This is how you do creative. I came across the creative woman Jill Weber a couple months ago and I was so inspired by Jill’s creativity and passion for gardening and obviously life. It made me want to do several things: 1. Watch it again. 2. Go draw something. 3. Thumb thru our seed catalog and plan our garden. 4. Thank God again for so many things that really make life rich.
We make life so very complicated yet producing shallow results. I think my life’s motto has become: “Nothing has changed, God is still longing for someone to just walk with Him in a garden.” Enjoy. I especially liked the little wheel of seed growth!
I started a new journal and this happens to be from my personal, private “collection” that I rarely share. (As if I’m like a fine wine maker who has his own private reserve)… but I have shared a few pics from my private journals that I thought you’d enjoy or get a chuckle from in the past. As some of you know, my relationship with Jesus Christ is the single most important thing to me and I am not ashamed of Him. I’m not interested in religions and denominations. I answer the call to His invitation to “come unto Me”. I want the reputation, “Brad, a man whose heart is after God’s heart.” I ache and hunger and thirst after this man. His name is Jesus who was innocent who became guilty so the guilty, (you and I) could become innocent, for the purpose of relationship with Him. Yes, I am thankful for salvation but I want more. I long for the deep things of God. I want to see His desires fulfilled that He has for me. I thoroughly enjoy walking with a God who sees the value in the life of a whore, hugs the smelly and the stinky, loves me enough to confront me of my own sin and wrong attitudes. He blesses those who hate and curse Him, tells you how to catch the biggest catch of fish you ever saw then asks you to walk away from it,…and doesn’t care if He’s politically correct or not. But probably the biggest question is why He wants to spend time with me? I’m really not that interesting. All I know is, when we’re together (all day) I feel His pleasure. And because I value this relationship, I want to invest in it, not see what I can get away with. Heaven isn’t my goal. He is the prize. Much like my marriage to my wife! Those are valuable relationships worth fighting for. I believe He’s coming back for a bride, not a girlfriend who wants benefits without comittment…
But this blog is about sketching and doodling life. I’m using a Stillman & Birn Beta Sketchbook, 14×21.6 cm, first time, for those who will ask, and yes, I really like this journal! I sketched this fountain machine at a Jack in the Box while eating a spicy chicken sandwich…haha!
Bubble lights are my favorite Christmas lights. I remember when I was little we had some of these and then you never saw them until a few years ago when they kind of made a come back as “cool”. When my mom was alive, she was the kind of person that thought it was her responsibility to make Christmas happen, and I don’t mean just in our house, but world-wide! She shopped all year around for big gifts, small gifts, stocking stuffers, candy, and if you mentioned anything that you liked, no matter what time of year it was, you’d be sure to receive a package in the mail with that item(s) at Christmas, so I had to be careful of what I said. I made the mistake one time of just casually mentioning that I liked Almond m&m’s…Wow! I didn’t know they came in that size… One year, I slipped and mentioned that I saw some bubble lights like we had when I was little and wanted to get some but before I knew it, a box came with about 7 boxes of bubble lights in it! We still have those lights and they are very special to us especially since they are full of memories. You find yourself getting lost in thoughts of people, family, Christmas past, just gazing at them. I love the part of life how something can take you to a memory of childhood or some good moment. We sincerely hope for new, great memories to be yours this week!
I love this this time of year, it’s my favorite without question. It’s a time to gather in the fruits of our labors and enjoy the blessings and share abundance. I can’t ever remember a time when there wasn’t much more than enough. Here’s where a thankful heart should come in. It’s a time to remember how blessed we are and that we really do reap what we sow. And we always receive much more than we give. It amazes me how our lives parallel this law of sowing and reaping. I thank my God everyday for the abundance of blessings we have, and He even provides the “seeds” to sow. This is the most wonderful time of the year!