Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

 (Mark 1:35) 

Tonight I visited a random devotional website for some inspiration to hopefully return back to my blog writing. Sometimes I don’t have much to say, either because there is some stressful event or a period of calm. If I am experiencing an abundance of stress, I usually don’t have time to write. If it’s calm, sometimes I don’t feel like being creative and simply want to relax. It is the in-between times where I tend to find my creative juices flowing. Artistic block does happen. I fall into a void sometimes when it comes to planning for the next project. This rings true, be it crochet, digital art, or writing. Sometimes people get stuck in a rut at work or even with their spiritual pursuits. This stagnation of creativity is just part of life at times. What’s counts most is jumping back on the carousel and getting started with a fresh perspective. 

I came across the passage from Mark 1:35 by doing a search for random devotional quotes. At the website, I saw a link for overcoming stress, and this was the passage they used. Routines seem to be crucial for healthy living. Jesus would get up earlier in the morning to take time to spend in solitary prayer. Some people meditate, and for others, it just means taking some time to be alone with the paper and a cup of joe. When I was much younger and had full-time work, full-time school, and parenting to juggle, I would wake up before my son and exercise for my alone time. There is a “zone” a person can get in while exercising, and afterward, you come out with a clear, alert mind. If you have a method(s) that you use, post in the comments.

Taking time aside sans distractions to gather my thoughts through meditation and prayer helps to subconsciously prepare a routine for the day, and I find guidance to apply to my endeavors. I find these inspirational breaks from Christianity and the wealth of other spiritual traditions which guide us to enlightenment. When I discovered this passage, it was precisely something I needed to hear tonight. I want to devote a block of time each day to nourish my spirit and get back on track when I stray from my intended path. I want to exercise to clear my mind a couple of times a week. I would love to take the time and smell the coffee. 

With my personal insights out there and out of the way, I would like to share the third set of phone wallpaper art from this September’s series. I’ve already talked about how I love the fall. While our leaves have not started to turn, I wanted to celebrate the colors one can anticipate in October. You can feel free to browse my gallery at the website and click follow to sign up to receive freebies and exclusive discounts.