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Guard Your Future: Creative Motivation

Stop cheating on your Future with your Past” ~Pastor Kenny, Associate Pastor of Covenant Church

The phrase sounds simple enough, but it is often the simple things in life that cause people to stumble the most. We all know that it is true.

But then, maybe the quote isn’t that simple. What does it really mean?

To not cheat on your Future with your Past, is to not allow the “baggage” and the “failures” of yesterday-be they your own failures or those of someone else-to keep you from embracing the goodness that is ahead.

“Holding on to yesterday becomes nothing short of a robbing bondage. We lose everything if we don’t let go. We have to divorce yesterday.”

 

We have all heard the saying (and I paraphrase) “You can’t drive your car through the rear view mirror.” Well trying to do so is the equivalent of allowing your eye to wander back toward the past instead of being committed to the opportunity of the present future.

If we take this attitude into a romantic relationship, constantly thinking about our old partner, we are destined for failure. So why do we practice in other areas of our lives?

Holding on to yesterday becomes nothing short of a robbing bondage. We lose everything if we don’t let go. We have to divorce yesterday.

We as Creatives, are blessed to have embraced the power of our imaginations, but even we can miss the mark by living in the past.

Shake off the chains of yesteryear and set your mind firmly on the goals ahead. Commit yourself to them and achieve them. So what you failed in your last attempts. Take on the attitude of Thomas Edison by embracing the mindset that you have not failed but found another way of doing it wrong.

As the Apostle Paul said-a man responsible for killing man believers in Christ Jesus before he, himself, became a believer and spread the Gospel of Grace and Truth further than any other:

13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.~ Philippians 3:13-14

Let yesterday go and take firm hold of tomorrow. Do like the rapper Ma$e said, and make it your gospel; Breathe. Stretch. Shake. Let it go!

*Originally published March 1st, 2015, by Candice Coates

Photo by Arthur Osipyan on Unsplash

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

Made Wonder Full: Faith Filled Encouragment for Creatives

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. ~PSALM 139:13-14 NKJV

You are fearfully and wonderfully made! Some translations of verse 13 say, not that God ‘covered us in our mother’s wombs’ but that He knit us together in our mother’s wombs.

When scripture uses the word ‘fearful,’ it doesn’t mean to be afraid, for what exactly did our Heavenly Father have to fear when He created you? What the word ‘fearful’ means here is that He created you with awe, care, and absolute reverence.

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! You mean so much that He made you from scratch with His own hands.

Christ wouldn’t have created you if He had plans to erase your unique qualities and individual voice. On the contrary, He has plans to plant and cultivate you, to multiply the ‘wonder‘ that He knit into your every fiber.

You may be thinking that where you are, and who you are at present, is not anything worth multiplying, but be of good courage. The Lord has assured us in His Word, that the work that He has begun in us He is faithful to complete (Philippians 1:3-7.)

No matter where you are in your walk today, it is never too late to submit to being planted in His original plan for you, to allow the divine wonder He has placed in you and your truest identity, found in Christ, to flourish.  (Jeremiah 17:7-8, Psalm 1)

You are wonder-full and knit together for a glorious purpose!

You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you, and I like you, just the way you are.” ~MR. ROGERS

*Originally published February 23, 2018, by Candice Coates

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~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

Dreaming & Sowing Seeds

“Dreaming is not wasting time, it’s peeking into your future ahead of time.”

 

In all truth, even though I polished up the words to make them into a quote, they are actually the result of a conversation I was having with the Lord Jesus.

I have said it a bazillion times, that I am a stickler for time. I like to make the best use of every second of every day…its akin to squeezing blood from a turnip the way I can be when it comes to time management.

“Dreaming is sowing seed.”

This is not always a good thing, although I still stand on the fact that being wasteful of time is not good either. Once before, several years ago, also while having a conversation with God, the topic then being money, He asked me,

“What happens to a fist full of sand when you squeeze it as tightly as you can?”

My response, “The tighter you squeeze the faster it seems to slip away from you.”

His response, “That is exactly what happens when you squeeze your money.”

He wasn’t saying to be a spendthrift, but He was saying enjoy the fruits of your labor. Trust in His provision.

