Planted By God to Display His Glory -Isaiah 61:3

Archive for March, 2012

Divine Creativity

It’s officially Spring and we’ve been blessed with warm weather and bright sunshine for weeks now. There’s sure to be more snow and gray days ahead, yet it’s hard not to be inspired by leaf buds and flowers stalks that hint at the promised beauty of the colors yet to come.

Every spring I find myself in awe of the creativity of God–the emerging sights, sounds and colors of the season inspire and challenge me. Birds sing in my backyard, purple crocuses adorn an empty garden, neighbors appear for afternoon chats and doggy visits. Life is stirring again after prolonged hidden-ness and I find myself wanting to embrace and breathe of it anew.

God is so creative. Life is so creative.

We humans are so creative.

Spring has me pondering our human creativity this week.  How do composers create music? Artists paint? Writers write? Singers sing? Designers design? Builders build? Cooks cook? Dancers dance? Actors act? Speakers speak? Mothers mother?

To create beauty–to be a planting for the display of His glory. That’s my tagline for this blog, and the desire of my heart as a writer.

So today, with the sun shining through my patio window and a robin singing in the backyard, I took a few moments to sit and write the desires of my heart for my creative process as a writer.

It started as a seed and bloomed as this:

What would it be like to catch a divine sentence in a butterfly net?

Beautiful, it flutters near to show off its markings, the colors of its meaning, and the rhythm of its movement.

Yet it has no sound to be heard, no melody—until captured and translated into crooked letters that are placed along a path.

Like crumbs of bread the words entice the hungry to eat, to follow their journey, to discover where they will lead…

Once studied, heard in song and transformed into words to hunger for, the divine sentence is released with gratitude to fly back to its creator.

This is how I wish to write.

If only I could capture a tiny piece of beauty, a glimmer of truth, a portion of His love to share in words–to put His glory on display…all the struggles of the creative process would be worthwhile.

Thank goodness I have a book filled with words of beauty, truth and love to guide me…

Every word you give me is a miracle word— how could I help but obey? Break open your words, let the light shine out, let ordinary people see the meaning. Psalm 119:129-130 (MSG)

 They defeated him (the enemy of our souls) through the blood of the Lamb and the bold word of their witness. Revelation 12:11 (MSG)

The bold word of their witness…

Let’s keep speaking, singing, writing, dancing, painting and creating beauty to put the glory of the Lord on display!

Linda CrawfordHow does God inspire your creativity?

~ Linda

© Linda Crawford, Sunny Side Up, 2012.

Cartwheels for Jesus

Sharing a story about my amazing and wonderful daughter today at Internet Cafe Devotions!

As soon as Sarah could stand, she was dancing. We bought her every pink tutu and flashy leotard we could find. She wore glitter shoes to church—red, white, gold and silver ones. As soon as the music started she was out of her seat dancing in the aisle. Her favorite song to dance to at home was what she called “The Ha-yay-you-yah Chorus.”

Joy should have been her middle name. “Princess Joy” would have suited her well.

I was brought up in a much more conservative church than the ones she knew. No clapping, orderly hymn singing, and certainly no dancing! I still wore sensible black shoes to church…but I didn’t want her to be like me.

I didn’t want her to think believing in Jesus was black shoes and no clapping.

I wanted her to know about the “joy of the Lord” and that the Bible says we are to sing, dance, and make a joyful noise! So I indulged her love of all things glitter and encouraged her freestyle dancing.

After all, I had danced when I was a child too…

Click here to read the rest of the story!

© Linda Crawford, Sunny Side Up, 2012.

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