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One Hour at a Time

Post #225

26 May 2020

 

“One Hour at a Time”

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

Three years ago~

I  stood on the hillside that separates our property from the neighbors.  This is a view that I see daily from the bay window in our dining room.  The window faces the north-east and brings light into the house early in the day.

Near the top of the hillside, there were five pine trees in a row.  Bob and I planted those trees fifty years before this day.  In fact, a couple of them were our Christmas trees nearly a half-century ago.

We called in the tree service to give us advice on what to do, and of course, we already knew that it was time for the towering trees to come down.  Like most people who plant trees near their homes, we never realized how large they would grow and how much of a danger they would be to the house eventually.  But now we knew what we had to do.  The trees were taken down, and it was surprising how much space and light  there was without those trees.

After the trees were gone, we now had to face the thick and fast-growing weeds that soon filled the area. It was a tangled and out-of-control mess!   I wanted to begin the work of clearing it out and making it an attractive garden.
But, when I stood there looking at this jungle that was about eighty feet in length, I became overwhelmed at the prospect of beginning. I was at a loss of how to begin to clear it up – I felt defeated at the thought of facing this challenge.

As the days turned into weeks, I finally had an inspiration of what I could do to begin to make this space into something positive and lovely.  Two words came into my mind – One Hour!

Yes, I thought that perhaps I can do anything for just one hour, no matter how much work it will be.

A quiet internal voice asked,
“What might  happen today if  you go outside and begin to pull weeds and cut out unwanted plants for just one hour?”

“Just one hour?”

I will begin, and in one hour, I will stop.  I will look around and see what I accomplished in one Hour.

When the Hour was up – I stopped to survey the progress.  The amount of cleaned-up space surprised me so much that I kept on working for nearly 2 hours. Now, I was excited, and I could see that this was a project that can happen and have good results if I just give myself one Hour a day to work on it.

As summer progressed, the Hosta Plants and the Lilies and Ferns took root and began to thrive.
I bought a nice new hose that was lightweight and easy to move around.  Morning and evening, I was often tending my hillside garden.  I put in a few solar lantern lights, and it was so thrilling when evening came, and I could see the little lights coming on one at a time.
My garden had a magical feeling to it – and I asked Bob to come and take a walk with me in the twilight so we could see the yard light up as we walked arm in arm down the sidewalk.

I did it all, One Hour at a Time.

 

Today ~
This is my third springtime to work on that hillside.

To be honest about it, I feel overwhelmed almost as much as I was 3 years ago.

 I am facing all the weeds that took over during the winter and early spring months.

But here is what is different this year.

 I remember that I can do this again.

I’ll do it just one Hour at a time.

I can’t wait to see how it looks when I am finished.

 

I love when the lilies are blooming,

the Hostas waving  their lavender flags,

and the ferns moving gently  in the  breeze.

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If you live the life you love, you will get the blessings from above.

~Van Morrison (Irish mystic)

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Mission Statement for Lynda McKinney Lambert, Author & Artist

My Books

I am the keeper of memories. I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
I bring  Gifts  to the King  through spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.
I bring Gifts to the King  through brilliant colors, precious materials, and tiny movements of my slender needle – one stitch at a time.
My writing and my artworks are personal prayers, my Gifts to the King.
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“Self Portrait” by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Photo taken at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.
“I’ll see you at the top!”
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Is Art History for Dummies?

 

Post #224

18 May 2020

Is Art History for Dummies?

Should a Visual Artist Take Courses

in Art History?

 

 

Why does a Visual Arts student study Art History?

Because the HISTORY of ART  relates to the study and practice of art making in the studio AND  Knowledge of Art History is important for a VIEWER to know about when looking at a work of art.  Knowledge of ART HISTORY  enlightens all people to SEE their WORLD in greater depth.

I am a strong supporter of the study of art history for all visual artists.

The more courses in Art History that an artist takes in the university, the stronger that artist becomes in their craft.  Art History is the GROUND on which we STAND. It is our FIRM FOUNDATION.

We must study our roots  in the arts – we need to ask,

” where did this idea come from?”

We cannot begin to understand the current epoch without understanding the past in which different people lived. What they left behind is the CULTURE.  We learn that CULTURE is NOT the PEOPLE – not the people group alone,

 

CULTURE  is WHAT IS LEF BEHIND by that people group that is the CULTURE we  study. And, I believe it is a life-long pursuit of learning.  We must seek to learn from the PRIMARY SOURCES in our FIELD.  We WANT  to see how that creative work teaches us about  those people who made them. We sift through the information left behind  in writing, music, art, history, philosophy, and all aspects  of learning.

We are SCHOLARS of the ARTS.

We study wide and we study deep.

Every idea we have arrived from a source.

Do we get ideas from “nowhere?”

Nothing has just hit us by accident – plopped down an idea in our head.

Ideas are based on what we learned in some way.  If we do not study the history of our craft, we are lost at sea, floating about without being grounded.  We have no core values, and we have no  understanding of why we create what we do create.

 

Why not begin your own study of ART HISTORY and begin to learn more about your world?

Don’t be a Dummy!

For additional insight on this topic and how the music student is affected by it you van visit John Crawford’s School of Music Blog.

Take me there now!

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This post is a GIFT from Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Copyright May 18, 2020.  All rights Reserved.

