Happy New Year! A morning tv show that I often have on has been debating when it is that we should stop saying, "Happy New Year." The fact is, I haven't posted yet this year so I think it's still appropriate. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
As we begin a new year, I thought I would share some of the things that have been inspiring me lately. I have spent any extra time I've had the first week of this year clearing and organizing, praying and pondering, reading and writing. I was so inspired by the song "You Fail Us Not" that I am in the process of creating a simple mini album with the words to that powerful song. I am also in the process of planning the weekly activities and devotions for a 10 week class I will be teaching at church called "Find Us Faithful." (For those of you familiar with the Steve Green song, yes, I based it on the words to that song!) Though not advertised as a scrapbooking or journaling class, we will come away with a 'book' full of clues to our faith and memories of His faithfulness, so that hopefully those who come behind us will find us faithful. The premise and process have both inspired me!
Then, there are my new books. I was ECSTATIC to come across a couple of bargain "finds" after Christmas. They have also inspired me! The first is a 2010 Date Book . It is spiral bound and called "Journey to Wings." The huge draw is that all the artwork in it is done by Kelly Rae Roberts. I don't know if you are familiar with her but her work and her words continually inspire me. I have one angel of hers (on canvas) in my home and was thrilled to find this book with not only her artwork, but great quotes. The icing on the cake? It was $5.00 at T.J. Maxx! There was not another one like it. I snatched it up immediately. When I turned it over and saw the price I almost felt like I was stealing it. A treasure to me to be sure!
The other find was also from T.J. Maxx. It is entitled, A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words, image-driven story prompts and exercises for writers. Each page has one interesting black and white photo. On the opposite page is an exercise to help me step out of my comfort zone and write from a different perspective. The price? $3.99! Somehow, that makes it even more valuable to me. To be honest, if they would have had more than one, I would have bought the second one just to cut out some of the pictures. The size, colors, graphics and content all work together to create something that I have looked at almost daily.
I have spent some time on other blogs that feature inspiring devotionals and writings. Not the Max Lucados and the Joel Osteens. Mainly women who love the Lord and want that reflected in every area of their lives, moms that are famous to their families and women with wisdom from real life challenges and scenarios like mine. There too I have found inspiration.
As for 'New Year's Resolutions', well, I'm still pondering. Of course, I have ideas in my head but I have not written anything down yet. I'm loving the idea that one mom had of using Winter as a time for setting, not starting goals. As she said, "Don't feel pressured to rush this process just because the calendar has turned its page." As a result, I'm tending to the challenges that have come my way already this year and taking the time to find wisdom and inspiration. My hope is that as I learn from it all, I can more successfully meet my goals and have some inspiration to share as well.
My inspiration is so often found on a bookshelf. You may find your inspiration from a piece of music, a hike on your favorite trail, or a new set of your favorite art supplies. However it is that you get refueled, I hope 2010 holds many opportunities for you to stop, breathe, and be inspired. Here's to finding your own source(s) of inspiration!
Looking Forward to the Possibilities With You,