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Brush Strokes and Pen Marks

“It is not what you look at that matters, it is what you see.” - Henry David Thoreau

For several dozen women, Thoreau's words describe our recent time together in the extraordinarily ordinary experience of the Living the Reflective Life art journaling and Bible study women's group. As our group comes to an end, it's clear that God has used this study to confirm and enlighten His presence in each of our daily lives.

By expressing self-reflective moments through a variety of art techniques, we discovered that the ordinary moments of our lives become sacred when we look at them through God’s perspective. Those moments are seeds nurtured in our hearts by the Holy Spirit that we may find ourselves pondering the things that matter. Our focus changes, we change, and our lives begin to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit.

To really see what the ordinary, sacred moments have to tell us, we must “be still,” and in that stillness know that God is working - revealing to us His love, purpose, and plan. Women can find that stillness difficult because we live in an ever-changing, ever-moving society. As we studied the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42, many of us found ourselves identifying with Martha and realizing the importance of Mary’s ability to "be still and know." We were reminded in this study that sometimes we just need to sit down at Jesus' feet, in the midst of our hurry, scurry world. There we will be able to truly see the sacred in our lives.

In my own personal life, God has used art to help me truly “see” the sacredness of the ordinary moment. My creative response to those moments helps both to solidify its meaning in my life as well as provide me a way of sharing with others what God is teaching me. It was a great honor to share some of those methods and techniques in keeping an art journal with the women of this study. We found as we created art in our journals, we were at times pushed beyond our limits, and even encouraged and surprised by our own creations and newfound abilities; but most importantly, we found that God showed up in those moments of stillness and creativity.

A door was opened to a way of “seeing” and living that makes life more meaningful. Recording our lives and creating a response to life in an art journal can be a lifelong practice that produces fruit in our lives… one-brush stroke and pen mark at a time.

  

Renee Pitts

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Some examples of the class work:

 

 


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