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.
Somewhere along the path to adulthood, many of us took off our creative hats, set them aside, and never looked back, investing our time and talents in “more productive” ways instead.
CREATIVE EXPRESSION IS A LABOR OF LOVE
We forget that creativity isn’t easy. It is fewer 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
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.
Coloring Your Way Closer to God
Contemplative coloring draws us into the presence of God as we release stress, anxiety, and worries. Color your way closer to God and explore your creativity with both vibrant and pastel hues of red, yellow, and blue.
Crafts, Yarn Arts & More
Creativity is engaging with God at the intersection of faith and vulnerability. Creativity is an act of courageous vulnerability, intentional noticing, and patient listening as we explore God’s extraordinary call to create.
AN ADVENTURE IN AWE & DELIGHT
Savor God’s holy fingerprint in every atom of creation, engage your senses and cultivate curiosity, listen for the Spirit’s still small voice, and delight in God’s extraordinary creativity. All of creation pulses with God’s creativity!
Story is the tale of our lives — and it matters. Chronic illness, mental illness, and chronic pain can be isolating and lonely, but sharing our stories can open a door, extend hope, and sometimes spark a life-giving, life-changing conversation with someone else along the way. We’d love to hear your story.
MINISTRY OF VERSE
Poetry invites us to notice and explore our world. We might echo the symptoms, confusion, loss, grief, and uncertainty of chronic pain and illness. We could collect and delight in special moments and small victories. Perhaps we will discover God’s still small voice in brand new ways.