Coming back to my blog is strange. I’ve been thinking about my blog for a while. It has served my purposes over the years, but doesn’t really reflect where I’m at now in my life. Things have changed, my perspective has changed and I feel ready to start something new and different.
Johannes Vermeer “Woman Holding a Balance” 1662
Some changes that have occurred over the years is that my children are grown and have either married and/or joined the military. They filled my life with activity, laughter, worry, prayer, love, hugs and treasured memories. We used to attend a church together that became a very unhealthy place for us as individuals and a family. This had a bad impact on them, but I pray for them to know the truth of God’s Word and be filled with His Spirit. His Holy Spirit brings life and liberty, and I want them to walk in these things.
Another thing that has changed is that I’m attending college. I have finished my second year, worked on getting my pre-reqs for a bachelors in Business. So far, I’m minoring in Art, and I love what I’m learning in that. I have a practical side and a creative side. The practical side wants to have a tangible business background to be able to either start a business successfully or work for someone else with good skills required for business. It’s a toss up at this point whether I’ll go for Business Administration, Accounting, Human Resources Management or Marketing. All four seem interesting.
Art, on the other hand, has a special place in my heart. I took an Art History class (The Renaissance) and was mesmerized by the art of the Masters during this time and up through the early 19th century. History is so much more interesting when explained through the visual art form these artists produced. It helped me understand the human element of history during this time, and the struggle for meaning and especially spiritual meaning.
Rembrandt’s Return of the Prodigal Son, courtesy of Wikipedia
The path I am on is one of discovery and deep reflection right now. God is showing me more of how He made me and my talents. Frankly, I don’t know where the road will lead — I have some ideas of where I want to go, but I don’t know the details yet. Do I want to start a business, or do I want to go the conventional route and work for an established business? These are the questions I ask God every day.
Rembrandt, “Open Mouthed and Staring” 1630 (I love this sketch)
There is time to decide. This next year is an entire year of science. I’m finishing up my Statistics class and Economics in the Fall. Perhaps there will be time to work on my paintings and drawings soon, too. God is allowing me the time, today, to seek Him in the middle of these things to know which step I need to take.
Eventually, I’ll take down this blog, yes. The growth that has occurred in my life and my family’s life over the last 6 or so years that this blog has existed has made this blog kind of a memory, and not an active part of my life. Blogs have really changed, too. They are really much more effective when attached to a cause, or a business. Being relevant and part of today’s listening and reading world means change.
William Blake’s “The Ancient of Days” 1794 watercolor
Business, academics, creativity, prayer, my kids’ lives, my husband’s love and God’s will and love are what really take up the space in my mind and heart right now. It’s been a very busy year for our family and at this time, I feel like I’m on a long hiatus from all the rushing around I did during the school year.
Maybe I’ll publish my art critiques. My art instructor, a woman with her own art business and expertise from around the world, had good things to say for my grade A work. I think my readers will be blessed by my insights.
Regarding previous posts listed on my site: They are for those who have been struggling through some of the same things I struggled with to get to a healthy (spiritually and physically) place in my life. They are for exhortation, warning and growth, so read them with the understanding that they are from years ago (even though they don’t show the original date, they were from up to 6 six years ago).
So, have a blessed day. Walk in Life, Liberty and Love today.