Coming Soon!!!: New Features ahead on ICFTS #Change #Writer #Musing

Hello, fellow Creatives!

April is just a week away from blurring into May and with that in mind, I want to give you a few updates on what is going on here at I came for the soup….

For over a year now I have been going back and forward with shifts and changes here on this platform trying to figure out what I needed to do in order to breathe the freshness back into this creative space.

I tried on different blog themes, I renovated my menu, I removed certain weekly posts…

It wasn’t until the start of April that I finally began to feel the heartbeat of this creative space beating more strongly, and that was when I discovered and embraced what I was missing here.

What was going on, you ask?

Well, I was trying to hold on to something old while attempting to blindly take hold of something new. The thing is you can only get the clarity to grasp the new thing when you leave the old thing in the dark where it belongs.

Needless to say, I’ve let go and I have taken hold. The winds of Spring and the creative life is bubbling again!

WHAT’S NEW:

First: There has been a shift in the brand here. What used to be a platform for me to journal my growth and nourish my own creative soul has now shifted into a platform where you the reader are central and me the creator and author is now the support.

I came for the soup… was once about nourishing the faith art and fiction in MY soul, but now it is all about nourishing the faith, arts, and vision in yours.

The first three years of this creative space was about building up my creative muscles and vision and now I have the strength to help build yours.

. . . you can only get the clarity to grasp the new thing when you leave the old thing in the dark where it belongs. 

I want you to help you take hold of your creative voice like never before!

More of what that will look like will be coming soon.

Second: Some things that were discarded while I struggled through my cocoon of growth and change, will be coming back again.

One of those is Monday’s Muse Writing Prompt. Actually, it will be making it’s second debut in just an hour from now!

Nourishing the Arts in you begins with helping you find and stretch your voice. For writers, this is done through writing prompts and I have to say that I not only enjoyed creating this weekly prompt, but I also enjoyed doing it myself.

Third: The art of platform revision continues. Now that I have a clear and solid view of where this creative space and brand is headed, I need to begin implementing the necessary changes.

Bear with me.

My goal is to have this ‘machine’ running at top performance before the end of Spring. I am working on new content to help you take hold of your vision and find your authentic creative voice, while I revise older material that I feel is very relevant even for this current moment.

There are even non-fiction books under works, all geared toward drawing the light out of you and helping you to conquer!

I am super excited about this new season and the changes that are taking place and I hope you are too.

Thank you for sticking around while the dust was still flying. Great stuff is ahead and I can’t wait to share it with you.

~Candice

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER! 

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The Change in the Waiting: The Purpose in the Process

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God often requires us to change while we are waiting.” ~Wendy Pope, Wait and See, 2016, p.114  

Wait. It is a word that makes the average person cringe especially in the face of something your soul longs for. I don’t care how you spell it, weight, wait, the word just hurts. But more so than wait or its twin sister weight, change can be a doozy as well.

change-and-waitChange is the process that takes place in the cocoon of waiting. Change is what is required within the space of promise to manifestation. Some of us hear that we need to change and we think, ‘Hey, I’m a pretty good person. Why do I need to change?’

The reality is, that our level of ‘goodness’ (which only comes from Christ living in us anyway) has nothing to do with why we must change. A little girl must become a woman before she can bear a child and properly raise it. A boy must become a man before he can become a strong and sound husband, provider and father.

The beauty is that the promise given unto us, the dream of becoming is born from the potential that is already alive in us. It just needs to be cultivated and that takes time. That requires the change born out of the wait.

You decide you want to be a doctor. So you go to school for several long years and change while you wait for your graduation, the proof that you are ready to practice medicine. You have dreams of being a pilot, so you change by way of learning how to fly.

Wait. Process. Change. Promise!

The simplest example of this is found in the life of the caterpillar. The caterpillar is born with the potential and the promise of flight, but he cannot take to the skies unless he changes into a butterfly first. He must wait so that he can change.

