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Let Your Kingdom Come Lord, in My Creativity.

Day Ten

…For who is like me, and who can challenge me? What ruler can oppose my will?

Jeremiah 49:19c
Heavy snow causing all to turn white with or without permission.
Sun and green. Calm and warm.
Fierce, raging waters heading to Lake Superior.
The fall brings THE CREATOR with brush with paints.

 Slowly take in each photo. The colors, the drama, the change. What does each one say to you about God’s rule? God is The Creator.

Beautiful sky with peaceful colors one day and the next delivers the broken path of a horrendous storm. Once tall majestic trees, now bent to the ground or split in half as if toothpicks.

I take in each photo and breathe. Not only does God say to me He is in charge of His creation, He continually puts this question for me to ponder:

Who is in charge when it comes to decisions regarding my art, my creativity?

Friend, as you pursue your artistic endeavor, do feel the wonderful protection of the Savior and His Kingdom in your art? Or are you constantly threatened by the sounds of :

  • The inner critique
  • Deadlines
  • Comparison
  • Family members who cannot understand this “creating thing”
  • Fear

These intruders and more come attacking, trying to wreak havoc in God’s kingdom for me. If I submit to their rule, I allow myself to become a prisoner. When I hear-“no one will read your items” or “the dishes are more important than this writing stuff?” or “is this a hobby or what? You don’t earn money from it do you?”, I realize I am in a battle. This creating is not easy.

So what is the response? Can you relate? Pick up your pen as a sword. Expose the liars for what they are. Stand with God for His rule and reign in His Kingdom. Go Forward.

Expose the liars and demand they leave.

The Lord’s Prayer or what is sometimes called THE OUR FATHER¹ reflects how Jesus invites us to come to His Father(who is also Our Father).  This includes giving God the real LORDSHIP over walls, barriers, and lies trying to keep us from living His Kingdom throughout our lives.

God’s authority flows throughout the various seasons of Nature. It is gentle and calm. It is fierce and wild. The battle in our lives to be and write under God authority will be similar. “...For who is like me, and who can challenge me? What ruler can oppose my will?” How will His Kingdom Rule in your art, in your life?

1 Matt.6:9-11 and Luke 11:2- 4
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HE RENEWS MY STRENGTH.

Are you weary? God is your strength.

Day Nine

3. He renews my strength. He guides me along paths, bringing honor to His Name.

Psalm 23 NLT








Everyday objects are His creation. They bring honor to His Name.
Everyday objects are His creation. They bring honor to His Name.

Breathe! Make Space. You are His creation. You bring Honor to His Name!

Give yourself the freedom to take God’s hand. Take a walk with Him. Listen to the birds. The wind blows through your hair. The waves dash upon the rocks. The leaves crunch beneath your feet. Share your heart with Him. Listen as He shares with you.

 

Be still and realize God’s absolute LOVE. Reflect upon His beauty through you.

Walk forward in what you are being and you will release the love God put in you.
Listen to God’s Heart. Start naming the barriers trying to stop what has been given to you?
Seek His face. Your freedom to create will bring honor to His Name.
Joy in creativity. Express the sounds busting from your soul.

I repeat:

Reflect upon His Touch in your life. Reflect upon His Wonder through your ART. That is your creativity.

In receiving His Love, strength for your creative path and life will bring honor to His Name.

Make Space, Receive and Share!

Blessings.


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RELAX AND DRINK FROM MY REFRESHING POOL!

Day Eight

You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from.

Ps. 23:2 MSG

    Make space for your soul.












Relax in
simple beauty.

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Fresh water to refresh me.

 MY LIFE IS IN CHAOS!

  As you read the verse, are you at a place in your life where these words really make absolutely no sense? For example: chronic pain surrounds your every waking moment, or maybe dear friends, possibly close relatives have prayed for healing concerning physical attacks on their bodies with no release in sight, or maybe a strange ailment takes you from doctor to doctor and they cannot give you a direction. Urgent questions with no answers.

Yes there is turmoil.
Yes there is beauty.

  Do you feel as though you have been quite diligent with your daily scripture intake, with ALL OF ITS MANY WORDS, but lately, that is what they have become- MERE WORDS. ☹   It is so ok to be honest. God loves you. God deals better with honesty than with fake obedience.

With the turbulence of the world, lies from the enemy and the void offered from empty sources, your soul is tired. The protective measures you put up as a way to handle life may be the very barrier keeping God’s intimate gentle breath at bay. God’s deep love will sooth your soul.

Gentle, beauty reaching out past the ugliness.

