Converging

The 12th installment of the story yet to be named… my attempt to draw all of our loose ends together. I’m sorry I took so long Katie! Lets call it even now and try to pick up our pace now 😛 Links to the previous installments below.

Death turned away from the burning wall and nearly walked into Evil. “Death, you miserable failure. You just killed a mental kid and now you’re crying about it. How many kids have you taken over the centuries, Hmm?” Death’s face hardened.
“I did not kill him.” His voice cracked, and he struggled not to put a fist in Evil’s face that second. Goodness knows that wouldn’t end well. In fact, Goodness had told him that once. “He wasn’t mental… I didn’t kill him. There is nothing I can do to stop…me. I go with life.”
“Right. Okay, whatever. But really, stop being so emotional. It’s embarrassing to be…”
Death expected him to go on, but then Evil’s eyes widened and with a wave of his hand the flames dispersed from the wall as quickly as they had come. The drawings on the outside were in crumbles, but the ones near the middle were barely singed. Evil stalked over quickly and snatched one down. “How….how could he know?” It was a drawing of a serpent, beautiful in a terrifying way, and Death realized that the serpent must’ve been Evil in one of his forms. Evil grabbed another down, this time the one down of himself inhaling Fear (grotesque really, but Death had seen worse. Maybe). He dropped both of those and ripped a final drawing down, one that Death hadn’t noticed before. It was Evil, lying on the ground, maybe even…underground…with a sword point to his neck. Evil stuffed it in his pocket before Death could glimpse who was holding the sword, and, obviously forgetting why he came, turned and vaporized through the window.
“No! Wait!” Death yelled. A part of him hoped Evil wouldn’t hear, a part of him hoped he would. In the end he got the best of both worlds because Evil heard, glanced behind him, but then kept going. Death wouldn’t know yet why Evil had taken his feather – or what hold it had over him. The thought of this brought Fear a little closer, but Death vaporized the feeling and turned back to the wall. Slowly, he removed the drawing of himself looking so free and put it in his pocket, to remind him of what he could never have. Then, before flying through the window, he lit the wall up in a fierce fire again and watched it quickly burn.

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Temptation was so incredibly sick of these amateurs. Greed and Wealth were so lazy, always lagging behind, and he could not keep a hold of Fame for the death of him. They were to meet their Dark Master in the desert, but he sure hoped (can Temptation hope?) that they wouldn’t meet him like this. How could Temptation get a promotion with such idiotic servants giving him a bad name? They were near, Temptation could feel it. Nobody had specified what desert to meet in and where, but he could follow his instincts. He was old enough to know when he was sensing the presence of something powerful, good or evil as it may be. After traveling for a while, making constant stops to keep up with everyone’s tight schedules (Greed had a banker to take over, Wealth had a few pensions to exploit and Fame was just everywhere) they hit the desert. But as they walked, the air changed… Something was not right. The presence of something good was near… but it wasn’t overwhelmingly strong like the vessel was supposed to be, but it also definitely wasn’t weak. Just in time, Temptation realized what was going on and managed to vaporize himself and his comrades into lizards and scurry behind a bush. There they were, Grace and Mercy.
“What are they doing here?” Greed growled.
“Let’s go exterminate them once and for all!” Wealth readied himself in a pouncing position.
“They probably don’t have my autograph yet” Fame mumbled. “I bet they really want it.”
“Nobody is going anywhere.” Temptation replied. “how stupid can you be? We’re about to go tempt some crazily powerful thing and you want to waste your strength. You’re going to stay lizards until they’re gone, so shut up.”

Grace and Mercy sashayed past in their calm manner, but they were not unaware of the evil lurking around. “Where is that coming from?” Mercy whispered to her sister.
“I don’t know” Grace replied, “but I don’t think we can stop and find out. We have to go report to the council. We’ve been delayed too long already.” With that they walked faster and leaped to sky in the form of doves. A second later, but also a lifetime later, they arrived at the meeting of the Council of Good (a meeting was held every second). Love rose as they came in.
“Grace! Mercy! You’re here!”
They smiled. “Yes, finally!” Grace said. “But not to bring good news. There’s something extremely dark going on in the West. I can’t even explain it, but… I’ll try.” She took a deep breath and Mercy put her hand on her sisters shoulder. “We came back… we just appeared. On the ground, in front of a city. So much time has passed since we were first taken, so I don’t have any idea who could have come and got us. Anyways the city… it was huge, and dark and all of the people…” she trailed off and Mercy stepped in.
“People were running into the city, like they were afraid of something! They were all running in, but there was nobody coming out. Not anybody! It’s like once they were in, they were trapped.”
“Trapped? Gentleness asked? “Something is trapping humans?”
“We were hoping you’d know more about this than we do.” Grace mumbled miserably. “there was a shadow, too.”
“A shadow?”
“Yes. It told us that the people were trying to hide from the Maker. He said they were getting trapped. He told us to come to you.”
Faithfulness addressed the rest of the council. “Who could bring our sisters back, and who would be able to appear as a shadow while still having good inside of them? I don’t understand.”
Love, however, radiated understanding. “I do. I know. Come, brothers and sisters, let us converse and make plans, for a war is coming. Then, it’s time to find Humility.”

