creativity takes courage

“Every artist was first an amateur.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m practicing how to be courageous.

And let me tell you, “It’s hard!

So I’ve let go of false expectation and instead I’ve just started to be, as Christ invites us, as a child again.

At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

Matthew 18: 1-5

…like a child standing at the edge of the water – knees bent, fingers pinched over my nose, prepared to leap off feet first with one enthusiastic JUMP!

…who wonders, “Will water sneak up my nose?”

“Will my toes touch the bottom?”

“Will I make a big splash?”

…yet is surprisingly okay that

I DON’T KNOW!

Because that is what my childlike heart is screaming out at me,

“You’ll never KNOW if you don’t just DO IT!

The Jars at Cana.
Painted by Dawn Marie

I had so much fun putting paint on the canvas again!

Is it a museum worthy piece of art??

Abso-fruitly not!!

But it is my art. Homer Simpson clouds and all!!

And just like the lion from The Wizard of Oz, it’s my very own badge of courage to me.

Also, I do believe God loves it too.

Because He watched proudly the childlike glee permeate from me!

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. 

1 John 3:1

hugs n’ blessings for all the mistakes we make

which are really only happy little accidents!

“On the third day, there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the, “Fill the jars with water.”

And they filled them up to the brim.

The Marriage at Cana John 2:1-7

60/40

I knew!

I knew it!

I just knew it!

I knew there was something

significant

occurring

that God was trying to reveal!

And it was not merely a reminder that close to 60% of the year is already over.

(Yes, officially, on August 8, 2019, only 40% of the year will be remaining!)

Thus far 2019 has been for me personally,

and for my family,

a lot of puzzle-pieces fitting together,

wounds healed,

love shared,

and a lot of two-by-fours hitting us upside the head!

Giggles.

This entire year God has been using

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nah, i’m busy.

Man, O Man, have I been busy!

But I’ve put my busy-ness aside today because…..

it’s a 3hugs&blessings thursday!

So let’s get started right away with huggin’ out the first blessing I’d like to give thanks for!

#ilovetoentertain!

“I love to entertain.  I love to make them laugh, cry, and move them, perhaps moving them in their very lives.” – Actor, Corbin Bernsen

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