Sunday, November 16, 2014

Living Out Our Sacred Creativity

'Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives.
 
That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better or worse.  We have far more interesting things to do with our lives.
 
Each of us is an original.
 
Live creatively, friends ...'
- Galatians 5, 6 {The Message}
 
 


Wow, Lord!
 
Thanks for every ounce of those creative juices that flow through our veins.  We're kind of in awe at the glorious rainbow of artistic quirks and limitless talents and distinctive abilities You've given each of Your children ... and the multitude of splendid, yet often subtle ways our own individual bent manifests itself.
 
Yes, this sacred creativity resides deep within each one us.
 
Free us from anything that would keep Your beauty from glowing vibrantly in our daily tasks, our winsome play, our artistic endeavours.  And for heaven's sake, please halt our fruitless comparisons with others because that waste of energy does nothing but stifle the specific grace-gifts You've so wisely placed into our lives.
 
Remind us that we are fearfully and wondrously made.  And increase our faith, our call to live out that wondrous truth in the unique person that you've shaped us to be.
 
In Jesus' Name ~
Amen.
 
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The job of the artist is to create,
to honestly offer what she has without
demanding a return on her investment ...

But there is freedom in making art anyway,
regardless of salary, accolades,
attention, progress, success,
or any other outcome
you might want.
~   emily freeman   ~
 
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26 comments:

  1. I love that God has made us all different. What a boring world it would be if not.

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    1. Amen, Bill. Oh to truly give each other the freedom to soar ...

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  2. I grew up around 'arty, creative" people who were really just posers, using creativity as a shield for self-indulgence.

    It took me a long time to realize that true creativity is akin to picking up our own cross and following Jesus. It takes discipline and sacrifice, with an eye toward what glorifies the Almighty.

    The artist is merely the messenger.

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    1. Using creativity as a shield for self-indulgence OR using those God-given gifts to bring Him great glory and pleasure.

      Yes, yes, Andrew. What a huge night and day difference.

      May we never head off to that self-absorbed sphere ...

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  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I needed to hear this today. God had spoken to me through your beautiful words, thank you, Linda xx

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    1. When I read what you shared on your blog at the same time I posted this sabbath piece, I could only smile and thank God for the way our hearts resonated, for the creative direction we both were headed ... I love how He does that, don't you?

      Blessings as you continue to explore that deeply artistic arena of your life, Yuko!

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  4. Beautiful thoughts!

    Yes, I love how uniquely He has created each of us...how we each are created to reflect a different aspect of His glory.


    Thanks for sharing, Linda!

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    1. Truly glad you've jumped on in to the conversation here today, Joe. Welcome!

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  5. Hi Linda! How fun to know that we are all inner artists, with so much to give, so much to express. And whether we get rich or not, it all needs to come out, so why not let it flow? We have to let those gifts find an outlet because God is waiting to see how we use the toys he gave us!
    Happy to be back from vaca with my sister? Well...maybe....
    Great to see you today :)
    Ceil

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    1. For years I thought that artists wore felt berets and stood at an easel with a palatte and a paint brush in their hands. Over time, I learned that this definition is far too limited, for we serve the Master Designer who has given us each some kind of creative bent!

      And it's kind of fun to explore how that plays out for each of us as we move through the different seasons of life.

      Welcome home, Ceil. I betcha wish you were still were walking the beaches, yes? We'll have to get you out here when it's warmer than 40 degrees!

      ;-}

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  6. LOVE! As I was reading your words, I immediately thought of Emily Freeman so I was glad to see her quote. Her book A Million Little Ways had such an impact on me and her words were so freeing-we all are artists and our art is unique and worth sharing. Blessed by this post and you!

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    1. Yep, I'm an Emily fan. Her grace-words, creative spirit, and gentle soul really touch me somewhere deep, Mary. {And her end of the month link-up is always a party!}

      ;-}

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    2. I might have to check out her link up! I have not done that before! I did go to her session at Allume and loved every minute of it.

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    3. Would love to hear all about it ... shoot me an email it you have time, ok?

      ;-}

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  7. It blows my mind how many different things God created in each of us in order to express Him! We just have to figure out what those are. :)

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    1. The sky's the limit with the One who created every speck and particle of the universe! Kind of cool, yes?


      ;-}

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  8. This made me think of a Storyline Quote I shared yesterday. I'm doing another series on FB which I know you are not on. I do plan to compile all the quotes and images at the end of the month on my blog. But for now, here's the quote: "God doesn't compare what He creates, and we shouldn't either. Just go be you." Bob Goff. I love the reminder not to compare, but also to just go be the unique person God created us to be. Much love to you, friend. xoxo

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    1. We're tracking heart to heart, aren't we, Beth! Thanks for keeping us Facebook-less friends in the loop ... I look forward to reading what you've pulled together for us.

      You're a sweetheart!

      ;-}

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  9. Love your posts, Linda...always encouraging and filled with creativity...thank you also for stopping by and leaving your uplifting comments on my post this morning from over at Holley's place...you are a winner!

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    1. I love that we can live out that 'encourage one another daily' mandate in this little corner of the online world, Beth. So good for me to visit back and forth with you this morning ...

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  10. "Each of us is an original." Who doesn't like that thought? I'm so glad God made you just like he did, Linda! You're a blessing to our community of bloggers and to me personally. Special indeed!

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    1. Oh Lisa ... how you've blessed me with your encouraging words today. I needed them so.

      Thank you, lovely friend ...

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  11. Beautiful prayer, Linda! I absolutely love being creative, but I definitely struggle with comparing myself to others and getting frustrated with my abilities. I absolutely love Emily Freeman's A Million Little Ways. It's one of my favorite books. Thank you for this, my friend! Every inspiring word :).

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    1. I know, I hear you about the whole comparison thing, Candace. It can be a hard battle in this online world with its stats and numbers and comments and friends that way too easily define us. Talk about a creativity block!

      What I want to do, more and more, is see myself as HE sees me. And then I am enough.

      Yes?

      ;-}

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  12. Love this post, Linda!
    Sharing.

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    1. Wow! Love that you've unearthed this oldie!

      Thanks, Donna ...

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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