Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #115 — Praise Dancers for God

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It’s another Facebook Friday!

Praise Dancers for God is a great place to network with other dancers and see what other folks are doing in the worship arts. People post links to workshops and seminars happening in the arts and dance! Another great place to network with like-minded worshipers!

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #108 — Soaring like Eagles

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Dr. Pamela Hardy created the Eagles International Training Institute to mentor and train leaders of worship art ministries around the world. Below is Pamela ministering through dance with Yvonne Peters to Grace Flows Down. You’ll notice about 4:13 in, the music switches from the recording to live music by the event’s worship team. It’s obvious that the Holy Spirit’s healing power and anointing was flowing and the participants did NOT want to leave the beauty of the moment: Continue reading

Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #104 — Embodied Prayer

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Embodied PrayerI consider Embodied Prayer: Towards Wholeness of Body, Mind and Soul by Celeste Snowber a must-read for any creative Christian who uses his or her body in their art form (dancers, actors, actresses, etc) and for those interested in praying through movement.

For many of us, we check our bodies at the doors of our churches like a coat-check at a restaurant. We engage our minds and our hearts in worship, but our bodies are in exile in the pew. We sit quietly and pray when our bodies long to reach out to Him who hears the words we can and cannot say. As a very kinetically-oriented person, this book awakened my mind to the Hebraic understanding of the body; my soul to the knowledge that I am a temple of the Holy Spirit; my heart to an awareness of God’s joy as I worship Him through movement; and my body to the possibilities in all of this!

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #99 — Beautiful Dance to Oceans

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HIllsong Oceans DancerI love the song Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong United. Love even more that this group did such an amazingly creative dance to it!!

May you be brought into the Lord’s protective presence as you watch and listen. May you know that even as Christ calls you out upon the water, He will guide you and keep you safe. Connect to this dance at the link below:

Hillsong United “Oceans” Dance

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #94 — Freedom in the Dance

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Freedom In The Dance Ministry (FITD) is an evangelistic
praise dance ministry that travels the world teaching and ministering in dance. Established and ministering since 1988 under the direction and leadership of Mickye Castillo, who serves as the Director of Dance under Bishop T.D. Jakes at the Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas.

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #84 — Ad Deum Dance

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Ad DeumAd Deum Dance is a professional modern / contemporary dance company based in Houston, Texas. Under the director of founder Randall Flinn, who established the company in January 2000, dancers come to Ad Deum seeking to be connected with a community of artists that share a common vision and desire. The mission of Ad Deum is to create and perform excellent and vital works of dance that serve to wash over the heart and soul of humanity with relevant meaning and redemptive hope. They tour all over the world!

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #82 — Art Against Injustice

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Art against injustice: Justice Sees illustrates the sobering reality of human trafficking and the way God cries out to the oppressed.

Dancer: Rebecca Ludwick www.krswing.com

Dancer: Rebecca Ludwick http://www.krswing.com

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #81 — Christian Artists

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FBAnother Facebook Friday!

Today’s group is called Christian Artists and its group description reads as follows:

Christian artists, Christian dancers, Christian painters, Christian sculptors, Christian musicians, Christian singers, Christian actors, Christian writers and poets.
We are interested in networking and showcasing excellence in the arts for God’s glory. 

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #79 — Praise Dance Life

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Jocelyn RichardToday I want to introduce you to Jocelyn Richard, an anointed dancer minister and teacher filled with joy and wisdom. She has served as the chief dancer and choreographer for the Elim International Fellowship in Brooklyn, New York. She performs and teaches across the US and even in the Caribbean. She is a regular speaker at many worship dance conferences! Continue reading

Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #74 — Resurrection’s Power

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ResurrectionI have always loved this dance by Praise in Motion dance company. I reference this dance in chapter seven of my book God’s Creative Gift, in my discussion on seasons in the life of the creative Christian. The dance is to the song Resurrection by Nicol Sponberg. I especially love the way in which they use fabric—like a shroud—and how they cast it away trying to free themselves from death’s emptiness. The piece is deeply moving.

