Recognizing God at Work

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in Blog | 47 comments

Recognizing God at Work

When we lose our fear of failure and inadequacy, I’ve discovered that we can grow and fully utilize creative expression along our spiritual journey. With my various insecurities and struggles with social anxiety, I have had to make a daily choice to find confidence in the Lord and allow Him to work through me. I’ve learned if we choose to be filled and controlled by the Spirit, He will lead us to amazing places and can use us in extraordinary ways.

I’m truly honored that I’ve had opportunities to lead classes I’ve created for women. In each course, we’ve participated in fun art projects, examined dynamic women in the Bible, and discussed how our Creator’s hands enjoy shaping each of us into His masterpiece. Then similar to the way God modeled for us on the 7th day of creation, we rest, reflect, recognize, and remember what was made.

Please take a moment to watch this video below of the classes. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

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    Danielle, Beautiful video and artwork!!! I can see the joy the women experienced while using these creative gifts. As an art teacher I always got so much pleasure seeing the creations my student’s produced from my lessons. You must be so proud of them for taking such risks!!! I can only imagine the joy God felt on the 7th day of creation when He saw that it was GOOD!!! I loved how you reminded us to rest, reflect, recognize, and remember. There is so much more we learn about ourselves and how God is working in and through us when we take the time to do that.

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      Thank you for posting a comment and letting me know you watched the video! I can relate to how you feel when you teach. It brings me tears of joy when I look at the photos and recognize how God has worked in the class. Thank you so much for all your support as I follow His call!

      “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31).

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    I am very proud of the amazing projects you helped these women create. Wonderful work! You have a great gift as a teacher and I know the women greatly appreciate leading them on a journey in creativity. : )

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      Aw, thank you, Josh. You have been a tremendous help in capturing how God is working in all the classes. I love how you continue to use your creative gifts to serve others!

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    I had so much fun taking your classes and look forward to the next one! You have so much talent and I have learned so much from you. You are truly a wonderful teacher!


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      Yay! Thank you so much, Lisa. Your encouragement means a great deal to me. I love having you in my classes! 🙂

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    I thank you Danielle for sharing your gift with all of us. God began a work in me, showing me I could draw. He sent you to encourage and teach me. My word this year is creative – in my drawing and painting and to be creative in loving others. Your classes helped us all learn about our creative God. It inspires and encourages us to step out.
    Thank you for obeying God’s call, Danielle.
    I look forward to learning more from you.
    Love and hugs,

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      Your’re very welcome and thank you, Shirley. Your comment made me smile and brightened my day. I’m very thankful God connected us together. I truly admire how you are including creativity in your spiritual journey. I’m learning a lot from you! May we all remember to recognize God’s creative fingerprints in our lives and depend on Him to guide us on how to be creative in loving others!

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    Danielle, you have certainly found your niche. You are touching many lives through your creativity and obedience. Everyone looks so happy and the artwork is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. It is a joy to see how the Lord is blessing your life and your ministry. Maybe someday I will be able to take one of your classes.

    1 Peter 4:10 – Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

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      Thanks, Ellen. God is so good. I love how He connected us together years ago. I learned a great deal from you in your classes in the past. I would be very honored to have you take one of my classes one day. 😉

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    Danielle, I really enjoyed your class and enjoyed learning new art. I am enjoying teaching my clients some of the art. It is a wonderful relaxation tool, you are helping more people than you realize. For me there is also a need to give up control when creating. I want the end product to look a certain way and I can be disappointed and self critical when it doesn’t look how I wanted it to. The same goes in my walk with God. I don’t know what I will look like as God works on me, I may not look how I thought I should, I just have to trust God. He is the Master Creator.

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      Amen! Praise God! I love what you wrote, Ruth. You reminded us that we can learn a lot about ourselves and our spiritual journey when we take time to create. Thank you for being a part of my class. “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:4-6).

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    What a colorful and dynamic way to illustrate how uniquely we are gifted! I love how every woman’s project literally popped with life and passion. Diversity is a beautiful thing and God grant us the grace and wisdom to see those differences through the lens of His grace.

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      Thank you, Michele! In each lesson, I always quote a speaker or author. I loved including your words in a lesson I called “Communicating with One who Made Us.” Your book, Burden Lifters, had beautiful prayers in it and I quoted one of them in my class!

