Month: October 2019

Waiting for Your Eggs to Hatch: 3 Things To Do While You Wait

*Revised from November 18, 2014 For many years now, I have been likening my creativity to that of motherhood. I often speak of my creations as my children, each with their own personality, some more giving than others, while some are just outright unruly. Through the span of the years, my creativity has produced many fruits that I cannot help but be grateful for. My spirit, soul, and mind have truly been fed and exercised which is why I created this platform for in the first place. But there have been seasons, and will likely be others that come, that as if everything is at a sudden standstill. These are seasons where you feel like you have nothing to say or give but at the same time, you recognize that you have so eggs in your creative basket. I will admit that I have experienced this anxious feeling while sitting in my creative silence. What to do? What to do? What to do? If I could compare this feeling to anything, it would be the …

The Sacrifice of Praise: Faith Emotions pt 2

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” ~HEBREWS 13:15 Have you ever wondered about the verse that says to give a sacrifice of praise? Have you ever wondered what exactly that meant or what that costs? I believe that most if not all of us have during the seasons of our faith-walks. I think the simplest and most profound answer to this is found in the exploration of our faith emotions, and how our valid emotions from circumstances, hurt feelings, broken hearts and disappointments, tend to dictate the trajectory of our praise or the lack thereof. THE DAM OF HURT FEELINGS Hurt feelings are a shared part of the human experience and oftentimes, no matter the cause or the culprit, they lead us to blame God for them. We not only shut off from men when we are experiencing emotional hurt and heartache but many of us tend to withdraw from our Beloved Father. Our lips close to anything but complaint and we …

Claim Your Outcome: Choose Your Own Adventure pt 3

The choice is yours’. We’ve heard that in many different scenarios but often times we tend to shun away from that conceptual truth when it comes to our faith-walks. Yes, we as children of God, creatives seeking His divine purpose for our lives, have surrendered our lives and eternity to Him. Yes, we like Christ Jesus, should daily be in submission to His plan with a not our wills but Yours ever on our lips. In short, His will should always be our will…but we do have a choice. THE CHOICE TO TRIUMPH “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil,  in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.” ~DUETERONMY 30:15-16 From the onset of creation, our Heavenly Father has given us choices, choices that would dictate the course of our lives. It is never …

Get Out Of The Box!: A Challenge To Be Creative

“You’ll never think outside the box if you are constantly looking inside someone else’s…Sometimes the most incredible imagination sparks from nothing.” ~CANDICE COATES We are all inspired by something or someone. This is the chain of life and it is a good thing. As King Solomon put it, “There is nothing new under the sun.” (ECCLESIASTES 1:9) The beauty of life is that with each passing of generation to generation, what was once ‘usual’ to the person stepping into eternity, becomes something ‘unique’ for the person who experiences it for the first time. The old and forgotten becomes new again. It is a beautiful thing to glean from the creative wisdom of others, but when we no longer allow our own imaginations to spark with new creative fire, because of the shackles of fear which tell us to play it safe, we are doing nothing more than regurgitating ideas. Our Lord Jesus spoke and created from nothing (HEBREWS 11:3) and in His goodness, He gave us the DNA to do the same. Creativity takes chances. Imagination …

Treasures in Transition: Discovering the Glory of Changing Seasons

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~ANNE OF GREEN GABLES There is something so magical and wonderful about the changing of seasons. For me, I especially love when Winter turns into Spring, or my absolute favorite when Summer puts on her comfy clothes and dresses up for Autumn or Fall. Greens that have been scorched by the heat suddenly burst forth with a new vibrancy and dancy on the limbs of trees in fiery rays of ochres and reds. The scent in the air shifts to something sweet that smells of apples and smoke. The chill that kisses away the heat teases with a fresh effervescence. The season of Harvest is upon us. TREASURES IN THE TRANSITION Harvesting one last time: As I have mentioned before, there is something grand that I love about this season. It’s a moment of pause, a time to pull up from our soil the last seeds planted and turn the soil once again in preparation for another season of sowing that will come in …

