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Okay, I know I’m slow, but here it is…Ta Dah!  The cover to my art journal is finished!

My Word for the year is Renew and I honestly felt a lot of renewal beginning to happen as I worked on this cover. Of course going to Hawaii last week didn’t hurt! Don’t be surprised if you see some of those pictures popping up in future posts!

Now to start filling the pages of this journal. I’m so grateful for how God is renewing my mind, life and Spirit! Thanks for reading!

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Have you every heard the saying, “it takes approximately 21 days to change a habit?”

Do you believe it? Whether you do or you don’t you may find this article in the Huffington Post interesting and perhaps it will give you a different perspective.

It states, “on average, it takes more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances.

In other words, if you want to set your expectations appropriately, the truth is that it will probably take you anywhere from two months to eight months to build a new behavior into your life — not 21 days.

Interestingly, the researchers also found that “missing one opportunity to perform the behavior did not materially affect the habit formation process.” In other words, it doesn’t matter if you mess up every now and then. Building better habits is not an all-or-nothing process.” You can read the rest of the article here.

Hmmm, makes sense to me. No wonder I can give up sugar for a month and think I’ve kicked it, only to fall back into it’s sugary trap so easily!

I think this article serves as a great reminder for us, especially this time of year. You may not be a New Year’s resolution kind of person, I know I’m not. However, I do enjoy starting the New Year trying something new and inspiring.

You may remember I wrote a post last year about this time entitled “What’s Your Word for the Year?” My Word last year was Intentional. I found that about half way through the year my Word sort of fell off my radar screen. How about you? How did you do with your Word throughout the whole year?

So, this year I’m choosing the Word RENEW. And I’m incorporating a few words to go along with it. Fun, Lighthearted, and Joy. AND, to help keep me inspired throughout the 66 days and beyond, I’ve joined an Art Journaling Group.

Here’s a picture of the beginning stages of the cover of my journal. I’ll post the finished project soon.

What Word did you choose this year? How are you planning to stay inspired throughout your 66 days and beyond?

I would love to hear your ideas. Comment below or go to my facebook page and comment.

Blessings to you this year! I look forward to hearing how God is showing up in your life!

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Sometimes it can be challenging to know what God’s vision looks like in our lives. Vision and dreams change. They ebb and flow and sometimes they die. Sorry, don’t mean to be a negative Nellie.

What do you do when your vision, your dream dies, changes or fades so far into the background you can’t see it any longer?  I know for me I usually end up wrestling with God about it. I’m stubborn that way.

I have to once AGAIN get to a point of surrender to God’s sovereignty and trust that He knows what He’s doing.

Sometimes that takes time. But once I get there, I begin to feel God’s peace. I like to call it FLOW. When we are in a state of flow the ideas and creativity will begin to emerge once again.

I like to use several different creative modalities to help me begin to dream again.

1. The tried and true – Vision Board. I just finished mine today. I used several different techniques this time – art journaling pages, tag, and mandala I created and photos from cards and magazines. If you’ve never tried working with a Vision Board, I encourage you to give it a go. Just let you intuition and the Holy Spirit guide you.

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2. Another exercise I’ve been working with is journaling and using Helen Cepero’s book Journaling as a Spiritual Practice. The exercise I found most helpful so far was the Personal Compass exercise.

She asks you to picture yourself standing in the center of your personal compass and look South – to your creativity, West – to your past, East – to your future, and  North – to God’s guidance. She asks questions to get the thoughts flowing. There’s much more to it than that, but that’s the basic concept.

Check out her book to get the full details. http://helencepero.net/?page_id=74

I will probably get my drawing and painting tools out next!

What methods or techniques do you like to use to get ideas for your vision flowing?

Peace to you on your journey!

Till next time,

Pam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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God Made Me to Be a Somebody Destined to Achieve Great Things!

Hmmm… What are your first thoughts when you read this statement?

This statement is from the book The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson.  Mr. Wilkinson challenges us to pursue the big dream that The Dream Giver has placed in our hearts.

I’ve been working with this statement in my own life the past few weeks.  Hence the creation of this bookmark in the picture above.  I started out strong, loving the colors and design effects of the background. The first two lines – God Made Me to Be A – were just how I envisioned, straight and bold.

Then I got to the word Somebody.  Hmmm, feeling a little less strong now.  I wanted this word to be a bit different from the rest. Interestingly, I think I unconsciously made it this way because that is so much of how I roll – just a little differently.

As I pressed on, the words destined to achieve – got a bit shaky and wonky.  I think this is telling about how I feel about God using me to achieve great things for Him.  I feel a bit shaky about what this might look like and get all wonky in my head.

That wonkiness is what I call “limiting thoughts” going round and round in my brain.  Thoughts like “Yeah right, seriously? God use me to do great things for Him? My husband calls this “stinkin thinkin” and even wrote a song about it. I know, I know, “way to put in a little plug for Brian.”

I ended up fairly strong though with the words Great Things, albeit a little off kilter. Hey, I’m okay with that!

After all my deep analysis about this silly little tag, I’ve decided to look at this statement the way I believe God sees it.  I’m guessing He could have said this same statement to Moses, Abraham, Paul, Peter – the list could go on.

Insert Darth Vader’s voice here, “Moses, I have created you to be a Somebody, destined to achieve great things.” Moses had the same reactions we have, “Seriously? Do you remember who you are talking to God?  Me a Nobody?”  But in the end look how God used Moses for crying out loud!

Just think if we were to really allow this statement to soak deep into our souls. There is no telling what God would do through us to make an impact on the world for Him.   If you have been reading my blogs for very long, you know I always invite you to do a little coaching with me.  So here’s your chance to take this statement and play the “what if” game.

  • What if you believed that God created you to be a Somebody and has given you a dream to pursue?
  • What if you believed that your dream could achieve great things for Him?
  • What if 2014 was your year to pursue your big dream?  How would your life be different?

If you are ready to take your answers a step further I invite you to check out the 14ers Club – Reaching to New Heights in Your Life.  The courageous climbers that gathered in January are going strong and we are having a blast!

New groups are forming again this month! We will band together for a journey up our metaphorical 14er and explore the dream that God has given each of us.  If you are interested in knowing the details just click HERE or click the clip board below.  Easy peasy!

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Happy Climbing!

Pam

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A few months ago my Mom and I took a class on how to create tags with Tim Holtz distressed inks.  This was where I first heard the term, “Art Journaling.”  I was intrigued with the idea and since then I have been following blogs by a few amazing artists, Valerie Sjodin and Contadina K  After months of oohing and aweing at their blog posts, I decided to take the plunge and make an art journal of my own.

My motivation was my Mother’s 75th birthday.  I’m so grateful that she is doing well and we were able to spend another year together.  I decided to start the journal by asking her for some of her favorite scripture passages, then went to work.

What I didn’t realize was how much I needed this creative outlet during this season in my life.  I’ll tell you more about that in another post.  For now, know that if you are going through a challenging time Spiritually, emotionally, or physically, you may want to consider making some space in your life to be creative.  It’s therapeutic and allows your brain and body to slow down and be still in God’s presence.

Here are a few pictures of the art journal.

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