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    This was beautiful. Really lovely. I felt the peace of God while watching. Thanks for sharing Danielle.

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      Amen. I loved sharing your words in my class, Theresa. One of my lessons was called “Moving Forward and Putting Faith in Action.” Your story worked perfectly with that topic. Thank you for allowing me to quote you in class.

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    Love it! This is a fantastic way to show how we can glorify God in various ways. Artwork, fellowship, expressions of love. What a wonderful outlet to worship Him. Keep up the great work, Danielle. Your love of our Savior continues to shine through!
    Much love,

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      Yes, I’ve been learning every day that art is an important tool in helping us grow spiritually and worship God. Thank you, Kathy, for commenting and checking out how God is working in my classes. It really means a lot to me. XOXO

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    What a beautiful way to teach women how uniquely gifted they are and inspire them to “fear not” but embrace their gift. It seemed to bring such joy to each one! Thank you for using your unique gift of teaching, Danielle. Truly creative and inspirational! God is using you!!

    Fear is a powerful emotion. When it tries to rob me of opportunities to use my gift, I remember to take that fear captive (because God didn’t give me the spirit of fear but power), to cast my fear upon God who cares for me, and to move forward in faith trusting God is with me and in Him all things are possible!

    May God continue to empower you and these women with courage and strength as they step out in faith. And may the world be a better place for it.
    love you, Micca

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      Thank you, Micca, for adding your comment! I have learned so much from how God is working in your life. I loved including your story in my class. Thank you for allowing me to quote you from your book, Untroubled Heart. Your words worked perfectly in my lesson called “Recognizing a Hero.” May you continue to inspire others to depend on God’s strength and trust Him!
      With Love, Hugs, and Blessings,

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      Micca that is an interesting point you make about fear being a powerful emotion. I’ve written this before on Daniells blog, but fear is what held me back for so many years from moving forward in my graphic design business. I knew I had the talent but just the thought of failure was enough to keep me down. Partly through the help of other people that God placed in my life is what helped me move forward, and that is just what Danielle is doing in this class with these women. It’s great to see her encouraging them and helping them move forward to understand the creativity that God has placed in each of them.

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    The “risk, reflect, rest and repeat” model is one that will lead all of us to the unique beauty God has instilled within us. Thanks for making the model come to life in your women and for everyone to experience in the video.

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      I love the two more “r” words you added to the one’s I mentioned, Diane! Risk, reflect, rest, recognize, remember, and repeat” are all important along our spiritual journey. I loved quoting you in my class, too. I enjoyed sharing a quote from one of your comments you posted on my blog in the past. I included your words in my lesson called “Healing Power of Love.” It fit perfectly in the topic we discussed in class!

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    I have great memories of being in your class Danielle! I was inspired to be more creative and made great friends in the process. I am looking forward to being in your class next semester. Thank you for inspiring women to be the way God intended, creative in their own unique way!

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      Aw, thanks, Yvonne!! It was really nice seeing you at church this past Sunday. I’m very thankful for our friendship. I’m so happy you plan on signing up for another one of my classes. Yay!

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    Thanks for letting me be a part of your project and I am blessed to have encouraged some in the creative process as we pray we can grow closer to Him in our creation …and in fellowship and love of one another. There is no better thing on this earth than to love.

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      Amen! I’m so glad you added your comment, Lisa. Thank you for allowing me to quote you in my class, too. I included some of your words from an interview you had online. I loved the advice and steps you shared about how to gain Spirit-filled creativity. It was included in a lesson I called “Depending on God’s Mighty Power and Holding onto His Promises.” 🙂

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    Love the comments on fear and its power. Our sermon yesterday was on placing a “wrecking ball” to those fears, and today I just read Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…”
    Fear is a strong motivator used by Satan to prevent us from doing what God expects us to do. What if we fail? What if we are judged? What if we are made fun of? What if we don’t feel confident? These are a few of the things we all feel at some point. It becomes so freeing to release those fears and just allow the beauty of God’s plan for us to shine through. Give those fears to Him. Danielle, you are an excellent example of faith. May you all always be confident to recognize how God sees you. xoxo

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      Wow! Great stuff, Kathy! I love all the comments shared about fear, too. I’ve been learning that there is a healthy fear and unhealthy fear. In the Bible, we are encouraged to have a healthy fear of God which motivates us to be passionate followers of Him. However, the unhealthy fear is what prevents us from moving forward on our spiritual journey.
      I agree with what you wrote: “It becomes so freeing to release those fears and just allow the beauty of God’s plan for us to shine through. Give those fears to Him.” Love it!!

