Creativity, Creation and Holy Spirit Sensitivity


During one of my classes, I took one of those spiritual gift tests (which are the gifts God gives you to fulfill your purpose in life and even if you are not a born again Christian, these gifts can be in your talents i.e. carpenter, financial advisor, technical wiz, etc.).  During the course of this test, it was determined that my gifts include artisan/craftsmanship, writer, and even music…and thought, I can understand the first two; however, music is one that still puzzles me.

After all, I do love music and have been in choirs over the year; however, I cannot read music; however, I just love to tune into music especially worship music sing with my heart to my Lord and Savior.  I tend to be more sensitive when it comes to the Holy Spirit during moments of worship, either at church, in my car, or even in my home.  Though I learned a long time ago to never drive and listen to a song that really puts you in tune to the Holy Spirit ‘cuz one tends to start crying their eyes out.

Like the music that allows me to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, so does being creative…I love sitting in a natural spot like my grandparents’ old farm, Mount St Helens, a forest, or even a lakeside beach as the sun either rises into the sky or slowly sinks into the horizon.  Then I contemplate what the scenery would like if I took the picture, drew something, or even journaled about the view.

During this contemplation, my thoughts eventually turn to God and seeking His voice as I try and determine what He wants from me or simply to communicate with Him without all of the distractions.  Sometimes I have created poetry or sometimes I just write out the words God is saying to me.  After all,  He does want our attention and we are too busy to give Him our undivided attention.

In the end, I feel refreshed and look forward to the next chat…something I haven’t done in a while until recently when I was at a church campout…I went on a walk, met quite a large beetle, and soaked up His presence.  I didn’t have pen or paper to write but I did take pictures including the beetle, who was determined to cross the path even with obstacles in his way.

Questions:

  1. How do you seek out God and become sensitive to His spirit?  What tools do you use to write or capture the thoughts He gives You?  Even if you do not have a artistic or writing gift, are there other tools you can use?
  2. What obstacles are in your way to fulfill your purpose or the path God wants for you?  Are you determined to fulfill them or is something holding you back?
  3. What is your favorite spot to contemplate God, life, or even your future?
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Old and New Memories…date night


Well, the last few days have been kind of crazy; however, Thursday was a date night as we remembered some old and new stuff…

On Thursday, we headed into Spokane for a Steven Curtis Chapman, Laura Story, and Jason Gray concert at a local church.  We were able to get a great deal on the tickets – 2 for 1 – so off we went for a date night.  First, was dinner at a local seafood restaurant where we dined on a delicious meal of lobster and other goodies…

After a delicious meal, we headed up to the church and discovered that there are traffic jams in Spokane as people headed home or even fellow travelers as they headed to the concert.

The concert was amazing as all three artists sang by themselves or joined each other in song and chorus.  Steven Curtis Chapman sang many of his old and new songs as he introduced us to his latest album.  There were songs like the Cinderella song – reminding us to slow down and enjoy life especially with our children – and I Will Be Here – a song that Dene sang for me at our wedding.  his voice cracked and was wobbly at times; however, the song brought tears to our eyes.  At the concert, we cuddled with each other and listened to these oldies and newbies with people who were about the same age and probably they too remember the songs.

Later, we drove home in the dark and realized – what an amazing night!  After listening to his music for over 20 years, I finally got to hear SCC in concert for the first time.  This was my husband’s 2nd time – he heard him in concert when he first came out – so both old and new memories were established today.

The other two artists were a great blend as the audience joined in worship and awe of two “new” voices mixed in with the old.  Jason Gray is one artist that I’ve been listening to for about a year with songs about loving as if today was our last day and being reminded of who we are in Christ.  His songs were about how God uses people with weaknesses for His glory as we learned that his man with a great singing talent has a weakness.

Laura Story was another great artist as she too has struggled and we learned that she wrote a great song called Indescribable – which is often sang by Chris Tomlin – and she led the audience in worship with the song.   A song about how God is amazing and how He placed the stars in sky as He created earth.  A new song was introduced about life’s challenges and how we serve an amazing God who puts the pieces of the story together and is there for each of us as we go through life’s storms.

Yes, in conclusion, Thursday night was a night of new and old memories as we listened to talented artists and created a memory in our mind of this date night.  Old memories of wedding songs, when we first listened to SCC and the other artists, and remembering the “old” songs of SCC as he played them.   New memories were hearing new songs by SCC as well as remembering this night as we had our first real date in a new town.

Have you taken the time to go on a date night with your loved one lately?  If so, what old memories came to your mind?  Or did you create new memories?  Please feel free to comment.