We should always be 1. raw and 2. ready...

“There are two things we should always be 1. raw and 2. ready. When you are raw, you are always ready and when you are ready you usually realize that you are raw. Waiting for perfection is not an answer, one cannot say "I will be ready when I am perfect" because then you will never be ready, rather one must say "I am raw and I am ready just like this right now, how and who I am.” 
― C. JoyBell C.

I found an old file from 2004 and in it were some images of paintings from 2004.  I had some that were showing both beginning and ending steps.  I miss painting like this. I have always loved impressionistic figure painting but have not really spent time developing it.

Is there something in your life you have tried and loved but never been brave enough or had time enough to go back and do it again?  God is gifting us things all through our lives. Sometimes we jump on the gifts and sometimes we seem to miss them.  Keep your heart open, not just your eyes.

 "I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life."  Genesis 9:15