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    I love this Danielle! You and Josh are a great team. Thank you for teaching your classes. You are a gift from God! You have touched so many lives. I hope to enjoy many more classes.

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      Thank you so much, Dana! It was very nice running into you at church this past Sunday. Missed you! I would be honored to have you in more of my classes. 🙂

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    I loved watching this video of such vibrant variety. The bright colors and bold designs were matched by the light and joy on the women’s faces. What a wonderful ministry, Danielle, and thanks to Josh for his camera work ! “All image bearers of God were intended to overflow with effervescent life, stirring and spilling with God-given vision.” from Beth Moore’s Looking Up When Life is Looking Down. God bless you (and all) as you continue your creative journey.

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      Thank you for watching the video, Nancy. I really appreciate it. Love the quote you mentioned by Beth Moore. Wow! Amen! May you continue to utilize your creative gifts in the performing arts to bring others closer to our mighty God.

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    Danielle, I love how you’ve created a safe and nurturing place for the women to have fellowship and encouragement–as well as the healing experience of art. The video was beautiful with colorful creations and joyful faces. Was there a special book or course that you took to build up this gift that you obviously have? If not, perhaps you may write one. Let me know if you do.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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      I’m so happy you added your comment, Wendy. Thank you for allowing me quote you in one of my lessons called “Continuing Life with an Eternal Perspective.” I loved your words on how you gained healing and peace through developing a deeper relationship with God and utilizing creative expression. Thank you for checking out the video. I wrote the whole curriculum. I hope to publish a book one day based on the lessons I wrote. This way more churches can offer Bible classes that include the visual arts as an important tool for growing spiritually. Please pray for me!

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    Great post and video, Danielle.
    “When we are weak (have insecurities and social anxiety) He is strong.” You rely on God’s strength and that’s why you succeed. (Romans 15:13 is one of my favorite verses).

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      Yes, when we are weak, God is strong. Amen! Thank you, Bill, for reminding me of another great verse: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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    Hi Danielle. Thank you and Josh for sharing your God given talents. This was not only beautiful – it was very calming and soothing. It made me “be still.” God bless you.

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      Hi Vicki, I’m so happy you enjoyed the video. Thank you for letting me and Josh know. It motivates us to continue to follow God’s call and use our gifts to serve others. 😉

      “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14).

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    What a blessing that video was. Your classes are encouraging so many ladies! God has given you a beautiful gift and a heart to serve our Amazing God and others. Thanking God for YOU!

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      Thank you, Audrey. Watching the video often brings tears to my eyes. This is something I never thought I would be doing. I’ve learned that God’s dream for our lives is always bigger and better!

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    I warmly greet you and invite you to see my new photos.
    I wish you a successful week.

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      Thank you for visiting my blog again, Marko. I just checked out your photos from the air show in Poland. Great stuff! May you continue to use your creative gifts to serve others!

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    Danielle thank you for overcoming obstacles and trusting God so that we can see God, learn about God and be with God creatively! Your class is such a blessing to all who participate!! xxoo

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      Praise God! I love having you in my class, Sunshine. I’m always inspired by your passion to serve God and become the mighty woman He wants you to be! XOXO

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    New to your blog- really enjoying it. I too battle anxiety. Of late, God has been teaching me how to ‘rejoice in my weakness'(2 Corinthians 12:8-10) though- as it gives me a daily opportunity to celebrate all that Christ has done and won for me in the Gospel. Keep writing! Blessings and Peace.


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      Thank you, Austin, for posting a comment and sharing what God’s teaching you. I agree. When we are weak, He is strong. I actually needed that reminder today. My husband was in a car accident yesterday. He’s okay, but his car is irreparable. We can’t afford a new car right now and our insurance company isn’t able to give us any money. In addition, my husband’s job requires him to drive around all day. We feel very weak right now! We are praying and trying to focus on God’s strength, guidance, wisdom, and love during our trial.

      May you continue to look to the Lord for strength and recognize how He is working in your life! I look forward to checking out your site. Thanks again for reading my blog. “Then the LORD replied: ‘Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it’ (Habakkuk 2:2).

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