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 …
You have filled my heart with great joy…” ~PSALM 4:7 To put our trusting faith in the Lord, not only for salvation but as an act of creative worship, is not only one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves but it is a great gift that we can give to our Heavenly Father. Creative worship is the greatest way to say, “Father, I trust you with who I am in you, and the plan you have authored for me.” Faith is the root of our covenant with Him. Faith is what creates in us clean hearts and blesses us to be His righteousness (2 CORINTHIANS 5:21). Faith is what makes us a blessing to our Lord Jesus Christ, and it is faith that so pleases His heart. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. ~HEBREWS 11:6 Psalm 4 beautifully highlights the dance between our trusting in the …
*This is a revised posting from January 26, 2015 You ever have that moment where you have been working on your novel all day, and the writing is so good that it has completely eaten up the reality around you? You are literally in your book. Being word weary is when you have all of the meat of the story ready to be devoured, but no teeth to chew it. Ideas are coming at you faster than bullets from a gun, the story is kicking, the plot is thickening…your eyes…your eyes are getting more tired by the minute, No! second. You are hitting the wrong keys left and right, slowing down your once brilliant pace. What in the world is happening?! You are Word Weary. ( I totally made up this phrase up…Just go with it.) First, what is Word Weary? It is when your imagination is going 200mph, but your brain and cognitive skills are going 5mph and slowing with each key stroke. You are thinking one thing and typing something else. It’s a …
Hello, shiny, happy, people! I just wanted to let you know that I will be taking a break from blogging this week. Why? Well apart from it being Independence Day week here in the States, it is also my Birthday week! (Happy dance.) So I will be away, eating cake, watching fireworks and just celebrating. In other news: The blog will return to its semi-regular posting schedule, Wednesday, July 13th with Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal, followed by a Friday Quote. Our regular blogging schedule will return on Monday, July 18th. Also, for those of you who’ve been keeping up with Ascension Graveyard, Chapters will be posted again starting Monday, July 18th and will only be posted once a week until further notice. Thank you all so very much for sticking around for my creative growth journey, and for your well wishes for my new year. Until later, gaters! ~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!
Life is good…straight out of the jar. Yum!” ~Nadera Lopez-Garrity ~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!
So…I tried, but the unplanned yet welcome events of this week kept me from fulfilling my writing obligation for Monday’s Muse Writing Prompt, June 6th, 2016. I had ever intention to write, but exhaustion from a very jam-packed week prevented me from doing so and just schlepping a bunch of words together was not something I was okay with doing. As a result, I will have to share my results next week. I do apologize for the delay but I figure quality and care are key and I would rather push back my results share date than make a mess. So, sleep calls and I am answering the phone. Til next week! ~Dream. Imagine. Believe, Do. CONQUER!
Naps are the necessary ‘cooldown’ session that follow extreme creative workouts. ~ Candice Coates …Nothing more to say, other than sweet dreams! ~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” ~Fred Hammond Sometimes doing our best is putting in the sweat equity that will only bear its fruit in the future to come. Sometimes our best is simply taking the time to rest. Whichever stage of the day you are in, whether in sweat, or rest, make sure to do it with your utmost best! ~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!
Winter is the silent intermission for glorious spring! There is life beyond our frozen earth waiting to break forth in its season.” ~Candice Coates There are these moments that come in our creative journey whereas it seems that nothing is happening. We feel as if we’ve hit a wall in our writing, our art, our everything. but just like in nature, just like with God who took a day off from his work of creation, we too have our creative winters. when your creativity slips into silence, allow it a moment of rest. though it may seem as creative winter in your world, be confident that spring is just around the bend. ebbs are always followed by flows.
As long as there is a book nearby, you can always afford to travel somewhere you’ve never been before. All it cost is time and a page turn.” ~Candice Coates