8:11
John 1:1, In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
By 20 years of age, I had made every mistake I could imagine. Still yet, not all of life was a series of mistakes.
When working as a bank teller in downtown Tulsa, OK, one of my regular customers invited me to have dinner with him. We determined he would cook at my apartment. During dinner conversation, I was introduced toward a richer meaning of “The Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Oh, growing up attending a denominational church, I had heard the term, “The Gospel,” but I always wondered what it meant -exactly. My new friend knew and began to share this precious treasured account with me. You see, at every worship service in the church in which he had grown up the gospel had been shared with him.
That special evening I began pondering the words he was saying and the Gospel accounting my friend read from the Bible. I marveled with increasing clarity as the Holy Spirit of God led me to a more richer understanding of Jesus Christ, his person, and his work. The next day, he showed up at my teller window with a gift, a paperback living bible. I began reading the Bible – like a person who had found a pearl of great value.
For years past I had kept a calendar as a diary. It came to be an accounting of my wrong doings. This was started when I was 12 or 13 after seeing a documentary film about David Wilkerson’s book The Cross and the Switchblade. I saw it with my youth group from church. At the end they had, what I later learned to be termed, an alter call. I heard this call and wanted to be right with someone, anyone. If only God could / would give me the way to be acceptable – I wanted the invitation to prayer to be extended.
Standing up from my seat weeping, I started down the aisle to where prayer was being offered. When passing by the youth leader’s wife, she stretched out her hand and turned me back saying: “We don’t believe that way.” Once again mindfully let down and bewildered, I returned to my seat.
Since that time and going forward after this event, I began the task of keeping an accounting of life’s experiences on a calendar.
My menstruation dates, my sexual activity, my inability to stay out of trouble with my parents, my school assignments, even my D’s on the report card, had a place on the calendar.
Before Cross and The Switchblade, I don’t remember feeling responsible for my involvement with sexual activity. The first time it was by coercion. After that, I seemed powerless to stop it. After hearing that call to receive prayer, I knew I was a sinner. Writing all the happenings of the day in the calendar, this documenting accounting as a confession, I thought maybe it would help me change my ways. Though I continued to feel desperate, unable to make things right, I began to treasure and protect the accounting in the calendar.
The Good News Gospel of Jesus Christ has the authority and power to make all things new!
Over a few months, through conversations with my new friend and reading the bible with maturing eyes, I saw changes I needed to make. One evening I took 8 years of calendars to the trash bend and threw them away. Though I did not know how – or why – to talk with Jesus, I talked with him walking to the trash and walking back to the apartment. I requested Jesus to burn up those calendars! Burn up the accounting and memories! Take it all away from me. I did not want to be a sinner or a disappointment. Neither to my new friend nor to myself. He / she whom the Lord sets free, is free indeed!
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This true story is shared with you for the purpose of Bible Study.
A Devotional and Life Enrichment Bible Study.
While you listen, try to let the story take your mind off of anything you might have on your mind.
BODY OF STORY
How I Got My Smile.
Robert and I visited a new church one Sunday evening to hear a Highway Patrolman preach. The church was in Bixby, Oklahoma. The highway patrolman was known for telling about things that happened to him in the line of duty that saved lives and turned lives around.
I remember his sermon to be inspirational and encouraging. After he preached he and the pastor at that church invited anyone that would like prayer to come to the front. I went to the front for prayer and Robert was right behind me.
The highway patrolman was praying for each person individually. He would stand in front of the person he was praying for, pray quietly and then move to the next person.
When it came time for him to pray for me I stepped in front of him and bowed my head. He prayed for me and turned to step away. Robert describes what happened next this way:
His face energized. His face changed, flushed with joy. With a very large, glowing grin he lit up radiant. He turned and stepped back to stand in front of Kathleen. Speaking directly to Kathleen with loving assurance he said:
“My child, don’t cover your smile. You are covering a gift I gave you. I gave you that smile to share. “
We returned to our seats and I began to reflect on what I had heard him say. This man did not know me and I had not said a word to him, keeping my hands to my side the complete time. I knew this had been God speaking to me through this man. I knew the truth behind the words spoken to me. Robert also was aware.
You see, my front teeth are big. I have believed since childhood that I had an unattractive smile. When I smiled or talked or laughed, I covered my mouth with my hand.
With this as a turning point, I began to think of my smile as a gift from God and I worked to stop the habit of covering my smile. A few years later I became so comfortable with my smile that people started telling me, my smile was what they enjoyed the most each time they saw me.
Now all these years later, if I catch myself feeling self-conscious or afraid to be myself I remember that God had given me my smile to share and not hide from others.
I still struggle with self-confidence. At this time in my life, I had taken a back seat and was afraid to speak up. I never thought of myself as being a leader in any situation. I was seldom a contributor and became shaky and sick at my stomach when I had to speak up in a group. This experience was paramount in God showing me my individual value and self-identity.
