start anew, begin again In 2016, I started a project called Joyful Days. It's a collection of watercolor calendar inserts for my Starbucks planner this year. I will show them to you guys soon. Positivity may be my word for the year. I think I am negative, to my kids and especially to myself. I want to choose love, to focus on the good. Sounds easy, right? Yet it is hard heart♥work. Many times I have failed. I have criticized. I have made myself cry. It's a new year. Therefore, let's start … [Read more...]
When Doubt Whispers, Cymplified!
When doubt whispers, what will you do? There are times when I find myself in a sinkhole. It's scary. It's dangerous. It's called doubt. Do you know what's beneath it? Depression. People tend to dismiss doubts as they are tiny, like seeds. They don't easily catch our attention as they move stealthily, creeping into consciousness. Like thieves, unexpectedly they steal our joy and peace. But if these seeds are watered with feelings of failure and regrets, they will grow … [Read more...]
Quest For The Genuine Life, Cymplified!
If you type the words 'authentic life' into Google's search bar, plenty of articles - even well into the second and third pages - will appear. I guess many people are on the quest for the genuine life. Hence, "experts" write so much about it. What is an Authentic Life? 5 Ways to Live an Authentic Life Ways of Living an Authentic Life Living an Authentic Life The Path to Living Authentically A Self-Made 12-Step Program for Living an Authentic Life Are You Living An Authentic … [Read more...]
The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer, Cymplified!
Mothers have specific seasons in their lives. In my life, it's the season of school-aged children, whom I am continually teaching, molding, guiding and lifting up to the Lord in prayer. In the book The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer, the heroine, Evie's season was something I have yet to experience. I know I will experience it in the future - her grown-up son getting married and leaving her nest. Reading about it is one of way of gaining insight. God meets us in our messes. That's what I … [Read more...]
Tale of Two Gardens, Cymplified!
The first of two gardens... How would I describe this garden? A garden that was like heaven. It was where everything is lovely, everything is in harmony. Creator and created together, walking under a perfect weather. Every need was met, no conflict was set. The best was at hand, such a productive land. At the beginning of time, was this garden sublime. This was the Garden of Eden. See Genesis 2-3. It represents being on top of the world, figuratively. Being in the Garden of Eden … [Read more...]
The Master And Her Piece: Ruth Simons of Gracelaced, Cymplified!
It's still April. It's still my birthday month. It's a gift for me to feature a beautiful and inspiring woman in The Master and Her Piece. It’s an interview I do with women who inspire me and others to live and create better. I ask questions about their masterpieces or their works, their inspiration and ideas, their motivation, their challenges and their advice; to hopefully encourage my readers, too. Ruth Simons paints such beautiful flowers! That's the first reason why I noticed and … [Read more...]
Glimmer Girls: London Art Chase by Natalie Grant, Cymplified!
Each person seeks his true self, her sparkle, his gift to the world, her purpose in life. That's what Maddie, aged 10, was figuring out in London Art Chase, and what I'm still figuring out at 34 years of age. It must be a middle child thing. Another thing we have in common is that we like to draw. At least, I did before I started adulthood. I realized that I am a stickler for following rules because when someone did what she was not supposed to, I felt uncomfortable. But, I know that stories … [Read more...]
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