One man named David had a severe sporting injury when he was 18 years of age and had only 20% ability to breathe. They had tried to reconstruct his nose, but it was still crooked and smashed on one side. After he looked at the painting, he went back to his seat and his wife said, “David your nose is straight!” He went to the bathroom and sure enough, his nose was perfect! All of the discomfort was gone and he could breathe clearly for the first time in 45 years!
All of us have a story. We have experienced life that has probably thrown us curve balls and challenges to who we are, challenges that have marked us in our creative journey.
In my life, I suffered with a high level of religious abuse, where I was taught that taking care of myself was selfish and that God wanted me to sacrifice everything- and I mean everything- so that I could please Him and live a God-filled life.
I was one of the instructors at WorshipU in Redding, California where students come from around the world to grow in their walk with God through encountering God’s Presence in worship. The students also spend time building character and a foundation for longevity as creatives.
I wanted to write this blog not only to share about this process, but then to activate you so you can see God move as you create.
We experienced so much extravagant love from the Father during the School of Creativity
that everyone was significantly touched, both those who streamed live and those who came as our honored guests.
One of the greatest treasures, which our guests shared on their feedback forms was that this was an immersive school, where they were able to activate creatively in workshops and interactive booths, as well as receive from our teams during breaks in creative booths, critiques, and other activities throughout our campus.
As I watched the movie Unplanned, I was reminded of my Mom who would go to the abortion clinic every week with my Dad, not only to pray, but to talk to women and share about life.
What would happen if we prayed, supported Pro-Life pregnancy centers, and created relevant and pertinent content to awaken others to the truth on social networks or in our spheres of influence. My artists and I are dreaming about what we can do at Crisis Prolife Pregnancy centers with Create to be Free eCourses and artwork. What about you?
Throughout history, there have believers who stood up for the rights of those who had have no one to help them. This is our hour to rise up and do what we can because life matters!
Today, take a moment and think about how you can lead the crowd. It doesn’t mean that you have to shout or sing at the top of your lungs. It means not being willing to allow fear to silence you. It means breaking the silence even with a whisper.
I never want to be the one to think my voice isn’t worth being heard because the one who created the stars and universe is waiting to hear it!
On all three floors, people could read their bios, see their photos, and then admire their portrait. As the black cloths were unveiled and each hero read and saw their impact on this city, a wave of honor, kindness, and generosity swept into our government halls, echoing to the fabric of our city’s call that we have overcome and become Redding Strong.
The Faces of Redding. Honoring 30 individuals who had brought courage and displayed heroism to help during the Carr Fires
Being vulnerable with God and others allows us to care for ourselves with the same love and compassion that He does.
Psalm 139 already gives us the understanding of how He knit us together in our mother’s womb for a creative purpose that we alone can fulfill. I pray that you become vulnerable and open with His pruning, so that you can see what’s behind the lies or behavior that has stunted you from abundant living.
During this Christmas season, I want to encourage you to take time to reflect on all the wonders and gifts God has given you that spark the wonder of being His kid.
Thank Him for your family, friends, experiences, and blessings. Recount how many times He has answered prayer when you thought it was hopeless. But most of all, let’s be thankful for the wonder of knowing Him in all of the different forms and ways that He has reveals Himself to us.
Thanksgiving enables us to face our present realities in light of the promise of future breakthrough.
The reality is that many people are facing some difficult circumstances this Holiday season. While many are rejoicing, there are also many who are feeling hopeless, given the emotional, relational, physical, financial, and spiritual obstacles in front of them.
I love autumn. It reminds me of huge leaf mounds that my brothers and I would build in our front yard, and then, would kick the leaves high up in the air and dump them on each other, repeating the process over and over with sheer delight.
November brings a splash of yellows, reds, and burnt orange colors that dots the northern hemisphere where many of us live, bringing a sense of fun-filled holiday expectations and close connections.
As we spoke, healing miracles exploded throughout the crowd, as the team creatively released music, art, prophetic acts, and laughter upon the people. People were healed of back issues by looking at my painting. Kevin, and others, were healed by doing a prophetic act for their knee injuries.
I want to encourage you to dream and envision where the Lord will have you deposit the resource He has given you to impact the world, and bring more of Heaven to earth through your creative expressions.
There is so much to learn along the way as well, as we enjoy community with friends, and experience the wonders of His creation.
As children of light we get to let the God of compassion fuel us into action as we believe that who we are and what we have matters. Our creativity in the hands of God can cause a ripple effect that fills the greatest need and overcome the powers of evil.
What if there’s a song inside you for someone struggling with depression? A dance waiting to be choreographed that displays true love? What does being a child of light mean to a world looking for hope?
Everywhere I go, people are talking about the fires, and the condition of their neighborhood, house, or how their family and friends made it through. People who were total strangers have been brought together, and are engaging in heartfelt conversation.
This national disaster is something we have gone through and weathered together, and now we are committed to being “Redding Strong” together, as we begin to work at rebuilding our city, displaying the glory of God in our unified efforts.
Some people may think that when we are thrown into the fire we are defeated and left in despair, but when we see the 4th Man in the fire we are filled with hope for our future.
If you are going through fiery trials beyond your control, remember to look for the 4th Man in the fire, and know that He is there and will stand with you no matter what!
And then, when you have gone through the fire with the 4th Man, you can begin to reveal Him to others through your creative expressions to bring comfort and hope to those in the fire.
Many of us may hear news about fires from a safe distance through television or social media, but when it attacks your city, and literally comes a few miles from your home, you begin to understand how a fire, or any catastrophic event, can incite trauma, fear, and the anxiety within a city, neighborhood, or family.
Or it can bring us closer together.
I know that the freedom I have been given through my relationship with Christ is something that others need all around me.
I am reminded that every time I write, sing, dance, paint, preach, and reach out, I am releasing spectacular fireworks of God’s goodness to heal and restore.
We need to “discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them towards acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of His love"