Invite Shame to a Safe Space

by Christina Hubbard

Send shame an invitation to come

Where she can vent.

Your table.

Your patio.

Your couch.

She comes, (which never surprises,

She’s always there,”

Listen to her spew

Sad tales: cannots,

Shoulds, shouldn’ts

Would haves and won’ts.

Look her in the eye

See her.

Really, see her.

Squeeze her wanting hand

Then simply, curiously ask, “Why?”

She will either flounder

Or flee.

Love from a Fellow Creative

Most of my life, I’ve defined myself as “less-than.” It’s only as I’ve braved pursuing a heart desire to write that God has brought me face-to-face with that lie and dismantled it in my heart. As I learn to write WITH Him, He’s showing me who I am in His eyes—beloved, precious. And, as I trust Him with this journey—trusting His direction and His timing—He offers peace and confidence to walk in the creativity He’s gifted me (us) with. —Jeanne Takenaka, writer and photography-lover. Jeanne Takenaka.

God, who gets invited

   to dinner at your place?

How do we get on your guest list? —Psalm 15:1 (MSG)

Get curious about your shame tapes. See what compassion can do.

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Go Be a Letter. Write Life.

by Christina Hubbard

It took me four months to write a thank you letter once. I wanted it to be perfect, and there never seemed to be enough time to give it my all.  So I didn’t do it for four months. We do the same with our creativity.

Ideas. Material. Resources. Potential. Time.

Ability. Creativity. Flexibility. Stability. Capability.

There it is. A list of our lack. Scarcity shouts, “There’s never enough!” Not enough of us. Not enough of knowing ourselves. Not enough me. Not enough you.

In 2 Corinthians, Paul calls the believers in Corinth a letter written on his heart.

Did you know you are a letter? You are known and read by those around you, not with pen and ink or typed onto a laptop. Your life is written with the Spirit of the Living God. That’s the confidence of enough.Tweet This

One day I wrote that thank you letter quite imperfectly, terribly late, but more than enough to express what needed to be said. The recipient was glad to know I was still alive. Go be a letter. Step out of scarcity today. Don’t keep the world waiting.

Love from a Fellow Creative

  1. You’re always writing, amiga, because you are the story!
  2. Sacred pauses make room for God to work in you.
  3. I’m proud of you.

—Carolina Cisneros, poet & writer. Cisneros Cafe.

Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives—and we publish it.

We couldn’t be more sure of ourselves in this—that you, written by Christ himself for God, are our letter of recommendation. 2 Corinthians 3:2-4 MSG

What can your life write today?

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Remember Your Why

by Christina Hubbard

Remember your why.

When the mental block

Knocks you to the ground.

Taste dust.

Wipe it with your palm.

 

Remember.

People gather beyond the wall

Of your mind

Begging.

 

Yes, once you were nothing.

Now you must show

Them scars

Shared.

Failure lives in our marrow.

So does divinity. Remember.

Love from a Fellow Creative

There are so many times I feel like I’ve failed. I see other women handle life with such poise and grace that I start to believe that because I failed, I am a failure. Recently, God reminded me that our weaknesses are not our identity, but a reminder of our need to depend on Him and His strength for every situation. We were never meant to outgrow our need for God. We can have courage to try, even if we think we’ll fail, because it won’t mean that we are failures—it just means we may need to try more than once to succeed!

—Tammy Belau, musician & writer. Tammy Sincerity.

Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. —Deuteronomy 31:6 MSG

What helps you to remember your why?

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I Beg You, Listen to Love

by Christina Hubbard

It’s our natural bent to block out

The voice of our parent

At a certain age.

Guidance takes us to the edge

Of will and choice.

 

Once my guardian warned me

Of danger in black night.

I drove away anyway, headstrong.

 

What waited, lurking,

Were hungry creatures

Who only craved my meatiness.

Their eyes, sallow, could not see

The gleaming gift to be honored in all.

 

I, too young, wanted them to tell me

I was beautiful.

Enough.

 

On a warm night, I ran

Home, looked my protector in the eye,

Saw piteous love.

