As I’ve mentioned, I’m participating in a year-long creativity exploration called Beyond Layers hosted by the amazing Kim Klassen. It’s primarily about working with photographs, but sometimes she throws out something more personal for us to work with – like this morning. This morning’s challenge is to share ten truths about ourselves. Here are mine:
- I am married to a man who treats me far better than I deserve. He is a daily example of what an unconditional servant-hearted love looks like. One day, I hope to become the woman he sees me capable of being.
- I have a daughter who holds my heart in a way that no one else ever will. Our relationship is complicated, and I don’t see as much of her as I would like, but she is moving forward in her life in in ways that give me great hope.
- I am far more likely to see the glass as half empty instead of half full. I’m working on that.
- One of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to finish college when I was able.
- I used to be a political junkie and had to give it up because it was turning me into a rage junkie. I couldn’t stand being that angry all the time.
- There are few things I love better than a beautiful, simple meal with a nice glass of wine and a few good friends. I am fortunate that I get to do this fairly often.
- One of the things I love better than #6 is musical worship with my church family. There is literally nothing like making music for God with people whose hearts are completely focused on him. It’s transformative. Fortunately, I get to do this fairly often too!
- I’m a woman with a past, and I am deeply grateful I was spared the worst of the many possible consequences of that past. I have to be very intentional about accepting God’s grace and forgiveness every day, because I am far more likely to continue beating myself up over it all than I am to live fully in the freedom he’s given me. (This may have something to do with #3 above.) I’m working on this too. (See this post for my word for 2012.)
- I believe God created me to be creative, and I spent a huge chunk of my life running away from this fact (for a whole host of complicated reasons). I’m grateful to have found jewelry making and photography as things to be passionate about – in very different ways, those two things feed my creative spirit.
- I don’t take very good care of myself. This probably has a lot to do with #8 above, and I am trying to be intentional this year about changing that. It’s hard for me not to see it as being selfish, though.
Thanks, Kim, for the opportunity to explore these ten things!