Thrive is the prompt word for Day 25 of #write28days. What makes you thrive?
Several things come to mind for me, but the bottom line, the foundation of my whole life, is God.
Who do I have in heaven but you?
And I desire nothing on earth but you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart,
my portion forever.
My relationship with Him gives me strength and courage to write, to do art, to love my family and more. This double page from my art journal illustrates this truth.
THRIVE WITH INSPIRATION FROM GOD AND OTHERS
Each morning, as much as possible, after breakfast I head upstairs to my desk to have a time of reading my Bible and prayer. I keep a candle there but do not always light it. Having this time alone with God to start my day helps me to thrive, because I remember my source.
The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
This is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Sometimes I even mix in a little artwork as part of my worship time.
Here is a photo of what I see as I sit at my desk.
The following photo is the upper shelf of the desk, which houses some books, my finished art journals, crochet and cross-stitch by my mother and various knickknacks. I love the wooden perpetual calendar. Having all this in front of me while I study or make art gives you an idea of how other people inspire me through their work.
THRIVE BY MAKING AND SHARING ART
One of my favorite things to do is make collages. Sometimes I add found poetry, and sometimes I leave the collage as is. I might also take a photograph of the finished page and add a scripture using a computer program. Here is the front cover of my 2019 art journal. I hope to fill it this year with collage or other forms of art.
I also have a sketch book where I practice drawing mostly with pencils, sometimes adding color. Taking photographs also is a form of art that helps me thrive. I share drawings and photographs on Instagram.
One of the best ways to refresh and make me feel alive is to get outside. Recently the weather has been either cold or rainy, and I’ve been sick. Today is a fairly nice day, so I plan to take some time outdoors to breathe in the fresh air, see the beauty and listen to all the sounds of nature.
But I will sing of your strength
and will joyfully proclaim
your faithful love in the morning.
For you have been a stronghold for me,
a refuge in my day of trouble.
To you, my strength, I sing praises,
because God is my stronghold—
my faithful God.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means. I just wanted to show you some of the things that help me do more than just survive.
What about you? What helps you thrive? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
You can find the rest of my #write28days series HERE.