Beholding Beauty: Doodle With Me

I am pretty sure it was Andrew Kern who first inspired me to consider the concept of “you become what you behold.” He would follow up this statement with, “Behold the Lamb.” Beauty is relegated to the land of personal preference and therefore often overlooked in its importance for our soul. My daughter is sharing…

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Treehouse: How I Wrote My First LoFi Album

It feels a bit surreal, but I’m calling my first LoFi album “Treehouse.” My vision for this album is to remind my listeners what it’s like to be a child, full of wonder, where everything is new and amazing, where the world is safe enough to explore, and where the mark of Jesus can be…

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Painting En Plein Air: Focusing on God’s Beauty

Hi! I’m Alyssa, the middle child of the Strauss family! I’m so glad you are here! Welcome back to my Art and Faith series! If you are new here, I’ve been beginning a journey learning how to paint en Plein air, which is the French way to say “painting outside.” Beholding the beauty of God’s…

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Two Andrew Peterson Books that Will Recalibrate Your Heart

I appreciate being disrupted…sometimes. God has a way of disrupting my flow or routine in some way to help me slow down. Andrew Peterson is one of those artists God has used to help me do that. Consequently, Peterson’s work disrupts my heart. I feel recalibrated and ready to see life differently. Why? Because as…

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Where Have You Been?

Over the past year and a half, I have been pretty quiet as a blogger. We have walked through seasons of uncertainty with Covid restrictions, seasons of battling the return of my mom’s breast cancer, and seasons of creative learning adventures that I’m excited to start sharing with you all again.  The good news is…

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