Faith, Fun, Fashion, & Family

Faith, Fun, Fashion, & Family

Sunday, February 25, 2018

I will make a Way... Isaiah 43

This is what the Lord says—
    he who made a way through the sea,
    a path through the mighty waters,
17 who drew out the chariots and horses,
    the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
    extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
18 “Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.
20 The wild animals honor me,
    the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
21     the people I formed for myself
    that they may proclaim my praise.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

In Him was Life

I created this drawing based on John 1:4-5.
Breaking this verse down was where I started. The verse is very deep. I asked my husband, Todd, for help with his idea of the verse. We both started simple with the idea of a glowing figure with flame light inside. After further thought, Todd thought of maybe having life showing inside the figure rather than a flame of light. Although this was more challenging, I really liked this idea. 

I see the "Life" as things growing and living. God created life from nothing in the Garden of Eden. Life sprung from Him. He is the Creator. 
That created life was the guiding light of truth for all other Creation to come.
 Life itself is a testament to a Creator. 
Romans 1:20 says, 
"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities- His eternal power and divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse". 
This light that has been there since the beginning, shines in the darkness. We do not have to be afraid of being overcome by sin, darkness or satan. His light is always with us in the dark world if we choose to carry it. By GOd's Son, Jesus, death and darkness have been overcome. He won already. We know the end. It is not a mystery how it will turn out. It is promised. 
1 Corinthian's 15:55-57 says, 
"O Death, where is your sting? O death, where is your victory? For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sing its power. But thank GOD! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 
I wanted to snake to be in the darkness, looming powerless behind God. 
The butterflies came from this creation and light, 
Ephesians 5:8
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of the light. 
John 8:12, says
Jesus spoke again to them, I am the light of the world: he that follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. 
1 John 1:5 says, 
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 
When the butterflies flutter together in fellowship, they are stronger. 
1 John 1:7
"But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin."
If our lights are on in the darkness, the sin cannot hurt us. We are fluttering with His salvation inside us. We are no longer like Adam and Eve, we have Him inside us everywhere we go. There is no forbidden fruit, slithering sneaky snake or lie that can smother the light of the truth. 
Lukie 10 :19 says, 
"I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions
 and to overcome all power of he enemy: 
nothing will harm you. "

These butterflies cannot be taken by the snake. 
Satan tried to ruin it from the start with the first created beings. 
But Jesus came and fixed it all, giving the snake no more power. 
The fruitful tree satan once used against us is known for what it truly is... a lie. 
God will have His way, no matter what. 
His way is the whirlwind in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. 
Nahum 1:3
So, look up and know that he watches over you. 
If He is for you, then who can be against you?  Romans 8:31

Have peace that He is with you on your journey. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hello Again Weight Watcher

This is not the first weight loss journey and not my first time to join weight watchers. In 2010 I reached my largest at 230 lbs. This was when I discovered I was pregnant with my first daughter. The Dr. told me I had gestational diabetes and that I needed to go on a special diet before the birth. I did at 7 months pregnant (over 230 now) and was roughly 200 the day my daughter was born! Yay!
I continued to keep some of this off and lose more as I was breastfeeding the first year of her life.
My then husband, Shannon Seaton (who has now since passed) decided the he wanted to join Weight Watchers. I was so excited! We could now do this journey together.
I became a lifetime member when I reached my goal 7 years ago of 160 (but got down to 155) at 5'9. I felt confident and happy with my body. I was healthier than I was at my High School graduation. YAY!
See my previous journey here...
 After this achievement, I had another child. I had lost again and gotten back to 160 by a year after her birth. Following what I learned from WW, I was able to keep it off pretty much for 6 years. This past year I have gotten comfortable and felt as though I didn't want to make the daily sacrifices as usual. It slowly added up to me being 20 lbs. away from my life goal. I sat in denial for a while, went do Disney World and lived it up for a week. But it's back to reality and can't be ignored anymore. I feel wrong in my skin. Being an art teacher, One of my favorite things to do is express myself with my clothing! I love my thrifty closet collection. I love to be open each day to wear what I feel. But it feel more and more lately, I am picking out clothes for the purpose of hiding myself rather than standing out.
My new husband, Todd, and I decided to join WW 2 weeks ago. I weighed in at 182 when we got home from Disney World. It has not even been a full 2 weeks yet and I am down to 177.5! Yay. Still got a way to go. I wanted to keep a diary on here of how I feel and what I am eating. I am not only doing this to help and encourage others, but for myself to refer to later if I should gain the weight again. I can encourage myself. It is weird, but I look back at my old self and am jealous of how much determination I once had. I am still "me", "her" though. So, this journaling to future self helps me.
Before Video

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Selfie of a TabithArtist

This is a self portrait of things that I use often and symbols of things important to me.

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.