Today, you created. I love watching you at work. I love seeing how your art has evolved over the years. (follow this link to see more images from this afternoon and some thoughts about sharing our art)
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“We have a choice today.
We can look out and see the unlimited, abundant opportunities God has placed before us.
To create. To write. To serve. To sing. To be and become.
Or we can stare at the opportunity of another person and get entangled in the enemy’s lie that everything is scarce. Scarce opportunities. Scarce supply. Scarce possibilities.
And we start seeing another person’s creations as a threat to our own opportunities.”
I read these powerful words from Lysa Terkeurst last week. Honestly, they were a bit convicting. As an artist and mother myself, there have been times I have felt this threat; this underlying feeling of insecurity.
We live in a world where social media makes it easy to see others' accomplishments and recognition. This can be professionally, artistically, or even on the home front through our children’s achievements. Some refer to this as noise. Some may say they tune out the noise, but each one of us is susceptible to it at some point. We all have days where we face self-doubt. Days we wonder when our turn will come. Days we want to quit. Days that we let the noise into our lives.
My prayer is that we will use these times, to search within ourselves. To seek God more. To follow Him. To use the times of waiting for growth. God’s plan for each of us is unique and so intricate. In knowing this, we can rejoice with others. We SHOULD rejoice with others. We should be able to genuinely encourage those around us, while we patiently wait for God’s provision in our own life.
I pray our little artist and her siblings will have the confidence to know that God has given them each bountiful opportunities. As Lysa says, “there is an abundant need in this world for your contributions to the Kingdom . . . your thoughts and words and artistic expressions . . . your exact brand of beautiful. Know it. Believe it. Live it.”
At the young age of five, you have a huge passion for painting your nails. I have given you the freedom to explore and learn to do this love of yours. You usually go sit in the grass outside with your polishes and paint your fingers or toes. It is pretty special to watch. I hope I never forget these details of you.
I learn so much from watching you and the way you live your life. You create art with so much passion. You live life with this same passion. You dance and sing and perform. You remind me to let go of my fears and "what ifs" and embrace life in a beautiful way. Thank you.
(Head over here to read about creating art with your life)
A couple nights ago in bed you said, Mama we didn't paint today. I realized that with being outside so much recently, and dealing with some house issues, it had been a while. You were missing it. Today, I gave you the water color tubes and let you mix colors. Then you created this painting. You have always told us what you are creating, but today was the first day we could really see it too. Flowers and grass. I love watching your passion for painting continue to grow.