Friday, December 30, 2011

Five Minute Friday: Open

What an amazing and timely prompt for me.

As I go into this new year pondering what the Lord has for me this is the feeling I have. I am beginning this new year with a 17 day trip to Ethiopia to serve. I am open to whatever God wants to do and excited for Him to work in me and through me. I don't know what to expect, but I am open. I have been open by saying yes to join in the adventure. I have said yes to leaving me comfort, my rhythm, my safety and diving into something new and big and scary.

I also feel like the last few months have been challenging to me. I have been a little off and a little different. Maybe it's been a little dark even. Now I realize I have been in a cacoon. I have been preparing for the next phase of my journey. I have felt the cocoon opening the last few weeks. I feel like i am emerging as a butterfly. There are so many amazing things stirring in me. I am taking some art classes. I am starting to dance one again. I am beginning to take all the really great techniques that i have been learning and merge them into new and interesting expressions of beauty and goodness. I feel filled with excitement, anticipation, joy, vision, and direction.

My wings are spreading. I am open to the new the God wants to do. I am open to where He wants to lead me, challenge me, and ask me to go. I see so much light as the cocoon is breaking open and the arts begin once again to flow out of me like a river.

Lord, I want to be open to all that you are and all that you want to do. Free me from fear and the desire for safety. Help me to say yes, live dangerously and wonder at how small I would make my life compared to how big a life you have in mind for me.

At the top is some of the Art coming out of the cocoon.


  1. Dawn! I love, love, love, love, love your art! So excited for all that God is doing in your life and what He will do through you, both in Ethiopia and when you return. Visiting from Five Minute Friday, but I will be praying for you as your new year begins. Thank you so much for sharing this--the Lord's artist heart is surely at work in yours. Be encouraged! Go in courage!

  2. Dawn,
    A seventeen day trip to Ethiopia, wow! You must blog about your adventures.

    Oh, and ps might just be in love with your first piece of art at the top.

    Nice meeting you through FMF.