Tuesday, September 20, 2011

You're on my list!

If your a Seinfeld fan, which I am, you may recall the episode when Jerry and Elaine make rental car reservations. When they arrived at the ticket counter the attendant tells them that they didn't hold their reservation. Jerry begins the process of explaining to the counter attendant the meaning of a reservation.

I think this is a great example of customer service these days, but only Jerry makes it funny.
I also think this is sometimes a good example of prayer life.

Do you ever ask someone to pray for you?

Do people ask you to pray for them?

What an honor to pray for someone and have someone pray for you!! I feel like it is really the most powerful thing we can do for someone. And to ask someone to pray for you puts one in an amazing place of humility and according to Scripture...God loves a humble heart!!

I have to be honest when i tell you...I'm finally starting to get this. Used to be when someone asked me to pray for them, i would say i would but quickly i would forget them when it came to prayer time. I used to think that to actually ask someone to pray for me would be a sign of weakness, you know...I've got it covered don't bother...even when i needed the prayer badly.
I have actually had someone say to me "don't pray for me, pray for yourself!" after telling them i would pray for them. Maybe they sensed it was just something i was just giving lip service to.
Just like the lady at the ticket counter! Anyone can just say they will pray!

God has really convicted me on this. After all, when you say your gonna pray for someone they are taking you at your word...that you're going to pray for them. And how prideful of me to not want or ask for prayer. What a gift...it is a prayer!! I need prayer (feel free to pray for me anytime friends)!

1 Thessalonians 1:2-5

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; 3 constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father,4 knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you; 5 for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.

One thing that has helped me to "keep the reservation" is to make a prayer list. It is very special to me to write someones name on that list. You're on my list! It helps to keep me focused, really it is my prayer to-do list:)
Do you have a prayer list?
If so...could you add me to it?!

Just a reminder that i will be back soon (hopefully Friday) to post about the Alcohol Inked Tiles.
I think you will so enjoy these inks!!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Tease on Tiles and 'doing what you love'

My very favorite thing about being an artist is just playing!! When i first began selling my art 4 years ago, I totally didn't get that...to play. I was trying to create a product and forgot that i was suppose to put my heart in the work i was doing. It really showed in my art, the lack of passion, and I quickly had to let go and learn to play again. i was suppose to just be me and let the art create itself.
That is why i love mixed media so much...it allows me to express myself in ways i can't find using just one medium or technique. That's pretty much how i am in life...gotta have 10 balls in the air, 6 lines and the water, and 4 pots on the stove. I'm just crazy like that:)

So i  love this new technique i have been working with using alcohol inks and ceramic tiles.

I simply couldn't take a picture that would do these tiles justice! The colors and shine are just stunning. If you have worked with alcohol inks you know how rich and vibrant the colors are, that's why i love using them!

These tiles were so much fun and they very much had a life of there own. I'm offering a workshop on this process next Thursday (you can find more information in my workshop page).  Friday, the 23rd i'm gonna come back and share the tutorial on how you can make these at home. Sorry to be such a tease but
I'd love you to stop back by and experience this super duper fun process with me.

Until then...

I'm excited to share "my walk" on a truly inspiring blog called Do What you Love for Life hosted by Beth Nicholls. Here is her facebook page too. Beth has a way of supporting women in who they are while inspiring others through her own walk.

Here's a little sample ...
"In 2007 I was happy. But not the kind of happy that fills you up. I was satisfied but still hungry. I think that was the first step for me in doing what I love, realizing I wasn’t filled up and feeling like I did deserved to be filled up."

Please stop over and visit Beth and read more on the journey's of people who are doing what they love for life!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Floods and Fires...

Through floods and fires...He has you right where you need to be.
Through sickness and abandonment...He's got that too.
Loss, pain, and sacrifice...Jesus knows every bit of how that feels.
It is the test of the true witness that can stand the trials of life and still love our Father...still praise and trust Him.

Thank you to all the Godly women who have been sharing their trials with such great love and gratitude.
You are a reflection of Jesus to the world. May God use this trial to bring you closer to His Son, Jesus Christ. Amen