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Monday, March 5, 2012

Inspired by... true love


I shared some "truths" with you last week. One of them prompted a response that has created some, well, difficulty for me.


At 40 I'm learning what true love really is...


This is true. But it's not a black and white statement. It has depth. Layers. Some of them joyful.

Some extremely painful.

But it's true. It's part of what I'm facing right now. And I was inspired to share it with you.


Aster_HappyHeart Using Kim Klassen's Happy Heart texture


"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (1Cor 13)


You can say these things about love. Believe these things about love. Try to live your life according to these truths about love. But, this side of heaven, we will fail. And people will fail us.

In both circumstances, it is my hope, that we learn a little bit more about what true love really is. Truly learn. As in: learning that changes thought and action. So that we make better choices, Godly choices in the words we speak and the things we do.

Certainly our failures have consequences. But there is forgiveness. And, by God's grace and mercy, we know that He will work even our failures (somehow in His awesome, powerful way) for our good and His glory.

Jesus is the perfect manifestation of 1 Corinthians 13.


Here's an example of true, selfless, love that I experienced this week:




Isn't he cute?!! He's a balloon penguin. Given to me by one of the young girls at my church. She's a sweet girl. I didn't ask her for him. But when she found out I collected penguins, she gave him to me.

It was more important for her to give, than to keep.


That's true love.


How are you experiencing true love in your life this week?








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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Inspired by... challenges


Oh, there are SO many directions I could go with that lead in!

But for today, I'm sharing my submissions to Bonnie's Photo Art Friday, with this abstract:




...and Kim's Beyond challenge: Black and White with a Touch of Color




I was also inspired to make a new brush (as seen "stamped" on the images above). If you're interested, you can find Kim's tutorial here.  I'm playing around with a new brush set. If all goes well I'll have a freebie for you next week!

Happy Friday, everyone!  I'm babysitting twin 3yr olds tomorrow... so you may not hear from me again {smile}.







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Photo Art Friday beyondlayers

Inspired by... 10 Truths


So what did everyone do with their "extra" day yesterday? Mine felt about like I'd packed a whole year into one day! At the end of the day I looked back and thought, "That was just this morning that I did that?!"  Proof that even if I had 730 days in a year, it would probably not be enough.

I definitely need to work on being more intentional with the time God has given me! Amen?

I mentioned earlier this year that I'm participating in Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers Class. It's "a year of art full inspiration!"   I'm really enjoying it, even though I haven't been able to participate at the same speed and level as the other participants. But with 52 weeks, there is definitely plenty of time for improvement!

This week's challenge was to share 10 Truths about ourselves and create a fun photo to go along. I decided to go with a collage or storyboard as my "picture", since that was a previous challenge I'd missed participating in.

I've never really been one of those introspective types, but, well, life changes you sometimes... I'm still working on Kim's "you in six words" challenge. Maybe by Christmas...



10 Truths About Me

1. Jesus is my best friend

2. I like to chase butterflies

3. Flowers make me happy

4. I like to be warm

5. I'm honest and try always to be kind

6. I love to cook

7. I like quiet

8. I like to read

9. I'm an author

10. I enjoy photography and other "creative" things

11. I'm a coffee snob... it doesn't have to be Starbucks, but it has to be good!

12. At 40 I'm learning what true love really is...

I followed Kim's example and listed more than ten. {smile} I could really identify with several of her "truths" and look forward to reading and learning more about the other participants. What a great way to get to know each other – thanks, Kim!

You don't have to be taking the Beyond Layers course to share 10 Truths about yourself! or even five! I'd love to know anything about you that you'd like to share, or maybe you identified with one of my truths?






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