Happy New Year y’all! A new year and a new decade lies ahead…what victories and challenges will you face in the coming days and months? Time always tells.
While 2019 was filled with valleys for many, I am so thankful it was a pretty good year for this ole gal (OG!) – God led me through a journey towards healthier eating habits and cancer didn’t reveal any new challenges🙌🏻 Those small victories enabled me to be more supportive both physically and emotionally…. and I want more of that!
Over the past few years, I’ve participatedin choosing my One Word – for 2020, my one word is gather – that word seems a bit odd, but also on the money!Towards the end of 2019, I did a few new things – after several years of procrastinating, I finally opened an Etsy shop to share FaithArt God lays on my heart, I contributedFaithArt to a longtime FB friend as an accompaniment to her Bible Studies, and I connected with another beautifulsoulthat I am oh so eager to meet face to face and see how God unfolds our story…
What One Word has God laid on your heart this year?I’ve included a freebie for you to print or save for digital use ➡️ https://celetac.com/creative-hearts-paper-studio/ My prayer this year is for each of us to live a life of intentional love, gratitude, grace, and surrender.
Don’t you just love the days when God shows off just how divinely he plans??? Accurately describing this divine appointment is a bit challenging to me so of course I deferred to visual aids! This is a story of two different women, in two different states….both with a passion for God…. these two women follow a blog by artist Sue Carroll (1Arthouse – Doodle 101) and on this certain day, Celeta read Sue’s latest post…. Kathy saw Sue’s post and decided to search FB for her art…. Sue has been a great long distance art teacher to Celeta (me!) and often posts about her on Creative Hearts Paper Studio FB page….
Kathy’s search landed her on Creative Hearts and as she scrolled thru the posts, she saw me reference Revelation Wellness…. Kathy followed God’s prompting and reached out to me…
A conversation that started around Revelation Wellness, quickly expanded to the sharing of a dream God planted…. a grand dream that ‘lil ole me might be a part of!
I gotta tell ya’…. I was on a JOY high most of the day! God started stirring something in me that I can’t quite describe or explain, but it’s something special…that much I’m pretty certain!
Stay tuned for updates! I’m diligently slowin’ my roll so God can lead without me getting in the way 😉
I love my little cottage, but I have to admit, the view out the front left something to be desired! Originally, I looked for the large garden flags – unfortunately, they can really put a dent in the budget and the Texas sun is pretty brutal on fabric. Thanks to my brilliant sister, I’ve now filled that once bland space with wonderful reminders to praise God. She suggested I use some of the FaithArt I created and convert it to a banner – pretty smart, huh?
Granted, I had no prior banner making experience, but Vistaprint was running a special so I took a gamble, created a design & ordered away. I was so pleasantly surprised by the quality and clarity of the end product, it wasn’t long until I added another… and another!
The video below is far from professional and my Texas twang is overly obvious when I’m excited 🤪
Since I’ve finally opened the Etsy shop, I’m kinda thinkin’ perhaps others might enjoy outdoor art too… let me know what you think!
Last year when the new Illustrating Bible became available, I promised myself that I wouldn’t spend the money on something I didn’t need…. then a fellow journaler shared a special purchase price… I still didn’t need a new Bible, but boy oh boy did I want it!
For the past year I have been diligent in prayers for my daughter and her family. As newlyweds they face the typical struggles, and layered onto that, they now live 6hrs from our hometown…away from mama, family, and lifelong friends. And yes, mama still struggles missing her girl!
So….I justified the purchase to purposely journal thoughts and prayers in the new Bible specifically for my daughter and family… a living legacy Bible of sorts….
And then I began to suffer from ‘new Journaling Bible’ syndrome….. the purpose was overwhelmingly shadowed by thoughts of exactly what tone the art would take…. yes, TOTALLY missing the original purpose! What to do?
Pray. Wait. Trust.
Finally, this past weekend God showed me that it didn’t need to be one or the other…. simply keep my focus on Him! okay……but what does that picture look like? For me, it is now two God experiences…. art time and then Scripture/Prayer time.
For now, I plan to create digital artwork beforehand that I can print and then it will be ready for my prayer time over family…. it’s only been a few days, but thankfully it finally feels right! And even better, by creating the art digitally, I can easily share with others! Click on the link here —> Freebies
How we find our rhythm with God is just as unique each journey. What’s your rhythm? I’d love to hear from you!
New to journaling? Welcome!!!!
I just love how God speaks to us on such a personal level!! I always try to encourage folks to journal – whether you write a few words, a picture, or any combination…it can inspire and encourage either yourself or others in ways you can’t possibly fathom!
I stumbled across this note from a binder…a BIG. BLANK. BINDER…
“Where to begin??? So much space to be filled!!!
I want to follow Your lead and not get so focused on the canvas that I lose sight of Your artistry. Amen”
As we prepare for Resurrection Sunday next month, I thought it might be nice to share (again?) some faith art I did a couple years ago – this piece was inspired by the amazing Stephanie Ackerman of Documented Faith. Like many other incredible artists, Stephanie uses her gifts to share God’s Word in her own unique style! I encourage you to discover all God is doing through this ministry – you can find her online at the link above, and also on FaceBook and instagram – you too will be inspired by her love for the Lord shared through art ☺️
As I mentioned in Love Cherishes, faith art plays a big role for me reaching out to the hurt and wounded – granted, it may not seem glamorous or substantial, but I believe God has me share His light through art to nourish the souls of His precious children.
I always say there’s something good in everything…. and it’s especially good when you have to dig for it! Still feeling a bit under the weather, so instead of boring stuff like household chores I enjoyed most of the day yesterday playing on my iPad and creating faith art!
Dare day 4 is based on Thoughtfulness; one particular comment from the book stood out to me, “[Love] filters through a grid of truth and kindness.”
In my minds eye, I saw a baking sifter with a handle (Love)…. kindness and truth goes in and thoughtfulness comes out… but there’s work involved – you have to exercise – crank the handle of LOVE to generate the desired output…. thoughtfulness!
I hope you enjoy the art – I’ve prepared it a couple of different ways… a finished margin artwork, one to color, and another to piece together & color (yes, Miss Leah – this is for YOU!) – hop on over to the study to download your freebie…. and please share on my Facebook page (Celeta’s Journey)! I love seeing your interpretations
The only thing you need to purchase for this study is the original Love Dare book – everything else (videos, discussions, handouts, & artwork) is provided on my website – God planted this seed quite some time ago and I am beyond thrilled to see His Mighty Hands at work!
Also, please share your thoughts, questions & artwork – the website isn’t setup for adding your artwork, but my Facebook page (Celeta’s Journey) eagerly awaits!
Here are a few of the add-ins I did this week (in the Kindness image, I used goodies from Lot95 Designs):
Last week I shared my “one word” for 2018….and it just dawned on me, as I was looking at the visual, that I didn’t bother to ask yours!
As you may know, sharing faith art is something I really enjoy – so here you go…. one to personalize for YOUR one word 🤗 – and if you prefer, just add a comment below & I’ll be happy to personalize just for you!
I’ve saved mine as the home screen on my phone… and iPad…and laptop… get the idea☺️