Monday, November 10, 2008

Philosophy of Life - Creative Therapy

Today's Creative Therapy Catalyst is: 'What is your Philosophy of Life?'

I'm always one obsessed with words. I had to look up 'Philosophy' just to give myself some reference as to what I needed to create. My favorite definition (and one I most identify with the word Philosophy) is: "the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group." Ohhh, now we're asking the hard questions. The meaning of Life! What do I believe? Why am I here on this earth? I have lots of beliefs. Love one another, share, always be learning, don't sweat the small stuff, be kind, rewind... The list goes on and on. However, there are 2 things I tell my kids and my husband over and over. "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)" and "You can do anything you set your mind to." I think these are similar concepts and stem from a belief that if you are willing to try hard & work towards something enough and place your trust in God, you can do what he would want you to do. Sometimes you fail, but keep trying. My little one argues the most with me on this; saying "But I can't set my mind to my math." I tell her "You just WON'T. There's a difference." There are many philosophies like "Love your neighbor" or "Do unto others" and I can do everything much better when I gather my strength from Christ. I have trouble with this sometimes, always wanting to be the one in charge. Yet I can do anything when I just turn to him. I hope my children will leave my house someday knowing I love them but that Christ loves them even more.

Be sure to visit this week's Creative Therapy. The guest is Ali Edwards. I love her work and met her many years ago at a scrapbooking function.

** Please celebrate with me. My little baby girl, Alex, turned 16 today. My influence in her life is going down, as the friends in her life multiply. I just hope and pray that something I've said or done up until now will help keep her on the narrow path to where God wants her to be. She's a wonderful daughter. My first born. One I'm proud to call my daughter and one of my best friends.


Bunny B said...

Happy 16th Birthday to Alex!!! Hope she has a fab day! :))

Lucy said...

Lovely piece you've created for the challenge.

Happy Birthday to your dear daughter! She may seem like she's drifting apart from your influence, but she will be back again soon with the wisdom that her Mother did and gave everything she could for her-she just needs to find some of those answers and realizations herself now.

trisha too said...

Very pretty!

Don't kid yourself--they act like we're not influencing them, and like they aren't listening, but they are--
usually when we wish they weren't!!!

:)Happy Sweet Sixteen to Alex!

all over the map said...

Hi Kris!
I found you via Ali Edwards guest artist @ CT (which I'm glad to have found that site too).
I love Christ too and was tickled pink to see a mm collage with His word. Thanks for putting a little extra spring in my step.
He is our hope & our future.
I pray that His influence will lead your beautiful daughter as she grows up and also that He will bring other Christ followers into her life as her friends multiply.
Loved your message & the piece.

Sandra Evertson said...

Fabulous and Love the colors!
Sandra Evertson

Achtung! said...

Hi, I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and absolutely love your work. I've just tagged you on my blog. Stop by if you want to play. ;)

Lily said...

gorgeous and very moving. Happy birthday to your "little" girl

Chriss Rollins said...

Hello Kris,

Its been a little while since my last visit however I am here today to tell you I chose you as my inspiration blog for the artygirlz challenge this week.

please see my blog.

have a lovely weekend
chriss x

artbeth67 said...

This is very pretty! :)

Rhonda Langley said...

WOW!! Look at all the bright color!! I do believe I see lots of pink!!! Love the feather and the colors! Beautiful creation!!

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