Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Staying in the "now"

I'm doing something arty with my one little word this year. I joined in a class on Big Picture Classes (link in my sidebar) for One Little Word with Ali Edwards. There are prompts every month. True to myself- I'm a tad behind but not much. I still need to do my visioning board which is February's prompt but I plan to do it Friday- so really only a couple of days late, right?

So here is my overview of the year I put together using 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 cards and sleeves for an 8 1/2 x 11 inch binder- I chose red! I wanted gray but there wasn't that size in gray. Every color in the rainbow is available in 12 x 12 but my choice was lime green, red, brown or black. My nature leads me to green. I carried the black around a bit and went back for the red it seemed "now".

I'm also doing Praying in Color with my lent calendars and they are looking pretty. It's been a meaningful, fun and different way to do prayer.

So, lots of creativity going on NOW.

Friday, February 15, 2013


Now is Lent! I've been visioning on the Worship Committee at church for this season and have had the best time. Like teaching- I'm getting the most out of it I'm sure!
I've found great ideas for kids and adults and adapted them for my personal use and for use at church.
First let me say that being on a worship committee had me a bit intimidated- awesome task to feel responsible in any way for others' worship experience. But, I was reassured when in our first meeting our focus began by remembering who we were planning for- the congregation- and calling them by name. I'd say we remembered just about every single one- now let me say, it is a small church.  But that was powerful and I knew all would be well.

So here are a few of the things we have on tap! Oh, and I should tell you I come prepared with lots of visual aids to meetings so: the first thing I brought was this photo I saw on Pinterest! I just loved it and it summed up what Lent was to me this year.

So we are using burlap up the aisle and also down the front wall flowing onto a table with rocks.
Our theme is different aspects of Journeying in the Wilderness.
We are also doing a Wilderness Packet with several items, which will be added to each week or mostly each week with more the first week:
A small square of burlap for texture and reflection, a smooth stone, a finger labyrinth (above)-also adapted from the internet which I think may be our bulletin cover, some questions to ponder -this week's are :When have you been invited into the "desert"? What one thing would you like to take with you? What surprise would you hope to find there?, and a Lenten path to follow, one for adults that I hope they will journal, color, or do something with besides x off and one for kids also adapted from the internet. The one on the internet only had 40 days and didn't count Sunday on the calendar. That just didn't make sense to me so I had to redo it with the 46 days and one for Easter! There will be some poetry, and I got little peat pots and seed tape. Ooo I'm excited already!

Kid Version

For the adults

I'm so excited about Lent and think that doing these things is accomplishing my goal of getting closer to God in a way different from what I envisioned but successfully none the less.
Enjoying Lent NOW.
I'll update you on my rocky path journaling soon.
Hope you are enjoying the moment.