Be Intentional – Be Creative

Be IntentionalThere’s a great Twitter chat on Sunday nights at 6pm (PST) – #beintentional. When I can, I tweet along and gain great insights from others in the chat. It’s led by @natejturner and it changes from week to week, always focused on some aspect of being intentional in our lives. There are 9 questions and people respond to each question with #beintentional in the tweet.

This past Sunday the subject was about being intentional about being creative. I love everything about creativity so I am going to keep flowing in that vein this week – revelation that is coming to me by Holy Spirit, insights gained and actions walked out in faith.

Here are some great quotes from Sunday night:

Creativity is a spark in the darkness. @bhsteeler

Creativity is the expression of Christ in you, through you – unique, creative. @westbrookdebra1

Creativity is the crossroads of talents and imagination. @ncbluegrass

Creativity fuels innovation for products, structure and culture in everyday life. @natejturner

Creativity isn’t some magical/mystical process, rather creativity is 90% effort and 10% waiting for the right connection. @natejturner

It is all about risk. Or willing to get uncomfortable. Some play it safe and stumble in to greatness. Others create it. @bentaylor

Creativity inspires us to take risks, try new things; helps us manage resources better; builds connection. @DeannaFoong

Creativity is only recognized by attempting creativity. It’s developed, strengthened, and recognized only by practice. @blake_odgers

Creativity is ContatgiousCreatives – those who dare to dream and are passionate to change. @hope4shame

Creatives are learners so be constantly curious. @natejturner

You must purpose to look at or respond to a thing outside of what is considered the norm. @ncbluegrass

Creativity is only recognized by attempting creativity. It’s developed, strengthened and recognized only by practice. @blake_odgers

Creativity should not be restricted to certain tasks. If you choose to be creative, it turns into a lifestyle. @JohannavanEeden

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

A Tiny Place of Restricted Creativity – The Mundane Middle

The Tiny Range of Motion
Seth Godin – Linchpin

“I watched author and conductor Roger Nierenberg teach a session using a symphony orchestra as an example. First, he asked the group to play the piece as well synchronized as possible. Then he had them do it again, asking each person to go to their own personal edge, engaging the music the way they wanted instead of the way the group wanted. 

To the untrained ears in the room, the two versions were difficult to tell apart. 

That’s because we teach people to stick within a tiny range. We don’t want the lows to be too low, so we limit the highs as well. The people in this orchestra couldn’t even visualize themselves racing outside the box that had been established for them. Creativity is not choosing to wear a pink shirt to an office where only blue and white are standard. That’s merely window dressing. 

We see this in organizations of all types. We ask someone to do something wacky or original and they change the tiniest surface element instead of finding the root of a creative solution. That’s no accident. That’s what we taught them to do. The opportunity is in changing the game, changing the interaction, or even changing the question.”

Oh my. So much revelation is hidden within these words. There is so much to say about this. I see so many Christians and Christianity in general stuck in the middle of the mundane. Thank God that His grace is the oil on the road that is calling us forth to forsake the mundane middle and to walk into a broad place of freedom and creativity in Christ. Thank God for that.

Green DoorLimitations press us on all side. Don’t go too high or too low. Stay in the safety zone. But did Jesus do that? Of course not. I love his words above. There is a great Kingdom message whether he knows it or not.  Each of us in Christ must venture to our own personal edge of life where Jesus calls us to risk, jump, be, walk, stay, be still…….it is a personal way in Christ – creative for all of us and when we walk it there is perfect unity in the Spirit.

We settle for so much less than living the life of Christ that is within us. Jesus was radical, revolutionary and creative in all ways. His life is our  life. We walk in a broad place of revelation, creativity, adventure and journey.

Open DoorCreativity does not just tweak the norm or enhance the mundane. Creativity – radical thoughts and revelation of upheaval and then penetrating the mundane middle, walking it out in faith in the Son of God

Have I always been this way? No, it’s been a bit suppressed by an internal gauge within me of trying to be everything to everybody. It feels good to be out and to call others into this broad place of freedom in Christ.

