Saturday, November 24, 2007

Puttering with pictures

I've been puttering with pictures, drawing with India ink and then painting with watercolors. Making pictures to use as Christmas gifts is helping me look forward to Christmas. The picture above was made using a photograph my husband took in Dubrovnik earlier this year.

But it's time to leave play time behind for a while. Today I'm trying to focus on planning meals for the next few days (which I've done now - "yeah!!") and shopping for groceries. It has been such a long time since I've felt up to shopping. Our kitchen also needs a good tidying job. Then, tonight, perhaps I will have deserved to play my favorite game with my husband. We will play Ticket to Ride, a game involving a bit of luck and a lot of strategy.

This morning I read something in my Bible that inspired me. Jesus - at a time when he was tired and hungry - said, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work." (John 4:34) I think that's the best kind of food for me as well and I will soon need to leave my child behind and continue doing what I believe God made me to do: helping Christians learn to understand and support those with mental health issues. That kind of "food" is healthy for me and makes me feel strong. I think that when Jesus said this, ministering to the woman at the well, he was revived and no longer felt tired or hungry.

I'm not too sure about whether making pictures is food for my spirit. Not sure whether God made me to be an artist...though I did have a bit of fun. Drawing makes me feel like a child again and my childhood wasn't a particularly happy one. It's time to leave my child behind and be a grown-up again. I want to be strong. I want the healthy food - doing the will of God.

Have a blessed weekend everyone. May you, too, find food to make you healthy and strong.

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SBWRITES said...

Great drawing Marja! You're truly a talented artist. And it's great that you get so much pleasure from it! Play is good!

Dream Writer said...

Beautiful picture!! You are so talented. I've had company and need time to catch up :)

marja said...

Thanks, Susan and Tery - It's only straight lines. Anyone could do it, I'm sure.

Tery: So good to hear from you. I've been worried about you. Hope you're doing okay.

Merelyme said...

oh what a wonderful post and you are such a talented artist! keep going with all that you are doing...feed your soul and that of others. i am very glad to have found your blog.

Casdok said...

Lovely picture and great post!

marja said...

Thank you, too, Merelyme and Casdok. So encouraging to receive comments like yours. Welcome to my site Casdok. I visited your blog as well and see that you, too, need a lot of support. I wish you well.