The Weekend Brew: Making Art for His Glory — 57 Comments

  1. Hi Barbie…I’m trying to live my art by engaging physically (movement/exercise). It’s my heart connection with God and as I age I have to find ways to keep it part of my routine. Also with writing I’m trying to push myself to explore different projects. I’m working on memoir exercise and this week wrote a poem. This book was in my Allume goodie bag. Thanks for recommending it.

  2. Hi dear one! My computer was down for a week and I forced myself to shut down a bit and not freak out that this I was going to miss out on something in this online world. I admire your obedience and courage in unplugging more.

  3. Barbie, I read that book for a book club I started in January. Such a good read.
    I know this quiet; this wrestle. I’m slowly working through it and praying for wisdom and guidance in this journey, to know God’s will and that I might be obedient to follow Him.
    Oh, so thankful for His grace.

    • Oh yes, I couldn’t endure this without His grace. I would find myself forcing my own way, wanting to fulfill my own desires. I just want Him and His will. Blessings!

  4. Barbie,
    You may be quiet but your comments from others certainly isn’t quiet. Even in not talking you bring music with your posts. I have Emily’s book and it is on my reading list, after The Circle Maker.
    Praying that during this quiet time you can hear His Words clearly. Thanks for the linkup (and it is LInky Tools which isn’t working tonight).
    Blessings friend,
    As for art – I did a children’s activity fair for 4 hours today outside. Busy times. Sold some books and stuffed Tadeos too.

    • Thank you for your encouragement Janis. I love this community, who continues to read and be encouraged even though I’m not writing. Congratulations on the book sales!

  5. Hi Sweet Barbie! I came to link but see it’s not working. But that’s ok. I’ll pop back in a bit! Besides looky threre- my post auto links with the comment. lol …
    I believe that because God is creative…the Creaor, He is creative in me. And sometimes I am creative in surprising ways that I did not know, until He shows up in that way! ANyway, the book sounds affirming and so good. I am so behind in reading…but, ya know, I just roll with it. Love you!

    • Oh friend, I have stacks of books and I’m not the avid reader I use to be. Can you believe I am still reading books #1 and #2 for the year? Oh the shame!

  6. When I began this new year, I believe I heard the Lord say to my heart, “The making of a home is your art.” It seems to the degree He draws my heart to the nations is the same degree He draws my heart home.

  7. I have Emily’s book, but haven’t read it yet. What you have posted was beautiful. I seem to be in a weary season myself right now. So, the way I am making art is finding a way to stay close to the Lord, in spite of a spirit that is mourning.

    Thanks for this much-needed dose of encouragement!


    (I wasn’t able to link up using the photo from my blog, so I tried the generic icon from Linky. It worked, though it’s not nearly as pretty as my flower photo! Wanted to still be part of the party. Hope whatever’s wrong will be fixed soon!)

  8. A lot of inspiration here, Barbie, and a lot to think about. I’m not sure how I’m making art today. I do know that there are intentional things I do in hopes of bringing glory to God. Like sharing insights into His word. And there are {hopefully} other, unintentional ways that I bring Him glory simply by obeying His word in everyday situations and life. I guess {hope} maybe those unintentional times, when I’m just being an ordinary clay pot, are the time when God is creating His art through me. Thanks for sharing this, I’ve added this one to my “want to read” list – have a lovely weekend!

    • “maybe those unintentional times, when I’m just being an ordinary clay pot, are the time when God is creating His art through me.” Such wisdom! YES!

  9. I loved that book – just finished it a week or two ago. It was the only thing I asked for for Christmas and I didn’t get it…so I got if myself!

    It’s so freeing to know that we can live our lives creatively and make art in whatever we are doing.

  10. Barbie, I hope Emily’s words speak life to who God created you to be. I love her big picture approach to art and how God’s grand design comes out in a million small ways as He works in our lives. Blessings to you as you continue to rest! Love, Rachael @ Inking the Heart

  11. Barbie – I loved that book when I read it! I loved that “art” is not limited to one thing but it is how we live our life. It is what pours out from our lives. As you are quiet before Him, may He alone show you the “art” you are to make in the days ahead. You are a blessing to so many, including me!
    For whatever reason, I was not able to link up this morning. It kept coming back with an error message. Sorry that I could not leave a link. I am still grateful to have been here as it is always a joy to read your post & the others that are here.
    Blessings on your weekend!

