Close: An End or a Continuation

Today is the last day of October, the close of my 31 Days of Encouragement series. In preparation for writing each day, I spent time looking through art journals, searching scripture and digging deeper.  So, each post shares a part of my heart.


Originally, I was not going to write for the challenge this year. Then, on the eve of the challenge, I sensed God leading me to write encouragement and use art pages. All through this month I have felt His presence with me through prayers and from the help of faithful friends. Truly He does lead and keep us in His love.


Psalm 23 (CSB)

The Lord is my shepherd;  I have what I need.

He lets me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters.

He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger,

for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live.



The challenge may have come to a close, but that doesn’t mean I will stop writing.


As one day ends another begins or rather continues my life story. In fact, each new day offers inspiration from many different resources. We just need to keep our eyes and ears open as seasons change.


close of one season


Throughout this series I refer to God and my relationship with Him. With the confidence I have in Him, I can pursue my dreams, knowing that He is with me. He is the ultimate dream weaver.


close one day start the next



Every moment of the day God is working in my life using many means to direct me in the way I should go.


Psalm 32:8 CSB)

I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with my eye on you, I will give counsel.


Not everyone is famous, but everyone has a place in this world. I heard a quote from Rich Mullins today showing what God can do with our lives.


He takes the junk of our lives and makes the most beautiful art. ~Rich Mullins


My 31 days of writing has come to a close, but my mission in this world has not changed. I will keep sharing the love of God to those in my path whether in person or through my art and words.



close and continue



Our essential ongoing quest
Simple but not easy
Vulnerable and caring as we
Travel the long and winding road home


I’m linking up with: #HeartEncouragement, #TuneInThursday


To read the other posts in this series click on: 31 Days of Encouragement.  


Finally, we arrive at Day 31 of the Five Minute Friday 31 Days of Free Writes. The word prompt is close.




8 thoughts on “Close: An End or a Continuation

  1. I have really enjoyed your 31 days of encouragement this month. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your walk with The Lord.
    Where do you find the words for your journals? Do you cut out all the words in a magazine, thinking that one day you might use that word? Have you read the book “A shepherd Looks at Psalm 23” by Phillip Keller? I highly recommend it.
    Looking forward to seeing what The Lord has for you next month.

    1. I’m glad you have enjoyed my posts, Mary. I do sometimes thumb through magazines cutting out words I think I may use. Other times I look for specific words if I have something in mind. I have not seen that book, but I do have the children’s book by the same author. Thanks for visiting and for your encouragement. Blessings to you!

  2. Hey Gayle! I SOOOOO love your art pages, and I thank you for sharing them with us! I recently took a scrapbooking class (not that I intend to scrapbook) in order to shake some creativity loose in my brain. I find I loved the beautiful papers, and looking at your pages gives me some ideas on how to use them! Thank you!

    1. Ellen, thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed my art pages. 🙂 Glad to have helped with some ideas. There really are no rules, you just play around till you like what you have. 🙂 It’s fun and relaxing. Blessings to you!

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