Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #11 — Resisting Temptation


Today’s post is a perfect example of how an artist (in this case a writer of prose and poetry) can use his or her gift to help bring restoration, redemption and healing to others through their art form. In her piece entitled “Field Guide for Resisting Temptation,” Sarah Wells risks exposure of her own faults and failures to explore the fine line between flirtation and affair.

Her vulnerability won her several awards for this piece including notable essay in Best American Essays 2014 and nominated for inclusion in the Pushcart anthology. But, more importantly, I want you to also take notice of the comment section below the posting.

“I wish I had read this piece a long time ago. I may not have felt so alone, so odd, so needy. Thank you.”

Comments like that reveal that the writer has hit the deep places within, causing her reader to pause, and perhaps, change course. Creativity like this gives an avenue for the Holy Spirit to do his work through you and in others.

I will be posting more about Sarah Wells in the future. For now, I believe this leaves us quite enough to ruminate on for the day.

Blessings of ARTistry, CREATivity & BEaUty, Jody

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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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