Hi! My name is Lyana Chalk. I was born, raised and lived for the first 31 years of my life  in the country of Ukraine together with my husband Jerry who was a missionary there and my  son Daniel who is an explorer. I am a journalist by education and my everyday job. Other than a wife, Mother and a correspondent, I am a recovering DREAMER.
When I was little, I dreamed of purple castles, singing flowers, talking stars, friendly giraffes and dancing  teacups. Then I grew up and grew out of my dreams. Got educated, married and busy. With REAL life – just like every one of you, probably. 
But then I became a Mom on a long maternity leave. And as life slowed down (in a way) I noticed I had something missing in it. God finally got my attention and reminded me about my dreams. I got them out of the BOX from the CORNER of the SHELF on the ATTIC of my busy mind. Dusted them off, shook  them a little, got shaken back by them and made a decision: it’s time to get busy DREAMing. 
God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can GROW in them.  My biggest dream has always been to be an artist – to learn how to draw, to paint, to create. But it always seemed to be impossible to do -as usual there is never time for a dream, until you make it a priority. NOW the Lord allowed me to go to a local Art school and I am DREAMing away.  “Things are only impossible until they're not”, - said one of the characters of  the America’s beloved Star Trek movie (Captain Jean-Luc Picard) And that is true.
So many times we make our lives into the Cemetery of dreams, gifts and talents that God has uniquely given to us, justifying ourselves by our jobs, families, responsibilities, duties, “too young” age, “too old” age etc. Yes, we get very CREATIVE with our excuses. 
Instead, God wants us to use that creativity to get the spiritual shovel, dig those unique dreams out, revive them, pursue them and make the world around us a better place. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might”, - says the Lord in Ecclesiastes 9:10. 
MY hand “dug out” long lost paints and brushes, borrowed watercolors from my son, discovered the fun of blogging... And now I’m here at Cozy Painter: dreaming, painting and writing.
P.S. YES, I am wearing my HOUSE SHOES! ;))))


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