Thursday, June 08, 2006

Illustration Friday: Portrait

Portrait of Contentment

"...Actually, I don't have a sense of needing anything personally. I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am..." Philippians 4:10-13

Well, to all my blogging buddies and any new visitors, I say it is SO GOOD to be back!! Oh my, how I have missed this incredible venue for creative expression and mutual support. I decided to do a self-portrait for this week's Illustration Friday topic: Portrait. I call it "Portrait of Contentment" because it is a reflection of my current state of mind, at least I am growing increasingly more content in my new life day by day. I have had an extremely challenging several months since I got divorced and moved cross country and bought a house and set up a house (hence my absence from blogging and IF)...and now...FINALLY...I have settled in and am enjoying myself immensely. (click the link to see lots of pictures of my house!!)
Are there still challenges - you bet - but a sense of real peace and true contentment with one's life goes a long way towards mitigating those challenges - and that contentment and peace comes from a life surrendered to God's plan. I don't "have it all together", nor do I do everything right - far, far from it - but God continues to guide me and gently teach me as I walk with Him in this new adventure, and as the scripture says, "Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am..."

Blessings to you all - it is so good to be back - I have missed you all so much!!


  1. Sweet portrait - you look so happy! Your house looks very nice too!


  2. Sweet and happy portrait and I love the morning glory flowers!!

  3. You look so happy how wonderful!!!! Been thinking of you. Took a wonderful jaunt through your new house photos. beautiful and exciting. Love that play house potting shed.

  4. Love the colors in this one, and it makes me so very happy to look at it :0)

  5. beautiful lovely illo!

  6. Anonymous5:30 PM

    Hi Becky!
    Your house is just charming! Love all of the trees and shade surrounding it. Have fun in your new studio!

  7. Glad to see you back!...and, sorry I'm so late seeing this! But, it was well worth it!

    Your new home is beautiful! Sort of the kind of home I dream about..and, I see so much potential in your backyard (that playhouse/potting shed is awesome!).

    Again..welcome back!

  8. You've been missed Becky!
    I am so thrilled to see that the dust is starting to settle. Your house looks beautiful and the woodlands trails look like a dream come true. I'm moving in! hehehe!
    Hugs to you.


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