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Spread It Thick

spread kindness, light, love

Light and love.  Spread that stuff thick.  Like peanut butter.  That has become my mantra for this year.   And I thought I was going to focus on either “enough” or “surrender”.  God is so funny like that!

I just finished this art for this little week long series on houses.  I sketched it last fall, but then it just sat there, no color, no words.  Bleh.  So I painted it, as bright as I could.  I added all the flowers, and the birds, and the little doodad details.  And then I saw something about spread love everywhere on Pinterest–and I thought of this little drawing.  Of a village.  With variety.  A place with a lot of understanding, trust, big and little things, knowledge, treasures.  Light.  and Love.  And Kindness.  You know–knowledge, understanding, all that jazz.  🙂

This is what I want my world to look like I decided.  Happiness and love bouncing around.  Closeness.  Joy, even amongst the hills and valleys.  A place where there are similarities, but no cookie cutters.  A place where kindness, light and love are spread THICK, or at least where I can spread it thickly.

Now, in this little piece, I can kind of see Greenfield, Iowa where I was born and where my parents live again.  Hmmm.  And my aunt made a keen observation–maybe I long for a 3 story house with an art studio on the top level lined with windows so I can see out on all God’s love and light.  Hmmm.  Perhaps someday.

Learned a lot about myself this week.  Did you learn anything?

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Little or Big Things

enjoy the little things

This quote by Robert Brault is so true.

More tall houses,  more shutters, more hearts.  Hmmm, either this is what I want or I just like to draw them this way!  I originally did this on a huge canvas for a client, and it was a little different.  Then another client saw it and asked for it, so now I have a version for prints.

I am trying to focus a little more on my family–I am learning how to balance my art/work/teaching with my peeps.  It can be hard when my studio is right here in the house to delineate work time and home time–especially when they can’t tell if I am playing and relaxing or working.

So this weekend, I did skipped my work.  I fell behind on some projects.  Because I spent time with my kids and husband and a dear friend.  But THEY are the BIG things–taking Tanner sledding this week, taking Annika to the movies and going to her games, doing a craft project and going shopping for new “mature tween” clothes with Phoebe.  Baking with them, playing Clue, helping Tanner find the floor in his bedroom, hanging out with Jeff, wine and dinner with a friend with lots of catching up.  All of those seem like little things.  But the kids, especially, will remember them.  And more importantly these things build the relationships that are the biggest  and most important treasure of all.

All part of the knowledge and trust right?  I want my loved ones to trust me the way I know I can trust in God. I want them to know I will be there for them when they need me in good and bad.  That I will love them unfailingly.  That I want to be near them.  That I know them, and love them for who they are.  That I consider them the treasure in my life.

How about you?  Which big and little things are you focusing on?

 

 

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Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge Build a Home

by wisdom house is built

Isn’t that a great verse?  I love Proverbs, so many little nuggets of awesome-ness.  So here is how I interpret this one:

Wisdom builds a house–wisdom to know God and follow a life that honors Him and His commands–which are to love Him and love others.  Any time I hear of a broken home there was somebody that did something stupid and that didn’t trust God.  Yep.  Easy to do, but always a crappy consequence.

Understanding keeps that house–understanding the above wisdom keeps us on track!  Understanding establishes a strong foundation.

Knowledge–the knowledge to seek wisdom and understanding.  AND the knowledge of what those rare and beautiful treasures are–and it is not some fancy schmancy doodad you picked up at the mall, or a Sotheby’s auction, or wherever.  OH no.  These are treasures of far greater worth–ones that out last anything earthly–love, acceptance, respect, honor, freedom, trust, hope, legacy, the things we truly crave.  See the symbols I put in the windows of the house, to me they symbolize all of those things.

What do you think?  How would you interpret this one?  What would your symbols be?

 

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Trust Builds a Home

everyone who honors your name

I do love to draw a tall house!  I have enough to last all week!  I kind of go in spurts of drawing them, so there are always more.

Anyhoo–back to our topic on homes this week–I think we will look at what it takes to build a home that serves God.

I am thinking this verse is the first step in making a home of light and love that serves all people for God. Going to the big guy first.  Depending on Him.  Trusting Him.  Because He makes it easy after that!

Like how I spelled faithful wrong?  Maybe I did that on purpose subliminally.  🙂  Because I love the thought that we are, and He is, faith FULL when we trust and depend on Christ.  Especially when we COMPLETELY TRUST.    There is a difference between just trusting and completely trusting and realizing we cannot do it without God.  I have realized that in the last few years.  I am trusting completely, and I can feel a difference.

I want my trust to be like that overflowing cup verse, or a home overflowing with love.  A home so full of faith and love and trust that it puffs out the chimney.  That the shutters are thrown wide.  So full that you welcome people in those open windows and doors.  So full you trust God to keep you safe and want to stand on a tall rooftop or climb a tree to honor Him.

Our homes can be, and should be, filled with TRUST.  And He will honor that trust always.

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Home

me and my house

Home is such an important place isn’t it?  It is supposed to be a place of shelter, a place of acceptance, a place of comfort, a place of joy.  I have been blessed to always  live in a home that had all of those things.  But not everyone is that lucky.  But hopefully they are invited in to a home at some point that has those.

My hope is that our house serves God and it is a place of shelter, acceptance, comfort and joy for His babies–which is every one, all people.  I pray that anyone who walks through our door feels the light and the love.  That they see love spilling out the windows and puffing out the chimney.

If you ask Jeff, I invite in too many people (ask him about the woman who broke out her violin and played in our living room spontaneously–he thought that was strange and has never let me live that one down).  But all people need a home for a season, even if that season is only for an impromptu concert.  I always liked that story, because obviously she felt comfortable with me, even though I admit it made me uncomfortable at first.  But I saw it as a learning moment.  And sometimes, that is what serving is all about.  Being open to learning and letting other people be open to it as well.  Because…that is another piece of the home equation that I forgot above.  It is a place of learning.

So this week I am going to focus on learning about home and what that means.  Can’t wait to have you join me and give your two cents this week.  🙂

 

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