So as I sat on Pinterest, pinning rooms to a board that I have set aside for my future home, I said to Him, “Gosh, I have just wasted a lot of time.”

The Lord asked, “What are you doing?”

I said, “Dreaming.”

He responded. “Dreaming is not wasting time.”

Then the thoughts about planning ahead for the future flooded into my heart…I am certain that too came from Him. Dreaming is sowing seed.

I can’t help but say how grateful I am for His love and His conversations. I am grateful for His friendship and to know Him and to grow in knowing Him through the passing of each day, each trial, each second.

I pray these words, this quote, my conversation with the Creator of all things, has encouraged your heart to dream. Even more, I encourage you to dream with Him if you haven’t started to do so already.

He is full of great ideas!

Cheers! and Happy dreaming!

*This article was originally published, April 22, 2015, by Candice Coates

Photo by Tran Phu on Unsplash

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

The Beginning of ICFTS’ Creative Adventure

Hello, Fellow Creatives! Candice here. I am certain that coming to this platform and feasting upon the content here has led you to wonder how this creative space came to be, and furthermore, why is it called I came for the soup…

I came for the soup… was birthed out of an adventure that began in June of 2013. A dear friend of mine asked if I wanted to accompany her on a vacation outside of the United States. Saying yes was the easy part, choosing the stomping ground for our adventure was where we ran into difficulty.

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November 2013 at Trafalgar Square in London, England.

“The artist in me, the writer in me, the innocent dreamer in me had reawakened with a newfound purity.”

With a slew of viable and tempting options around the world, we found it almost impossible to make a definitive decision. What was the deciding factor? Several years prior she had had the chance to enjoy some mighty tasty (so I am told) Potato and Leek soup in Ireland.  She said she would often sit and think about that soup even though it had been years since she’d had the pleasure of eating it.

This to me meant we had to go back to Ireland and get that soup! So we did.  We also got to visit England.

Our journey presented many struggles, from flight mishaps, my bank card not working, etc. Nevertheless, there was so much beauty, so much creative reawakening in me, that I didn’t want to come home, not yet, even amid the troubles. The artist in me, the writer in me, the innocent dreamer in me had reawakened with a newfound purity.

There was a warm light that washed me from the inside out like fresh air to suffocating lungs. I was away from the noise, the stifling clatter of home, and the mundanely familiar. You know, those things that you face every day that suck the life out of your inner child, that make him or her, the child who hates a nap, beg for one.

These ‘things’ were on the other side of the ocean and a new song had begun. I went for the soup but got so much more instead.

 

Standing in Trafalgar Square in England,  looking over the Cliffs of Moher, standing in the quiet of St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin, Ireland, I could hear the sleepy, adventurous, creative soul within me speak again, her voice so powerful and eager, and yet so full of hunger.

So now, away from my new places of birth, but surely born anew, I hunger still for the ‘soup’ that quickened my starving creative soul, the taste that brightened the eyes of my creativity, reawakening a vision and dream for more and all Christ Jesus has for His beloved children.

“There was a warm light that washed me from the inside out like fresh air to suffocating lungs.”

I wanted, and still want, to know what lies deeper within me, not just as a Creative with dreams and vision but as a woman of faith. I want that for you as well and I am confident in the truth that this is the will of God for all of His children.

It was faith in Jesus that ultimately took me across the ocean, faith that will take me there again, faith that keeps my hope a raging fire within me even as I sit in my home and create through the old noise that once stifled me.

Ironically, I never got to taste that Potato and Leek soup, but the air of creativity was a welcome exchange. I was fed with so much more!

This platform, this adventure, was born from that time. And now we, together, are exploring what the creative DNA within each of us can do. Where will your creativity take you? Where will it inspire you to go?

That is what ICFTS is about, exploring creativity, indulging the wildest of imaginative dreams, stepping out in Christ-centered faith toward your vision, and satisfying the soul.

Every story has a beginning, even this one. The journey includes all who decided to take part. How the story ends is up to you.

Welcome to ICFTS.

