Love is an action, not just a feeling. Sometimes to love others it requires more than simply a feeling in your heart. Sometimes we have to step outside our comfort zone and be more like Christ and less of ourselves. Love becomes an action when you do something for another person or forgive when the other person doesn’t deserve it.
It doesn’t matter if others are nice or not. We should extend ourselves to love even when others aren’t capable or willing. It spreads love when we love and it will come back to you. What you give others is measured back ten fold.
I was looking forward to spring. It’s been a long and cold winter. Toward the end of winter it’s been a roller coaster of weather changes. Days have ranged from warmer weather near 50/60 degrees and radically changed the next day with a sharp drop to a winter weather storm. I made this spread on one of the warmer days when I was so excited for the warmer temperatures. Poppies and all things bright and sunny. This spread was made after waking to an owl outside my window singing its beautiful song. It sang me to sleep the night before. I was excited to hear this beautiful bird singing knowing soon we’d be having warmer days. All the beautiful plants and flowers come to life.
If you’ve ever lived in the south and moved to the cold northern temperatures you too understand the excitement for the spring and all the beautiful colors added to the earth when spring arrives. I’m excited to go foraging for wild asparagus and morels. But most of all, I can’t wait to go out for a walk, a quick jog, or kayaking. What’s your favorite part of spring?
Choose your words and actions carefully, fathers, for those words and actions will influence who your daughter chooses to marry. If you don’t want her to be unhappy for the rest of her life show her how to love and don’t put those she loves down. Even if that at one point in your life, that which was exactly as you wanted, has changed and is no longer what you want, it’s still part of who she is and hurts deeply when you put the ones she loves down. This will be the greatest thing you can provide for your daughters, fathers. Be careful for your words can cut deeply and leave scars long after your done. She will look for the same dysfunctional type of love because it’s all she’s known and it’s what she’s familiar with. Her future spouse will put her down and treat her this way because it’s what she thinks is acceptable in her life. Most aren’t aware of what they’ve done or unwilling to accept they have played a part in this legacy. Don’t hurt her. Allow her to love. A child can never be loved by too many people or too much. Don’t allow your feelings to ruin her life because you hold hurt in your heart.
These are some of my newly finished art journal spreads. It’s my first time using an app to make a flip through of my art journal. I’m sure there are easier ways and if you know of them, please share!
I always love watching other artists flip through their art journals. This isn’t my whole journal but almost half. I’ll share the pages individually in time too. There’s too many to share in the same day, which makes a video perfect!
Do you have a go to for the days you can’t find a topic to journal or write? Here’s a list of journaling prompts, ideas, and words to inspire your journaling creativity. It’s nice to have a go to or list of ideas.
You are welcome to zoom in and use any of these ideas that inspire you to create in your journals. Comment below if you have any suggestions that other writers might find useful. I hope you find inspiration here.
It’s fun to reflect on older journal spreads and compare them with my newer spreads. It’s also nice to look back and read through older spreads and reflect on that day or time. It’s nice to have older journals to reflect on good memories of family, travel, and personal growth. It’s also nice to review older spreads and remember how I felt on those days. It’s obvious the brighter spreads were made with more optimism and joy.
Do you use every space inside your journals? I like to cover the inside cover with art and I use the last page to write prompts, writing ideas, vocabulary words, websites and blogs to follow and other various ideas for my journal. What makes your journaling unique?