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #71 — Worship Dance FB Page

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FBIt’s another Facebook Friday! Today’s group is simply called Worship Dance. It’s a great group where folks who love to worship through dance, movement and flags can network and share resources. The group is administered by good ole’ me!  🙂  The group description is short & sweet:

Christian dancers and creative worshipers from around the world!!

There are over 1,000 members and it’s growing every day!

Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
– Psalm 103:1

Let’s shake those shackles off our feet so we can dance!!

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #69 — Rebirth Arts

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Today I would like to direct you to The Journey to Rebirth blog. Although the author herself is a dancer, this blog is NOT just for dancers. Addressing a variety of topics, it’s for anyone in leadership or ministry—and it is written for those of us with an artist’s heart. I have been blessed on more than one occasion by Rasheeda’s blog. It’s worth the follow!

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #54 — Paradosi Ballet

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Paradosi Ballet Company shares the Love of Christ through dance, drama and personal witness. The first professional ballet company in the Pacific Northwest, they serve under the direction of Joel and Tennille Carver.

This is the company performing “Amazing Grace” in Avignon, France. I love the backdrop of BEaUtiful architecture behind them!

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #29 — Dancing for Him

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Today I want to introduce you to Lynn Hayden and Dancing for Him Ministries. I had the honor of meeting Lynn at a women’s conference on the East Coast a decade or so ago. As we sat down and talked of dance and ministry, I quickly realized that not only was she a wealth of information, she was filled with wisdom!! She was also filled with HOPE and PEACE and JOY! She is absolutely delightful! I treasure that moment in my life!

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #20 — Moving to Scripture

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CaraMayan was developed by my friend Mary Jones, founder of International Christian Dance Fellowship. CaraMayan is a way of combining simple movement with scripture. This way of moving is sometimes called “embodied prayer,” and I’ll post more about that subject in the future. CaraMayan is very calming and meditative in nature and a great way to help you memorize scripture as the movement often helps the words become more a part of your being.

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #15 — Vertical Movement

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Vertical MovementVertical Movement offers contemporary based workshops across the United States where the main focus is to use dance as communication to God and others. Workshops are held Friday evening and all day Saturday and often end with a showcase of worship through dance.

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #9 — Danced Prophetic Word

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Marlita Hill is a dance minister, a dance educator, a choreographer, and author of Dancers! Assume the Position, a Biblically-rooted examination of the dance minister’s purpose and role as artist.

Watch as she dances an excerpt from her book. And note that it is SO MUCH MORE than just an excerpt. It is a prophetic word to ALL ARTISTS and CREATIVES! If you only have 5 minutes today, watch and listen and be released as priests of God’s glorious praise!

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Create-A-Day 2015: your daily dose of creativity

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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. So in 2015, I will be doing a daily* post to undergird your ministry, to lead you to resources to nurture the creative spirit within, and to draw you more deeply into your worship of Jesus Christ. Starting in January, watch for “Create-A-Day” blog posts. My goal is to provide you, the creative Christian, with over 250* resources to help you develop your ARTistry, CREATivity & capacity for BEaUty. What kind of resources? Books, worship arts ministries, video series, websites, conferences—all geared towards artists, creatives, worshipers and people serving in worship and creative arts ministries.

Whether you are a musician, singer, composer or worship leader; a painter, sculptor, sketcher, photographer or graphic artist; an actor, playwright or film producer; a weaver, potter, seamstres or silversmith; a writer of poetry, prose or non-fiction; a dancer, flagger or abandoned worshiper, I hope to post resources that will help you as you develop the creative gift God has placed within YOU!

So, visit my blog every day* to see what creative resource I’ve hunted down for you. You can stay connected daily 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, serving as worship arts ministry pastor, worship leader, and creative arts director. She has coordinated 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 called 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.

Interview with the Author

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Interview with Miranda A Uyeh: Miranda is the author of To Die Once: An Inspirational RomanceShe is also an entertainment and book blogger and editor of To Be A Person blog. She asked some thought-provoking questions. You can read our interview here. Her blog also has many other interviews worth reading!!

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Jody Thomae is the author of God’s Creative Gift–Unleashing the Artist in You: Bible Studies to Nurture the Creative Spirit Within. You can purchase a copy of her book at: Wipf & Stock PublishersAmazon and Barnes & Noble.