~Candice

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

Second Sight by Rachael Ritchey

The future we see through broken and twisted spectacles

There is not sure sight to know the path

We trip along, hoping to grasp a rail

When in fact, none is to be had

Not with our hands, at least

Only our hearts can lead

For our hearts see what

Eyes cannot see

Feel what hands do not feel

Touch what bone cannot touch

Deeper is marrow than that of bone

The core of one life is beyond imagining

When hearts reach out to search the blindness

Our hearts can go to places our bodies are unwilling

In the heart lies the soul of a man and desire to love is there

Photo by Quentin Lagache on Unsplash
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*This poem was written by Indie Author, Rachael Ritchey. To read more of her works, including her published pieces, follow her at:

An Unexpected Purpose & a Prepared Blessing by Pastor Robert House

*This Article is written by Pastor Robert House. A short bio of the author will be at the end of the article. 

My purpose in writing this is to tell my own truth and not to talk bad about anyone else or their experience as a pastor, stepfather, husband and even simply as a Christian but just to write out my own thoughts on what I have experienced so far in this 10-month journey of change.

I have known my wife since I was in the 6th grade but we were never close because I was older but her family was active in the church as I was. Everyone knew me because I was one of the few blacks in the school. My wife also played sports with one of my close friends so I knew her through that association. Around September of 2017, she messaged me and told me how much I meant to her during that time since she grew up in a rough situation and we begin talking every day.

On November 25th of that year, we were married. At the time she came with a two girls seven and ten who because of their parents’ inability to stay married due to their lack of commitment, wisdom and a variety of other problems caused by in their own past baggage. I am thirty-two years old. I had never even been engaged before. I was a brand new pastor of a church who had been given a three bedroom home by the church to live in for free, a seminary graduate and I opened this door of ‘family’ at this point in my life.

“My point in writing all of this is to tell you that loving a person is great but relationships are hard and if you are like me where you only believe in divorce in two circumstances abuse and adultery then you must be willing to work at the marriage every single day.”

You are probably thinking it was for sexual reasons and the truth is we waited until after we were married before being intimate.  I wasn’t a virgin.  The truth is I didn’t live on biblical moral grounds when it came to sex because I was never planning on getting married so my sex life, though it was unbiblical was great. So what made me get married?

First of all my biblical interpretation of scripture is that God orchestrates everything in our lives (Ps. 135:6) so He is the one who decided that this is the woman I need in my life and these are the kids that I need in my life.

40276239_321361651944380_5877204432910811136_nFor the sake of illustrating my new life to you, I am a 6’3 black man and my wife is a twenty-nine-year-old white woman with blonde hair. Both of her girls are also blonde haired and blue eyed.

God was definitely behind all of this because I was of the belief that I didn’t have a need for anyone in my life, or so I thought. But God thought and directed differently.

Secondly, I was addicted to having a ‘good time,’ which led to a lot of irresponsibility on my part. Because I wasn’t accountable to anyone besides myself and I could always procrastinate. All of my previous relationships had been me being with other irresponsible women because I didn’t want to have to commit or sacrifice.

Even in my friendships of twenty years and more I had never really had to sacrifice because when you are single you get to make your own rules. Giving that up was something I had never planned on doing- so to do it at the peak of what had been a re-birth of my life came out of nowhere.

A few years ago, my grandfather, my hero had a stroke. I lost control of my emotions which lead to me losing control of myself and my life which made me not want to feel, eat, or breathe. I wanted to die but that wouldn’t have even satisfied me because then I would have still had to exist.  I think really what I was wanting to do was to stop existing altogether, physically and mentally.

When I was going through this sadness the people that I needed the most to help me didn’t. In fact, they abused their power by poking more holes in my boat than I already had before rather than giving me a fair shot to get better. As a result, my soul was eternally sullied with sadness and I could never get back to myself.

A part of me subconsciously needed to create a life for myself fast. I was afraid I was going to slip back into numbness,  otherwise. Then came my wife and her children. I was rescuing my wife, by giving them a fresh start and home, but she was rescuing me too- we needed each other.

“One of my closet friends said to me before I got married to remember to “Forgive, forgive, forgive”

And let me tell you, I love her: I love the sex, her smile when she lets me lead. I love the girls and I love that I am the Christian in her life and she needed that just as I did. My brother Zac always tells me that I have to stay on the straight and narrow because God gave these girls to me to help heal. Some days its more than I want and some days I don’t even enjoy it one bit. My prayers with God have become a lot more honest and intense but the good thing is He can handle it and I can say anything to Him (Ps. 94:19) and He actually speaks to me through His word.

