Faith, Fun, Fashion, & Family

Faith, Fun, Fashion, & Family

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Cardinal Tree

Cardinal Tree
In order to dance and succeed,
you must let Him take the lead.
No matter your plans,
You are in His hands.
So, be still
and accept His will.
Let loose of what you want to do
and grow where He plants you.
You are the one God sent,
so get comfortable in your environment.
All around, His blessings are blooming.
So, stop uprooting what He's doing.
Don't brush away
the birds that want to stay,
Listen to then sing
and be a branch for their weary wing.
He's growing so many branches for so many birds,
Many opportunities for your encouraging words.
Keep growing where he planted you,
Trusting His plan will prove true.
Poem by me, Tabitha Morgan
I made these picture below that coincide with the portrait.
but,  I really hate drawing portraits.
I feel like everything I do looks like Trisha's Portrait
from Napoleon Dynamite.  
Image result for trish portrait napoleon
But I pushed through and did all lot of work (like 3 hours) on the bottom lip. lol
for real though, I did.
So, I guess it turned out ok. It's the idea of it that I am happy with.

 Many things inspired me to create this picture.
But it all came together in my mind this weekend after the TAEA Conference.
Mostly my teaching position over the last 4 years inspired this picture.
I taught middle school art for 10 years and loved it. I felt happy, successful, wise and confident in my career. I had a life change and moved to another town and taught elementary art. I KNOW it was a God move. I prayed about it and He gave me very clear signs that I was to be at the grade level and this school. I teach at Krahn Elementary and we are the CARDINALS.
I love my little cardinals, really. But, my first 3 years there I felt
sad, unsuccessful, clueless and defeated. Kindergarten ate my lunch for 3 years. I did not want to make teacher friends because I knew I didn't want to stay. I distanced myself from anything that brought me comfort because staying was not MY plan.
Proverbs 19:21, says,
"Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails."
 Every year I tried to switch grade levels.
Each year I was unsuccessful with transferring. Finally, I decided after three years to just stop fighting my spot. I had to quit being stubborn and start being still. I had to take my shoes off, get comfortable, stay a while, let my roots loose in the dirt, trust God, try to do my best, look at the positive and grow where I was planted. I prayed for His perspective, strength, wisdom and acceptance.
I'm happy to say, This year things are different.
I don't even want to leave anymore. Not even on my hardest days. My cardinals are my children. What I once saw as a curse, I see as a blessing.
I teach the ENTIRE SCHOOL! This is hard, yes. But hard is good.
Hard is resistance. Resistance gives strength. I am the teacher these kids will have consistently from K-5. Art may be their safe place. Art may be their only light all day. I will get to see them grow from babies to young adults. This IS a BLESSING.

 The background...
TAEA 2017 Conference in Galveston, Texas
Native Lee (Speaker at conference) and her paper bag technique,
Matthew Brundage (Copic Marker guy),
Marantha Liga (Artist of "Wishing Tree Me") on display at TAEA,

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hope for the Tree

Doing What's Good

"Let Us Not Grow Weary of doing what's GOOD, for in due season we will Reap A Harvest." This verse keeps popping up in front of me this last couple weeks. I think God is trying to tell me something. Too often we "do good" hoping to get praise from humans. Too often nobody notices and we get all bent up. Do you clean house hoping the kids will notice? Have fun with that! Do you work hard at your job hoping your boss with throw you a bone? May never happen. As a teacher, the ki...ds at school that do good just becuase they see me holding stickers behind my back get on my nerves! Am I that kid? Just hoping for a pat on the back?
In reality, we ( or "I" really) should be happy to do good when NOBODY sees us. For it is these "good things" that He sees. These good deeds that do not gain us earthly praise that He holds onto and gives us blessing either here or in eternity. They are the riches. Character is what you are in the dark, right? So, do good always. No matter if you are noticed by anyone. Know that He notices is proud of you, His child. If we hunger fro human appreciation for every good deed we do, we will starve. Look to Him above who sees it all. He loves you.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pray First

Philippians 4:6
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Illustrated Truths continued...

Psalm 56
Lord, have mercy on me; all day long the enemy troops press in.
So many are proud to fight against me; how they long to conquer me.
3-4 But when I am afraid, I will put my confidence in you.
Yes, I will trust the promises of God. And since I am trusting him,
what can mere man do to me? They are always twisting what I say.
All their thoughts are how to harm me. 
They meet together to perfect their plans;
they hide beside the trail, listening for my steps, waiting to kill me.
 They expect to get away with it. Don’t let them, Lord. In anger cast them to the ground.
You have seen me tossing and turning through the night.
You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle!
You have recorded every one in your book.
The very day I call for help, the tide of battle turns.
My enemies flee! This one thing I know: God is for me! 
 10-11 I am trusting God—oh, praise his promises!
I am not afraid of anything mere man can do to me! Yes, praise his promises.
 12 I will surely do what I have promised, Lord, and thank you for your help. 
13 For you have saved me from death and my feet from slipping,
so that I can walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
1 Peter 3:3-4
New International Version (NIV)
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

I love this quote from Kid President.
It is similar to others I have heard.
"Nobody cares about how much you know,
until the know how much you care."
"It's nice to be important,
It's more important to be nice."
It all reminds me of what The Bible taught us...
Philippians 2:3-5
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
 Let each of you look not only to his own interests,
but also to the interests of others.
Have this mind among yourselves,
which is yours in Christ Jesus,

Monday, August 28, 2017

Think on These Things, Philippians 4:8

My most common spiritual weakness is my pessimistic thoughts. My mind complains, gripes, insults myself and others in my weakest moments. I have found that there are ways to "flip the switch" in my head. One is turning on my Spiritual Music, another is counting my blessings, and finding a way to give praise for what I am complaining for. God wants us to think of GOOD things.
This is harder and goes against the human grain. Every action we make was once a thought,
so before you speak it or do it,
Think it through.
T- is it TRUE
H- is it HELPFUL
K- Is it KIND?
Philippians 4:6-8

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

Romans 12:2
do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.