If you're interested in checking these books out, you can click on the following titles and be taken to their descriptions at Amazon. Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts by Steve Turner, Art for God's Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts by Philip Graham Ryken, The Heart of the Artist by Rory Noland, 200 Pomegranates and an Audience of One: Creating a Life of Meaning and Influence by Shawn Wood, and The Complete Artist's Way: Creativity as a Spiritual Practice by Julia Cameron.
One of my recent tasks in Julia Cameron's book was to write the following statement: Treating myself like a precious object will make me strong. She even suggested to "calligraph" the statement! I know the statement may seem self-indulgent, but one of the main thrusts of her book is for artists to realize how much they beat themselves up with negative thoughts. She reminds her readers that God loves artists.
Well, that assignment led me to create another piece. My alarm is set to Moody Radio, and one morning I awoke to the reading of Isaiah 45:3, "And I will give you the treasure of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, which calls you by name, am God." I just loved that! Treasure of darkness. Riches in secret places.
I don't often like being in a dark, confusing place in my life (never, actually), but to know He is ahead of me and has already prepared the victory...well, the just gives me great comfort.
I feel as though I am approaching a crossroads in my life - as an artist, parent, Christ follower - all of my roles are changing and need re-evaluated and updated. Everything is kind of up in the air right now. I have always been a Type A - listmaker, and it is a challenge for me to be patient and wait for the dust to settle on this chapter of my life.