Making it Add Up

She Desires Transformation

You like puzzles?  I have had pictures of puzzles stuck in my head for the last few months.  I made this Desk Dollie to represent my heart with puzzle pieces that are my testimony how God is changing me.

2 Peter 5-9 says: “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness, and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge self control, and to self control, perseverance, and to perseverance godliness, and to godliness, mutual affection and to mutual affection, love.”  Quite a list of things to aspire to.

“Make every effort”.  I want to do that!  But how?

Last November when I read this scripture the idea of a puzzle popped into my head.


I am ME, I can’t get around that.  My “Heart Puzzle” is pieces of my personality, my dreams, my problems.  I had an inspiring thought last November when I read 2 Peter chapter 1.  I saw my heart as a puzzle that had the option to stay original and intact or I could offer the Lord pieces and ask him to change out pieces so I would be more like Him and less like the “original” me.



When I had the idea of my heart as a puzzle it dawned on me that the Lord has already started on my puzzle without me realizing it!  Yay, He doesn’t have to start from scratch.


I used to be very fearful going over a bridge or through a tunnel and the hair would actually stand up on the back of my neck.  One day it dawned on me that the spirit of fear was controlling me and I just looked up to the Lord and asked Him to help me not be afraid.  Several weeks later I realized THAT fear was gone.  I didn’t have to do a thing, it just disappeared.

I didn’t realize it, but through the years the Lord has been swapping out pieces of my heart that were “fears” and he has been replacing those puzzle pieces with ones that say “She Trusts Me.”  And I do.


I used to be “Queen of Self-Pity”.  I majored in Self Pity and minored in Martyr Complex.  More than once I griped to my Heavenly Father how He was letting me down because I had PROBLEMS.  I remember one week as a newly single mother of four the basement flooded, my car broke down, the ceiling of the rec room fell down (because of storm damage), and the water heater died.  I was hopping mad at the Lord.  Poor me.  I was standing at the sink so miserable with feelings of self pity.  For some reason I just said “Self pity, go to hell.”  AND the feeling left and has never successfully come back.

Back to 2 Peter 1. I see goodness, perseverance, self control, godliness, mutual affection and love like puzzle pieces in God’s hand.  We can’t add them to our hearts without switching a piece of us out.  So we can’t ADD if we don’t subtract otherwise it will not ADD UP.  :  )









Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

2 thoughts

  1. There is nothing more fulfilling than knowing why you were created and using those talents for the purpose they were intended. I can see in your smile and your work you have so much to give. I’m glad a stumbled on your site.


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