Sunday, February 22, 2015

Quiet time/Worship Time Meditation


For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ - 2 Corinthians 4:6
Find a quiet spot

Let the music play

Breathe in, deeply...
Exhale - slowly

Breathe into the lyrics,
the words and melody that form the wisps of intercession

Keep breathing...

The notes, the words, the prayer
turning, writhing, flowing, spilling, swirling

Being drawn on their way
Upwards to the Father

And the release of Heavens storehouse
Envelopes our earthly frame...


Cindy Fort©2015
  
(Consider reading this into your smart phone recorder and have it play back while you are sitting with your eyes closed)

As you breathe and still your soul, listen for the whispers of the Holy Spirit to speak in your heart.  He may speak in words that don't seem to be your own, images, songs (because the Lord does sing over us) or even "flashes of insight".  Sometimes He will let His presence be known by a fragrance you can detect, or even by physical sensations (if it won't overwhelm you!).  Just know it is His desire to speak to you, to tell you "great and mighty things, that you do not know" and even things that you do know, but need reminded of.  Make sure you have a piece of paper and a favorite pen or pencil handy so that you can capture the essence of your time with the Lord when it is over (not during - {smiling}).  Remember what He feels like/sounds like; and let His presence carry over into the rest of your day!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Love is...by Lord Byron


Playing with light, processing and fonts in my "BeStill52" class...

"Yes, love indeed is light from heaven;
a spark of that immortal fire shared with angels shared..."
 

 

Friday, February 6, 2015

"Still" is a verb...

"...learning how to be still, 
to be really still and LET life happen - 
that stillness becomes a
radiance..." 
Morgan Freeman
 
 
from my class "Be Still" - a little grungy processing - all the vintage laces are mine with a beautiful rose from the bouquet that my dh got me for my birthday...
 
Learning to Still, Life:

Finding the light ~
     {remembering that He is the Light}
 
Looking with intention ~
     {you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul}
 
Slowing down in order to see what is already there ~
      {See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?}
 
These are the steps I've adopted so that I can do still life photography...
 
I've always read that word - still - 
as an adjective...
 
I am learning it is a verb.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Exhale - Remember His Presence




Exhale

Don't hold your breath

Breathe in

Then out

Pause

Remember His Presence

Have a "selah" moment

Relax

Breathe
 
 Exhale

©Cindy Fort, 2015



While composing this photo for a class I am in, I breathed slowly, with intention instead allowing my body to be on automatic- and the title came to me.  It is a reminder to breathe, pause, remember His presence - in short, have a "selah" moment...something that we can forget when rushing in our daily lives and anxiety starts to build - like holding our breath instead of breathing deeply... 

So remember to exhale...

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Limited Color Palette - a video about painting a face

I came across this video on you-tube and loved how the artist shaded the face - 
I learned a lot about showing depth and highlights on a face, even tho' that was not the focus of the video - 
I thought you might enjoy it as well...

"Statement jewelry" that speaks of His purpose...

I don’t wear much jewelry – sometimes not even earrings in my pierced ear holes…but sometimes, when I am getting into that creative place, I "see" jewelry...rings, bracelets/cuffs, and necklaces...

I love cuff bracelets!  I love to layer them up my wrist and forearm! I like the "tribal" feel of them...made with rougher materials, metal,  One day as I was considering the very tangible draw to wear a cuff, whether I wore any other piece of jewelry or not, I did a little research.  Did you know that people have worn bracelets of some sort since the beginning of time?  Jewelry tends to be a type of identification and/or self-expression as this quote from an online e-zine reveals:

 "...today, jewellery at any level can be and is used to portray an image, how we feel, or where we belong. It's part of the statement we make. It's no coincidence that the mega fashion trend at the moment in our increasingly diversified, individualist society, is statement jewellery..." Rachel Parkin
"Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment." Pearl S. Buck.
The dictionary definition of self-expression is, to express one's own personality, feelings, or ideas, as through speech or art. As we can understand from the quote above, it's the communication in the expression that is the vital part. Ideas felt, but not expressed are merely unfulfilled ideas.1

What I really delighted in was to find that there is a connection to warfare* for cuff jewelry – you see God calls all His children into spiritual warfare – we have a foe that wants only to “kill us, steal from us, and destroy us” (John 10:10); He trains our arms for battle (Psalm 18:34) and our weapons for this war are unique (2 Corinthians 10:4).

I know I have been called to spiritual warfare (as all children of God have) - each hard thing in my life has trained and prepared me...I have questioned, resisted, and not understood...but I have been prepared!  I am like Paul, I've not finished this race and the prize is yet before me - but neither am I a new Christian.  I have said the "yes" to be what He has called me to be...and I have been in the arena of war.  It isn't easy, but it is who I was woven together to be, and I believe (after 8 days of my January listening) that I will need to share this part of me, because it is inseparable from my calling as a counselor AND as a creative!  (Are you thinking about the book "The War of Art" by Stephen Pressfield?!)



 I've begun to design some cuffs, and more are in the works for this year...you can find some already listed at my shop here.  Each one is unique - and I wear them myself...








 My cuffs are part of my "Sealed" collection... a reference that this jewelry is a visible statement that we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and set apart by God for the work He has prepared for us, whatever that work might be...Ephesians 1:13







*History shows us that bracelets became increasingly popular with men during Grecian times – soldiers wore defensive bands of leather often decorated with gold, silver, and other gemstones on their forearms. They were called Bracels, from the Latin term for arm, “Brachium“. The Grecian women realized that these accessories would look good on them, so they began wearing smaller versions – called Bracel-ets. The idea became popular and the fashion spread far and wide.  A bracelet is also a small brace or bracer (an arm-guard used by archers).  (Adapted from: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Dr._Mark_Clayson)