You cannot escape a few thorns while enjoying the beauty of a rose. Pain comes with beauty. God does not demand you to experience the pain on you own. The CREATOR of the universe has never abandoned you, even in times when you feel abandoned. His Hand is always reaching out.

In these present uncertainties, dare to picture His arms holding you in a peaceful meadow next to a cool stream.

A David Psalm

23 1-3 God, my shepherd!

    I don’t need a thing.

You have bedded me down in lush meadows,

    you find me quiet pools to drink from.

True to your word,

    you let me catch my breath

    and send me in the right direction.

Portions of A David Psalm

  How do you feel?

Paint, draw, or write a story or poem, responding to the chaos in your present soul. As creatives, this is the gift we can use to connect with the pain in our heart. Try to make physical, the invisible pain. Use it as a sacrifice of praise. Be Bold! Be Daring!

Offer this gift to God. Ask God to bring you to an honest quiet place.

  Turn off the outside noise. Listen to the One who really loves you!

RECEIVE God’s Words for you today, REFLECT upon God’s Heart for you, RESPOND to what God is sharing with you.

Be still! Receive!

If there is space today, create what you received in response to your honest quiet time with God. Share here or on my Facebook page if you wish. We are all on this journey together.









Be

Free

To

Worship

As

You

Were

Created!


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Badlands Desert turning into a Well-Watered Garden.

Day Seven

Justice will move into the badlands desert.
    Right will build a home in the fertile field.
And where there’s Right, there’ll be Peace
    and the progeny of Right: quiet lives and endless trust.
My people will live in a peaceful neighborhood—
    in safe houses, in quiet gardens.
The forest of your pride will be clear-cut,
    the city showing off your power leveled.
But you will enjoy a blessed life,
    planting well-watered fields and gardens.

Isaiah 32:17
Beautiful land when you first see it. But it goes for miles and miles.
The temperature was over 110 ° F . No shade. Dry grass. High, rocky, peaks.

Driving through the South Dakota Badlands is a beautiful experience. One I totally enjoyed with my daughter. But after a while it was miles and miles of heat, rocks, no water. (Signs were posted to carry water with you if you considered walking on the designated trails). It could turn very bleak very fast if a catastrophe happened and we were on our own. Living conditions like this without being asked permission or experiencing emotional circumstances just as raw with no change in sight are the reality of injustice in this world.

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     How does righteousness and peace enter into the world of creativity? Is social justice only a matter for those who studied these areas in college and are working within the system? What does art have to do with equality?  

These plaques are part of an artistic memorial in my city to remember.1 The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial is a tribute not only to the horror, but also how steps can be taken to go forward. This is where art and creativity are used to help, heal, engage and not slide backwards. To read about the background behind the plaques, please go to this website. https://claytonjacksonmcghie.org/

 Is creativity for justice a reality in your heart? What might it cost if you actually asked to see with His Lens and reflect through His Heart?

The more you ask for God to be involved in your art, in your life, it means you may not have the final say. That is a scary. This is freeing.

Reflecting God’s heart does not mean heaping shame upon past decisions. Art of this type is not to be used as an angry “in your face” hate filled statement saying look what you did to me. God is pained with evil choices, but His heart is for restoration. Words of FORGIVENESS and LOVE are similar to the ones Jesus expressed from the Cross, “Please Father, Forgive Them.”

This art touches the soul-Heals the pain!

God will bring justice to the badlands deserts.

How are you and your art to be involved with God’s heart toward righteousness, anti-trafficking, stopping bullying, for peace, against abuse, forgiveness, and LOVE?


 God has a purpose for the gift He has given you.
It may bring Joy and Wonder which will point them to Jesus.
The Art may be a gift God will use to release pain and give peace to others.
Listen to God's Heart first. It is His Art.
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God has a purpose for the gift He has given you.
It may bring Joy and Wonder which will point them to Jesus.
The Art may be a gift God will use to release pain and give peace to others.
Listen to God’s Heart first. It is His Art.

Dry barren lands will turn into well watered fields and gardens. Share the Hope.

If you have suggestions how creativity can speak out in this area, share in the comments, or come to my Facebook Page. I know The Breath and the Clay, http://www.thebreathandtheclay.com/ and Mystics &Makers http://www.makersandmystics.com/ are places to go deeper in art and culture.

Blessings on your journey.

BE

FREE

TO

WORSHIP

AS

YOU

WERE

CREATED!

1 photos taken at The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial
2 Quote on photo taken from https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/art?


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Reflections of My Heart!

Reflections of My Heart!

