Thursday, 22 August 2019


Serve: do what needs to be done rather than what you'd prefer.

I've been taking a skills inventory, but my skills and passion aren't necessarily what are needed in this particular place at this particular time.

But there are things that need to be done right now that I can do.

So if I truly want to serve, that's what I need to do. For now.

Monday, 19 August 2019

Badly drawn

Some days I feel badly drawn.

This page felt like it was getting out of hand. There was too much going on. I grabbed a pen and drew this face with my non-dominant hand, hoping to pull it all together. The face felt badly drawn to me, but then I realised that sometimes I feel like that, too 😳

Friday, 16 August 2019

A pale imitation

A pale imitation. That's what this small circle is, imitating but not mirroring the larger circle. It has some of the same marks, the same colours, but is a pale imitation.

I am a work in progress.

As yet a pale imitation of Christ.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Pulling together

Drawing all the parts together.

When I stood back and looked at the background for this page, I realised that I had stuck down two pieces from the same gelli-print at the top and bottom of the page. The print was made using a fern leaf and I felt that I needed to draw in the central stem, joining the pieces back together so they didn't fly off opposite sides of the page.

As I contemplate my next steps, I feel like I'm drawing parts back together that may have moved to the edges. This doesn't mean having to lose all the stuff in between, but in some way arranging everything to fit together without losing anything; to use all I have and all that I am because we each have a unique history and set of gifts with which to serve the world.

Monday, 12 August 2019

Thought spilling

Sometimes you just have to let your thoughts spill out. Art journals are great for that! I'm firmly of the school that says you don't have to be able to read everything you've written after the fact. You don't always want to revisit your thoughts. For me, the thoughts often turn into prayers. I find that if I start with what I'm thinking my mind is cleared to see what I need to be praying about.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

What you know

Go with what you know instead of letting what you don't know paralyse you.
(paraphrased from Mike Donehey)

It can be so easy to let what we don't know hold us back, especially if you are the sort of person who can easily see all the risks.

It is easier to turn a ship if it is moving. Yes, it can take a long time to turn, but the forward momentum helps. A course correction can only be made if you're actually on a course. If you stand around waiting to know for sure which way to move forward, you're not going anywhere.

What if I take the 'wrong' path? Well, then you just turn around and retrace your steps, or find a path that links back up with where you want to be going. Maybe by taking that path you'll discover something new.

Moving forward with the knowledge you have - using the gifts you've been given in the ways you know how - is the best thing you can do until you have more information. So let's move forward until we receive a course correction.

Monday, 5 August 2019


It feels like spring has finally started to bloom in my heart. 

I can feel that there has been a change in me because, after nearly 18 months in this new home, I finally felt like painting the walls and getting some colour in the place. Vicarages and rectories tend to be painted beige (ugh) so that each family can put their own mark on them and turn them into homes. 

We love bright colours (surprise! 😊) so I painted the half wall on the turn of the stairs this wonderful deep purple. With the shelf being there it meant I didn't have do the full length of the wall to get a pop of colour in there. I think the colour sets off the black and white graphic artwork wonderfully. (By the way, most of the work on this wall is by the wonderfully talented Marc Laming who can be found @monkeymarc on Instagram and Twitter.)

And a big splash of raspberry for the upstairs bathroom and downstairs loo. The eagle-eyed amongst you will spot the blobs of paint on the chair. That's because this is the chair I use to stand on when painting the walls. When everything is done, this chair will get a makeover in a bright blue.

And here are a few close-ups of the art journalling. 

Friday, 2 August 2019

Either or

It doesn't have to be 'either' 'or'.

Sometimes our options are wider than we think. You don't necessarily have to put one thing down to take up another. I'm not advocating juggling too much and being super busy - that's not healthy. But we don't always have to lose one thing to gain another.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019


Sometimes you just have to stop.

Some people say you have to push on through with a piece of art, but when I'm working in my journal, I can stop whenever I like! I really like lots of parts of this page and couldn't think of anything else I wanted to add, so I stopped.

It is easy to keep on with something past the point where you should have stopped. Quitting at the top is hard. So is knowing when to call it a day if something isn't working. We have to remember that stopping is not the same as failing. To stop is to know when something is done and when it is time to walk away or draw a line under it.