Nature is the inspiration for my fiber art and children’s songs that will hopefully turn into children’s books. Nature is one of the ways God reveals Himself. His Word says:
The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship. Psalms 19:1
Every time I step out and take a walk, I find unexpected gifts that come my way through no effort of my own (my husband’s saying). Nature- bright flowers or leaves, birds, bears or the sun touching the mountain tops or shining through leaves on the trees- brings me joy. It gives me a feeling of well-being; a sense of peace. I am not a city girl. I find nature immensely more beautiful and alive than the most ornate or neon-lit, bustling city. My love of being outside probably started as a young girl when my Mom told us, “go outside and play”; or when my Dad took us on many weekend trips to the beach or decided on a whim to drive our family to the mountains for a Sunday picnic. My appreciation of nature only grows as I age. I still get surprised and excited to turn a corner and find a bright rainbow or see bears walk through my yard. I take pictures. Every. Single. Time.
So, I seek to reveal a touch of nature’s beauty through fiber art and, more recently, through children’s song stories. Making- creating- is a desire that I can’t explain but that I get joy and satisfaction from doing. Ideas just pop into my head when I see the beauty in nature or spend time reflecting on the Word. My granddaughter, who turns two in two months, inspires new songs. And speaking of songs, I learned one of my favorite verses by singing a song from Isaiah 55:12 in the youth choir:
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace, the mountains and the hills will break forth before you, and all the trees of the field will clap, will clap their hands!