Amanda Jolley

Studio Joy

Being rather than wishing

Do you ever get a glimpse into someone’s life and think, “I wish I could do that?” I think we all do at times.

I’ve recently added a wonderful artist to my blogroll. It seems that everyday she has something new. This can bring out that “I wish” attitude in me.

I wish I had time to create a new page in my book everyday. It so FUN!
And I wish I had some friends that would come over and create with me. That would be even more fun.

After the “I wish” moment strikes, I must quickly lay hold of the thought and discard it. I am being who God created me to be. I love this life He gave me. And I am not willing to give up anything to have my “I wish” moments of time.

Here are some things I’d really like to do, but must wait until time permits:
more altered art
laundry (tee hee, wrong list)

Until then, I must practice contentment and patience. Perhaps if I didn’t have to sleep….

amanda ∞

0 Comments on “Being rather than wishing”

  1. I have found that when we follow God’s leading in what He wants in our lives, that He tends to grant us the things that bring joy to our hearts. He loves us so much and wants us to be happy and enjoy the life He has given. Nice page! I enjoyed visiting! Will stop by more often!

  2. Can you share more about your book? I went though all your altered-book categories back to the beginning but I’d love to read how you’re actually doing it! What inspired you…are you going hymn by hymn…is it still in the original binding…no, I guess not…I think I have a 100 questions here! I’ve been wishing (in a good way, I think) to do more drawing! I came to your blog from Cellista’s.

    I’ll do just that after I get my chores done. Thanks for the suggestion. I often wish to see the process of a finished product on other blogs.
    And yes, the book is in the original binding.

  3. Starting back to school last week has had me “wishing” for more time in the day to do some wish items like more sewing, embroidery and a few other things but it just hasn’t been happenning…thanks for the gentle reminder about patience and contentment. I struggle with that at times as I have many ideas for things (like an etsy shop) but I have to remind myself about time and seasons and some things are just not for me at this season but seasons do change, thank God! 🙂

  4. Amanda,

    You are expressing the same sentiments I did when I left the Army. I had been a daughter, an Army nurse, a foster mother… all these roles. All these NOUNS.

    I told everyone that cared to listen that I was becoming a VERB!

  5. ahhh..Amanda–thank you!! You are so sweet, and I am glad that I finally got to your blog!!–I haven’t been blogging much (my husband is in college, and is ALWAYS on the computer). Thank you for the nice things you always say.


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