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WHY CREATE III

“ Let the simplest relation toward a fellow human being even if is only embodied in the act of buying from the market, passing on the street, or during some transactions be recognized as a true heart meeting of the  that human soul. Let our eyes perceive deeper than the surface. …. Whatever the simple or seemingly insignificant degree of such interaction, let it’s outcome be  in truth and friendliness “

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George MacDonald  The Gentlewoman’s Choice.₁

The Christian writer has a fantastic opportunity to go with her reader  far beyond dialogue and activities. Interwoven throughout the story, the writer can take words she receives from her own personal quiet time with God and share them in a unique fashion. For example, in the retelling of George MacDonalds’s  novel THE GENTLEWOMAN’S CHOICE,  one stays in the context of the story, but also comes to terms with a teaching of how Jesus wants us to relate with each other  in daily living. Expressing God’s heart is not limited to the genre of non-fiction.  A poet and fiction writer with  her ear close to the heart of God can be a conduit if she so chooses.  .

To create in  this style of writing is no  simple matter. One needs to write with quality without preaching. . To have depth, it must reflect the author’s own intimate time spent with Jesus. .

                                 

DOES GOD NEED THE  CREATIVES TO ACCOMPLISH HIS GOALS?

 

The answer is a resounding NO!  God has the capabilities to  express whatever He wishes in whatever manner He wishes. Does God  want the created seed within us to bloom and join in the dance with Him because He loves us?

 

Absolutely YES!

 

As artists, why do we create? Why do we give physical form to a voice, a message, a picture inside our being?  Our pastor shared  in a message,  we all have a need to be seen, to be noticed.  A question to ask as we create might be: where does the approval  we seek NEED to come from?

NEED IS NOT THE CALL!

 Are we willing to release our minds and souls to the One who created us thereby only walking  on His path.. There are many  topics calling for words, but listening to God’s heart for His direction frees our creativity.  Madeline Lengle  from Walking on Water. puts it this way “ to be an artist means to approach  the light, and that means to let go our control and allow our whole selves to be placed with absolute faith in that which is greater than we are”.₂
What I am asking?  : Are we willing to take the time to sit and listen to God’s heart? Are we writers and artists who long to create for the reason to WORSHIP God in Spirit and Truth? Is there a passion put there by God, where we are willing to use our gifts as the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT to express in a way that will touch the soul?

It may take time to wait and LISTEN! It may take developing the craft to deeper levels. We may need to slow down to notice, to BREATH !   Waiting is hard. Deadlines are out there.

The world needs the response of creatives who are listening to God’s heart and  obey.

 

Will you know when He speaks ?  Pay attention to the ladybug on your lap, the gentle breeze as you walk your kids to the bus stop, or  the siren screaming  past your house. God is speaking  in these voices?

WHY CREATE?

ARTIST  WHO HAVE AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS HAVE THE FOUNDATION  FOR THE GREATEST LOVE STORY.

 

The creative with Jesus as their Savior has a deep true reality to draw from  and share .

 

Psalm. 89:15-17 MSG

Blessed are the people who know the passwords of praise,

who shout on parade in the bright presence of God.

Delighted, they dance all day long; they know

who you are, what you do—they can’t keep it quiet!

Your vibrant beauty has gotten inside us—

you’ve been so good to us! We’re walking on air!

All we are and have we owe to God,

Holy God of Israel, our King!

 

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Why do you create?

Be

Free

To

WORSHIP

 As

You

Were

CREATED!

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₁George Macdonald THE GENTLEWOMAN’S CHOICE. (Michal R. Phillips, Editor) ©1987 , P. 46

₂Luci Shaw BREATH FOR THE BONES © 2007 P 109

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WHY CREATE II

Come to me weary number 2

Could there be  reasons to bring out beauty other than benefiting others? God may see a need deep within the soul of the creator for His gentle touch.

Luci Shaw wrote in  BREATH FOR THE BONES,  about a Canadian woman on the prairie in the 1870’s who journal-ed in her diary  the benefits of her quilt-making. “I make them warm to keep my family from freezing; I make them beautiful to keep my heart from breaking.”1 This woman knew the movement of her fingers going through the fabric squares, stitching each cotton scrap together, was the way she loved her family gave them  warmth to survive the frigid winters.

