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Can Art Counsel?

Day Thirteen  

16 Let the word of the Anointed One richly inhabit your lives. With all wisdom teach, counsel, and instruct one another. Sing the psalms, compose hymns and songs inspired by the Spirit, and keep on singing—sing to God from hearts full and spilling over with thankfulness.

Colossians 3:16 (Voice)

There are so may ways to express worship. God created you Just the Way You Are with fantastic gifts arranged in a unique fashion. Our challenge at times is to find which is the best flow in worship and obedience.

16 Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs,[a] singing to God with gratitude in your hearts .

Colossians 3;16 CSB

Is there space in your heart for this message? I would like you to think about your art as a gift as you take God’s Hand. You have absolute permission to create and express gratitude to God through your ART.

  Do you sing your heart out to God in your creativity, in your life, in your being? Do you give silent thanksgiving for all He is and all He has done or does it flow into your art?

As I was listening to a heavy rain shower, I wanted to create an artistic expression- Music of Nature. The CREATOR shares His abundant Art with no boundaries. As ripples in a pond grow wider and wider, the same happens to us. Our connection will grow deeper and deeper as we take time to listen and RECEIVE. How do you REFLECT and RESPOND to this gift?

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This free website art piece was fun to expand upon around the borders. Do you see my message? As a creative, we can connect to God in a special way, to listen and then express.

Who teaches, counsels and instructs? Can your art do that?

The painting of a child and her father is teaching a sermon to a soul in pain needing to forgive. A written article and photo cries out concerning the horrors of human trafficking. This is instruction! A delightful nature photo of squirrels enjoying just being squirrels counsels a grumpy person to see life through a different lens and changes his day. Through an artist listening to God’s Heart, someone was taught, instructed, and counseled. Did the artist put the creative piece out there, demanding a response? No. I think she listened to God’s request and said “Yes”. The results were left in God’s hands.

To know and experience life so what flows from you is His truth, it is important to spend time with the One Who cares for you as no one else can. The abundant love you receive as you engage, will flow into your art.

This is my gift for you today. Go deep into the joy of the relationship between The Creator and you.

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I Have a New Life.

Day Twelve

 He came to save us. It’s not that we earned it by doing good works or righteous deeds; He came because He is merciful. He brought us out of our old ways of living to a new beginning through the washing of regeneration; and He made us completely new through the Holy Spirit, who was poured out in abundance through Jesus the Anointed, our Savior.

Titus 3:5-6 Voice

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Receive your new life.
Reflect upon your new life.
Respond to what you Received.

RECEIVE

REFLECT


RESPOND

 Where do you go when the “insecurity imps” start their little tap dance on your creative juices? Do you begin to wonder- “am I really cut out for this?” 

Or, are you one of those types who are so confident in who you are, what you are doing, no matter what the outside conditions? You march forward against all odds. I am not criticizing if this is your bent. I say Bless you!

I am not one of those creatures. I do claim I am a NEW CREATION in Christ and I am honest to state I face a “fear” battle on a regular basis. This is not fun. I love writing, love creating, love the combination of photography with words. I really can’t see expressing in another fashion right now. This is my explosive release of God’s Heart and Joy that He shares with me. Can I say no to this? ——

At times it is an intense emotional battle just to keep going. I need to make the decision to continue putting one creative step in front of the other. The inner fear is real. The battle is real.

Is the battle wrong? Does it mean I am wrong to continue? Is this God’s voice saying I am in the wrong activity because I have emotional challenges? Would a person who is battling cancer be considered doing something wrong? I think not. How are these two situations the same you ask? The person with cancer did not ask for this sickness. She does have a choice how to deal with the emotional challenges that will attack her as she is walking this path. It is not easy but she can turn to God to give her the strength to see life through His Lens.

I recognize I have a strong emotional reaction to situations. I personally did not ask for the strong negative emotional battle. Am I wrong because I am experiencing these emotions while I am creating? My choice is see what is happening on this path and ask God to give to give me strength to see the situation through His Lens.

