A Reason for a Picasso–Again

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The other day I was reading about Moses, the part when God appeared to him at the burning bush. You probably know the story. If not, crack open your Bible to the book of Exodus and you will read about the commission God gave him to lead the Israelites–His people, out of slavery in Egypt, to the Promised Land. See God had compassion. He saw their suffering and was moved by it.  For brevity I will just say Moses did not feel qualified to communicate to the people or up to the task. He told God he couldn’t speak well enough. Yet, in Moses’ early days he was well educated and was quite competent. But–he had spent a lot of time out in the desert. Do you see where I am going with this?

Maybe your confidence and the skills that made you feel up to many jobs and tasks is at at ebb tide. Maybe that is because you  have spent some time in the desert of hardships.

Yesterday I looked at my personal photo that goes along with posts when I blog. I use a different photo on my Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, and I think Gmail. But this was just a quick cellphone photo taken while I was still very much broken from hardships. I was in the desert.

In fact, I think I am still in the desert. But not like I was when the photo was taken. My life has changed so much and in so many ways. It is so hard to lose your spouse and the father to your kids–and the grandpa, etc. All the textbooks in the world can’t prepare a person for the experience; it is all so individualized or rather personalized. So, when you look at my photo, I think it may show that my confidence was shot–besides I really do not like have my photos taken–and it always shows. (photo below)

Earlier this year a couple of different photographer friends shot some photos that I could live with. I mean they did fantastic jobs–I just don’t like photos of me. I think the main difference to me from the previous shots to the new ones is the confidence I see in me in the shots (and of course the photographers and their awesome cameras).

After walking in the desert Moses did not “feel” qualified the same as he did earlier in his life. Yet God called him for a specific purpose–a huge one! I have been called to do the things I do and you are called to do the things you are meant to do. You may not “feel” capable anymore but you are probably more qualified than prior to your desert hardships.

Now, back to Picasso. As I looked at different women he had painted; I loved this one today. Her head is held high. Her neck is straight and I have a feeling she had her face to the wind. I know facing the wind is perceived as hardships. We all desire to only have a gentle breeze and sun on our faces but there is a thrill to walking in the wind ( I am coastal-can you tell?) The cool thing is her confident look–and of course the Picasso’s work and use of color.

If you have been “through it” know that you (and I am) possibly more qualified than ever. It’s not a time to give up. It is a time for a held high to carry out the plans for your life.

What do you think about the Picasso picture? About my thoughts?

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The Process Works!

No need to scream from the vision wedged within; here is a way to find joy and develop your dream! (Sorry–a bit corny–I know!) 

The Scream by Edvard Munch. 1893

The Scream by Edvard Munch. 1893

I have found that the process of the book works. (No, not just for me!) So again I am posting the chapter titles and snippets.

Do you need to define and refine your vision? I suggest that you read and use: Audacious Consulting’s Dream Launching Manual. I used a similar method AFTER writing this manual and the method (a class) was similar in many ways and very useful. The major difference I found in this multiple week course was that it did not contain the  faith-based encouragements. 

Audacious Consulting’s Dream Launching Manual©

by Annette Trucke

Dedication

“Everything starts with a dream or an idea that has had to be developed.”

 Introduction

“I believe that there is something in all of us that compels us to aspire to greater heights…we are made in the imago Dei—the image of God, the Creator.”

Section 1: Points To Ponder

“We all waddle around. We carry something in us. We want to birth it, but, we don’t know how. For men or those who have never given birth to a child this may be a stretcher for the imagination…”

Section 2: The Purpose Of This Manual  

“This manual is to be used as a tool which will provoke you to think deeply about your dream andintentions.”

Section 3: Discernment: Is This Dream Right For You, Right Now?

“Okay, let me be honest and forthright here. Sometimes people get a dream that is simply an idea, maybe even a great idea—but it isn’t necessarily for them to run with.”

Section 4: Write The Vision

“…wisdom says that we need to do the work, lay the plan, and then trust the Holy Spirit to guide us forward. This is just like building a house. You don’t start with a pile of unmeasured lumber, a nail gun, a bag of cement, and expect to build a house because God is leading you to do so. Yes, God may very well be leading you to build a home but blue prints, permits, materials, and skills are also involved. Don’t be naïve here.”

Section 5: Motives & Expectations

“There is nothing wrong with aspiring to roles of leadership and influence. There is nothing wrong with the desire to earn money to provide for yourself, family, and for His Kingdom work.”

Section 6: Your Support System

“There are times we must move counter to the masses. In fact, it’s rather common for a lot of us. Yet, to ascend on a venture or an adventure completely on your own, is treacherous. A support system is essential.”

Section 7: Time & Money & Counting The Costs

“There are two types of budgeting to be considered here. How in-depth you need to go depends on your particular dream, but both must be considered.”

Section 8: Where Do You Stand With Technology?

“This area is so important. We are living at warp speed and things are moving quickly in technology. How we live and relate as humans, personally and in business, changes constantly.”

Section 9: Marketing And Self-Promotion

“Even if you have a marketing person, a publicist, a media handler, or others at your service you are the one who must present your concept without flinching anytime you get the opportunity given to you. “

Section 10: Business Network & Organizations

“We can genuinely encourage others by taking time to understand what their passion or project is. We may not need the product or service but someone in our realm of relationships may. This is not usury—this is friendship, business, and community.”

Section 11: Big Hairy Scary Fears

“Fear is going to be the biggest bugger for most of us, fear of failure and the fear of what people will think as you step out.”

Section 12: Perfectionism & Excellence & The Big Difference 

“Perfectionism is a double-edged sword. Yes, we certainly need to do things with excellence but if we wait until we feel qualified in every area before doing something (or anything) then we may never even take baby-steps toward our destination.”

Section 13: SWOT Analysis

“A SWOT analysis will help you to look at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to a concept or model.”

Section 14: Timeline & Target Dates

“Targets and goals give us means to measure our progress.”

Section 15: Taking Out The Trash Before The Trip

“Taking the trash out is a nuisance and it smells. But it is necessary so that our “homes” don’t smell or grow toxic or attract vermin. Do you see where I am going with this? The home is not a house. The “home” is our “self”—you know, the one that has some issues?

Section 16: Problems To Solve—Issues To Tackle–Things to Learn 

“A problem that may need a solution may be to set working hours and navigate childcare issue. Or, it could be an area such as organizational issues that give you more time and freedom to pursue this dream. An issue to tackle may be to get you up to speed in technology.”

Section 17: Prayer Journey & God’s Answers

“This section is the most important issue of all. The reason it is in the back is so that the manual could have several pages for journaling without distracting from the manual layout. “

Epilogue & Audacious Consulting Info

Additional Pages For Your Use