For the quilt maker,  the up and down movement of the needle brought life to her soul. As the different quilting patches bloomed into various quilting patterns before her eyes,  (log cabin, wedding ring, flower basket),  she was able to survive the harsh cold winter. Creativity brought warmth to her soul so she could survive the frigid winters.

” It  (Beauty) fills an emptiness in you that nothing else under the sun can”. 2

Why do we need beauty

Creating beauty reaches to the pain and  even does battle against it. We may not set out with head held high waving a banner saying, “ I am going to beat this”, as we write or paint, but we engage in a subtle battle  all the same.  Is it because we did not ask for the fight in the first place?

Do we ask for the pain that strikes with heavy blows without warning?

Depression, Cancer, Chronic Pain?  

As Christians,  if we are honest, the word WHY makes its way into our vocabulary. We live in a world that is not totally redeemed. We are attacked by the same physical and emotional  encounters as people who do not know the Love of Jesus.

The creative Christian  has a unique opportunity to explore and work with God if the artist is opened to hear His Voice.  God gives these artists an opportunity to actually fight through word and other crafts by  bringing a beautiful aromatic rose into view even though it is surrounded in thorns.IMG_0289

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A friend of mine was struck with cancer. Depression set in as much of the normal life style she knew seemed to elude her. Even though the cancer itself did not conquer her life and her basic trust in Jesus was still strong, life was so different.

God had big  plans for His daughter.  Beauty was used not only to help relieve her pain  but to pour refreshing waters  into dry areas of her soul. How?

Photography

This creative form was introduced to her by her husband. My friend not only discovered the beauty of nature through the camera,  but she slowed down to take in a deeper part of God’s creation through the Macro lens.

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Why Create?

For the woman on the prairie it was a matter of survival. The bloom of the creative patterns gave her the ability to “hang on”.  In the words of my friend, “ it was about refocusing and seeing through fresh eyes. The cancer was exhausting and consumed an entire year. one I pretty much lost. Photography helped me. look at the world through fresh eyes. Perspective”

WHY CREATE?

If you read the paper, listen to the news or look at the ticker tape on the TV, pain is an everyday occurrence.  A Christian knows  and lives the truth that God’s Kingdom is present at but we do not always experience  the physical reality of that Kingdom through out every day.

Slowing down and creating  allows the coming together of hearing God’s heart and expressing what is heard.   See His beauty in the flower and capture it in a photo or painting. Through story,  express in words the pain God feels  and the depth of release one can experience in total forgiveness.  As an individual, ask for a new lens to be released from your own previous pain. The result may be in prose  or paintings  setting you  free  to go into  deeper worship.

Sit with Jesus. Spend time in His love for you. During those sweet seasons, express what takes place. It may never be laid out for anyone other than the two of you, but what is created may just be the deepest expression you ever know.

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Be

Free

To

Worship

As

You

Were

Created!

Creating is God’s gift to you and God’s gift through you to others. In these last two posts, review  how is God calling you to go deeper in your creating?   We are on this journey together.

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Thank you so much to Luci Shaw and her book BREATH FOR THE BONES. It is very helpful for one wanting to go deeper in creating beauty and engaging with Our Creator.

1 Luci Shaw BREATH FOR THE BONES, Art, Imagination and Spirit. ©2007 p27

2 Ibid p,28


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View with a New Lens

Wobbling back and forth, oozy  wounds roughly covered with torn rags.. Sores, no ability to feel pain. I cannot bathe anywhere because the lesions fall into the water contaminating anything and everything. The area around  me wreaks as my body is slowly decaying.

What is worse? The condemnation of my body,  or the condemnation of my mind and soul?  My body will never allow a gentle touch or a kind word. What was my sin? I did not ask for this? Why am I receiving such harsh treatment?

 

A soft voice flows past  which I can barely understand. One ear is partially gone. Is the voice talking to me? Voices coming in my direction have been harsh and cruel. Each word is usually followed by a series of stones and sticks. Now my mind cannot comprehend a voice where the decibels are not barbarous and pitiless.

Jesus did not stop with the outer layer. He looked at the  inner beauty His Father created. With the Lens His Father had given Him, Jesus knew the freedom I am  still called to experience. I needed not only the deep cleansing from the outer decay. I would need an even deeper  cleansing of an inner decay toward all those who hurt me and refused to help me.

