What Do You See?

Creative expression stirs my soul and my spirit. I love it when people take time to create for no other reason than to bring a snippet of beauty into the world. God, how we need that.

Here’s a great video a friend posted on FB. I was captivated by its form and its flow. Why don’t you take a few minutes to breathe and just look at it to see what it may reveal itself to you?

What do you see? Different expressions touch the heart of different people in different ways.

It is beautiful to me. And, in a world that merchandises beauty for profit and the bottom line, it is refreshing to know that beauty can interject itself into my day and just BE beautiful.

When I look at this video, I am not concerned at how it produces something in me to create material value or enhance my success. I love the fact that by gazing at this particular video, I can allow its creative force to infuse my life with a sense of wonder. And, a smile too – to think that someone actually had this creative idea and then made it work.

If I look once, I see what is revealed. When I look again, my imagination takes flight and I see forms and flow. I am excited about creative expression.

Beauty has no other desired end at times other than to be beautiful and to impart that sense of amazement into others.

As a Christian, Christ is in me and in the power of His Spirit, my spiritual senses are activated to see something supernatural about it, something wonderful about it. How is this bringing glory through my eyes to reveal the glory of Christ in me?

Colors shift from bright red to deep red, forming shadows.  At times it seems as if the fabric is in violent confrontation. Then there are moments of blending together in flow.

If I were to prophesy and allow Jesus to speak to me from this, I believe I would hear something like this.

“There are times, My child, when you fight the flow of My Spirit moving in your life. LIfe is dynamic, never static. Life comes with shifting colors and muted shadows, that rise and fall in times and seasons. Yet, I am always with you and never leave you, Ever.

My intent is for you to rise into My flow of life so that I breathe into you. Life is imparted fresh and new to you each and every day. There is beauty when you step back and gaze upon My beauty to see the bigger picture of what I am doing in and through you.

Do not be so introspective that you miss the beauty of divine moments in which I choose to speak to you through the most unusual and diverse ways. Look up, away from that which troubles and distresses. Look up and away and gaze upon Me, upon My beauty to reflect My Glory.”

As you think on Jesus, allow Holy Spirit to speak to you. What do You see and hear?  I would love to hear. Comment below.

Debra

In Christ,
Debra

Rivers of Eden Ministry

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Excellence, Creativity, Innovation – This IS Christianity

Christianity is about journey and adventure. It is not static but dynamic. Corporately, we are to be overflowing with excellence and innovation as we tap into Christ in us – revelation abounds in the eternal realm AND we are seated in that heavenly realm.

When I walk into Starbucks, which I do quite often, I always feel good. I love the ambiance of the store itself along with the unity and positive attitude of the employees. I often meet people there and have wonderful times of fellowship. Even more than Starbucks, I love Apple stores. The other day when I took my Mac in, I kept gazing at the images of the new iPhone 6 on the wall. Its beauty and simplicity grabbed my attention. I turned to Marvin and said, “Do you see how they captured the shading on that picture? They had to tweak the picture of the phone in different ways to get that just right shading to make it look sleek and sophisticated.” I notice things…being visual many things catch my eye and I just gaze and get lost in the color, design and form. I now own an iPhone 6, trading up from my 4 – somehow I missed the whole 5-generation.

What about Christianity? Is it too much to believe that in Christ, we are on the cutting edge of innovation? Then, why aren’t we? Where are the innovators who have attuned their ear to heaven? Quite possibly, most have left the church because there is no room for innovation and creativity there.

I won’t go into a rant here but I believe that if some churches at large were compared to businesses, most would be bankrupt for lack of vision, finances and creativity. Or, they would eventually go out of business because they are knock offs of some other ministry or church and can’t sustain in this type of changing environment.

What to do? Open up to new things – movies that challenge, books that exude the life of Christ even when the author doesn’t know Him, friends that don’t want to have anything to do with Jesus yet you know they just don’t want what the church has shown Him to be………there are so many opportunities to stretch and live again. Jesus moved, traveled, flowed…that is why we are told to live, move and have our being in Christ.

Right now, I am reading one little book that is challenging my creative life in a big way. It is simple, but filled with life. Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon – 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative. He gave an idea to ‘blurb about a book’ on a blog…I will be doing that tomorrow.

My Creative Flow:

Rise of the Machines – Human Authors In A Digital World by Kristen Lamb

God’s Astounding Opinion of You by Ralph Harris

The Well-Played Life by Leonard Sweet

Twitter – I deactivated FB for a few months. Loving the change of pace on Twitter. Went to You Tube to learn all about Tweet Deck, how to effectively use Twitter.

Movies: The Mockingjay – Part 1 – Loved it but it was different from the first two for sure. A bit slower perhaps in preparation for Part 2. I actually had a great afternoon watching the first two in order to catch up and remember.

Be bold. Be creative. Move out and live in Christ!

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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A Circular Flow – Creativity in Christ

quotes-on-adventure-2I preached a message once about Circular Christianity”. Perhaps I will blog about it in the future but for now, I will give you a one paragraph shortened version of it all. Jesus did not live life according to a linear reality such as a timeline. He allowed people and situations to impact His life along His journey. He knew that He came from the Father and was going back to the Father (Circular Rhythm). In this way of life, He stopped, led by the Holy Spirit, for anything that intersected with His life. He moved circularly if you get my picture visually. He lived creatively to the sound of heaven. So He valued the day-to-day, led by the Spirit. His life was full and quite busy, yet He moved in rest.

We, on the other hand, are driven and always complaining about having so little time. Our timelines go forward in time, with key moments that intersect our life – birth, marriage, babies, jobs, travel, and death. Sometimes, between birth and death, we really don’t actually live because we are driven from point to point. Why not allow the creativity of the Holy Spirit to impact your life? This may sound ridiculous if you are driven to achieve and work for hours on end each week, but quantity is not what I am talking about here but quality of life.

Look at Jesus briefly with me right now. He lived a life, moving in the Spirit, with a flow that was sourced in peace and rest. Can I say the same? In a way I can because I do live my life like this now, but I did not do this always. Jesus moved circularly. Meditate on this a bit. He knew where He came from and where He was going back to and everything in between had purpose because His focus was on an eternal purpose moving through His life in the earthly realm. That is life, abundant and full.

jesus_center-448x220John 4 – Jesus and the woman at the well. He stopped. Against all cultural constraints, He stopped and her life was changed forever more. Speaking prophetically over her life, He brought forth revelation that challenged the darkness in her life with the light of the Living Word.

John 9:6 – Jesus spit on the ground, made clay with His Saliva and anointed a blind man’s eyes. The man received his sight through this creative act. Jesus heard the Father give Him a creative revelation. This changed the man forever and the people observing this miracle.

Matthew 19:13 – Jesus calls the children to lay hands on them for prayer. Children love the circular moments of life. Have you noticed that they stop for the most obscure things that capture their attention? The disciples rebuked Jesus for this. Go figure right? Should not be a surprise. They lived linearly and were only worried about earthly cares and concerns.

Jesus chose 12 diverse, unique men from various backgrounds.  What more can be said about this right? Look at the church. Look carefully. The church honors uniformity and conformity. Jesus challenged this with diversity and creativity.

There is much more to say on this and so many examples. The rest is for you to explore as you pray. Jesus will reveal truth to you right where you are in life. So why am I writing on this? It is because I am a creative thinker, a spontaneous believer, and a woman who loves adventure. I know there are more like me out there. What to do? I refuse to accept man-made Christianity. I surrender to the flow of the Holy Spirit in my life. I listen to the sound of heaven, only doing what I hear the Father saying to me. It is not only possible. It is the only way to live.