Seeing Through the Fog of Fear

*Revised from January 6, 2014 “If you are willing to go where God leads, He will see you through the journey.” ~PASTOR JESSE DUPLANTIS Writing is what I love. Sharing is what I love. Creating is what I love. However even in the face of things we love there can at times be a cloud of fog that blinds our direction. We start off heading one way with excitement and hope, and somewhere down the road, we end up choking on the fog of fear. For many years I battled with the foggy fear of failure. I knew that I was capable as a writer and storyteller. I knew I had many great stories to tell, but I had stumbled on the stones that said, “What if you don’t tell the story right?” or “What if you mess up that really expensive piece of cotton rag artist paper you just purchased?” The fear was paralyzing. It kept me still and inactive in my creativity for far too many years. I wished I had pushed through …

Change Your Response: Choose Your Own Adventure pt 2

It was a kneejerk reaction!” “I did it subconsciously.” “It was muscle memory.” I am sure that all of us have used these phrases more times than we can possibly count. They are the things that we say when we are able to, for the good or the bad, give a response or reaction in any given moment without thought. It’s what we do by rote. We’ve done it so much that our flesh knows what to do without even being told to do so. Having worked in retail, I had gotten to a place, that without thinking, or even looking, I could easily push in the computer function for a credit card payment. On the one hand, being able to do so was very efficient. On the other, it was a hindrance especially if I had asked the customer what for of tender they were using to pay and their choice was not credit. Still, without fail, my fingers would jump ahead and punch in the function for credit and I would have to …

The Power of Our Praise

“Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.” ~II CHRONICLES 20:22 We have to remember that when we take steps in faith, to do anything, even something as simple as going to bed each night at a decent hour, the enemy will act in the defensive and come against us. BUT praise the Lord (seriously, open your mouth and praise the Lord) that the battle is already won and is not ours but His! In this, we not only draw closer to our Daddy-God but we continue to advance in the manifestation of our victories. When we praise Him His presence fills our atmosphere (PSALM 22:3). When we praise Him, our minds are put to perfect peace because they have been set on Him (ISAIAH 26:3). When we praise Him answers come (II KINGS 3:14-17). When we praise Him the enemy is put to confusion and is defeated (II CHRONICLES 20:22). Let …

Change Your Mind: Choose Your Own Adventure pt 1

“…I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life…” ~DEUTERONOMY 30:19b Remember back in the day when you were in elementary school and you got to go to the school library and pick out a few books to take home and read? Back when I was a child, that was one of the highlights of the week, going to the school library, and nothing brought more joy than getting my hands on the latest Choose Your Own Adventure novel. Those books were fantastic in that within the limitations of maybe one-hundred and thirty or so pages of medium-sized print, seemed to be an infinite amount of unique stories that came to life simply by skipping from one section of the book to another. Choose your own adventure. To see what happens if Sally falls in the well, skip to page sixty-four. To have Sally leap over the well to safety, go to page fifty-seven, to see what happens next from here, keep reading. Some of these stories always had the same …

A Weekend of Rest & Revelation by Briana Lassiter & Candice Coates

This past July I (Briana had the privilege of participating in a girls’ getaway with one of my dear friends, and the founder of this ministry, Candice Coates. While we had anticipated our trip being a work trip full of progress on the business plan for the ministry, maybe a model created for our creative retreats, some articles written and revelation given, much to our surprise, this trip had a different agenda from Jesus. Fittingly, this trip took place in the middle of a teaching done by Candice on resting to success and I think Jesus thoroughly enjoyed giving us an active portrayal/example of what that looks like. And while great progress on our to-do lists was certainly made, we quickly recognized that progress flowed from naps in the sun, quiet journaling while watching the sunset and the fireflies appear, walking through a bookshop or stumbling upon another artist’s historic shop and creative life work. Progress was made as we laughed through the night about foolish movie lines. It was made as our souls were …