Hello and welcome to my series of articles on The Creative Call by Janice Elsheimer. Each Wednesday I post an article about my journey through the book. This week’s article is about Chapter Three: Awakening. I tried to read the chapter as Janice suggested. I read a little each day, wrote in my journal every morning, worked on memorization, and did the exercises.
Chapter 3 inspired me to read the Bible. I looked up the scriptures Janice mentioned and also found other scriptures about artists and craftsmen. At one point, I was sitting on the couch with my journal, an extra notebook, The Creative Call, three different Bible versions, pencil and pen. I was having a great time!
The memory verse for the week is Exodus 35:10, “All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the Lord has commanded.” What a great honor it must have been for those artists to have been called by God to create.
We have been called too!
I had a very productive week creatively. I finished a painting and did two sketches for two more paintings. They are ready to go. One sketch is already on watercolor paper. I also did an experimental painting of pen and ink with watercolor. For some reason I have been wanting to do that for quite some time. I figured, “Why wait?”
Experimenting was therapeutic for me. I got lost in the process. Maybe that is why Janice says, “Be gentle with yourself, but banish the idea that you can wait until you are ‘in the mood’ or ‘inspired’ to get busy with your art.” If you begin making art, then the Lord has a chance to work through you. If you don’t do anything, how can he help?
The Exercise 3 assignment on page 45 said to finish the sentence, “If I could trust in the Lord’s provision, I would……” I wrote a page of these sentences. Some of the things I said I would do were pretty crazy. Some things I wrote were totally out of the blue. I had no idea I had some of these desires. Try this exercise and see what you come up with. You might surprise yourself too.
In Exercise 4, you are to list things you need to be able to practice your art. I did not list the things most people would. My list consisted of things like: faith in myself and God, courage to get back in the studio and start working, as well as confidence in my abilities. It isn’t that I am not being creative. It is that I am not being creative in the way I think I should be. But looking back on my week, I think I am (do I dare say?) awakening.
I would like to end this article with words from Janice that come across as a blessing. She said, “Throughout this week and the weeks to come, whether you are writing in your artist’s daybook, observing the world around you, praying, listening to the prompting of the Spirit, exercising, or taking care of the ordinary tasks of daily living, remind yourself that you are awakening.” Have a great week!!!!
We are trying to awaken our creativity this week. Please bless us with what we need whether it is supplies, a place to do our art, or a new attitude. Bless us with the ability to see your plan. Give us insight and opportunity. We ask this in Christ’s name. Amen.
Next Wednesday we will talk about Chapter Four: Forgiving.
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