You will see from this “drawing,” that I’m no artist.
Or…you could say that I am a bad artist—though my wonderful sister-in-law who teaches art would say that, “Oh yes, you are an artist. Everyone is an artist. You just need some instruction and practice.”
Okay, well, maybe there’s some truth to that, but drawing definitely does not come naturally or easily for me—OBVIOUSLY!
Nevertheless, I still “see” things that I want to put on paper.
This particular “piece of work”—and it is definitely “a piece of work” (lol—I have to tell you that every time I look at it, I laugh!) was sketched by me some years ago as I was working through my own grappling with discovering how, and where, I fit in.
I must say, I’m particularly fond of my continents. Hahaha. Trust me. This was never going to go public. But I thought it might be a good visual of how an idea, or the changes within, start coming out and how they can be given birth to. It also represents that we never know what GOD will ask us to share!! **eyeroll**
Mostly, I write to give birth to whatever is growing inside.
This time, I doodled and drew. (And wrote very sloppily. Do you notice that I can’t seem to stop apologizing for my “art”?) I could’ve redrawn this and at least made it neater, but I feel like the original is best as an example of what the process can look like. But I do think I’ll need to write out what some of it says. And explain it.
By the way, I strongly believe that drawing, journaling, creating art journals, or just making a scrapbook of ideas is a fabulous way to learn more about yourself and to express emotions that need, and want, to come out (both good and bad).
Again, this is not to have an overly self-centered perspective (“it’s all about me, me, me!”) but to help discover the authentic you that God created so you can share that with the world around you.
It should never be “all about us.”
It’s always “all about Him.”
And, the truth is, the more secure we become in who He made us to be, the less “me-focused” we become. We just “are.”
We begin living who we are, not always struggling to be released.
And the same goes for emotions we are feeling—the good and the bad. They need expression! Bottled up emotions remain stagnant. And if we don’t get them moving, nothing else can get through. Can you see that?
Let the idea, and the emotions, have expression in some creative outlet, and there will be much more to follow.
The release of more ideas. Of emotions. Of connection to God and others. Of great freedom within.
So…at the top of my drawing I wrote (scribbled!) this “equation”:
Your Passion + Your People + Your Place + Your Purpose = Your Destiny
“Discovering Where God Designed You To Fit”
To the side of the world I wrote: You fit perfectly somewhere on this planet as you prepare for heaven.
And then you will see me proudly standing, pony tail coming out of the top of my head, with luggage and baggage and the words “know the difference” and the instructions to “take the luggage, not the baggage.” (on the journey).
I then open the suitcases (that look more like books when opened–haha) to show what’s inside.
In the luggage there are natural talents, spiritual gifts, a one-of-a-kind personality/temperament type, and a unique perspective.
In the baggage I listed unforgiveness, bitterness, regrets, anger.
Finally, in the corner I wrote: “You are a puzzle piece in God’s masterpiece. No one can take your place! You can’t jam yourself in the wrong spot. You can try but you won’t look or feel right!”
So there you have it.
Some of the beginnings of the formation of “Born to Bloom.”
And so now we will begin unpacking those bags—taking a look at what’s inside.
Because it’s only when we know what we are working with and dealing with, that we can bloom properly.
I have to tell you that even when I drew this kinda happy little picture, I really didn’t fully understand how big and heavy that baggage bag was. And that it could actually hold me (and everyone) back from fulfilling their destiny—from being free to do so. I think there could be a lot more things listed in the baggage—like anxiety, stress, doubt, unbelief, fear, insecurities, damage from life experiences. (And I do address some of those issues here.)
Anyway, as I started moving through this process of putting this all together for myself, and to share it with others, it was then that the baggage part became more clear to me. That we simply must empty that out and leave it behind.
I also found out that it isn’t very fun to clean it out. But just like cleaning all the clutter and junk from a closet or kitchen drawer, it sure does feel good after it’s done! And it’s so much easier to work and find all the good and right and useful things we need for living.
So it is with us—the internal baggage and luggage. And when we discuss all our “baggage,” it isn’t so we can clean ourselves up to look perfect so that God will love and accept us. We are saved by GRACE, not our works. Taking a look at our baggage is to help us become more free.
Let’s look at the baggage and then we can move on to the luggage—which is full of the good, fun, and useful stuff!
Or…you can start with the luggage if you would prefer… (see the links below to make your choice!)
keeping it real… (journaling—God speaking…)
Do not despair. Know that you are not alone. Never alone. I said I would never leave or forsake you and that is My truth that cannot be changed, cannot fail. Rise up, be not afraid, carry My light within and around you. Push back the darkness by faith—by believing what I have told you. My child, my child, I love you. And just as I have planted the seed of a dream in you to share with others—this seed of ‘you were born to bloom’—so it is for YOU! Don’t you see that? It is for you, too. You were born to bloom. And so you shall. You’ll see. Your blooms will shine brightly with the radiance of My glory. A pulsating, living, energy of love & beauty beyond compare. For it is I, the Lord God who brings it to life—who fills it, and you, with life. So do not be afraid to walk on the unfamiliar path. I can tell you now what you will find there. Me. For I am there now. And I will be with you. And, oh, the places we will go together. It is more and greater than you can imagine in ways you cannot fathom. Take My hand and let’s do this “work” together. I already have people in place to meet you along the way who will help you. They, too, will be caught up in My glory and light. I leave no one out. We are in this together as one Body. Trust me, My child.
A few years ago, I had something impressed upon me that I strongly felt was from God, and has been incorporated into my Born to Bloom materials. It is the underlying theme of the message of Born to Bloom and you will find it a few times throughout the website. In case someone reads only one or two things, I don’t want them to miss this! Because I believe it is from the heart of God for us—especially “us women”:
It’s time to recapture the joy, the wonder, and the dreams of your youth.