My wisdom for today – don’t stick within that tiny range of motion because of fear. Move out to discover who you are in Christ. I thought I knew but each day I am asking the Lord, “Who is Debra, Lord?” And, He is walking and talking with me as we sync it out together.

DebraIn Christ
Debra

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Don’t Lose the Substance by Grasping at Shadows!

Man in SunlightDon’t live in the shadows. Live in the light. Move away from living, moving and having your being in another’s life. Their life casts a shadow, a shape and a form. But, their shadow obscures the light from reaching you. It can call to you as a place of safety yet it is a place of shadow – a place where the light can neither energize nor expose, touching your own life.

A shadow is a region where light from a light source is obstructed by an opaque object, namely the person whose shadow we find ourselves in at any time. Their shadow, their form and shape which we can idolize at times, is the very thing that obscures the light from me.

I am not called to live in another’s shadow, putting on their hopes, their dreams, living within the boundaries of their purpose.

I am called to walk in the light, as He is in the light and He is the light. Jesus Christ. I live and move and have my being in the light of His glory.

The light of the world lives in me, Christ in me. I live in His light and my life is filled and flowing with the light of His glory. I do not live in another’s shadow, their purpose, their passion. What keeps me in the shadows? That’s a good question for each of us to personally answer. Is it fear of being different in our own light? Is it worry? Anxiety?

Standing in the light of Christ is the real me. The shadow that is formed from the light is my form, my substance, my silhouette. He who casts a shadow stands in the fullness of light. Shadows may appear to be safe but they obscure the light.

Sunlight Marco…His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light… (1 Peter 2:9 NKJV)

Out of darkness into the light.

Helen Keller
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

Aesop
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

As the light of His presence flows through each of us, that light will be bright and filled with life so that the world may see and desire Christ Jesus. It is not a case of rebellion or independence trying to find myself because I died and my life is hidden in Christ. He is my life and my light. I am called to shine.

Being different, being creative is a place in the light where all is real, true and authentic. That lends itself to criticism, rejection as well as honor and acceptance. But is there any other way for me? No. The passion in my heart at this time in my life is fired up by an intense desire just to be me in Christ, wherever that leads, whatever door that opens up……my life formed and transformed in the light. How about you?

DebraIn Christ
Debra

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Mix It Up

Color PaletteToday, try a new way!
Do one thing different!

Take a new path – turn right instead of left.
Don’t let life evolve into mundane moments so that you find yourself at some point wondering if you really lived at all.

Jesus Christ is creatively calling, wooing, drawing many to His creative expression – that which has been placed in your heart by Him alone. Yet so many along the way have lost the direction in the midst of the journey. They seem to know a way formed through cultural templates, unending information and the call of the world. Yet they have lost THE way – the person of Christ.

Color SwirlingThere are many creative expressions – Christ in you, the hope of glory. The way you move, unlike anyone else. The way you live, unlike anyone else.

In Christ there is a divine unity with eternity – on earth as it is in heaven – your life, lived in the power of Holy Spirit, gazing upon His beauty and reflecting His glory in the earth realm now. Formed in Christ, transformed in His glory for such a time as this.

Who ever told you that being different was unacceptable? Those who bully, who criticize, who push and pull on you on all sides, trying to form you into their image – that is unacceptable. You are formed in Christ, move in Christ, live in Christ and in Him there are no two alike – all so different, so creative.  Perhaps it is a day just to hear this and to let this become something you know, something so simple – be you. Don’t turn this into a cliche. Live you. Move you. Be you. In Christ. In Christ glory abounds and expression is unlimited.

Color Swirl 2Jesus is the way, the way for you. In His way, in His life, there is truth. Along the way, as the fog clears, truth forms clarity of thought and expression and the you that is in Christ, suddenly becomes evident and shining and full of the light of His glory.

Now you can see….Him. In Him all else seems to become clear.

In the way, in Him, the truth of life unfolds in glorious diversity, color, sound, light and glory. You are His expression on earth….right now. Eternally seated in heavenly places but placed in time, right now.

