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So Will I

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My radio alarm broke through my sleep and I was coaxed from the cosmos of rest, with a song: So will I.  The simple melody began to gain my attention and then in the hearing of my ears came the word creation

 

“God of creation, there at the start, before the beginning of time… no point of reference, You fleshed out the wonder of light…”

 

I am captivated.

 

“and as You speak, a hundred billion galaxies are born, in the vapor of Your breath the planets form…”

 

I have been praying and preparing for a made. Creative Gathering  this April with the women of Lighthouse Christian Church , collecting my thoughts for the opening portion, that talks about how we are all creative. As I keep listening, my heart is stirred with the picture painted about God’s creation. Yet in His love for me,  I am created in His Image and given this gift of creativity. How can I not couple it with my faith and the Gospel of Christ to speak life into peoples lives? This is what we do at a made. Creative Gathering. We connect faith with the creative process for deeper understanding of our Creator.

And believe it or not, it is all encompassed in this song in an instant for me. 

 

“I can see Your heart in everything You say, every painted sky the canvas of Your Grace…”

 

So powerfully crafted are these words, that my chest tightens and my breathing begins to labor.

 

My eyes well with tears of awe.

 

I can hardly articulate it now in hindsight. What I can say, is that I  entered my day completely different than the day before. 

 

“where a 100 billion failures disappear, where You lost your life so I might find it here…If You left the grave behind You, so will I”

 

By the end of the song, with my tear streaked face and forgiven battle scars, I make my way to the shower.

 

“You’re the One who never leaves the one behind.”

songwriters: Joel Houston / Benjamin Hastings / Michael Fatkin 

 

My response,  So. will. I.

Please listen HERE. You won’t be the same.

Full Lyrics HERE

P.S. Women of Lighthouse get ready for a day I pray will leave you changed.

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Living as God’s Beloved with the Women of Elim Evangelical Free Church

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This was our theme for our creative gathering, with the sweet women of Elim Evangelical Free Church. What a joy-filled day! They were welcoming, excited and ready to experience God in a new and different way. The church decor was not only relaxing and inviting it was the perfect setup for what we do at made. They served up a delicious meal of hearty soups, bread and salad and the hospitality and fellowship was genuine and inclusive!

I was filled with anticipation too.

I always am.

It is such a privilege to share God’s truth with others. Sharing the word of God through the creative process can be scarey but from the photos all you can see is creative joy and fun!

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As a creative and a maker of things, I marvel at what an imagination can do if given space, time and encouragement!  I love teaching (if you know me personally you would say that is an understatement) but it is true. I am always tickled when I give the same set of instructions and the same medium to work with,  to a room full of inspired women. I never tire of seeing the eyes widen in discovery or the infectious smile triggered by the spark that ignites creative inspiration.

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This Creative Gathering was no exception. The Creative Team provided guided creative activities through listening and quieting exercises, watercolor play,  journaling and group discussion and a clay project. All of these activities disengaged the analytical mind allowing the language of the imagination  to form something outside of themselves. They got to see their thoughts, ideas, even their faith and gain new perspective.  All through the lense of scripture and Living as God’s Beloved. It was an amazing day!

What I also never tire of, is the connection that is made as sisters in Christ. It is wonderful to watch the creative circle grow as the Lord leads us in new directions. May the Kingdom of the Lord continue to be proclaimed and women of Elim never forget that you are fearfully and wonderfullymade.photo12

 Here are some memories from our day, enjoy!

Thanks Women of Elim! We had an amazing day with you all!

~Heather and the Creative Team at made.

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