People say if you could go back and do it over again would you? And my answer is absolutely not and its not because I don’t love my wife and girls its because I wasn’t prepared to be what they needed. My point in writing all of this is to tell you that loving a person is great but relationships are hard and if you are like me where you only believe in divorce in two circumstances abuse and adultery then you must be willing to work at the marriage every single day.

You can be honest about your situation like I am and still be transparent because that is where you will find your ability to be able to love the person that you are married to at the capacity in which they are able to receive the love that you are giving them.

One of my closet friends said to me before I got married to remember to “Forgive, forgive, forgive” and I think that is the best advice I got not only in marriage but also when it comes to being a stepparent because I love my girls like they are my own but they don’t know how to receive that at their ages because I am reminded “your not my daddy”. What do you do with that when you are the provider- my wife doesn’t work. I have provided a life for them where she can stay at home and I work three jobs and she can homeschool them. They are well taken care of but they are right- I am not their daddy. What do you do? In those moments you forgive.

“What is the most important thing to remember about any place you are in your life is that God knows the state of your depravity and He will do what needs to be done in your life to bring all the glory to Himself in your life because Jesus wants you to be Holy before anything else in your life- Trust God and everything will work out.”

And hear is the truth you have to forgive instantly because if you hold onto anything longer than twenty-four hours it will stay longer than you planned on it staying and change some of the ways you view your love towards your kids- and notice I am not saying step kids because my money isn’t “step” my time isn’t “step” and living in my house isn’t “step”- just because the kids can’t see your love for them doesn’t mean you don’t keep giving it to them.

Ok I am done with this article I hope that you have gotten something out of it. But there are a few closing notes that I want to leave you with. The point of what I have written is to give you a small peek into what I did almost ten months ago but also to let all “Step Fathers” and new husbands who go from being bachelors to married men know that it is OK to feel the way you feel somedays and know that if your marriage is 80% good most days and 20% challenging other days. That’s about normal. Also read your vow’s before you get engaged every time you get upset with your then girlfriend because I want you to remember that you are going to be committing to those things after marriage and then you can’t back out of the relationships unless adultery or abuse- EVERYTHING else you are biblically required to compromise on.

So here is the finally part: 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 I want you to read those verses and if you can do this in your marriage, engagement or relationship then you will be fine. What is the most important thing to remember about any place you are in your life is that God knows the state of your depravity and He will do what needs to be done in your life to bring all the glory to Himself in your life because Jesus wants you to be Holy before anything else in your life- Trust God and everything will work out (Rom. 8:28)

#DraftedByJesus #PastorHouse #1stBaptistBlufordIL

ABOUT PASTOR ROBERT HOUSE:

40427755_296384340986361_7882548199833993216_nPastor House is thirty-three years old and married to his wife Rachael, and is the bonus dad to Paige and Chloe. He is the pastor of the 1st Baptist church of Bluford Illinois. He is also a supervisor in the parks department for the city of Mt Vernon Illinois were he oversees people who are doing their community service and trying to pay off their debt to society. He is the only African American pastor in the Salem South Baptist
Association and the first black preacher in the one hundred and thirty-three years of his church’s history. For enjoyment, he substitutes in the local school district to help inspire young people. He is a professional foodie and his life mottos are, “Stay principled and not emotional and don’t turn a mess into a disaster.” You can also find him monthly on the tv show ask the pastor on TCT network

Main Image Credit: Photo by Anne-Marie Pronk on Unsplash

Poetry in Motion: How God Sees His Children

Do you believe, truly believe, that God sees us as His masterpieces, His precious work of art? I pray that you do, because accepting that truth enables us to see ourselves in such a different light, His light.

In John 17:23  Jesus prays to the Father that we, His children, would recognize and know that God the Father loves us just as God the Father loves and sees Christ Jesus.

