See the Dream to Seize it: Week 8 in Sow the Seeds & Seize the Dream Free Creative Course #MondayMotivation #SeizetheDream

Your vision is your ability to see clearly . . . while your dream is what you are focusing your clarity upon.

Hello Creatives and welcome to Week 8 of Sow the Seeds & Seize the Dream 12-Week Creative Course.

This week’s module is designed to help you see the Dream that you are on the journey to make a reality.

You might be thinking, ‘hey, what is the difference between seeing my dream and capturing my vision?’. Here is the simple answer.

Your vision is your ability to see clearly the direction you want to go while your dream is what you are focusing your clarity upon.

In Module 4, we asked ourselves the questions that led us to clearer vision; why are we on this creative journey aiming for this creative goal. We created our “Vision Affirmations.”

In Module 5, we took things a step further by bringing focus to the direction we are headed. We looked up artists or writers, designers or athletes (whatever your creative goal dictated) and we made our “Creative Statement,” which is the voice or sound we what to share with others through our creativity.  (Stay tuned for my Creative Statment and the Artist that inspire me in a later article.)

Continuing with those you admire: “CREATIVE STATEMENT GUIDE”

  • Select 3 to 7 artist, writers, or people within the creative field you admire.
  • Describe the feeling that their work evokes in you.
  • Taking the list of descriptions, compile one, solid, creative statement.
  • Using this “Creative Statement,” Select one piece (be it a recipe, architectural rendering, short story, painting) that you think best embodies the statement you’ve created.

In Module 6, we took stock of what we had on hand and compiled our creative arsenal.

Now, if you haven’t created your “Creative Statement,” or found the piece that best embodies that, no worries. There is still time. Remember, to work this journey at the pace that is best suited for you. But do hold yourself accountable so you don’t lose momentum.

Also, if you find that there isn’t one piece of work that captures the statement you’ve complied, no worries there either. You can always create your own!

WHAT IS IT TO DREAM?

Dream: A dream is compiled of images, a state of mind, and a cherished ideal or aspiration.

In this creative course, vision is the lens and to dream is the beginning action.

ALLOW YOURSELF TO DREAM

Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. ~Habakkuk 2:2-3

Dreaming requires concentrated thought. It requires you to take the time and allow your ‘vision’ to be seen in a way that is specific, so much so that you can repeat the dream over and over again.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his famous speech, said: “I have a dream.” What I believe about that statement is that he took the time to be specific about his dream, and then he took the time to meditate upon it over and over again. By so doing, he was able to bring that dream to pass.

The Prophet Habakkuk had been given a dream and with that dream, he was instructed to write it down.

We, too, have to take the ideal image that we have for our goal, meditate on it often, and by all means, write it down!

CREATIVE FAITH IN ACTION

  • Look at your Creative Statement from Module 4. Begin to see in your mind (Dream) the ideal expression of what that would. Example: Are you seeing a series of romantic novellas? Are you seeing a series of paintings? Whatever it is, allow that dream to grow and do not hinder it.
  • Now, whatever you are seeing, WRITE IT DOWN! (Especially if you are feeling timid about what you are dreaming up, you must write it down so that you don’t psych yourself out about it.)
  • Create a Vision Board if writing is not what you need to do, or do both.
  • Continue to study the Creatives that inspired your “Creative Statement”. Refine things as the need arrives. The more you dream that more clarity you will have.

SCRIPTURE FOCUS

ADDITIONAL READING

COMMUNITY QUESTIONS

  • What does it mean to dream to you?
  • Are there any dreams that you’ve had in the past that you’ve given up on? Why?
  • What do you think God has to say about your dream(s)? Why do you feel that way?
  • What advice about taking hold of your dream would you give to a friend or your younger self?

Please share your wisdom and advice in the comments below.

FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS 12 WEEK JOURNEY, SEE Gearing Up to Prepare for Your Creative Success: Seeds We Sow

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

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Siren Whisper: Microfiction #Blogbattle Week 59 #Voice

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Siren Whisper

The voice was small but it was enough to draw him up from beneath the water despite the burning in his lungs. The pressure in his chest felt like molten weights drawing him downward.

He would have relented, let his arms and legs give into the nagging heaviness that begged him to cease his struggle, but the voice kept calling out to him, pleading with him to keep pushing.

So he did. He struggled with all his might until his face broke through the surface of the water and the last touches of trapped air erupted from his lungs with a scrapping howl.

~ ~ ~

Sweat slip from his lips and coated his tongue with the sting of frightful bitterness. It saturated his chest and stung his blurred eyes, reminding him of the salted water that had once drawn him under nearly twenty-two years ago.

