iHanna is an artist/blogger from Sweden and twice a year she does a postcard exchange. I first participated in Fall of 2013 and it was an awesome experience! As with many of us, life slapped me upside the head and I have not been able to participate for some time. Needing a bit of a spur to my creative spirit, when I saw her Spring Exchange pop up in my email, the commitment was made. I am having so much fun with this project, and all 10 of my cards are complete, this year with a geometric theme. As with 2013, I will share my cards as well as the cards I receive. It is such a treat to come home and find such lovely treats, from all over the world, in my mailbox!
So for today remember . . . "Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established."
Came across some quotes by Will Rogers recently and was reminded of the many jewels of wisdom he shared with all who would listen.
I am growing to love more and more those incidents in my life that occur, when I take a deep breath, stop, and listen! Today is a perfect example. I share because words help me remember what is important, especially on those days that invite me to forget.
So for today remember . . . "Be still and know that I am God!" ~ ~ ~ Psalms 46:10
My life has been enhanced in so many ways by friends it is only natural to have created a piece of art to honor friends, who are priceless to us all!
Etsy > > > lindasmithmiller
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 KJV
9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
I am excited to offer my first piece of art publicly! "Woody's Camo" is an 11x14, signed & dated print, done for Woody's Home for Veterans, a faith-based organization helping veterans. It was a donation piece auctioned at a fundraiser to build their third home. These homes provide care for veterans with chronic needs. All profits from this print will be donated to Woody's, my small way to give back to those that have served our country. If you have an interest in this print, click here > Etsy, and type in the name of my shop, lindasmithmiller, and place your order. I thank you in advance for helping me help others!!!
Evolution of the art from beginning to completion.
There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen!!! ~ ~ ~ Rumi
So for today remember. . . in this fast paced world, take some time to slow down and listen. lsm
This title came to me in August ~ 2014, was written on a sticky~note and placed on the front of my computer so I would not forget it. Some days I see it and other days I notice it not! Such is life, something can be right in front of me and I can miss it! Black and white is easy, the gray area is hard! Many issues in life require the gray area, and in my experience I have to work very hard to get into this space! However, "there IS more than one way to skin a cat" as the old saying goes! I started this blog in 2011 to work through a very challenging time in my life with the use of words and photos. I love words! Simply put, they remind me of what I already know, and help me get out of my mind and back into today, to what is important! There is much truth to the statement "a picture is worth a thousand words!" Pictures are easy for me; composing my own words is a major challenge; I am up for the task! More to come on this subject as I discover and work my way into the areas of thinking in my life that require, beg for, desire the elusive gray area!
So for today remember . . . "Part of me longs to do a job where there's not a gray area." ~ Jodie Foster
2 Thessalonians 3:13 (NASB)
13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.
Many months have passed since my last post, and that is okay! Learning to accept that when the time is right I will return to something important to me is a valuable lesson learned! Sometimes growing time is necessary in order to continue on a certain path! Black and white thinking was part of my upbringing, so learning how to navigate into the gray area is a great challenge.
It is my nature to seek personal growth, which is an open-ended invitation for life lessons! When given a lesson, it has been my experience that I will have it for days, weeks, months, or even years. . . depending on how long it takes for me to recognize the lesson and choose to begin to follow the steps needed to learn what I am supposed to learn! All this brings me to now, as life seems to have grabbed me and pulled me, kicking and screaming, for several months, down a path of opportunity to learn not one, but many new lessons. What I know is this; My "Source" of strength has deemed me ready and able for this challenge . . . hence, the title "growing pains!"
So for today, remember . . .
"By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
and, third, by experience, which is the bitterest." -> ->
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Eat, sleep, purr, bathe, love my human, play, drink water, rinse and repeat! My cat has it made. Perhaps we could learn something from her and simplify our lives.
Shop, buy, make, bake, wrap, decorate, entertain, help others, sing, give gifts, give time, give money, give of yourself, give to others, and the list goes on . . .
about me. . . daughter, mom, student, sister, teacher, artist, auntie, friend, and lover of quotes and nature! We all wear many hats, these are just a few of mine!