I recently read a quote by Ann Voskamp that I love…
"The art of our lives deserve a frame." http://www.incourage.me/2010/02/journaling-life-as-art.html
It struck a chord with me, to be sure. After all, these last few weeks my writing has suffered (sorry no blog last week) as I have given my time and attention to other creative projects. I recently finished a 50th anniversary commemorative album for some friends. The ten week class that I have been teaching at church scrapbooking our faith will come to an end on Wednesday and I am in the midst of a few projects to have ready at our younger daughter's graduation party in May. As I think about those things that I have completed, that is exactly what I've done. I've taken time and photos and snippets and quotes and embellishments and stated through my efforts that their lives (and my journey of faith) is worth taking time to frame.
My thoughts turned to the volumes of 'artwork' created by my children when they were younger. They would immediately earn a place on the refrigerator – a frame that many of us have used through the years – and then eventually make their way into a box. I learned early on to take photos of some of that artwork, especially the cumbersome pieces, either too big or too heavy to properly frame. (Remember those 3-D pieces, laden with macaroni?) It gave me permission to eventually throw that piece out, while still having a photo that would house the memory.
Those awkward but always-beautiful-to-a-mom pieces remind me of my life these days. There seem to be mistakes and messes everywhere. My 'learning curve' is ever-present and undeniable. The pieces these days… not exactly gorgeous or valuable or graphically pleasing to the average onlooker. But I am my Father's child and as Max Lucado likes to say, my picture is in His wallet. I have to trust that somehow, He can take this offering – the 'art' of my life, however cumbersome it can look and frame it with His perspective. He does, after all, make everything beautiful in His time. Quoting Ann Voskamp again, "… and when the Master transforms a life into art with the brushstrokes of grace, I am willing to find a frame."
Whether it is one piece or one aspect of your life, one quote or one list, I encourage you to give value to those pieces that make up the whole of this thing you call your life and frame it. Special thanks to Ann for her constant inspiration. You can click on to the link above to see how she beautifully and practically frames her life every day!