Heart

My Heart God's HomeRecent the ladies at the Lighthouse got a chance to use some of the painted and marbleized papers they’d had fun creating over the last few months – even in the midst of their bewilderment about what we were doing…and why. Ordinarily, our weekly therapeutic art activities are stand-alone projects with a specific outcome at the end of the morning. There’s a beginning spiritual focus, an art activity to accomplish, and an end explanation about what it meant to each person. But like transformation that happens in most of our lives, change occurs sometimes little by little without our awareness of a beginning, middle or end. Therefore, I wanted to introduce some art-making that happened little by little – without an obvious finished product each week. But art work with a heart.

 The marbleized shaving cream paper had been made in December, the combed, painted papers had been made in March, and now in mid-April these art papers were resurfacing to be used in an art activity called My Heart God’s Home. I’ve dreamed about making this project with the ladies for months after creating a similar themed piece at an art day with friends. Using house and heart templates, the ladies cut into their chosen papers producing lively compositions on colorfully painted backgrounds. I was heart happy!

TheresaI was most heart happy with Theresa who has been one of our reluctant art makers. Over the past few months she was transformed, little by little, from anxiously saying, “I can’t make art…” to an art maker who more confidently and thoughtfully dives into the latest art activity. The large hearts in her art work represent God, her children and grandchildren. The medium-sized hearts represent aspects of her recovery, and the small hearts represent all the ways God provides for and delights us each day.

Veronica took an entirely different tack with her painting. Cradling her infant son in her arm while she painted (no small feat for an art maker), she contentedly created an Easter bunny. Possibly it’s holding a heart-shaped scepter. I’m not sure, but what ever her intent it was remarkable how she got lost in the process of her creativity, shutting out the world as she painted, oblivious to the lively commotion in the room around her, or our heart-felt admiration for her concentrated focus.

Veronica

Amber’s lively painted background fascinated me. Inquiring about it, she admitted she wanted to create something that was “kind of wild.” Wasn’t a surprise – especially since Amber was sporting bright pink hair this week! Our conversation evolved into how we maintain our “wildness” – of being faithful to the uniqueness of how we were created to be – without our hearts and behaviors becoming wildly destructive. I could identify. I told her that when I renewed by commitment to Christ as an adult, I was afraid that I would have to become small, petite, blond, Southern and precious! All things I knew weren’t me. But over time, I learned that my “wildness” was best revealed in becoming who I had been created to be as uniquely me. That’s my heart wish for each of these lovely, creative ladies.

What is it that makes you “heart happy?” ForAmber whom and what might you have “heart-felt admiration?” What “heart wish” do you have for another person or situation? If you were to great a picture of My Heart God’s Home, what would it look like?

2 comments to Heart

  • Janet

    Oh Lynne and HEART ladies…I have been blessed by each posting…though you would never know for I don’t tell you. This one has resonated with me in a much different way. My heart is full, overflowing yet needs to grow more and receive more…from others and from God. You are each so amazing, such gifts and true blessings! Janet

  • charlotte black

    This week I copied Mary Olivers poem Summer Day into my journal. It ends with the question “What do you plan to do with your one wild and precious Life?” So many of your projects seem to give direction in answering that challenge. Bravo to you all!

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