Sunday, December 9, 2012

.live a quiet life and work with your hands.

i am extremely excited that i just bought this print
from tanamachi studio.
it's roughly 2 X 3 feet on high quality black cardstock,
and i can't wait to hang it in the hallway of my little home.

why i am so excited...

point number one...
this verse has been so important to me.

"we urge you to love one another more and more,
and to aspire to live quietly,
and to mind your own affairs,
and to work with your hands."
1 thes 4:13

i am bad at being global or exciting or cool.

(ok, i lived in bolivia for seven months.
but that was out of character.
and what did i do there?
i cuddled and chopped vegetables. i mean really.)

i am bad at doing 'important' things.

i like:
small town life and walks and hugs and creating safe spaces and talking and listening and laughing and drinking warm beverages with the people i love and looking at pine trees and trying to be faithful and finding joy in the mundane.

and time and again i come back to those very words...
i couldn't believe i was seeing so beautifully written out (i found it on pinterest, no less!).
live quietly. work with your hands.
it's in God's word.
a quiet, unassuming life, doing small beautiful things...
is good.

point number two:
it's so beautiful!!!
and it is made of CHALK
which is a look i'm all about right now
(i made a chalkboard for my kitchen and i LOVE IT)...

and it has all over it
(oh be still my heart)
pine cones.
and wildflowers.
and wheat.

oh hey let's design a print for emily goldberg oh ok thanks.

point. number. three.
by far not third in importance.
through 2012,
all the proceeds go to long-term aftercare for survivors of sex trafficking
through Restore NYC:
"we believe... in God's desire and power to transform".

which is why i'm posting it here.
in case you or someone you know would also love this print
all proceeds will go to be a blessing in an amazing way.
(and a way which is so important to me.
see bolivia, above.)

it comes in four colors and each color, i just noticed, goes to a different organization.
(i LOVE this artist.)
red goes to helping kids in kenya.
green goes to ending gun violence.
blue goes to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

you can purchase one here.
if you order it by tomorrow shipping is guaranteed by Christmas.

point number four.
i find people who design and create amazing.
i am so not an artist.
yet maybe it's having my own home for the first time,
and wanting people to feel safe and rested in this space..
this year i've been all about noticing and creating beauty.
it rocks.
influenced no doubt by my decade of best friendship with an incredible artist
and spending my summer with two more,
art just makes me amazed.
i see God's creativity reflected through people who create.

i spent too much time today stalki- i mean googling the artist,
dana tanamachi...
annnnnd now i love the print even more.
she has an incredible story-
check out this article in the Wall Street Journal
and this fabulous interview in The Great Discontent.

she loves Jesus
and she listed her favorite book as Celebration of Discipline by richard foster.
richard foster who is my second favorite author after henri nouwen
(well tied with wendell berry... and maybe madeleine l'engle)
she talks about how her work comes out of the Christian values
of simplicity, solitude, contemplation, and celebration.
i want to be her best friend.
i always love art + music + words more when i know the person's story
(take for example, the weepies...)

In Case You Were Unsure.
In Conclusion...
I Am Really Excited About My New Print.

let's just look at it again.

happy finals week.

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When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

When wounded by the fractured condition of Your people, may we be united by Your Lordship in faith, hope, and love; seeing, as through the facets of a diamond, the beautiful spectrum of Your light reflected onto Your holy Church joined in praise. Spirit, empower us.

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Holy Trinity, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart.