“Though few of us would call ourselves creative, that amazing grace-gift is woven straight into our DNA. As we engage with God, He ignites our curiosity, waking us to wonder and the joy of possibility.” Cindee Snider Re

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 ESV

CREATIVITY IS A LIFELONG PURSUIT

Every person since the beginning of time has been, is now, and will be until the end of time, creative.

We, the Body of Christ, are one great big, extravagant, creative community, and together, we represent the fullness of our Creator God here on earth. Yet relatively few of us would call ourselves creative.

Why?

Somewhere along the path to adulthood, many of us took off our creative hats, set them aside, and never looked back, instead investing our time and talents in “more productive” ways.

 

CREATIVE EXPRESSION IS A LABOR OF LOVE

 

We forget that creativity isn’t easy. It is less lightning bolt moments of inspiration and far more labors of love. It is time poured out, courage plucked up, curiosity piqued, wonder and daring to dream, determination, perseverance, sweat, tears, and often, a whole lot of failure.

Writing isn’t easy even for published authors. Photographers joke that their first 10,000 images are practice. These statements are more true than not. Master mechanics pour years into training and thousands of hard-earned dollars into tools. To earn first-chair concertmaster status, a violinist will practice an average of 10,000 hours. A house isn’t designed or built (or even painted!) overnight.

 

WE ARE CREATED TO CREATE

Creativity is written in our DNA by the One who created everything from nothing.

The creativity of God is spectacular! We witness it in every breath of every hour of every single day. That same Creator has breathed life into almost 100 billion beloved humans since the beginning of time, each with a unique, one-of-a-kind personality and individually distinguishable fingerprints.

Though few of us would call ourselves creative, that amazing grace-gift is woven straight into our DNA. As we engage with God, He ignites our curiosity, waking us to wonder and the joy of possibility. Today, be brave. Be curious. Create!

The Joy of Photography

the joy of Photography

NOTICE. CLICK. TREASURE. ENJOY! Photography invites us to rediscover the wonder and beauty of God’s creation - vibrant colors, light and shadows, the everyday and the unusual – one-click at a time.

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Contemplative Coloring • Coloring your way closer to God.

Contemplative Coloring

Coloring Your Way Closer to God
Contemplative coloring draws us into the presence of God as we release stress, anxiety, and worries. Color you way closer to God and explore your creativity with hues of red, yellow, blue, vibrant, and pastel.

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Allegory • Explore the difficult, painful, or vulnerable parts of your story from a safer distance and a different perspective.

Allegory

Allegory is a beautiful, artistic form of storytelling. Explore the difficult, painful, or vulnerable parts of your story from a safer distance and a different perspective.

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Your chronic illness story matters.

Story Matters

Story is the tale of our lives. And it matters. Chronic illness can be isolating and lonely, but sharing our stories can open a door, extending hope, and sometimes sparking a life-giving, life-changing conversation with someone else along the way. We’d love to hear your story.

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Poetry in a life with chronic illness.

Poetry

Ministry of Verse

Poetry invites us to notice and to explore – the symptoms, confusion, loss, grief, and uncertainty of chronic pain and illness; to collect the moments and small victories; and to discover God’s still small voice in brand new ways.

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Prayer Shawls • Kindness with Every Stitch

Prayer Shawls

Prayer shawls are blessings of community, kindness, comfort, and compassion, stitched with prayer and gifted to those who are struggling with illness, pain, anxiety, depression, loneliness, loss, or grief – a gift to maker and receiver.

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