Devotional: Start Doing

Art, Devotional

Start doing_Autumn leafs_-01

An Inspirational ‘lesson’ I have learnt during lockdown

We are currently in a very interesting time. The year 2020 has brought us a fast spreading virus which actually lead our country to locking down for 21 days. Who could’ve seen this coming!

I know this is not the best of times for a lot of people – those affected by the virus, people sitting without an income during this time and the people suffering from depression and are forced to be alone. For me though, I’m loving this lockdown. Living in the city, every day is a rush from point A to point B and back. For the first time in quite a while we have time to spend together as a family and – as soon as my one year old goes to sleep – I have time and energy to spend on those little projects I never have time for.

One of my “projects” was to make painting time for myself – painting is the one activity where my mind can just switch off – and then another “project” was to make more devotional time with God. For this post I was fortunate enough to combine both!

Please note that this was my first ever video post and I encountered a few problems. Learned a lot through this process! Next one will be better 🙂

 

Hope you feel encouraged!

Stay safe. Start DOING and God loves you!

XX

J

Diversity is good!

Art, Devotional

Donkey-01

On 1 February 2020 I wrote the following words in my journal:

“Be different. Be yourself. The one who God made you to be. Don’t try to be like others and don’t compare yourself to others. You will then always feel that you are not good enough.

God gave you everything that you need for His plans. Use your talents and stop complaining about what you don’t have.”

 

These were harsh words to tell yourself! But sometimes that’s necessary. If you want to grow as a person, you will sometimes need to stop and ask yourself earnestly, “What do I need to realize of myself, and what do I need to change.”

It’s so easy to not feel good enough in specific areas in your life, to not feel pretty enough, to not feel sufficient. Why is this? Because we compare our success to the ability and success of others. Example: I love painting. I scroll through social media for ideas, see something that someone else has painted and think, wow, that’s beautiful! Now I want to paint it as well…but guess what, it doesn’t look like their’s and it will never. We are not the same person! We don’t have the same talents. We don’t have the same abilities…ideas…creativity…etc etc – in short: WE ARE NOT THEM.

There’s nothing wrong in finding inspiration from others. God likes community. He wants us to interact and learn from each other. But the purpose is to build people up through it. To build His church. He doesn’t want you to feel not good enough just because you cannot do something in a way someone else can.

Today I want to encourage myself and whoever also needs to hear this. Diversity is good, embrace it. Start looking for your own unique ideas and interpretations of it. Look for help when you need it, but learn from it and don’t see yourself as a failure just because you didn’t know how and will now still need to take time to practice the new skill/advice you’ve received. Remember, someone who is a master in a specific skill has spent quite a few hours to practice their skill. And importantly, enjoy what you are doing! We need to find joy in everything we do. God gave you gifts and talents to enjoy, but more than that, He gave you these gifts and talents for His enjoyment. So use them! but in the unique way that God intended for you to use them.

Have a blessed day!

God loves you.

xx

J

 

DEVOTIONAL: EVERY DAY IS A FRESH START

Art, Devotional

Every day is a fresh start

Every Day is a Fresh Start

Yesterday has passed, we can’t add or take-away anything.  We can’t change anything we said, didn’t say, wanted to say – or do…and to sit and worry or be angry about things in the past not only ruins the new day that started but also ruins the new opportunities that may come your way.  It stops us from smelling the roses, seeing the new sunrise and listening to God’s voice – and we know God is not in the loud noises but in the soft whisper of the wind – so we need to listen carefully 🙂

The author of Lamentations starts off by telling us in chapter 3 about God’s wrath and the bad stuff he has seen, then in verses 22-24 he says this, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’”

Ecclesiastes 7:10 tells us, “Do not say, ‘Why were the old days better than these?’  For it is not wise to ask such questions.”  When we look back at the “old days” we want to remember only the good things that happened but we forget it wasn’t all good…or we look back and only remember the bad stuff and forget it wasn’t all bad.  We are not objective about the past.  Matthew 6:34 “Each day has enough troubles of its own.”  So why go and worry about yesterday’s troubles or what the future may hold.