Naming the triggers or recognizing when the anxiety is starting to attack is something I am VERY SLOWLY becoming more aware of. Slowing Down and Breathing, may make the difference between a peaceful acceptance of recognizing who I am as a Daughter of the King or wanting to throw in the towel. I need to deeply take this in, not only hear it on the surface and just agree with the words.

Example :

I was prepared. My written piece was ready for the workshop.  This was not the first time I had something of mine critiqued. I felt confident in what I was sharing and was willing to receive any comments (positive or negative) on how it could be improved.  The presentation went well. The interaction was good.

It was on the way home where my triggers kicked in:

 Negative emotions – shame, comparison, doubt flooded my heart. The workshop itself was a positive experience, but in the car , I was either tossing around in my mind only negative comments or analyzing the comments through a negative filter. My brain turned off and my Type 4’s Type 2, high strung, “needing to please everyone” emotions took over. ( Taken from Enneagram information 1). I got home and was miserable.☹

I wanted hide under a blanket. I declared this post to be a nonredeemable piece and I am not a writer.  (Of course no one in the group really said that.)

 Fear and insecurity cocked it’s head, waved it’s finger and claimed I had no rights to say I am creative.

If I were to stay there under that blanket, who wins?

10 For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.
Eph. 2 (Voice)
Don’t Quit

Certainly not God. Certainly not the One who created me to be His Masterpiece.

Whether it is celebrating while doing laundry or rejoicing in His promises as I color or write, I am made to go forward in worship and creating.

Creating, worship, freedom comes in many forms and sizes. Listen to God’s Heart.
A journal is a fantastic place to be honest when the real battle is happening. Express your prayers in words. Write down what God shares with you.

When you spend time with the Father, and express His heart, but the response does not come out as you had hoped, you need to recognize what is going on inside. There may be pain. There is a battle going on. God has given you a gift to share. God has given you His heart.

Be free with all the paints and colors to be messy.

Allow yourself to stand beneath the warm water of His love.  The gentle flow of the water will wash the sticky ickies off your body.  

“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

Romans 8:26 MSG

Enjoy the gifts He has given to you. Be free to share His Heart. Be honest as you walk this path of worship and creativity.

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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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What Kind of Vessel are You?

Mold me to reflect the Beauty of Your Heart.

Day Six

 6 “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.

Jeremiah 18:6 NLT









These started out as mounds of clay. Smashed, rolled, cut and molded. The eventual product went to the”Empty Bowl Fundraiser”

As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are we in God’s.

Pour into me to overflow Your Love!

Read slowly. Put your name in the place of “Oh Israel”.                       

 ‘ OH ­­­­­­­­­­­­­________, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand so are you in MY hand.’

I mold and shape. I see beauty in my CREATIONS.

Read the scripture again. Then close your eyes. Repeat the verse slowly one more time.  

What is your first response?  Be free to write it down.


 Was a first thought- why would the the Creator of the Universe be so concerned, so involved with me? Why would He take the time to express that type of “hands on” relationship in my life?

Or is there a completely opposite response screaming from your gut? You want to run off that table as quickly as your legs can take you. All the rubbing, shaping, bumping to make you into some perfect, useful vessel. No thanks.

Here is a good time to Sit and RECEIVE: What is God’s Heart for you in the verse “I am the Potter. You are the Clay.”? Slow down long enough to get HIS LOVE for you on the matter. Are there ways He wants to speak to you about your art? Your Life?

REFLECT UPON: What is God sharing with you? Take at least 10 minutes (maybe more) by setting a timer. The beauty He has given us will remain the lump of clay, if we don’t put ourselves into His hands for transformation. We might DO good things with our lump of clay, without His Hands upon us. Is that enough for our true calling? True BEING of God Heart and Art comes as we allow the shaping and molding in the POTTER’S HANDS.

