Wednesday, April 8, 2015


This is the centerpiece on our kitchen table.

It is a hand-made, one of a kind, aluminum piece of artwork, personally created by my daughter, Ilana.

For years I have watched her craft baby dolls out of toilet paper, make barbie clothes from masking tape, and put together stuffed animals by using a mixture of dodge balls, old socks, yarn, rubber-bands, and markers.

Who does this?

She does, and it's so expressive & imaginative that it blows my mind!

I drew a few pictures when I was in high school and tried to sew a pillow once, but this girl...she's made 3 quilts, nice quilts... and she's 10 years old.

As many gifts as I could purchase for her, none would add up the the value of the gifts God has given her. 

Many times I look at others and see obvious talents I wonder if I was given the short stick.  I can't sing, dance, paint, ...sometimes I can't even laugh right, (with a snort & a grunt attached)

Then I notice as I talk to other women, even those that have obvious talents, that they feel "short-sticked" too.
 How, I wonder, do we find ourselves feeling  so inadequate?

My heart runs back to my identity, and digs deep into thoughts of, "Who am I?"

I am the daughter of my parents, the sister of my siblings, the mother of several, and a friend of a few...but it's deeper then that.

I am/You are...

The daughter of the One, the sister to the Only, the mother to many (spiritually), and a friend of the followers of Christ.

When we stop looking at Jesus as our value of worth, we lose sight of who we are.  We start believing that the things around us give us identity.. a nice house, car, clothes, friends, even ministry.  Whatever looks good on the outside is what we want to be, what we want to have.

By placing your gaze back on the Lord & who He says you are, you soon begin to see that what He has given you, who are you, is much more worthy then all the talents the world may offer.

Reguardless of your new scarf, fresh highlights, and pretty are so much more.

You are His centerpiece of art!

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Isaiah 64:8
O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.