No matter what happened in the past when you cry out to the Lord, Psalm 40 tells us God reaches out and helps us. Psalm 40:2&3 “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire, He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”  Ecclesiastes 7:14 says “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this:  God has made the one as well as the other.  Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.” In other words…life is unpredictable, so why look back or ahead, just enjoy today and make the most of it.

Smell the roses; look at the sunrise 🙂 and search, with optimism and expectation, new opportunities, new excitement, love, laughter and new ways to help those in need.

Have a blessed, wonderful and NEW day!!!

God Bless

XOXO

J

HOLIDAY FUN: WATERCOLOUR BIRD ART

Art, Travel & Holiday Fun

INYONI_Watercolour Bird Art

FUN HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

WATERCOLOUR PAINT: BIRDS (INYONI IN ZULU)

There’s nothing like traveling and road trips during your December holiday.  My husband and I are definitely travelers by heart, discovering new places and experiences.  (I will try to start sharing some of our 2017/2018 December holiday plans, places and some holiday food soon, we went to a few places that’s not known for great signal so I fell behind a bit 😉 )

Even while traveling I still like to take time to be creative, but packing your oil paint and canvas or tools for a bit of wood work is not always plausible.  So I discovered how easy it is to take along watercolour paint.  It’s a matter of packing a small box with the paint colours, two or three paintbrushes and a watercolour paint book.  There is always a container of some sort available to mix your colours in.

I would take time during our holiday to find a beautiful scenic spot to sit at – maybe with a sunrise or sunset – and then just sit and play with the paint.  I discovered the secret to really round off your painting is using a black fine line pen to accentuate the outlines.  I am a big amature when it comes to watercolours, so if anyone wants to add tricks of the trade in the comment section to help the “just-doing-it-for-the-fun-but-wants-to-learn-more” people we will appreciate it 🙂

I hope you will make some “me-time” to sit and play with your watercolours, you never know if you will really surprise yourself with the end result!

Have a fantastic 2018!

Lots of Love

Janine

Oil painting: Campfire next to a river… Now that’s life!

Art

Oil painting_Campfire next to river

As I’ve mentioned before, I have only started painting about three years ago, meaning, that most of the paintings I’ve attempted are firsts for me:)  For this specific painting the fire was a definite first!! I don’t know if you’ve noticed but photographing sunsets, sunrises and fires are not the easiest thing to do.  You never seem to really catch the beauty of it on camera. Well painting it, I can tell you, is even more of a challenge (well for me in any case).  A good friend of mine helped me to start off and well, this is the end result… As I know myself I will probably try to adjust it up and till it’s delivered to my very first customer, who was the photographer of the photo I painted this from. This photo was taken at their  favourite campsite.  I guess they wanted a reminder of their happy place even though they’re not there.

What is your happy place?  I can’t really narrow mine down to one place or thing but I would definitely say mine is somewhere in nature.  I love sitting alone in God’s Creation, it makes me feel closer to Him.  I get the almost tangible feeling when the wind blows around me that I can experience the presence of God.  The Bible says in Kings 19:12 that God was not in the earth quake or the fire, He whispered in the stillness of the wind..I really don’t hope anyone will have a request for me to paint the wind somewhere though:)

I hope you all will have an amazingly blessed day and have the opportunity to also visit your happy place soon for a nice relaxing time!

God bless

J

xxxx

(PS.  This painting was also difficult photographing, since the whole picture changes a bit depending on the angle you’re looking at it and the type of lighting its getting.)

Art from the past

Art

Personally I have always enjoyed creating anything beautiful using any medium…BUT…I always got so frustrated because the picture in my head just didn’t look anything like the physical end result! Then in 2014 I started painting classes at Beate Naudé in Richardsbay.  These social painting evenings were the highlight of my week!  Beate is an amazing art teacher who guided me into actually painting something I was proud of…and no I’m not claiming Picasso end results!!  So I thought I’d share a few of my first paintings with you.

Mykonos-01Plaas-01Succulent-01Sunrise-01Kaapsche Hoop-01