“…pressed down, shaken together, running over…”

Blessings, upon blessings, upon blessings, being poured into my lap. My heart is full to overflowing. *

The last two days have been remarkable. I am intensely aware of God’s presence, his provision – I am catching small glimpses of the way threads in my life are being woven together to form a larger thing, how that thing is part of something larger yet. I am aware of doors opening and closing, of paths unspooling at my feet and absolutely no sense of fear or anxiety as I step out onto them. I cannot see too far ahead, and I am completely, utterly OK with that. I am living in this moment, contemplating the next, and doing what planning I can, but everything is fluid and growing and moving forward without much help from me, and so I am just riding it, like a wave, like the current. And while I am sometimes very tired, it’s in the same way you are tired after a wonderful day at the beach, emptied out by sun and sand and surf because you’ve just given yourself wholly to the experience.

I am happy. More than that, I am content – deeply, profoundly content. While there are lots of things I’d like to have – for my studio, mostly, and for my husband – I have no real sense of want.

But I’ve decided to get some pink streaks in my hair.

Because… because life’s too short to wish for things we can actually do.

 

 

* The title of this post references this scripture passage from Luke 6: “If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving — large or small — it will be used to measure what is given back to you.” I do not mean in any way to imply that I deserve the blessings that are mine today. I simply could not escape the image of sitting still while wonderful things were literally pouring to my lap – so full that they overflow into the life that is around me. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

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  1. Lorelei
    Lorelei says:

    I love this idea of blog mob because I just found a NEW FAVORITE. your blog rocks! Love the look and feel of it! I think I’m gonna hang out a while.
    Good luck at your show!!

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    • Francesca
      Francesca says:

      Welcome, Lorelei – I love your blog too! So glad you stopped in – and thanks for the good wishes for the show. I’m nervous, but at this point I’m as prepared as I can be, so… we’ll see. 🙂

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    • Francesca
      Francesca says:

      They are magical – a real gift. It really is a sense of being carried along – or gliding on updrafts. There’s some work involved to stay in the flow, but it’s exhilarating instead of enervating. I wrote this post in part so I’d remember what this felt like for those moments in the future that won’t feel so wonderful or when I’m doubting. 🙂

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    • Francesca
      Francesca says:

      Thank you, Sara – I think you’re right. Once I have this show under my belt, I’ll know more about what I need to be focusing on for next time. I’m as prepared as I can be for this one, and I am certainly feeling like I’m in the right place, doing the right things, so it will be whatever it will be and the experience will be worth it!

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  2. Karen Totten
    Karen Totten says:

    I loved reading this post – very similar to what I’m going through as I become older. There are logistical situations that are not quite what I would want, but somehow, strangely, I’m okay with it. And as for the art part of my life…I’ve learned to simply get out of the way. 🙂

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    • Francesca
      Francesca says:

      Thanks, Karen – the journey of getting older is very enlightening. The logistics wind up being less and less important, don’t they?? That quote of Lori’s really spoke to me: life is just to short to wish for things you can actually do. And getting out of the way is often the hardest part. 🙂

      (I’m getting my hair done tomorrow! Stand by for photos!!)

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