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
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