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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Revise with God-sight

by Christina Hubbard

Revising often halts my creating. I rewrite, reword, delete whole sections, and even restart completely. I’ve lost good work because my inner perfectionist could not be satisfied.

But revision is not meant to keep us from sending our work into the world, it is meant to make something better. If we look at revision as the shaping of our craft, not a striving for near perfection, we come close to God’s intention through the gift of creativity.

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Love from a Fellow Creative

When I started writing my recent book Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community, I was certain God had picked the wrong person for this idea. I asked Him, “Couldn’t you find someone more eloquent, someone with a bigger following or more influence?” He very clearly whispered in my ear as I prayed, “No one would do this exactly as you would. No one would pick the topics and tell the stories like you will. And this is what I want.”
Friend, you are what God wants. Your life, just as it is. Your voice. You. Go write, create, and follow Him.
Amelia Rhodes, author & speaker.  

About face! I can revise your life. Look, I’m ready to pour out my spirit on you; I’m ready to tell you all I know. Proverbs 1:23-MSG

How does revision enhance your creative process?

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Your Best Work

by Christina Hubbard

How do you know

Your work

Is enough?

Word counts, awards,

Speaking gigs, likes?

Comments, shares,

Bookings or checks?

How you work

In silent obscurity

Will be your best

Indicator.

Love from a Fellow Creative

Every piece of creative work I put out into the world leaves me vulnerable and tender. I know it is the necessity of my soul to get it out yet it’s reception into the world is wrought with fear.  Years ago I printed Isaiah 43:1 and now carry it with me like a banner of God’s design. “I have called you by name, you are mine.” It forces me to remember that my words, my life, my creative journey while leaving me tender, is actually tenderizing.  I know that I am blanketed in the love of a God who truly knows me. I am made for this – I am known for this.

 -Kristen Lehman, writer. Five for Flying.

Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work. Colossians 3:23-25 MSG

What helps you know your work is enough?

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