Creative Call: Beginning Again

Have you been thinking about your creative call?

I found God in a little meet-up volunteering for my soon-to-be step-son’s football camp yesterday! He brought me the worship leader for a local church I have been thinking about checking out. It didn’t take long to discover we had a God-appointed meeting! She and I had so much in common! I believe she will be my daughter’s new piano teacher and maybe her voice coach as well. Her son and my daughter will start 6th grade together this fall. We both agreed, God is Good! We had a nice talk about the need for more music and arts in the community and her desire for strings in her church program. As I mentioned in my first post, I have neglected my passion for music the last few years. God is calling me out. Time for the next season of my journey to begin. My cello will be happy to get some attention!

What gift has God been calling you to reawaken?

Like every book, every story and every life, there is a BEGINNING!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:1-3.

Author, Janice Elscheimer writes, “What a powerful image for artists who are just beginning to awaken their creativity: the Savior as the Word, through whom all things were made. Through the Word, the process of creation began. And through God’s Word, our creative renewal will begin as well…. God has created us with our own artistic language – our “words” are the way we express ourselves creatively.” “Whether you are seeking to discover or to reawaken the artist within you, the work you do will bring to light your unique creative language, the artistic language that only you can speak through the power of the Holy Spirit and by his inspiration.”

AN ARTIST’S CREED
I (we) believe my talents are a gift from God, and I am to use them to fulfill his purposes in my life and in his world. I humbly acknowledge and accept my gifts as I ask to receive God’s vision for how I am to use them. I ask the Holy Spirit to free me from self-doubt and self-absorption. I pray this work will bring me into closer alignment with God’s plan for me as I seek to bring my gifts and talents to light and to become the whole and complete person he intends me to be.
Amen.

EXERCISE TIME

I think an artist is: _______________________________________________ (your answer here).

 

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  • Pamela Grover

    Read through the book to Chapter 1. Will begin Chapter 1 soon…

    Loved what I read already and wanted to share it here:
    “Instead of hoping that finding ourselves will result in practicing our art again, we need to realize that only through LOSING ourselves and becoming reliant on God can we discover how to use those gifts the way he wants us to use them. We will find the artist God intends us to be when we empty ourselves of SELF and become open to His plan and to the inspiration of His Holy Spirit. Only then will we experience personal artistic renewal.”

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!

    • lisa

      Pam, thank you for your insight into how this book relates to your journey. I think a lot of us can relate to what you are saying. Isn’t it true, we focus on ourselves, our needs and what we want so much of the time that it becomes sort of an abstract thought to “LOSE OURSELVES” in some way. It is one of those opposite attracts kind of things where, when you lose yourself to things that you think seem right and listen to the promptings of the Spirit, your life can open up in exciting ways. It opens you to things that come naturally, not things you strive and stretch for necessarily, but come through hard work at things you love. It happens out of love. That love, ultimately from God who first gave you those gifts that give the soul joy, which cannot but be shared with those that experience those talents and gifts, whatever they may be.

      • Deyvis

        I want to finish my thoghut here. If God treated us fairly Jesus would have never died on the cross. and we would have never been offered salvation. I praise God that He loves me, He never fails me and He goes to plan B and on. Look ho w He blessed Israel, they sinned and went away from God countless times, but He was faithful and loved them any way. Romans 5:8 But God commended His love toward us, in that while we were sinners Christ died for us. Praise be to God!

    • Rafet

      I often believe that I have been such a dsnappoiitment. But, know that when God sees me he sees Jesus. But, here is what I often think about. If God sees Jesus who died for all of our sins, what does Jesus see when he looks down on earth. I try so very hard to be a good person and when I try really hard, I fail. But, when I run to Jesus to say I am sorry, he holds out his arms takes me into a tight hug and tells me it is okay. Go try again but, let me help you. Each day is better than the day before.

  • Howard Eakins

    Appreciate you sharing, great blog post.Thanks Again. Will read on…

  • silver price

    It was the one with the smallest gift who left his talent unimproved. In this is given a warning to all who feel that the smallness of their endowments excuses them from service for Christ. If they could do some great thing, how gladly would they undertake it; but because they can serve only in little things, they think themselves justified in doing nothing. In this they err. The Lord in His distribution of gifts is testing character. The man who neglected to improve his talent proved himself an unfaithful servant. Had he received five talents, he would have buried them as he buried the one. His misuse of the one talent showed that he despised the gifts of heaven.

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