Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #2 — Abbey of the Arts

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Abbey of the Arts encourages transformative living through contemplative and expressive arts. It is an online global monastery offering pilgrimages, retreats, books and reflections to nurture contemplative practice and creative expression. You can sign up for their email newsletter and other free creative resources on their website abbeyofthearts.comArtist's RuleThis amazing website, filled with resources, is brought to you by Christine Valters Painter, PhD, a Benedictine oblate and author of many books including The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom. On the Abbey website she states:

“I believe, along with the great writer Dostoevsky, that ‘beauty will save the world.’  At the very least it has saved me more times than I can remember from dwelling in a place of despair at the world.  I believe that when we tend to the birthings in our hearts, we cooperate with a divine creative force at work, always bringing something new into being.  The artist’s path matters in this world where it is so easy to grow cynical and believe nothing will change.”

From the heart of a true artist indeed! Pay Abbey of the Arts a visit today!

Blessings of ARTistry, CREATivity & BEaUty, Jody

P.S. If you missed Friday’s post, click here!

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What is Create-A-Day? Just as One-A-Day® Vitamins help restore the nutrients we deplete in our bodies, so too do we need to refill, replenish and renew our creative souls. In 2015, watch for daily* posts to undergird your ministry; lead you to resources to nurture the creative spirit within; and draw you more deeply into your worship of Jesus Christ. My goal is to provide you, the creative Christian, with over 250* resources to help you develop your ARTistry, CREATivity & capacity for BEaUty. Books, worship arts ministries, video series, websites, conferences—all geared towards artists, creatives, worshipers and people serving in worship and creative arts ministries. So, visit my blog every day* to see what creative resource I’ve hunted down for you. You can stay connected by following me on Twitter or Facebook. Or better yet, sign up to receive email updates by clicking the button to the left. We’ll watch the resources pile up as the year unfolds!

* I am a proponent of family time and Sabbath rest so don’t look for posts on weekends or Holidays.
Jody Thomae is the author of God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You, a 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, coordinating artistic involvement in church services and regional worship events through dance, drama, poetry and fine arts and has had the opportunity to perform, teach, choreograph, preach, coordinate and lead workshops in the area of creativity, spirituality and embodied prayer. She has also recently released a devotional CD, 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. Life scriptures include Psalm 27; Isaiah 50:4-7; and Zephaniah 3:14-17.
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