This week on Instagram I was posting pictures to guess where I would be going on my next adventure…it seems that the only people who correctly guessed were the ones I already told! Take a look at this collage of some of the pictures that I posted and see if you can find where I’ll be in the world.
If you guessed correctly, I will be going to Israel and Jordan (Indiana Jones and Petra). This has been a “bucket list” item for about forty-five years, a true heart’s desire. I’ve wanted to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, to go where He was, to experience the Holy Land and its tremendous history. I am going with a group that will be touring the sights and also following the Holy Spirit to pray for the nation and hopefully to walk in Matthew 10:8, as the Lord leads*.
Most of the time that I am doing ministry I bring along my artwork; when traveling I make postcards to give personal prayers and words of knowledge for the people I encounter. Here are a few that I’m working on before I go. I pray over the cards to be anointed for the specific person that I meet, to encourage them in God’s great love for them, and it becomes a memory of what the Lord was speaking to them. I’ve run into people that I’ve done “art” for after 25 years and they tell me how much the “words” I gave them were significant to their lives. I want those encounters to be blessed and living for each individual.
Cards in process.
Sometimes I embellish them.
(The two following are just examples to show what a finished card would look like. I may write a scripture or a personal word for a person on the back.)
One Last Thing
To encourage you, my faithful friends, I posted this on Instagram today:
(Even little ol’ me at 4 – God had me in His thoughts.)
Just imagine…you were chosen from the foundation of the world to host the presence of a holy God, to live in such a time as this, and to do incredible things!
Think big and pray bigger!
God is speaking to your heart right now about the dreams, inspiration, and callings on your life.
I realize that summer isn’t over, but with school starting next week it feels like it is coming to an end; the ending of fresh days and carefree living that summer always brings. This year we had no huge vacation plans but did little excursions and events that made it so special. The most important thing I’ve been rediscovering lately is how important family and friends are. They make our lives have tremendous purpose and meaning and without their unconditional love, we would be empty souls with no grounding.
I thought I’d share some photo tidbits of this summer and possibly inspire you to think back on these past few months and reflect on how awesome this season is.
Harvest and Outdoors
Bountiful and beautiful tomatoes Resulting in quarts of pasta sauce
Flowers everywhere. Cosmos were planted to honor my mom, who always had them in her garden.
The luxury of swimming every day. Soaking up the sun.
Decorating for the Season
Finding that special item that says it all – America, land that I love.
Finding the right spot for a new sign.
Beach themed everything.
Even my new huge mug reminds me of sailing away.
Off the subject but loved this sign:
Going to the Fair – Family Time
Tilt-a-Whirl – my kids are on it. Yikes!
My kids having more fun…gone are those days of BIG rides for me though.
The end of a very long day
Time to work on the good things of life (in progress)
It’s been a while since writing to you, but this is my attempt to summarize since posting last – more than a month ago. Sometimes in this life all of your options need to be set aside to gain perspective and restart.
I had an absolutely fabulous time in Vietnam. It was so different than I imagined and really fell in love with the country, its people, and aspects of what we experienced. If I should have the opportunity to return, I hope it will be soon. If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, I was able to post most pictures and stories of what we did there. Here is a brief gallery of some of the pictures that I took:
Opps! On the tribal meeting house pic.
When I did finally get back earlier this month, I had to have a re-evaluation of my life and goals. The basics haven’t changed, just some of my heart issues and seeking the will of God in my current circumstances. I am still living away from my real home and caring for my mother-in-law and her home out of town. I miss my kids and husband, but I see them frequently, either here or there. I have peace and I am happy everyday.
There is new direction coming and new purposes for this season, and I can’t wait to implement them. More to come on those. Here is a glimpse of what I’m working on and not nearly finished yet.
Coming soon! New attractions and old things made new…