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If you read nothing else from me for the rest of your entire life, please read this:
I will NEVER nor have EVER forced my faith on you. It is not my style, never has been and never will be. If you think that is what I do, then you do not know me.
I share my faith, art, ideas, tales of a mom of boys that got divorced and then re-married (to the first boy I fell in love with at the age of 15...23 years later) and a few random blah, blah, blah's about my love for Bon Jovi, travel adventures and how I am a homebody and a fraddy cat to leave home. oh, and yes, I say a bad word once in a while, occasional have a glass of wine or Meg's mom Margaritas and have been know to flip the devil off.
I am here to Love God, Love others and make crap.
That's about it.
(drops mic and walks away)
I want to post a link here for Documented Faith Week 41. It is a new month which equals a new word. The word we are going to focus on is TRUST.
In church this past weekend the message was delivered by Os Guiness, Ph.D and if you want to watch it, go here. The sermon was based on Calling & Purpose, the great questions in life and the ever popular question, "What is my Purpose?" He spoke about calling & purpose and (spoiler alert) the conclusion to his message was this:
Then he said this in a prayer, which I re-watched online because it stopped me in my tracks and answered one of my "I don't understand until I completely understand" issues :
"Lord, you have given me talents and I am here to maximize and multiply them for your glory"
That is it.
That is all I have to do, no..
That is what we all have to do.
While that might sound simple to you, it defined something so clearly for me that I totally felt a shift. It was a #DUH moment because I have arm-wrestled, struggled, wondered and have gotten in my own way with "Why me? Other people get to do this kind of work" since day one.
I was questioning God instead of TRUSTING Him with what He is doing.
yikes! So sorry Lord.
Truth right there. I just realized that as I typed this. CRAP, I was NOT trusting God and actually trying to handle it on my own. (holding my fingers up in the shape of an "L" on my forehead)
If you read nothing else in this post (which I might understand because I am like a pinball with my thoughts) this is probably Reason No. 1 why I created Documented Faith. When something like this happens, I have a place to document it, a place to reread it (on a daily basis as a reminder) and a place to track back and see how God is working in my life.
Hey, I am not the boss of you but you should try it.
Alright, so with all of that said, late yesterday afternoon, I closed in on the 10 thousand mark of followers on Instagram and promoted a little contest to get to that number. As much as I hate to say it, I was anxious to get to that number but not for the reason you think.
Here is the thing you need to know about me. As much as it is NOT about who likes, follows, tweets or friends me, it is. You see, Os also spoke about using our resources and circles of influences with our calling and purpose and I realized that I could never do some of the things that I get to do, share and teach without the internet, without followers, friends, tweets and likes. It is a resource for me, a great way to get you know you, a way for you to get to know me (lucky you) and a way to share, remind, encourage, inspire and teach which....IS MY PURPOSE.
Brightest light bulb flicker to date.
The more that follow me, the more they see who I follow.
Hello October!!! I would love to tell you that the mornings are chilly & dewish, that our evenings are crisp with a hint of Fall in the air and that I have to put on a hoodie first thing in the morning and hover over my morning coffee for warmth but not..quite..yet. AS soon as it happens I will plop a few pumpkins right in that chair pictured below...
October in Southern California is usually pretty warm and right now, it is just plain ol' hot. The past few weeks have been hotter and dryer than I can remember and as much as I would hope to wear jeans and a hoodie to Friday nights football game, I don't see it happening.
Oh well, I will welcome Fall when it arrives and just pretend that the cold air in the house is because it is chilly outside. On the bright side, our bi-polar weather forecast is hot for Friday and Saturday with a chance of clouds and rain on Sunday so I will have my hoodie and Crock-Pot standing by.
The latest news I have on "when and where" is that everything BUT THE PLANNER* is starting to ship next week and hopefully I will have a list of who is going to be carrying it. I have personally heard from the following stores that they will soon be carrying it and I am so grateful to them:
As I receive more retail store locations, I will share it with you. Should you have a store and have placed an order with ADORNit, first, THANK YOU and please email me with your store information and I will add you to the list! (P.S. I will also be carrying the products online but I do not have that info ready for ya just yet.)
I sure do appreciate all of the excitement and anticipation and I am just as excited to get out there and create with you using the entire DF line including the "CREATIVE FAITH" coloring book, Documented Faith Washi Tape
stickers, stamps and the 12x2 ARTPLAY papers. okay, and one last shot, more tomorrow: P.S...*The Planner...It is coming and YES in time for Documented Faith 2016....Patience my friends, patience ( right there with ya!)...The MOMENT I know the details, I will share.
We are in week 40 of the Documented Faith study. It is like we have gone full term in a pregnancy! 40 weeks !?!! That is a long dang time and I am so blown away at how many people have created a daily, weekly, monthly and even "once in a while" habit of documenting their faith.
Documented Faith has its own site here but from here on out, I am also going to start posting right here for those who are new and have just "found me" so that we can continue to share and grow. As I mentioned last week in this post, I will work on the depth, HE will work on the width.
For September, our focus word is PRACTICE and even though we have a new word coming up for October, it is REALLY important that we continue to PRACTICE things on a daily basis, sometimes even on an hourly basis!
The verse for week 40 Sept. 27- Oct 3
“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24 NIV
To download this weeks verse and message, please click here: Download Week 40 September 27
NOTE: If you are just starting, welcome! Do not let the fact that we are 40 weeks in detour you from starting now. The important thing is that you start. Once you have formed a habit and/or are ready to dive into the past 39 weeks, you can do it as wish. There is a list of the past weeks over here on the left sidebar.
I am heading to Indianapolis for Bible Journaling & Mixed Media classes at Palette & Paper and just like every other time I go somewhere, I arm wrestle with leaving home. Sometimes it happens the day of, sometimes a day into my trip but this time the battle was
I need to install my new iphone update so that I can use the new middle finger emoji to text the enemy because he knows that when I am worn out, I am the best target.
Here is the truth and I know I have said it before but what all of this means is that the harder it is for me to go somewhere, the more I need to go and that gives me strength. It is me being stretched and uncomfortable and how this all works.
As I was packing, I came across my notes that I took at Camp Create during one of Honey's sessions and it was just what I needed. It says "It is a good thing to be worn out doing the right thing"
Please do not misunderstand me and think that I am complaining. I am simply sharing these things because I know that I am not alone when it comes to struggles. We all have them and the only difference is that I share them out loud and online just in case someone might need a reminder that when you are stretched and uncomfortable, most likely you are headed in the right direction.
Why it is so hard to do the right thing and so easy to do the wrong thing baffles me but that is what the middle finger emoji is for (and the only thing it is for!)