new beginnings

When I feel like all the written words have been taken and there’s nothing new under the sun, I wonder why, why, why. And after a year of wanderings and wonderings, I come back to the same place and a resounding response: Because writing breathes life and hope and helps me to make sense of this crazy world and sometimes stories just need to be retold and recaptured to birth new life into cold, dry hearts. Because over and over and over again, we are called to remember. And when we we remember, we lift our heavy hearts, heavy heads, heavy hands to our Creator and we find our why and our words and our voice again. As I lift my empty cup, I begin to whisper, “Come, Lord Jesus. Fill me.”

In the silence of the year, I’ve read others’ words as I’ve questioned and wrestled and wondered about my life as an artist. Wise words have pushed me through the doubts and breathed new courage and new life into my questioning heart. So here’s to another year of new beginnings.

“Maybe instead of coming up with something new, I’m here to honor the truth of old, to hold the timeless realities close and live like they’re true for me.” ~Emily Freeman

“Always we begin again.” ~Saint Benedict

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the most wonderful week of the year

The stockings are down and the presents unwrapped. It’s time to undeck the halls, and while many struggle with post-holiday blues, the week after Christmas has truly become one of my favorite times of the year.

The calendar is {mostly} empty. School is still out. My crazy December to do list is complete, the shopping and wrapping and packing and traveling is over, and it’s completely glorious, in my honest opinion. Some people live for spring, others love the new routines of the fall. Me? I’m made for January. Something about the New Year brings out the best in me. It’s time to reset, renew, and reconnect to the things most important to me. December is wild and loud and fast and crazy. But January? January is slow and steady and quiet and calm.

This week I’m praying about my word and praying over my goals for next year. I’m trying to be realistic but also be focused and disciplined. 2014 was a long, hairy year. 2015 could be just as wild, but I’ve had a week to catch my breath before it takes off. Ready or not? Here I come, 2015.

What about you? Do you have goals for the New Year?

October Thanksgiving

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Fall is here in all its glory. The changing seasons remind me of two important truths:

1. Change is a part of life. {Embrace it}

and

2. God never changes. {So thankful}

This month I am thankful for a new job, new friends, and renewed hope and vision.

What are you thankful for?

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His love steadfast love endures forever!”      -Psalm 107