God the Father sees His Son as Perfect, Blameless, Beloved, Righteous, Well Pleasing, Delighted In. ALWAYS WELCOME IN HIS PRESENCE! And this is how He sees those of us who trust in Christ Jesus’ Beloved Name, not because of our works or grand efforts, lest any man should boast, (Ephesians 2:8-9) but because of our faith in the finished work of His Son for us on the Cross.

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship (Poiema), created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

The Greek word used for “Workmanship” is actually “Poiema,” from which we get the English word “Poem, Poetry.”

As I heard Pastor Joseph Prince ask, years ago while listening to a teaching of his, so too I ask? What evokes us to write poems, poetry, and song?

Is it not romance and delight, longing and love, perfected attention upon someone or something near and dear to us?

“Poiema: Greek Word from which we get the English word Poem, Poetry. This is what you are to God, Poetry in motion!”

God has created us through Christ, with an undeniable love and devotion. We are His Poiema, His poetry in motion. We are created poetry for good works, as in, it is not a good work we have done that has made us the poetry.

We are first the work of devotion and love, and this work of us and in us is shared with others to further evoke more devotion and love!

“Poem: Something that arouses strong emotions because of its beauty.”

How brilliant is that? How awesome and lovely! You are beautiful to God, fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139:13-18)

My prayer is that we all begin to see ourselves this way, the way we truly are, the way Jesus Christ sees us. That we will love ourselves and cherish ourselves as sacred in His eyes and care and treat others with the same awe and respect.

Thank you for allowing me to share this word with you!

Blessings!

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

Originally Published July 24, 2015

Photo by Emma Peneder on Unsplash

*Definition for Poem, taken from Google dictionary resources.

Creatives in Action Coming Soon!!!

What is the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word, ‘creative’? Do you, like many people, think of a person who spends hours slinging paint on canvas or sewing stories on elaborate quilts? Maybe a singer, like Celine Dion comes to mind, and you, like me think, Wow, she is so whimsical.

“…being a Creative goes beyond, but certainly encompasses, the creative passions of the visional, musical, and written arts, but it does not exclude other forms of creativity.”

 

The most important question to ask here, is do you picture yourself when you hear the word creative? If not, let this be the day that this changes.

What does it even mean to be creative anyway? First, let’s define what it means to create.

Create:

transitive verb

1to bring into existence
  • … God created the heaven and the earth. 
  • —Genesis 1:1 (King James Version)

2a to invest with a new form, office, or rank 

  • She was created a lieutenant.

b to produce or bring about by a course of action or behavior 

  • Her arrival created a terrible fuss. 
  • create new jobs

3causeoccasion 

  • Famine creates high food prices.

4a to produce through imaginative skill 

  • create a painting

b design 

  • creates dresses

1to make or bring into existence something new 

  • an artist who is good at imitating but not at creating

2to set up a scoring opportunity in basketball 

  • create off the dribble

Creative:

1marked by the ability or power to create: given to creating 
  • the creative impulse
  • creative genius

2having the quality of something created rather than imitated: imaginative 

  • the creative arts
  • creative writing

When we look at the definition of both words, we find that being a creating, being a Creative goes beyond, but certainly encompasses, the creative passions of the visional, musical, and written arts, but it does not exclude other forms of creativity.

To be a Creative is to embrace and act in the ability to bring forth something fresh and new. Doing so with your authentic and original ‘voice’ and ‘vision’ is what makes it truly creative.

“We are His workmanship, His poetry in motion, and we are called to be creative with the same passion and imagination that is within Him.”

The impulse to ‘make’ something, whatever that something is, be it a new app or a new meal or a new plan for scheduling your workday for better work-life balance and margin is creativity at its finest expression.

We know that our Heavenly Father and Savior, is the Ultimate Creator. He began His creative expression by the His Word and then allowed His Word to paint His thoughts into tangible reality.

He then sculpted, with His very hands, man from clay and then knit him together with the breath of life (PSALM 139:1-18), breathing into him His very own Creative DNA.

You and I are made in the very image of God (GENESIS 1:27). We are His workmanship, His poetry in motion, and we are called to be creative with the same passion and imagination that is within Him (EPHESIANS 2:10).

When we, be us men or women, get up every day and put our hands to do the divine work that Christ Jesus has commissioned us to do, we are walking in His call and in our creative identities.

