Get Out of that Box!

I’m rushing around to get ready for a business trip to Florida tomorrow, but YOU are on God’s mind today and I need to make sure I share what is on HIS HEART! As I wakened this morning, before my eyes ever opened, I saw a picture in my heart of a few people climbing out of boxes.  The boxes are just cardboard but somehow those boxes were keeping some of you (specifically on this blog) trapped so you couldn’t be free to move forward in 2012.  Hopefully this picture (which I drew/painted this morning) will be a light of hope for a few of my blog friends.  (Hope is not an artist!  Feel free to grin at this one!)  You don’t have to comment, but it would help us all to know if the picture speaks to you.


About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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11 Responses to Get Out of that Box!

  1. Larry Who says:

    (Hope is an artist; Larry is not.)


  2. Jean Oathout says:

    A great post, Hope! Many of us couldn’t do that well in the drawing field! Hope you have a good trip, both successful and enjoyable. Your poem will be on my blog on Jan. 21st!


  3. You did it again, Hope. You bring up topics that I have so much too share on , but no time.
    Nice drawing and illustrated object lesson. Some people are comfortable in their boxes, as they are the only thing that gets them attention. Some people take their baggage to the altar but pick it up after they leave. Others soar in a hot air balloon, about ten feet off the ground. They love the idea of flying but never cut the rope, or if they do, some forget to throw out the sand bags that are weighing them down. Let go – let go – be free.. OK – back to my book writing.
    Thanks, Hope.


  4. Billie Jo says:

    Hey, Hope, here I am: your biggest art fan! You know I’m literally in the midst of cardboard boxes as we prepare to move–I can’t wait to unpack my stuff and re-create a home!

    Your post is a flip of a bible study I did this weekend. The speaker reminded us to rejoice that WE are cardboard boxes. These earthen vessels of ours–cardboard boxes being the modern day equivalent–hold a precious treasure. The other part of the study we did mirrored your thoughts. It talked about being free to fly–birdies released from a cage. Thanks for taking the time to share your artwork and your encouragements–love them always!


    • Billie Jo, I thought about you as I was drawing and watercoloring all this. It took me nearly 3 hours and I thought, Billie Jo will have something to say! The boxes had the top flaps open on them and so I had to do a few trial “open flapped boxes” to finally get it down. It’s equally cool that you actually are OPENING BOXES today and see them all over the place. God has no desire for us to sit inside a box of turmoil, confusion, despair, guilt, or fear. He hopes we see the SEA–the SEA OF FORGETFULNESS where God throws all our sin, all our thoughts that make us cringe or cry or angry or scared. Boxes are just cardboard but sometimes we are silly and stay inside of them like they are iron boxes and iron masters and we must stay in there and suffer. NO!! He truly wants us to throw away that old stuff. Well, I’m preaching to the choir here. : )

      I think I’ll be drawing more than writing for a while here. A picture may be worth 1000 words, but it takes me a LOT longer to draw a picture than to write 1000 words!


  5. Mark, you’ve given us all a lot to consider here. A lot of pictures with your words. I love that.


  6. Lorrie S.Green says:

    very good post Hope reminds me of somethings I’m going through just has to allow GOD to heal me of . . .your post and pics helps starts my process to steps of repenting and moving out of my box..blessings to you


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