The Fine Art of Freedom

Sing and rejoice, O daughters of Zion: sing a new song of freedom.
— from Common Prayer + Sacred Ordinary Days Planner/July 19

Sometimes I feel a sense of freedom when I paint,

but usually I must focus on restraint.

With a task at hand, my hand holding a brush and swirling the water, dabbing bristles down to test the color, the opaqueness, and the translucency 

swirling, mixing, dabbing

then committing to the brush stroke

on paper.

The conscious effort to leave room for white space does not come natural to me. It is easy to overdo it all, leaving little lightness. 

But discipline grows with training and practice. I keep showing up and the ease with which I paint increases slowly over time. 

We can celebrate freedom; the little things like learning to paint more freely, as well as the deeper things like freedom found in understanding and learning about God's truth; in Christ. For example, last week I read a blog post that brought a freedom to my heart with words of wisdom and gentleness on How to Wait Well by Emily Freeman. Here is a little excerpt; 

"“Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

Of course our Father would shift our eyes from a plan we hope for to a Person we can hope in.

Isn’t that what he always does?

Here’s what I know: Whatever I put at the center of the wait is what carries all the power. I can’t say that I fully understand what it means to wait upon the Lord but if scripture invites me into it, well then there must be hope in that."

Today when I opened my Sacred Ordinary Days Planner up and read the prayer for the day, it resonated in my heart; and I thought maybe it will for you too?  I wonder what freedoms, ordinary or sacred or both, you might be experiencing lately? 

Sing and rejoice, O daughters of Zion: sing a new song of freedom.
— from Common Prayer + Sacred Ordinary Days Planner/July 19