 

Jesus takes my hand. My first reaction is to shrink back. His holiness shakes my sins to shout louder than my leprosy.

. “Why would this Man touch me?”

 

Jesus eyes come to mine.  Peace settles into my soul. Peace washes over my body.. Healing sweeps over me. I feel the strange sensation of a smile come to my lips. I hear the sound of pleasant child hood  laughter and a bird’s song.
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I receive the inner and outer healing to live the creative story God intended for me.

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This teeny obscure flower is not a big eye catcher in the  restaurant herb garden . Compared to the beautiful orange flowers edging the garden for decorations, the yellow one probably doesn’t get second glance.

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It takes a special lens to bring out the beauty inside the yellow flower. The size did not attract me and I needed to take extra work to get deep inside.  It not only took recognizing the lack of my camera but I had to  recognize my need for the correct lens. I had a lack. I had a need.

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The same is true in life.

 

There are situations in life where the lens I use is not adequate. To see the inner beauty of God’s creation, no matter what it is, I have to recognize my lack. I have to recognize my need.

Some inner beauties we all may need a new lens from time to time:

  • family members
  • someone who votes differently than you
  • an art work when it is passed by
  • a book proposal getting rejected for the third (or fourth or fifth) time.
  • Please do not end the list here. Ask God, what inner beauty around you  is being missed, has a lack, has a need?

Jesus saw the beauty of the leper through the lens of His Father’s Heart. We miss the beauty of God’s Heart when we are unwilling to use His Lens to look at this world.

 

The proper lens makes a world of difference.

 

Be

Free

To

Worship

As

You

Were

Created!

 

 Forgiveness through God’s Heart and taking His hand will allow us to be free to worship as we were created.  You are welcome to comment and share. We are on this journey together.


TAKE A SLOW WALK THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES

If you have been reading my posts or following my other social media, I have suggested you slow down and live reflectively. Take deep breaths in the present time God is gifting you. Contemplate as you create to take in what God is sharing with you.   Do not dwell in the past because that has past. Do not fret  the future because you are not walking that path right now. Take God’s hand as He walks you through the joys (or tears) of the now.

Easier said than done. The past affects the present  and the future is our tomorrow’s present.

How we allow God to walk  us through the present and help deal with the past will affect how the future is handled.

Do these books look familiar? If not,  that is OK. They are my current GO TO  books for encouragement, inspiration and challenge.Jpeg

Margaret Feinberg’s book seems to speaks to points of my need at the right time.

Proverbs ground us in the life God intends”.1

If I want to be grounded in the life God intends for me, I need to do more with Proverbs than slide over the words as a mere check off  to-do box. This is a relationship.

The second book, The Reflective Life has tools to help implement a reflective life into our everyday life. The Growth Of The Reflective Life (Part VI)  includes help with the scriptures.

Do you think it is possible to have a fresh breath of the Words of Solomon?

Can these word have the same affect on a modern 21st century reader as they did when Solomon first heard them?

In the section entitled “ Reflecting on the Scriptures”  Ken takes the passage  Luke 10:38-42. and shows how he uses the  following items  to help  obtain the fresh wind for himself.

  • READING THE MOMENT
  • REFLECTING THE MOMENT
  • RESPONDING TO THE MOMENT
  • PRAY THROUGH THE PASSAGE
  • GIVE THE PASSAGE A PLACE TO LIVE IN YOUR HEART2
    These contemplative actions are slow and  deliberate engagements to connect with our Creator. They can be worked through all the scriptures.   The last  two sit at the Master’s feet and listen. The last two take the Master’s hand and go where He leads.

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The following is an example of the gift I received as I took deep steps to respond to a reading in Proverbs  using Ken’s reflections guide  As you allow yourself to go deeper, be open to life changing possibilities.

Proverbs 15:31-32 New Living Translation (NLT)

31 If you listen to constructive criticism,
    you will be at home among the wise.

32 If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself;
    but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.

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What do you have for me God?

As a creative person, criticism is one of the last things I may  initially want  to  hear. I know I work hard to make physical, the beauty my mind and soul is enjoying, whether it is through writing, photography or fiber arts (knitting /crocheting).

The truth is, what does God want? “ If I listen to constructive criticism, I will be at home among the wise .”