 

#1: The story of evil http://standinginthestorm.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/a-story-of-evil-wicked-witch/

#2: Decus…. https://beforeyoucall.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/proverbs-3130-decus-leporum-and-laudabile/

#3: The two Fears http://standinginthestorm.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/the-two-fears/

#4: Father of Nights https://beforeyoucall.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/the-father-of-nights-darkness-of-temptaion/

#5: Fall of Pride http://standinginthestorm.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/the-fall-of-pride/

#6: The Coming of the Counterparts: https://beforeyoucall.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/948/

#7: A Taste of Revenge: http://standinginthestorm.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/a-taste-of-revenge/

#8: The Council of Good: https://beforeyoucall.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/the-council-of-good/

#9; Time’s Betrayal: http://standinginthestorm.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/times-betrayal/

#10: The Prophesy: The Prophesy | Before You Call

#11: Death’s Flaw: http://standinginthestorm.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/deaths-flaw/

 

 

Horse #14

Horse number 14!! Not a drawing, but who cares? It’s done with watercolour and pen. It’s a bit of a different style than normal, wayyy less detailed and a little bit more abstract, but it was fun and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Took like 5ish hours.SONY DSC

Blogging Psalms #2

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.” Psalm 20:7-8

Any verses about us rising up encourages me, that yes, there IS a way to be strong in the Lord and not waver. And if you do waver? He forgives us.

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

“Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up you heads, you gates, lift them up, you ancient doors,  that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty – he is the King of glory.” Psalm 24:8-10

“In you Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame. No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.” Psalm 25:1-3

“Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered. Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful or your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.” Psalm 26:1-3
This is what I want to be able to say at the end of my life… that  I have trusted int the Lord and have not faltered. I can’t say I’m crazy excited to be tested and tried, but ya know, God would never give me more than I can handle.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – or whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
Nobody.

“The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic.” Psalm 29:3-4

“Sing praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.”

Blogging Psalms #1

I woke up this morning and decided that I’m going to read Psalms. After reading the first 20 Psalms, I’d found a few really cool scriptures and decided to blog about it. So, this is nothing planned, no deadlines, no certain days to do it — this is just me reading Psalms and writing down the verses that spoke to me.
If you’re not going to read it all, please at least read the last one. It’s the one that encouraged me the most and and it’s definitely worth memorizing.

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked, or stand in the way that sinners take, or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” Psalm 1:1&2

Sometimes we can walk in step with the wicked and sinners and mockers without realizing it. Keep in mind that Jesus came from Heaven to spend his time with the tax collectors and sinners, so this scripture isn’t saying to avoid people who aren’t perfect (you’d be a hermit). It’s saying to avoid falling in step with them and doing what they do.

“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.” Psalm 3:5&6

“…search your hearts and be silent.” Psalm 4:4b

Short and easy – sounding, but it’s what most of us forget to do.

“Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.” Psalm 8:1

“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.” Psalm 13:5&6

“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love; you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; keep hide me in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 17:6-8

“You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop, with mt God I can scale a wall.” Psalm 18:28&29

YES. I love it so much. It’s one of those verses you’d say when you’re really freaked out to do something, have a hard challenge to overcome or actually, just whenever. With my God I can scale a wall…

Proverbs 3:1-4

 

“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life may years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you, bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favour and a good name in the sight of God and man.”
Proverbs 3:1-4

This is interesting, because the writer of this proverb (Solomon) says that if you do not let love and faithfulness leave you, if you keep them imprinted on your heart, you’ll win favour in the sight of God and man. Lots and lots of scriptures say, you know, man can be judgmental, and its a blessing to be persecuted for the Lord (we’ll get into that some other time), but this particular verse says to hold on to love and faithfulness is to win favour with both. Oh, and don’t forget – our actions speak louder than our words, so it looks like while we’re gaining favour with everybody we’ll be sharing the love of Jesus too 🙂 It’s win-win!

Horse #13

So this one took FOREVER, quite possible because it’s a about four feet tall. It’s one of three horses that I’m painting on my bedroom wall. I can’t even calculate the time it took because I did it over the course of a few months (“busy people put their hands up!” *puts hand up*). Acrylic.SONY DSC