How I Explore my Word of the Year

How I Explore my Word of the Year I had someone send me a message this week saying she didn’t have a word for the year. The process left her feeling blank, sad. In writing posts like many written at this time of year, I want to say that having a specific word is not the most important thing. I believe with all my heart that God wants a relationship with each one of us and desires to speak, listen, and help us be all we are meant to be. It may or may not be in the form of… Read More

My Word and Shape for 2016 flowing out of 2015

My Word & Shape Flowing out of 2015 Do you have a word or theme that is recurring, it keeps coming up? A word that won’t go away? One that seems highlighted? Sometimes it comes like that, over time… I’ve noticed that my word/theme of the year often starts as a seed in September rather than January, and then begins to take root in November. Maybe it is because the school year starts in September and I taught school for ten years and had children that started their new school year every fall. Whatever the reason, now that it is… Read More

SURPRISE: An Animal of the Year? Yes

SURPRISE: An Animal of the Year? Yes Already my quote of the year has been active: “Plan to be surprised.” from the movie Dan in Real Life. This week I am surprised I am sharing with you about my animal of the year instead of my word of the year. I will share the word next week – at least that is my plan ūüôā Why an animal? Sometimes I miss the obvious, and have just realized that after many unusual encounters with animals over the years, there may be seasons where God speaks to me through a particular animal… Read More

Art Reflects Life in my Word for 2015 – Again…

It’s been awhile since I’ve art journaled in my 2015 journal. Looking back at this year, two necessities stand out as key for me in this current year: be focused, and be flexible. Challenging to be both at the same time. Sometimes I’ve done well, and sometimes I’ve muddled my way through, “dropping balls” as they say, along the way. Giving grace to myself and others has become necessary in order to thrive. Being vulnerable, which is so scary for me, continues to be my biggest challenge. No wonder my prayer for that came out on a journal page: A… Read More

My Hymn Journal – for Honor and Healing

I have sweet childhood memories of my mom playing the piano, and of her, her sisters, and my grandfather singing hymns in harmony while my mom played the piano. Sometimes my grandfather would play cords on the organ or bring out his harmonica to play. I have appreciated those times to such a degree that they have been a helpful in my healing of family brokenness. In honor of my mother and the legacy of her family, I began a hymn journal that I add to every now and then. For the hymns I’ve used so far, I look for… Read More

It’s all in my Mind… Bible Art Journaling

Sometimes the battle is in my mind. Sometimes it’s making the best of a situation that hasn’t gone how I expected. All the time it is trusting God. I’ve gotten caught up in the cares of my little world and the things that have broken in the past few weeks, and then I watch the news. Yikes! I need a thinking adjustment. 4¬†Rejoice¬†in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5¬†Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. ¬†6¬†Do not worry about anything,¬† but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving¬† let your requests be… Read More

Looking Back to Move Forward

I like to move on and not look back, but sometimes looking back can be helpful in moving forward. Recently, I have been given the opportunity to do just that, look back, look forward, and re-purpose the past in a new, meaningful way. It came as a surprise in an email from a publisher asking if I would like to create a coloring book for adults. The request was prompted by the book I wrote about my personal journey, Paintings, Prayers & Passages, and the art imagery found online, especially the A-Z of Me Moleskine¬†journal. Even some of my paintings… Read More

Bible Art Journaling – The Way of the Cross

Up until now I haven’t actually painted directly in my Journaling Bible. Once again, Art is reflecting Life in the process I went through for these two pages. It begins with the process of risking, of letting go of the way I think life should look, and how I think my art should look. Notice the green mark on the left. Accidental paint splotch or the beginning of some enhancing border? We will see…. that is for a later time. If you’ve read any of my other Bible Art Journaling posts, you know word studies are meaningful to me. This… Read More

Fixing Lettering Mistakes (sigh)

After I posted my last post, my husband nicely pointed out a misspelling in it. While I was doing it, I felt very emotional, so I’m not surprised. It wasn’t the only spelling error I made while lettering that foot, but it was one I didn’t catch. It happens sometimes. But then what? Here’s the image with the mistake. Can you find it? Here’s it is circled: ¬† Sometimes I correct a spelling error using a permanent paint pen or white out pen. In this case I used gesso.¬†Here below is a photo of it after one coat of gesso.… Read More