This is Love

This is love

This is love

This is Love

The Holy Spirit showed me:

Every day, every minute, time and time again,

You are blotting out my sins, cleansing my heart.

Let me tell anyone who will hear it.

A newborn babe! I’m Your newborn baby!

 

 

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Game Changer for Artists (and Everyone Else)

Chickadee in pastel

Chickadee in pastel

Accepting the fact that my “hobbies” are more than a pastime, has shifted how I feel about spending time on my art and writing. Talk about a game changer!

How open are you to the idea that when you give in to the urge to create, you could be taking a step toward pleasing God?

We create because we are created in the image of the CREATOR by the CREATOR. Creating is one way we get to show Who God is.

Fill in the blanks, to reveal some of your beliefs about the importance of your creativity.

By creating, I _____________________, except ______________________.

By creating, I ­_____________________, so __________________________.

By creating, I _____________________,because ______________________.

By creating, I_____________________, therefore ______________________.

By creating, I_____________________, but __________________________.

By creating, I_____________________, and then ______________________.

By creating, I_____________________, and __________________________.

“Your art, your creative expression, is not just some hobby or mindless activity. Neither is it a waste of time that will not produce anything real. It is, in fact, a window to the heart of God, designed for Him to flow His presence through in order to touch the lives of his people and change the earth.” from Unlocking the Heart of the Artist

 

 

 

 

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Is Your Hobby Something More than Just a Pastime?

Excerpts from “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist” by Matt Tommey

 

Write about a time you were affirmed because of your creativity, artistic expression or uniqueness.

Things we burn for in our lives and in our art are the very things God has birthed within us so that we can reflect His image.

Understanding God’s desire for you to be fully alive is key to your growth as an artist and as a believer. It frees you to be everything you are called to be with no fear, anxiety or worry about who you are or what your life looks like.

Your art, your creative expression, is not just some hobby or mindless activity. Neither is it a waste of time that will not produce anything real. It is, in fact, a window to the heart of God, designed for Him to flow His presence through in order to touch the lives of his people and change the earth.

Have you ever asked God what He wants to say through your art? What if you began to ask God for secrets of His kingdom as it pertains to your creative expression?

Each person is given something to do that shows who God is.

This kingdom journey is not just some meeting we go to, it is the way we choose to live our lives. It is the adventure of flowing with the Spirit of God!

Unlocking the Heart of the Artist

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does this make any sense?

One of Innumerable Examples

 

You could pretend you’re still normal

As you (for example)

Channel surf

Just wantin’ to zone out

And land on yet another

Shockumentary

 

But you carry the SPARK

In your humble paper sack

 

So you

Power off

And write this poem instead

 

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Which line or image grabs you?

A Prayer by Rabindranath Tagore

Let Your love play upon my voice
and rest on my silence.

Let it pass through my heart
into all my movements.

Let Your love, like starts, shine
in the darkness of my sleep
and dawn in my awakening.

Let it burn in the flame of
my desires and flow in
all currents of my own love.

Let me carry Your love in my life
as a harp does its music,
and give it back to You at last
with my life.

Amen.

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Sea Change

coast-50062_640Sea Change

Like tides moved by the moon

I’m splashed across dry sand

Moonlit salty drops

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“Vanishing Grace” Written with Grace

If you read the blurb on Amazon.com about Phillip Yancey’s Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? you might think the book will be a litany of how Christians are messing up at spreading the gospel. In other words, we’ll get a righteous scolding. Who wants to read that?

Fortunately, Yancey doesn’t bash Christians.

In an engaging, honest and non-accusatory tone, Yancey cites examples of Christian statements, attitudes and behaviors that turn others off and turn some against Christianity and Christians.

The analogies are apt and illustrative. The anecdotes are ones I find myself telling others, as in, “Did you know that after Roe vs Wade …?”

There are many take-away messages for Christ’s followers, such as, “Don’t look at others as targets to convert. Look at others as ones who God loves.”

Yancey points out an instructive note in Acts 17 that Paul wisely used when talking to the people about their idols. Yancey doesn’t quote scripture much. So keep your bible handy if you’re kind of new to its contents.

art crosses pastel

 

 

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