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How To Be Broken & Beautiful

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Photo from Lifegate.com

This year has been one of those years. A marker year ringing with transition. We all have those years. Not to bore you with details but several things happened. I transitioned from stay-at-home-keeper-of -all -things-family to full-time teacher, suffered with a child over great loss, turned 50 and continued to care for my husband and his unusual medical condition. I was feeling broken and lonely.

But I was never alone.

Around March, in a moment of solace, I was reading Psalm 23 about the Good Shepherd. Two things stood out to me that morning. The phrase…”you make me -lie down in green pastures…” at the beginning and “surely your goodness- shall follow me all the days of my life.” So my question was, how do I do what you have put before me and continue to shine your goodness Lord?  I am dulled but my edges are sharp and raw, real. I am not holy or light or salt.  I am cracking.

 

I am weighted and worn.  I needed to be unearthed by the one I call Yahweh, the One who is more than enough.  

For whatever reason, my search took me to Google and the words broken and beautiful and I found Kinstugi: the Japanese Art of repair. It literally means “golden joinery”. In Japan this art form, has been used by  Potters for over 400 years to repair broken pottery.

My Potter, showed me, my answer.

In a golden, symbolic, language I understood.

We are all still broken, and will be throughout our lives, but as the Potter, the Lord mends our shards and sharp pieces, our fragmented broken places, with His golden light and love. My veins and cracks now have a beauty all their own, a testament, a story. So the Lord with intention, took my struggles and gave them glimmer, He polished and mended my raw edges because He is good.

Yes, His Goodness shall follow me all the days of my life and the joints of my story now have a golden glow.  Amen.

Here is a video with more information on the art of Kinstugi

Beauty Takes Work

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From Reflections of God: The Theology of Beauty:

“Gardens are not made in singing ‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade.  Even God labored for six days to create a beautiful world.”

~Rudyard Kipling

Sought after beauty:

Blackberry Brambles

A Man Named Jesus

 Adoption

Dirty Dishes

Tarnished Silver

Lord thank you for beauty we have to think about, beauty that is shy. That’s my favorite kind of beauty, the kind that needs to be sought after. The kind of beauty that is discovered with a bit of time and a quiet place to think .~Amen

A Student of Beauty

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Whoa it has been awhile since I have written here… lots has changed in my life this past year but one thing hasn’t (I am sure many of you know where I am going with this) the constant love of our Savior! I have been reminded time and time again of His goodness to me.

While I have  had some down time this summer (I got a job as a teacher last fall-see what I mean, glorious goodness!) I have been doing a Bible study from if:equip called Reflections of God: The Theology of Beauty and it talks about the following practice of becoming a student of beauty.  It is my mission this summer and hopefully beyond, to quietly begin a practice of writing down 5 things of beauty everyday.

Today’s 5 things of beauty:

  • Happy art students
  • The color of ice tea
  • Suzanne’s white hair
  • birdsong
  • paint on my fingers

The verse seek and ye will find from Matt. 7:7  or from Jeremiah 28:13   talk about this. As a student of beauty I will begin to live and practice this into my everyday life. I want to see with eyes of the Savior. Will you join me?

Living as God’s Beloved with the Women of Elim Evangelical Free Church

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photo7Living as God’s Beloved.

This was our theme for our creative gathering, with the sweet women of Elim Evangelical Free Church. What a joy-filled day! They were welcoming, excited and ready to experience God in a new and different way. The church decor was not only relaxing and inviting it was the perfect setup for what we do at made. They served up a delicious meal of hearty soups, bread and salad and the hospitality and fellowship was genuine and inclusive!

I was filled with anticipation too.

I always am.

It is such a privilege to share God’s truth with others. Sharing the word of God through the creative process can be scarey but from the photos all you can see is creative joy and fun!

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As a creative and a maker of things, I marvel at what an imagination can do if given space, time and encouragement!  I love teaching (if you know me personally you would say that is an understatement) but it is true. I am always tickled when I give the same set of instructions and the same medium to work with,  to a room full of inspired women. I never tire of seeing the eyes widen in discovery or the infectious smile triggered by the spark that ignites creative inspiration.

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This Creative Gathering was no exception. The Creative Team provided guided creative activities through listening and quieting exercises, watercolor play,  journaling and group discussion and a clay project. All of these activities disengaged the analytical mind allowing the language of the imagination  to form something outside of themselves. They got to see their thoughts, ideas, even their faith and gain new perspective.  All through the lense of scripture and Living as God’s Beloved. It was an amazing day!

What I also never tire of, is the connection that is made as sisters in Christ. It is wonderful to watch the creative circle grow as the Lord leads us in new directions. May the Kingdom of the Lord continue to be proclaimed and women of Elim never forget that you are fearfully and wonderfullymade.photo12

 Here are some memories from our day, enjoy!

Thanks Women of Elim! We had an amazing day with you all!

~Heather and the Creative Team at made.

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