All posts tagged: encouragment

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! …

The God Who Cares for Me

Revised from July 25, 2014 “The God Who made the firmament, Who made the deepest sea, The God Who put the stars in place is the God Who cares for me.” ~BERG Life would not be an adventure if it did not involve heartache amid the joy and laughter, disappointment freckled upon the face of victory, struggle against the walls of breakthrough. We, as humans, have painstakingly created, or rather, tried to create pain-free environments that lead others to believe that everything always goes the way we plan, nothing bad ever happens, and the expression of sadness is a sickness if nothing less a mistake. There is the lie that says there is only beauty in perfection. Unfortunately many have either willing purchased this lie or have subconsciously been carrying its burden. I am so grateful that Christ Jesus has gotten me to a place where I can celebrate the imperfect, bask in my mistakes and see the beauty that can come from within them, and trust that even when everything seems to be going …

Paths MADE Straight: Faith for Creatives

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” ~PROVERBS 3:5-6  Some translations of this scripture say, “He shall make straight your paths.” Both of these translations lend great confidence to the glory we have in trusting in the Lord and allowing Him to be our trust even as He has authored and finished our faith. Jeremiah 17:7-9, says, “The person who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed. He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.” (CSB) We, as creatives, we as His children by faith, actively creating in faith, have confidence not only in the person of our God, Jesus Christ, but have Him as our Confidence. Each step we take toward our path of purpose is a step we …

What Did You Say?: 4 Steps to Building Up Your Craft with Words

We’ve all done it, said ugly things about our art, found the faults in our craft so much so that we alone have brought ourselves down into the very depths of discouragement’s dumps. (Take a look at Artful Aggression for more on that.) It’s an easy thing to do, really, to see what is wrong with what we’ve created. And let’s face it, nothing is ever really perfect not even your final draft. But even with that being the case there has to be something worth praising in the work that you have accomplished in its pre-polished form. So as an exercise, I am challenging you to create a list to combat all the negatives that you’ve said about your work in the past while giving you some keys to keep you positive in your creative future. STEP ONE: Identify your familiar negatives, the ones you say the most about your work. STEP TWO: For each familiar negative, create a positive response. Here, I’ll share my own top 3 negatives and do some positive combating as …