Wow Mondays come fast! I am glad you are back..or welcome if you are here for the first time.
Just to quickly recap, I am blogging/encouraging/challenging and inspiring you to get out my book "Faith Journaling For The Inspired Artist" and not only read it, but USE IT. If you don't have my book, we won't make this awkward. You don't have to tell me that you don't have it, you can just go right here and order it and I will never know that you didn't have a copy.
Okay, so this past weekend I was a guest speaker and workshop teacher at the Creative Spaces Women's Retreat in Bolder Creek, CA. As I sat and talked to women about my book, I felt my purpose start to rise as I challenged a few of the women who mentioned that they would start Bible Journaling/Hand Lettering/Documenting their faith when they have the "right supplies." In fact, one women said " I told my mom I need a light box and as soon as I get one, I will be able to start."
"Start What?" I asked.
Ut oh. They didn't know me yet...and I might have stuck my foot in my mouth a little, but I said (in a super nice way) "You know that is just an excuse NOT to start, right?" and I continued on with "and the only reason I can say or know that is because I am a professional wall builder" What I mean is that I often put up barriers (walls) between myself and what I want to do because I tell myself lies (that, by the way, I tell myself!) I spoke about it in my interview with Emily Thomas on the Mom Struggling Well Podcast last week.
I am NOT someone that likes to debate and will never force my opinions or beliefs on anyone BUT because I spent most of my teenage/young adult and now super wise and witty 40's building walls, procrastinating, making excuses and being afraid of things, when I hear and see myself in people who are talking with me about being or not being creative, I perk up a bit and rise to the occasion to encourage, inspire and remind them of things they might already know, just forgot to remember....or even more important, ask them the question "Who Told You That?"
Last week, as I prayed and prepared for what I was going to speak about, God interrupted me with this:
So with that in mind, we might have to go back a bit and remind ourselves of the permission slip on page 7. If you have already signed it, go ahead and reread it. If you haven't yet put the pen down to sign it, it is time.
Now I am going to be the boss of you and suggest these things to do:
- Turn to page 32 -33 and remind yourself that YOU are one of a kind and no one else IN THE ENTIRE WORLD can create just like you.
- Turn to page 36 and read the paragraph right above the quote " Nothing made by hand is perfect"
- Lastly, turn to page 108 and take some time to just read about documenting your faith. If something jumps out at you, grab a highlighter and highlight it or practice your doodling by drawing a bow around the words or phrases you want to remember.