Monday, January 13, 2014


New year.
Sharing 3 things with links today.

What is helping me lately?

My brother gave me Ann Voskamp's latest book The Greatest Gift for Christmas.
Although it is a Christmas (December) devotional,
I am making it my January daily devotional.
And it is good in the quiet, whiteness, newness, and cold of January,
because my mind is quiet so that I can hear and linger on the messages.
You can get your copy here: The Greatest Gift
She leads a scripture memory journey on her blog too!

Click above to read her post if you find yourself needing to heal.
In the few years before I discovered Melody Ross,
I had found that there was a war between truth and lies
in my head and heart, 
and my belief and life was all wrapped up and tangled up in this war.
As I began to identify truth through Bible study, prayer, and journaling,
and then receive truth upon and within myself, I found healing and freedom.
Melody writes about this kind of healing in this post.
She reminds me of Esther.
That her role (as is each of ours) is for such a time as this.
And like the book of Esther, the name of God is not printed in it,
but the evidence of His hand and His Spirit is all over it.
It is work.  No doubt about it.
The next one here below supports this journey of finding truth...

Beth Moore:  If and Then
Oh how I have put conditions and criteria on my prayers and faith for God to meet . . . 
This video series is SO HELPFUL for my heart.
You can watch them on Life Today by clicking the links below.
Also is immersed in Queen Esther.

What am I learning lately?

Here are two places I am going to be learning to grow and refine my writing and art:

Connecting our writing with others through connection with the land.

(2) Studying Under the Masters by Jeanne Oliver and amazing artists
Becoming an apprentice ~ learning from the masters.

If you are up for learning something new, click the links above.
They begin TODAY and TOMORROW respectively.
I hope to share more here as my learning journey moves forward here.

What am I creating lately?

In the immediate future, as in a week from tomorrow,
I will be heading to our state capital, Pierre, South Dakota,
to have a Made In South Dakota display
at the South Dakota Governor's Conference on Tourism.
It is an honor to me to be selected.
Below are just a few of the pieces in progress.
Lots of travel, journey, adventure, and honoring the place of South Dakota
going into these pieces.

What is helpful to you lately?
I'd love to know.  Sharing with each other helps.
What are you learning lately?
What are you creating lately?

{I'd love to read, see, hear.  Happy new year.}


  1. Dearest Jodi,
    Thank you for sharing! Such rich, wonderful thoughts and ideas to explore. Yes, let's journey together on this adventure! Thank you for sharing your heart, your truth, and for sharing you. Here we go!...
    Hugs, Missy


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