Butterfly Journal Flying Free

Turning the page into a new season, stepping into freedom… Arise and Shine!   “… being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 NIV “Fly free on the wings of hope in the goodness of God…” -Valerie Sjodin It’s only the beginning… Can you not discern This new day of destiny Breaking forth around you? The early signs of my purposes and plans Are bursting forth. The budding vines of new life Are now blooming everywhere. The fragrance of flowers whispers,… Read More

Butterfly Journal Emerging

The butterfly and process of metamorphosis has long been a personal symbol of growing. It is a call upward through the dark quiet of the cocoon, an inner journey of trust to arise into who God made me to be. It seemed fitting that the butterfly would revisit as the theme of my summer workshop journal. I love that the Latin word for image, the root word for imagine, imagination, etc. is Imago, referring to the final stage or form, after it has undergone complete metamorphosis. A word full of hope of fulfillment… Many times I’ve wondered if I will… Read More

The Unexpected Comes Calling

The good, the bad, and the beautiful – Life is a package. It is why I haven’t been online much the past few weeks. A good thing is our son unexpectedly came home for five days last week. It was a sweet time of being together as a family, of reconciliation, of love, and just plain fun. It’s not often I get to be with our three grown children at the same time. Mid-January I focused intensely on a project started in 2014. I felt the Spirit’s prompting and power as I got up to work in the wee hours of… Read More

Renewing the Mind with a Personal Prayerbook

Renewing the Mind with a Personal Prayer Book There was a period of time where I experienced deep desolation, pain and loss. Being fully aware of my need for God, but feeling far away from God, I didn’t know how or what to pray. It wasn’t that I didn’t love God as best I could. It wasn’t that I didn’t know how to study the Bible. I did and was even a Bible study leader. I didn’t know how to overcome negative thoughts and feelings. I wanted the Spirit of God to transform me and renew my mind, but felt I… Read More

On One Hand… and On the Other Hand…

On One Hand… and On the Other Hand… It is one of those seasons, on one hand being blessed beyond what I imagined, and on the other, difficulty and doubt in a number of areas. I’ve gone back and forth whether to share more vulnerably about “the other hand.” On one hand Keith and I had a wonderful time together vacationing in the canyons and then four days at our favorite local beach celebrating our anniversary. I am truly grateful. On the other hand, when we are home we are working hard, often into the evenings. We are both risking… Read More

What Are You Doing Today?

What Are You Doing Today? “What are you doing today?” That is what the chiropractor asked me when I went in for an adjustment this morning. I heard myself say, “I’m working.” It sounded flat, true and not accurate at the same time. As he adjusted my spine, Dr. Rueben said, “Hmmm, is what I do work? It doesn’t seem like it. It’s more like fulfilling my purpose. And it gives provision for more purpose in other areas of my life.” I responded, “I like that. Sometimes I feel that, as an artist, people don’t think I work and I justify… Read More

YOU are an Artist!

YOU are an Artist! This week I was invited to speak at a school chapel. It is not often I speak to children, but I got excited and knew what I wanted to talk about: How to stay an artist when you grow up, and for those older attending: rekindling the artist within.  Here’s a bit of what I shared. It began with some questions: Have you ever made a drawing or painting or sculpture? Have you ever written a story or a poem? Have you ever sang a song, or danced, or acted, or made a video? Have you… Read More

Your Sneak Peek: soon-to-be-released NEW coloring book

Sneak Peek: soon-to-be-released NEW coloring book In exactly one month, June 14, 2016, my second coloring book, Colorful Blessings – Celebrating Everyday Wonders, will be released by Taunton Press and available on Amazon. Here is a peek at the cover and 8 pages out of the 47 in the new book: The theme of this book is the appreciation and symbolism of everyday things, such as nature, relationships, and gratefulness to God, who gives good gifts to us. Hymns, Scripture verses,  and inspirational quotes are woven into pages and reflected in the imagery. In the first Colorful Blessings coloring book,… Read More

The Freedom of Forgiving plus Coloring Book News!

Forgiveness can be hard, feeling like trying to break out of a cage of hurt, injustice and despair. After the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6 NRSV, Jesus states,   14 For if you forgive others their trespasses,  your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15 but if you do not forgive others,  neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.   It sounds rather harsh. After all, God is God and we are not. In some circumstances forgiving seems impossible.    So, I did a word study on the word forgive, and found some interesting insight. It means: “to leave, suffer, let alone,… Read More

An Artful Life: Art and Life Together…

It is said, “Art Reflects Life.” I agree with that statement. In my experience, the more art I make and the more life I live, the more integrated my living and art-making become. Now, I cannot separate the two. Maybe that is what makes an “Artful Life.” Here are a few things that are a part of my current artful life: I have a dear friend who has a relapse of leukemia for the third time. She has walked a hard road the past 8 years. As we talked the past week, she shared the miracles that have happened, the… Read More