Pausing in the Moment: Faith for Creatives

 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He (Jesus) went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. ~MARK 1:35

Our Savior and God, Jesus Christ, did not just come to the world to save us from our sins, but He also came to give us life to the fullest, and in so doing, be our example for how to live our best life.

As our example, He shows us how to be in the ‘moment’ with others, to be available to their needs, to do our work in delight, but He also shows us when to pause…and to surrender our hearts to Him in quiet seclusion, just as He did with the Father.

Whenever our Savior did this, even with great multitudes at His heels, He was able to return to them empowered, enriched, and able to give of Himself.

Being Creatives, we often struggle with the idea of being still especially when we want to keep going. But we have to realize that ‘burnout’ is real and when there is no rest we forfeit the option of being our very best.

Remember to take the time in your schedule, in your doing, to rest, to pause and allow your mind and spirit to be renewed so that the Father can fill you with greatness for your next step and level.

If the God of all creation made time to be still, then we should joyously, and guiltlessly follow His loving lead!

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

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Good Good Father: Musical Interlude

He is a Good GOOD FATHER! And we are loved by Him. His ways may not make sense as we face various struggles, pains, disappointments and trials, but Messiah Yeshua Jesus assured us in His Word that His thoughts for us ARE good and for us to be blessed. (Isaiah 55, focus on verses 8-13) (Jeremiah 29:11)

This day was the first time I heard this song. To His glory, it came on the cuffs of a prayer I was praying as I face various struggles and pains of my own life.

What has blessed my soul most in hearing this song is the fact that these are the very words He has been speaking to me since my growing pains began.

It is easy, in the face of confusion, to think we are not loved. But God’s word is true and doesn’t change. He never leaves us nor forsakes us and He loves us completely.

I am loved by Him, as you are loved by Him. I take comfort in that, like a child with a broken limb is told by their loving parent to allow that limb to be reset even though it is going to hurt. I take comfort in knowing that these fires are refining and ALL things will work for my good and His glory. (Romans 8:28)

Why? Because it has before. Why? Because He is a good GOOD Father. And I am loved by Him!

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

God is always faithful to answer. Sometimes His answer is a much desired “yes.” Sometimes His answer is a merciful “no.” Sometimes His answer is a faith-building “not yet.” And sometimes…sometimes, when an answer cannot be found, His answer is simply, “TRUST ME.”

~Stacy L. Sanchez

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Yeshua Jesus' love is so incredible. Right as I was praying for an answer, whilst perusing my Pinterest page, this quote came upon my screen; an answer. Literally, right as the words for an answer were being prayed! His love, learning the depths of it, being filled with it, is such an incredible thing (Ephesians 3:14-21.) Being filled the delight for Him is an incredible thing (Psalm 37:4). Trusting His way and His plan is a gift through which we find His "answer" is and always is the perfect one for us. Will you trust Him? I am choosing to trust Him. ~ <3

Running Forward: Musings For The Plans Ahead

I didn’t sleep last night, well hardly a wink, barely 4 hours if you want to get technical. It wasn’t at all that I was being tormented by thoughts, but I have been thinking and praying a LOT.

1391008345vuabpI was up, bright-eyed, laying in the moon kissed darkness, trembling with anxious hope. I whispered a few words into God’s ears in between my turning, waiting for an answer to a question I have been asking for the better part of 8 years.

Last night, He answered and that answer released such joy in the heart of me that I truly feel as if I have been born again, rebooted, starting from zero!

An awesome weight and burden was broken off of my shoulders, and now as I stare forward into the bright horizon, I can’t help but surge with the effervescent joy of “what next?”

So many possibilities lie ahead now that I am free from the “obligation” that weighed on me. And with each step I will gain “me” back. I will heal.

It still seems so unreal, but the feeling in the wellspring of my soul far out shines any doubt.

I realize now that sometimes “Plan B” is infinitely greater than “Plan A,” especially when God has His Hand in it. I am excited for “Plan B,” and all that comes along with it!”

God has redrawn the boarders of my “promised,” land for the land I stand on now is so good! And all I can think to do is run forward! The scenery in my soul is akin to the the aftermath of a summer storm.

The sky is suddenly a sapphire blue, a welcome contrast to the ominous dark. Big white clouds dot the horizon and the sun makes the water that lays as evidence of rain storms and struggle, look like streams of gold at my feet.

My path looks like streets of gold…heaven.

Alas, I will take my time instead of breaking forward, ponder my plans and desires for my future, and enjoy the wonder of what lies ahead.

To God be the glory!

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

Losing It: A Free Flow Poem

When I feel like I am losing it

Let me lose it all in You

Toes pressed against the valley of decision

And I am blinded for the Truth

Let Your Breath be the fire

That burns me down to proof

Until cinders, ash and sand is what You write Your purpose through

As when You did before the woman

They wished to ruin with words and stones

Let my breaking be for Your Glory

Be more than my flesh and bone

Until the tears I cry be more than salt that fills forever’s seas

And all that’s left of my last breath

Is what You’ve made of me

…Have mercy

Except for You: A poem

I make mistakes

Even though its not something that I like to do

And I break my heart

Even though its not mine

It belongs to You

And I give my all

Even when it seems like zeros across the board

And no one else sees

the Worth that’s left of me

Except for You, Lord

Except for you Lord

I am nothing

Except for you Lord

I’m a well run dry

Except for you Lord

I am hardly all that I could every want to be

Except for when I find myself in You

Lost in Your peace

 

I actually sang this as somewhat of a lament, filled with equal parts repentance, revelation, and the utmost gratitude unto Yeshua Jesus. Trials are often met with disdain, but there is no purity to gold without fire. No matter how long I walk with Him, I will ever be the student, having to re-learn this truth on different levels of understanding. I thank Him nonetheless for His goodness. 