RESPOND TO: What did you receive? God loves you so much. It is in spending time with Him and listening to His Heart for your art and life where the two will blend together into a beautiful offering of worship. Take time to express in your own genre, the response that came in your time of reflection.

I would really like to hear what God is sharing with you. This blog and my Facebook are places for interaction, sharing and prayer. These arenas are communities to help artists of all kinds to grow and become the gifts God has in mind.

Big or small, we all have a purpose.

Allow God in His loving kindness and wisdom to do His good work and the necessary molding.









BE

FREE

TO

WORSHIP

AS

You

WERE

CREATED!


Thanks to Pixaby for the stock photo of Black and White Nails by StockSnap


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I Am The One Who Rescued You.

Day Five

8–10 “Listen, dear ones—get this straight; O Israel, don’t take this lightly.

Don’t take up with strange gods, don’t worship the latest in gods.

I’m God, your God, the VERY GOD who rescued you from doom in Egypt

Then fed you all you could eat, filled your hungry stomachs.

Psalm 81 MSG








 Return to your fantastic first connection with Jesus. There was a whirlwind of NEVER-ENDING JOY. Your dependency was exact. Your sacrifice of praise and worship was exclusively for Him. The abundant freedom was just like the dance by Miriam after the Israelites went through the Red Sea. (Exodus 15:20)

Now creativity has entered your world. You recognize it is a gift to express what is inside. Where previous surroundings were a source of bondage, doors are open wide. Once you needed to act in certain ways for acceptance. Now those limitations no longer restrict your activities.

The Israelites rejoiced in their freedom until the cost started to rise. Hunger, sore feet, thirst, desert as far as the eye could see. Complaints began. Questions flared—

“Where is the promised land”?

The bold sharp dream of the PROMISE LAND slowly lost it’s clear focus for all except the ones who kept their hearts steadfast on the GIVER of the PROMISE.


Has your life slowly given way to shadows? The once clear dreams and direction lack clarity?

Is your stomach empty? Have the unyielding dreams you once had, lost their sharp clarity? It does not happen all at once. The strange gods will try to entice you away from your first LOVE. These latest gods do not take obvious shapes. Their luring call will be very obscure at first, almost unnoticeable. If not in touch with a deep, close relationship with God and His love for you, everything will get out of focus. Slowly at first, but then…. Well read on

Are you aware of what happens to your vision when cataracts occurs?—

At first, the cloudiness in your vision caused by a cataract may affect only a small part of the eye’s lens and you may be unaware of any vision loss. As the cataract grows larger, it clouds more of your lens and distorts the light passing through the lens. This may lead to more noticeable symptoms. Symptoms to cateracts from Mayo Clinic

A once clear vision is slowly covered by a filmy cast. Does this sound like what is around your soul? What was once joyful praise is slowly covered by the need for applause of man to feed you. Deadlines, Performance, Envy, directs the goal to some promised land instead of a life reflecting the Love Relationship with the PROMISED ONE.

God will not allow anyone or anything to sit in His place on the altar. God will not even allow anything or anyone to sit next to Him on the altar.

I am the One Who Rescued You!

Allow yourself to rest in the arms of the One Who loves you and gave to you that special gift. The shadow covering your dreams is not God’s Heart for you. He is the One who rescued you.

God’s Love is free and gentle. Allow Him to do surgery. His desire for you is to walk a clear path, know His Truth and reflect His Heart.

RECEIVE: His Love If anyone or anything is taking His Space, what will you do?

REFLECT: Upon His Love for you. Return to the crazy excitement of your First Love. How does that affect your creativity? No shame! How do you feel? What steps need to change for the Space to be THE CREATOR’S ALONE

RESPOND: through your genre to the time you spend with God. What did you receive from Him?   










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No Longer A Slave

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Day Four

  34-38 Jesus said, “I tell you most solemnly that anyone who chooses a life of sin is trapped in a dead-end life and is, in fact, a slave. A slave is a transient, who can’t come and go at will. The Son, though, has an established position, the run of the house. So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through. John 8: 34-38 MSG









What burdens weigh you down? Bind your mind, body and soul then slap the label SLAVE on top?—–Deadlines? Competition? Performance? Comparison?

