“Suddenlies” of Good Times… Good News…

Sweet Suddenlies with Family I thought it would be a good idea to give you a bit of a personal update. I have been more scarce than usual online, and here is why. There have been some “suddenlies” that have come as pleasant surprises and sweet answers to prayer. Our two grandsons from Texas came to stay with us for 10 days and we spent wonderful times with our family. We had the best time together!  August has ended up being an amazing family focused month and will continue through the end of this month with our anniversary, a wedding,… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – I – Imagination

The Mystery of Imagination – I in the A-Z of Mystery Journal Imagine is one of my favorite words and finds it’s way into my journals, by definition and illustration. This time I focused on Imagination. Imagination is the ability to form pictures or ideas in the mind, new and exciting things not experienced before. I love that! Seeing imagination through the filter of my faith helps me appreciate how uniquely made humanity is with our ability to hope for things not yet present, discover the unknown, invent life changing machines etc. It makes me glad to be alive, and… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – H – Harmony

The Mystery of Harmony – H in the A-Z of Mystery Journal It’s amazing how relevant the word “Harmony” is for me right now. Some relationships are especially challenging, and I need wisdom and discernment to know how to navigate disagreement, how to be kind and honest, how to love the other person and be true to myself. It takes courage. For me it also takes surrender and dependence on God. I can’t do it in my own strength. Every week seems to bring a challenge and need for courage. This really stretches my “flight” tendency. The verse that jumped… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – G – Glory

The Mystery of Glory – G – in the A-Z of Mystery Journal The meaning of glory has always been illusive to me, a mystery, with a kind of “high & mighty” air to it.  When attributed to God, it sounds authentic to me. When applied to humans it seems unnatural, distracting, and self serving. What is it? Why use the word? Since the word shows up in my verse of the year , it seems like a good idea to explore it. “Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectations of glory. This mystery of… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – F – Freedom

The Mystery of Freedom F in the A-Z of Mystery Journal This page has been interesting to work on. Freedom was my word of the year last year, so I had already done a word study etc. But it looks different this year. Last year I focused on the freedom to choose and be my true self. Last year’s journey was one of letting go, trusting God and embracing the mystery of not knowing and understanding. It didn’t feel free. It felt like dying to myself: relinquishing  my desires, agenda, and especially my expectations, blowing away like dandelion seeds in… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – E – Enter

Enter into the Mystery E – in the A-Z of Mystery Journal To enter means: to come in or go in, to be admitted into, to make a beginning, to come upon the stage, to share in, to have an intuitive understanding, to make record of, to occupy or take possession. ~ from Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary I’ve been thinking about what it means to enter into the mystery of God. On one hand it feels a bit like free falling into the unknown, but how can I say no to drawing into more of experiencing God? Letting go… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – C – Creativity

The Mystery of Creativity “C” in A-Z of Mystery Journal Any time I get to comment, visually or in words, about Creativity it is a pleasure. The challenge is how to choose what will go on the page. There are so many wonderful quotes by inspirational people, and so much possibility. When looking up the definition, any time the word “create” was used, I referred to that definition and included some of those words to expand and clarify the definition: cre-a-tiv-i-ty – the state or quality of having the power to cause to come into being as something unique -… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – B – Beauty

The Mystery of Beauty “B” in A-Z of Mystery Journal There is no end to the mystery of beauty. It keeps us coming back for more, layers upon layers, from the beauty of a new day, and a new life, to the glory of a sunset, finishing well… I found the “B” Beauty of Mystery hard to nail down. Approaching the page, would it be best to focus on the beginning of beauty, sunrise colors, early growth, the colors of a newborn baby and a young leaf, or the complexity of something beautifully aged, in full bloom, going out with… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal “A” ~ Journaling My Word of the Year

An A-Z of Mystery – My Word of the Year When I start a journal based on a word, like the A-Z of Mystery, I look up the definition: Mys-ter-y – something difficult or impossible to understand or explain; any truth that is unknowable except by divine revelation; obscure, puzzling quality or character arousing curiosity or speculation. For each letter of the alphabet representing an aspect of mystery, I’m choosing words that can never be fully understood, expressed or experienced. There is always more, and that is one of the charms of mystery that keep us coming back. My pages… Read More