Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
She says," Instead of hoping that finding ourselves will result in practicing our art again, we need to realize that only through losing ourselves and becoming reliant on God can we discover how to use those gifts the way He wants us to use them. We will find the artist God intends us to be when we empty ourselves of self and become open to His plan and to the inspiration of His Holy Spirit. Only then will we experience personal artistic revival.
When I have let God give me the dreams of my heart; I can take those dreams and move ahead. I like the idea of artistic revival. I think 2009 is going to be a very interesting year. I also think a lot of listening and waiting will be involved which is not my strong suit.
Monday, January 19, 2009
I love it when a page surprises me. I never go into my pages with an idea, they just create themselves as I go but sometimes the message that comes out is profound. A message that makes you say, OH MY! I don't know why this page effected me that way. It was a message that has come out of my pages before but this time I think I accepted it, owned it and was willing to reevaluate what it truly means. Dorthy was faced with so many challenges on her journey in OZ and even though she had incompetent travel mates, they genuinely cared for her. What they all had to find out was that they had what they needed all along, they just had to believe it and claim it. It was less about the journey as it was about developing character and grasping hold of that part of them that was there all along. Believing that there is no place like home with the one's who love you and care for you. I read an interview that Rick Warren gave and this part of it really spoke to me.
Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one.
The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort; God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.
We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.
I won't be in OZ forever. I have a home where I am loved and cared for. I must let my character be built up and shine brightly in this place of uncertainty and constant challenges. A place with travel mates that don't have what it takes either but we are in this together and will look out for each other until it is time to click those cute heels and go home. Life may not be what I imagined but it is what I need and where I need to be. I don't have to be depressed or discouraged about it either. Lots of good to focus on and be glad about.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
We had fun running around the yard looking for good photo spots. Now she is anxiously waiting for me to finish this post so that we can art journal. We stopped by the store today to get chicken for lunch and she bought a magazine that has cool sayings and pictures in it that she thinks will be be great for art journaling so I guess I had better get going. Funny how when you start to art journal you start looking at things differently. Magazines are no longer for reading and looking at, hang tags on clothes are no longer tossed in the trash and any other bits of paper becomes a design element in your next journal page. So much fun to be had with other people's junk.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I am so excited. My youngest daughter has been having a hard time lately and so today we hung out together. She asked me if I would teach her how to art journal. We had the best time sitting at the kitchen table creating and her page was amazing. These kind of days are like gold to me. I hope she will continue and use it as a way to work through how she feels. All the years my kids were growing up I wished at least one of them would like art and she was the one that was the most likely. I gave her scrapbook classes, taught her how to crochet and she tried her hand at sewing but she just wasn't passionate about any of it. It will be interesting to see if this goes anywhere. Even if it doesn't take root in her heart, I will cherish the day we have had.