Category: art, music

He Has Numbered the Stars

"He has numbered the stars, and calls them all by name." Psalm 147:4

I've created a colorful new bookmark/Journaling tag for you today with the above verse on it. You will receive:

(1) a margin tag/bookmark 2 inches wide (the size that fits my Bible)

(2) a margin tag/bookmark 1-1/2 inches wide (it fits most other Bibles)

(3) two different journaling cards, one with lines and one without, for writing your thoughts. They can be taped into your Bible, or simply tucked in.

All are on the Freebies page -- go here!

 

New journaling cards

Hi there,

Here is a new set of journaling cards for you to use in  your Bible — or anywhere. They are free to download right now, but they’ll move to my Digi Doodads site tomorrow soon.

How do you use them, you ask. Many of you have had this question. I’m going to be making some videos, but here’s one way I use them:

Print out the cards onto inexpensive cardstock – you can also do plain printer paper, but the cardstock holds up longer, especially if you are going to doodle or draw on it. 😉 Cut each one out with scissors. (I have a guillotine cutter that makes it even easier, if you have one try it).

Keep the card(s) handy as you study your Bible. You might want to set a certain goal, like to find and study 10 favorite verses. Or maybe you’re in Proverbs this month, or maybe you have a certain topic or word study going. When you’re doing your regular study and you feel that a verse jumps out at you, stop and study on that for a bit. Try to hear what the Spirit is telling you.

Once you have it clear in your mind, select a card. You can either copy the verse, illustrate it, or both! You can use both sides; and these are called JOURNALING cards, so you might simply mark the verse in your Bible as usual and journal about it on the card. You may even want to jot the date down along with the inspiration you received.

To keep the cards on the right page, I recommend using washi tape. You can tape it right inside the Bible where it won’t be in the way and you won’t lose it. Washi tape won’t tear your pages if you decide to re-position it later.

Some of mine:

                          

Enjoy!

Valentine’s Freebies Added!

In just a few minutes, there will be a new section on my site called “Freebies.” I’m ridiculously excited to be offering them. I think I had free downloads before, when the site was hosted elsewhere. Then I moved it and somehow lost the files, along with some images (that is why, if you dig farther back, some are missing).

ANYWAY. The files are: 

A set of 4 bible verses you can print out and use or give away. (You can print them over and over — so do both! *smiles)

And a set of 4 bookmarks, 2 with lines for writing and 2 with no lines.

Hint: The bookmarks are just exactly the width of a 2-inch Bible margin — so use them for Bibling! Squeeee!

*Bibling: Bible Journaling, but where it is about the Bible. Not about art, coloring, etc.

The. Bible.

This is something I have been wanting to do with you FOREVER and now I’m finally starting. It feels so good. I had 30,000 vsiitors to my blog last year. Thirty thousand.

That’s as much as some of you get in a day, I know. But imagine how many people we can reach if we really try? Right?

So I hope you are with me on this journey, and please DO enjoy the cards and bookmarks.

When You Feel You Aren’t Good Enough

Coming face to face with our own insecurities

I am currently working (slowly) through the book The Creative Call by Janice Elseheimer, shown here.

It’s really written–I think– more for people who are younger [than me] and deciding whether to follow a creative path or take the more practical road. I’m doing it simply because I love books, and especially love reading literature that is related to using our gifts and talents.

So it surprised me when the ‘homework’ said to think deeply on your past and write down limitations that came from another person.

I was even more surprised when I actually did it.

Because what happened was that voice, the voice of another girl in my class at school a hundred years ago, echoed as if she were standing right here. The years fell away and I had that same knot in my stomach, the same shortness of breath accompanied by tense, rounded shoulders and the cringing, shameful feeling of I’m not good enough.

I can’t go into the particulars or I will out the perp, so I have to jump over the specific things that were said. They hurt me to the core. They were multiple assaults. The person in question is one of those people you suppose “has it all,” so I’m not sure why she said the things she did.

My mother probably told me, “she’s just jealous.”

Yet what she said is still echoing in my head…. and we are about to have our 35th class reunion.

Good student that I am, I ruminated on the voice, the words, the results for a good 24 hours. Yes, I have limited myself in that particular art because of that person. I have skipped chances that would have driven me to the top, and given self-talk that would make your hair stand on end.

And yet God made me good enough.

He made me exactly the way He wanted me to be. And I think when He creates us, He expects us to use the talents He gave us. Instead I have spent a lifetime hiding mine under the proverbial bushel, fighting it, struggling with it, and asking Him why in the world He gave me this talent that hangs like an albatross around my neck.

A talent I love, and at the same time I despise.

It weighs me down, I tell Him.

That’s not what weighs you; look again, He urges.

Sure enough, it’s the words, the mean hateful youaren’tgoodenough words, that’s what weighs me down. THAT is the albatross around my neck.

I tried to think on the words and feel the hurt and throw it all out the window. Forward, forward; we always need to go forward and not back. Then I realized I didn’t know what forward really looked like. So, like any intelligent soul, I went to Facebook. (Hah!)

I wrote:

Have you ever thought deeply on your past and realized you limited yourself for years because of what someone else said? How did you come to terms with it?

Here’s What They Said

Karen
Yes. Then I looked at myself in the mirror. Called myself a dumb *** when I realized it was about the other person’s insecurities.
Jan
Yes!! I just keep moving forward now.
Laura
There’s a Christian 12-step program called Celebrate Recovery that is for dealing with “hurts, habits and hang-ups.”

My Takeaways
When someone hurts you, it’s important to feel it, not stuff it, *says the Queen of Stuffingit.

