Author: Candice Coates

Learning To Relax: Abiding Fruitfulness

“God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which He must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.” ~A.W TOZER  The word of God instructs and comforts us in Isaiah 40:31, that they that wait on Him shall have their strength renewed. But most of us seem to struggle in our fast pace world to not only slow down but even to wait. We find the urge to rush ahead, to be hurried in not just the seemingly grand things in life but even the small and simple things. We rush to get dressed in the morning, rush through prayer, rush to get the kids fed and off to their activities, all so that we can achieve some goal, that even once we have met it we still don’t quite feel fulfilled. The truth is even though our Heavenly Father has called us to abundant life, abundant life, contrary to what today’s culture says, is not found in rushing and striving, but in resting and abiding. Christ knows …

My Favorite Read: Made Wonder-Full by Candice Coates

One of the most humbling blessings of having a writing ministry is that I not only get to speak to the Children of God and encourage them in their faith-walk and identity but that I too get to be encouraged by the words the Lord has placed in my heart to share. I often liken myself to a stenographer; I write what I hear and share that with others. This week, in My Favorite Reads, I want to share Made Wonder Full. The reason I want to share this read is because of the simple and yet powerful truth that it embodies: You are made with wonder! The Creator of the Universe, the Everlasting Father, created you, His beloved child with wonder! What is wonder mean? According to some definitions, Wonder in the noun form means, “a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.” “Not only did the God of all Creation create you fearfully, but He knit you together, which means He got personal when He formed you! …

Chilled Tomato & Basil Salad: by Briana Lassiter

I (Briana) can’t really remember where this recipe came from, I just remember my mom and I would make this salad together every Summer using fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and basil from our garden, and sometimes in the heat of the day, this would be all we would want to eat! Try serving it as a side for bbq chicken, a steak, grilled fish or devouring it by itself as I usually do! Chilled Tomato Basil salad • 1 1/2 medium sliced and quartered tomatoes • 1 1/2 peeled and thin sliced cucumber • 1 tablespoon chopped red onion • 3 sliced sweet peppers • Small handful of finely chopped fresh basil • Dash of salt, pepper, oregano, parsley and garlic powder to taste • Any Mediterranean type dressing for drizzling • Feta crumbles, or herbed goat cheese crumbles Layer all ingredients in a bowl and drizzle each layer with dressing, season with the salt, pepper, garlic, and herbs, and top with cheese. Serves 4. Refrigerate for 1-3 hours before serving for the flavors to come …

Why The Bird Sings: Faith for Creatives

*Revised from August 3, 2015 “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” ~Maya Angelou We, as the artist and writers, the dreamers of the world, creative beings, fashioned in the likeness of our loving God and Father, share a beautiful thread of comradery with the birds who so sweetly sing. We write because we have a story to tell. We create because we have a vision. We dream because we have been blessed with a hope so gloriously written by Christ’s hands that we know it will not disappoint (ROM. 5:5). We don’t need to have the answers for every step we are led to take or the exact ins and outs that lead to our future goals in order to share something beautiful. We just need willing hearts to follow His lead and our voices ready to sing in the symphony of song that He has orchestrated for us! Lift up your voice, lift up your faith, and sing. “He has given me a new …

Our Favorite Reads!: Single While Serving & The Blessing in Both

Hello Creatives! This summer we, at ICFTS, are compiling a list of Our Favorite Reads, articles, and teachings that blessed us the most. Both Briana & Candice will be sharing their favorite reads and giving a quick explanation of why they love them so much. Below is our first Favorite Read, by Briana Lassiter.  Enjoy! Over the three years that I (Briana) have been blessed to be acquainted with the ministry and writings of Candice Coates. There have been many things she has written that have spoken joy and life to my spirit, and I’m really excited to share my personal favorites of the articles she’s written, that others may not have had a chance to read and love as I have! Funny enough, one of my favorite things she’s written is entitled “Single While Serving & The Blessing in Both.” And while I personally haven’t been single for almost 10 years, the truths in the article don’t care what your situation is, and they resonate fiercely whatever your relationship status. I think wherever you …

