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Shoot for the Moon

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Here is another one of those future quotes–I love that it is about light…I am pretty sure that Les Brown was not talking about the light of God, but for me that is what I am focusing on.  So there you go.

As Christians we want to live up to Christ’s commands and a purer life.  We know what is right.  We know we should reach for higher standards.  Shoot for the moon per se.

But we are human…God knows it, He expects it.  So the truth is that we will never attain that PURE life.  Except when we reach heaven and our souls are made new in Christ.  We will join all the other shiny , newly clean souls –I like to visualize it as we are all little glowing stars orbiting the greatest light of all.

I plan to be one of those stars–awesome.  fabulous.  plan accomplished.  I hope you are one, too.

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New Shapes in Different Seasons

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The quote is by David Whyte–sorry they keep getting covered…a lot of my art this winter used up every square inch of the paper.  I seemed to go outside the edges constantly.  As if I couldn’t contain my thoughts.  This tree isn’t one of my favorites, but I like the sky–and the quote.

We never know what shape is inside us, not really, do we?  I can spread my branches as wide as I want growing and reaching.  And sometimes they get broken off.  And sometimes, that’s ok.

I have realized something about myself the past six months.  I thought I had a good shape for my career plan.  I like speaking to large groups, but I discovered, I prefer them to be small children.  🙂  I like teaching, but the weekends and nights are adding a lot of stress and chaos to a family that already has enough.  And really–I am not a chaos kind of girl.  I like routines.  Like blogging and art journaling.  That routine brings me a lot of peace–and that carries into my day and how I interact with my family.

So I need to rethink my shapes and branches to what really works in THIS season of life.  Have you ever felt like that?  God may have plans for us, we may have capabilities.  But there are definite seasons for when they should be used, or should wait.

The wonderful thing is that God planted talents inside our seeds knowing those seasons would come.  He understood when He designed each of us what shapes and branches would happen.  But He understood some seasons would be beautiful growing weather, and others would have storms and droughts.  We just have to trust that He will reveal to us what shapes.  And remember that He trusts us to LEARN from the growth and the storms.

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I am a mess…

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I love Elizabeth Gilbert.  Her new book, Big Magic, is fabulous.  I actually listened to it with Emily at Little Pastiche Art Studio.  So many truths about being creative and living in that realm–because it is just a little different.  We all know it.  Creatives have that reputation.

I am a hot mess a lot of the time.  I really need a routine that I can follow. But my life is not a routine.  It is far from it.  Jeff’s job, my jobs, homeschooling, volunteering, kid/ sports /activities–very little of it is routine.  And I mess it up REGULARLY.  In spectacular ways.  Big fireworks ways.  And I take those closest to me along for the explosion.    The part of me that wants to over achieve, get it right all the time, be superwoman, best sports/dance mom ever falls short and frustrates me.  And I feel guilty.  And then I get mad at myself, and others think I am mad at them (well, maybe I am sometimes).  Although I am trying not to do that as often.  I am trying to clean up some of my mess.

But I am also trying to embrace the glorious mess that I am.  It is what makes me, me, after all.  I am not going to get it right all the time.  I AM a creative.  I am human.  We are busy and running in all directions.  I have dear friends and family who are willing to accept my glorious mess, it is time for me to do so as well.

 

 

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Little or Big Things

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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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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.

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Far Better Up Ahead

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One more Lewis.

The best part of being a Christian is knowing that better things are ahead.  We are promised the greatest reward out there:  eternal life with Jesus in the best place ever in complete joy without any suffering at all.

Super awesome.

As long as we stay focused on that far into the future, we can’t go wrong.  Things will happen here on Earth that are going to bring us pain and struggles, but we will leave all of them behind.  Just drop them and go.

Why not do it now?  Why worry?  Live life.  Yearn for better things.

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Life is to Live

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There you go.  Not going to say too much more. Only this:  I encourage you to go out and live it today.  Make some experiences rather than just think about them or worry about them or plan them.  Live it.

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Our Heart Yearns

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C.S. Lewis was a wise man, from as far as I can gather.  He at least has some really good quotes!  I have three to share with you this week.