Haven’t you actually longed for life to begin? To get past the stuff that binds you to pain, to worry, to anxiety, to conformity, to lack…..

GlassesLive!

Choose life in Christ.

Jesus and the Father are one. Once you see Jesus you see and come to know the Father. Holy Spirit – don’t forget the Holy Spirit. He mixes it up in response to your desire, your passion for life.

You want more…..you have more…..you are in Christ. The truth unveils and reveals the way. Just believe and just receive.

IMG_6047In Christ,
Debra

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(Some pictures above via Flickr!)

Present Moments, Future Promises – The Now & The Not Yet

Life is experienced within a divine tension between where I stand right now and where I want to be in the future, my not yet. Living in this tension is not always easy and sometimes in deep frustration I may want to escape from my own life. Over the past 10 years, while trying to build a ministry, I continually focused on my not yet times, discounting the beauty waiting to be revealed in the moments that were right before me.

This cost me friendships, unique life experiences that were right before me. But, I was driven, seeking a passionate pursuit of promises in my not yet future. Rather than waiting on God, enjoying the journey, I often disregarded my day, focusing ahead, in a hurry to get there. Looking back, I was filled with regret over what could have been that I simply did not see. There were moments hidden in my day to day that I bypassed looking for more important endeavors.

FlickrWhile I lived in Abu Dhabi, I focused on Finland. When I was in Finland, I focused on Abu Dhabi. When I was in the States close to my family, I was always thinking about something else. God revealed to me how often I was not in the moment. I was present but my mind was captivated by something else, always. I am very thankful that God does indeed redeem the time, making all things new, with fresh starts instead of false starts.

All along this journey, people kept giving me the same prophetic word, over and over, in various ways, through various people at various times.

Rest.

Debra, God says to rest.

Holy Spirit is teaching you to rest.

Those words became a thorn in my flesh because my flesh was concentrating on making ministry happen. I almost disdained that word – rest. Why? Because it hit my heart at a place I needed healing and I didn’t want to deal with it. It’s the same sad story for many of us. Trying to please God. Performing to prove ourselves to others and to God. Trying to win His approval. I’m sure many of you reading this can relate to this constant pursuit to be accepted by God for how you perform.

Little Guy With PostitsI wanted to build, to grow a ministry, to find my place in time, to access my destiny. Along the way, there were many false starts as you can read from the previous blog post. I lived looking ahead, constantly. When God finally saw fit to shut it all down, I struggled with rejection, feeling abandoned and deep regret. Then guilt also set in trying to make it right. What a mess!

Rest, trust, abiding. I get it……….now.

Life is short on this earth. Keep the main thing the main thing. Never forget it. Life is filled with moments of hidden potential. Yet, they are lost if we continually focus and fill our time with the not yet in the future. Our focused pursuit of this not yet trying to make it happen or trying to get ahead leaves us completely bankrupt. Sadly, we don’t see it until some future point that we strive to get to achieve what we think we want. We find it only leaves us empty.

I thank God that each day is filled anew with His mercy and grace. I thank Him that there are second chances, third chances, fourth chances…..

All God’s promises will come to pass, in His timing and In His way. By faith I access the not yet future through spiritual vision. I walk day by day, looking at my horizon line, knowing God knows the way. Through visions, prophetic words, and dreams, God reveals to me great and glorious things for me to do now and in the not yet future. I walk. I live. I trust. Life is a continual journey, one to be explored, a great adventure. My life in Christ flows in sync with eternity’s divine rhythm while living on earth. That is Christianity at its finest.

Each day holds beauty, moments filled with astonishing revelation of His abounding grace. I accept the now times of my life, living each day to the fullest. I don’t discount the day, no matter how routine or boring life may appear to be. Life’s mundane routines hold the glory of Christ. There are moments in each day, which hold keys to hidden doors, waiting to be opened into wide places of opportunity. I open my eyes to see, right now.

The future is realized through walking in sync with God in my now. I don’t have to run to get there. It will unfold right before my eyes as I focus on intimacy with the Lord. I am learning to be content and in that there is great wisdom.

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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