My goodness it’s been a busy crazy summer! So different from last year, yet equally insane.
Last year I was feeling pretty lousy – cancer complications were problematic and I was coming off four weeks of intensive radiation, followed by a case of shingles that landed me in the hospital, all the while planning a wedding!
This year has truly been a great year cancer-wise – I’ve felt great & much more physically active. Over a period of six weeks I made multiple 6+ hr (one way) drives to visit my daughter & family tucked in between a super condensed 4-day trip to California to help pack my sister as she moves forward in her journey there.
Somewhere in the mix, I overdid (yes, that’s a big DUH!) ….things were going so well… until they weren’t. All of a sudden I was constantly tired, sleeping more, and simple short walks weren’t so simple. A middle of the night trip to the ER revealed I had a blood clot that moved to my lungs – no bueno – especially when you have stage IV cancer. An ambulance ride, meds, days of extremely thorough doctor checks, and I was good to go….slowly!
When I’m feeling good (aka not constantly reminded of physical limitations), I wanna be like the other kids! I wanna go for brisk walks, water aerobics, long trips, play time with my grandson….but, I’ve got to remember the pace… and be mindful what a blessing that I’m able to do those things! But maybe….just maybe, I do them in moderation so I decrease the risk of setbacks and increase the probability future fun.
The absolute best part???? It’s so wonderful to feel well enough to spend time expressing faith through art again! Hands down, the Thrive Bible is my all-time favorite – I love how God speaks to me through the devotions, causing me to often say to myself, “wow! I never thought about it that way!” and to continually be in awe of His Mighty Love for us
Of the many roles I’ve experienced in my life, being a mom has truly been the most transformative and definitely the most rewarding! It’s a blessing of love so great…words cannot begin to capture… and I can’t help but attempt to draw a parallel to our Heavenly Father’s love for us…a love so deep…a love in the shape of a cross. How fitting is it to have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day follow the celebration of Resurrection Sunday?
The thing is, we don’t need a designated day to celebrate the sacrifices of the moms & dads in our lives….one day a year is hardly sufficient to express gratitude – so maybe this Mother’s Day will be day one of many days to show our love and appreciation to the women who give so selflessly for the benefit of others.
This Mother’s Day I wanted to create a small token of love for the many women in my circle of influence with a bookmark – perhaps not the most elaborate of gifts, but definitely one that is a labor of love! As I was working on them last night, I wanted to share on a broader scale – if you’d like to share with the incredible women in your life, just click on the link below to download a PDF file ready to print! MothersDay2017
May your day be filled with joy as you share with women in your path
As we begin the final hours to Resurrection Sunday, instead of focusing on coloring eggs and such, I thought it might be nice to share a colorable centered on Christ for artists of every age – just click on the link below to open the free PDF file & enjoy!
I’ve slowly grown to realize a sermon strikes the target of my soul when it lingers in my thoughts throughout the day (and often many days afterwards!) as it travels from my head to my heart. This time last year our church pastor preached on the I Am Second series….thankfully, they are taped because I missed too many. I’m especially thankful God prodded my lazy behind and got me moving that particular Sunday! The sign out front should’ve read, “Hey Celeta! This message is for YOU!” And boy, howdy….was it ever!
My “one word” last year was surrender and here’s an honest moment for ya…I haven’t exactly made a vast effort to even think if my thoughts & actions reflect such a thing. Ouch. You see….this is why I write. Or don’t write. God is so merciful to help keep me from writing just for the sake of writing. The thing is, when I do write, it’s raw…it’s vulnerable…it’s authentic.
And just in case you missed it…for me, surrender leads to vulnerability and vulnerability results in faith in action aka writing. What’s your faith in action? What gets you to your faith in action? I think it’s different for everyone and rarely one thing – isn’t it simply wonderful how uniquely different God made us?
Back to the sermon….it was awesome! The key scripture was Proverbs 3:5-6 and our pastor used the analogy of a trapeze act. There are two roles: the flyer and the catcher. As our pastor described, “Faith in Jesus can be compared to a trapeze flyer being caught by the catcher. I am like the flyer. God is like the catcher. MY PART is to trust, surrender, give up my life. GOD’S PART is to catch, to hold, to do in me and for me what I can’t do for myself. That’s what surrender looks like!” And there we are….back full circle to surrender.
When I get in my head too much, I fall back on wanting to “do a good job” for God…in some form leaning on my abilities versus leaning on Him to provide …for Him to do in and through me what I cannot do for myself.
So here’s to letting go of the trapeze bar…surrendering to my Catcher…God.
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Obviously, consistency in posting is something I still struggle with!
So much has happened in the past year…my daughter got engaged in January, married in October, AND moved 8 hours away in November ! For the first few weeks my mind sort of thought, “oh, it’s just like she’s in college” – of course that kind of denial can only last so long. To help this mama’s heart, it was such a blessing that she was in town for a short visit, and then I was able to travel & spend Christmas with her & her new husband.
Since she decided to move & family is almost an hour away, I proceeded to prepare my house for sale! Originally, I was thinking mid-Spring, but God opened undeniable doors! I am moving next week & will put the house on the market by the end of the month…zoom zoom!
And here I am, only 48 hours from moving! With boxes galore & empty cabinets, the house feels quite “transitional” – I’ve held out a stash of art journaling supplies, but those too will be packed away later today.
A week or so ago, I was at that monkey bar torn place… letting go of one thing to grasp what God has in store next… and yet God is so faithful to close the gap as we reach out to Him!
And as this new season begins, I’m very excited to stay connected with my daughter in a unique way – as we grow & share our faith, we will do it together through a new Etsy venture! In addition to sharing faith art, my daughter will be custom designing printable paper items (invitations, party paper goods, etc)….we’re still in the prayer stage, but stay tuned!
Last year I slowly began the process of embracing my new norm… a process that highlighted a hefty chunk of pride. I’ve said time and again that I want to be a bold witness for the Lord… and I’ve taken a few small faith steps in that direction, but definitely no leaps – that’s for sure!
As I began thinking and praying over my “word” a few weeks ago, EMBRACE naturally floated to the forefront of my mind. But that wasn’t quite right…then I thought about WITNESS – what was holding me back from being the bold witness I claim I want to be??? Duh…I knew that answer, pride! The prideful part of me still wants to do it all myself, somehow showing God just how much I love Him. Throughout the weeks of prayer, God kept whispering “deeper”…and I finally landed on my biggest obstacle to fulfilling all of the above…SURRENDER!
So here I am, with my one word…a very uncomfortable word at that, which makes it even clearer I’m on to something…
Join me, won’t you? Let’s learn how to confidently go before the Throne of Grace. A place where we have the opportunity to surrender our hopes and dreams, our doubts and fears to the Almighty. In return? We can receive His Strength, His Boldness, and His Power to pursue His Plan.
Surrender your heart to God,
turn to him in prayer,
and give up your sins—
even those you do in secret.
Then you won’t be ashamed;
you will be confident