Want to dig deeply into what God has to say about artistry, beauty, creativity & worship? Let’s start at the beginning!
“In the beginning, God created…”
The very first activity we find God doing in the Bible is creating. He wasn’t thinking or reading or contemplating or learning—He was creating! Then, at the culmination of His creating, he made man and woman in His own image! YOU are made in the image of a creative God! As an artist or creative person, that should not only empower you, but make you ecstatic! You are His BEaUtiful masterpiece! And it doesn’t end there—the work that flows from your hands, the music that pours from your instrument or voice, the dance that moves through your body, the words composed by your pen, the images reflected in your artwork, are not your own. They are from Another who still longs to speak to His creation, through His creation. May He speak boldly through you! Discover more about what God’s word has to say about the creative gift he’s placed in YOU in God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist Within—truly a book for all God’s worshipers!
Kintsugi of the Soul…
What if you could gather up all the shattered and scattered pieces of your broken heart and surrender them to a Master Artist who would then piece it back together into a BEaUtiful work of heART? Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with a lacquer mixed with powdered gold. As a philosophy, it is rooted in the inherent beauty of all objects, no matter what they’ve endured. The philosophy behind kintsugi is the same one that inspires The Creator’s Healing Power—Restoring the Broken to Beautiful. Kintsugi is a powerful metaphor of Jesus Christ, the Master Artisan, filling and healing the shattered places within. As the broken places are tenderly pieced back together and repaired with his golden healing balm, they become a beautiful place where God’s glory is revealed in our weakness.
Are you ready for Jesus to restore the broken places within? In The Creator’s Healing Power you will discover a path to healing with a focus on artistry, beauty, creativity and worship. Based on the Formational Prayer Model developed by Dr. Terry Wardle, The Creator’s Healing Power is an in-depth and interactive Bible study exploring the connection between healing and creativity, prayer and redemption, surrender and beauty, worship and wholeness.
God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You and The Creator’s Healing Power—Restoring the Broken to Beautiful are both part of the Bible Studies to Nurture the Creative Within series. Find them on Amazon or Kindle today! OR… Save money and get a signed copy from my Square Store here!
Also here on jodythomae.com, feel free to explore hundreds of FREE creative resources, including:
- creative spiritual practices
- Bible Studies geared towards artists, creatives and worshipers
- embodied spiritual practices
Might I suggest the “search this site” tool to help you explore?
May you find inspiration here from God’s Word and from resources of other believer-artists. In the menu you’ll find categories to help you navigate this site: the “Bio” section tells you more about me; the “Book” section provides more info about the Bible Studies to Nurture the Creative Spirit Within series; the “Bible Studies” section includes devotionals very similar to those in my books; the “Music” section is about my devotional CD; the “Media” section connects you to book reviews and interviews; the “Creative Spiritual Practices” tab will take you to a variety of free resources including embodied prayers; and the “Creative Resources” section (broken down into categories to help you find posts specific to your interests) includes links to creative resources and inspiration, as well as my year-long projects in creativity and healing called Create-A-Day 2015 and Kintsugi of the Soul.
Jody Thomae is the author of God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You and The Creator’s Healing Power—Restoring the Broken to Beautiful, in-depth, interactive devotional books that are part of the Bible Studies to Nurture the Creative Spirit Within series and serve as resources for creative Christians and artists. Jody has been involved in worship arts ministry since 1997, serving as a worship arts ministry pastor, worship leader, creative arts director, and coordinating artistic involvement in church services and worship events through dance, drama, poetry and fine arts. She performs, teaches, preaches, coordinates and leads workshops in the area of creativity, spirituality and embodied prayer. She enjoys leading worship at local seminars, retreats and women’s events. She also has a devotional CD entitled Song of the Beloved, available through most musical outlets.
Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made more real through the prophetic use of the arts in church and formational ministry. It is her desire to portray the message of Christ’s desperate and unfailing love for His people to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary. She is particularly interested in the way in which God uses the arts to bring formational development and healing to His people. Life scriptures include Psalm 27; Isaiah 50:4-7; and Zephaniah 3:14-17.
Activities: Offers Embodied Spiritual Direction and hosts retreats through Rooted & Reaching Embodied Care: Integrated Spiritual Direction and Caregiving for Mind, Body, Spirit & Soul. Guest lecturer at Healing Care Ministries Certificate Program in Spiritual Formation & Spiritual Direction. Directs creative and formative worship experiences through Healing Care Ministries. Leads worship, teaches, and performs through dance and drama at area churches, worship events and Healing Care Ministries events.
Teaches on: Embodiment, Creativity and Spirituality; ABCs of Creativity; Incarnational Artistry; Theology of Beauty; Dance as Prayer (Embodied Prayer); Portraying Scripture through Movement; Reclaiming the Body in Healing; Flags & Color Meanings; Symbolism in Worship Movement and the Creative Arts; Moving/Beauty from the Core; the Prophetic and Priestly Roles of the Artist in the Church; Creating Sacred Spaces; Biblical Postures of Worship.
Education: BA in R/TV & Public Communication, Ashland University (1988); MA in Organizational Communication, Ohio University (1990); MA in Religion, Ashland Theological Seminary (2009); and an ordained minister through Christian Global Outreach. She is also a teacher/trainer for Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith, a Christ-centered method of helping people “find embodiment” following assault, addiction and abuse.