In order for him to do this, he must yield to the process of change, and wait so that he can take hold of the promise.

3 Things Required in order to Change in our Waiting

  1. Boundaries: (Psalm 16:6) “My boundary lines fall in pleasant places
    —surely my heritage is beautiful.“~TLV. When God sets our course, He does so with a path in mind and this path is designed to get us to His and our desired location in Him and in our place within the Kingdom. But, we can only reach this place of inheritance when we submit to the ‘boundary lines’ set before us. Just like the caterpillar must yield to the confines of a cocoon, so too must we yield the boundaries set by our loving Father during our time of wait if we expect to change for the promise.
  2. Pressure: (II Corinthians 4:7-16, I Peter 4:12-13) The cocooned habitat of the caterpillar is comfortable for only a while. Soon as wings and other appendages begin to form, the boundaries become tighter and the pressure is put on. The same is true for us and praise the Lord God Yeshua Jesus for it! When certain situations become too comfortable our desire to leave them begins to decrease. That dream of flying starts to pale in the comfort of being securely suspended. But when the pressure is on, when the changes that have taken place in us and in our friend the caterpillar become evident, the desire for the promise increases. The blessing of the pressure can also be seen in the transformation of dusty coal into diamonds. No pressure, no change. The right amount of pressure for the proper amount of time and we end up with bling instead of coal!
  3. Struggle/Resistance: (Romans 5:1-5) Becoming a butterfly is a great and glorious result of change, but wings and legs unused and untried are useless. They are not strong enough to take to the promised sky. In order for the butterfly to survive in its new level of existence and promise it must have proven the strenght of its wings and legs. It is in teh struggle to be released from its cocoon that his legs adn wings develop the needed strenght for walking and flight.

As children of God, destined for promised lands and beautiful inheritances, we must do more than ‘look the part’ for our new positions within the Kingdom.

Our faith and trust in the Lord God Yeshua Jesus must be developed inorder for us to survive the attacks and temptations that will come our way even before we cross the threshold into our promised lands.

We have to encourage ourselves in the truth that there is treasure in our transitions of change. Their is purpose in our process of waiting. Our waiting is never wasted if we do it with Christ at the center and our faith yielded to His way. I Peter 5:6-7 says,

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.~NKJV

Our Heavenly Father knows that the waiting can get rough at times, but He also knows that it is worth it. Even He waited for the right time to come in the form of a baby, born of a virgin to redeem a sin stained world to eternal life and everlasting relationship with Him (Galatians 4:4-5, Romans 5:6).

Had King David not waited in the pastures where no one saw him fighting against lions and bears, living under the likely mocking and christcism of his seven older brothers, while developing his devotion to God the Father, his capacity to lead and care for a multitude, and his skill as a marksman, he would have never had the faith to defeat Goliath or the trust in God’s faithfulness to keep him while he overcame the harrassment and threat of death that came from King Saul during the many years that followed.

All of these things, the boundaries, the pressure, the struggles, were the very things that caused King David to change from shephard of sheep to the whole of Israel. It was in the process that his ‘wings’ developed the tried and trusted faith and ability to fly!

You and I are given the same opprotunity in our faith walk, to change in our wait to be ready for the promise. I pray that if you haven’t already, you would humble yourself under the loving hand of the Father, allow Him to guide you in your change and trust that at the right time your wings will have the strength to fly into your promise!

SCRIPTURES OF ENCOURAGEMENT:

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

Adventure Awaits: Plans for 2017

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Twenty-seventeen has already gotten into full swing for many of us. Like with years past, we have set our goals, put on our workout gear and run ourselves to the gym with the single purpose of being beach ready several warm months from now.

For those of us who are aspiring writers and bloggers, our goals tend to involve a different kind of exercise with a completely different destination in mind.

Success is not one size fits all and therefore requires a unique pattern.

For me, the goals that I have in the crosshairs are goals that I have been striving toward for several years now. But as I set out to take hold of them this year I am doing so while letting ‘peace be my umpire‘. Thank you, Victoria Osteen for that!

