Creating Art

Posted by Danielle Street on Mar 28, 2014 in Blog | 41 comments

Creating Art

Art is everywhere and plays an important part in our spiritual journey. God is concerned with the detail, quality, and beauty of what we each do in our home, church, and job. Whether it’s cooking, painting, writing, gardening, or singing, He’s given each of us ability to create, imagine, explore, and dream.

As I grow, the Lord has been encouraging me to look at life through the eyes of an artist. When we take this step, we will be able to:

1. Completely identify with having a creative God who made us in His image and discover creativity within each of us.

2. Fully understand what it means when the Bible says God is the Potter and we are the clay.

3. Truly comprehend that we are God’s masterpiece and put our faith in action by utilizing our creative gifts to serve.

Please check out the photos below from my classes. The artwork is made by some extraordinary women who have stepped out of their comfort zones to practice creative expression.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10). “Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the Potter; we are all the work of your hand” (Isaiah 64:8).









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41 Comments

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    Danielle, I love that God is the greatest of all the “Greats” in art. The most impressive thing about his method–and the thing I’m learning most lately–is not that he made the heavens and the earth, or the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, or the creatures in the sea. Those things are incredibly impressive and no one can match him, but the thing that demonstrates his absolute mastery in art is that he is in the process of making us! There are things he chooses to let go of, areas in which he invites us to participate. He remains perfectly in control and he will always be the Potter & the Master and we will always be the clay & the masterpiece. But what a wonder it is that he does not manipulate us into something beautiful–as he can the stars. He doesn’t snap his fingers and call it good in regards to holiness. He lets us collaborate & grow into a beautiful work. He doesn’t cover up our imperfections; he incorporates them to make the piece more unique, and to make it part of a bigger picture. Once it is finished, it will tell a story that will show how he took the imperfect and made it perfect.

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      Amen! I agree! Thank you so much, Rebekah, for adding your comment. I love learning from my sisters in Christ. I also find it amazing how God molds and transforms us with His loving and patient hands. Your comment reminded me of a great verse in the Bible: “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

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        exactly!

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    Danielle:

    Yes. It’s all about discovering, and using our creative gifts to serve our maker, and promote His master plan; as you so wonderfully do at “Journey Towards Maturity”.

    Gratefully,

    Richard

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      Thanks, Richard. May you continue to use your creative gifts to serve our mighty God!

      “God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit…Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people!” (I Corinthians 12:4-7 MSG).

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    Danielle, your class has helped me to intentionally look at everything God created through his eyes. Now I notice the smallest detail like how many grands of sand one palm could hold or how every wave in the beach is uniquely beautiful. Just looking at things through His artistic eyes has changed the way I do things. I now feel like an artist (lol) when I clean, do renovations in the house and take care of every day task in my life. Things are really looking beautiful all around me and others are noticing the change God has made in me. Who would of ever thought that I would stop saying I’m not creative. Thank you Danielle for answering God’s call and helping me become an artist in my own little way!

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      Aw, your comment brought joy to my heart, Yvonne!! Praise God! I love how you are looking at life through the eyes of an artist and it has helped you gain healing and strength. Thank you for reminding all of us that we need to stop saying we are not creative. We were all made in God’s image and born with the ability to create!

      “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

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        Amen!!!

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    Danielle – not only does your class inspire us creatively, we are able to learn about one another’s creative gifts and see another side to our sisters in Christ that we would not otherwise get to know about them and that is equally as beautiful as the pieces we create! We also get study more deeply the amazing women of the bible which is so spiritually rewarding and empowering! I just love your class and so grateful to God for proving you to us!!!

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      Thank you so much, Sunshine!! Your comment made me smile! I love how God is working in the class. I hope that we can all boldly share with more people the importance of developing and utilizing the creative gifts we were all given. It’s modeled in the Bible stories from the past and we need to include creative expression in our spiritual journey today!

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    Loving seeing how this group is using art and words to create in HIS name!

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      Thank you, Rachel!! You were one of the women who inspired us in our class to practice the word “CREATE.” Thank YOU!

