From Reflections of God: The Theology of Beauty:
“Gardens are not made in singing ‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade. Even God labored for six days to create a beautiful world.”
Sought after beauty:
A Man Named Jesus
Lord thank you for beauty we have to think about, beauty that is shy. That’s my favorite kind of beauty, the kind that needs to be sought after. The kind of beauty that is discovered with a bit of time and a quiet place to think .~Amen
Whoa it has been awhile since I have written here… lots has changed in my life this past year but one thing hasn’t (I am sure many of you know where I am going with this) the constant love of our Savior! I have been reminded time and time again of His goodness to me.
While I have had some down time this summer (I got a job as a teacher last fall-see what I mean, glorious goodness!) I have been doing a Bible study from if:equip called Reflections of God: The Theology of Beauty and it talks about the following practice of becoming a student of beauty. It is my mission this summer and hopefully beyond, to quietly begin a practice of writing down 5 things of beauty everyday.
Today’s 5 things of beauty:
- Happy art students
- The color of ice tea
- Suzanne’s white hair
- paint on my fingers
The verse seek and ye will find from Matt. 7:7 or from Jeremiah 28:13 talk about this. As a student of beauty I will begin to live and practice this into my everyday life. I want to see with eyes of the Savior. Will you join me?
Living as God’s Beloved.
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!
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.
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 wonderfully…made.
Here are some memories from our day, enjoy!
Watercolor taught by Shauna E.
Clay taught by Heather W.
Journaling time taught by Sarah C.
Thanks Women of Elim! We had an amazing day with you all!
~Heather and the Creative Team at made.
Where are you going?
Do you have a map or a plan?
How will you get there?
Why are you going?
I often ask my kids these questions. Seems silly even now that they are in college. Call me an overprotective mom, but they are essential questions that equip us no matter what journey we take. Whether it is back to college or off on a new career path or into uncharted waters. The beginning of a new year seems to be a time when we reorient our compass and course correct. Which means, it is a good time to ponder these questions once again.
So, however you answer these questions this new year, I hope that you will take time to remember your extraordinary story, contemplate your value, and cultivate new ideas and a new future. Oh and don’t forget, make space for creative expression, because often it is the language that can help you make your map and get you where you are headed.
Here’s to creating space for personal growth, spiritual connections and deep understanding in our lives this year! Enjoy slow, deliberate, meanderings along your path, use your map and above all never lose site of why you are going on the journey.
Wishing you a Happy New Year!
~Heather and the made. Creative Team
made. attendees enjoying a painting project
Creative, transforming, renewing, connecting, refreshing, nourishing, loving, safe, non-competitive, inviting, honoring, joyful, prayerful, inclusive, engaging and celebrating;
these are just some of the words that describe a made. Gathering.
We celebrate being creative by praying, writing, painting, drawing, designing and decorating.
As we create, we find ourselves connecting deeply with our Creator God.We see ourselves as creating alongside our Creator, partaking in His sacred identity.
Join us Saturday, October 15th, 2016 for our fall made. Gathering at our a new venue this year, the Old Town Music Society. Come to be refreshed, renewed, nourished and transformed.
Marion~Teacher & Creative Team Member
It was time, time to head outta town.
We needed to getaway to focus, plan, and dream. The Creative Team at made. headed out to a quaint little village called Leavenworth, in the beautiful Cascades of the Pacific Northwest. Our purpose was to spend time together encouraging, praying and planning our next amazing fall gathering.
We arrived at our destination and to our surprise and delight, our cabins were right on the Wenatchee River.
What an amazing weekend we had dreaming together. You will be in for a treat this fall and I couldn’t be more excited about what we have got in store for you dear attendees! One of which is our new Facebook page. Take a look at it HERE. We will be updating this along with our blog as the Fall Creative Gathering gets closer. Keep checking in with us, we don’t want you to miss a thing!
Here are some pictures from this weekend enjoy.
Marion, LaVaughn, Heather, Michelle, Sara, Cindy
If you would like us to contact you about our Fall Gathering fill in the contact information and we will send you details.
Thanks for inquiring!
~ Heather- made. Dreamer, Leader, Teacher
“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
Simple yet poignant. This is something we will be thinking on as we explore our own stories at this fall’s made. A Creative Gathering.
Space is limited and there are a few spots left, don’t delay. Click HERE for online registration. Registration will close Tuesday Oct. 13th.
I look forward to seeing you there.
The light of change and our hope
As I look out my window, I see a glorious fall day, and I am uplifted by this beauty. Two or three months from now, I will be slogging through the wet darkness we call Puget Sound winter, and I will miss the vibrancy of today. Yet God has shown me that He works in both sunlight and darkness. That is our amazing hope.
This fall our creative work in made. focuses on the contrast between light and darkness, pain and joy–and how God produces beauty by using both. Our own artistry does the same when we follow Him. Join us as we explore our stories together at our next gathering on October 17. Register now HERE!~ Connie
“It was a rich day for me and very fulfilling. I felt refreshed and inspired. And I desperately needed the break from my other life. The team and participants were lovely in every way.”~ Sheila
“…lovely and inviting! I loved the open door to the garden near the food table. Beautifully displayed food. Really loved eating off the glass snack plates-retro!”~ T.
“What a relaxing little retreat! Such a blessing to connect with other women and to delve a little deeper into my own heart. I feel like a the day was just what my spirit needed.” ~Marie
“Loved the worship, Loved the affirmations at the end.”~S
“Very special to spend the day with friends and art projects. I also really enjoyed meeting some new ladies!” ~Lisa
“I was blessed n numerous ways, I was encouraged, stretched, blessed and welcomed. Not knowing anyone except my one friend was exciting to me. I will talk to a tree stump! I loved hear about others in their praises and their struggles. We’re all in different spots in our walk. Because of this, sometimes we’re guides and sometimes we’re the ones trying to find our way. I have raved about my day at made. I came away with a full cup! Thank you for replenishing!” ~Terri
“Tapping into a community of women who care for one another was beautiful in itself. Being encouraged to do soul work by creating, discovering, and layering was a gift from God, with uncanny timing. “~Joan
“There is no society on earth that does not attempt to decorate or embellish or enhance its, dwelling places, its garments, its artifacts, its language, or the human body itself-either with graphic design, or fabric, or song, word, or ritual. Maybe art and religion are aligned because religion also addresses the world in its attempt to seek and find, knock, and trust that God will open the door to truth, beauty, and the meaning of our living.
Art lays bare our realities. And religion opens our experience up to God.”
Luci Shaw from Breath for the Bones, 2007
Enjoy these highlights from our Spring Gathering. It was a time of real beauty. A time of healing, relaxing, and fellowship.
This day was precious, thank you for being with us!
~Heather and The Creative Team, Connie, Marion, and Michelle