"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV
Being an artist I feel the most-fulfilled when I am creating and painting. I love where I live... the seascapes, beaches, and forests on the West Coast of Canada are picturesque and breath taking. They’ve inspired me to create many vibrant original acrylic paintings. But there is a dark side... I have struggled with negativity and futile thoughts when it comes to the responsibilities of life and any menial task. I often feel very impatient and I can’t wait “to get to create”...
I often get quite discouraged with the amounts of housework, chores, bookkeeping, banking, family responsibilities and all. I have struggled with complaining to myself about this my entire adult life. Even then, once I find the time to create... other negative thoughts begin to plague me.
Does anyone care about what I’m creating?..
Does it matter?
Do I have an interested audience?
Will my work be seen? ....enjoyed?....valued?
Ultimately... am I seen?…enjoyed?... valued?
"Can you not discern this new day of destiny breaking forth around you? The early signs of my purposes and plans are bursting forth. The budding vines of new life are now blooming everywhere. The fragrance of their flowers whispers, “There is change in the air.” Arise, my love, my beautiful companion, and run with me to the higher place. For now is the time to arise and come away with me."
Song of Songs 2:13 TPT
All week every time I spent time with the Lord, or heard a message anywhere I heard the word "Bloom." It's now showed up in several words across social media in sermons and prophetic messages alike. There's a new season here, and we see the newness all around us in Spring on this side of the world.
And although spring is here, there is a newness in the air. Can you feel it? There is a new thing that God is doing in many hearts. He's removing the old and putting a deep hunger to know Him, to spend time with Him in the hearts of believers.
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,"
Colossians 3:23 ESV
I could be totally off base on this but, I think if you asked almost anyone in my life to describe me you would likely hear them say things like “she’s helpful”, “she’s organized”, “she does what she says”, “she gets things done” and hopefully you would also hear “she’s kind” or “she’s patient” or better yet, “she’s loving”. I would graciously take ANY of those compliments. But what I know about ALL those descriptors is that ultimately I’m an over-achieving people pleaser who is really good at following to-do lists + directions. Doesn’t sound so flattering from that side, does it? Trust me, I’m working on it!!
“Come,” says the Holy Spirit and the Bride in divine duet. Let everyone who hears this duet join them in saying, “Come.” Let everyone gripped with spiritual thirst say, “Come.” And let everyone who craves the gift of living water come and drink it freely. “It is my gift to you! Come.”
Revelation 22:17 TPT
There is a message that God has placed in my heart for several years. I don't share it everyday, but it burns in my heart.
Beginning back in the fall of 2009, after our move from Iowa and in a very difficult season, there was a lot of time to spend with the Lord. He began to increase the hunger I'd had for Him, where I didn't want much else. Everywhere I turned it seemed in the Word that year all I saw was, "Come to me." I read it all through the Old Testament, which I have to admit I'd not really seen that before. I'd always pictured Jesus saying these words, but here I was reading over and over the God of the entire universe with so much love stating even before Jesus came to earth, "Come to me." "Know me."
Here you will find a mix of encouraging and inspirational articles written from members within the Community of Christian Creatives.