It has been awhile since I’ve written a whole post here. I have to apologize to you for neglecting the blog lately. It is so easy to update pictures on Facebook and Instagram that sometimes I forget to take the time to write an update here. I am learning to use the different technology, but I am far from a social media maven. More of a scatter brain, really. I am clearly spinning too many plates, a couple are bound to fall.
Which is why I have all but abandoned Twitter. I think I’ve tweeted my last tweet, for now anyway. It is a trial and error process to figure out what tool is best to communicate what. I really like Instagram and Facebook for updating my artwork. If you use either of these, click the links to connect to Faith Miner’s Daughter out there in cyber land.
One of the problems with Facebook though is they decide how many people should see my posts. Just because you like my page, doesn’t mean you will actually see my posts. Facebook is about engagement. The more you click like and comment, the further my post reaches. It is a little frustrating, but it is Facebook’s game so we have to play by their rules. So, what I am saying is when you actually see a post from Faith Miner’s Daughter: like, comment, and repeat! And thanks for connecting with me out there.
Things really are coming together right now. I feel like I am finding my groove…my niche. I have been trying to figure out Faith Miner’s Daughter for years now, and with these recent developments my tagline has emerged. Tagline is fancy business jargon to say in one line what you are all about. Here is what I am about, “Inspiring women of faith to take heart and move mountains”. Simple, right? Wow, that took a LONG time to solidify.
It started coming together last fall when God dropped the idea on me to start take heart parties. What is a take he(ART) party? Well, stay tuned on that! My first one is tomorrow, and I am SO excited that I can hardly wait!! I promise to post pictures and more next week on this. But the basic idea is to bring the art to women – to your small group or event – and lead you in creation of a mixed media project along with supplying the devotional thoughts and Scripture that inspired it. Taking heart and moving mountains while making really cool stuff together. Sounds awesome, right? I think it sounds like heaven. I cried when this idea came because, as with everything, I was making it harder than it actually is. God is SO gracious – we are swimming in His glorious riches if we have only eyes to see this truth. I hope through these art parties to clear some rubble and dig out the treasures we have in Christ Jesus. But mostly I hope to stay out of God’s way.
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know Him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:17-19).
To summarize, Take he(ART)!!
So, that is what’s going on over here with me. That and I celebrated a birthday last week. I did a couple random things because getting older kind of makes you crazy, apparently. I decided to read each book of the Bible that has a chapter that is my age. I am old enough that only 5 books of the Bible go that high. Lol. I read each one slowly out loud and had a very instructive (and tearful) time with God in His Word.
I also decided to take a “selfie”. Why not? That’s what everyone else does. They take random, “natural” pictures of themselves and post them on social media. Artists like to take pictures in their creative space because we like to see who can make the biggest mess. So, I set out to take a selfie of me in my art room on my birthday. I quickly learned this is the most unnatural sort of thing to do. Besides feeling ridiculous and a little narcissistic, I had a whole horde of technical, practical problems. How to hold the camera, what angle is the most flattering (none!), how to push the button with one hand extended AND keep the camera steady, how to look at the camera instead of the button you just pushed, oh, and how to smile, and not look like a weirdo with some kind of intestinal discomfort. Or just a plain weirdo. I had to delete every picture because I was terrorized by the thought that someone might actually see one of them! This whole ordeal went on entirely too long, and I decided I must be too old to get this whole selfie thing. But I did finally manage to get one that I did actually share on Facebook. This I could live with. Here it is, my birthday selfie for the record (as if there is a record for such lunacy!):
All my selfie madness dissolved blissfully into forkfuls of german chocolate icing. Best husband ever, best birthday ever. Except that part at dinner when the server brought over a saddle and wanted me to sit on while she led the entire restaurant to shout “Yeeeeehaw”! I refused the saddle, God forbid if that selfie ever surfaced.
But I am back in the saddle again here, and it feels so good. Much love to you all. Happy Friday, friends!