I am really starting to suck at blog posting and for that I am sorry. I am at the point where I can't remember what I have shared with you and what I haven't and I am not sure if that is a good thing or not. While somethings are worth repeating, I do not want to bore you with the same ol' some ol.'
Looking back, I do owe you a part two on the Illustrated Faith Retreat so I will start there. This..is the tree house and it really was cool, and huge, and had doors and windows EVERYWHERE.
There is one thing (well, actually a few things) that I know for sure and that is I am not afraid to show up to teach and share at retreats not knowing anyone because of the plain and simple fact that I know we already have something in common, our love for creating. When you add in faith, well, shoot, need I say more? And let me remind you that we all do not have the same beliefs, we do not all share in the same understanding, some of us have walked with Jesus for 40 years, some of us for 40 minutes and we are all in different seasons of our life.
It is okay, in fact it is just the way it is supposed to be.
We are all individuals, one of a kind, we all create differently, all come from different walks of life, all have baggage, junk and troubles, but the thing is, we show up, we don't judge, we listen, support, eat, laugh, pray and create, and eat.
All of the ladies started filtering in about 4 and by dinner time, we were sitting around the table CRACKING UP like we had known each other for years.
We went for little walks up dead-end streets (because I said, "hey, let's go this way!)
and we sat on the deck just absorbing all of the sounds and the 500 shades of green. I even caught myself taking pictures of moss. When you are open and connected you start to identify that there is truly beauty everywhere.
Right there is when you just know. I have felt that same bond at other retreats and the reason that I LOVE to teach at retreats. I mean, I love teaching in stores as well, but there is something about waking up and going to sleep together, sharing meals together and cracking up so hard that you cry, feeling just perfectly comfortable with each other to wear jammie pants and hoodies, to go to bed early (me) or stay up creating until all hours and best of all, knowing that you are in a loving, caring and most importantly a safe and sacred environment.
Yes, it is about faith and art but even better, about connecting and community. Something we DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH OF..can I get an amen. It is crazy great how God puts just the right people in each others journey just at the right time.
and then there is Shanna. (which by the way is pronounced SHAWN-NUH not SHAN-NAH even though I still say it wrong 99 percent of the time) Although she and I had several conversations since last August, we had never met in real life but from the very first moment that we met, it was like we had been friends forever.
If you do not know her, you should. She is sweet composed, transparent, authentic and such an amazing example of humble, oh and she put on a super awesome and perfect retreat. A total pro at it. As I went to bed the first night I thought about how she is so soft spoken, graceful and calm (which is pretty completely opposite from me ) and by the second night, after a few specific moments of connection with a few of the ladies, I realized that we completely balanced each other out and make a pretty good dang team if I do say so myself. I am so grateful that she chose me to teach and I am so excited for what God is doing in her life that she can in turn share with all of us through Illustrated Faith.
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