Friday, October 22, 2010

In the Studio ~ Sneak Peek Friday

A sneak peak into my "dining room & computer desk studio"

would be full of words.

Writing in the morning, afternoon, and well into late hours of the night.

My blogging has been pretty light lately as all of the depth goes into Believe Truth.

It seems that all other activites aside from family and writing have come to a halt.

I just noticed that it had been a WEEK since I picked up my camera!


Yesterday, for Believe Truth, I wrote about sharing our unique gifts & talents.

Here is how I put it:
if you have an abundance of apples, bless others with apples.
If you have lots of oranges, give oranges.
But don't feel guilty about not being able to share oranges when you've got apples.
And don't wish you had apples when you've got oranges.
Give what... you've got to give ~ not what someone else has to give.
Be who you are, not who someone else is.

Sometimes it is that simple.  I love that God can be that simple for us at times.
And in that simple message, I am free to be me and to give what I have to give.
A simple "apples and oranges" thing is in this scripture about spiritual gifts:
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.
...the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.
(1 Corinthians 12:4,6-7)


There has been a richness to my spirit in the feedback from the Believe Truth e-course.

I think in anything we do as writers, photographers, & artists - -

the connection with others is the point - -

the completion - -

the full circle of giving and sharing - - -

I love that.

Connection.  Relationships.

Speaking of connection and relationships,
this week I spent an afternoon completing an interview with Jan Avellana of Hazelnut Cottage
that was just posted today here:  Hazelnut Cottage Interview
Jan has such a sweet spirit and I adore her jewelry.
One of my favorite pieces was my "robin's nest" Mother's Day gift this year:

So there is my sneak peek into my "studio" for the week!
Be sure to visit Jennifer over at Studio JRU and the other Sneak Peek Bloggers!

Have a great weekend!
Love & grace,


  1. Jodene..this was such a lovely post. I sooo needed to hear the words you shared. As an artist, I've had to learn the hard way not to pressure myself. I can only be who God created me to be. I can only give what He has blessed me with. When I remind myself of this truth..makes my role in pleasing people so much easier. Have a wonderful weekend, Terri

  2. As simple as apples and oranges... I LOVE this Jodi! It feels so good to share our talents and gifts! Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us here with your writing. So inspiring! :)
    ♥ Jennifer

  3. I really enjoyed your interview at Jan's. So nice to get to know you better. Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Lovely and sweet as the apples and oranges. I am loving this Sneak Peek Friday for the opportunity to share and connect. I love to be part of this creative, talented and inspiring group. I'll check that interview, that necklace is adorable! I just noticed my blog biutton, such a sweet and kind gift, Thank you so much...from my heart..Elizabeth

  5. Thank you for this inspiring post Jodene!!!

  6. yes! great post. just simply about being who we are, and not trying to unsuccessfully be anyone else! :)

  7. Hi Jodi,
    I just read your interview and so enjoyed learning about you! I've read your blog awhile, but somehow this interview really gave me your essence as an artist. I look forward to following you more and seeing where your art and photography leads you in the future.


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