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Friday, 24 November 2017

Daily Quiet Time

Hello Friends,

This post is especially for my sisters in Christ.

The one thing you can count on in life is change. With each life change, I have had to adapt and sometimes it takes me a while to discover how to connect with God on a daily basis. First thing in the morning has the most powerful impact for me, but it is also the most challenging time.

I don’t sleep well usually so getting up early may mean I need to take a nap later on. Plus, as soon as my feet hit the floor, I have my multiple critters clambering to be let out, fed, watered and cleaned up after. During the course of doing that, many other chores present themselves and it would be easy to roll up my sleeves and dive in.

Lately I have taken to getting up early, taking care of the critters while my tea steeps, and then having my time with the Lord while the house is still quiet. I take my cuppa (Red Rose) and just sit in silence, inviting the Lord to speak. (Listening prayer) By the time my tea is finished, I pick up my bible and read where I last left off. I might then write in my journal, do some simple art in my bible or listen to a worship song.

I find this sets the course for my day and I am better able to hear the whisperings of Holy Spirit throughout my day. If I need to take a nap later on, and I am able to do so, that is what I do. It is hard to get up early most days, but the benefits are worth it to me.

I often think about our mothers with young children or those women among us who have to rush off to a work place every day OR those heroic women who have to do both. How do you manage to align yourself with Holy Spirit at the start of your day?

I am really hoping those who have discovered some way to connect with God at the beginning of your day will share your methods with the rest of us. No matter how simple, or even if you are in the process of figuring it out, you will probably encourage and help someone else. No matter what stage of life you are at, this is a struggle for all or most of us.

Blessings on your day,

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Journal Page - Fly Again

Hello Friends,

Does God ever speak to you through movies? Last night I watched a movie on Netflix called, "Coffee Shop". The main character was going through a stormy season of life and everything looked pretty hopeless. An older man gave her a note that said, "Don't get lost in the temporary." That really spoke to both my husband and me.

Sometimes when the wind is whipping your hair over your face and rain is pelting your eyes, it is impossible to see that there even is an end to the road you are on. That is when you have to believe that God has a hold of your hand and His vision is never obstructed.

Last week I started an art journal page after watching a Mixed Media Monthly challenge from Lisa on PraiseHeart. The challenge was to use nature in your page. Lisa pounded flowers and leaves onto her pages with a hammer. My wild flowers were less vibrant and juicy than her garden variety blossoms, so the process was not very satisfying for me. Still, I think it illustrates what my life has been like lately. It takes a lot of pounding to get any colour out of me and it doesn't look very impressive for all the effort.
I threw down some crushed chalk pastels to perk up my background. Eventually I started to see the form of a bird so I penciled it lightly in before the colours dried and faded. (I forgot to take a pic of the background. Sorry)

Today I finished off my pages with a black paint pen for the words and some white gouache on the bird. I included a quote from the movie.

Thank you for visiting today. I hope something I have said, or just the art itself, has inspired you in some way.

Blessing hugs,

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Little Treasures

Hello Friends,

I started making small mixed media pieces a couple of years ago. I am now selling them in a friend's gallery gift shop. Each piece has several layers of collage, paint, ink, etc. As I work on each layer, I play worship music and pray for those who will receive them.

Here is a piece I completed today. It is 3x4.5 inches. (Many more are in various stages of development.)

Front - Before
After I let this sit for a while, I felt it was a bit lack-luster. I spritzed on some gold shimmer and added a thin layer of pouring medium. Then I felt it was really done. Can you see the difference?
Front - After

Back - Before
Back - After

I am thinking about calling these small works of art "Little Treasures", but I would love to hear your suggestions, if you have any.

Blessing hugs,