I am sorry if this does not sound like a sweet love letter from Jesus, but God wants us to see the barriers keeping us from dancing in freedom.

When I have tunnel vision and I allow performance to be the motivation of my creativity, I become a slave. I may walk around as if everything is running smoothly(although my husband is beginning to ask questions. I get a bit quieter than usual.) The truth is, it feels as though I have a ball and chain pulling down my every step. I am not walking in the truth of how God sees me or His vision for me.

It is so wonderful that God knows the truth of who I am. His love will never leave me. With His sword, He swipes away the thick cords wrapped around me. I am again free to worship.

 When I lie to myself saying, “I have no needs” or to others with, “I have it all together,  I dig a bottomless hole with no way out. Barriers go up to community and to God. That is living as a slave.

Reread the bible verse. Specifically the last line.:

So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through!

We are set free. We can reach for the stars. God gives us community for a little help.

RECEIVE this verse into your soul. Allow God to swipe away the chords binding you.  

Take at least 10 minutes (set a timer so you don’t need to think about it) and REFLECT upon what God wants to share with you. What barriers hold you back from Him, your art, your community, yourself? Ask God if there are ways to consistently walk in deeper freedom in these areas.

RESPOND to what God shared with you. In your specific genre (writing, drawing, photography painting, etc, ) can you express what you received? Are there ways you want to share here in joy and or for accountability?

This site and my Facebook page (Sandi A. Ackerman) are places where you are welcome to share your thoughts and growth. https://www.facebook.com/worshipcreatedream/ Questions are welcome too although I can only guarantee prayer.☺

BE FREE TO WORSHIP AS YOU WERE CREATED!








You are!


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“Learn The UNFORCED Rhythms of Grace”

Day Two

Matthew 11:28-30  (MSG)

28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.









Why do we brush His help aside as if it were an annoying fly?

 Interesting queries.

Is working really hard on a project with our eyes just on completing what is ahead of us actually saying we are co-laboring with God? The more projects, the better?

Are the expectations, the endless meetings, the deadlines – only being used to cover an emptiness inside? Are you saying, “I am ok” on the outside, but an underlying pain does exist? (Working hard might cover a multitude of pains for long time. Is that being honest?)

Is this your reality today?

God is calling His Artists to express from freedom. He wants a connection in and with His Love to flow in what is created.

  How does this intimate reality with God happen? Try this:

Slow down. Spend time with Him!

In a world pulling from all sides this is difficult. There is this “trying to be a good person” inside too. It is crazy. The madness is ALL happening at the same time. And we are expected to create?

In Romans 7 and 8 there are many verses where Paul states “I do what I don’t want to do and I don’t do what I want to do”. God never left Paul in this schizophrenic attempt to figure on his own the best way to serve. Paul was real with God. God was real with Paul. The same is true in your circumstances. God will never leave you.

 Do you trust God? Do you trust His heart is for you. His love is not to lay anything unsuitable on you. His plans for you are good.

OH REALLY??? You may tell me to look at the photo. This yoke business is a mess. This walk is a mess. I admit this walk can be very challenging. Do you want to try it on your own? What does God say when you pair up with Him?

What does it mean to release your burdens and be yoked with God ?

God is creative. What will be released if you are yoked with Him?

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RECEIVE the gift God is giving you about rest and release.

 REFLECT upon the gift in the opening verse. What did you hear in the devotion? Set a timer for at least 10 minutes or more. Be still.  Allow God to share His heart and His love with you. What are the barriers you put up and why? He is gracious. There is never shame in God’s Love.

Come and rest with Me.

RESPOND to what is God asking you to give Him. Write, paint or draw a response of your time with Him.

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BE

FREE

TO

WORSHIP

AS

WERE

CREATED!