Sunday, January 16, 2011

Art Journaling


The other day I watched one of my all time favorite movies: Les Miserables with Liam Neesom. I am always deeply touched by how a pair of silver candelabra and one man's extravagant forgiveness transform another depraved (like mine) man's life. So many similarities to Jesus in this movie and how powerful grace and mercy and sacrificial love can be. I was so moved that I wanted to journal about my feelings and decided to do an art journaling page, the one you see above. It was a great way for me to capture my heart on page.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bloggers Prayer




I am no longer my own blogger, but Thine, O Lord.

Refine me with each post how You will, rank me how You will.
Put me to service, or put me to suffering.
Let me post for Thee or be put aside for Thee,
Lifted high, only for Thee, or brought low, all for Thee.
Do with me and each post whatever you will, because You alone know best.

Let me not strive but submit Let me not compete but care
Let me not desire hits but holiness
Let me be a follower, instead of seeking followers.

Let my blog be full of Thee, and let it be empty of me.
Let me crave all things of Thee, let me care nothing of this world.
Let my words be worthy of the greatest of audiences: You.
And You are enough.

May I write not for subscribers… but only for Thy smile.
May my daily affirmation be in the surety of my atonement,
not the size of my audience.
May my identity be in the innumerable graces of Christ,
never, God forbid, the numbers of my comments.
May the only words that matter in my life not be the ones I write on a screen ---
but the ones I live with my skin.

I freely and heartily yield every sentence, every title, every post, every comment… or no comments… all to Thine pleasure and perfect will.

My only fame is that I bear Your name
My only glory is the gift of Your Grace
My only readership, Your eyes that seek to and fro to find a heart hard after You.
Make this so, oh Lord…

Yahweh, You alone are my God, not Google
Jesus, You alone are my Savior, not site meters
And Holy Spirit, You alone are my Comforter, not comments

So be it, today, yesterday, and every post to come.

This is my prayer I have made on earth and over this keyboard… let it be ratified in heaven.
Amen.

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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Books, books, books



I LOVE to read!
Here are the top 5 books I've read this year and would highly recommend!
1. To Be Told: Dan Allender
2. The Help: Katherine Stockett
3. Walking with God: John Eldredge
4. The Me I Want to Be: John Ortberg
5. A Deeper Journey: Robert Mulholland Jr

Here's a list of all the books I completed in 2010.
January
The Shack: William P Young CD
Gift of the Red Bird: Paula D’Arcy
Sam’s Letters to Jennifer: James Patterson


February
Where the River Ends: Charles Martin
Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane: Kate DiCamillo
The Blue Book: Jim Branch
Divine Embrace: Ken Gire
Remember to Forget: Deborah Raney

March
Handle with Care: Jodi Picoult
Peace like a River: Leif Enger (CD)
The Last Song: Nicolas Sparks

April
The Organic God: Margaret Feinberg
Digging In: Robert Benson
Nice Girls Don’t Change the World: Lynne Hybels
The Host: Stephanie Meyer
Walking with God: John Eldredge

May
29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life: Cami Walker
When Crickets Cry: Charles Martin
Life of the Beloved: Henri Nouwen
Fresh Brewed Life: Nicole Johnson
An Altitude of Change: Anita Shreve
Messenger: Lois Lowry
Dropping Your Rock: Nicole Johnson

June
The File: Anita Keaggy
His Perfuming Process: Loretta Willis
The Lightning Thief: Rick Riorden

July
Idol Eyes: Mandisa Hundley
The Music of Dolphins: Karen Hesse
To Be Told: Dan Allender


August
In a Heartbeat: Leigh Anne & Sean Tuohy
The Help: Katherine Stockett CD
The Year of Magical Thinking: Joan Didion

September
Driftwood Summer: Patti Callahan Henry
The Cradle: Patrick Somerville
The Me I Want to Be: John Ortberg
The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: Kevin & Alex Malarky
Second Short Life of Bree Tanner: Stephanie Meyer CD
The Dead Don’t Dance: Charles Martin

October
The Summons: John Grishem CD
Gossamer: Lois Lowry CD
New Set of Eyes: Paula D’arcy

November
Song for Sarah: Paula D’arcy
Her Mother’s Hope: Francine Rivers
Choosing to See: Mary Beth Chapman
Little Bee: Chris Cleave CD
A Deeper Journey: Robert Mulholland Jr

December
Christmas Jar: Jason F Wright
Maggie: Charles Martin
Christmas on Jane Street: Billy Romp
God is in the Manger: Dietrich Bonhoffer

January 2011
Spiritual Mentoring: Anderson & Reese
Her Daughter’s Dream: Francine Rivers