The more I learn about myself, the more I’m growing to see that it is possible to be something, whether I claim it for myself or not. The truth about who we are isn’t based on our perceived reality, but rather exists outside of ourselves, because it is truth. I am not God’s child only when I choose to embrace this, I am His because He says I am:
for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. (Acts 17:28-19)
In looking to God for truth, we can discover all that we need to know about who we are.
Truth is not subjective.
Our opinions about ourselves do not form who we are–they shape our behavior, and as such, they shape our response to our Creator.
As I slowly learn to embrace the truth about who I am in Christ, my response to Him is also shifting. Part of this shift includes the timid beginnings of art journaling.
Henri Matisse once said, “Creativity takes courage”.
Courage runs in short supply with me. I am much less brave outwardly, than I am in my own head.
But like anything else, creativity can be practiced, it’s like a muscle that we have, that when it goes unused, turns slack on us.
At first, the slow stretching is painful–perhaps, messy. In the quiet moments of loosening our self-imposed discipline, to free up our hearts to beat a bit faster, old wounds sometimes crop up. The swirling of a certain color on the page reminds us of a loved one gone. The smells of bread baking or the act of chopping apples for pie catapults us backwards into the attic of our mind, leading us to comb through the cobwebs of forgotten days, both the delightful and the ones we’d just as soon forget forever.
Creativity is an act of bravery–but not one reserved for the already brave….
counting on, beyond 1000 Gifts
lunch with friends
church, community worship
a stocked fridge
a (crazy) busy month coming
homeschooling, learning alongside the children
early mornings before everyone wakes