Here Fishy Fishy

Not sure what the moral to this story is…

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Illustrated/animated by Laura Emily Design

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Snowy Night

In the mayhem of the season, let’s pause, breathe, look up at the sky and find our place in His love.

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Toepick!

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Careful friends, toepicks can be dangerous, especially around “rocklike” obstacles!

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The Reckless Explorer

“We are Mariners bound where man has not yet dared to go.”

In his poem, “Passage to India,” Walt Whitman speaks of the spiritual journey, of the bravery and courage, our selves and our souls must pass through in this life. He calls us reckless. And he reminds us that despite the fear, the storm, the darkness, we are safe in the seas of God.

I want to live bravely, risking everything today. For the first time in a long time, I can honestly say I am stepping into this.

At an event I went to this weekend called Women at the Cross (every woman should sign up right now, don’t ask questions, just do it) I was able to face my most hurtful fear and mourn my deepest loss: my dad. I had an opportunity to say the things to him that I never got to say when he was taken so suddenly. With my sisters around me, I was free to mourn him, say goodbye to him and face that he is gone but his presence is very much alive. Vulnerable and terrified, I risked everything before these sisters. But today, I feel well, I feel whole, I feel strong and good and loved and enough. And for the first time since that day in December, I feel at peace. Truly, fully at peace.

I was enabled to live what this poem talks about. Because of that, I get to truly experience the joy of feeling safe and loved in the Seas of God. How about you? You up for a little risk?

Here’s the section of the poem I pulled for this video:

Sail forth – steer for the deep waters only,

Reckless O Soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me

For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go

And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!

O farther, farther sail!

O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?

O farther, farther, farther sail!

-Walt Whitman, Passage to India

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I’m Beautiful…Dammit!

I need this shot in the arm of sass today because I am a mess of insecurities. I feel chubby, irritable, and like a friend failure for not having enough time for the people I care most about.

If I could, I’d remain in this state, balled up and frustrated, drawing pictures and not talking to anyone. But right as I started to get cozy in my little hole of shame and self-pity, my darling friend reminded me of my favorite song, “I’m Beautiful, Dammit”, by Bette Midler. It’s loud and obnoxious and allows for no whining. And I think I need to follow her lead, shout out that I’m beautiful despite the character flaws I see so clearly. I’m beautiful whether I can be a perfect friend or not have the perfect figure or not.

Today I need to be ok just being human and, someday, I’ll feel different than I do right now. Perhaps that day I’ll feel confident about my body or have the energy to make phone calls to the people I love. But today, I can’t and that must be ok.

I’m a beautiful mess and I need some courage. So I’m going to sing this song and I’m going to face this day as the flawed human I am.

Why? You guessed it:

I'm Beautiful Dammit - Song by Bette Midler, Illustration by Emily Rogers.

I’m Beautiful Dammit – Song by Bette Midler, Illustration by Emily Rogers.

Oh, if you don’t own this song, listen now, it’s so Bette: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWsc2nuUg-s

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Birthday Catch-up

Happy WAY late birthday to all you lovely friends! (I’m talking to you: Ashton, Kippy, Michelle and Jessica!)

And, I really would bake each of you a cake this large if I had any culinary skills…alas, they are severely lacking.

Created by L Emily Rogers, March 2, 2015.

Created by L Emily Rogers, March 2, 2015.

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I’m Over You, Monday

 

Can I get an amen?monday

 

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Home – Guest Post

LaurenScottLauren Scott is one of my childhood best friends. I asked her to create a piece to share on the blog because her artwork is profound, inspirational, and needs to be shared. She paints with traditional and metallic watercolors on rough, handmade paper or old postcards (it’s gorgeous, right?). 

Lauren is a Colorado native but lived abroad (and left a part of her heart) in Cape Town, South Africa. This painting is about home, enjoy!

Lauren Scott, 2014

Lauren Scott, 2014

“I want to go home.” She cried as big, crocodile tears ran down her face. We sat helpless to comfort her or to relieve her pain, all we could do was sit and hold her hand. I looked into my grandmother’s 94 year old face but she was gone, lost in another time and space in painful memories. Her current home was a nursing home in Delaware, far from the home she longed for.

What makes a home? Is it a place where your most beloved belongings are stored and kept? A place where you can open the top button of your jeans and feel at peace? A place where your family waits until you return with arms eager to embrace?

Home whispers the longing for childhood innocence and simplicity. Unfortunately for some, home was a nightmare and not a safe haven. Home was the place where you were kicked out of or ran away from. Home was full of monsters. Home can be a complicated place and yet a sacred place.

When I think of home, I experience a deep longing. A longing for something I can’t readily describe in words but a deep desire to be known and loved for who I am. I have experience glimpses of home with family and friends, in foreign lands filled with adventure and loneliness and at times in the expression of my faith. I don’t think home will be fully experienced until heaven when all is made right and whole but I am learning to be okay with it.

John O’ Donohue wrote a blessing entitled, “To Come Home to Yourself”:

May all that is unforgiven in you
Be released.
May your fears yield
Their deepest tranquilities
May all that is unlived in you
Blossom into a future
Graced with love.

~May you experience some peace and shalom this year.

If you’d like to see her other work, please shoot her an email: laurenhscott@comcast.net or lohillco.wordpress.com

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12 Days of Christmas

Happy Christmas everyone!

This is a little bit late for the countdown, but who doesn’t love a little extra chaos and fun…even if it comes in under the wire.

Enjoy!

Illustrations by Emily Rogers 12/24/2014

Illustrations by Emily Rogers 12/24/2014

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Making Peace With Wanderlust

I originally created this video hoping to tell a story on wanderlust. In my heart, this is a word I use to describe the insatiable desire to find purpose, peace, adventure out there. I chose this topic because I’ve lived it…I’ve run away to new cities and new jobs in a desperate attempt to be fulfilled.

But things and places and escape do nothing to fill the heart with peace or purpose and in my case, the desire for wanderlust often overruled my judgement. Many of my  wanderlust-driven adventures ended in chaos. But I think I’ve finally learned a lesson… Life doesn’t wait to start there or when… life is today, life is right here.

This prayer is a constant, daily reminder that today is an adventure. That somehow I am exactly where I’m supposed to be, despite how I feel about it. And someday, I’ll see that I survived the wilderness, was protected through the storm, and got to see such wonders.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you
Wherever he may send you
May he guide you through the wilderness
Protect you through the storm
May he bring you home rejoicing
At the wonders he has shown you
May he bring you home rejoicing
Once again into our doors

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