Still struggling, he grappled with the bed linens until he caught hold of reality, caught hold of her; the tender voice of his wife calling out to him, pulling him out of his terror.

Gasping for air, he let the scent of her ease into his lungs and coax him from panic. She coed him with indiscernible words, yet he still calmed.

He felt her lips press against his temple, her fingers brush the plastered hairs back from his face as she eased him down against the pillows. He didn’t resist her even though he resisted the temptation to sleep, something she hadn’t been able to do.

Within a few moments, she was out like a light again. How she managed to sleep next to him every night, he hadn’t a clue.

He figured that it was the way of the Sirens. They were used to singing souls into chaos. She, however, managed to sing him into calm. She was unique.

She had saved him from drowning.

THE END.

* I hope you enjoyed my installment for this week’s Blog Battle. The Keyword: VOICE. My Genre: SUSPENSE…I think. Anyhow, to read more stories by other fantastic bloggers, or to give the challenge a try, you can do so by following this LINK to Rachael Ritchey’s blog. Go on a click it. You know you want to!

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

~Candice Coates
Words done by Candice Coates
Words done by Candice Coates
Philippians 4:6-7, 13Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus…I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:4-13) …Every now and again we need the reminder.

Rain through a Thatched Roof

Rain dripped through the old thatched roof and made a cheery melody with the tin buckets each drop landed in. Luisa stared into the darkness, the sound of each droplet steady in her ear. She couldn’t help but hum along with it. She kept her sounds low, so low that she could still hear his deep breathing louder still. Mayus, her husband. Feeling his warm rumble tickle through the creases and fold of her ear made her shift gently away. She pulled her hand from beneath her mother’s quilt and stared at her spread fingers until the dim shin of her wedding ban shone in her eyes. The thin metal circle still felt out of place on her boney finger. thatched roof

Closing her eyes she could still remember the touch of Mayus’ calloused finger’s sliding the band into place and then the minister pronouncing them man and wife before family and friends…before God. Luisa pulled her fingers into a fist and let it settle against the loose fabric against her breast.  Mayus had smiled so warmly at her that day. He had told her she was beautiful, that he liked the rouge of her cheeks. Shame had flooded Luisa’s face causing the rouge to flame even brighter. She had not warn rouge however. On her wedding day she had cried instead. She had not wanted to marry. She had wanted to only dream, to see the world and ride on the wings of adventure like Pegasus. But instead she had been forced down a grassy aisle by her mother’s hard eyes and the tug of her uncle Hardy’s hooked arm.

Pa had died only a few short years ago and Luisa was grown, too old to be another mouth to feed. She needed a home of her own and a man to raise a family with. Mayus was ten years her senior, 29 with the face of a child. Not even a single whisker sported his square jaw even though she could plat the thick dark hairs that grew on his arms. Glancing downward she looked at his forearm. She gently raised it and lay it across her belly, stilling only for a moment as Mayus stirred. He was soon still again and Luisa began to brush through the hairs of his forearm until they all ran perfectly in the same direction.

Luisa’s eyes had completely adjusted to the darkness of the room and that is all it was, a single room, with bed and table, hearth and bed, and a leaky thatched roof that made music when it rained. She had cried even more when she had come to this place that she now called home. A woman couldn’t dream in a dirt shack cage. But now in the dark amid the shadows and the rain song, humming with the tin buckets and the whirling of Mayus’ breath in her ear, Luisa began to see something different. She no longer saw the hardship of being a poor farmer’s wife living in a one room shake with a man she hardly knew. And she still did not know Mayus, not really. And he had not made her to know him either not on the day she had married him, not even after she had shamed him by refusing him a kiss at the alter. Not even now, laying with him in the night as he slept on his side of the bed.

She had not spoken to him not a single word in the weeks they had been married and he had asked her mother when she had come calling if she were a mute. Her mother had answered with a snort, “No. She is much worse. She is a dreamer. I should have warned  you.” And what had Mayus said in return. “Yes, you should have.”

Luisa had felt burned by his remark just as much as she had her mother’s, so burned that she burned his supper without a single thought or apology. She felt all the worse when the following week he had gifted her a blue leather journal and a quill he had cut with his own hand. What had he said to her then? “Its for your dreams…so you never lose hold of them.” Recalling the words, seeing the sweet world in the room she now called her forest Castle, she pulled Mayus’ arm around her. He stirred even more now, his lazy brown eyes peeling open. Luisa offered him a smile, and for the first time, a kiss before his full lips could make a sound. His hard chest tensed against her but she held his arm in place around her, moving closer into his embrace.  She whispered in his ear, “Sweet dreams.”