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Podcast 30: Jane Reed Henson

I’m so excited to introduce you to my friend Jane!

Jane Reed Henson is an artist, author and photographer who loves life and really loves Jesus. She delights in sharing her journey of spiritual healing through different aspects of art and writing. Her concept that living painterly, embracing the brushstrokes of life, allows for a freedom like no other has truly given her the strength to live life fully while following God’s great design for her life. She is the creator of the “Painterly Living Workshops”.

Jane is also a foster adoptive mom who advocates for the unconditional love foster children are so deeply in need of. In her latest book, Beyond Expectations, Jane shows the value and the ability we all have within ourselves to love and transform the lives of others through letting go of our expectations of them and seeing them through God’s eyes.

Jane has authored Women of God Live Redeemed, Living Blessed and her cookbook, Simple Quinoa. Her first release “Blessed With MS” is currently in a review and editing process as she rewrites this memoir from a new perspective. Jane is also penning a new book, The Art of Painterly Living, full of soulful spiritual healing though the use of art to be released soon! She spends her days following whatever calling God places in front of her. Some days she paints, others she writes and some she looks through the lens of her camera and captures whatever God places in her day.

She considers herself a free spirit of sorts. She freely follows the guidance of the Holy Spirit and fully embraces wherever she is led.

Her website is: https://www.janereedhenson.com 

She is amazing and you will love her! Enjoy!

All great paintings require restoration over time. Some of the greatest earthly paintings of all time have had restoration work done. Even the Sistine Chapel underwent a cleaning and restoration in order to get centuries of dust and candle soot off its walls and ceiling. As a newborn we are a blank canvas. Through the years we are covered with our own dust and soot. These come in the form of hurts, losses, let downs and broken relationships. At times we can be covered so deeply in suffering that the dust is caked on and it is hard to restore us to the glory we are meant to be. Just as a restoration artist has to recognize and know the design of the original artist in order to restore, we cannot be restored until we accept and recognize God’s design for us.

Jane Henson,
The Art of Painterly Living

 

In the New Year, I Will Wear Jeans That Fit

 

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I was trying on jeans the other day.  I found a box with a bunch from years past and I tried them all on.  Every brand was in there.  And every size. All the styles…skinny, flared, boot cut, boyfriend, ripped, cropped, light, dark, stretchy, bedazzled.

They represent all the different phases of my life.  There is the young stage, the mom stage, all the sizes up and down the pregnancy years, the fancy going out jeans, the run around town jeans, the ones you wear with your boots and the ones that can handle heels. Some have been tailored to fit like a glove, others hang low, hand me downs from my husband, ripped and torn and way too roomy.  Some have paint splats from my days of painting furniture.  Some are ripped on purpose, others from wear.

There is no other item of clothing that I love more.  Jeans are my jam.  I feel like myself in jeans.  However, I’ve realized that more times than I care to admit, I have worn jeans that make me feel “not myself”.  Trying on all of these jeans the other day, I realized I’m ready to move on.

I’m not saying I won’t keep them. I will pack them away in a box to pull out when I feel like reminiscing.  I will think of them like a living, fashion photo album.  I will love them and appreciate them but I won’t long to be in them.

I have grown up.  I am wiser and a little wider.  And it’s okay if they no longer fit.

In the new year, I will wear jeans that fit. I will put them on like a comfy blanket and I will be warmed.  I will wear them like a boss with my boots and my big blingy Texas belt buckle.  I will wear jeans that make me feel like me.  The real me.  The 46 year old me.  The one who is brave and kind and thoughtful.  The me that understands where she has been and is joyfully expectant about where she is going.  The peaceful yogi me and the silly, loud, singing at the top of her lungs me.  The me that likes to eat and hike and dance and laugh and travel.  The me that mothers teenagers.  The me that humbly understands how small I am.  The me that knows what needs to be done and can do it.  The obedient me. The rebellious me. Flaws and mistakes and successes and all of it.  I like it.  I own it.  I love me.

I have earned this confidence.

You have too.  You’ve earned the right to shine in whatever fits you.

Let’s do this.  Let’s strut together out into the world.  Confident and courageous. Bold and strong. Let’s show our daughters what aging really looks like.  I can see it now and it’s beautiful.

A bing band of women, walking together arm in arm, worthy and beloved, comfortable in their skin…and their jeans.

© 2015 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™