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.
The Heavens are open to hear your prayers. The Lord desires your heart and is waiting for you to draw near to Him. Unimaginable resource is available to you right now to answer the desires of your heart. There is no question that God is calling you into an encounter with Him. Are you willing? Do you desire something new in your life? Are you needing answers to impossible situations and relationships? Are you desperate for the provision from Heaven to abundantly supply your financial needs? There is only one tangible answer to all of these questions…Seek first the Kingdom of God!
You say that’s too simple. I say it’s the only way. I have always thought that I was following after God and all His righteousness, though in recent days His Presence had faded and His voice not as clear. I imagined I was right with God, His grace had seen me through some difficult times, and I never stopped loving Him…but I knew my passion and my life with Him was not what it used to be.
So I made a decision to stop everything I was doing and began to seek Him first. Everything is a step of faith and I didn’t feel much different at first, but as I continued to read more of the Word, find time to sit at His feet, and to spend time worshiping Him, He began to draw closer to me. I had to still press in. His voice in my spirit was clearer and His presence was tangible. Then things began to change. Noticibly my blogs which had 10-12 new followers a week jumped to 1,900 in two weeks! My desire to meet and make new friends exploded exponentially, I was even able to join a community of believers that I’d prayed for 20 years to be part of. My thinking became clearer with new ideas and creative thoughts, even opening my imagination to new ways of seeing things. I have new strength and vitality. All aspects of my life are changing; body, soul, and spirit. It is so amazing! God does give you all when you seek Him.
Try believing the Lord at His Word, seek Him with all your heart! Believe!
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).
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!)
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 .