The first two months of 2013 have vanished into thin air. I often come to the end of a year wondering where it went and what I accomplished. I don’t want to let that happen this year. Time is precious and I am learning to be mindful of the faith history that I am leaving behind.
This year I decided to participate in the One Word 365 challenge and I selected the word CREATE to guide me on my journey. I have been conscious to incorporate this into my daily life as much as possible. How’s it been going you ask? Here is a sampling:
I have begun one mixed media painted canvas. I hope to share it when that is finished. It has been interesting to use new materials.
I completed a 4th knitted dishcloth. This will go to a friend that runs a soup kitchen in my home town. The yarn was sturdier and the size larger to work better for them.
I have also sewn three infinity scarves. After I won a completely adorable one from the Pleated Poppy, I knew I could tackle this easily. A trip to JoAnn, one YouTube video and getting my machine threaded properly and I was off. Stitch Fix sent me a perfectly lovely one in my first box, but I knew I could make my own. I just gave one of the three to my sister as a gift.
I am learning that I LOVE giving handmade gifts. The time involved can be cray cray y’all. But I believe I get as much out of it as the recipient and I have to be so much more intentional due to the planning.
I made this little watercolor of my OneWord to keep in front of me for inspiration. A friend commented on it and I made on for her too. It’s just another way to create community at the same time as “art” – using that term very loosely here!
Many other aspects of my daily life are still a work in progress! Housekeeping is an Achilles’ heel for me, but I’m getting there. Gotta get all my junk in order for moving into a new place in a few months. I got to flex my design muscles when choosing the finishes. I’m picky and can be quite demanding at times. This is when my last point reared it’s head.
I have been confronted with my own love of comfort and convenience. I want what I want, when I want it – the way I like it, if you please. Since this came up a short while ago God has put so much instruction into my ears. I have to tell you that as I was condemning myself for such idolatrous behavior God was giving me grace and reassurance at every turn. Even this morning I have been reminded of the teachings in Amos and Micah and that I need to spend some quality time there in study. (Thank you Phil Vischer and Buck Denver!)
So that’s where I am heading into this third month of 2013. How is your year going so far? What accomplishments can you share for encouragement? I’d love to celebrate with you!