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Spit out the Grit…or How to have Community

February 24, 2012


It brings me joy to see my kids peacefully playing together….be it 2 of them or all 7 of them!

How much more is it to Him when we gather together… in the chapels of our kitchens… or wherever and we just be ourselves.

it shouldn’t take grit to invite  each other into our homes…. to make time holy.

To recognize the moments you are given with each other as a holy Light filled moment.


To be the kind of our self which drops the facade and says things like…”I am not doing so good…” and the others don’t see it as weakness but as strength!

Or even more difficult  the kind of self which says “I have blessed someone and it made me so happy to be used”…and the others don’t see it as grit in their teeth but as encouragement to help others.

Or the most difficult to say…”I have been  blessed with the most awesome …..” and the others look around the table with tears in their eyes full of joy for their friend.


We need this showing up in cozy pants and hanging out with coffee and paintbrushes.

We need this men strapped across with guitars as their daughters play tea party on the floor.

We need more gathering…more community.

We need to drop the facade..spit out the grit in our teeth….

We need to invite people into the chapels of our homes…. lighting candles and laughter.

We need to be real.


More on Community and how to get it:
We are all a Messy Kitchen.
Going to Chapel
Friends and the Fire

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23 Comments leave one →
  1. February 24, 2012 5:30 pm

    Lovely creation and wonderful post ~ I agree ~namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor) Happy PPF

    ps. word verification on my blog should be off ~ please let me know if it isn’t ~ thanks.

  2. February 24, 2012 6:30 pm

    What a fabulous post, T.

  3. February 24, 2012 6:43 pm

    T, love the playing in paint with others. I need to find women to do this with. What a beautiful sanctuary.

    • February 24, 2012 6:57 pm

      you should start it!
      trust me.. only a few are artists…lol… it is amazing to see what happens when women are given the tools to express themselves…
      it’s not art in the sense we think… it is like a heart therapy…when someone is painting and not having to make eye contact the whole time… things come up…
      you should totally invite some ladies over for hot chocolate…tea… muffins and paint… just have it out for them.
      They can’t help it.
      heck one of the girls went and got her own art show from stuff she was doing at my counters!
      you would be great at it.

  4. February 24, 2012 7:27 pm

    Beautiful paintings, colors, photos and post!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  5. February 24, 2012 8:14 pm

    Beautiful paintings! Love the colors. Great that you’ve found a community and are busy creating!

    Happy PPF!

  6. February 24, 2012 10:59 pm

    I love the picture…chapel of our homes…to remember that…our homes are a holy place… have a great weekend…

  7. February 25, 2012 5:42 am

    I agree totally, the art is deivertirse, men often take it too seriously. Saludos

  8. February 25, 2012 10:39 am

    Terrific words and art. Happy PPF, Annette x

  9. February 25, 2012 10:58 am

    Looks like beautiful creations at a wonderful live paint party!

    (Love the photo of paint spatter on the glass.)

    • February 25, 2012 8:01 pm

      Me Too!!!
      I kept moving it around the room trying to get the best lighting.

  10. February 25, 2012 6:57 pm

    Beautifully said, T – the chapel of the kitchen, the community of creatives (kids, meals, and more traditional art), and in the comments you called creating art “heart therapy” – I am so with you on this!!

    Blessings, T!

    • February 25, 2012 8:03 pm

      Oh Cindy I am so happy you stopped by..
      I think when people let go of the final product being perfect we find out the final product is a healthier heart.
      Blessings to you too!

  11. February 25, 2012 9:10 pm

    What a wonderful message – and a great idea about getting together to paint. Need to do this!
    Thank you so much!!

  12. February 25, 2012 10:49 pm

    I would love to live close by some of my artist friends. What a wonderful time spent together. Beautiful photos! Love the owl. 🙂

    • February 26, 2012 8:07 am

      oh how that made me chuckle…as one of the peeps there I am far from an “artist friend”…cursive writing was the extent of it for me….but thanks for saying that… I may walk a little taller today!

  13. February 26, 2012 9:36 am

    A beautiful post! I will remember it. luv the splattered paint on the glass and the owl on the tree…..gorgeous. oh the blue cabinet pic is great too….with the reflection.Thanks for sharing.

  14. February 26, 2012 12:31 pm

    Beautiful post and art! ❤ ❤ ❤

  15. February 26, 2012 4:17 pm

    I completely adore the idea of the Chapel of the Kitchen. What a lovely thought. Great paintings too.

    • February 26, 2012 10:11 pm

      Oh my gosh…thank you so much.
      I think we need to think more about our homes being holy places.

  16. February 28, 2012 6:41 pm

    What lovely thoughts… you are so right that we need to be real with each other. Thank you for sharing. Helen @ Natures Walk

    • February 28, 2012 7:53 pm

      Thank you for extending an invitation to me.
      I really appreciate your words.

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