All posts tagged: inspiration

Safe Pastures of Pursuit: Faith for Creatives

“Trust in the Lord, and do good. Dwell in the land, and enjoy safe pasture. 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, and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine out like light, and your justice as the noonday sun. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Don’t fret because of Him who prospers in His way, because of the man who makes wicked plots happen.” PSALMS 37:3‭-‬7 WMB It seems almost counterintuitive when you read Psalms 37 and ponder the pursuits of your heart. Your heart is filled with God-given dreams and goals for a successful life and contrary to the instructions of the Psalmist, to wait on God and rest in His timing, human nature tells you that in order to see these things come to life you have to join the rat race, hustle, strive, push, accept the pain if you want to achieve the gain. The ‘noise’ …

Points of Pursuit: Pursuit of Passion pt 4

“Commit your deeds to the Lord, and your plans shall succeed.” ~PROVERBS 16:3 In this life, no matter where you currently stand, there will come a time in your journey that you will desire to have more love, better relationships, profession, more money to pour into your passions, and success in balancing all of them. In our youth, we have the awkward moments of sampling what love and relationship with the opposite sex look like. We are giving crash courses in high school and undergrad or university, where we are expected to be good managers of our time and the ‘fruits’ of labors we are expected to produce. In and through it all, even into early adulthood, middle-aged life and beyond, the pursuit of success is the driving force toward our passion. During the season of ‘love,’ the rise for the pursuit of a romantic relationship and the refreshing tingle of endorphins is hard to miss. Having this desire is not a sin, but how we choose to meet these needs (inherent as they are …

Rachael Ritchey: Creative in Action

Interview by Bri Lassiter Bri Lassiter here. As an avid reader, it always adds a different layer of meaning to the books I’m reading when I get to know more about who an author is, and what inspires them to write.  I love hearing stories behind the stories, and I’m so excited that author Rachael Gartmen has afforded us such an encouraging snapshot of who she is and how she became the writer she is today.  Once upon a time a young sixth-grade girl, awkward and strange, looked at the prompt on the board and thrilled at the chance to explore the mysteries the inspiration might unlock… That was where my love of writing first took root: a bustling classroom on a little island in southeast Alaska. I loved the exploration of my imagination through that outlet. And for an introverted girl who didn’t seem to fit the mold, it helped me feel like maybe I had something interesting to say. Writing has given me the strength to say what I need without rambling or …

Steps & Leaps in Pursuit of Passion

“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 No matter how big or small the step you take toward accomplishing your dream, celebrate the courage that you displayed in the step that you took and the ones that are sure to follow. Each stone you put forth is one more to add to the foundation of your future. Be grateful for your progress and keep moving forward! Our Faith is what brings our Heavenly Father pleasure! Faith in Him is the greatest expression of gratitude and devotion, especially as we pursue the passion that He has seeded in our hearts.  Faith is not only defined by giant leaps but is often reflected in the tiny steps.  Keep stepping forward, confident that He will shine a light on your path as you seek His face and way toward your goal.  ~Poeima, Poetry in Motion

Talking with Your Mouth Full: You Are What You Eat pt 4

“Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” ~I PETER 2:1-3 NKJV In a letter of encouragement, the Apostle Peter writes that we, like newborn babes, should desire the pure milk of the word and grow in that. But let’s do a bit of backtracking in the word, recognizing that I Peter as one stream of thought in entirety and not segmented chapters. With that being said, what was Peter’s statement to the Body of Believers prior to chapter two verses one through three? “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because, “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the …

Faith by Hearing: You Are What You Eat pt 1

“For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he…” ~PROVERBS 23:7a  You’ve probably heard that verse before, maybe pondered its truth a time or two, or maybe this is your very first time encountering it. Either way, the truth of it remains; how a person thinks that is what they are or will become. The thing is what we think is contingent upon many factors and most, dare I say all, are choice-based. What we think is a result of what we: Hear Read Watch Speak As Creatives in Christ, commissioned for a designated mission to advance the Kingdom and to live the abundant life He died for us to have, we have to guard our hearts by censoring what we read, watch, and hear. Some may be turned off by the word ‘censor,’ but hear me out. How many of us have read articles about some sickness or symptom but then suddenly began to feel them in our bodies? How many of us have watched and thusly, heard a television ad or …

Advent Communion Prayer by Bri Lassiter

Every Advent celebration looks a little different for me, and I don’t usually follow a set devotional or Advent guide. What I like to do instead is turn over the whole celebration plans to Jesus and ask Him to tell me what we should focus on. So in sharing one of my resources, I want to show that Advent doesn’t need to fit in any box, and if you want a starting place to find lasting and meaningful aspects of celebration between you and Jesus, be encouraged to let Him lead. Mine is very different than a traditional celebration, yours may not be, so just ask Him to show you whatever songs, devotions, scripture passages, communion prayers etc work best for you, and see where He takes you! The following Communion prayer is an adaptation of the prayer by Paul Keith Davis founder of White Dove Ministries, as found in this YouTube video.  Any and all prayers I use as a jumping off place as guided by the Holy Spirit and you may find yourself …

Little, Yet Fierce: The Glory of Our Dreams

“Though she be but little, she is fierce.” -William Shakespeare Although I am not a reader of Shakespeare, and could not tell you from which play this quote comes, or of who or what he was referring, I still find such magic and an evocation of power in the words. “…if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (MATTHEW 17:20) The first thing that came to mind (apart from my self ) was the thought of a mustard seed and how the Lord Jesus references its size to all other seeds but draws attention to the power, glory, and possibility that lies within the tiny husk. The Savior likens the Kingdom of Heaven to a mustard seed. The contradiction just makes me smile, to compare something infinite, grand and eternal, to something so seemingly insignificant, small and powerless. Speaking about FAITH,  He says that all we need to have is faith the …

Pre-Equipped for Success

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago…I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” ~JEREMIAH 1:5 NLT, EPHESIANS 2:10 NLT The Lord sanctified and appointed you to the call and purpose, vision, dream already inside you. To be sanctified is to be set apart for a specific purpose. His Word ensures us that He is our Shepherd and that we lack nothing. This means that you have all you need to succeed and become all that He has called you to (Psalm 23). (See Creatively Established) Consider the work of a potter (Jeremiah 18:1-5). When he takes a lump of clay, he has already decided what he is going to create. Let’s imagine that this potter has decided to make a mug to drink coffee from. When he puts his hands to the clay to fashion the mug, he …

Falling Into A New Season: This Month at ICFTS

Greetings, Fellow Creatives! October has fallen upon us with the promise of fiery coolers, crisp weather, and the sense of stillness, with Winter just a wind away. But I ask you, are we really stepping into a season of stillness as Autumn blankets us with fallen leaves and seals us in with the kiss of frost, and have we really ever? I would like to offer you another thought and view of this time of year. Fall, Autumn, is the time to bring in the harvest from seeds planted in prior months, but it is also a time to prepare the soil for the cycle of seasons to come. Although we joyfully celebrate what has been, we also lay the groundwork for the goodness that is to come, setting our eyes and hearts on the future that rest upon the horizon. This October at ICFTS, I (Candice) want to help you prepare your mind for the plans ahead. I want to help you renew your mind as you focus through the lens of Christ-centered faith …