You may share my post with your friends but please remember to respect my copyright and include it in your shared post. Thank you!

I love you for that!

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Mission Statement for Lynda McKinney Lambert, Author & Artist

I am the keeper of memories. I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
I bring  Gifts  to the King  through spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.
I bring Gifts to the King  through brilliant colors, precious materials, and tiny movements of my slender needle – one stitch at a time.
My writing and my artworks are personal prayers, my Gifts to the King.
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“Self Portrait” by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Photo taken at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.
“I’ll see you at the top!”
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My Mission Statement

Post #223

15 May 2020

Write a Mission Statement

 

Photo: “Caribbean Sea,”  pottery, by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

 

 

In December, Sara Joseph a Christian artist in Texas, challenged her friends to write a Mission Statement.  She asked that we pray about it and ask God to show us what our Mission really is and how we live it.

This way of considering a Mission Statement is different from what I have experienced  in my past positions in museum management and in higher education.  Those ones were created by a team of people employed by the museum or the college.  It was a team effort and we worked until we reached consensus.  Now, Sara s asking us to look deep inside of our creative life and pray about what God would guide us to do and be as an individual creative person. This was much different than past experiences.

Since  last December, I’ve spent a lot of quiet moments alone with God and talking with him about my personal and professional mission. I’ve asked him to show me a different perspective in what I do that is a benefit to others in my writing and art making.  I’ve considered how my gifts and passions are reflected in my work.

Sara told us that  our Mission Statement would probably  be revealws  to us in fragments – little bits and pieces at a time.  And, it has!  Over the past five months I have been given more insight into the value of who I am and what I do.

The first insight came on January 1, 2020.  This is the day when I set my intentions for the year according to One Word that will be with me for the year.  This year, 2020,  marks the 6th time for me to choose One Word and live it out for the year.

The word  that came to me is “Gifts.”

Sara also encouraged her readers to consider every creative act we do this year as “Gifts for the King.” 

 

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on Pexels.com

As a Christian, my King is Jesus. 

 

My  purpose and pleasure  is  to

make and present my GIFTS to my King.

 

I am thinking about everything I create this year as a Gift for the  King.

This  led me to understanding what my

Mission is and to write a Mission Statement that is mine.

Five months from the time I started praying about it, I have written my statement.

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Mission Statement for Lynda McKinney Lambert, Author & Artist

I am the keeper of memories. I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
I bring  Gifts  to the King  through spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.
I bring Gifts to the King  through brilliant colors, precious materials, and tiny movements of my slender needle – one stitch at a time.
My writing and my artworks are personal prayers, my Gifts to the King.

For contemplation –

What  is your calling or your mission in life?
What is your  unique gift that is of value to other people?
How is your gift manifested in everything you do as a creative person?
Write out your Mission Statement as it is  revealed to you by God as you seek his wisdom and revelation in your creative life.  Keep in mind, it will most likely be very slow in coming to you.  But when a piece of it comes, you will know it.  Write it down and keep on praying for guidance and eventually you will have your Mission Statement that is just for you.
Self Portrait of the Artist, Lynda McKinney Lambert.
Photo taken at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.Lynda with Camera
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Gift for Today – The GIFT of TIME

Post 222

May 11, 2020

 

Welcome to my blog – Gifts of the Spirit.

I am Author and Artist, Lynda McKinney Lambert

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on Pexels.com

Did YOU  notice that I have changed the name of this blog?

Yes!  I have. I wanted this blog to FOCUS on the VALUE OF GIFTS.

This blog is now GIFTS of the SPIRIT, and my focus is on sharing my gifts with readers who drop by for a few minutes.  The GIFTS I will share are GIFTS of the SPIRIT to encourage and uplift others.

Why?

I love to give GIFTS  and I love to receive gifts as well.

It’s important to know how to GIVE.  I’ve  always been a GIVER.

Since 2014, I  FOCUS all my attention on only ONE WORD for the entire year.

For 2020, my ONE WORD is

GIFTS

 

It  is just as important to know how to RECIEVE GIFTS, too.

This might mean that you have to change how you value yourself.

My value is not what I DO but it is WHO I AM.  Our value is in being a creation of God, not in our achievements, education, job, or knowledge.

It takes a life-time to really know who we are sometimes. We grow over the years  if we continue to seek wisdom and direction from  God.  I find that wisdom in reading his WORD in the Bible – and there is so much there to help us find direction for our life.

We also grow by reading books that are inspiriting and encouraging.  Forty years ago I started reading just 15 minutes a day, every day.  I kept my book in the bathroom for I had a large family and that was one of the times in the day when I could just close the door and read something positive and put that information into my spirit. We grow by the things we put into our minds, body, and spirit.

Our personal value is not in the JOB we do or in our EDUCATION or ACHIEVEMENTS.

Where do you place your value?  Do you know WHO you are?

This year, my intention is to make GIFTS FOR THE KING –

I am a Judeo-Christian and want to honor GOD through the TIME I have been given every day.  We all have been given the GIFT of TIME.  It is the same for every person.

What will you do TODAY with your GIFT of TIME?

 

 

Time is your most precious gift, because

you only have a set amount of it. 

Rick Warren

 

Each year, I decide to choose only

ONE WORD

for the entire year. This will be the word that I focus on for an entire year.

2020 is my 6th year to do this.

Copyright 2020. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.

See You at the Top!