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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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Let Go A Little

This prayer has radically changed my life. Every morning I face the decision to hold tightly to fear, anticipation, and worry, then I say this prayer and remember I have the choice to let go a little.

I don’t manage discomfort well, I want to remove it, to heal it…but I can’t, that’s not my job. But here’s what I can do, what you can do: we can open our fists, let go, and place these deep longings, deep fears into the hands of the One who is in control and who loves us deeper than we could possibly know.

Take a minute to stop spinning, let go, and welcome the day, whatever it may hold. And let me know if this prayer encourages you!

The Welcoming Prayer, Father Thomas Keating

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Finding Rest

“Come to me, all who labor and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (ESV)

Slow from the busyness of life. Take time to rest this weekend.

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Digging for Color

My friend Hal said a prayer last week that sparked this story. He asked that when the world seems grey and hope evades us, that God would help us see the color.

L Emily Rogers 7/7/2014

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What a World…What a Life!

world on a string

I’ve got the world on a string… – Frank Sinatra

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