Friday, October 15, 2010

Oh, What a Week

Sunday is the big day.

It's our church's 50th birthday and I have been in charge of planning the party. It is an outreach project -- who can have a birthday party without invited guests? We have asked the surrounding community to celebrate with us and my prayer is that they see Jesus, that they are enveloped in joy, that they have fun, but that they see the purpose behind all this -- a witness of the God's amazing, unconditional love for them.

Needless to say, I have been a bit busy. But, I have still been writing. In the spirit of being random and giving myself grace for not writing a specific post (or for finishing my art this week) for today, I'm linking up my posts for this week so you can check them out if you feel so inclined.

First, the sad state of my art piece this week:

It is not nearly finished, but you can read the significance of this particular flower here.  (Side note:  My oldest daughter just walked in the room.  Who drew this? I did, I say.  Wow, Mom, I didn't know you were an artist.  That's really good.  God is so kind to bless me with this words, eh?  Especially so early in the  morning.)

Last weekend, I went to the Women of Joy conference in San Antonio. It was amazing, to say the least.  Here is the pouring out of my heart from this conference.  It is a post that completely rocked my heart as I was writing it.  It's called "Torn in Two?"  and you can find it here.

Finally, if you need some encouraging words because you have dealt with (or currently are dealing with) food addiction, you can find them here.

I hope you all have a blessed Friday and weekend!  Y'all are such an amazing group of people and I am so glad that God encouraged me to walk with you in this land of blogs.

Please check out the extraordinary link-ups!
Jennifer's Studio JRU
Rachel Ann's Home Sanctuary
Michelle's Lost in the Prairies


  1. Jen, you are like the energizer bunny. Goodness, I don't know how you do all that you do and do it so well on top of that. I will find the time this week-end to go and read the posts mentioned as I always enjoy your posts. They are so inspiring!

    Hoping that the church celebration goes well and that many guests are present and most especially those that need the Lord.

    Hugs to you for a joyful and restful week-end! :o)

  2. Wow, the party sounds like quite an undertaking. I hope it goes well, and also that you are able to take a break afterwards.
    Have a lovely weekend, Jen...

  3. I can't wait to see the finished piece. It's funny sometimes what our children say to us. I think their words are from God sometimes to humble us. I'm glad I'm not the only energizer bunny this week. I feel like I kept going and going and going. I now need the weekend to relax.

  4. I looked for you San Antonio...but alas didn't see you...I was very disappointed...really...sooo many women, it was unrealistic of me...hubby teased me that wouldn't it be horrible if you were at the same hotel as us....those ladies sure were enjoying were very fortunate to be part of such an encouraging weekend!

  5. Joining you in prayer for your church's birthday party; what a great way to reach out to the community. I think your art work is terrific, way to go.

    Hope you have a great weekend!!

  6. I love what your church is doing for it's birthday celebration. I hope there will be some drawn to our Savior through this!
    I'll look forward to coming back and reading some of your other posts.
    As always I love your art. Your creativity amazes me.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Jen, the flower will be lovely. Just wait and see. Have a great time at the celebration!

  8. Thanks for all the linky love today. Hope your weekend is great!

  9. Praying your weekend celebration goes just as you have planned...and that you have lots of visitors! :)

  10. I recognized your art piece right away... remember, in God's time it will bloom!

    Thanks for your sweet note today.

  11. So sweet to hear that your daughter appreciates your talent. Precious. Have a great weekend.

  12. Happy 50th to your church!! Always love stopping by her for some food for thought.

  13. Ohh... planning that party sounds like lots of fun! I love your work in progress... looking really pretty so far. Your daughter is SO sweet. I can imagine how wonderful her sweet honesty felt! Thank you so much for the peek at what you are up to this week! :)

  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog today, Jen! I hope your church's party will be a wonderful celebration of the Lord's love. Take care!

  15. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished artwork. I hope you are able to enjoy the celebration too!

  16. Hi Jen - you are busy! And in good, God ways! I love that your daughter gave you such a sweet compliment. My Angel thinks I am a "really good artist", too, and sometimes it is a determination to not let her down that keeps me going when the "inner critic" gets loud. I went over and read the "story behind the flower" - very poignant!

    Hope your weekend is everything you planned it to be...


  17. Morning Jen, I love stopping by here! Wow you are busy! I hope everything goes well for the party. Thanks for the coffee!

  18. Okay Jen...hubby wants to know if you were at the Marriott hotel too.....we got into one elevator full of sweet ladies all chattering abt the wonderful times you guys were having and there he goes and asks them if they enjoyed Sarah Palin the night before! I kept wondering if it was turned around and I was the only female in an elevator full of men whether I would have spoken...but then again maybe friendly women aren't as intimidating!


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