|copyrighted art by Sandi Baron|
2012 is here! Each year when I write the number of the year, it seems awkward. I manage to write a few checks with last year’s date. Change is difficult no matter what format, and sometimes it takes me two or three months to write the year correctly.
Each January I am eager to see what this New Year will bring. I anticipate a lot of blessings, a time of renewal, and a new understanding of God’s purpose for me on this earth. I know if I resolve to love God and keep Him first each day, He will make my service to Him successful.
How He directs me to serve Him is the excitement. He has led me to write my memoir of integrating schools in 1967 in New Orleans. I am amazed how He has restored my memory, given me affirmation, helped me with contacts, and kept this project on my heart for forty-five years. I have been slow to respond. Writing a book can be overwhelming. It is the biggest challenge I have ever taken. I enjoy the process of writing a chapter, adding details and imagery, editing for accuracy and illustration, and checking my grammar. I just hope any of my former students that read my blog know that I find all kinds of grammar errors in my copy. Edit, edit, edit.
Writing , painting, and living seem so closely related in my life. In each area I must pray first. Then, address a blank canvas, paper, or day and make the most out of it. Just like life, some days of writing are more meaningful than others. Some paintings shout with bright vibrant colors and others convey the mood through soft, gentle hues. No two days of living are the same.
As I approach this New Year, I know that I must meet many goals to complete my book. I am going to New Orleans to do some research and try to find a couple of my former students to interview. I know they can give more accuracy to my reflections. I hope to glean sharper descriptions, clarity of dialogue, and capture the energy of New Orleans more realistically. Then, I will attempt to put these discoveries on paper. This is a service to God and will be directed by Him.
I will paint more of God’s beauty. Equipped with paint and brushes, I will practice creating images with darks and lights, color and hue, and washes and strokes. Again, it is a challenge, but so fulfilling.
On this first of January 2012, I commit to loving Jesus with all of my heart, seeking His wisdom, and following His design for my life. Gratefully, He has put Denny in my life for forty-five years of marriage. We are so accepting of each other. Each day we visit, laugh, share what we are reading,enjoy a warm meal or two, and a few hugs and kisses. Denny is so supportive of my writing and art. I appreciate his encouragement and gentle nature.
These are my expectations and desires of my heart. Of course, I would like to lose the fifteen or twenty pounds I have tried to lose for forty years. Certainly, I would enjoy more travel. Yes, I desire to sell my art and publish my book. However, I am enjoying the process of learning, of living, of writing and painting. This is my season of developing perseverance to complete my book. So, I enter this New Year knowing if I keep Christ first, all things are possible. Happy New Year.