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    Danielle, your words are always a work of art! The pieces they created are lovely. As one who doesn’t have a gift of being very artistic in the traditional sense, and that includes crafting, I always dread events where there is a craft activity. I fear being exposed for my amazing lack of talent… so I know what a leap of faith it can be to venture into something like this.

    What I’ve learned is that, as you mentioned, art and beauty are in all aspects of God’s world. Each of us has some capacity for creativity. I have recently come to realize how artistic writing and speaking can be. When I tell a story and see the recognition of the “picture” I’m painting on my audience’s faces, I feel like Picasso!

    Thanks for being such a bold inspiration.

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      Aw, thanks, Diane! I’m so glad you added your comment. You are another woman who’s an inspiration to us in my class. Thank you for admitting you sometimes face fear when it comes to making crafts and art projects. I do, too! Even though I have a degree in Art, I still have doubts that what I create isn’t good enough. Thankfully, we can depend on God’s strength, guidance, and creativity along our spiritual journey! I also love how you mentioned artistic expression is found in writing and speaking, too. Often we can make the mistake of thinking art is only found in painting or drawing. May you continue to develop and utilize your creative gifts in your powerful ministry, Diane!

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    Dani,Wow what a beautiful job your student’s did! From the design and color choices it is hard to believe your student’s were not confident in their creative abilities! Not only are these creations a personal blessing to your students, but will continue to speak and bless others as they share the journey they have experienced! The process is just as important as the final product!!

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      Thank you, Lucy. Amen! I agree. The journey is just as important as the end result. I pray that we will all continue to enjoy the process of creating and use it to communicate love to others. Next week, we will be discussing a new woman in the Bible and examining how God’s creative hand healed her. Then we will introduce the art of quilling and learn how it can help us remember Biblical Truths!

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    Danielle, the beautiful HOPE card jumped out at me. Jesus is our hope. This is my theme word for this year. We have hope as we yield ourselves as clay before our loving Father (Potter). This time of year I especially appreciate the artistic side of our Creator as spring flowers paint the garden.

    Blessings as you have blessed your students ~ Wendy ❀

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      That’s wonderful, Wendy! What a fantastic word to focus on this year. May you continue to share what God is teaching you about hope through your creative photography and writing. I look forward to encouraging women to read your testimony in my class soon. I love how you are utilizing creative expression along your spiritual journey!

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    Great post and artwork, Danielle.
    I enjoy art so much more since becoming a follower of Christ thirty years ago. I really believe that is because Christ is the ultimate artist/creator. I think that everyone who has God’s Spirit living in them, will be creative in some way.

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      Yes, we are all have creativity within us! Thanks, Bill. I truly admire how you utilize creative expression in your writing on your blog. You have even overcome obstacles to be able to share with others the words God has placed on your heart. I find it extremely inspiring how you didn’t let your physical limitations stop you from using your creative gifts in writing.

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    Danielle,

    I love how you always look for where God would would have you use your creativity!With my musical creativity God has allowed me to serve Him at church.I also love using my creativity in the salon styling people’s hair.It is amazing how people can feel uplifted ,not just with having their hair beautified,but with just having you be kind and listen to them,a d be encouraging while they are in your chair.My other creative love is acting.This has been a challenge for me lately as I find where to use this in my life that can be God honoring.So far to tell you the truth,at times,not currently it has pulled me farther from the Lord.Sometimes it may be the fellow actors your are spending months working with,or sometimes it’s the pressure of people saying “It’s fine you can play that character ,even though you don’t agree with using that kind of language,etc”. That and the constant pressure of needing to be physically,unattainably, beautiful for every audition.I have recently been asking God, “Why do have this passion,why do I have a gift,and how can I use this in a way that still maintains my values?” .So I am being very discerning about what I audition for now,and trying to make God happy with my choices in this field.

    It is awesome you used Eph 2:10 ,since that was our Bible verse for the week at our kids Wednesday night program.As I was helping my daughter memorize it,I felt it speaking to me!

    Thank you for posting these beautiful blogs,and using your gifts for Him!

