Year: 2018

Bri Lassiter: Creative in Action

Bri Lassiter is part of the ICFTS Team. She is a Faithful friend, Believer in Christ, wife and mother. Here is her view of creativity as she takes her action steps to pursue the purpose Christ has placed upon her heart. I used to define creativity as “arts and crafts” and I completely excluded myself from all connection to the arts because I didn’t fit in my own narrow definition of it. Recently I began asking God what His dreams are for me, and he reminded me of a childhood love I’ve had for lettering and calligraphy. I had planned on going to an art school many years ago so I could pursue that love but I had been deeply discouraged by others in my life at the time who believed I could not and should not pursue that dream. I was completely brokenhearted about it and that’s when I started putting up walls by saying that I’m not creative and began defining creativity as “arts and crafts ” and believing it’s “not my thing.” …

Seasons of Grace by Bri Lassiter

By Bri Lassiter November and December is always a special time for me personally. It really has nothing to do with the holiday seasons or what people typically associate these months with, it’s just a special time for me where God has always shown up for me in special ways. Looking back, this season was always a source of sadness for me for many reasons, the stress of my own poor health that sometimes excludes me or makes events silently difficult, grief over a family members absence or conflict, stress or isolation due to constant moving out of state, I could go on, but the point is that I have always needed an enormous amount of grace to get through these months and He has always been there for me with promises that it wouldn’t always be that way, and the promises have been enough to carry me through. If you follow the Jewish calendar you’ll know that Rosh Hashanah or the head of the year just occurred last month. Every year I ask Him …

Breathe: Patiently Pursue the Promise

Breathe: Breathe in the Rhema word of truth daily and let your soul be at peace. “The definition for Rhema refers to a spoken word that is active or activated for your personal situation, a word that comes to life for you by the Spirit.” See Numbers 13-14:38 When we meet Caleb of the Tribe of Judah, he is a man in his forties, recently delivered from the yokes of slavery in Egypt, on fire with faith in the God of Israel, and ready to take hold of what God has promised-the Promised land of Canaan that will be renamed Israel. Caleb along with eleven other men, is commissioned to go and spy out the Promised Land, to bring back a report to the people what it is that they are preparing to walk into. If you are familiar with the story, you know that out of the twelve, Caleb along with Joshua are the only two that returned from the spying mission with even greater faith than before they had seen the land. BREATHE: ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR …

To Walk on the Wind: Faith for Creatives

Uitwaaien (out-vwy-ehn) “To take a break to clear one’s head; lit. “To walk on the wind.” ~The Dictionary Uitwaaien is such an amazing word, not just for the beautiful meaning, but also for its incredibly difficult but fun pronunciation! To take a break in order to clear one’s mind is a foreign concept for many of us. It actually seems counterintuitive to being successful in our creative pursuits. But when we look at scripture, we see the God of Creation not only taking a break from His work during the dawn of time but also during His three years of ministry here on earth as God with Us-Emmanuel. “And when He (Jesus) had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.” ~ MARK 6:46 NKJV With each moment of creation, the Lord paused to call His work good. With each moment of ministry that He completed in the form of man, He took the time to draw away and to breathe in the refreshing breath of God the Father. In Matthew 14:22-33, Christ Jesus …

Chasing the White Rabbit: Our Struggle with Time

Right here and right now! That is the attitude of most people that live in the modern world today. We have been blessed with many great inventions that have made the idea of waiting passé and almost more appropriately stated, fictional. We do not have to wait on our meals due to the greatness of fast food chains not to mention the beauty of the microwave. Although our modern conveniences have made life in effect ‘more convenient’ they have also robbed us of our patience and our ability to wait. Alice in Wonderland. The attitude of the White Rabbit. We all know the story. Alice sees a little white rabbit running nervously, rushing to get somewhere. “I’m late!” He cries out over and over again as he rushes to get to the tea party of the Mad Hatter. How many of us have rushed to do or get something or get somewhere that was steeped in madness? Our Heavenly Father makes a prophecy over our lives and even though we need to walk in faith …