“If I reject criticism, I only harm myself, but if I listen to correction I will grow in understanding.” (The One Year Bible NLT. I changed the nouns to make it personal as you read it.)

Verse 32 is a bit sharper in the results of one who does not take criticism

Those who disregard discipline despise themselves,

but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.NIV

What do you hear?

Is there a past pain causing rejection from any critique?  If you do not discipline yourself in the creativity God is calling you, are you being true to yourself and what He wants to share.  Does perfection and comparison from the past or fear of the future keep you from living in the present?  Allow Him to come inside. He is gentle.

 

 

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Taking a slower walk through the scriptures will allow you to hear God’s voice, HIS JOY, HIS TRUTH.  As you walk deeper in His Kingdom,  the passage will have a place in your heart. It cannot help but flow out. Join me as we walk deeper. Your creativity will reflect that walk.

Wild flowers are beautiful

Be

Free

To

Worship

As

You

Were

Created!




1 Margaret Feinberg FLOURISH  Live Loved Live Fearless Live Free. ⓒ2016 p52
2 Ken Gire THE REFLECTIVE LIFE ©1998 pp 107-120


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Nurture a Reflective Life —Slow Down

Contemplative Photography is taking me into a deeper adventure.   All new adventures bring with it something a  bit daunting. I open the door asking God, what is ahead of  me. As I gaze upon a blooming flower, or see dark clouds cover the sky, is the message being shared reflecting  the beauty of God’s creation alone , or is He motioning me to — Come further up, come further in!” ― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle.

Put the words “Nurture a reflective life” and ” Be contemplative in my photography” together.  But how?

SLOW DOWN IN WHAT! SLOW DOWN TO WHAT?

  • Activities?
  • My mind?
  • Walking?

Will this “slowing down” automatically happen if my body stops doing?  Probably not. The mind can frantically race with yesterday’s events and tomorrow’s needs while the body is lying in bed.

Being  reflective  is making an active decision to engage in the surroundings. Going deeper than the top layer.

WHAT IS GOD SAYING?

CAN I FEEL HIS TOUCH, HIS LOVE IN THE GENTLE BREEZE AS IT PASSES BY MY FACE ?

HOW CAN I REFLECT THIS TOUCH IN A PHOTO AND SHARE HIS HEART?

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                                                                                      Tammy Morton’s photo entitled:

                                                                                                         ” THEY TEACH US TO DREAM”1

Is it possible to slow down and reflect in the rush  of daily activities?  In the course of routine housework, am I willing to mentally or emotionally slow down, take God’s  hand and reflect on His Words to me?  The beauty of nature, color all around,  waves of the lake lapping against the rocks, a walk through the woods,

 

have a greater  intensity for intimate interaction with my Creator than cleaning the kitchen. I can imaging slowing down and reflecting in a sunrise.

How can I slow down and reflect, let alone create with a photo through daily chores?  Mindless, thoughtless, repetitive cleaning do not compose a creative story.

 

The first question might be: 1.Do I want to take the mental energy  to engage to create space for God to enter into the chores? —-  2. Does God really care to enter into my time of cleaning? I know He is with me always, but really, intimate chats  while doing housework?

  • Slow Down
  • Be Present in the Moment
  • Take a Long Loving Look at the Real.
  • What is God Saying Now?

Reflection Through a Veggie Drawer.

 I needed to put the groceries away. The veggie drawer was covered with yellow onion skins so I decided to dump these out. Then I would give the drawer a quick swipe.   😝 Thinking about my photography assignment, I ask  God, “Is there something You want to show me?

I used these  tools from  The Reflective Life by Ken Gire.2

  • Read the moment—Using my  eyes to see what’s on the surface.
  • Reflecting on the moment -Engaging my  mind to see what’s beneath the surface.
  • Responding to the moment –  Giving what I saw and received  a place to live in my heart, allowing it to grow there, upward to God and outward to other people.

An interesting cleaning experience took place.

I needed to scrub extra hard in cleaning the icky sticky goo I found close to the ridges. These ridges  took longer to clean than I wanted to give my attention to the whole drawer cleaning business.  In fact, the cleaning  was getting  boring. Thoughts began to race “Did I really want to make sure the drawer was thoroughly clean? All sticky goo gone? (Remember, at first, I was only going to dump the loose skins into the garbage . 😄 )

What was  God’s response to the sticky goo hiding next to the ridges no one sees inside of me, the gunk hard to get at?  The outside is nice and clean, but there are areas where some stuff  needs more time to (re)move.

