I believe that God calls us all to restoration. After all, He & His Son, (carpenter & healer in life, Saviour in death) are in the restoration business together…that of restoring people to God and of restoring broken lives to wholeness.

This is the restoration of forgiveness; God’s forgiveness of us, through the death & resurrection of Jesus, and in response, our forgiveness of others.

Restoration is not about making things as they once were.

I am in the throes of “overhaul”.

…and it is the decision that moving house; ( combining a house that has space for a garden studio, rather than renting), may be an option that God wants us to consider right now, that has led me to this…

In December I felt as if I was drowning in the accumulated “stuff” of a lifetime, and I began to try to sift and sort. I soon realised that this was not going to be a quick fix and indecision began to paralyse my resolve. Twenty two years of living in the same place, with 3 children and several connected career changes means you collect a lot of “stuff”, especially if you are an artist educator magpie saving all things that might come in useful…

Swathes of grey seem to have enveloped me over the last month, as the lightness of summer faded into autumn, leaving behind a wake of drab, dreary days and I have struggled to drag myself from the negativity that seems to bring. Normally, I love autumn and its steady heralding of blazing, fiery colours, so this has come as a surprise for me.

For the past 3 years, I have had an increasing sense of being out of alignment in my life: over busy, over tired and a longing for my spirit to breathe more deeply & feel more connected to God & the world I live in.

This, alongside a persistent nudging from God: that my work should have more emphasis on connecting my art & spirituality, has only served to increase my frustration.

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