Sunrise and Sunset Mixed Media Portraits

Life fills with new beginnings and contemplative endings!

Sunrise and Sunset visualize those seasons of life when we explore and when we settle.

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The Steady

It’s the steady that gets things done!

Not the rush nor the worry, not even the want.

It’s the set your face like flint, put your shoulder into it, press forward slowly, but surely, kind of tenacity that tackles the towering tasks. READ THE ENTIRE POST…

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Moments of Clarity

Some of the greatest blessings one can receive in a lifetime are moments of clarity.

Those serendipitous seconds when heaven shines a beam of light in the form of illuminated understanding—a perspective that cuts through the quagmire of confusion, ambition, and ego.

All of a sudden, truth slices through the script we’ve been reciting, perseverating, that which takes us around and around in circles of the soul. The moment of clarity comes and the script rips and falls to the floor. READ THE ENTIRE POST…

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Oh Holy Night

While bustling about, I look over at the wooden nativity my sister hand crafted…

and I remember the greatest gift of all.

He came to live among us so we might live forever, I ponder in the silence.

“This is what it’s all about,” I sigh, as the meaning of Christmas washes me clean.

Sure, I love to adorn my home, shop for just the right gifts for those I love, and feast with family and friends. These are all precious treasures I’m grateful for during the holiday season, but all pale in comparison to that one holy night!

In the stillness, thankfulness wells up within when I remember how his death tore the veil in the temple so we could enter the presence of the Most Holy God. When I remember how His resurrection gives this life purpose and the next promise…all because of that one holy night.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year!

*A special thanks to Ashley Southworth for the silhouette nativity!

*The Image of Christ, by Morgan Weistling

 

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Carving a New Identity

Life is full of transitions!

From child to young adult. From mother to empty nester. From full-time employee to retiree. With each new passage, some of what we used to do and who we used to be becomes obsolete.

Transitions often require us to carve out a new identity, which can cause consternation and confusion. READ THE ENTIRE POST…

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Returning to your Place of Peace

One of the greatest challenges for the artistic soul is to sequester time!

Too many commitments crowd the margins of one’s life, spilling unrest into much-needed spaces.

Before you know it, quiet mornings usually spent painting or writing now churn with anxious thoughts. You stop prioritizing what you want to do and get caught up working hard to check off items on other people’s agendas.  Eventually, you find yourself wondering: When did creativity grow wings and fly so far away from me?

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Competing Priorities

Not every window of opportunity is worth flying through!

Often when the world seems right for you to press forward with your dreams, enticing winds of change swirl and snap open windows of possibility. Creative feathers have grown into wings able to provide lift off, making it difficult to turn down invitations.

So, you find yourself tantalized with choices—all of which seem like the right direction. Your task is to decide which window to fly through. READ THE ENTIRE POST…

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