If you are teaching from school, or from home as a stay-at-home parent, you are a Creative. If you are working in a bank, you are a Creative. If you are blogging, you are a Creative. If you are using your mind and your imagination to create, improve or maintain something to the glory and honor of God, you are a Creative!

Creatives in Action is a new initiative through ICFTS, to celebrate those who have stepped out in faith to create in the way Christ Jesus has called and purposed them to.

Creatives in Action is not about showcasing those who have ‘made it,’ but rather looking into the lives of those who have harkened to the call within them to do. No matter the phase in the creative process, we want to share these journies, these stories, and truths, with you to bless and encourage you to step out in Christ-centered faith, courage, and confidence and create to His glory! For we overcome by our testimonies (REVELATION 12:11)

Coming in October of 2018, ICFTS will begin highlighting a new Creative in Action. Stay tuned and be blessed by the stories of others. And if you have a Creative that you think should be highlighted, please forward us an email with the subject as “Creative in Action.”

“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.” ~Marilyn Monroe

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

Definition Citation: “Creative.” Merriam-Webster.com. 2018. https://www.merriam-webster.com (8 September 2018).

“Create.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster.com 2018 https://www.merriam-webster.com Web. 9 Sept. 2018.

 

New Day Begins for ICFTS!

“Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”  ~Isaiah 43:19

The season changes. The smell in the air is different. The sky is painted with dusty roses early in the morning, and dusk comes sooner than it did before. Still, you wait in the tangent, as the temperature changes from balmy heat to skin tingling chill and the delight of donning your sweater…not so much because you like the woven threads but more than anything because it is new!

Today is a new day for I came for the soup… and that feeling of delight washes through me (Candice) the same way it does when I realize that I am standing just at the doorway to Autumn, my absolute favorite time of the year.

Once upon a time, ICFTS was a blog centered around my growth and discovery of my maturing and once stifled creative voice. Today the blog becomes a community, geared toward helping you discover your creative voice and vision and to bring life to your dreams through Christ-centered faith.

WHAT’S NEW

Apart from the fabulous facelift to the site, there are new menu topics and sub-categories for you to explore, all geared toward encouraging your creative faith and growth.

  • Living:
    • Daily living: Musings and clarity about everyday life for men and women learning to live life to the fullest every day!
    • Family & Relationships: Conversations and clarity exploring the many facets of relationships and how we can best thrive in them as Creatives, from that with Christ, Christ community, family, friendships, romance, and more.
    • Discover: Finding new trends for Creatives, from food to fashion and even gadgets, that make us look, feel, do, and enjoy life better!
  • Create
    • Creatives in Action: Interviews highlighting different Creatives as they journey through faith bringing life to their visions, and the advice they have to share with others who look for wisdom to take their own creative steps of faith.

In addition to the new menu items, you will notice new sections on the front page of ICFTS to help you better navigate the content of this creative community.

If you are new to ICFTS and want to know more about this creative space read How ICFTS began,  The Mission, as well as my bio, titled I’m Candice. For those of you who have been faithful friends and followers over the last near five years, welcome back!

There are so many things the Lord has purposed to be shared and sown through this creative ministry and I am grateful not only to be a part of it but to share each moment with you.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow, either here, Instagram, or Facebook. An email list is coming soon!

Be sure to glean as well as sow by sharing articles and this site with others. There are so many more creative adventures ahead!

Welcome back to the table!

Photo by Lidya Nada on Unsplash

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER! 

Build it!: Faith for Creatives

“Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.” ~Psalm 127:1-2 

When the Lord has given you an idea to create, no matter the obstacles you may seem to face, create it. Build it! When your idea is not just a ‘good idea’ but a ‘God idea’ you can rest in confidence that no matter what, as long as you remain in faith, and diligence, keeping your eyes on Him and trusting him every step of the way then what you are building, what you are creating will reach its purposed end and be fruitful.

The Lord’s purpose will be fulfilled (Isaiah 46:10-11) so take confidence in knowing that if He has placed a purpose in you, spoken a dream to you, He will bring it to pass. Just have faith, do your part through faith, and remember, always remember, to take your rest in Him.

He will provide what you need when you need it.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!