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Chi-Rho Newsletter – How’s Your Foundation?

How’s Your Foundation? by Donna Gonzalez


Yes, it’s been a long time since I last wrote a Chi-Rho Newsletter. I’ll be honest, I’m terrible at blogging! But the good news is I’m back again, this painting is 16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas. I originally intended to just paint a mosaic in peacock colors – blues, turquoise, greens and edging it in black. But as I continued I started pondering upon how difficult life has been since this whole pandemic thing has begun, how it’s basically been a HUGE wrench in everyone’s life. Globally. But some of us our lives are still standing other people’s lives have spiraled out of control.

I pondered upon the Words of Jesus…in Matthew 7:24-27.

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Jesus had just finished telling them since Matthew chapter 5, how He expected people to behave. From the Sermon on the Mount, to being Salt and Light in the world, how He’s the fulfillment of the Old Testament Law, how God and Jesus see murder and adultery, divorce, retribution and revenge, what giving to the poor and needy should be done, how to pray, the correct way to fast, securing treasures in Heaven not on earth, telling them not to worry and how God the Father will take care of you before you even ask, to stop making hypocritical judgements, to ask, seek, knock….

Then Jesus get’s down to the real nitty-gritty of behaving and living a life God requires. This Christian born-again life, it’s going to be difficult but Jesus tells us to stay on the narrow path for it leads to life eternal because the popular wide easy broad way eventually leads to death and destruction.

But wait there’s more!

Jesus warns us about true and false disciples….oh we can fool others all throughout our life…. but we can never fool a Holy God!  He ends His lengthy discourse with the story of the wise and foolish builders….one took Jesus’ words to heart and put them into practice the other totally ignored Jesus’ words, or at best cherry-picked which sayings to keep and tossed out the others, they did it their way believing Jesus’ Words as being too antiquated, not relevant to 21st century post modern person….and when the storms of life come…only one house remained standing.

And while I was painting this artwork, it got me thinking, how much of society is really taking Jesus’ Words as truth? And how many Christians are as well? Have we substituted trusting in the stock market, trusting in our IRA over trusting in the God we say we believe in? Have we become so obsessed with getting lots of material possessions, climbing the corporate ladder as quickly as possible, getting a famous name for ourselves, socking enough money away for retirement so that we only have a decade to enjoy it before we die realizing only then, it’s too late, we ran after earthly things that are temporary and not the everlasting true riches?  Are we having faith in another person instead of trusting in Jesus and putting into practice what He says to do?

And though a person’s life may at first look lovely, firm and strong, like the first couple rows of the mosaic stones I painted, oh there may be a hairline crack or too but seriously it’s barely noticeable…who’s going to see it, right?

“I’ve  got it under control, when life gets out of control I got a joint, my bottle, my drug, my [fill in the blank] it’s all cool.”

“But no worry man, I’m good. I don’t need your Jesus…”

Unnoticed to the one who builds foolishly, they don’t realize further down there are more cracks growing joining with other cracks until the very bottom is a fragile crumbling mess of stone mosaics….a loud crash just waiting to happen.

No matter how pretty and solid it looks like, if a person is not putting all their trust, hope and faith in Jesus Christ and His Word, and they are not actively putting His Words into practice… when the storms come….forget it…everything they’ve trusted in…will fail, their life will crash down like it was built upon unstable crumbling mosaic…or sand.

What have you built your life’s foundation upon? Is it Jesus the Solid Rock ….or something else?  If something else, you can make the change. Do it today! May this post encourage us to take inventory.

In Christ Jesus,









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Chi-Rho Newsletter – The Narrow Path Mosaic


“The Narrow Path Mosaic” © by Donna Gonzalez


Yey! It’s a New Year!! Happy New Year to all of you and wishing all of you a blessed safe New Year filled with thanksgiving and joy!

The above painting is comprised of 35 identical mosaic paintings which when placed into a pattern creates this particular composition, it is just one of several possible pattern combinations. And I am always humbled how God’s fingerprints are there, this one is relatively easy to see the symbolism and the scripture that came to mind was Matthew 7:13-14. 

Jesus is speaking: 

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”


This mosaic painting has alternating horizontal rows of wide and narrow bands, each band is representative of a pathway. Highlighted in yellow below is one of several narrow pathways.



And one of several wide paths…



As I write this post right now I just had an epiphany about this mosaic I hadn’t noticed before…….Wow! Praise God!  I’ll explain what it is in a minute…but for now hang tight…it gets deep!

Notice that the narrow path below is made up of alternating brown and green elongated oddly shaped rectangles and concave squares. It is bordered by two sets of red parallel rows of tiles with wavy edges or wavy lines (highlighted in yellow) resulting in hemming the pathway at intervals making it even more narrower.



Whereas the second pathway is opposite, it is wider made up of alternating blue and purple perfectly shaped squares and rectangles. Though it too is bordered by the same set of red parallel tiles, it is the straight edges or lines (highlighted in yellow) which border the wide path making it a perfectly straight unencumbered pathway….



This is where it gets really interesting…

When this piece was completed I wasn’t thrilled with the results, and in hindsight admonished myself for not choosing a different color pallet. The alternating bands of blues and red remind me of bricks, there is no hierarchy, and it annoyed me. Though the wide and narrow paths reminded me of Matthew 7:13-14, I didn’t think there was much to say about this piece. 

Until today… when I needed one that was completed and felt led by God to write about this mosaic of all pieces!  Trusting God I started to write knowing His ways are always better than mine – and thought this was going to be a very short post, until I got that epiphany…..and now everything has changed! 


The epiphany are the straight v. wavy lines, the colors and the Christian disciplined walk in holiness in light of Matthew 7:13-14. I didn’t paint this mosaic with all of that in mind this is God’s fingerprints! Glory to Jesus!

The straight edges/lines of the sets of red tiles represents how wide and welcoming is the world’s philosophy of doing things. It’s gateway is wide, alluring, deceptively encouraging one to forego such foolish hardship of the other narrow path. Many chose the world’s path to because it deceptively fools them into believing lies, that life should be unencumbered.

The purple squares represents extravagance, luxury, power, wealth, and independence, trust and pride. The blue squares represents trust, wisdom and intelligence. 

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” I Corinthians 3:19-20

The broad path is paved with the world’s wisdom, enticing promises that striving after  extravagance, luxury, power, wealth, independence from all moral constraints and accountability is considered successful. But the end of it all is eternal death. 

13 “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:13-18

In contrast the wavy edges/lines of the sets of red tiles represents trials in life that hem believers in from all sides, is actually enabling them to draw closer to Christ.

The green colored shapes represents youthfulness, growth, renewal, safety, fertility and life. The brown colored shapes represents reliability, security and steadfastness.  All of which pertain to the journey of a true follower of Christ. 

In the Kingdom of God believers let go of pride trusting fully in Jesus as a young child puts it’s trust in a loving parent’s decision.  They are exhorted by Jesus to reject the wide  path and chose His difficult narrow way.

Difficult because it involves giving up the word’s ways of doing things, trusting and obeying Jesus so they may grow in maturity in Him. When a Christian chooses to remain steadfast in Him, Jesus renews their strength despite the unrelentingly ups and downs of life. Jesus alone is consistently faithful, reliable as our safety and only security in this troubled world. Jesus’ way leads to producing fruit that glorifies God and always leads to eternal life.  

3 “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” II Timothy 2:13

8 “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:8

May Christians be encouraged to remain steadfast on the narrow path! 

In Him,