advent | peace

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My sweet friend Megan created a "word-a-day" writing challenge for Advent--check it out on her blog and join in if you wish!

A season of peace so appeals to me. So often I find myself in a place of unrest--from an overloaded work or personal schedule, as I wrestle with big decisions, when I feel bogged down by the worries and cares of life--and I choose to walk in that rather than surrendering my burdens to the Lord who came to bring peace. The passage above in Isaiah is entitled "Birth and Reign of the Prince of Peace". How amazing is it that this was one of the chief goals of Jesus' birth? To bring peace into our world (when he comes again there will be no more war) and into our souls (when he comes again there will be no more unrest)! Isaiah 9:7 says "There will be no end to the increase...of peace." Such a beautiful reminder for our often restless hearts.

This season I am choosing to walk in peace. I have never followed any kind of reading program for Advent, but my friend Melissa contributed the lovely artwork for this book and I began it this morning. It's geared towards families with children, but I love it so far. I know it will be good for my soul.

inspired words | steadfast love

I created these hand-lettered pieces to send to my mom recently. Sadly the second page suffered an ink spill so she only endedup getting one. Sorry Mom!

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  Lamentations 3:22-23 

I used a watercolor brush and calligraphy ink--a very pretty, very metallic warm silver. It is so soothing to use a brush for lettering.

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inspired words | heaven filled me

I really love these lyrics from one of my favorite songwriters, Josh Garrels. He is a wonderful poet, incredibly talented musician, and admirable in so many ways. He recently ran a campaign where all of his albums were offered for free download, with just a request that listeners leave "tips"--100% of which he donated to World Relief in their efforts to bring peace and restoration in the DR Congo where the conflict and  terror is unimaginable.

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inspired words | Calendar of Wisdom, May 31

 

This morning I shared a wonderful phone conversation with my mom as I drank coffee on the porch. She is a beautiful individual who would strike you as always being cheerful, uplifting, and optimistic. Obviously, there is no one who feels this way constantly, but my mom encourages me with her attitude by reminding me where true happiness comes from. Sometimes I go after things that I think will make me happy, but they disappoint me instead. These are the times I reevaluate my definition of the word. Am I daily relying on my husband, my job, others' opinions of me, the measure of my success, or the reflection in the mirror for my happiness? Chances are I'll find myself let down by one or all of the above. The wellspring of my happiness needs to be drawn from something much, much deeper. By first looking inside myself to see what needs to change, I begin this process and the path towards true happiness. It is a daily and continual effort, but it's worth making.