As we travel through life we also make a spiritual and creative journey that alters over time with our own growth in knowledge and experience.
My life and creativity have been inextricably linked; there have been brief seasons of plenty, overshadowed by many fallow times too.
As I reflect back, I can see surprisingly rich pickings in experience as gold glints all the brighter through the murky detritus of dark places.
If you had suggested to me, only a few years ago, that good things would come out of bad, then I would have found it hard to believe you. All seemed lost and hopeless as I battled demons from my past.
But here I am now:sharing my story, hopes, dreams, lessons learnt in the dark nights of the soul, and revealing grace glimmers shining brightly throughout it all.
And I share, as always, with the objective of encouraging you to believe that you too can walk through painful times and come out the other side – not necessarily unscathed, but able to trace God’s hand at work keeping you safe, loving and protecting you, and never leaving or forsaking you, no matter how it may feel.
The words, “I am a writer” do not sit easy yet or roll blithely off the tongue. Rather, I tread warily in this brave new world, aware that they could be sharp stones to catch myself on, trip me up, stumble over and cut me open – revealing the full raw vulnerability within.
I also tread secure in my small corner invisibility, daring to speak with such audacity only because the One who beckoned me on this journey also accompanies, encourages, anoints and equips every step of the way.
He leads and I follow with hesitant, tentative step, knowing in my heart that this is an act of faith as I walk Ezekiel – like, marvelling at how God breathes life into dead things.
He calls those things which are not as if they were, and wants me to believe it too.
So I take His hand, strengthened by His voice of wisdom directing, leading and guiding my creative journey as He does the rest of my life.
If you are wondering whether or not you are a writer, may I encourage you to just do it? Pour your heart and soul out in words, in offering, and dare to share them.
One day, we will read and be thankful that you did. And so will you. Writing is cathartic, releasing and freeing, as well as a valuable contribution to life’s rich tapestry of experiences.
The world needs to hear and receive your creative voice too:in words, poetry, prose, through art, music, craft-making, home-keeping, sewing, baking – however you want to express it, the sky is the limit – simply enjoy creating as you were created to do.You may have been seriously discouraged, derailed and disappointed by other people’s responses, your own low self-esteem or lack of confidence.
But you don’t have to stay stuck there.
I am living proof, in the Autumn of my life, that it’s never too late to start again.
Your reach may be large or small, with an appreciative audience or none at all.
Once you recognise you have the spirit and soul of a writer then you need to write, regardless of who pays attention or not
So do have a go.
Resurrect those dust-laden drawings, painting, poetry, prose, that creative urge; give them a good shake down and tell yourself, “Yes, I am a writer/poet/artist/creative person”, and go create, my friend!
What hinders or helps the expression of your creativity?
How can you begin to enjoy being creative once more?
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