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      Hi Shannon,

      I am very happy you shared your thoughts. I love how you are utilizing the creative gifts God gave you in various ways. I also admire your passion for the visual and performing arts. When I went to your church, I was amazed at how talented you are!

      My daughter is at her rehearsal right now for a show she’s in at the Ritz Theater Company. As I encourage my daughter to develop and practice her skills, I’m noticing the temptation to use the creative gifts for just fame and recognition. It takes a daily choice every day for all of us to remember to use the creativity for God’s glory and to bring joy to people’s lives. Then sometimes we will become well known for it. However, I’m learning we must continue to maintain Spirit-filled creativity and God will direct us where He wants us to go with it and how He wants us to use it.

      Thank you so much for sharing on my blog. I learn so much from what other people write. I will pray right now for you as you continue to pursue your passion for the art of acting and the beautiful art of hair cutting/styling!

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    I love this!!! I can’t wait to join one of these classes someday! Beautiful artwork, everyone!!! Great job, Danielle.

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      Thanks, Meghan!! I would be honored to have you in one of my classes one day. I’m very thankful the Lord connected us together. I always enjoy our talks when I see you. Thank you so much for checking our my new blog post and posting a comment. xoxo

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    Danielle, I love your class. I love how God aligns what your are teaching with what I have been journaling on for a while. For so many years I was not willing to be the clay and God the potter. I wanted to be my own potter. I wanted to mould my life and make it into what I wanted it to be. Well, I did not do that great of a job. What is amazing is the whole time God was patiently waiting for me. He did not scold me, punish me, He just loved me and protected me. Since I have surrendered to be the clay, God is taking the broken pieces of my life and is molding them into something beautiful. Sometimes it can be painful but that is the job of the artist. I have made a few mosaics and I have to break the pottery pieces or glass pieces to make them fit where I want them to, to have a beautiful piece in the end.
    It can be scary giving up control. Since God is trustworthy I can step out in faith and use the gifts He has given me knowing His purposes will be accomplished.
    I am reminded of a song we sang in church when I was growing up…Have Thine Own Way, Lord! The first verse is Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Thou are the Potter; I am the clay. Mould me and make me after Thy will, while I am waiting, yielded and still.

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      Amen! Praise God! What a powerful testimony you shared, Ruth! I truly enjoy having you in my class. I’ve learned a lot from you and how God is working in your life. I love how you described the transformation process in a way that helps us understand how God looks at us as His masterpiece. I can visualize how God is the Potter and how we need to allow His perfect creative hands to mold and shape us for His glory. When we take this step like you explained, we will be rewarded with wisdom, peace, joy, and love!!

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    Beautiful!!! To think that the God of creation is molding “Me”
    To acknowledge myself as the clay, I have to be in complete
    submission to Him!!! it’s not easy!!!!!! The visual of He
    being the Artist is so beautiful!!!! Xo

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      I agree, Cece!! It’s a beautiful process, but it’s not easy! Just like the Potter needs to apply pressure to the clay to mold it and shape it, we need to accept growing pains along our spiritual journey. I admit. I don’t always welcome the change. However, I’m so thankful for being a part of a community of believers who can remind me that God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness!

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    Danielle,

    This class is such a blessing. I recently discovered that I spend so much time “trying” to be Christian. It took me back a step or two, since I thought I was making progress; however, it wasn’t until I realized I need to “be still” and allow God to reveal His purpose in me. During art time, everything seems to slow down and God takes over as each of us discover our hidden-artistic abilities. I especially like the point you made during our last lesson about how “our creator’s hand enjoy molding our lives into His exquisite masterpiece” (Ephesians 2:10)–it is something I embrace and meditate on. I look forward to see more of what God planned for me long ago.

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      I love your heart and desire to grow, Ann. Your testimony and choice to become a mighty daughter of our King motivates me to continue to trust His hands to mold my life. Thank you for supporting me and listening to the messages God has placed on my heart. I pray that the Lord will continue to guide me as I follow His dream for our class.