Victory Before the Battle: Being Undevourable

Colossians 2:13-15, “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Yours is the victory! Christ Jesus has set you free from every enemy and every issue that could and would rise against you (ISAIAH 53). Your job is to believe it! Satan, the enemy of our souls–our souls i.e our minds, because if he can get us to believe lies then he can shift the trajectory of our lives to live lies, far outside of the redemptive promises of God and Christ even though we are saved–is fighting a battle he has already lost. But if you don’t realize he is defeated, you become devourable (I PETER 5:8.) Our enemy is fighting with broken …

Be Squared: Developing a Solid Foundation for Faith Moves

Squared. In terms of algebra, every pre-teen’s favorite subject, to be squared is to be raised to a higher power. A numeral goes from its singular numeric ability and is suddenly given a boost that takes it from one level of value to another. In terms of our faith to be squared is to be foundationally grounded as you go from one level of glory to another. This month on ICFTS, we are going to prepare our hearts and minds as the Lord ‘squares’ us. Are you ready? THE PRINCIPLES OF BEING SQUARED: BREATH. BELIEVE. BEGIN The principles of being squared are not a one-time, step-program that you apply once today and for the rest of your life reap the results. Rather it is a constant reminder for how we should always renew our minds (ROMANS 12:2) as we prepare to step into not only a new season of greater glory but every day. To ‘renew’ is to re-establish or to repeat. Some synonyms would be to reaffirm or reassert. To renew in its simplest …

Meet the Team: Introduction to the ICFTS Crew of Creatives

“I came for the soup…,”  a platform designed to encourage creatives to dream or dream again, in Christ-centered faith, helping them to discover their creativity, vision, and the courage it takes to make them thrive. ICFTS’s mission is to encourage and guide others to rediscover and take hold of their dreams and unique creative voice, in order to step out in faith and give life to their vision. That can be faith in how to raise a more Godly and united family, how to be more financially free, how to gain the courage to start your own business. Whatever it is you have a dream to achieve, ICFTS is here to come alongside you and walk you from imaginative moment to manifestation. With any vision, there is a team, a community, a family, that plant the seeds and bring in the harvest together. It is our pleasure to meet you! THE TEAM & COMMUNITY I’m Candice Coates I am the Founder of “I came for the soup…” I am a Fiction and Non-Fiction Author, who loves to …

Candice Coates: Creative in Action

It is the pleasure of ICFTS, to the glory of God our Savior, Jesus Christ, that we get to embark on this new journey, Creatives in Action, or CNA, where we get to share the stories of Creatives in Christ who are pursuing their vision and dream to the glory of God! We are starting this journey off with Candice Coates, the Founder and Creative Voice behind ICFTS, with the help of Rachael Ritchey, who has graciously blessed us by conducting this interview. Anywhere you see RR, know that is Rachael speaking as CC is Candice. INTRODUCING CANDICE COATES: A CREATIVE IN ACTION Bio: Candice Coates, is the Founding Creative Voice of “I came for the soup…”. Born and raised in central Ohio, Candice has always had a love for telling a story, and learning the stories of others, not only those of fiction but of truth. She is a fiction and non-fiction author, as well as a visual artist, and jewelry designer. She began her walk with the Lord as a small child and has developed …

Discovering that Less truly is More: Part 2

Planting seeds would be a mess if we dug one hole, threw in every seed we had and hoped for the best. Sometimes we think that the more we have the better off we will be., or the more we do the more successful we are. Fortunately, and I mean, fortunately, that isn’t the case. In most things in life, less truly is more. I am a person who does believe in the art of multi-tasking. If you provide childcare like I do at times, then this is a necessary art form. But in cases of being creative in general and pursuing your vision, doing one thing or very few things at a time will often reap better results and a heartier harvest. Some studies have shown in the case of online shops that ten is the magic number. When people are given too many items, they feel overwhelmed and will drift off to something else without actually buying anything even if they liked many things. ‘Less’ affords people the chance to be decisive without being …