Let me digress for just a moment to explain what that means for me. Allowing peace to be my umpire means I am no longer going to allow projects and methodologies of action to rob me of peace. If I feel unsettled or shackled by them I am either:

  • Taking on something that is outside of its season for me
  • Need to let certain things go or put them down for a time
  • using a methodology of execution that is not natural for me

This has nothing to do with ‘comfort,’ for the truth is, any real growth requires a certain level of discomfort. But what I learned in my ‘doing’ in 2016 is that I subconsciously began to do things how other successful people had done them thinking that their way was the only way to gain the desired level of success I was aiming for.

Let peace be your umpire.~Victoria Osteen

That idea for me is no more! Success is not one size fits all and therefore requires a unique pattern.

SO WHAT IS ON THEN ADVENTURE MENU FOR 2017

  1. Author page launch party!: Mark your calendar and join me MONDAY, JANUARY 23rd, 2017 for my author page launch party! You can find the fun by going to www.candicecoates.wordpress.com 
    • I will be sharing the first 2 or 3 chapters of my 365 Day Novel
    • Giving insight on my plans for publication in 2017
    • Inviting you to share your favorite quote in the comments as a blessing of sorts for the journey ahead
    • Letting you in on upcoming projects
  2. Blogging here on ICFTS 2 to 3 times a week: If I’ve learned nothing in my three years about blogging I have learned this, that blogs and blog brands are similar to your favorite t-shirt you wore as a kid. No matter how much you love it, you will eventually outgrow it…or it will shrink whichever perspective you chose to take on it. The point is we have to change our blogging ways with our growth the same way we change our clothing. Making room for my Author Page while getting projects ready for publication calls for this sort of action.
    • Expect Random Creative writing
    • Bi-weekly postings for Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal
    • The occasional musing
    • Quotes and Inspiration
    • Monthly updates on where things are and where they are headed on ICFTS
  3. Ascension Graveyard will RETURN IN MARCH!: I know, it’s been a long time since we last shared a chapter but other writing schemes have been afoot! If you’ve been reading with me since I began writing this piece, please hang in there with me for a little while longer. But in the meantime please reacquaint yourself with the tale and characters by reading the current chapters that are available by clicking HERE.

So that is it in a nutshell. This is the roadmap for my 2017 adventure. I hope you will journey along with me, continue to lend your advice and share your thoughts.

(Isaiah 55:12, NIV) “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace…”

Stay creative and keep your peace along the way!

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

But it’s Awesome: A Quote

It’s not all easy , but I think it’s all awesome.” ~Kris Langham

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I am pretty certain if anyone sat down and told a caterpillar the work that it was going to take not only for it to transform into a butterfly but just being able to break free of the future environment that will keep them safe but will soon be the very thing that holds them back, that they would rethink the whole metamorphosis thing.

But then…maybe not.  I think the guaranteed results of flying would be too much to resist. (There is a greater spiritual component here and I’m going to have to share it later I another post in the future.)

Transformation takes transition. Being able to fly is a right that comes from gaining power and strength from the struggle found in transition.

If a caterpillar never struggled to break free of its cocoon, the place that once was its protection while in transition, it would never have the strength to take to the skies.

There are dreams and greatness in each of us, but to see those dreams manifest there must be change and maturity, transformation in transition.  We must gain strength through the struggle.

Change is never easy. It can actually be painful, but oh when you gain the fruits of the change and see your goal and dream take flight it is oh so AWESOME!

Be encouraged!

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

How to Make Waves in Life: A Quote & Encouragement #FaithFridays

If you don’t dive in, you’re not going to make any waves.” ~Somebody Awesome

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Let’s be honest, basking in the presence of something beautiful is a wonderful thing, but being fully submerged within it can be so much more fulfilling and exhilarating.

