Thursday, April 14, 2011

Moments of doubt and words of encouragement.

I had a really bad day the other day.  All of our financial issues, worries about the kids, the house...everything.  Most of all doubts about my abilities, my talent or lack there of... feeling like a complete idiot for even thinking I could make anything of my art.  I was looking at other peoples' art and are kidding yourself!  I reached out to Phil, who was wonderful as always, and to some of my art friends.  God was so very present in those conversations and spoke directly to my heart through these wonderful people.  People were posting things on Facebook that had to have been from God because they were exactly the things I needed to hear.  It was clear that God was using everything He could to encourage me and keep me on the path I truly believe He has chosen for me. 

Today, these words again jumped out at me from a favorite song.  It seems God is trying to assure me again and again that despite my fears...despite my doubts...this is the path He intends for me and with Him...I truly can do anything.

Oh,what I would do to have
the kind of faith it takes
To climb out of this boat I'm in
Onto the crashing waves
To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown
Where Jesus is,
And he's holding out his hand

But the waves are calling out my name
and they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times
I've tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
time and time again
"Boy, you'll never win,
You you'll never win

But the Voice of truth tells me a different story
the Voice of truth says "do not be afraid!"
and the Voice of truth says "this is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of truth
Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns

More Fun Swaps

I just finished up a number of swaps.  A couple were photo swaps...

Spring Has Sprung Photo Swap

Textures and Patterns III Swap

An ATC swap...

Black/Red/White with Found Poetry

a Chunky Swap...

Cabinet of Curiosities

and an Altered Tin Swap...

and even some crocheted squares...

Crocheted Squares Part 2

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Word of God Speak

I was touched yesterday by some lyrics to a couple of my favorite songs.  Once again, God seems to be using this wonderful music to encourage me and help me to keep moving forward...for His Glory.

"Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain"

Bring the Rain by MercyMe


"It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason for someone not to try
Everybody’s scared to death
You may decide to take that step
Out on the water, but it’ll be all right"

That's What Faith Can Do by Kutless