The Art of Stillness: Creative Motivation

 “Sometimes using your time well or wisely is really just a matter of  being still.” ~Candice Coates via the Lord Jesus I, by nature, am a woman given to hard work. I have an inherent urge and drive to be productive, to seize the moment and bear fruits from my labor. Being still, not producing, often leaves me with an anxious feeling that I have wasted my time, time that I will never get back. The deception of that ideology is one that plagues many of us, I am sure; being still means you have wasted a moment. I am so grateful that this thought process is not based on the truth. Years ago, I was presented with the converse of that false ideology. I learned that there can be great wisdom in resting… or simply being still. All too often we confuse stillness with the lack of productivity. We in the west have been conditioned to believe that if there is no movement then nothing has been done. This is actually an enemy of …

Olive Garden Inspired Summer Salad by Briana Lassiter

I don’t know about you, but every summer I become obsessed with salad and the endless ways to make it. It can be the perfect cooling addition to any meal, or it can BE the meal depending on what you create. This summer we, here at ICFTS, will be sharing our absolute favorite salad ideas, and encourage you to use our recipes loosely as inspiration to build your own salad creation that suits your palate! I hope you enjoy our very first recipe, created by me (Briana) and my 6-year-old, and inspired by our favorite things as well as Olive Garden’s famous salad! Olive Garden inspired salad • 3 cups Baby spring mix • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion • 1/2 cup herbed croutons • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes • 1, 1/2 tablepsoons deli sliced pepperoncini peppers • Crumble feta cheese, as much as your heart desires • Top with a sprinkle of raw sunflower seeds • Any Mediterranean type dressing drizzled to your liking (we love Primal Kitchen Green Goddess dressing or their Greek …

Be Still & Be Successful: Faith for Creatives

“Be still and know that I Am God…”~PSALMS 46:10 Instead of trying, diving into the current trend of “hustle and grind” in order to achieve success, let us, as Children of God, the Ultimate Creator, set our hearts to seek His face. Proverbs 9:10 tells us the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. To ‘fear’ the Lord is not to tremble because you are scared but to be in awe and to hold Him in reverence. When we fear Him, when we set our hearts and minds upon Him, then we are able to see through the lens of truth, who He is, and who we are in Him. When we know who we are in Him, then we know our position. We know that we are righteous ( II COR. 5:21) so we are assured that we are destined for success (PSALM 1, ROMANS 5:17) in all the things He has called and created and purposed us to do. More than anything, when we set our minds to a task, we …

Summer is Coming!: News for ICFTS This Summer

Hello, fellow Creatives! Summer is practically here! For many of us, summer has already started. School is out, the weather is heating up, days are longer, and the desire to just breathe and be is consuming our thoughts with expectations of rest and rejuvenation. Last summer, in light of those truths, ICFTS took the summer months of to, like you, regroup, and gain much-needed rest for the creative season to come. This year we here at ICFTS feel like doing something new. We would like to share our summer with you! WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR THE SUMMER This summer, we would like to share ideas and revelation on: Free and inexpensive activities for the family Recipes to enjoy over cookouts and bonfires Ways to beat the heat And More! We even want to share some of the articles that we’ve been most blessed to share over the past year(s) here at ICFTS. Our pace is going to be a lot more relaxed but still Spirit and faith-filled, all with the aim of tuning our …

Where Are Your Weapons by Briana Lassiter

Before every successful battle in the Old Testament, the people of God always began by enquiring of the Lord. “Lord, what do YOU say about this battle? What should I expect, and how should I proceed?” When given, and acting upon the Lord’s direction, they were always victorious. By man’s standards, many of the Old Testament battles seem to be fodder for unbelief and proof that the Bible is a fairytale because their feats were so preposterous and impossible. Many times they would go into battle without the weapons that we would think were necessary, like in the defeat of the city Jericho, where the Lord told them to walk around silently for 7 days…and be armed with…trumpets… Let that sink in…trumpets. The Lord told them to go fight an entire city with trumpets, and oddly specific, silent walking. You know what happened? The people listened to what God said would happen, they believed Him, and they did exactly what He said. Total victory ensues. Believe it or not, the Lord is still working in …