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Ok! Here’s catalyst number ninety-six:
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
We’re excited to have Merdrey Chew as this week’s Guest Artist.
Here’s a quickie self-bio for Merdrey:
My dream came true about a month back when i was given the opportunity to be a full time scrapbooking teacher with my local scrapbooking store, PaperMarket! I love to see the scrappers’ wide smile when they complete their projects and it is so cool to see what i design bring joy to them!
If you’ve never seen Merdrey’s beautiful art, make sure to visit her blog.
Here is Merdrey’s art with this week’s catalyst. You can click on it to see a larger version and more detail.
As i was thinking about the most important lesson i have learnt in life, i remembered once when my dad told me to listen…even if it is something that has been said many times. This, to me, is a simple and powerful reminder each day as we deal with the many distractions in life. But if you listen, you will hear the joy in the voices, saddness even in online chat messages and directions in life from God…so open your hearts, close your eyes and just LISTEN!
I have discovered a love for gel medium recently and they work perfectly for my altered frame. Just apply the medium on the frame and on the storybook pages separately. Place the storybook page on the frame and cover the whole area with another layer of gel medium! Leave to dry. Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi medium in matte is what i love best! =)
Thank you so much Merdrey; we’re so very honored.
Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team.
I live my life by three lessons that I have learned throughout the years. Some of these lessons I resented having to learn… being told that happiness is a choice when you are crying your eyes out because you are dissapointed yet again in someone or something stings and doesn’t feel like help at all. It’s maddening when you learn that yes, character isn’t always built, it is revealed and the revelation isn’t always a good one. When the last thing that you want to do is be kind to someone who is hurting you, to realize that it’s the first thing you should try is frustrating to say the least… but it is all a part of life, learning who we are and how to live.
Happiness is a CHOICE. Tough times don’t build character they REVEAL it. Practice KINDNESS.
The most important lessons I’ve learned so far in my life has centered around things God has taught me. First, that I find hope in Him as a result of the redemptive work that He has done in me through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. Because I now know and have experienced His abundant provision not only materially but spiritually, I can trust Him to continue to provide for all my needs at the moment and time that it’s needed. My hope rests in the Lord and His promises.
We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD,
even as we put our hope in you.
– Psalm 33:20-22
The next lesson is something that I am continuing to learn and practice each day: the true meaning of love. It is not defined by the world’s standards, but by God’s standard. It is a glorious, unconditional, and sacrificial love that encompasses the nature of God. Because I have experienced the grace of God’s love, my heart is transformed and motivated by that love to act in faith and grace beyond what I would normally choose to do. It is a love that goes beyond the boundaries of giving…it is completely selfless. Although, in my flesh, it is a challenge to love in this way, God is faithful to remind me that I can do so as He graciously provides an abundance of that love to me to be shared with others.
The last lesson depicted in my project is peace. In the past, I have sought to find peace and fulfillment in so many things, yet they have always come up lacking in providing any lasting peace. When I hoped that someone’ acceptance of me would make me happy, they have let me down. When I thought that possessing an item would fill a need, I found that simply having it still left me with an empty feeling in my heart. Only when my mind and heart are focused on God and His graciousness do I begin to see clearly about what is needed for me to have peace…to focus, love, and fully trust in Him with my whole heart, soul, and strength.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: – Isaiah 26:3-4
I’ve decided that, in the end, all that matters is your integrity. Do you always do what you say you will by when you say you will? I strive to. And I strive to surround myself with people who do. Too many people discount the value of one’s word. All you have is your word. Does yours mean anything?
2009 was a year of many ups and a few downs for me and isn’t it normal for the downs to overshadow the ups, even in the initial stages? The downs last year made me doubt myself and I totally forgot the achievements I got. I wondered if I will ever recover from the setbacks and more importantly if I would ever regain my self-confidence. Then someone gave me a hug and told me that ‘everything will be OK’ … and I carried those words with me every day and I remember them each time I began doing something. I knew that no matter what people said or did to me, and no matter if I succeeded or failed … that life will create new opportunities for me, that life experiences are to be treasured and nothing can break me down. Those words gave me strength and I appreciated them through the toughest of times and the best of days. Thank you to you for your gift of words.
The most important lesson for me is “Trust in Him at all days” Psalm 62 verse 8
I cut a piece of currogated cardboard in a heart shape, yes, I know, I love hearts… Than I paint with gesso on it, and added some tissue paper on it, and paint over it. The same with music paper sheets. Added some pearl beads for more texture. When all is dried, I sprayed it with glimmer mist, and write the Bible verse on it.
Follow your dream is one of many lessons I’ve learned in my life. As a child, my dream was to be a teacher. It took me many years to realize goal, but I never gave up. When my oldest child was graduating from high school, I went back to finish my undergraduate work and at the age of 40, I became a classroom teacher. I loved being in the classroom every single day of my career.
I pieced my bird using only scraps and bits of fabric that were on my work table from recent projects. Her many layers are embellished with threadplay and quilting done on my machine. I love her stance as she steps towards the goal of her dreams, and looks down at how far she has come.
“Lessons Learned” laugh. be happy and thankful for what you have. time passes quickly. capture it. the little things in life matter the most. a child can change your outlook on life. be what you want. not what others expect of you.
Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?” I urge you to give it a try. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you.
Leave us comments with your work so we can share in your creative therapy, too. If you don’t have a community or blog where you upload photos, you can upload them on our flickr group.
Remember, this is not a competition. If your art makes you feel even a bit better at the end, you’ve won.
Until next week, enjoy each and every moment.
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