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.


Stephani Gorman said...

Hi Teri, I just found your blog, not sure how I got here! Anyway, I think we have something in common. You should check out my blog. I have a "Oz" challenge going on. Have a beautiful day! Stephani

Jaron said...

I can't think of anything to say because you just said it all! That was really good for me to read and ponder. Thanks for sharing.

LØB said...

I found you through Micelle my Belle's blog. I love your journal pages and have added your to My Favourites list

Tammy said...

I have something for you on my blog at

Your work always makes me smile.

Cindy said...

Wow, you have said a mouthful here, very profound. I need to really absorb this as I am in the middle of one of my ownlittle challenges and am trying to see it as a blessing and an opportunity for growth.
I love your journal page. It is amazing how it just poured out of you. It makes me think that maybe I such try doing this.

I found your blog through The Crafty Chook. Isn't it interesting the twists and turns we take, effortlessly, to find what we need.
Have a wonderful day,