Still I hear those creatures, snarling

So loud I cannot listen.

Love from a Fellow Creative

“Enough,” came the whisper on the wind.

As quickly as the word came, I batted it away as you would an annoying fly on a hot summer’s day.

My mind processed the word enough so quickly and spit it back out, that I imagine even God looked on in surprise.

The old me reacts and dismisses it as if I never heard the word or believe it describes me. The new me pauses, listens intently and turns to God in a posture of questioning “is this me? And other times I receive this gift in humble acceptance.

Believing we are enough comes when we hand over the rough edges of our brokenness for God to smooth and refine with his love. It is knowing we are always in a state of becoming and that is okay. God loves our messy, beautiful selves.

Next time you feel not enough, name the lie that invades your soul. Turn away and claim God’s truth. Thank God for new mercies each day and bottomless patience. Grab the truth that shouts enough because God claimed it for you first.

Mary Geisen, writer and photographer. MaryGeisen.com

Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Word, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I’ll give the sacred manna to every conqueror; I’ll also give a clear, smooth stone inscribed with your new name, your secret new name. -Revelation 2:17

Do you struggle to hear the name God gives you, creative?

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Your Well-Crafted Elaborate Plan

by Christina Hubbard

“I’ve got big plans, BIG PLANS I say!” That’s a quote from a book I gave my son when he was a preschooler. Most of us don’t dream enough. Instead, we plan. We write down what we think will happen, which way we want things to go. Then we lose faith when our strivings fail. We doubt God’s goodness, our creative assignment, and ultimately, our worth.

One thing I love about my tweenage daughter is the way she confidently does what she loves: makes videos of the dog, jars of gourmet lemonade, and canisters of glitter slime. Few question her making ability or what she is doing. Most are amazed at her assuredness. Her confidence bends my will more than I’d like to admit!

But sometimes reality hits and the craft budget bulges at the seams. Her plans get thwarted. We parents have the last word

Instead of giving up though, Abby gets resourceful. She goes through the recycling, cleans out the cupboards of unused jars, or repurposes an old sweater. She doesn’t lose faith that more craft supplies will come her way. She stands tall and persistently asks for more. She knows we love to see what she’s made.

Dream big and often. God doesn’t restrict you with a craft budget, but He does know what’s best. He might be arranging things to make you more resourceful.

When your plans fail, don’t give up. Ask God with confidence. He’s got so much more than you can ever imagine.Tweet This

Love from a Fellow Creative

As someone made in the image of God, you were made to reflect the One who created all things. You were created to create — whether you create music, meals, sentences, or safe spaces, you are reflecting your God when you make something new.

Don’t be afraid to use your gifts — by doing so, you bring glory to God and bless His body.

-Kate Motaung, writer & editor. Five Minute Friday & Heading Home.

Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word. Proverbs 16:1 MSG

What part of your plan might God be turning into something new?

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A Blanket Truth for All Creatives

by Christina Hubbard

The responsibility is like breathing.

You do it naturally.

It. Just. Happens.

There’s still a million things you don’t know.

You will not, cannot, never will

Get all the ideas out there.

It’s your job to claim your created-ness at the crossbeams.Tweet This

Stop holding your breath.

He’s got you covered.

Now go

To the ends.

 

Love from a Fellow Creative

You my dear were not created in jest, you were created for some great end and I am really in awe of you, how you do what you do, it is fierce.

You were absolutely created for this time. Your work, your creation wants to be made, it is begging to be created by you.

So silence your inner critic for now, even though sometimes that critic provides great insight, but not today. Today is about you pushing towards the dream that is waiting to be birthed.

So today, dig deep. It is in there. Tell your truth, your story, create your thing. If you are worried about failing, don’t. Failure is life moving us in the right direction.

However, I have a feeling about this, this new creation, I think it will be exactly what we all need.

—Jenae Weinbrenner, artist & anywhere else the creativity leads. The Core Space & Jenae W

It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. John 4:24 (MSG)

What truth helps you in your creative pursuits?

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