A sparrow's journey through this crazy, beautiful life...

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My name is Heather Santos and this is my space to share and document my creative journey - the good, the bad and the ugly. 

I have always been a creative. In the past it was wood working, cross-stitch, scrap-booking, card-making, and now I am exploring painting original mixed media art and clay. I wanted to keep a record of my growth and encourage anyone else out there that may be afraid of starting. It has truly been a wonderful addition to my life... it's just so cleansing for my soul. 

This leg of my journey was born out of a need to express myself in a way that words alone could not. I've struggled with depression and anxiety most of my life, but did a pretty good job of hiding it from the outside world. Journaling was my main outlet for processing whatever I was going through. But a few years ago, written journaling stopped working for me and I was quite perplexed.  In mid 2011, through an online friend, I was presented with this idea of art journaling, which I had never heard of before. I have always been crafty, and even did some tole painting in years past, but never felt I could create with my own ideas. For some reason, somewhere along the way, I bought the lie that I could never be an artist, who created original work. I thought I would never be able to come up with ideas for things to paint. But, now this art journaling, that sounded like something that I could do, but no one else would ever have to see. Plus, I was hoping to process the emotions that were no longer being released through writing alone. Once I started, then took a few online workshops here and there, I was hooked and spend most of my free time painting and sculpting. One of the first online workshops I took was Gut Art with Mystele. It could not have been better timing for me. This class focuses on finding out what makes your heart sing and then applying it to your art. It was just exactly what I needed at that time and I grew exponentially through that class. Plus, I made quite a few artsy friends and eventually started helping Mystele with some of the technical side of her online community. Now, I'm a full-fledged partner with Mystele at Community Thrive which has opened up another new world... facilitating and encouraging other artists. I have been overwhelmingly blessed there.


My Soul Food 2014 Interview



I am a wife and a mom. My husband is very encouraging and supportive of my art, which makes all the difference in the world to me. My daughter and son are both grown and we've added a son-in-law to the family. And then there are the three dogs. I tell ya, no one can love you like a dog!

What's in the name?

A sparrow's journey through this crazy, beautiful life.

The account below happened to me back in 2001 during a rough time in my life and is why I chose the name Sparrow's Journey for this blog. 

It had been a long, sleepless night. Joy didn’t seem to come with the morning today. My world was falling apart. My friend met me for breakfast; she knew the despair I was living through. As we walked in to the restaurant, we passed by a tree. On the ground beneath that tree was a little baby bird that had fallen out of the nest. My normally levelheaded friend suddenly became consumed with getting that bird back in its nest. She had me pull my truck over and she climbed on top of it to try to reach the nest, but it was too high. By this point she was getting quite upset and sent me inside to ask the manager for a ladder. I thought she was losing her mind (and was honestly getting annoyed), but at that point I would have done whatever to get her to let it go. The manager said he couldn’t loan us a ladder because it was a liability risk, so I thought, “end of story.” Boy was I wrong (and I was still of the mind, "anything to get her to let it go" so we can go eat). We stopped right there in the middle of that parking lot and she prayed for a ladder to get that bird back up there. As soon as we looked up, believe it or not, a construction truck with an extension ladder pulled into the parking lot! She got the bird back in the nest.
At breakfast, she proceeded to tell me that if God cares so much about a sparrow, how much more does He care about me? The reason it was so important to get that bird back in its nest was because God was sending me the message that he was going to take care of me. He has me in the palm of His hand and will put me back in His nest. Joy did come that morning after all.
Every time a major change has come in my life, God reminds me of the sparrow. It’s at that point that I know I need to fasten my seat belt.



Luke 12:6-7
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
English Standard Version (ESV)

Matthew 10:29-31
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
English Standard Version (ESV)


7 comments:

  1. Love that story! What a wise friend and Great God!

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  2. Very inspiring Heather! Our God is an awesome God! We can do this with Him!

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  3. You are an inspiration.

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  4. WOW....He went to alot of work to show you how much He did love you....WOW!!!

    It is a reminder well needed in my life right now, thanks for sharing.

    You will be Blessed in the country and be blessed in the city...
    You will be Blessed in your going out and your coming in.

    Blessings,
    Cindy♥

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  5. What a beautiful story, Heather! Thank you for sharing that. I find that God does send messages like that - some very subtle (and usually not when I want subtle!), but some just smack you in the forehead :) He is amazing and awesome, indeed.
    Carol

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  6. Heather, what a beautiful story and such an awesome friend! He does take care of us if we let Him. Another reminder in this post. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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  7. Beautiful & inspiring! Thank you! XOXO

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