As we are approaching the end of the year, I am looking back on 2015 as the year of living
fearlessly. As 2015 began, I chose the word fearless as my word for the year. I had spent
several years of taking art classes… both studio and online. And, I had become a “collector”… of
My decision to live fearlessly was a commitment to myself to use those art supplies and to
share what I created on Facebook… a very scary thing for me. And, thanks to the Lord and the
encouragement of family and friends, it has been an incredible artsy year.
As all of this unfolded, I have found a new voice.
What does that mean?
I spent 12 years as a Bible study teacher… teaching co-ed classes. But, my heart was with the
women’s Bible study I had taught almost every Thursday nights for years. I had spent those
years preparing dinner for them.. feeding them both physically and spiritually…and, they were
Two years ago I had a thyroidectomy – the results of thyroid cancer. Since that time, my voice
has been damaged, I had to give up teaching, and I had become something of a hermit… as
communication was difficult and often times impossible.
Although my voice is better, I am still unable to teach. My art has become my voice… an
expression of who I am and what is important to me.
I want to encourage you to think about something in your life that might be a struggle for you,
to select a word to embrace for 2016, and to surrender to the changes that will follow all to the
glory of God.
Next… my word for 2016…