Adult Coloring Books – #Write31Days

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Look what I found at PUBLIX!  I am super excited about this little find.  I actually grabbed it a few weeks ago, and my intention was to color it.  I had been going back and forth between using colored pencils, markers, or pens.  The pages are thick and single sided, which even brought to mind using watercolors for some of them.

Reality was that I just didn’t have the time to get started on anything, so it sat on my desk.

Today, I had a bit of free time.  I plucked the booklet off of my desk and began thumbing through the pages trying to decide my plan of attack.  Did I want to treat this as a coloring book, working my way through the pages?  Or, would I pick a few pages out and spend a little more effort on staying in the lines.  If I did this, I could potentially frame the pages and hang them as art pieces in my house.

However, to my surprise, I didn’t want to color a single page.  As I looked through some of the intricate designs I had an epiphany!   I could use the pieces for inspiration for a few quilling projects.  I think for now, I just want to work on some of the individual images.  However, I may then piece them together and create a picture/scene of some sort.

I’m curious if anyone else has ended up using the adult coloring books for something other than a relaxing color session?

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What About Me? – #Write31Days

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To those who know me, I love anything arts and crafts.  I love to craft with paper, or grab a paint brush and create something new to hang in my house.  My home is filled primarily with pieces of art that have been made by various family members.  Occasionally, I will head out with some friends to one of the “sip and paint” style events.  You can bring food and drink, socializing with your friends for a ladies night out… while you paint. 

Painting is not something new to me, I take to it pretty easily but even more so when I am being given step by step instructions. 

A friend invited me to a “sip and paint” party at a local studio, we were going to paint an Octopus on these cool boarded plaques.  There were about six women seated at my table, and despite the instructors best efforts these various octopi couldn’t look any more different from each other if we tried.  Well, maybe if we painted them different colors would could get one step further.

The instructor would pass by and comment on my octopus. 

“You’ve done this before, haven’t you?”

“That’s really good.  I like how you painted the tentacles.”

“I love the detail spots you added.”

“Wow.  That’s coming along so well.”

Let me key you in on something, I really do not like public affirmations like that.  I don’t.  I get embarrassed easily (shocking, I know).  It makes me uncomfortable for others who may be struggling.  I am also highly critical of myself and would prefer to float under the radar… or I’m too busy fretting over that mistake no one else notices but is staring me in the eyes challenging me to “fix it”.

After her first few passes and comments, the gal sitting next to me was starting to feel something about the attention.  Kindred to my own soul, she made funny comments about it.  Not directly TO me, but in my range of hearing.  I’d laugh about it, because… well… she was funny.  I’m down with self deprecation, so I chimed in a bit myself.  She laughed.  I laughed.  Then just as the tension was dying, the teacher would whiz by again commenting on my octopus.  The cycle would start over. 

Finally, she began to speak a bit louder to ensure the teacher heard her.

What about me?  Am I not doing a good job?  Is she the teachers pet?

While her tone suggested she was saying these things in jest, we all know there is usually a bit of truth in these types of comments.  The teacher was not picking up on it, but I already had.  So I began complimenting her on certain aspects of her piece.  I pointed out a detail that she added that I had skipped because I didn’t think I would do it right.  I  shared that I was worried about messing up the piece.  The one of the other gals chimed in, complementing another facet of her finished piece.

It is hard, when you are trying to do a good job.  We seek encouragement so that we know we are on the right path.  If we have put in a lot of effort, we desire someone to notice it and appreciate that effort.  That’s a lot to handle and balance with being humble.  It is a check to our pride, graciousness, and humility.

Sometimes, it’s more than just a painting or a task we completed.  We just want to be acknowledged as a person.

There are times, however, where the Lord doesn’t want us out in front of the pack.  He doesn’t want us waving our arms, bouncing in our seats, shouting “look at me”.  In fact, he wants our work to unknown… no credit, pats on the back, accolades.  In a world that is giving prizes for participating, picking weekly superstars, and overloaded recognition we can begin to expect it within all the facets of our lives.  Then, when it doesn’t happen … we take it too personally.

I wonder though, if we are supposed to give the Lord the glory in ALL THINGS… why do we demand such accolades for ourselves?  Why do we demand to be seen, even when He clearly is asking us not to?

Lord, let my human fleshy needs take a back seat to your wonderful righteous glory! Amen.

BOOK Review: Made for More by Hannah Anderson

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The buzz on the street regarding the book “Made for More” by Hannah Anderson was strong, so strong that it actually caused me to shift my reading list.  I had planned to read something else this week, but I couldn’t resist. I had to read this book that I was hearing was one of the most important books written for women.  Who wouldn’t want to read that.

In Regards to the Author:  Hannah Anderson

Anderson is a female writer I can get behind.  Her style is very easy to read, but also very direct and to the point.  She doesn’t use a lot of filler or unnecessary illustration to get her point across.  This book was not a thick book, but I found myself taking extra time to read it (and even re-read some passages) because of the content.  Her vision in her writing is clear, her execution of that vision is on point.  Her language and content structure makes this book a great read for anyone, women and men alike.  Men will appreciate her straightforwardness, as much as I do.

In Regards to the Book:  Made for More

The overall theme of this book points our attention that we are made in God’s image, and for his purposes… which is MORE THAN WE COULD EVER IMAGINE ON OUR OWN.  In “Made for More” we are reminded that our identity should be rooted in Christ before anything else.   I am a Christian, who is also a woman… not a woman, who is also a Christian.  I am an image bearer of God, and thus I need to really take a look at myself in the mirror and evaluate how good of a job I am doing.  It is easy to allow our identity to get caught up in our position, who we are married to, our children, our hobbies, our volunteer service, ministry, ethnicity.   When we do that we are taking the attention off of God and putting it onto the thing we do & who we are instead.

As we learn more about our status as image bearers we can begin to give the same gifts to others that God has given us…. grace, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, love……

I can’t recommend this book enough, to all women… but men as well.  While it is written toward women, there is a lot men can glean from it.  How you will not only view your identity will be changed for the better, allowing you to walk forward with confidence in God and his plans for you.  It changes you at a foundational level, and everything built upon that will be all the stronger.

Highlights from the Text:

“In order to know yourself and exist as you were meant to exist, you must live in dependent communion with Him; you must be in loving relationship with others; and you must exercise creative care over creation.  And when any of these elements is off-kilter, you will experience a loss of identity and feel disoriented simply because you are not existing as you were created to exist.”  (Made for More, Hannah Anderson)

“When we turn from God, when we refuse to base our identity in Him, we are compelled to find it somewhere else because we must reflect something.  And when we do, we sin.”  (Made for More, Hannah Anderson)

He is calling you to faith.  Faith to believe that He made you to be so much more than your momentary desires.  Faith to believe that He made you to be more than your brokenness, more than your sin.  Faith to believe that authenticity means  faithfulness to the deepest part of His nature.   Faith to believe that you were made for glory. ”  (Made for More, Hannah Anderson)

There is no forgiveness; there is no redemption.  No public apology is sufficient.  No attempt to pay back is enough.  No acknowledgement of guilt or repentance will ever be adequate.  And we wonder why the people closest to us – in our homes, churches and schools – have a hard time acknowledging their own failures.  Could it be that we’ve faithfully demonstrated to them that there will be no grace when they do?”   (Made for More, Hannah Anderson)   (honestly, I could have quoted this whole chapter -Gena)

“By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Made for More, Hannah Anderson)

 

Purchase Information

Made for More

Hannah Anderson

Moody Publishers

ISBN # 13:978-0-8024-1032-0