I am so glad you stopped by!!! I had a rare opportunity to participate in painting workshops for 7 days straight! It was an amazing experience and a huge challenge because I was working with a medium I’d never used before. So… awesome adventure, a chance to meet new people, and learning something new! I was thinking, Boom! This will be a slam dunk!
Needless to say, two days in…..the experience was anything but a slam dunk! I literally painted mud for two days, and every time someone walked by and encouraged me I fought bursting into tears. The third day was better and I actually looked forward to the fourth day. Unfortunately, I finished the fourth day in a hole, and if we’re being honest, it was pretty dark in there! With unfamiliar tools and mediums I was unsure of how to navigate my way. However, I have to admit, my thoughts were my biggest obstacle breeding fear and insecurity. The fifth day, pride wanted me to stay in the hole, but encouraging words and sweet hearts gently lifted me out and set me up on my feet again. I won’t say that I was completely out of the hole, but I could definitely see a light at the end of the tunnel. The sixth and seventh day I moved into a medium more familiar, and I finished the week feeling like I’d run my first marathon, exhausted and exhilarated all at the the same time. Wow! Seriously, quite the roller coaster ride creatively, emotionally, and mentally. I went from thinking I was Picasso to thinking I would never pick up another brush again.
“Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.” Proverbs 4:23 Your heart is the source of life. It’s the door to your thoughts, dreams and emotions. It’s your soul. It is who you are. Scripture says “Guard your heart above all else” because left unprotected lies and despair fly directly to your soul with the main purpose of consuming your every thought, dream and emotion. We’ve all been there. So how do we guard our hearts from lies? By KNOWING TRUTH. What is truth? God’s word, His mind in print. To immerse yourself in His word every day, to hide it in your heart, to Know Him, to fall in love with Him, to trust Him alone. My heart overflows just thinking about it. I recently memorized Psalm 139 and that fifth day of the workshop when I found myself drowning in self doubt, the Holy Spirit reminded me of this sweet Psalm. “You have enclosed me behind and before, and have laid Your hand upon me…And if I say, surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night. Even the darkness is not dark to Thee, And the night is as bright as the day!” My map out of the hole? His word!
Guard your heart Girls! There is power in His word! Love love love Ruthie