I love the word YEARNS, and it is a word that we just don’t hear anymore–

  • have an intense feeling of longing for something, typically something that one has lost or been separated from.
  • be filled with compassion or warm feeling.
    synonyms are:  long for, pine for, crave, desire, want, wish for, hanker for, covet, lust after/for, pant for, hunger for, burn for, thirst for, ache for, eat one’s heart out for, have one’s heart set on

And it carries so much meaning!  We do yearn for heaven.  We don’t just want it, we search for it with intensity.  So many people are searching for that one thing that will bring them joy–and when we do finally surrender to Christ and feel that joy–we understand.  As Lewis says, Earth cannot supply it.  Only Heaven.

I am so glad we have found Heaven and joy.

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Affect the Day

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Let’s go out and affect this day!  We can make the quality of it high–we can make it better, make it glorious, make it filled with love.  This is what we are called to do.

We cannot change other people’s reactions, attitudes, and behaviors–but we can affect them.  By being positive role models, by being cheerful, by sharing unconditional love.

There is no reason to worry–what will be will be.  We are provided for in huge ways.  We are going to encounter struggles, but how we deal with them is what is really going to make the difference.  We can sit and stew on them and ruin the moment that is right now, we can miss the beauty of the moment of right now and the wondrous things God is currently doing.  Or we can rise to the moment and enjoy it in all of its splendor.

We have been given Today.  We must make it the best possible we can in gratitude to God for giving it to us.

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Become Better

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Become Better by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

I haven’t shared a C. Joybelle C. quote in a long time.  She does have sooo many.

See the hope associated with this one?  The ability to RISE above.  To BECOME more and better.  To let go of past hurts, and past positives to be honest.

Because, sometimes, the good things that have happened can hold us back just as much as the bad!  I know there have been times that I thought I was as good as or better (read superior) than someone due to my education/grades/honors, my home state (Ok…still feel this way about Iowa, sorry), my Christianity. EW.  Did I just admit that?  I wanted to go around bragging about my “wonderful” history.  All the good stuff.  Well, you know what?  I needed to get over myself.  We all have good stuff we all have bad stuff.

And the reality is:  NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT MOST OF IT.  And to be completely honest…most of the time, most people DO NOT CARE.

They see what is right in front of them at that very moment.  That is what they will form opinions about.

Our goal needs to be to ALWAYS do better, and to do it in humility.

Butterflies don’t run around showing off.  They just ARE.

In the moment.

Above the noise.

On hope.

With sighs of the Spirit.

That’s where I want to rise to.  How about you?

 

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Stubborn Streak

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Stubborn Streak by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

If you ask my parents this has been my mantra since I was born.  Truly.  Apparently I was one of the most stubborn children ever.

But, it got me ready for adulthood and seems to be working now.  🙂  And actually it has made me a strong, stubborn Christian.

I have been reading the posts this week right along with you.  I wrote them a week in advance as usual, but every morning I am reading them to remind me, to bring me confidence this week while I make lots of business-y decisions.  And this is helping me remember no one can stop me but me right now:

Romans 8:30-31

30 …and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. 31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?…

Repeat this with me, out loud!:

If God is for this:  He will not stop me in this ministry.  Only I can stop me.  Only I can give in to satan, other worldly desires, or pull myself off track.  Only I can give in to other people’s expectations or negativity.

God is for me.  He has given me permission to do what He has predestined and called.  He will freely glorify me and give me all the riches in heaven I need.  He does not give earthly things but those of the heart–strength, patience, love, hope, peace, eternal life.  He freely fills my bucket from a never ending well.

No one can let me or stop me with my God by my side.  I will be stubborn about this!

AMEN!

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Reach into the Well

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Reach for the Stars by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

I have ALWAYS dreamed of being published.  Of selling my artwork.  This week the Etsy store reached a milestone:  1000 prints sold and 300 orders.  I am in awe.  I am blessed by all who have supported that little corner of the internet.  I am silly giddy that most of those are Bible related pieces encouraging other’s faith!  God is so good!

He creates each of us with this well deep inside us.  It is filled with strength, patience, and passion:  in the Bible He calls it a spiritual gift.  We all have a well with a different gift.  But He really does fill each well with those same things.

