Friday, June 16, 2006

Illustration Friday: Jungle

Well, the song "Jungle Boogie" from Kool and the Gang was the first thing that popped into my head - and so here you have jungle critters dancing as I imagine they do when no one is looking....
Late for IF, I know, but I am committed to participating weekly again, so late will have to suffice this week... Blessings to you all this weekend!

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!!