Worship, Create, Dream

Be free to Worship God. Create with abandonement because He is the Creator. Let's discover our Dreams together.


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Be Released

I went to a fantastic mind expanding “all I can say is WOW” worship conference. The title was: “Creativity in the Kingdom” . This conference challenged attendees to their very core as to the limitations being put on them to not freely express their creativity. Various interesting workshops from WORSHIP THROUGH THE LENS”  to INSPIRED INTERIOR DESIGN”  opened doors to people to walk through if they dared to take the chance and face fears.

As a result of the conference, I have a question to propose to you.
Is there a picture inside so wonderful you just cannot stand having it stay where it is sitting? Do you capture the tree in a certain motion through your eyes when you look outside or when going on a walk?

This was supposed to  be a picture with trees...

trees with lake

Are you ready to explode with the ecstasy you experience inside? There is something that says I WANT TO CAPTURE THAT, I NEED TO CAPTURE THAT! What is happening inside is not only the need to capture what you see; you need to create.
When I say capture, I do not mean capture as in put in a box. PAINT, SAVE IN A DRAWING, PHOTOGRAPH, WRITE A STORY CONCERNING WHAT YOU SEE.
Creatives take in, take in, take in. Eventually the need comes to release what has been taken in.

Creatives take in God’s beauty and see the world through a different lens. Not better, nor worse than others.  Just different.

A question proposed at the conference was : What keeps the creative from pursuing the intense drive pulling on them from creating what is seen, what is felt?  Fear, insecurity, comparing, perfectionism? Fear rears its ugly head in a variety of different forms. These forms can be quite obvious.  They can also be almost translucent as a second layer of skin that we put on; not realizing these lies are vicious and destructive.

What lies have you taken on?

1. I really have no talent because everyone else is better than I am.

2. I have no training in this area, so I am no good at it.

3. No one in my family was a writer, (or a photographer, or an artist).

4. When I get excited about my creativity, everyone thinks I am weird, so it is easier to keep quiet.

5. I am too old to start on this type of venture now. Stick to what I am use to.

6. I am too slow and do not understand the techno ideas about a computer so it can be difficult to write or take pictures.

7. I am wasting my time on such a frivolous activity.

8.  Nobody wants what I have to give.

These are a small ( just a small) portion of the LIES that creatives encounter in the fight. It is a battle. Why? Because we have been given a gift that God wants us to share. Darkness wants to cover it.
A specific lie that will impede the beauty a person has to share is comparing.  “Since mine is not as good as … why should I even create? No one needs my writing, or will benefit from my photography so why try?

In comparing, I limit the tools I am given to create.
The world does not need another C.S. Lewis. (although his writing is fantastic ) The world does not need another Michelangelo ( his art is great and the world benefits from it. The world has benefited from the beauty of Ansel Adams photography, but it does not need another.

THE WORLD NEEDS ME!!!

It is not about becoming famous. It is about sharing outwardly in some form what is coming in.
A disservice is done to God when not pursuing the writing and photography in what I alone can do.  I am doing myself a disservice if I don’t throw off the blanket of lies to express what I am taking in.
What lies have been spoken over you? What false skin have you taken as your own that God did not place over you?  Use the YOU that He has given to create. YOU AND I need to express  the wonder and depth of our Creator and His Majesty though OUR unique walk with Him.   There are specific individualistic eyes, hands, mouths, voices that each creative has been given to express. Each one of us has special tools.

THE WORLD NEEDS YOU!!!

Be Released.  dancing waters

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WISDOM OR THE WAY TO HELL

Proverbs 9 New Life Version (NLV)
Wisdom—or the Way to Hell
Interesting way to introduce a blog on worship, creativity and dreaming.
Portions of this proverb remind me of challenges students encounter when leaving home to strike out on their own. Young men and women thrust into the intense drama of pursuing dreams for independence.
Was it so different for me? My college adventures started in 1973 at Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa.  Living on my own for the first time. It was wonderful

l.Wernli dorm

Photo Credit: http://westmarcollege.org/HistoryP6.html
Interesting dorm compared to the modern ones of today.
After my encounter with Jesus in 1973, I discovered a different me. Barriers of insecurity were dropping right and left. I became a little chatterbox- more outgoing and fun to be with.
You may be wondering “Where is all of this heading?” Wisdom,College,Tips to be outgoing?
Students, heading off to colleges or universities with their new found independence will experience a euphoric out pour. No boundaries. FREEDOM, with all capital letters. No adult to tell them to make a bed or turn off the light and go to sleep. Possibly not even a curfew.
With this freedom comes the challenge of  intense in your face decisions that you need to make by yourself.
Believe me, making your bed, or when to go to bed may be the least of your problems.
During my first summer out of high school and half of my freshman semester of college I realized physical attraction can be a dangerous thing when it is reciprocated with little barriers. Even at a Christian College. Others saw a good show on the outside. I went to my classes. I performed all of the correct actions. I presented a solid person. The problem with going through the correct actions is that it can become just that – actions. How could I lead people in worship meetings, then with a very decisive turn release myself into activities I regretted later? I was two people and no one knew.
Prov. 9 NLV
13 A foolish woman makes much noise. She is open to sin, and knows nothing. 14 She sits at the door of her house or on a seat in the high places of the city. 15 She calls to those who pass by and are making their paths straight, 16 “Whoever is easy to fool, let him turn in here!” She says to the one without understanding, 17 “Stolen water is sweet. And bread eaten in secret is pleasing.” 18 But he does not know that the dead are there, and that the ones who visit her are in the bottom of hell.
I was the one walking by the gate. I was the fool who kept turning in. I thought that because I asked Jesus to live in me and I was going to a Christian College, I would be safe. WRONG!!!!
I was full of pride. I wanted to end the actions, but wasn’t strong enough to state what it really was. SIN!
God is SO FAITHFUL. God is SO FULL OF LOVE. I was never out of His sight or care. God knew my dreams could only be set free by His righteous right hand. Not by my silly weakness

Prov.9 NLV
12 If you are wise, your wisdom is a help to you. If you laugh at the truth, you alone will suffer for it.
I needed to confess my sin, with a real desire to have God release me. In one night of a single prayer with a friend, I was set free.

SEX, DRUGS, DRINKING ABUSE UNDERAGE DRINKING,MULTIPLE OBJECTS ON YOUR PLATE THAT YOU NEVER CAME IN CONTACT WITH BEFORE. With freedom and independence, there are risks and challenges.

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You do not walk alone. See the light. You are not bound to a specific action no matter what anyone says. You have been given too many dreams and gifts to waste on very temporary pleasures. My challenges of 41 years ago may appear to be  different than what is before you. Do not be deceived. The road of wisdom and true joy is outstretched before you. What will you choose?

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