Sunday, August 14, 2011

These Are My New Words

"I'm not creative."

"I'm not an artist."

These are words I would say to myself and even to others for years.

However, in the past 12 months, the Lord has been radically challenging these internal words and statements that I have bought into.

As a little girl, I LOVED art and creating things. I wasn't really good at it, but I had a lot of fun doing it - from art class in school, to paint-by-number paintings, to various latch hook projects, to friendship bracelets, and so on & so on.

But like I said, since I wasn't great at it, and I TRULY cannot draw a straight line without a ruler, I started telling myself those lies, "I can't draw. I am not really creative. I am not artistic."

In the past year, I realized that I had done myself a disservice by allowing my own view of myself to define WHO I was and HOW I live.

I started taking stock of my life. In high school, I sang in choirs & performed solos and acted in skits and human videos. In college, I tried out for groups, clubs, activities, etc, and even got accepted and cast in a few things. After graduation, I focused on dance training as well as music and continued to work towards my love of the arts. And most recently, my love of words through the written word here in the blogosphere developed a voice.

And then I realized one day, "Who am I to limit the Father and the way in which He wires me to glorify Him?"

Maybe I don't draw or paint or sculpt, but I can create.....mostly because I have been created by the Master Creator.

And so I have new words.

"I AM creative."

"I AM artistic."

And by the way....


This post was inspired by Sarah Mae at (in)courage.


Janeice Goodwin said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Lindsey. I've been thinking about this lately as I begin this new chapter in my life. Your words are encouraging!

Karen Janeice

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Janeice, for stopping by!  I am glad that it helps you too.  I have to remind myself of this often.  I am interested in what you are doing in this next season.

Beverly Brumbley said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes, you are and so proud of you!!  

Charissa Steyn said... Best Blogger Tips

Great words friend!! So so true :) I need to start believing this about myself too- and acting on it!! i think writing has really opened me up to how much creativity is inside me.

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Momma!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, girl! I am excited for you to KNOW this more and more about yourself too...since we are HIS, we CANNOT help but be creative!!

Jen said... Best Blogger Tips

I tried to comment on this post in S. Africa but my slow connection wasn't having it.  I HAD to come back and comment because I so identify with you in this!  I spoke those first 2 lines a million times.  Isn't cool how God is faithful to lead us and show us that we ARE creative!?

BethFerrell said... Best Blogger Tips

Great revelation!  The God who created everything gave us His Spirit who dwells within us.  We are creative and there is no limit as to what we can do in Christ.  Bless you!

kamrandolph said... Best Blogger Tips

You are so right!  I have spoken those same words to myself at times.  Thank you. 

Gibsongirl247 said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE this post!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, I am SO glad you did, friend! And I CANNOT wait to hear more about your recent trip to SA!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Beth! Love that way of thinking! Thanks for stopping by!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for stopping by!  I think we are SO hard on ourselves sometimes and spend to much time comparing!  I am glad HIS voice brings us back to reality!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, girl!

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