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

morning prayer…

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Sunrise at Presque Isle Erie, Pa

HYMN

O God of light, the dawning day

Gives us new promise of your love.

Each fresh beginning is your gift, Like gentle dew from heav’n above.

Continue reading “morning prayer…”

pumpkin patch

it’s the monday giggles…

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and autumnn is falling quickly upon us!

I love, love, love, love, love Fall! 

I love the cooler temperatures that force us into jean-jackets and warm sweaters. I love plaid ponchoes and crochete-shawls draped over the shoulders.  I love the colors of the changing leaves and the sounds of “swish” & “crunch” walking through them beneath my feet. Not to mention the glee at jumping into a huge pile raked all together and the giggles from friends as they pick out the remnants left behind in my leaf-tossed hair!

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And of course it won’t be too very long until we sip on fresh-pressed local cider from Fuhrman’s before heading off to discover a resplendent pumpkin patch!

(A most magical place to be reminded of a forum by the great Philospher, Linus.)

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Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.” Linus

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And I can’t help but to think, “Isn’t it so too with our God?”

Most Christians agree that sitting with God

is excellent therapy

for a troubled mind.

Indeed!”

Dawn Marie

God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all of the dirt off. Then, He cuts the top off and scoops out all of the yucky stuff. He removes seeds of doubt, hate, greed, unforgiveness, etc. Then, He carves a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see!

Are you letting your light shine?

I do so verily hope you will join me in making THIS autumn one you will endeavor to

Shine for Jesus!

What will you be carving this year?

Here’s a few suggestions from me!

(Except let’s turn those Minion frowns upside-down!)

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( Giggles!)

A Pumpkin-Carving Prayer

(To be used while carving your pumpkin!)

{cut off top of pumpkin}
Lord, open my mind so I can learn new things about you.
{remove innards}
Remove the things in my life that don’t please you.
Forgive the wrong things I do and help me to forgive others.
{cut open eyes}
Open my eyes to see the beauty you’ve made in the world around me.
{cut out nose}
I’m sorry for the times I’ve turned my nose at the goodness you provide.
{cut out mouth}
Let everything I say please You.
{light the candle}
Lord, help me show your light to others through the things I do!

Amen.

hugs n’ blessings for all the light you bring to me and countless others!