Remember…”Do What Comes Easy…” – Let the Light In!

As I was getting ready to take a few pics of Mr. Fish to share with the She Breathes Hope Facebook group, this caught my eye. This image gave me quite the revelation this morning. Let me pre-empt this by sharing a sticky note I have on one of my work blog/folders – “Do what comes easy…” because, for whatever reason, I tend to make things more labor intensive than they need to be.

So here I am encouraging all of you to be creative, to create as a way of noticing, of appreciating, of coping, of peace-seeking, of joy. I know I am not a realistic painter – to draw something as it is seen is not in my skill set at the moment, maybe someday. Painting Mr. Fish, however, did one thing for me… he helped me relax.

Earlier this week, I wrapped up the final edits on the book Awakening to Beauty in Our Midst and also a 5-Day Free Email Workshop – Creativity As Praise.  To now have the time to play with color and texture with my hands, was so much fun.  However, Mr. Fish did not turn out in any way how I planned.

Back to this morning, I see this light on the kettle, and my heart skips a beat – I grab the camera – the result brings me great joy.  Photography comes easier to me.

My thought of the day is this – as creatives the voices in our head will try and discourage and tell us we’re not good enough, you need to be better. Remember in those times to also do what comes easy, what brings you joy. Maybe the Lord is challenging you into a new skill set, but remember to always go back to what comes easy. This is where our confidence, faith, and trust in the Lord are nurtured as a creative person.  It’s in the skills/gifts that are inherently within – where His light, love, and our perceived value resides.  In a world of comparison, thoughts that lie, chronic illness…etc. – be kind to yourself – it is indeed His will.

“To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.” Proverbs 19:8
“There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” This includes condemnation for your own self.”  Romans 8:1
“This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come, I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.”  2 Corinthians 13:10