Some Sunday afternoons, while we are driving home from church, I reflect back over the morning and realize that I didn’t have any truly meaningful conversations. Oh, we may talk homeschooling or child raising or gardening and chicken raising, people may even be encourage, but too often nothing spiritual comes into it. And it’s church!
My hearts desire is to talk about what we are learning in the Bible or to get down to the real story of where people are and to pray with them. I was so excited last weekend to have, not just one of these conversations, but two of them!
A couple days later as I was continuing to pray for two different ladies I got to pray with, I decided that I really wanted to make a card for each of them.
This card is for a friend who is struggling in a new phase of parenting. I chose the chick for spring (not because it matches the message), but the verse is the only one I could think to encourage because it’s one I need everyday! I make thousands of decisions everyday, some are completely insignificant, but for others I stand clueless. I lack wisdom!
“If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5
The answer is right there… don’t jump online to find the answers to the latest problem. Ask God!
A few notes on the illustration:
First off, this is one of the first illustrations I have done straight from my head. Most of the time I begin an illustration with an inspiration photo. Often I have seen someone else’s illustration and I want to imitate it or, more often, tweak it to make it my own. Other times, I have an idea I want to create, but I go in search of another artists version or even a photograph to draw from. Those are fine tools to use, especially as you learn. Don’t get me wrong! But it was supper fun to see this little guy, just as he is, in my head and to sketch him out on graph paper (yep, I start everything on graph paper… it helps with symmetry and sizing.)
After the whole thing was painted and dry, I took out my artist pens to add the finishing touches. That is such a scary moment. Adding the pen lines to an illustration has the power to take it over the top, or completely ruin it. This time…
I gave him chicken pox!
It was horrible.
At first, I decided I’d just give it anyway. No big deal. It didn’t have to be perfect to be appreciated. 24 hours later I was ready to start it over. Then this afternoon I had a few minutes to take pics to share with you and I had an idea.
I was going to trash it anyway, so what did it matter if it didn’t work. But it did and I’m so glad. So… lesson? Sometimes you can add too much with the pen. But when that happens, sometimes you can add even more and fix everything. 🙂