Be sure to put it into perspective. If you stuff it and don’t think about perspective, the hurtful words grow. They become like a twisting, fire breathing dragon up over you when in fact maybe the person is a little shorter than you and the words are just small, momentary bits that go into the air and dissipate.

Yes, dissipate! Poof, there they go! Words weren’t meant to linger in your brain hurting you forever.

Remember too, wherever that person was in life at that moment probably also contained insecurity. She was having a bad day, or her cat died, or she was insanely jealous because your mother let you do whatever you wanted and her mother was really strict.

Yes that’s a babified example; I was in high school, remember?

And this: She wanted to put you down? So what?
So what works really well for me. Bad Tanya, the one on my shoulder, wants me to start saying it aloud. Good Tanya says nuh-uh. Bad Tanya says Maybe if I see her at the reunion I’ll say SO WHAT?
Sigh.

Is there an app Bible Verse for that?

Of course. There are several Bible verses for moving on/ moving forward:

Forget

Isaiah 43:18 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

2 Corinthians 5:17 The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! (MSG)

Press On

Philippians 3:12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running,and I’m not turning back. (MSG)

Job 17:9 The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.

Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV)

And of course, stay in your Bible:

Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

Psalm 119:110 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

(Verses from the NIV, unless otherwise noted.)

I truly feel better already. Knowing that I am made in His likeness, that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and that God’s Word lives in me–that’s exciting. Reading His Word is exciting. Feeling empowered by His Word–that’s exciting.

If you’ve had an experience like this one, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Crafting this week

welcome wreath TL

I confess. I’ve submersed myself in art and creativity this week, to the exclusion of almost everything else.

While doing that, my mental wheels were turning as I began to plan the second book of my “One Step Closer” series. (The first ebook is here.) I actually got a lot of physical work done while the mental work went on.

I made wreaths. Ordered more wreath supplies. (click to enlarge photos)

wreath burlap tnbeader
Large Burlap and Blue Beach Wreath
Sign burlap wreath Wreath Detail

Med wreath yellow black white Tnbeader
Medium Yellow and Black Wreath Bumblebees
small wreath green pink TNbeader
Small Lime and Hot Pink Wreath Birds/Welcome

Worked on my latest painting:

painting tanya logan
Barely started — Roan Mountain Sunset
Roan Mtn Painting T Logan

 

Doesn’t it look a ton better with that road gray instead of pink?

And started a beaded necklace with a stone cabochon as the focal, which I blogged about here.(update: Blog title changed to http://www.craftyaunttee.blogspot.com)

What do you do when the creative muse strikes?

God’s Name is Father

Does anyone have trouble referring to God as “father”? I did a little survey recently based on this question. I mostly found that people who are close with their own father, the earthly father, are able to relate to a heavenly father in a good way. They pray with a feeling of familiarity, a closeness.

But those who are less close to their earthly father have a hard time referring to God as father.They pray to someone distant.

And then there are those who take it way too far, calling him “the Man upstairs” or other familiar names. To me, this lacks completely and reverence and isn’t how we are supposed to address him.

So here’s my question to you. How do you personally make sense of the awesomeness of God when there is the ability to have such intimacy with him at the same time? How do you strike the balance without being irreverent?

Hint: This is part of my next book!

And thinking of “Our Father” reminded me of the Don Moen song, so here it is for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to leave a comment below!


One Song’s ability to Affect lives

For some reason today I was thinking about a time when I was Music Director at Elizabeth Chapel UMC. It’s been a few years ago now. I absolutely loved that church and its members.

One day we were warming up to sing the anthem, when I looked up at my choir. All their faces were strained, and their sound was…not good. It was my fault; I had given them something to learn that was beyond their ability, and then misjudged how quickly we could prepare it. I slammed my book shut.

“Would you guys like to sing something else today?” I asked.

Heads nodded, some ashamed, some relieved. All in agreement.

A quick prayer, then “How Great Thou Art?” I suggested.

So that’s what we sang. Now, this song has affected nearly every listener who’s ever heard it since it came out in its current version in the 1950s. It was particularly effective at Elizabeth Chapel, because while facing the choir I stood at the foot of a huge stained glass depiction of Jesus. Literally–at his feet.

Interestingly, during the song I felt the sudden wind of the Holy Spirit come onto the choir. Their voices were audibly different, stronger, almost as if there were more of them. My hands shook so hard I could barely direct. Afterward, many members came forth to tell us how moved they were by the song.

That was God moving among the congregation that day. I’m so thankful He gave us, you and me, music that we can love and enjoy and allow Him to use to break through to our oft-hardened hearts.

Here is a great video of Vince Gill and Carrie Underwood performing How Great Thou Art. If you aren’t covered in goosebumps by the end, I’d like to know why! 🙂

Thankful! The Prayer performed by Celtic Woman

While we’re cooking, running in circles in the kitchen, or blogging because we purchased a store-bought package already cooked (sacrilege, I know, for a Southerner. But there you go…)

….we are THANKFUL.

I thought you’d enjoy taking just a moment out of your Thank-y-ness to listen to this beautiful, calming song: The Prayer. It’s performed by Celtic Woman, only my very most favorite group to listen to (I usually hear them in Knoxville, TN). Best yet, the soloist is Chloe. She’s awesome!!!

Here are the lyrics.

The Prayer

I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know

Let this be our prayer
When we lose our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe

I pray we’ll find your light
And hold it in our hearts
When stars go out each night

Let this be our prayer
When shadows fill our day

Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe.

Lead us to a place,
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe

Visual Aids for Remembering God

This is a VERY SHORT video that I made because I was running off on tangents in the previous one. Here’s one of the tangents: do you use visual aids to help you remember things God told you, Bible verses, etc? What are they? Here are a couple of mine. 🙂