Welcome all people of ARTistry, BEaUty & CREATivity to God’s Creative Gift where you will find inspiration, Bible studies & resources to nurture the creative spirit within!
Here’s what’s happening…
Jody’s 2nd book in her Bible Studies to Nurture the Creative Spirit series is nearing completion!!
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? A powerful kind of…
Kintsugi of the Soul
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with a lacquer mixed with powdered gold. When an object is broken, rather than discarding the damaged and broken, the pieces are mended, and cracks are filled with precious metal and, in many ways, make the object more beautiful than it was at the start. 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 my forthcoming book.
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.
In The Creator’s Healing Power—Restoring the Broken to Beautiful 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.
Are you ready for Jesus to restore the broken places within?
If you would like to stay informed of progress on publication of the book and/or be added to our prayer team, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, have you read my first book, God’s Creative Gift–Unleashing the Artist in You? Understand what the Bible has to say about artistry, beauty and creativity!
Or… spend some time exploring the many creative resources I’ve found and posted, or my creative spiritual practices and Bible Studies here on jodythomae.com. Might I suggest the “search this site” tool to help you explore?
“In the beginning, God created…” And so too must we!
The very first thing 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!
May you find inspiration here from God’s Word and from resources of other believer-artists. To the left (or above) 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 my first devotional Bible study; the “Bible Studies” section includes studies and devotionals very similar to those in my book; 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 info on YogaFaith; 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 Create-A-Day 2015.
Thank you for visiting. May we together, unleash the artist in you and make His praise glorious!!
Jody Thomae © 2015 All Rights Reserved
Jody Thomae is the author of God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You, an in-depth devotional book with Bible studies to nurture the creative spirit within and to serve as a resource for creative Christians, artists, musicians and worshippers. She 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, choreographs, 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 has recently released a devotional CD entitled Song of the Beloved.
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: Leads worship, teaches, and performs through dance and drama at area churches, worship events and Healing Care Ministries events. Guest lecturer at HCM International Certificate Program in Spiritual Formation & Spiritual Direction. Directs creative and formative worship experiences through Healing Care Ministries.
Teaches on: Creativity and Spirituality; Biblical ABCs of Creativity, Incarnational Artistry; Theology of Beauty; Dance as Prayer (Embodied Prayer); Portraying Scripture through Movement; Flags, Banners & 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); and MA in Religion, Ashland Theological Seminary (2009).