This experience became a part of who I am, only after I let it replace doubts and fears. In my heart and in my mind I let this scripture be alive, Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart. In an instant when the man shared with me I thought it really was a possibility that God knew individually and personally who I am and what I struggle with. Now I carry the scripture inside of me, alive and a part of who I am.
I may have read this scripture many times before this happened to me, but at some point, I read it and stopped and thought about what it might mean in my life and I remembered God had given me my smile and I knew my smile was to be a light in the world. Matthew 5: 14 – 16 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven. I thought how appropriate it was for God to give me a smile to learn to show. Many times in my life a genuine smile from someone had given me peace and quieted my fears.
I had to make real changes in myself to begin to incorporate what had been said to me. It was undeniably so for me: The Sovereign Holy Spirit of God had spoken through a stranger to me. I wanted more than anything to be the person God was showing me He had created me to be. It was going to require changes.
I love new art supplies, I love to experiment with new colors but somehow I seem to gravitate back to what I am most familiar. When God told me to not cover my smile, I could not help but want to break the habit I had established of covering my smile with my hand. I found out that I needed to renew my mind to break this habit. I had to stop thinking wrongly of myself, I had to put on a new self as the scripture Ephesians 4: 22-24 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
After learning that I needed to break the habit and that I needed to change the way I saw myself, I found life in Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
I learned quickly that it was not as easy as reminding myself to remove my hand from covering my mouth. I had to begin to see, understand, and live differently. I had to work at being comfortable sharing my Joy with laughing and smiling.
Making changes in my life required me changing the way I think.
The scriptures refer to this as the renewing of our mind. And just like learning to watercolor takes time, dedication and practice. Stopping the habit of covering my mouth with my hand could change only after time, dedication and practice.
I began the work of change and learning, of renewing my mind, to stop covering my mouth.
I realized I needed to first change the way I thought about myself.
These scriptures in Ephesians and in Romans helped me understand what I needed to practice.
Now that you have read my story, I recommend you Download and Transfer the Donkey image and begin painting and staying quiet to allow yourself to process thoughts about what you have just read and the scriptures. My hope is this will be white space in your life and you will allow the Holy Spirit to work in you as in Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
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Scripture Meditation and Watercolor Study is written for a person alone or in a group, discussion time will not always be available.
Isaiah 62:3 The LORD will hold you in his hand for all to see–a splendid crown in the hand of God
I was 21 years old and recently divorced. This is the stage in my life when I met Katherine, an amazing woman, the first person I remember experiencing the love of Christ. At the time I met her, my family was holding me at arm’s length. I was frequenting bible studies and church services, I doubted that I was one of the people that Christ had died for. I thought I was not included in the “Body of Christ” I had come as I was but I was still in charge and I was still not acceptable and never expected to be.
During this time, I was attending bible studies and church services. Connected to the body of Christ, at least I was connected to a group of believers. I still doubted that I was one of the people that Christ had died for. I had come as I was but I was still in charge and I was still not acceptable to God and never expected to be.
I saw myself as put on this earth by accident and not included in God’s plan for good. It was easy to go to church, talk about scripture, carry on in fellowship. When I began to experience Christ Love in my friendship with Katherine, I finally began to see how much Jesus loves me and that He had died on the cross as much for me personally as He had for others.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
I began to realize I had chosen a path, but an easy and very wide path.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. Matthew 7:13
Over time Katherine learned more and more of the sordid facts about my life, I always expected her to stop showing me the Love of Christ, but she never changed. She held me close when I was in her presence; she looked intently in my eyes when we talked. It was not her love to give; it was Christ love through her.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” John 13:35
She was the first person I ever heard talk about God’s plan for our life. She talked about Christ alive in her life. Her life was far from perfect, but I could see she experienced the love of Christ and exhibited a great deal of the Joy.
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Psalm 5:11
For the first time, I knew someone that had personality characteristics that I wanted. I wanted what she had, so I paid attention, I learned from her in every way I could. She was a leader to me.
Earlier this year I received a phone call from my daughter telling me that Katherine had died. My daughter had other people she needed to tell so we talked briefly. The phone silenced I began to pray. I gave thanks for Katherine’s life I gave thanks for who she is to me.
What happened next is this “ I was caught up to heaven. I was an observer of Katherine standing before our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus and Katherine were standing close but I could see the Lords’ hands outstretched to Katherine and in His Hands, I saw a Jewel and I heard Jesus say.
And this is the Jewel for our love for Kathleen.
Scriptures – Narrow Path, Matthew 7:13,
The Lord will hold you, Isaiah 62:3,
Even as sinners, God demonstrates His love, Romans 5:8,
Sing for Joy, Psalm 5:11
A Jewel in Katherine’s Crown
I taught over 60 people at the Presbyterian Women 2017 Conference at MO Ranch. Wonderful Experience
and then I celebrated my 66th Birthday