January 19 2017

New Year 2017

New Year Goals and Plans

January is already half over and I am just beginning to set my goals and purposes for the year.  The holidays were too busy to even bother with what might happen for an entirely new season.  I had to pray!!! My heart was desiring something new (2017), without the complications and constant interruptions of what life has been like for almost two years.  My focus of the year is destiny; what it will look like, how the Spirit will lead me in it, what can I do to help it happen, and renewing my mind and ideas to a “new” thing so I can walk in what I know.

Usually, I start out with my annual “Vision” board full of ideas and themes.  This year I did a small mixed-media painting with basic dreams and inspiration. (See last year’s board below).

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I have high hopes and expectations for this new year.

What is the one word that will keep you inspired and focused these coming days.  I choose one theme word every year like joy, or grace, love, worship, etc. and this year it is the word DARE.  Part of my personality to be pushing through, taking more than risks, and finding freedom in stepping out into the unknown with determination.  I started a new journal for 2017 and one of the first pages I doodled my theme word.

(It reminds my of Brene Brown’s book titled Daring Greatly – excellent read!)

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Bullet Journaling

Something new in my life is bullet journaling.  I’ve journaled most of my life and it has been a wonderful blessing since I can recall all the Lord has spoken to me and seeing my family and me grow in amazing ways!  I love to write!

In journaling though, I was frustrated at times because I had to keep a separate calendar, to-do lists, schedules, and my journaling.  I wanted it to be combined so I could journal thoughts, action plans, quotes, and so much more.  I know I usually come to the party late (meaning I don’t catch on to the latest fad when it starts, but discover things as I go),  and recently I found what I was looking for….Bullet Journaling!

At first it seemed too complex and structured (which I’m normally not) but it kept coming back to me like a boomerang.  People were blogging about it, tons of pins on Pinterest, Youtube videos – literally it was chasing me.  Finally, I looked deeper and I was intrigued by the all-in-one aspect of its purpose.  Going to the website of the originator of Bullet Journaling (bulletjournal.com, click the watch the video button) I wanted to see what birthed this concept.  In watching the video it made me more convinced that I didn’t need that kind of structure in my life, it was so complicated to my way of doing things and said, “I’d never!”  Not one to give up, I kept going in my attempt to understand and watched Kara of Boho Berry’s video: https://youtu.be/QD08sNRQkpk and found a more creative side to all this hubbub, then there is the man’s perspective:  A Dude’s Bullet Journal Walkthrough…Matthew Kent: https://youtu.be/k8tyB7RS284.

You can see Kara’s transition through many months including her second bullet journal, (her life culture is different, but I’m looking at the concept behind the focus re: bullet journaling), and I finally said, “I can do that!”

Not wanting to spend all the money for the supplies that are recommended, especially if I got bored with it, and found out it was more work than I had time for.  So I began by using things I already had (Thanks, Dave Ramsey!).  – a mixed-media art journal with only 60 pages, something limited so I could stick it out to the end (the  paper in this book is heavy enough to stand up to ink bleeds and paint), my favorite pen: Uniball Signo 207 Bold, watercolor paints, stencils, and stamps (so far).  I really am working on my handwriting again, I used to do lots of calligraphy but lost my touch from lack of use, so I get to practice all over again.

Here are a few pages that I have done so far and I’m loving every minute of entries (some pages are edited due to personal information, but you’ll get the content:

This is my old style journaling, with just tidbits of color and just regular journal entries.

 

Sorry, I over edited this page and a cloud screened most of it dark.

January calendar and tasks for the month, Yearly Goals (though it will get longer)!

Three days this week.

I have so many things I want to do in this journal and can’t wait to fill it all in.  Meeting my goals and tasks everyday is really helping me to stay on track and be successful.  I am so happy!!!!  Being accomplished and productive is really healing and inspiring….especially to have more vision and purpose.

Be sure to watch the mentioned videos and know that you don’t have to be perfect, just love what you do .

