Bravest Thing

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This piece is a little different from what I usually post.  I make more collage pieces, but they tend to be more personal in nature, so they don’t make it onto the blog.  And they tend to be messy on the paper as well as emotionally messy.  But this one is different.  I had fun collaging bits from my desk that are part of my story:  stamps (travel, writing), hearts/love, growth, circles and cycles, birds, measurement, music, a J for Jeff–and then a random goldfish, just because I liked it.  🙂

But it is the quote that really spoke to me and that made me want to share this piece.  I am pretty open about my fight with depression these days, but I wasn’t always.  And fighting through the process to healing was definitely the hardest and bravest thing I did do.  And coming out on the other side loving myself, giving myself grace.

I did a presentation at a MOPS group a few weeks ago.  I was supposed to be talking about faith art journaling, and I did, but what I ended up emphasizing was owning my story and the process that brought me to healing and the part art played in it.  I think the coordinator was disappointed–she wanted more of an art lesson.  But I had three women come up to thank me for sharing.  They felt like they had heard their own stories, diagnoses, and felt they weren’t alone as I spoke.  God sent me to them that day.  God knew I needed to own my story and be brave about it to help those other women.  It was worth it.

Love your self today enough to be brave today and own your story.  You never know where it will take you.

Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

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2 Responses to Bravest Thing

  1. Lisa Shireman November 12, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    I have had a long battle with depression and anxiety, too. Paper crafting has been such good therapy for me. I love stamping and card making. I just recently bought a Journaling Bible. I like that it is drawing me back to reading the Bible. I don’t have the focus to read chapters and books. But with Bible Journaling, I can focus on one verse or paragraph. I can use the supplies I already have, too! Thanks for being so open and for sharing here on your blog.

  2. Nicole Plymesser Nelson November 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    That is what it is all about Lisa! Have you checked out the Bible study that I illustrate and post faith art journaling tutorials for? The link for Bible Stories from the Heart is in my side bar. You should check it out. Thank you so much for commenting–it helps to know that sharing my story is supporting others!

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