  12. I love it when God brings a book to us during just the right season. I have a couple of books on my shelf that ministered to me during a difficult time, and I am thankful. Have you ever read the devotional Streams in the Desert? It’s one that is special to me, and a great read for times when you are in the dry valley.

    Praying for you again this morning, sweet lady. May you find rest and renewal in the quiet with Him. Hugs

  13. There is so much beauty in being made in the image of the ultimate creator! 🙂 Right now my art is the art of dancing the delicate steps of parenting a boundary-pushing toddler. There’s been lots of typical toddler art going on, too… like on the walls. 🙂 Thank you for this great post. Emily’s book is on my to-read list. 🙂 I cant wait to get my hands on it.

    Thanks for hosting the link-up! It’s one of my favorites!


    • Kelsey, I remember those toddler years all too well, and the markings on the wall. Praying God gives you much grace and strength. Have a lovely week!

  14. Oh sweet friend… well I am learning (still) to lean in and do it brave… (do it scared!) I have literally made art for God doing prophetic art again and it felt great… as well as leading out in a few other areas or sharing/teaching and leading in prayer… all so much a part of my heart and my calling!

    Love you so, Barbie! Again – thanks for giving us a place to gather here… to lift up and encourage!
    Have a blessed weekend!

    • And I love your art. Prophetic art is one of the ways I connect with the Father. I want to do more of it. So soothing for my soul. Hugs!

  15. Barbie, I’ve been praying for you, hope your quiet is renewing your soul. I haven’t read Emily’s book yet, but it’s on my reading list. I have a copy of her book, but I have so many wonderful books I want to read I haven’t gotten to her’s yet. I want to recommend another book I think you will enjoy reading Restless by Jeannie Allen. She’s an amazing teacher of God’s Word. Blessings, Kasey

    • Hi Kasey! Thank you so much for your prayers. That really encourages my heart. And I believe Jeannie’s book will be on my list soon. I should have snagged it today while it was on sale!

  16. Barbie,
    I love this title and this post! Why? My art is from my heart and soul, which the Lord has given me! Yes, He has! For 22 years, I was a teacher and, later, an assistant principal. Then, after 22 years in education, I decided to create Christian and inspirational art that inspires and lifts others…full time. It was just that simple and no one understood why I made the change. Even when I tried to explain, my family, friends and colleagues looked at me as if I had lost my mind. Maybe, I did lose it! It’s a loss that I will never regret! JOY!!! But, when you are given “the go” from the Holy Spirit, you get up and run. Smiles! I usually leave my blog link whenever I post a comment, but for this post, I left my Etsy art shop link for your eyes and heart. Much joy!

  17. Oh my, if art is how I’m living my life, then I must be an awful mess. Lol! 😀 I’ve been wanting to read this book. I’m glad you shared about it. Writing it down as the next one to add to my Kindle. Have a great weekend, my friend.

  18. Oh, I just love this whole idea, the pinnable image and the amazing video. Let’s keep the focus on God! My daughter is starting high school this year and the school is named after a women who was all about the little things. These things matter to God and they make a difference in healing a broken world.

  19. I love that we are not relegated to only one thing in life! We can serve God and bring Him glory in many ways! It is not just the big splashy things but the small day to day things that make a difference!

    Have a great weekend!

    Love, Joan

  20. “Art is how you live your life.” Those words will be on my heart today as I too struggle with this writing stuff. Love you. Your really do keep ministering to me. Thank you.

  21. These days, I am working in the Art of Homemaking. 🙂 (And there really is an art to doing it well.) Home with my parents for a while, I have been tending to the basic housekeeping that my mom has not been able to do since she’s been ill. Cleaning and relining the kitchen cabinets, sorting the closets, grocery shopping and cooking for more than just me. I’ve even been out shoveling through the ridiculous amounts of snow we’ve been getting here in Mid-Michigan. I thought it would be tedious, but it has been an unexpected blessing for which I give God much praise. It has soothed my weary soul and I needed it.

    Still praying with you as you continue on your journey through silence. God bless you.

    ~ Cassandra

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