It’s similar to being at the pool, or the ocean on a hot summer’s day. You’re never truly refreshed until you have taken the dive in! The same is true for us and any advancement that we would like to have in life.

Talking about an idea or a plan is a wonderful thing, but until you take a dive and actually start implementing the things you are talking about, you are only basking in its beauty.

Diving in can be a scary thing. Wading in and testing the ‘waters’ is wise, but don’t let that become a barrier either.

Take your dreams and run with them. Dive in. Make the wave!

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

Shifting Paradigm: A Quote

Your success or lack there of, in all things, is contingent upon your perspective and paradigm. Whether you see a vase or two faces mirroring one another, or the glass half empty or half full is up to you. But once you shift into the necessary paradigm, you will see change breaking forth.

~Candice Coates

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The Heart of Change: Flash Fiction

The Heart of Change

“I changed because of her. What I mean to say is that she inspired me.” The words of his own accounting rang true with the sheer expression of his new appearance. He was altogether different.

“Why?” Was all they could manage to muster. Awe had struck the words from their mouth. The old ‘him’ was wonder enough, but perhaps that familiar wonder had become as a cage–gilded in beauty, but confining in its rooted way.

If a smile could be felt like the glow of summer’s morning sun, draped in fresh dew, his countenance was the embodiment of such when he answered. “She simply reminded me that there was still more to me, that beneath the comfort of my usual, there was glory still left to be seen.”

With a delighted sigh, they whispered, “I believe she was right.”

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*Dedicated to Blondewritemore for her ongoing encouragement and inspiration. Thank you!

Success Is In Your Hands: Overcoming By Faith A Word and Music Interlude

There is a scripture that says we overcome by the word of our testimony. When it comes to being successful, when it comes to victory, one of the greatest ways to secure this is to tell it not only for the encouragement of others, but to remind yourself when you begin to face other trials.

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony…”

Success and victory go hand and hand. Both are a mark of triumphing over an obstacle or challenge, or in the case of this scripture the enemy of our very lives and souls, satan.

Here is my testimony that I share as a seed of faith for you. This year, 2015 has been laden with change; change in calling, change in career path, change in vision, change in relationships. Every change has brought me to a new level of faith and deeper love for Yeshua Jesus.

He has always been sweet and perfect, kind and faithful, but it is as I overcome and begin to trust His character more that I am able to see and relate to Him in this sweetness.

One of my biggest struggles is in dealing with provision. I have never really lacked for anything BUT I had trained myself to work for everything, leaving very little room for God to show Himself faithful in providing for me. Even though I am confident of His love for me, I have struggled with the question of will He meet my daily needs.

I have grown much in this area.

Matthew 6:24-30 Yeshua Jesus Here expresses His great love for us, instructing us not to worry about our daily needs but to seek first His Kingdom and its righteousness and all our daily needs will be met. He knows we have need of them, but it takes faith in Him, faith in His character to allow Him to prove Himself here.

So in light of my changes this year, I have started a new business venture. This week I had been going around gather the necessary items and tools I needed for certain product production. Before I began I heard Him say, “You’ll have everything you need.”

Hearing is one thing, believing and putting your faith in what you have heard is another. I decided to put my faith in what I heard and did not question Him.

Psalm 37:4-5 Also delight yourself in the LORD, and HE will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD. Trust also in Him…”

Long story short, in the process of my production, I reached for my trusty bottle of varnish only to find that it had dried to a lump. This is not good being that the holidays are right around the corner and I have very limited time. Instead of accusing the Savior, I testified with MY WORDS, reminding myself through faith what HE had said, that I would have everything that I needed.

Later that day, cleaning up for the day of work and organizing some of my other tools, I came across a can of spray varnish that I had only used once!

I immediately did a happy dance, not because of the can, but because my faith had increased and I had abided in the faithfulness of His Word and received the fruit of faith!

I have learned to trust Him more. I was victorious in my trial. I gained success! And the greatest success is found in walking with Him!

