In The Story of With, Arnold introduces the concept of "Kintsugi"-- the Japanese art form of repairing broken pottery with gold. In an excerpt from the book the character Ryder says:
"It's the art of repairing what has been shattered by infusing golden lacquer in the fractured places."
"But that just highlights the brokenness."
"That is the point. Rather than hide the imperfections, they highlight them by filling the cracks with liquid
gold. They view the repaired item as even more valuable, because it is now unique from all other vessels."
"The Creator can put the fragments of your life and heart back together with His healing light.
Simply give the pieces to Him." pp.154
Wow! I'd never heard of Kintsugi, but I love including gold paper or paint in my artwork. About 20 years ago I completed this fabric collage/paining (above) with gold paint.
“I think I can understand that feeling about a housewife’s work being like that of Sisyphus (who was the stone rolling gentleman). But it is surely, in reality, the most important work in the world. What do ships, railways, mines, cars, government etc exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their own homes? As Dr Johnson said, ‘To be happy at home is the end of all human endeavour’. (1st to be happy, to prepare for being happy in our own real Home hereafter: 2nd, in the meantime, to be happy in our houses.) We wage war in order to have peace, we work in order to have leisure, we produce food in order to eat it. So your job is the one for which all others exist.”
Wow-- I love C.S. Lewis! For more about this quote, click here.
Let's hear it for homemakers!!
For a fun read, check out the original vampire rabbit: BUNNICULA by Deborah and James Howe
A Head Over Heels Inspirational Romance
ONCE UPON A TIME, I WAS A REBEL.
AND I HAVE THE TATTOOS TO PROVE IT.
After finishing Stealing Adda, I read Splitting Harriet by Tamara Leigh. Harriet works at a church, and having worked at a church for several years, it was especially interesting to me. LOVED it on many levels... Highly recommend!!
I recently listened to Kathy Lipp's podcast interview with Amy Carroll on the subject of perfectionism. Breaking Up with Perfect is the title of Amy's new book. Wow-- What Amy shared really resonated with me! She's offering a FREE online study of her book, Breaking Up with Perfect beginning Monday, August 1st. (Amy offers some other FREE resources, and you may win a copy of Amy's book by leaving a comment on Kathi's blog post!) For more info and to sign up for the free online study, click on this link. Or visit Amy Caroll's website here.
If you live within driving distance of Lancaster, PA and are interested in writing, I highly recommend this amazing one-day event! (I've attended before, but cannot this year because of a previous commitment.) If you're looking for an affordable, fun, and choc-full-of-information way to learn more about writing, or take your current writing to the next level, consider attending this one-day conference. There are lots of opportunities to meet with the speakers and make connections with other writers. Click on image for the Lancaster Christian Writers website for more info and to register! LCW also offers monthly meetings throughout the year.
Join my friend Kristia Cavere Markarian on her new website,
Her article today titled "The Sides and Seasons of Sadness" really touched my heart. In the almost 8 1/2 years that we've been married, my husband and I have lost eight family members through death. We've also experienced painful losses in our family through the other "dreadful D's"— divorce, disease, and disability. We continue to trust God for His faithful comfort, healing, and restoration for us and all our family members. Amen! I love the insights, compassion, and suggestions Kristia extends to those of us who grieve, particularly during the holidays. I especially liked her points about how each of us is unique, and to extend kindness to ourselves as we work through difficult emotions, (as well as to others who may be struggling during the holidays). I pray you will be blessed by her article and website as well. Click here!
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