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I met Janel in college. She was a star soccer player, artist, and native Californian. In my midwest naivety, I heard her speak and said, “So, are you what they call a Valley Girl?” She was not amused.
And she’s probably not amused at me telling that story.
But I love Janel for more than her unique accent. I love her for her heart, for her friendship, and for the fact that she has persevered through some incredibly difficult relational wounds. Art has and continues to be an outlet for her.
As she says, “Art has empowered the ability to navigate through the dark, murky swamp of trials.”
Maybe you have seen some of her “work” work. If you’ve ever bought one of those pretty packages at the post office that make the simple manila envelopes weep, there’s a chance Janel designed them. She also designs wrapping paper, including a unicorn-with-a-party-hat themed paper which I like to believe was inspired by…ME. And if you’ve ever received a postcard from me that has a little baby unicorn on it, you can thank Janel.
However, her artistic ability spans beyond unicorns. (I know, I know…“But why!?” you cry. “Unicorn art is all that matters!”)
Here is a pop-art piece she contributed for The Illumination Series.
Despite all things, past and present, true or false, clear or misunderstood, there is pure, bright light shining continuous, possibly forever throughout time, when a deep communion exists between two people.
God’s enduring love is reflected in this union.
The male and female come together to ignite one brighter light. Through this lamp, their community is influenced with the transcending light exposure.
Do you have a loved one that reflects God’s enduring love in your life?
How can you be an illuminating light to others?
Love and Respect (Now) is a division of Love and Respect. Please be considerate.