BUT

Any well can just sit there.  Be full.  It takes a person to dip the bucket in.  It takes a person to make use of that well.  Or it will sit and go stagnant.  We must reach down in deep, fill that bucket, and hand over hand, pull it OUT.  And when you get that bucket you will be amazed at what you see:  the reflection will shine with eyes full of stars, a heart full of love, and joy beyond reason.

That is the confidence I feel as I have pulled my bucket out of the well recently.  And I LOVE knowing that God is filling my thirst for His living water in that bucket–the thirst for His strength, His patience, His passion.  That is so quenching, yet you can never get enough.  So I will keep putting my bucket back in and drawing out more–never ending.

What a blessing to be confident in that well–that we can reach in and find the stars!

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Listen to something new

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This is some of the best piano music I have found in a long time!  Absolutely inspiring click the links below to go to YouTube and listen:

Paul Cardall New Life, “Letting Go”*

David Ketchum “MGNT Kids Remix” you can listen here. **

(* He composed the music to go with several Richard Paul Evans books and an album of hymns.)

(**The original song is good, but a bit scary. But as a piano piece it was fabulous.  The rest of the album is good and interesting also.  I always like being introduced to something new.)

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Miracles of Great Love

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Great Love Miracles by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

One quick reminder!  Have you been to Bible Stories from the Heart Bible study of Exodus?  At least check out the website and facebook page please!  I am going to be creating different art for over there and tutorials on how I create them.  Abbie and Leslie have all sorts of plans to help us go deeper in study and share with people from all over, in our own time.  The link is in the sidebar as well.  It is definitely a small piece leading to a great thing and I would love to share it with you!  🙂

I have had some long posts this week, so I will try to keep  it short today.

Miracles:  God is awfully good at them, isn’t He?  When I think about that series of small stuff, I see miracles of His love throughout.  His love is so incredibly great, He really was with me all along working his miracles each day.

Miracles don’t have to be HUGE things.  Sometimes a miracle is just that overwhelming feeling of being alive.  Of being so insanely loved and pursued by Christ.  Of the knowledge that God created everything around us.  Of the miracle that Christ died for us, that grace is available every moment.

That is a great love.  That is a great miracle.

Don’t you think so?

Look for little miracles of great love today.  Your turn to write–leave me some comments!  Tell me about the great love you encounter. , of the miracles in your everyday.  I can’t wait to share in your miracles.

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Beyond Awesome

Did you watch the clip yesterday?  Here is another bit from Rhino:

I love him and his confidence!  Anytime the kids watch this movie we tell each other that we are be-awesome for days.  I want to instill that kind of confidence in my kids–that they aren’t just good, or awesome, but beyond awesome.  Because that is how God created them.

I am feeling pretty awesome these days.  I didn’t always.  That crazy/perfectionist/depressed side of me never thought anything was good enough.  But I am changing my ways.  And ya’ll are helping me by just being here.

You ask,” How do you keep up?  Get all that painting and writing done?” (Which in Rhino’s world would translate, “How are you so awesome?”  Well, let me show you…found this on Pinterest and had to paint it:

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Art before Housework by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

That is how!  Totally true.  But the best part, is now I can say it is for “business”.  HA! Beyond awesome.  (See?  Answering the knock to use my gifts is paying off!) Honestly, I could be doing dishes right this moment or organizing my mail.  But, I would rather paint.  I would.  So, I do.  The dishes will get done at some point, we haven’t run out for a meal yet.

And then when I let myself paint, I have a tendency to “get in the zone” or let my “mojo” take over, I lose consciousness of time and space.  I know where my kids are, but two hours feels like five minutes when I am doing this:

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More wise words from another favorite artist.  When I am answering the knock, letting God work through me, the art just pours out, all His awesome.  The words are just…there.  When I push, or I try and make it about me, I end up completely annoyed (this is when the perfectionist/depressed/crazy has a tendency to show up) and ruin everything on the paper and around me.

But you know what the real answer is?  I answered the knock and LET GOD IN.  I trusted Him to let His awesome flow through me.  I let go and let Him.  I trusted that Jesus is beyond awesome, that He created me to share in that, and that he expects it of me.

Of each of us.  He expects us all to be beyond awesome when we walk with Him.  Because we ARE.

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