God will never leave a job half done.

 God started with the outer layer and cleaned away the onion skins.  God then looks deeper and says “I will stay with you and clean the icky sticky goo hidden inside. I will gently clean til  the job is completed.

WHY?

Years ago I said YES to Him  and I desire His beauty to reflect through me.

(6being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil. 1:6 NIV)

Who knew the simple non creative job of cleaning a veggie drawer could bring me into the throne room to  interact with my Savior and Friend?

As a result the connection of slowing down I created two photos from my cleaning.

 

Be willing to enter into the moment. Slow your brain down. All you have is the reality right in front of you. The Creator of the Universe is at hand at all times to engage in the moment with you.

Slowing  down is not easy in the fast paced world. Feel free to share your victories and your battles. We are on this road together.

 Be

free

To

Worship

As

You

Were

Created!


1Thank you Tammy Morton for saying Yes and allowing me to us this picture.

2THE REFLECTIVE LIFE (Becoming More Spiritually Sensitive to the Everyday Moments of Life) by Ken Gire © 1998 p.88.


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I AM LOVED

  “But the man who is not afraid to admit everything that he sees to be wrong with himself, and yet recognizes that he may be the object of God’s love precisely because of his shortcomings, can begin to be sincere. His sincerity is based on confidence, not in his own illusions about himself, but in the endless, unfailing mercy of God.1

  • Comparison
  • Pride
  • Perfectionism
  • Fear of being overlooked.

WHAT A CONUNDRUM!

Is  this is the same intense roller coaster emotional ride everyone experiences? YIKES! Or is it just certain types?   Probably every  number  to some degree.   (Blame that bit of information on reading my son’s book,

The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr)

Creative people are very passionate.   God  sets our heart and soul free to feel  intense wonder when creating. This intensity  deals with  bitter devastation when the creation  fails or is rejected.

The creative personality runs the gamut in joy and pain. Am I right?

If one is Unwilling to allow God to bring peace and a sense of His centered ness,  the gate will continue to swing back and forth without end.

What is it like to be creative?

Creative Definition (adjective)

  1. resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative:

The story is fiction. The stories from our past can start our future stories.

Imagine yourself as a young child,  working on a family drawing all afternoon. The excitement inside can hardly be contained. You finish the yellow in the sun. The last smile on the youngest child is drawn.  The gift is spontaneous with no special reason for the labor. Just imaginative expression.

A bounce in your step takes you and your art work to the room where your parents are sitting. You wonder, which parent will raise their eyes first. As you stand for what seems an eternity, neither adult leaves their reading material. Your excitement wanes.

Suddenly, a sibling flies in the back door, BANG, shouting, ” We Won.”

Paper and book drop. Parents simultaneously  rise to check  what the commotion is about.

You droop back to your room. The art work goes in the waste basket.

Whether a creative in a sports family or an athletic in a family that values education. The label taken on is the same:

What I do is not important. I am not important.

Can you identify with this little girl? At that point, a strong STORY may be  constructed  not only in the creative realm but for life. “I am not seen for what I  enjoy.”

Will that be the basis of your life’s decisions?

Either :

  •  I will do what I want and I don’t care because no one else does or
  • I will BE what others want to see. I do not count.

Neither of these choices allow you to flow as the unique person God created you. You are not free to Worship Him or BE  yourself  within community.

How does this get resolved?

JESUS!

“This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!” ― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle”

As I spend time with Jesus, I find the centered ness of His creativity in me. The gift of my connection in Him is intimate, special and deep. That is the joy I want to share. Merton’s quote challenges me, to not be afraid, to be real and face the the pains from my past. I have to boldly realize the inner fear of rejection as a reality inside. It attacks  now sometimes, when expressing an  inner excitement.  In God’s grace and acceptance of me,  how will it  be handled? Will I know WHOSE  I am if the gift offered, is not received the same way it is given out?

The discovery of His center ness  may come as a powerful waterfall.

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Jesus through the Holy Spirit  brings peace and calm.  One comes to the other.  He controls the flow.

