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How to Live as a Kingdom Creative

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Creativity always has been and always will be a huge part of my life.

I began recognizing how I was made by the time I reached five, and I never looked back. I may not have understood what that would ultimately mean for my life or how the “artist” would manifest itself, but I never gave up trying. When I would play dolls with friends, it was all about setting up the house and dressing the dolls. What typically comes after was not something I was especially interested in.  I liked the act of creating a reality for the “characters” we played with. Of forming pleasant surroundings for them to do life. Their setting and how it would affect them was primary to my thought process, and once the stage was set, the remainder of the activity ceased to be attractive. I just wanted to create.

Have you ever dreamed of being creative, but just didn’t know where to start?

Have you looked at a blank canvas, and the surging images that once flowed through your mind simply disappear in a flash of gesso-ed white?

This is the story of most creatives – even the working ones, at times. Our muse decides to take a vacation, and we are left holding the brush so to speak. But it doesn’t have to be like this.

We were all, every one of us, made to be Kingdom Creatives. The ability to manifest reality has been implanted in our DNA. We each simply have a different artistic gift. Discovering what yours is can be as simple as picking up a pen to jot what has appeared in your heart and mind or dipping a brush into a colorful array of paint on a palette.

Or you may instead struggle to understand its reality.

Seeing God in the laundry can be a challenge – but maybe you have managed to form a routine that transcends the everyday. I don’t know what your creative reality looks like, but I am sure that you have one.

When I first sat down to draw the pictures that would eventually become “31 Days of Coloring HOPE”, I did not have any ambitions to publish a coloring book.  But something happened in the midst of the sketching: the Holy Spirit showed up. Words began to manifest within the pictures. Words of hope and life. Words that encourage the reader to look just a little bit deeper. It became an expression of God’s love and Hope to those whom He wanted to reach.

God manifests Himself in the world in infinite ways. He is the air we breathe and the food we eat. He is in trees that grow beside the road, and in the very ground we walk upon. He is all and everywhere, therefore it could be argued that everything we do and are, contains His creative Spirit.

When Jesus talked about the Holy Spirit in scripture, he referred to it as the helper. Acts 1:8- Here’s the knowledge you need: you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. And you will be My witnesses, first here….then beyond.

The Holy Spirit is there to help and to empower you to be that creative you were always meant to be.  To go beyond the common and into the divine. To step out and shine God’s light in the world through powerful means. The things you are unable to do on your own? The Holy Spirit will empower you. {He} will give you the ideas and the abilities required to shine that light into the world around you.  Maybe that means through the use of art, maybe not.  Possibly you will be the conduit to share another’s art, and through it, encourage hope and abundant life.

Yes, you were made to be a Kingdom Creative

Even if you do not aspire to craft great works of art that doesn’t  mean that you can’t impart some of the beauty that the creator endowed you with, each day as you lean into it. Keep a journal, doodle a flower, sing a song. Be a part of the incredible world that God has formed around you.

Engage with it

Learn from it

Embrace it

And aspire to love your art – no matter what that means for you

 

creative-faith-logoComing Dec. 1st, 2016:  A new website filled with inspiration, tutorials, encouragement and classes. Step into the pages of scripture and be the Kingdom Creative you were always meant to be.

  • Learn to shine your light in more creative ways
  • Engage in artful practices that will take even the non-artist to a new level of creativity
  • Be encouraged to see the beauty in your surroundings
  • Experience an artist’s journey through tales of true life faith-filled art.

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DREAMS – Write 31:Day 6

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“Dreams are a gift that God places in our hearts, and they are bigger than we could ever imagine.” {Ephesians 3:20}

Ever since I can remember, I have dreamed of being an artist.

As a child I liked to imagine all of the things I could do, create, be. Art was an integral part of my life no matter what I did. When I was with my friends we would imagine worlds where we were someone else – living their lives and experiencing their realities. As I dreamed alone, the books I read or the stuffed animals I played with became my creative outlet. Books especially transported me into another world and gave me perspective and sometimes the words that helped me define who I was.

As I grew older my creative world took a back seat to life as it crashed into the shore of my reality. For years I set aside those creative desires in favor of family, friends and life in the now. I didn’t realize it until recently that every endeavor of my life was in an effort to find my way back to who I was. But I was never able to capture the essence of it, and my true dreams were buried deep.

But if we push our dreams aside – do we lose a part of ourselves in the process?

Those dreams, desires, and some admittedly awkward quirks, are who we were made to be.  It was how we were created by the Master Artist Himself.

To deny our dreams is to deny our very being.

My children are mostly grown now, and the nest keeps threatening abandonment… and truly I feel a bit of sadness.  But as that emptiness invades, another sort of filling is occurring – a rediscovery of my creative side. The tools and media that I have longed to explore for so many years has slowly been infiltrating my days, and within them I am discovering again: myself.

Can I encourage you?

I don’t know what stage of life you are in right now, whether alone time is at a premium, or your days are your own, but spend some time today rediscovering your dreams. Even 5 minutes. Carve out a piece for you even if it is to simply daydream about the possibilities. Those dreams were placed there for a reason by your Heavenly Father who knows you best. They are a pathway to your future happy, the conduit for discovering who you are in this vast beautiful world that we live in.  They are the gift that you have always been wanting, the one that will satisfy you beyond anything you could ever imagine.

Those dreams begin to make sense when considered along with the Source of them – with the One who placed them within you. It is in the intimacy of that relationship that all of the pieces will fall into place. Your dreams will become the reality of exactly who you were always meant to be.  And the HOPE for your future will blossom in its discovery.

He knows who you are – do you?

2dreamsDid you like this post? Please consider sharing it with a friend.  Post it on your facebook page, twitter feed, pinterest, or post your colored picture on instagram…where ever you think someone can use a little HOPE. Don’t forget to click on the picture above to download the pdf version of the HOPE picture.  Color and share, or enjoy yourself.

God bless your day!