A Time for Everything

Recently I had some friends over and we spent the evening making collages using old mags.
 This is one of my favourite (easy anyone can do it..) things to do! I've even gotten my husband on board to give it a go :) Because the more I grow in myself and in the way I see God, I've found its soo important to know what season you are in...

{I like to do one of these every few months, the way I do them is just ask God to show me something for the season I'm in and then Go through the magazines and cut out the things that "JUMP" off the page, you know it when you see it... then after I think I've got what I need I stick them down - you can get really complex and try make a picture out of them etc but I prefer just to place them down pretty quickly without over thinking them so that I dont get stuck in perfectionism land x}

How can knowing the season your in be important?... Well...I've been feeling like God was showing me it was time to leave some old things behind in my life and so I started doing a few drawings and then a painting - and now when I look at it I can see the significance of what he was trying to tell me...

About 2 days after I had finished my painting called "BRAVEheart" based on one of my favourite quotes.."In Order to discover new lands one must first be BRAVE enough to loose sight of the shore" our landlord came by and said we had 6 weeks notice to find a new place because they were in need of our house to live after selling their property...

In Oxford, Christchurch where we live its a little town, but its growing really fast with people moving out this way since the earth quakes, so theres not alot of rentals avaliable etc... So when we heard the news we could have easily freaked out and gone into panic mode: "What will we do!!!?", but instead both me and my husband were happy, we could smile and wish our landlord the best...because we knew the season we are in...and it was pretty cool cause both of us were hearing the same things from God - its a time where things are changeing and we are both leaving some old ways behind...

I said to my husband the other day "I just feel so empty" and he said that he'd had a picture that God had shown him of me about a tree without its leaves, it was stripped bare. And in a way it was comforting to hear this because it confirmed the way i was feeling, BUT the coolest part was that I felt like God then said to me 'I'm emptying you, not to leave you exposed but so that I can fill you again...'

And I thought back to my painting of the little boat. Normally I love to draw boats with saplings - its another significant imagry for me - but for some reason this time it never crossed my mind to do this... and I then I realised that the boat was empty...

when it left the shore it hadnt taken anything with it...

 And so I was encouraged that in my feeling empty I was in the exact place that God wanted me to be... Empty but at peace. Not really sure where we will move to next but knowing that God had told us to come to oxford, found us a place for us in this great last season and wasnt about to leave us hanging for the next one...

On top of that - it might seem silly but I also finished the journal I keep to write and draw/collage in - And sometimes when you finish something we have this idea that we wont be able to create anything else as good...have you ever thought that? Well for me it was just another confirmation that I was coming to the end of something and it was a time to start something fresh!

I know you feel empty like a lamp without a shade but soon you will be shining bright again, full and overflowing...
This morning when I woke up I was reminded of this verse "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.."Ecclesiastes 3:1

So I guess my question to you is what season are you in, you may have just had some great things happen to you and its a time to laugh or maybe you've been frustated where your life is at and its a time to search, and ask some questions... if there really is a time for everything what is God saying to you about the place in time that your in, and what is he showing you within yourself?

when I look at my collage and my painting they encourage me to keep going in this season...

When we know the season and time we are in I think it can encourage us to make somthing beautiful out of it...


A Time for Everything

"There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
     a time to be born and a time to die,

    a time to plant and a time to uproot,  
     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
  a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,    
 a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
     a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
     a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

...He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end..."

No more Fools Gold

So this weekend we bought a set of digital scales... Last week i went to weigh myself on our $10 crappers from the wharehouse and it gave me 3 different readings (might i add that none of them were favourable!) (not impressed!)so I put up the protest flag and my husband - bless him, gave me the green light to get new ones. Isnt funny how something so simple can bring a moment of joy - new scales - Trala! - so now after my not so flashy week I feel more inspired to get back into the mindset of putting the "good stuff" into my body... and do you remember how i said that I'd been contemplating the shoreline? well I feel like it's now time to cast off the ropes and set sail... I feel like this last week I've been kicking and screaming (alot) trying to keep some of my old ways and old treasures but they are starting to feel heavy like they really are foreign and dont belong in my boat anymore - so whether they like it or not i've decided to leave them on dry land... No more fools Gold I want the real stuff... (ps I'm not just talking about food here I feel like one grumpy mummy at the moment and its not cool, so I know somethings got to change) but in terms of the health stuff I'm so over my head with nutrition I dont know where to start...carrots anyone? But I figure even if its one little inch of change I'll take it - and so I know that I just gotta go for it as long as it takes! Anyone else relate? 


Brave Heart

Once when visiting a Marae with my Teachers College Class a Maori Elder said this to us:

"In order to Discover New Lands, One must first be Brave enough to loose sight of the shore"

It was a special wkend at the Marae and one of those moments I've always remembered.
 When I heard this quote I was in my last year of study trying to figure out my future, I was weighing up some big decisions and one of those was leaving an unhealty relationship I was in. 
 It was something that was affecting so many areas of my life but I wasnt willing to acknowledge that at the time. I think if I had stopped and truely thought about what that "shore" really looked like I might have left it sooner than I did.

See In order to leave those old shores to find the new ones I think you first need to understand what it is, you are leaving behind.

I think this is very true in relation to habits. Often when we try to change our bad habits we fail. Because normally the first thing we do is to try something new ~ But I've been thinking about this latly and I think we miss a step. I think the first thing we need to do is to understand what it is you are letting go of, before you replace it with something new.

Letting go of something can be hard, sometimes sad, sometimes fun (like letting go of helium balloons into a bright sky!).

Loosing sight of/ Letting go of, the familiar takes courage, it takes a Brave Heart. But when you discover the New lands, the Green Pastures on the other side, it makes the Bravery all worth it.

At the moment I feel like Gods telling me to have a Brave Heart and leave some old ways behind, I'm still trying to get my head around what exactly they are, its a little scary a little exciting and I can't see the new lands yet......but I know that I have everything within me already that I need to get there....

And so I know that they are coming...

The colours look a bit different in original as It was hard to capture the colour right with my camera!

"In order to Discover New Lands, One must first be Brave enough to loose sight of the shore"
I havnt painted for ages but felt to make this - it took on a few differnt forms untill I'm leaving it as is -

Its a reminder to keep going forwards and not to look back for we can all live out of a Brave Heart :) 


It's the little things

Latly Its been the little things that have been giving me the greatest thrills. I saw this little shelf/cude thing on Pinterest the other day for your tea and coffee bits and pieces (this area on my bench has been driving me crazy for ages!) and a light went off - I'd had one of those things too! And so after taking off the door of mine, Tada!! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!!

So now I'm on the look out for cute glass Jars...Fun fun.  Next I'd found these IQLIGHTs in a Op-shop ages back and had totally forgotten about them till my sister sent them down to me, after I'd left it at her place. THey look really neat in my lounge and in our bedroom - they remind me of clouds - thats why I really like them :)

Dont you just LOVE it how normally its the little things that bring a smile to your dial, even better when they are free!