God’s Growing Me….and my HAIR!!!!

I’ve been meaning to post pics of my hair and just haven’t gotten around to it…as if I’m SO busy! Luckily, I was diligent to take snapshots over the past few months to show progress.

roseanne copyFor those that don’t know me, my hair is naturally curly…very curly and I have spent the better part of adulthood trying to change it…rarely will you find a photo of me w/my hair natural.  The best way to describe the natural state of my hair is from the original SNL cast Gilda Radner’s “Roseanne Roseannadanna” – as we say in the South, “Bless Her Heart!”

With the help of numerous styling products & tools, I could pretend my hair was straight…pretend…in no way shape or form is my hair remotely straight.  But that’s the way it goes, isn’t it? We all seem to want the exact opposite of what we’ve been given – why is that, I wonder???

When I started chemo I thought, “well maybe my hair won’t fall out” – HA!!! I wasn’t two weeks in before the clumps of hair began falling, and quite frankly, it was kinda creepy to me – I was eager to have it cut and promptly ordered a precious Raquel Welch wig from Headcovers.com (they are SO nice and local!) – with all the yuck of chemo going on, I loved my hair! It was straight and spunky and all I had to do was put it on – a huge perk since I didn’t have the strength to fix it anyway:)

My family and friends would joke wondering…will it come back curly?  As curly? Not quite as curly? AND the super big question, “what’s my real hair color?”  Yes, my hair’s still curly as ever (you’ll just have to take my word for it!) with plenty of gray!  As the Texas heat and humidity is upon us, I’ve since set the wig aside and opting to go au natural  – funny how God eventually gets us back to basics – even with hair!

Before I worked up the courage to go without the wig, I sort of used it as a crutch and rationalized that wearing the wig gave me the opportunity to witness to others – when women would comment on my cute hair, I’d say, “Thanks! It’s a wig – a huge perk of chemo is that I don’t have to fix my hair!” and then proceed to witness about God’s faithfulness – especially during storms.  Well, let me tell ya folks, you don’t need a wig to witness – shocker, I know – funny how I failed to see that without the wig, others could see the real me and see God working through me by my actions and attitude without ever saying a word 🙂

God gives us opportunities to witness regardless of how we look or where we are in our journey of faith – all we have to do is be a willing vessel – with or without hair…

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Bible Art Journaling 101

Last year when I started chemo, I wanted something to do during the 4 hours I was stuck in a chair.  I discovered the concept of bible art journaling on Pinterest.  Convinced I wasn’t artistic and for fear of it looking “ugly,” I couldn’t bring myself to doodle in my bible.

Instead, I opted to start a gratitude art journal. Well, after the first infusion all I did for 4 hrs was pretty much sleep and the art journaling idea defaulted to coloring in bed! I’ve loved coloring since I was a kid…very therapeutic and relaxing! I wanted to combine my love of “Words to Live By”  with coloring, so I found some precious inspirational coloring pages and glued them into my art journal.   I also attempted adding lettering myself, which was ok, but I was more stressed over how they looked vs embracing the message! Sort of misses the point, don’t you think???

Then a great thing happened….my sister-in-law shared a link on Facebook to artist, Joanne Sharpe of Whimspirations- needless to say, my curiosity was peaked! Off to You Tube I went to find tutorials by Joanne – she has the gift if inspiring students to embrace their own handwriting vs trying to imitate someone else…go figure! She makes art lettering FUN! I browsed her blog to discover online classes and decided on her “Share Your Awesome Life” class – it’s been a game changer! It’s liberating, relaxing, and just plain ole FUN! Although I’m still working through the actual lessons, I’ve ventured off to trying things on my own.

For Mother’s Day, I made little ring cards – a good bit of work since I wanted to make TEN! I loved it though…  here are a few… 

Needless to say, my confidence is soaring – not because I’m “good” – I’m confident because I’ve released unrealistic expectations and chosen to embrace allowing God to speak to me through simple artistic expression – it’s pretty cool and highly therapeutic!

I’ve since ordered a journaling bible – it seems bible art journals are all the rage these days!! When I originally considered bible journaling, local stores had them in stock – now? Good luck! I ordered a NIV Journaling Bible through Amazon  a couple of weeks ago and looking forward to the day it arrives! There are loads of examples on Pinterest and tutorials on You Tube

And if you’re thinking “Buying tons of stickers, stamps, papers, etc. doesn’t exactly fit into my budget…”   expressing your faith artistically doesn’t have to be expensive! You can use coloring pencils or crayola markers/highlighters – just like each of our journeys are unique, so is expressing yourself. Start simple, but start…and have FUN –  God is waiting to speak to and through you!!!!

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