Silent Auction: Visual Poetry Walk

Silent Auction: Visual Poetry Walk

Come to our last and final viewing of all Poetry boxes in one place. The silent auction will take place tomorrow at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. Experience poetry readings, local visual artists, music and snacks. Artwork starts at $40. Admission this event is FREE!

 

Look higher

 

Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels.

– Luigi Pirandello

0710151133-1Acrylic painting and ink on paper and canvas.

New Dawn

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.

-Anne Lamott

newdawnPaint of images and imagination from my travels in Kenya. Gouache and ink on paper mounted on stretch canvas.

Overcoming fears: One challenge at a time.

Because of injuries from a past car accident I don’t do long distance, especially at night, especially by myself. Let’s just say my focus is being restored.
Recently, I was scheduled to carpool with a friend of mine to a women’s C12 meeting. At the last minute not feeling well she cancelled. I had to decide if I was going to drive by myself AND return in the dark. It would be the first for me since my car accident 5 years ago. Fear or Faith, fear or Faith. The thoughts raced through my head. “Could my body and mind handling it? How would the traffic be? What if something happened? God I feel like you’re setting me up. Yes I can do this. Yes we can!” I tell myself.

THE PLAN

My plan was to download worship music onto my phone so that I could stay focused and at peace while I was driving. Then to leave early to get ahead of rush hour.  I would be early, but I would also be there safe.
The first part of the plan worked. I was early but I was also safe. Excited that I had overcome I thanked God in the car as I parked  walked up to the house.

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My contribution to dinner.

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You are a SUPER WOMAN! I dare you to doubt me.

Last week I got an email invite from a sweet artist friend of mine, check her out. Super Woman Brunch. Hum. This sounds interesting. Thoughts progress. Do I want to go? Huh, not sure. Who are these people? A lot of women make me uncomfortable. What will I get myself into? Thinking of my adolescent memories. A counter to the negativity a thought bursts through the haze. But what could be the possibilities! Who new and exciting could I meet? Neglecting to make a decision. I closed the invite. If I think about it again, then I’ll sign up.

My friend texted me days later. “Did you get my email?” Checking back on eventbrite, dang the cheaper tickets are sold out! I signed up right then. Sometimes it’s best just to make a decision!

We were told to dress our best and prepare to meet other powerful women…

As I walked into the bistro several dolled up women lined the wall awaiting their photo shoot moment. I get in line amongst strangers and wait my turn. I see groups of women smiling, laughing, and posing together. I don’t know anyone. Will I pose by myself I wonder? My turn, a few girls grab my arms. Pose. Smile. Snap!

During the brunch we were challenged motivated and encouraged to step out of our comfort zone. We had an opportunity to take an honest look at our selves, to meet new people, and to share our purpose. If we did not know our purpose we were challenged to contemplate it and give ourselves deadlines of when we would be able to declare it out loud. Funny thing is my husband and I have been talking through this purpose / calling idea for a while now. This was a great experience for me.

Learning to be true to yourself and others and comfortable in your own skin in front of strangers is a healthy thing to do. I feel like the last couple of years have been this peeling off of layers. The layers of everyone else’s opinions of my life and the world’s expectations on me. It is high time to discover and walk in my God identity. It’s not easy but it’s worth it. And let’s face you are not created to please people. So, stop it!
I believe most times we know at least in part our created purpose. I feel like we are born with subtle road markers. But we often doubt it or even more we fear it. Hardships and people can get us all confused.

This superwoman brunch stirred the awakening already happening inside. It also helped me to realize how much more peeling needs to take place. But God will finish what He has started in me and in you. I have chosen to trust Him and stay on the path.

The biggest obstacle in our way may often be ourselves.

Faith not fear. Trust not doubt. Resting and Him not striving. Stepping not sleeping.

We are encouraged to seek out mentors that will keep you on the path and believe in you. Also, those who will tell you the truth. I believe wisdom goes a lot farther than a few financial investments. We are encouraged to listen to our gut, our instincts. And to ask for more money. Women in general have a problem with the money talk and often devalue they’re worth and their work.
Also, don’t let others or past memories talk you out of your destiny! This is also similar things that I’ve been listening lately to from TD Jakes book Instinct. I thoroughly had a blast at the superwoman brunch. I would like to get to know the ladies I met more and stay connected with these world changing, powerful and beautiful women. Find them at http://www.natashalake.com/ and http://www.socialdesignsconsulting.com/

Summing up my weekend now may I also challenge you? Don’t settle for what people have done to you, or what the world has to offer you. God created you for great purpose. I invite you, let’s grow together. We all need each other to fulfill His great plan. Our destinies are just a small part of God’s elaborate story. And for my self doubters, know this, we need your part of the story! Don’t discount yourself. You are NOT exempt. If we leave one ingredient out of a cake then it’s really not cake. And who likes a bad cake anyway?

I encourage you, seek out your purpose in Him. If you know it continue to run with Him. And may non of us settle for the lies of satan. Neither our past or present circumstances can stop us. Let nothing but Christ and your true identity define your today and your tomorrow.

Truly yours,

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Krystal Hart