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The healing of  past hurts, brings freedom to present the flow. Less and less of my pain is  keeping the true reality of how He loves me from showing  through. Jesus tells me to Hang On. The truth in what He is declaring to  me is more beautiful than I can ever imagine.

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I AM A DAUGHTER OF THE KING!

I HAVE BEEN CALLED TO SHARE GOD’S HEART!

I AM LOVED!

How are you called to be released from past lies placed upon you? God loves you. He calls you His beloved. Receive and be released.

Be

Free

To

Worship

As

You

Were

Created!

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I am here to read thoughts you want to share.  We are on this creative journey together. I would like to encourage you in anyway I can. Leave a comment here or  join my Writer’s Facebook page.  You do not need to walk this path alone. ♥
1― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/god-s-love


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HAPPY NEW YEAR

JpegHere I am returning from a fantastic vacation with my family.  Christmas  in  sunny warm  Orlando, Florida, was a sharp contrast to the normal  cold snowy ones in Duluth,  Minnesota.

The weather was green and balmy outside any where from  50-80 degrees. ♥

While inside, the decorations were warm and cozy.

Even though we took time off from our regular daily schedules so far from home, it is wonderful to know there is One who NEVER takes a vacation.

He won’t let you stumble,

   your Guardian God won’t fall asleep.

Not on your life! Israel’s

   Guardian will never doze or sleep.

                                                                           Ps.121 4-5 MSG

When God has a plan for His loved ones, He will carry it out, you can rest assure of that. How he chooses to do it is completely up to Him. Why?

He is God.

Bringing the Savior of all mankind into the world by birthing Him in an animal stall is not exactly what most people would call a good social promotion move.  ( What was He thinking? His own Son born in a barn???)

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To be totally honest, aren’t we a little two faced sometimes?   We have a problem and finally decide to say a quick prayer.  A precarious predicament comes about and we don’t know what to do. We then actually ask God what He wants. We receive the answer to the prayer  and our response is : “ AWWW NO”  or we look at what He expects us to do and our reaction is: “You have got to be kidding”!

Tenderly the gift is still extended. The loving hand never recoils.

“God has never failed. He’s never not delivered. He has an amazing track record that is completely trustworthy.  Skylar Turek Message Duluth Vineyard 12/31/16

In Orlando, we each had  a wonderful but challenging opportunity.  Before Christmas Day, we were to write on a piece of paper, a gift we wanted to give Baby Jesus.

What would you write on  that sheet of paper?

On Christmas Day  shared  our gifts.

This was mine…

“We don’t just put up with our limitations; we celebrate them, and then go on to celebrate every strength, every triumph of the truth in you. We pray hard that it will all come together in your lives. 2 Cor. 13:9

My limitations keep me from rejoicing and running at times in the freedom I have in You.  I see  age, causing memory dips,  hearing rips,  physical blips, not allowing me to boldly run the race as I once did. To be honest, it makes me sad.

As I  read   2 Cor. 13, V 9, I offer a strange gift to You. I offer my Fear.  It is not a pretty gift. It is not a majestic gift.   In some respects, I see it is similar to a piece of coal which you definitely do not deserve.

A piece of coal is worked with until it finally becomes a beautiful gem. With this gift of fear, I see the same process happen. Work with my fear and through my fears  so all the worship and creativity You are so worthy of, is free to express itself.”

Tears came flowing because I knew my weakness was not a pretty gift.

It was also not one He rejects.

Each time I hear, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” (2 Cor 12: 9-10) New Living Translation will I be able to boast? To be honest, probably not all the time. I still see through a dirty lens at times. God does not recoil His Hand. His gift is still extended.

In beginning this new year I will ask you a few questions:

  1. What would you have written on the sheet of paper as your gift to Jesus?
  2. Have you ever answered God with a “You Have Got to Be Kidding!” to His response when you pray?
  3. If you wish to share one of your own “God amazing love stories regarding His unfailing track record”, I would love to hear it.

Creativity and Worship are expressed in life through bounteous forms. We have a Magnificent God lovingly drawing  out  what He put inside.

What stops us from living the wonderful, creative worship filled  life available to us?
This next year through creative stories, personal adventures, your input, we will go on a journey to open doors. We will discover ways to say yes and what barriers  keep us from seeing God’s extended hand.  This will release not only life in us but to share what we receive with the world.

I returned to snowy Minnesota.

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