"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.


Abiding Monday

My sweet daughter is home.  She arrived yesterday afternoon.  She is home for a full week.  I am oh so thankful.

I have so many things running through my head and heart.  Yesterday's workshop was wonderful.  About 25 women attended, some returning and some new.  The hours go by so quickly, and I never feel like I get to share as much as I want to.  I guess that's why we are having more.  I love watching these precious women create something, some have never done anything like this.  I love watching them "get it".  I love seeing the returning women's journals and what they have done on their own.  I asked them if they were surprised at how wonderful, and therapeutic visual journaling is.  They all smiled and shook their heads up and down.  I am so grateful to be able to share this...so grateful!

In fact, I have a little dream tucked in my heart.  I debated sharing it, part of me wanted to keep it secret, just for me and God.  But I am going to say it out loud, and hold it with open hands and heart.  I desire to have a little studio, other than my home, to offer these workshop, and have a place for women to come and create during the week.  My studio can only sit about 10, or 12 if we really squeeze.  And you journalers know how we like to spread out.  So, I am going to keep praying about this.  And if God so graciously chooses to open doors I will gladly step through.  And if not, that's okay too. This is God's gig anyway.  I would not be able to do this without his gifting, his prompting me.  I would have never had the courage to do this on my own.

Oh, remember the painting I asked you abut in the last post?  I have decided, (I really think I knew all the time) that it is not complete.  As I gaze at it I see chaos.  That got me to thinking about how God creates order out of chaos.  How God brings healing from brokenness. How God brings light out of the darkness.

Transformation comes to mind.  I do not know where I will take this, I just know it will be more.

Grace and peace to you dear friends.


Pamela Holderman said...

Oh wouldn't it be fun to have the space to have an art party? God gets it and I am sure he is putting on his thinking cap right now. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Bevie said...

Mar I have no doubt that God will indeed create a place for you to share the healing ways of journaling. It could even be one of your outbuildings...enlarging it, or a place near by! God is preparing you for this!!! As far as that awesome painting...I knew you would find it needed a little more to bring the best out of it..ehehhe!!! Love you sister...

Nancy said...

I am glad you were pleased with your workshop and yes God has gifted you and I am sure He will provide all you need......I can't wait to hear about all the doors He is going to open for you....Life with God is a Splendid Adventure, isn't it?

Happy Thanksgiving sweet friend

Jennifer Richardson said...

Oh, breathe on this beautiful dream
of Mary's, Lord!!!
Sounds like a haven,
a shelter,
a birthing center
a hospital,
a playground
and a launch pad.
I love your dream.
Wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your lovies,

Bev said...

what a lovely dream, brave girl!!....and i'm sure god is way ahead of you on it...

Kim Mailhot said...

Yay, Mary for your wonderful get togethers. I love that you asked for a space to open them up to more people...and I have a feeling something will come...;)
Enjoy your time with your sweet daughter and with your creative process!
Blessings !

Bren said...

Ah, I've been waiting to hear what your heart told you about your painting. I've purposely kept quiet because I knew you knew your answer and in time you will know just what you want to do with it. Love the whole concept of 'Transformation' From your heart to God's ear concerning that wonderful dream about a studio for others to enjoy. I pray you see it take shape and take us along with you as you do!

Buffy said...

I'm so happy your daughter is down for the holiday. Thanks so much for sharing your dream with us,I hope God opens the doors for you,you would be a great teacher and inspriation for others. Have a blessed week!

Pom Pom said...

Hi Mary! This is my first visit and I'm so glad I popped by this morning. I am starting a new reading and writing class at school (I teach 8th grade language arts) and we are ready to begin our art journals. When I told them we'd be painting and working with collage while we write, they were puzzled. Yahoo! I have five days off and YES, I shall spread out my art journal gear and bliss away in worship of my Creator. I LOVE your studio idea. DO it! I would come if I didn't live so far away in Denver. JOY! I'm so glad your daughter is home. I hope you have happy walks, deep conversations, and hugs and kisses! Happy Thanksgiving!

S. Etole said...

What a fun dream to share ...

Thanksgiving blessings to you.

Living Creatively said...

Oh, from looking at your art and hearing your heart, I do pray that God will give you a place where you can spread out to teach and help others. Such a creative God gave us such talents for a reason. Art truly is a window into the soul, and a salve for the sores.