The Creative Call: An Artist's Response to the Way of the Spirit (Writers' Palette Book)
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Perhaps you're a "closet writer" who's been scribbling in journals for years. Maybe you once had a passion for playing the piano or violin--a passion that is still flickering somewhere deep inside you. You may have a knack for photography, drawing, gardening, cooking, or some other creative gift. Or you may long to express yourself creatively, but have yet to discover your unique talents.
Your creativity was meant be used. Whether you are an artist who has already identified your gifts or you believe that you have artistic talent that has never been developed, working through this book will help you grow closer to becoming the person God has designed you to be.
*LEARN TO CALL ON THE HOLY SPIRIT AS YOUR SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
* EXERCISE YOUR ARTISTIC GIFT REGULARLY AND BEGIN TO
THINK OF YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST.
* DEVELOP THE HABIT OF JOURNALING AS A WAY TO REALIZE UNLOCKED CREATIVITY
AN EIGHT-WEEK PROGRAM FOR FULLY DEVELOPING YOUR ARTISTIC GIFTS
AND ENTERING INTO A CLOSER UNION WITH GOD. INCLUDES A RETREAT GUIDE.
FOR INDIVIDUAL USE OR GROUP STUDY.
The first few weeks may be a time of filling up your artists daybook with all the garbage you need to offload before you can start to understand God's will for you as an artist. That's okay. You'll get past it. You develop the habit of taking time alone. This humble beginning— spending twenty minutes with your artist s daybook each morning—will help you realize that you can make time for the things that are important to you. I try to get up thirty minutes before anyone else in my house in
singing or playing the flute or violin. Perhaps the turning point for you was getting your first real job and trying to fit into your life all the things that seemed more important than acting in community theater or continuing to draw or paint. Did getting married change your focus to activities that didn't allow for the seclusion most artists require? Did having children? Getting caught up in adult responsibilities? Or maybe you decided at some point that you weren't good enough to ever get
expectation,” God will be faithful in his own time—and what he has for us will be worth the wait.“When God reveals Himself, when He inspires us, it is to say, / will last, my Spirit will hst; when my Spirit is within you what you do will be hsting”3 That's worth waiting out a dry spell for, doht you think? EXERCISE 3:OUT OF THE BLUE Where do you get your creative ideas? Is there a certain place or a certain activity that seems to provide the right conditions for ideas to come to you? Does it
life of an artist your own. The habits and practices you have been developing can become a part of you for the rest of your life. The last exercise is an assignment that will bring to the conscious level the lessons and insights that have been most significant to you as you've read the book. By taking a look at what you considered important enough to write about in your daybook, you will see where the Holy Spirit has revealed important truths to you as you gave yourself over to breathing in his
ceremony marking the end of childhood and the advent of adulthood be like?” I asked them to consider. They all brought various elements for their ceremonies to class on Ceremony of the Twelves day—some combination of candles, food, incense, photographs, flowers, books, music, awards, favorite toys, and trophies. Each one decided what should be on his or her table or“altar.” They selected music, readings, and food; they organized the order of events in their ceremonies and wrote out a script for