When Rejection Refines

by Christina Hubbard

I’ve been let go.

I’ve been critiqued.

I’ve been rewritten.

I’ve been unfriended.

I’ve been erased.

I’ve been rejected.

So have you.

But we will not stay down.

Never.

We gird strength upon strength,

Knowing upon knowing,

Failure upon failure.

We are gold,

Dug up,

Dusted off,

Chiseled,

Refined,

Becoming like the ultimate Maker:

How brilliant we shine!

Blinding!

Love from a Fellow Creative

As creatives we face rejection. Sigh. If only it weren’t so. Honestly, rejection doesn’t feel good. Not at all. It feels like the end. But it isn’t. Rejection isn’t the end, it’s just a chance to try again.

Susie Finkbeiner, writer & musician.

We all know how silver seams the rocks, we’ve seen the stuff from which gold is refined, We’re aware of how iron is dug out of the ground and copper is smelted from rock. Miners penetrate the earth’s darkness, searching the roots of the mountains for ore, digging away in the suffocating darkness. Far from civilization, far from the traffic, they cut a shaft, and are lowered into it by ropes. Earth’s surface is a field for grain, but its depths are a forge Firing sapphires from stones and chiseling gold from rocks.  Isaiah 28:1-6 MSG

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Following the Call

by Christina Hubbard

Follow fast

The way

Set within you.

Walk Confidence Boulevard.

God’s trees release their colors

Falling in your hair,

On your shoulders,

At your feet.

Love from a Fellow Creative

In those times when I wonder if what I make is good enough; when I compare what I make to others’ work; when I get consumed with wondering if others will like what I do; in those times I try to refocus on the reasons why I create.

For me, creativity and the act of creating are about the process. And the process serves two purposes. The first, and main one is that creating is an act of worship. We were created by God who is Creator. We were created in His image to be creators ourselves. So when I walk through the woods with my camera or sit down to cut and glue and paint in my art journal, I find that these activities become spiritual acts – no different than when I sit down to read my Bible or pray. I connect with God in these times and through these practices. And, more often than not, God speaks to my heart in the process.

The other purpose of the process for me, as an introvert, is about restoring the energy I have used up in the outer world. Gaining knowledge of how I am put together has been so beneficial in enabling me to keep on going through the stressful and busy times of being in fulltime ministry. Art time and time taking photos outside refuel my mind and soul.

My husband often encourages me with a phrase used to encourage baseball pitchers: trust your stuff. Remember why you create. Remember Who you create for. Know yourself and trust your stuff.

-Mary Brack, art journaler & photographer.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

How will you follow the Creator’s call this week?

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My Light Connects with Yours

by Christina Hubbard

God punched out light shafts

In the black sheet of night

With a straight pin.

What shone through

Were not individuals

But the shape

To which my light

Connects to yours.

We constellate

Telling worldly sailors

Stories of how

We are all formed

From nothing,

Our breathing is stardust.

Love from a Fellow Creative

Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:19)

So we can step out, we can walk on the water. Because Jesus is right there. And if we get a little nervous, if we hyperventilate a little bit, He has His arm stretched out. Maybe not, changing the situation, but supporting us as we walk with Him.

So what is out of your comfort zone? What are you feeling God is calling you to do? That next thing?

That new thing?

That God breeze you aren’t sure what to do with?

Trying a new type of creative endeavor?

Keep your eyes focused on your goal, on your calling.

On Jesus.

He will never let you sink.

Carol Graft, writer.

How are you connected to other creatives? How does this give you courage?

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Overcome with Worth

by Christina Hubbard

So we are overcome

By the wave

Of gratitude,

For creative gifting,

God-breathed worth.

We bow our lives

Over

The struggle undoing us,

What compassion You have

For fragile hearts.

Love from a Fellow Creative

For too long, I couldn’t put value to my creative writing until someone else had seen it and how told me they found value in it. I’ve been thinking about how such an attitude has affected my productivity. God gifted me with the ability to write and I’m invited to create alongside Him! Could it be that all God wants from us as creatives is simply to create? For me, that means writing with an eye to pleasing God and no one else. I’m learning to trust He’ll show me when, where and how to share it with others. 

Ingrid Lochamire, writer & artist.

When Jesus got the news, he slipped away by boat to an out-of-the-way place by himself. But unsuccessfully—someone saw him and the word got around. Soon a lot of people from the nearby villages walked around the lake to where he was. When he saw them coming, he was overcome with pity and healed their sick. Matthew 14:13-14 The Message (MSG)

Have you ever been overcome by God’s love for you?

 

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I Cannot Change My Story

by Christina Hubbard

I cannot change my story

Or struggle

Of always wanting

To be good

Enough,

The thread running through

The tension

Taut in my hands,

Between deep pain and breathtaking beauty

Is ringing now like a piano string

Hammered, beautiful

Resonating, on sustain.

Love from a Fellow Creative

Your season of Right Now is not your season of Forever. When family needs are more demanding or work requires more and you’re less able to do the writing you’d like, it doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to do that writing. It means that what God has put in front of you today (this year?) is preparing you to do that writing. For now, it just happens to be within your own soul.

Sarah Steele, writer & photographer.

There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself. Hebrews 13:8 MSG

What is the consistent thread running through your story?

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Rest Because You Are Called

by Christina Hubbard

Because rest stretches our patience,

We fight.

Because it causes us to trust,

We hesitate.

Because it requires us to face frailty,

We ignore.

Because if we let enough be enough,

We are remade.

Love from a Fellow Creative

For the past year or so, I’ve been struggling in my writing, questioning if it’s my calling. God faithfully reminds me of the Parable of the Talents in Matthew (25:14-30).  He says, don’t quit, don’t waste the talents I have given you.  It gives me courage in the stormy chaos to keep moving forward, even if I am unsure of the way, or the answer is silent for now.

Michelle Alvarez, writer & artist.

Because on that day he rested from his work, all the creating God had done. Genesis 2:3 MSG

Because he has made you a co-creator, can you picture yourself moving forward by resting in your calling?

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