Cheers!

 

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Cork Screw: A Poem

Twisted and turned

My words like a cork screw

Carving grooves in motion

In phrases you can see through

Lasting images

My words take hold of rhyme

Falling in sync

Like a Metronome

Just keeping time

Tick Toc

But that’s the sound of my keys

Pushing, never ceasing til I fall to my knees

Prayer time

The day has come to an end

I turn off the power

Say goodnight

And then we start again.

I didn’t forget: A Poem

I didn’t forget

Ink Illustration by Candice Coates
Ink Illustration by Candice Coates

Your words hit like a cannon

Blasted through my armor

Left my heart beat stammering

Blazing…

You set my world on fire

Burned me down to cinders and exposed my desires

Light breathes

Dark sighs

Thoughts swirl all around me

Floating on the wind and crashing currents that I can’t see

No

I didn’t forget…How your touch broke through

Seared passed my layers

My flesh branded with your tattoo

Guttural…

Is the force of this motion

The shifting of my world is like a storm upon the ocean

Laden with the hope of the calm from peace

Driven with the fury that put me down to my knees

I didn’t forget

 

This poem, to me, is like a hall of doors. Each line has far more to say than has actually been said. The last couple of months for me have been like being caught in the eye of a storm. Not so much in a bad way, but in a way that makes it clear that I can’t bring the issues swirling around me to a level of order…not on my own Things seem to be completely out of order. The good news is I have peace. Trusting in Him (Messiah Yeshua/ Jesus Chirst) gives me hope. He is in control here. I don’t need to be like Carrie Underwood and scream “Jesus, take the wheel!”  Nope. He has got it.  Like a child being born, I depend on Him. But the process of the storm, and the swirl and whip of the “winds” can make a person moan with agitation. His work in me (in us) can often be painful, but the process is worth it.  Birthing is traumatic. Growing is often coupled with pain, silence brings clarity. I am at the brink of something. And this I will never forget!

Cheers!

 

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Ask, Because You Just Might Get It!

Have you ever really considered the phrase, “Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.”? In light of my recent creativity explosion, this phrase has been on my mind. Honestly, I have to say I do  not ascribe to its “truth” and or warning.

On the contrary, I encourage you to take CARE in what you ask for, be specific, and expect to get it. I have always believed that even with the smallest situations in life, we ought to pray and ask God for direction, intervention, provision, whatever it may be, with purpose and care.

In the Gospel of Luke 11:9, Messiah Yeshua tells us that if we ask we SHALL receive. In verse 13 He goes on to say that if we,  “…being evil know how to give good things unto our children, then how much more does the Father in heaven?” What’s the point? The point is don’t be so preoccupied with the negative results but ask and seek good results.

I’m on the hunt for who I’ve not yet become. But I’d settle for a little equilibrium.” ~Sara Bareilles

My prayers for creative breakthrough have been answered in a massive way. I asked for light and He, Messiah Yeshua, has given me that. I asked for freedom in thought, and the mental confines that I had subconsciously put on, have certainly fallen off and crumbled to dust. Now the struggle I face is organizing and taming the wild hairs of my creative fro, if that makes sense.

There is this great song by Sara Bareilles called “Hercules.” It really speaks about my journey. Its almost as if the woman has taken the words straight from my mind.  Below is the video with the lyrics.

What am I getting at with this blog? Glad you asked.

I simply want us all, as speaking spirits seeking direction, writers and artists wooing our muses, to believe and have faith in our process of growth, and to be bold enough to ask our heavenly Father to helps us when we feel like we are going in circles. ASK, MAN! and ask expecting good.  Stop being afraid of what lies ahead. He made us creative beings and His blessings are certainly without sorrow (Proverbs 10:22)

Sometimes we get stuck in our process and we need help out. Think of it this way, Dad gives daughter a new car. Its a great blessing but she needs to be taught how to drive it. Having all that metal is a gift but it takes direction to know how to handle it properly. She asked for a car and now she’s got one. Yes, there is a new level of responsibility but also freedom.

I got help out and now I am at a place where I definitely need His help getting all my ponies to walk in community with each other. I only have two hands, I can’t paint and write and read and design and…(you get the picture) all at the same time. I need direction in not burning myself out.

So here is what we (Yeshua and I) came up with:

  • I will make it a point to blog 3 days out of the week. This way I can work on my manuscripts as well as share my growth with free writes,  sketches, revelations of the spirit, and other things like lettering and calligraphy.
  • To get you all involved (I would sure love that.) I will try to create a weekly or bi-weekly writing or art exercise for you to try on your own. I will create a new tab for this in the Menu.
  • I will write down ideas in a journal for new prospective projects as not to allow my mind to get so cluttered with all this new creative flow we have going on.
  • I will just keep having fun with this and not take myself too seriously 🙂

My journey in this continues on. I am getting closer to refining my view towards the kind of expression with visual arts that I would like to go. I have still not quite captured the full depth of things, but I am still praying about it, I am confidant and most hopeful that the outcome will be satisfying (Hebrews 11:1).  It is all working out.