The Art of Being Happy: The Expression of Faith in Creativity pt 1

A child can teach an adult three things: To be happy for no reason, to always be curious, and to fight tirelessly for something.” ~Paulo Coelho


Author, Paulo Coelho, hit the nail on the head with this simple yet powerful description of the wisdom of children. It puts me in the mind of what our Savior, King Jesus said to His disciples, in regard to children and faith, in Matthew 18:3, “…and [Jesus] said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” 

Here, the Lord is telling adults what it would take to walk in the fullness of His redemption, to not just be redeemed, but to take hold of the authority and power redemption brings, and that would require the faith of a child.

Children have the ability to place unmerited trust in their parents. They believe when dad says he is taking them to Disney World. They believe that when mom says there are no monsters under the bed, that there are no monsters under the bed. They leap from great heights, heights that would give most adults vertigo, trusting without a doubt that the arms of their loved one will catch them without fail.

This is the faith that the Lord asks of us and encourages us to embrace once again.

For many of us, deciding to allow our creative passion to no longer lay dormant or to cease to be a hobby, but to transform into our main source of income, requires a great deal of faith.

Most of the time the decision made is often the easiest hurdle to leap over. Maintaining the glow of a job-well-done, or a-good-choice-made is something else entirely.

You see, when we decided to become ‘serious’ about our creative passion, we are, by faith, opening doors to another level of reality. We are embracing the monotony of taxes if we are creating products or services. We are choosing to place ourselves on the stage for social criticism. We are choosing to accept boundaries in order to better guide and maintain successful ventures.

We are, in a word, choosing to ‘adult’ while fully embracing our creative passion.

The question that remains, while we are having to now juggle the new demands our creative growth requires, is are we choosing to be happy in the process?


Applying childlike faith to our creative growth requires the courage to be happy in all seasons. What does this mean? It means that you are not allowing circumstances to rob you of what matters most. You are not allowing a seemingly unsolvable problem to take your joy from you.

It’s saying ‘this’ may be happening, but I choose to be happy because…or I choose to be happy anyway.

Maybe you start your blog and you don’t gain the following that you initially dreamed of even though you’ve applied the rules that you learned from blogging-gurus. You have the choice to either bemoan your low following or to be grateful for the audience that you have.

Or maybe you attract a few nagging comment-trolls. You can either wallow in the negativity of the ‘haters,’ or choose to celebrate the faithful who are blessed by what you are sincerely offering.

Maybe you didn’t anticipate how lacking in excitement filing quarterly taxes can be. You have the choice to groan about the process or be happy that you even have sales to file taxes on.

I could go on and on with many examples but the point is we need to choose to be happy…always.

Happiness effects the quality of our creativity, the quality of our presentation, the quality of our lives. Choosing happiness is to commit to being satisfied with where you are and what you have. It’s choosing to celebrate the ‘likes’ and kind words of readers over those of critics.

It’s choosing to see the good in your process and current place in your progress even as you strive to move forward to your desired destination.

I am sure that if you grew up anywhere near a church you’ve heard that that shortest verse in the bible is ‘Jesus wept.” Well, there is another verse that matches it in length (at least in English…I haven’t checked the Greek.)


No matter where you are in your in your creative journey, take the advice of children and choose to be happy…for no reason…always. There is certainly so much more ahead of you if you keep pushing forward, but there is so much worth celebrating even in the now.

Choose happy.

*In what ways have you had to grapple with happiness or the lack thereof as you’ve journeyed in your creativity? Talk about it in the comments below.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!


(Un)Happiness: Flash Fiction Results for Monday’s Muse October 24th 2016


(Un)Happiness: Flash Fiction

So she was being a jerk, mocking the love-struck couple. They seemed happy and she was happy that the book blocked them from seeing how she made fun of them. Nasty break-ups had that effect on the romantic mind; turned it bitter.

She had gone from being a happy, doe-eyed romantic, to a cynic with just one single text.

A text! Six months of bliss and she was only worth a text? She’d had break-ups before. She’d loved and lost like many people her age. But she’d figured at thirty-one to his thirty-four that the roles of disengaging were obvious.

One did not end a romance with a text.

Now she started at the star-eyed couple gazing at one another the way she and Gage had once gazed at each other. Her focus shifted and she stared at the title in her hand. “Happy.”

She honestly had no idea what Alex Lemon had to say in that book but she realized that just as someone had chosen the bright yellow color as the cover so too had she chosen to be happy with Gage.

Truth was, he wasn’t perfect…or mature for his age. But she’d chosen to be happy with him just as she had chosen to be unhappy without him.

It was all her choice; happy, unhappy, yellow or some other less threatening color.

Her choice. Her happy or her unhappiness.


*Well there she is, my last installment of Monday’s Muse. My choice, my happy, my non-threatening color. Be of good cheer, if you are a fan of my writing, I will continue to weave stories hopefully on a daily basis but without the formality of Monday’s Muse. To see the original prompt for this post you can do so by clicking HERE

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER! 

*Original image taken from Pexels:

What’s On My Mind: Musing With A Smile

What’s on my mind? Lots of stuff! And all of that stuff makes this girl REALLY happy 🙂

All of it has to do with the expectation of having the most super-awesome week. Let’s be honest, life can throw some pickles into our paths, but just like those lemons, we have got to do something good with them. Make burgers with pickles on them to go with all that lemonade we have sitting around.


But, no, I don’t have any pickles or lemons, I just have a lot of creativity glowing all around and through me, and the fact that I get to harness it really makes me smile.

Yeshua Jesus is SOOOOO GOOOD!

One of the things I am happy about is my writing. If you haven’t noticed, I just put up my post for this weeks Monday’s Muse writing prompt challenge. (Click HERE to check it out, and give it a try.) What has me so excited is that I also finished up my entry for that very post, in 20 minutes, and I am super excited about it.

Generally, we as the authors and artist tend to be our own worst critics, but today, at this moment, I am patting myself on the back. I really like the characters that came out of this writing prompt AND the potential novel that lies ahead.

I am almost tempted to post my results now…alas I do have some level of self control that will keep me from doing it. So Thursday it is!

I have also been stirring the pots of four different novels at the same time! Two are finished (well one got a restart moment…Ascension Graveyard) and two are just in the stage of gestation and formation. I have been writing the scenes as they come and celebrating the future tasking of knitting everything together.

The mind, the creative mind, is such an amazing thing. NONE of these stories are in anyway related as far as genre goes. Let’s see, I have A paranormal Science Fiction novel, A time travel Science Fiction (related but not really to the other…science fiction is broad), a Fantasy, and…wait for it….A CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE.

Yes! That’s right! I am working on a Clean Read Chick Lit Novel!

Craziness! But it is so fulfilling.

And did I mention the art that keeps flashing in my head? Gosh, I hope to get one of those images translated so that I can share it with you all. Tis a goal for the week!

Alright, I will cease my rambling, but do partake in a happy dance with me. You will be all the better for it, and think of all the calories you will burn 😉