December 31 2016

The Best of 2016

This year was like no other in my entire life.  There was wonder, joy, fascinating things and experiences, sadness (at losing family and friends), stress and exhaustion, and a mighty abundance of grace to live through it all.  I wanted to share with you the best of my blogs and life for this year.

Goals and Dreams

I kept my focus, though the many interruptions of every day life came frequently.

Updates and Remodels, Fixer Uppers and Recycling

First came the fence, then the Studio, the “she” shed, and finally the house got painted

My next project will be the landscaping

Family 

ART

This year I created on purpose, even starting to teach mixed-media classes, crafty ornaments, and entered an event show.

Favorite Sayings and Quotes (for now)

Goodbye 2016 – Hello 2017

May the new year bring you prosperity, peace, new adventures, provision, renewed health, new faith, abundance, more and deeper relationships, and a greater outpouring of God’s love.

 

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October 28 2016

October 31 – All Hallows Eve Rant

Halloween

Many of our holiday traditions have ancient origins, none more so than Halloween.  Over the centuries the original intent and practice of this specific day  is rooted in superstition, lack of knowledge, tradition (see brief history below), and part of the symbolism of ancient religions.  Halloween for modern day Christians tends to be put in the category of ungodly pagan beliefs that have no place in the holy righteousness, and purity of God.  I am no scholar and don’t even pretend to know what God thinks of this specific day, but if we were to single out Halloween as evil and no place in the Kingdom, then we also need to look at our traditional Christmas and Easter celebrations.

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My Halloween/Fall decorated dining room

I remember in my early days as a Christian, there were so many scare tactics about celebrating any holidays that weren’t patriotic (ie. 4th of July) or Thanksgiving, as opening ourselves up to the devil.  We really didn’t celebrate the three main holidays – Easter, Halloween, or Christmas, except for the family meals.  Therefore, there was no Christmas tree, no Easter egg hunts, and definitely no dressing up and collecting candy for Halloween.  Our alternative to Halloween were “Harvest Parties” in which you could dress up as Pilgrims, or farmers, or country folk and it was filled with games and candy, but you most definitely didn’t stay home and pass out candy, maybe gospel tracts.

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My Halloween Tree

As my children got older they definitely thought that was all totally lame and begged us to go out trick or treating.  Were we afraid what others would think, and receive condemnation from our good Christian friends, and would we offend God, who would witness our compromise, if we let them have fun?  We love our children and didn’t want to be bad parents or poor role models, but we had to decide which was more important; showing the love and fearlessness of faith believing that our children would not get slimed by the enemy, or walking in the fearful superstition that the enemy has power to influence our children…after all, we have to live in this world and not be part of it.  Look I know it is still a big topic in many Christian hearts, but we did finally let go.

The results of that were so beneficial, because of the extended grace we began to have for all kinds of situations and people.  The superstitious fear began to have no effect and God’s grace began to work in a very big way in our lives.  Did we get some backlash and condemnation? Yes.  Were we called carnal?  Yes.  Did we see great fruit of loving our children and extending love to their unbelieving friends? Yes!  The Bible  says, “Your personal convictions- exercise them as in God’s presence keeping them to yourself [striving only to know the truth and obey His will]. Blessed and happy is he who has no condemnation or judgement by what he chooses to do.” Romans 14:22  

Do I think that everyone should come to the same conclusions as we did, absolutely not, we have to have faith for what we believe.  I still remember a family who loved the Star Wars movies when they came out in the 70’s, but were offended by Princess Leia’s skimpy outfit in the first episode.  They would hide their boy’s eyes at that part and cut out all the pictures of her in the books they bought for them.  A little extreme.  Or other families that forbid their kids from having the action figures, I guess they considered them inappropriate spiritually…but are their kids serving God today?…just saying…the control of fear that they demonstrated turned their children’s hearts, believing that God was mean and didn’t care.

Now, we hand out candy joyfully with much prayer for God’s grace to reach the children’s hearts and lives, to know the true Father and His never ending love.

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Yoda on my Halloween tree because….

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My granddaughter dressed up like Yoda to go trick or treating, Love you Peyton and your stick light saber!

HAPPY  HALLOWEEN

The History Channel : Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

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