This is my testimony for today.  A simple one but a GREAT one in my opinion. I hope it has blessed you!

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

Is It Really That Complicated?: A Quote Day 3 of 3 Day Quote Challenge

Don’t make change too complicated, just begin.” 

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And this is exactly what I intend to do, begin. For a long while now I have had this feeling that change was coming; change in my personal life, change in my future, change in my writing and art, and of course, change with my blog.

When I began this journey, I started it with the intention of harnessing and fanning the flame of the creative light that had reawakened in me in November of 2013.

I believe that I have done that, so much so that it has become a raging fire. The thing is, now that the embers are greatly ablaze my purpose seems to have changed.

What I needed in the beginning for this blog, (blogging daily, creating random sketches, free writes and musings) is not necessarily what I need now. Now I need to be more focused. I need a strategy to bring about my desired success.

file000786402730For over a year I have been going on about finishing Ascension Graveyard. I have hinted to my desire to create pieces of art that are more focused and directed. In order to do that I must change my approach in everything.

My allocation of time has to change, which leads me to what I see happening with Icameforthesoup. Basically, I need to go on a schedule. I actually began said schedule today.

Wednesday! Wash up Wednesday is what I am calling it. Basically it means do the laundry mop the floors, scrub down all toilets until they gleam, etc.

Give me a break, I am trying to get excited about all the not-so-exciting stuff that we have to do.

I literally cleaned for a good 8 hours today which meant I barely made this blog posting in time…I tend to move slowly when it comes to cleaning…am I alone in this?

I digress.

As far as scheduling for the blog goes, my plan is to check in daily, but to do postings of my own on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. This way I am able to maintain Monday’s Muse, Blog Battle Tuesday, and post my results of Monday’s Muse, while giving me time to create more focused projects to share in between.

I have so many novels begging me to complete them. So many images floating in my head asking me when I will settle down and give them life on canvas or paper.

Taking the time to shift from what has been awesome and yet familiar can be nerve wrecking, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.

So that is where I am, my friends. I am not going to over think things or over complicate them. Icameforthesoup is about exploring untapped creativity, and that is what I intend to do…just with a more structured strategy.

With that in mind, I leave you with a bonus quote:

Write without fear. Edit without mercy.”

I plan to be doing a LOT of that as well.

Cheers!

*To read the previous day’s quotes, click DAY 1 or DAY 2.

Inevitable Change: A Quote Day 2 of 3 Day Quote Challenge

Change is inevitable, Growth is optional.”~Unknown (to me)

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Change. The only time that most people search out change and willingly run with it is when unsavory circumstances have begun to dim the light and joy form their life and they are desperate to get it back. Otherwise, change is seen as the unwelcome guest who showed up at your perfectly numbered dinner party, uninvited.

Change requires sacrifice, which generally goes hand and hand with discomfort and for some of us, discombobulation.

But change is necessary. It is going to happen whether we like it or not, whether we are prepared or not.

Think about an infant in their mother’s womb. Change comes and is without a doubt a straining shock to everything within the infant and around them. But what awaits them at the end of their travailing journey is something far greater.

Consider the caterpillar who crawls through life, knowing in the core of their being that they are meant for greater heights. They must burn with the urge to fly at some point.

But they, like us, must go through the “changes” that enable them to take flight or in the case of a baby, to feel the tender kiss of their mother and father.

What is required for both of them (and all of us) to experience the full glory of what change has to offer? Growth. How do we grow? With willing hearts.

This puts me in the mind of John 15: 1-2:

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.

There is something in these verses that a lot of people miss. Bearing fruit requires CHANGE and GROWTH, but whether the vine is willing to grow or not, it will still get CUT. Pruning is cutting. Being taken away is cutting. Cutting is change. Fruit is growth.

Life is filled with options but change is not one of them. Growth is always a choice that we are free to make.

To read the quote from Day 1 and to see who nominated me for this challenge and those who I have nominated, simply click HERE.

Cheers!