Monday, February 8, 2016

Wordless Prayer ebook {a journey for Lent and beyond}

Are you yearning for something more in your prayer life?

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Words are often unnecessary. We sometimes treat our time with God as if it's a human conversation, one in which we do most of the talking, if we're honest.  In itself this is not a problem, but it belies a deeper belief that we need to fill space with something, rather than just being in God's presence.  We adopt a Martha attitude, instead of a Mary heart.

In my journey to the heart of God, I have found great joy and profound communion with Christ in increasingly creative and contemplative ways.  I have followed the Holy Spirit's leading in my prayer life, seeking after meditative and artistic practices that unraveled emotional knots, unwrapped God's purposes for me, and drawn me into the heart of community.  These are my own personal practices– some are new while others have been practiced for centuries, or even millennia– and while they have not taken the place of more common ways of praying, they have added a depth to my life that cannot be understated.

Wordless Prayer is an invitation into these practices.

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Gary Thomas calls the ways we naturally connect with God, "sacred pathways."

"What is a 'sacred pathway'? Put very simply, it describes the way we relate to God, how we draw near to him. Do we have just one pathway? Not necessarily. Most of us, however, will naturally have a certain predisposition for relating to God, which is our predominant spiritual temperament." ~Thomas, Sacred Pathways {aff}

Maybe you're interested in deepening your experience of God, learning to walk out this faith life beyond the borders of "quiet time." Maybe you would hear Jesus more clearly, and be able to follow Him more closely, if you tried something new.

I would love to share with you the creative prayer practices that have allowed me to experience more of the fullness of God.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

#sketchtosee {nature} ecourse

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To see the World in a grain of sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour."
~William Blake


An ecourse about paying attention, about noticing, 
about seeing with a pen.

When we take out a pen and settle in for even 15 minutes to look at something long enough to render it in our own unique way on a piece of paper, not to create something perfect but merely to open our own eyes, something happens to our vision.  It expands, it zooms out, revealing something holy in that present moment: a connection with God that can only happen when we pay attention.

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"Seeing is always an act of courage."
~Marty Rubin

This is your invitation to slow down.  To loosely guide a pen as it scratches along on paper, and create an immediate and intimate connection between your eye and the page.  This is not a process of perfection, or artistic skill, but instead a meditative and spiritual practice that adds personal meaning to what is in front of you.  
In this ecourse, we will seek out those unassuming things in our outside environment, and allow God to define how they will speak to us.  We will collect, we will prepare, we will sketch, all with the intention of loosening our grip on time and seeing with the eyes of the Spirit.  The beauty around us, joined with the unique way we are each created to create, will lead our experience.  And we will share in this together.

Will you join me?

This journey:

***is a 21-day email and video ecourse {with content 
that never expires}
***begins on September 28th, 2015 with the first post 
landing quietly in your inbox
***includes a private Facebook group where we can
share our sketches, experiences, and visions

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Freebie Fridays on hiatus!

While I wait for a hectic life that eases up, and save up for a new scanner {mine is acting belligerent}, Freebie Fridays will be taking a break.

You can find all image up until this point, over here.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Freebie Friday – 1898 geography textbook goodies

One of the best things about searching through old books is that sometimes you find treasures that were left by previous owners decades before.  In a geography textbook from 1898 I not only have been enjoying the beautiful sketches, but also the handmade assignments and even a hand painted card in a type of Slavic language.  I'm not even sure which.  Is it Hungarian?  If you know, leave a comment!

Enjoy!  And happy creating!

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Monday, July 20, 2015


 you are.
is not
 you are.

~nayyirah waheed

John Lennon sang about it.  This temptation to identify with a space within a border, a separating instead of a uniting.  John Muir, as his spirit expanded to include all of the places he had been, changed his address, zooming out and claiming "earth, universe" as his only home.  In his letters Paul proclaimed that in Christ we have no more divisions between Jew and Greek, male and female, slave and free.

And still we divide.  Still we choose sides.  Still we find identity in a "where" to the detriment of our relationships with our neighbors near and far.

In all of my travels this year, the most important take-away for me is the connection to a greater whole, this expanse of beautiful humanity.  I do not want my identity to be wrapped up in my small place on this planet, crafting a God that fits here rather than a God that is already everywhere and isn't bound by any earthly citizenship.

Loving the place I find myself?  Yes.

But doing so from a zoomed out perspective, seeing each place and each person as part of something much wider and bigger.  I'll plant myself here instead, in this Kingdom of God which is already within and around and above and beside.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Freebie Friday– Links to freebies

There are so many fun places to find great free images on the internet.  
Here are some of my favorite links.  Enjoy!  And happy creating!

A fantastic array of images to explore!

Vintage illustrations, copyright free, of all kinds: science, botany, holiday, animals, you name it.

Great selections from old books.  Characters, nature, technology, etc.

Hope has such a great eye for the creative!  
Find tons of free downloads and links at her site.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Freebie Friday {Bird images: black and white}

Today's images come from the 1932 book 
"Birds of Eastern North America" by Frank Chapman.

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