Please be patient with me today as I digress from the devotions.

I hope you have discovered challenges for your spiritual walk in my writings. My desire is to create space for you and meditations that will affect both your life and your art/ creativity. Personally, I don’t think one can be separated from the other. (Being a Type Four in the Enneagram explains that.1 ) Do you look at your creative adventure with God as a sacrifice of praise? Can you see your writings through the eyes of worship? This calls for intentionally spending time with God to see what is on His heart for you. In other word using a form of spiritual discipline to seek God’s face for your art, for your life.  

The devotions are also meant to bring up a few questions in your creative approach you might not have considered before. For example: is art involved with justice, how does God express His heart today through creativity, is God seen in secular art? Response of your thoughts and discussion are encouraged.

Now to today’s post. I am stepping into the vulnerable waters of my personal space. Come and join me.

At the end of each post I draw you into a time of contemplation. I ask you to:

RECEIVE, REFLECT, RESPOND,

to the devotions I shared and the time you spend with God in the genre of your choice. I think it is only fair for me to share with you how my creative journey is going. ☺

First and foremost I know- God is Good, all the time. This includes the times my words do not flow. This is true when the photo app does not work as my mind’s eye envisions the art. This is true when I can’t understand certain requirements to upgrade my presentation. This is true when my mind feels as though everyone else is better at things then I am.

Slow down to enjoy God in the very small things in life. Through the tears, the anger, the pain. At times it REALLY needs to be intentional.

It has been on tough on me lately. I have been trying to see life through the Lens of God’s grace and acceptance.  I know My Creator loves me, but sadly, through my tears, my anger, my pain, loving myself was/is very hard.

I analyzed. I prayed. I wrote. Finally I reached something tangible because even though I don’t completely feel out of the forest, I found two constants running through the debts of my emotions.

Type Fours get ready (small drum roll)——–

Envy and Comparison.   

For me, these two sins are a deadly duo. Type Fours are not the only ones who experience such an emotional attack on our walk in life, but it does seem that we do have a tendency to be a bit more susceptible to this upset.2 (Creatives of all types, how do these two enemies of our art and life show up in your walk?)

In my case the attacks come:

  • from looking at other peoples’ accomplishments in creativity (and my lack),
  • how quickly something is understood by people in my field but I am really slow to catch on.
  • I see myself surrounded by “shoulds”. This comparison comes as I draw out expectations to meet certain standards and everyone else is whizzing by with their accomplishments. Where do I see myself? Still on first place or wondering why I need to do the activity in the first place?

If you identify with any of these, you are not crazy. You do not need to handle the internal battle on your own. These natural battles and more will arise on your journey in creative expressing/ living. This is the time where the deeper/ closer walk with God comes in.

The words of the Sunday School song—

Yes Jesus Loves, Me-The Bible tells me so.

These words are an absolute truth. Do you walk around as if in a fog at times? Yes, Jesus does loves you and walks with you in your creativity!

 are filled with absolute truth.   I don’t want a theological debate here, but I need something in the words and beyond words to run its course in my soul when Envy and Comparison are battling for my peace of mind.

What is my course of action?

I need to stop and allow TRUTH to sink into my heart. I have to ask the Holy Spirit to move in my heart. I can’t just say “get out”, and brush my hands with a finished flare. I have to ask the Holy Spirit to clean out my heart and remove the rubbish so Truth is what I Breathe. This may take time. This is what needs to happen to move my words. I cannot try just having the words move my words.

This post is a time to stop. I do not mean stop creating. I am asking you to stop and breathe. If there is a nudge from the Holy Spirit, take time with a friend, go out for coffee and confess. Confess where everything or anything out there is having a bigger affect on your life than God.

 If the creative “calling” is chaotic and it’s yelling is louder than the simple truth of “Jesus Loves Me”, consider a time out with Jesus as a possible next choice.

Does the stopping and asking mean the change will happen quickly? Sadly, there are no guarantees to an immediate difference. I will say, if you do not stop and talk to God it may never happen.

Is it important to you for people to stop and take the time to listen to what you are sharing? How do you respond when God asks you to stop and listen to the Words of Life He shares with you?

Through the chaos, God’s Love is always here. He is working a good plan.
God Takes My Hand. He completes what He starts. That brings JOY.

BE

FREE

TO

WORSHIP

AS

YOU

WERE

CREATED!

1 If you are interested in finding out more about the Enneagrams Type Four of Nine Types, you can read THE ROAD BACK TO YOU by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016)

2 Referring to Type Fours being susceptible to ENVY and COMPARISON :Ibid.