I've always wanted to work on creative projects from home. Many days as I was petting Harvey getting ready to leave for work, I'd sometimes joyfully, but mostly disappointed that I had to leave, say "Thank you God that one day soon I'll be working on creative projects from home with Harvey at my feet." This dream is coming to fruition. Speak your dreams out loud & bless them~
This year before Christmas my awesome, "Martha-Stewart-Watch-Out" sister Lynne gave everyone in the family gingerbread cookies to decorate as their favorite holiday 'characters'. I knew I wanted to decorate my cookie as Jesus; the true meaning of the season. I ended up decorating it like Jesus as a baby, all swaddled up. (My husband decorated his as Jesus on the cross thinking "Merry Christmas"...together, our cookies made a GREAT artistic impact..!) The thing is, the cookie served as a very meaningful meditation for me as I looked at the precious baby face and thought about the power & irony & meaning of God Himself choosing to come be with us in human form...I was inspired to draw the picture on the left which I titled, "The True Heart of Christmas"...Immanuel - God with us. What is your meditation as the new year approaches?
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Those of you who've met me know I LOVE JOYCE MEYER! I honestly think of her like a big sister, or mom & mentor. The way she teaches from the Bible is sooooooooooo practical~! And I love it because she's not all smooshy-gooshy, sweet, gentle woman...she's more like a fireball who readily admits her faults & shortcomings. "I Dare You" is one of my favorite books by her. I refer back to it often for quick doses of inspiration. If you're looking for a 'get off your butt & start living your dreams' kind of book for 2013, this'll challenge you! Plus, if you click on the link to the left and buy it, I get a little bit from it (no xtra charge to you)...which in helping you live your dreams, will help me live my dreams...ah, the circle of life! *Random thought: does anyone want to start a Joyce Meyer book club?
Sometimes I've felt I'm too clean for the dirty and too dirty for the clean. I've struggled with where a creative soul like myself fits into the churchly scheme of things. This morning as I was wrestling with how this blog was going to fit into the Christ-following & creative sides of me, this message was delivered to me. "Christ can not be boxed in by christianity." Thoughts?