My daughter Michelle has been trying to get me to Art Journal for a very long time... bless her heart! I am convinced the timing simply wasn't right until just recently because now I'm loving it!
Michelle and her friend Teri have been getting together every Friday for a few weeks now to share what they've been doing in their journals, what they've been learning and what new supplies they've been trying out and they've invited me to join them. Today, they brought their journals and art supplies to my studio and for 3 hours we chatted and painted and played! I had a great time... they are such an inspiration! Thank you girls!
We met two weeks ago at a coffee shop and left with a challenge to use the brown paper coffee cup sleeves in our journals before we met again. This was Michelle's page when she arrived. Can you find the sleeve?
This was her page when she left. Notice the frames around our pics? VERY FUN!
This is Teri's page and she picked up on the wording on the sleeve about "a greener future for our planet"... isn't that great? So creative!
Can you see the holder in mine? NOT! I started a page with the sleeve but it's far from finished and is rather boring at the moment! But I did work on this page this morning and I love it! I promise to show the coffee sleeve page when it's done... really I will!
This is actually what I spent most of my time on this morning... hand carving four mini stamps and this cute little flower pot. Too fun!
I was reading Psalm 150 this morning and got to thinking about the last verse...
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
What struck me was that the breath we inhale is a gift from God and it is with that very same breath that we give Him praise. We inhale life and exhale worship. Whether we breathe in what is fragrant and sweet smelling or stinky and distasteful... with every exhale we are to praise the Lord! This verse reminds us and even commands us to praise Him for His mighty acts and His excellent greatness. Do you want to bless the Lord? Take a deep breath and as you let it out... praise Him!
Oh Lord... I am much better at praising You when my life is good and the air I breathe is sweet. Would you work in my heart to praise You even more when life stinks... because even when life down here on earth does stink, praising You lifts me up into heavenly places where the air I breathe is pure and holy... where the air I breathe is You! My our praises fill the earth with Your glory. In Jesus' Name... amen.