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Awaken Art: Becoming Living Art – Week #1 — 30 Comments

  1. Oh, Barbie. This. This is where I am exactly. I just started reading A Million Little Ways and I can not move past the first chapter. My mind and heart are so full. I am looking forward to this series my friend, to listen to your heart spill over and to simple be inspired by you!

    • Oh Kelli, I’m so thankful that we will be essentially taking this journey together. For the sake of this series, I’ve had to move along in my reading, but you must see all the highlights and notes in my book. So thankful to be on this journey with you, of experiencing the art that we were created to live!

  2. You are such a beautiful artist, Barbie. The thought of us being a living breathing offering of art to the world, according to what our Creator had in mind when He created each of us… it’s a thing that is beyond my wildest imaginings!

    • I think it’s important to see ourselves as artists, in all that we do. I’ve never look at my life as artful before. This book is helping me to see who I am truly called to be.

  3. You are a beautiful and amazingly talented artist, Barbie. This post makes me SO happy.
    I struggle with the answers that first come to mind to your questions but I know it’s the enemy and I’m continuing to work at pushing him away and keeping my eyes focused on God. I know there is an artist within me…but maybe, just maybe, it’s something different from writing. Resting in Him and waiting…
    Love you,
    Beth

    • I have no doubt that you are an artist. I am thankful I get to witness a little bit of it through your writing. I know He has even more amazing things for you to do.

  4. “It’s time to live as though we believe we have something to offer.” This is so true. I haven’t read this book (yet) but am excited to read your impressions as you blog through the book. We all do have something to offer…and we don’t have to compare or one-up one another. When we do that, I believe we are inspiring others to be able to offer what they have as well with no fear. Great post, Barbie!

    • Thank you Holly. I only want to offer what it is He’s given to me. I think I need to continue to get my eyes off of my surroundings and hone in on Him and all the many blessings He has given to me. Thanks for reading!

  5. I look forward to visiting with you on Mondays. Art and the expression of it, is the rhythm of my life. The more I am in sync with the Creator, the more creative I become, while the rhythm moves as a fluid dance. The book sounds fascinating. More Grace, Donna

  6. I’m so glad you’re doing this series, Barbie! I had been looking forward to it – forgot about it – and then was thrilled to find you in my inbox this morning! What you are saying is resonating with me, and the studies I’ve done on the gifts of the spirit, the things which God has taught me about the way He works through those gifts in me, is tying in nicely. Looking forward to next week!

    • Thanks June! It’s been a while since I took a gifts test. I should do that too! Thankful to have you along on this journey of discovery.

  7. I can totally relate Barbie! I have a hard time seeing my mundane & routine-driven life as a work of art. I don’t feel artistic or creative unless I am doing something artistic or creative. Living life as art and seeing it that way is definitely a paradigm shift. I have been wanting to read Emily’s book, and I think you’ve just convinced me!

    • That’s exactly how I felt before reading this book. Now, I am being very intentional at seeing everything that I do as art. Have a blessed week Sarah!

  8. I must read this book! I’m looking forward to reading more of your journey to discovering the art you were created for. Isn’t that the hardest part? The what and why?
    When I was younger I truly didn’t think my word mattered to anyone, but now I see they do. And I want others to know theirs do as well. Our words, our art it ALL matters.
    Bless you on this journey!

  9. BARBIE! This new adventure is just wonderful! Thanks for sharing how this wonderful book is helping you! MUST get it! I’m kind of partial, but I only see a beautiful masterpiece, created by God that keeps evolving right here before my eyes! So glad & proud to know you! Looking so forward to this on Mondays!

  10. I am so happy to read this post of your Barbie! You are an artist; so creative. I get to go to art class with our Pre-K 3 class and the teacher always tells me to let the children go. Do what they do best and don’t try to control it. God gifts each one of us differently and I love that. I’ve read about this book so maybe it needs to be my next Kindle purchase. I love to read while I’m exercising on the treadmill. Two things at once …

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

    • I enjoy watching the children in my 4-6 year preschool class at church make art. Oh to see life through their eyes. And yes, definately get the book. Such an eye opener.

  11. Clearly I need to get my hands on this book. I do believe God planted the dream of creating art within my heart from the very beginning. It’s only been the last ten years that I’ve felt a strong push to grow and create though, and like you, I never think what I have to offer is good enough.

  12. I loved this book & will probably read it again & again, as needed. I think my one main take away this time was that my life is an expression of art, not necessarily what I do. Art is a form of expression. My life should express the life which lives in me, which makes me alive. My desire is that He would awaken in me only that which will express & display Him. Barbie, your life is art & you beautifully express Him each time I read your words or see your art. I am looking forward to reading your future posts on Emily’s book. Blessings!

    • That my life is an expression of art really spoke to me too. I have to stop looking at what I do. Even the art I make with painting and writing. What is the art that lies deep inside of me? What is the art that I get to offer up daily. Thankful to have you along on this journey.

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