Courage to be You

I’ve been writing in journals for several years.  It has been very therapeutic, and it has given me pleasure writing.  Occasionally, I would glue something special about a day onto the page, like a movie ticket or restaurant receipt.  But once in a while, I’ve wanted to draw something to go along with my writing, and I couldn’t.  I had never drawn anything, nor taken any art classes.  My hand simply could not draw.

This year, I decided I wanted to draw enough to be able to use in my journals.  I watched YouTube videos, read books on how to draw, and even took a beginner’s drawing class at the local art center.

  Every day I would practice drawing something, even if it was just a doodle on a scrap piece of paper.  I was determined.  Slowly, images took shape.
  I began playing with colored pencils, water color pens, and all sorts of inks.  I made art journals by combining thoughts I had written or scriptures and pictures.  Sometimes I thought they looked childish, as though a five year old had made them, but that was still ok with me.  It was a start and I was learning something new.
  In the process, I discovered I loved drawing angels and flowers the most.  Nothing was ever perfect, but I loved the process.  It became a way of finding peace at the end of the day.
  And I learned that I was still able to learn.  My mind was still eager to find something new to be passionate about.  Each day brought new experience and color into my life.  A new way of expressing what I wanted to say. It was a tremendous blessing God had given me, to know beauty could be found in imperfection.  
  Have the courage to explore God’s gifts.  Explore something new and embark on a wondrous journey of discovering that maybe, just maybe, you can do what you thought you could not.  Have the courage to be YOU.