My artistic/writer self-confidence plummeted last week. If I had to rate my level of self-confidence on a scale of 1 to 10, it would have been a minus 10.

For two days, I threw a pity party. Strange thing was, no one came to my party. The longer I party, the worse I’ll feel.

So after consulting my trusty manual, I asked God to toss down His golden cord of hope (I sure wasn’t getting anywhere in my own strength).

He didn’t let me down. As I clung to the golden cord of hope, the black cloud slowly lifted.

Then BAM!

Inspiration blossomed like a budding flower in spring, arriving just in time to design this piece for Creative Tuesdays.

 SINGLE FLOWER - BLOG POST - MAR. 17, 2015 (1)

“Strength! Courage! Don’t be afraid, don’t get discouraged.

God, your God, is with you every step of the way.” Joshua 1:9b (The Message)

The next time I’m tempted to throw a pity party, I’ll look up instead.

Check out Michael’s new blog and the all other creative designs posted HERE.

Happy Spring…almost,


P.S. How do you handle discouraging news?

P.P.S. To download a FREE printable coloring page for you or the kiddies, click on the flower button.


27 Responses

    • I tend to wobble too much, Catherine. And my goal was and is to help other “creatives” get over wobbly moments. I think you should have a peek at Michael’s blog and join in on Creative Tuesdays. 🙂

  1. Good job on this. It looks refreshing and happy and so very different from the slump you found yourself in! I have to laugh, as i prayed too for inspiration as before I began was bustling with excitement and inspiration but after that, it was all down hill. In fact, I ended up ruining TWO paintings and scrubbing them away. Oeer ambitious I guess. Anyway, you did a great job. Thank you and for the two links too. Perfect.
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    • Always happy to endorse your work, Michael. I can’t draw if I’m not happy. I don’t think you were being over ambitious, your family has suffered a great loss. Glad you did pray for inspiration. 🙂

  2. Hi Tracy!

    I just found your blog and wow, what beautiful, stunning art! I love it!

    Personally, I’ve struggled a lot with courage in the past. Even without discouraging news, I was too afraid to send my writing out because of the chance that there might be discouraging news.

    In the end, I started writing myself encouraging notes and even started a blog to share them with others:

    And now that I’ve started getting out there and receiving all kinds of feedback, I’m finding that it’s not as bad as I imagined. The thing that keeps me going is that any feedback is a sign that I’m trying (and that’s really good!) as well as the belief that things line up perfectly and if this didn’t work out then something even better is coming to me!

    And worst case, like you, I just ask God to take the bad feelings away : )
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    • Hello, Season Robbins! You have encouraged me today with your wonderful comments. I’m also interested in knowing how others find my blog and if you’re so inclined to share I’d love that. Thank you for sharing your experience about struggling with courage and that you turned your struggle into something positive by writing encouraging notes and blogging about it with others. I’ll be sure to visit your blog. Glad you also ask God for help. It really does help us. 🙂 P.S. What’s your real name, if you care to share that too.

  3. Oh Tracy what a bright little piece of springtime you have created. As for pity parties, I will always listen and probably add in a bit of a twisted perspective….always a huge gigantic fan of yours…and you don’t have to create a single thing to deserve that.

  4. Hi Tracy,
    Thanks so much for posting my flower while I was on vacation. I just LOVE this and it says so much. Going through a trial and then coming out the other side with joy and a smile. That’s what life is all about. Lean on Him and He will lighten the load.
    This has to be the happiest flower on earth – from what has been learned. Keep looking up is right.
    Janis Cox recently posted..Creative Tuesday – Flowers May FadeMy Profile

  5. Tracy,
    This is adorable! I love the concept of looking up. Did you know that it’s difficult to cry if you look up? What does that say to you? I’m glad your pity party has ended and creative projects have you energized again.

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