Lessons Learned from the Least of These

7 Principles God Taught Me in Prison

 Recorded at Fellowship Bible Church – 11/1/15 – Jennifer Leigh Allison


Feet shackled in chainsEvery time I step out of my comfort zone and follow God’s calling, I get to witness Him do miraculous things. In the audio message above, I share 7 life principles that God taught me as I was speaking with inmates. I can honestly say that I’ve learned more about His power, mercy, grace and forgiveness while talking to addicts, murderers and thieves, than I ever did sitting in a pew. He is truly awesome!

Art Therapy for Special Needs

treehouse illustration

Treehouse Illustration by Jennifer Allison

I have Sensory Processing Disorder and the struggle is very real. As a child I was in constant battle with the world around me…as well as my parents and teachers. I’d often retreat to the woods behind my house where I built a tree fort to escape the chaos and drama and seek much-needed solitude. That was where I found peace, and I spent hours talking to the various insects and birds that accepted me and my quirky, special need for quiet time.

As an adult, I’ve learned that throwing myself on the floor while kicking and screaming isn’t a socially acceptable way to deal with the overwhelming sensory input that my brain fails to process properly. But the disorder continues to wreak havoc in my everyday life. For example, in order to survive the corporate cubicle world where I work, I have to wear noise-canceling headphones all day long, but this isn’t ideal for inspiring creativity or productivity.

I no longer have a treehouse or secret fort deep in the woods that I can retreat to as an adult. Unfortunately. However, there IS one thing I’ve found that truly calms my stress and melts away the chaos and discomfort of my hyper-sensitive sensory system. That one thing is drawing. 

Flying Colors

An Expert Level Coloring Adventure

I am very excited to announce that my new adult coloring book is now available. This video showcases all 30 detailed illustrations I did for the book.

I would love for you to share the images you color with me. If you will post them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #flyingcolors in your post, I will see all your beautiful creations and share some of them from my own social media pages. I can’t wait to see what you create!

Right now the coloring book is only available on Amazon.com.  ENJOY!!!


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The Making of a Jedi

I have been in a drawing mood lately. Today I decided to give ballpoint pens a try.

First, I sketched out a rough pencil drawing of my favorite Star Wars character, Yoda. Then I began to lay down a foundation of color. Slowly and gently more layers of color were built upon each other to make shadows and darker tones.

Sketch of Yoda

I had a lot of fun working on this but it took quite a bit of patience to fill in some of the larger areas. Overall, this drawing took me about 15 hours to complete. (See below.)

I posted the final high-resolution artwork on my gallery where prints can be purchased.

Yoda

Prints of this drawing and more are available on my gallery at jennifer-allison.fineartamerica.com.

And Now It’s Time to Draw

Now that my book has been published, I’ve decided to take a break from writing and do some more drawing.

Here’s a picture I just finished of Burano, Italy. This piece took me approximately 25 hours. First, I sketched out the houses and boats in pen and ink on paper. I decided to apply the color digitally so I scanned in my outline and used my Wacom tablet to finish the drawing and details. I used a software program called Manga Studio, which has some great brushes and paint effects that I’ve been experimenting around with. Let me know what you think!

I just opened an online store where you can purchase prints of my artwork like this one. Check it out at jennifer-allison.fineartamerica.com.

Burano, Italy

 

The Great Santa Debate

Am I really the only one who was traumatized as a kid when I learned the cold, hard truth about Santa? Honestly, I was devastated. I couldn’t believe I had been so gullible and that my family, friends and teachers all conspired against me. As a result, I never carried forth the Santa tradition with my son. When I tell people this I’m often met with wide eyes and gasps of horror. They say, “how could you rob your child of the Christmas magic?”

Here are four reasons why I believe the TRUTH is so much more magical than Mr. Claus.

Creating a Sanctuary of Solace

Kid in ClosetRelaxing, and even sleeping, doesn’t come easy for me. Because of my mutant superpowers due to Sensory Processing Disorder, the process of unwinding is usually a battle. It’s essential for me to have a quiet place to retreat after work, church, or social outings so I can be properly rejuvenated for interacting with the world again.

Quiet time is important for everyone though, not just people with special needs like me. Even Jesus Christ, who had the most important mission on earth, often found time to be alone. This discipline refueled and focused Him for interacting with the crowds He wanted to help, serve and heal. (Mark 1:35-38)

For those of us with disorders like SPD, or even just introverted personalities, having the right time to re-energize is critical for our overall health and well-being.

So, how can you create a sanctuary of solace and be at your best for the work and relationships God has provided to you? Here are a few things that help me.

5 Things You Should Never Say to a Kid

Girl Running AwayAs I was growing up, I heard a lot of the same words over and over again, in regards to my behavior. The redundant questions and statements from parents and teachers brought a lot of unnecessary confusion and pain into my life.

See, I have Sensory Processing Disorder, which creates a lot of unique challenges for me. You can learn more about SPD by reading my article, One Reason I’m So Weird.

I’m sure my disability was the main reason the following words were repeated like a broken record. However, they did a lot more damage than good. Words can really impact people who takes things very literally, like me. This is true whether your child has a disability or not.

Here are five things I believe you should never say, with some alternatives to try instead. Perhaps these can help turn your struggle with a difficult child into an opportunity to help.

My Memoir is Here!

Book PhotoToday is the day. I’m so excited! For over a year and a half I’ve been diligently working on putting this book together. Now it’s here. I can’t believe it. Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement along the way. You all helped in making my dream a reality.

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Here’s the book summary:

This book is a nostalgic coming-of-age memoir about growing up in the ’70s and ’80s. Jennifer began her quest for self-discovery at an early age when she realized she was different from other kids. Suffering from a bizarre condition known as Sensory Processing Disorder, she has a unique perspective on life and shares her innermost thoughts and struggles. She fell into many deep potholes on her journey, which included abuse, addiction, and poverty. Ultimately, however, the challenges taught her some valuable life lessons. This story will make you laugh, cry, and cheer as you travel alongside Jennifer on the road to hope, transformation, and the meaning of life.

Made for a Purpose

I have been through numerous trials in my life. First, I have a bizarre neurological condition called Sensory Processing Disorder that creates challenges for me every day. Secondly, I’ve survived sexual abuse and a decade of drug addiction. So, how did I finally find true peace? In this video I share exactly how my anger and hopelessness was replaced with abundant joy, contentment and purpose. If you know anybody who is hurting or can relate to my story, please feel free to share this with them.

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