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    Today my daughter had rehearsal for “The Little Mermaid” play that she has a part in next month at the Ritz theater. She was a bit discouraged with how she thought she performed in one of the scenes. When it came to our nightly prayer time in her bed, she asked God forgiveness for messing up on stage. I proceeded to let her know that it’s not a sin to mess up and we are all going to make mistakes at some point when we are trying to develop our gifts. However, when God blesses us with a talent, He expects us to use it to the best of our ability. I can’t imagine that it makes Him happy when we only give a 50% effort. God wants us to give our all. I told my daughter He wants her to be successful with the creative talent He has given her, but to do that she has to put the work in to reach the full maturity of her gift. Practice may not necessarily make perfect, but it certainly helps!

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      You have a beautiful relationship with our daughter, Josh! Thank you for sharing what you talked about with her tonight. It relates perfectly to this topic of “Creating Art.” I love how you patiently listened to her, shared your thoughts, and prayed with her. I can relate to what she’s feeling. Perfection can become my enemy and mistakes can make me feel like I want to quit. However, our loving and forgiving God wants us to persevere and not give up. Thankfully, we aren’t doing it on our own strength. We need to open up our hearts, minds, and hands to allow Him to creatively work in our lives. Then be patient as He transforms us into His beautiful masterpiece. We won’t reach perfection here on earth, but everything we are doing here is preparing us for our real home in heaven.

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    Beautiful, Danielle!

    What a gift to be able to see life as God’s masterpiece. He is the MOST amazing artist…as He can bring life to a lump of clay, meaning to dust and light from His mere word! He created each of us unique…that’s unbelievable when you stop to really think about that! He is infinitely creative! I pray that we will all be better noticers of life and that we would take note of our incredible worth as God’s creation. We are valuable simply because He created us that way.

    Thank you for these reminders!!

    Love,
    Katie

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      Thank you, Katie! I’m always inspired by how you continuously choose to utilize your creative gifts in writing and speaking. God is using you in a big way to touch people’s lives and I love watching online how His creative hands are molding you into a mighty woman for His kingdom. Thank you for being such a supportive and encouraging sister in Christ. It means a great deal to me. XOXO

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        Thank you for your sweet encouragement, Danielle!
        You KNOW how much I appreciate your words and your willingness to walk along side your sister-in-Christ…even through the difficult times!
        Thank you for the LIGHT that you shine so brightly!
        {{hugs}}

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    Art can be a form of prayer. It can be a way of expressing the beauty of God’s creation. Your students’ work certainly expresses this. Thinking of art as prayer helps to quiet any fears or negative thoughts that I am not good enough. God created us in His image and likeness so we all must be creative in some way.

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      I agree, Sky! The art of prayer is an important part of our spiritual journey. I’m so glad you brought that up. We can communicate to our Creator through art and it can be used to touch other people’s lives. Whether it’s the performing or visual arts, may we all use it to communicate love!

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    How gratifying to lead people into a place of creativity and communion w/God through art. Great job!

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      Thanks, Theresa. I love how you utilize your gift for singing through the art of worship!

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    Danielle, the artwork you have showcased are beautiful. Perfect like God has made us. I enjoyed your class. Not only did I allow myself to be an artist for a few hours a week, I was able to open myself up more to learning the Bible. I learned how I can allow Jesus in my life. As a result, I am currently serving Jesus by volunteering with Fesh Hope Single Mom’s Ministry. From taking this class, I met amazing women and studied women in the Bible through art. The pottery above is a symbol of how I am building my relationship with Jesus. My beautiful pottery has been painted with shimmery paint which allows it to constantly shine just like my love for Jesus. Keep up the great work! I can’t thank you enough for helping me find myself again.

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      I’m so happy you explained the story behind your piece of art, Dana. It’s not only lovely to look at, but what it symbolizes is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing how the class impacted your life. It brings a great deal of joy to my heart and motivates me to continue to follow God’s creative dream for each class I teach. I love how you are noticing God’s fingerprints in your life and desire to use your gifts to serve. It has been an honor and privilege to have you in one of my classes. I’m very thankful the Lord connected us together!

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