"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.


Guided journal page

I had a wonderful time with my friends last weekend. We laughed, cried, and ate really good food.  One of us is a really good cook - not me.  She shops for and prepares most of our meals.  It is such a gift to us.  Thank you Susan.  

Friday we walked around the little town of Blue Ridge and stopped for a wonderful lunch, wish I could remember the name of the restaurant. I am sure there is one women in my group that will remember, though we are all at that certain age where retention flies out the window when our estrogen is low. 

Saturday after our study - we are finishing up TrueFaced (a really good book) we completed a guided journal page.  I read a scripture, and prayer and then we asked God what he wanted to say to us.  I am always amazed at how different our pages are and how God personally speaks to each one of us.

How is your week going?  I am preparing for next Saturday's visual journaling workshop at church.  If God brings me to your mind will you pray.  Specifically that I stay well, and that I speak clearly, and listen for what the Lord wants to say through me.  Thanks friends.

Run the plough share deep,
cut the furrows round and round
overturn the hard dry ground.
Spare not strength nor toil,
even though I weep.
In the loose, fresh mangled earth
sow new seed.  
Free of withered vine or weed
bring fair flowers to birth.   

Tremper Longman
Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind

Grace and peace


Jo Reimer said...

What a wonderful thing to do as a group... a guided journal page. You have some of the best ideas, mary.

Bren said...

Beautiful prayer Mar, the page vibrates with life. Will be praying for you and the journal workshop this weekend. It will be great.

Connie Lou said...

What a sweet post...I was just reading in AARP about "chronic" loneliness and how professionals are coming across more and more people in their late 40's to late 50's who are struggling with this, especially those that have been displaced from their jobs...if only they all could find solace in groups with a purpose such as yours...Mary, I want to learn how to do this, we could really use something like this where I live, what an awesome way to minister...

Nancy said...

Oh Mar, I love this page; it is so uplifting and bright and full of hope.....it's so fresh, Mar....

I am so glad your trip was great and you gals had fun along with doing journal pages...what a great idea......

I will definitely be praying for you as you lead the group into a deeper awareness of God through journaling.....

Love you Girlfriend....

Jennifer Richardson said...

Billows of peace
wafted over me
as I poured over your
journal page.
Yes, my heart whispers.
And flow just as easily
through Mary to the women
who gather to work out
what it means to be free.
Grace upon grace to them all.
Thank you, as always, for this.
I love visiting you:)

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

I certainly will remember to pray for you this Saturday, and even with having low estrogen levels I'll remember! ha ha ( I understood that comment fully) You've been a mighty busy girl lately Mary, so I promise to pray that God will keep you rested and strong.

I love this journal page by the way. Love how the vines represent your growth. I need to get back to doing some art journal pages soon. I miss it!

Thank you Mary for taking the time today to go over and give words of encouragement to my daughter. It meant the world to me!

Love you,
Lee Ann

Lily said...

I LOVE the contrast between the red and green. It is so beautiful!!!

Ophelia said...

You are just so amazing!!! So awesome, amazing, and wonderful!

Just Be Real said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post Mary. Blessings.

Buffy said...

Glad you had such a nice time over the weekend. Your journal page is beautiful. And of course I will say a prayer for you for this weekend. And don't worry if its for God he will work everything out.

Say It In Color said...

So beautiful the expressions of your heart to share with us....so inspirational .... just wanted to tell you ...or ask if it is okay....that I PUT A LINK TO YOUR "SERENDIPITY" POST as a link on one of my art pieces..."Embrace"...yes, your words spoke to me....as His sure have this month!!

PaperPumpkin said...

I love your pages, Mary. Blessings to you and lots of prayers too! ♥Kathy

Poetic Artist said...

You so inspire me but the wonderful thing is, God sends to the people we need the most.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

thekathrynwheel said...

Lovely lovely journal page. The vines look fab :-)

Bevie said...

Good morning my sweet sister, I know it's a day late, but hey it's never too late is it? ((hugs)) As always your words are filled with inspiration and hon I love that journal page showing God's love for us in the way he teaches us to grow in His grace, love and wisdom!!!
You are never far from my prayers so I will be praying you stay well sweetie...the Saturday Journaling Class needs you!!! God is doing a good work in you! love ya

DJ said...

Dear Friend, Your posts are pure inspiration for this old soul...
Prayers going up now; He will be faithful.
hugs ~