A great vacation!

The first weekend in November I took a little mini-vacation. One (two) of the ladies from the Dallas Bead Society offered me a place to stay in town while I took the two classes from Sherry Serafini. (Thank you so much, Lexi and Karen.) I hardly slept a wink- goodness knows I tried. It really didn't matter, I had enough energy for three people.

I felt renewed and reaffirmed in my calling to bead. I know it may sound silly, but this is a gift from the Lord. He has been sending folks to encourage my creative gifts for a while. Sherry was no different. She understood the calling to bless people through our art. She even prayed that morning for the Holy Spirit to give her the words for the day. Needless to say- we connected not only through our love of beads but through the Spirit. That weekend was a divine appointment from God designed for us to encourage, and uplift one another. I think we knew it was just meant to be and it moved us both. She is pictured below with her beautiful creations.

One of the other students made a comment that cemented what I already knew but had been ignoring, a calling to teach. I know I teach 4 and 5 year old children twice a month, but I mean something bigger. I am referring to the connection between God as the Creator and His creation reflecting His image as creative beings. Teaching others the will of God that includes and demands we be a reflection of Him, or "Jesus to the World".

My Journey into beading began in October of 2003 and was inspired by Sherry's front page work in Dec of that year. I have been a quick study and I know that it takes time to develop as an artist. I have time- my children are at an age where I can do more without them. In just a few more years, I will be able to do much more without even having to find someone to "cover" for me. In the mean time, I will listen to His leading and discover, learn, and apply whatever He sets my hands or mind to do.

He has plans to prosper and not to harm me. You can believe He has those same plans for you.
Above is a photo of my new Friend and Mentor and below it a photo of the collar made from her class. (not exactly like the class, but then we all have to make it our own)

Have a blessed day everybody-- Know that God loved you so much that he sent Jesus to save you, to bless you, to love you and even to forgive you.


you are a beading genius

linda williams

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