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We Will Make Art: Becoming Living Art – Week 12

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Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor.  It’s a gift to the world and every being in it.  Don’t cheat us of your contribution.  Give us what you’ve got. –
Steven Prosfield, The War of Art

To create art means coming to accept that which you have to create.  What is it that the Creator has put inside of us that screams to be released, to make a difference?  God has gifted each one of us with unique qualities, gifts and talents and the only requirement is that we say “yes”.  When we withhold

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Embrace Wonder: Becoming Living Art – Week 11

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The ease with which I am able to release the art I was made to live seems directly related to my willingness to embrace wonder. – A Million Little Ways

Wonder – a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.

This wonder, it’s everywhere I look.  It’s in the cry of a new born baby.  It’s in the majesty of a mountaintop and how it’s peek appears to touch the sun.  It’s in the gentle breeze which whispers heaven’s voice.  It’s in the miracle of healing,

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When You’re Called To Wait: Becoming Living Art – Week 9

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Much good happens in the space where nothing is happening. – Christa Wells, singer/songwriter

Oh how I’ve struggled for the words to share this week.  For I am right in the middle of my season of waiting.  Just when I think I’m ready to pick it all up again, He again asks me to wait. At a loss for words of my own, I will be quoting more from Emily’s book, A Million Little Ways, than I have in previous weeks.  It’s just so good and speaks to my heart so well in this season.

You are in a season of waiting.  When you finally show up ready to release your art by being the person you believe you are created to be, there may be nothing more disheartening than to be asked to wait.  The waiting can drive us mad if we let it.  It can become a merciless dictator, shoving us into shapes we aren’t made for, shapes of worry and doubt and short tempers.

But the waiting can also grow us, shape us from the inside out for sacred work.  This is a kind of work that happens

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Of Tears And Dreams: Becoming Living Art – Week 7

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The art of listening involves so much more than my ears and someone’s voice.  It involves my heart, my mind, will and emotions and it involves paying attention to the world around me as well as how my body reacts to certain things.  After reading Chapter 7 in A Million Little Ways, I have realized that I am still learning to listen.

Listening To My Tears.

I’ve referred to her before, Little Girl Lost.  She’s

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