Look Up

photo by Jennifer Frith

I took a break from work and journaling and other such things and visited my dad's farm in New York earlier this weekend.

I don't know about you, but hearing about the world's turmoil causes an uptick in anxiety for me.  But whenever I'm in nature -- or if just stop to look up at the sky -- it calms it down for me, at least for a little while.  It makes me feel smaller... surrendered.  It reminds me of the bigger picture and a greater plan.

I hope you get a chance to pause; lay down your worries, heartaches, and unknowns; and look up at the sky too.

originally posted on my instagram account

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By the way, I'm considering starting a new collaborative journaling course themed, "You Matter".  If you're interested in participating, drop me a line!  I'd love to hear from you.

Sunday Sketchbook ... Sea Turtle Adventures

watercolor sketchbook pages by Jennifer Frith

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Many are the woes of the wicked,
    but the Lord’s unfailing love
    surrounds the one who trusts in him."

- Psalm 32:8,10 -

This sea turtle needs a name.  What would you name him?  Where do you think he is headed?

Sunday Sketchbook pages in gouache, colored pencil, and white ink.

Sunday Sketchbook ... A Wolverine

Sketchbook Journal pages by Jennifer Frith
Sketchbook Journal pages by Jennifer Frith

Sketchbook Journal pages in watercolor, gouache, colored pencil. 

Wolverines are known for traveling great distances, some at least 15 miles per day in search of food.

 “Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel.  I have been with you wherever you have gone." 

I Chronicles 17:7-8

Sunday Sketchbook ... A Brave Little Bunny

 
Sunday Sketchbook pages in gouache and ephemera.

Sunday Sketchbook pages in gouache and ephemera.

We have bunnies in our backyard.  When I leave home for work, they are usually outside making themselves comfortable in our driveway.   When I get home from work at dusk, they are in the backyard munching on juicy blades of grass.  They let us walk up to them within 2 feet of distance, but we respect their space and let them be.

I admire our backyard bunnies for their gentleness, calmness, carefulness, and courage.

fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

P.S.  I illustrated my first book about a brave little bunny too.  It's called The Rabbit Who Wished He Could Fly.  You can pick up a copy at your local bookstore or by ordering online here