Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Creativity Project: Art

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A funny thing happened when I was getting my post ready for The Creativity Project this month, with the theme of "Art".  I had my photos all ready to go, a bunch of shots backlogged of the art I had seen in the last few months but never shared.  (One awesome benefit of photography is that it has taught me to see art in the most unlikely places.)  All I needed was a shot of this book that has had me pondering art lately.  

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As I set up my photo, I noticed this handy work of art that graces our table.  Bethany made it a couple years ago, and it holds the names of all our extended family members (who are works of art themselves). We pull a name out each night when we sit down to eat, and include that person in our prayers. So the prayer pot would be perfect for my shot, I thought.  And suddenly the whole scene became an invitation to see--and create--a little differently. (Those other photos will wait.) So enjoy my creative process, along with a few quotes from this book that I highly recommend! 

A Million Little Ways:
Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live
by Emily P. Freeman

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"[Here's] what artists do.  They pull back the covering on our inner life, 
allowing us to see things beneath the surface, 
things that, without their compassion, creativity, and generosity, 
we may have missed."

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"Being an artist has something to do
with being brave enough
to move toward what makes you come alive."

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"Maybe you make paintings, or maybe you make pie.
Maybe you live confidently in the midst of scary situations.
Maybe you are brave enough to listen, to wait, to trust.
Maybe you see potential in situations, and in people that others aren't able to see.
Art is what happens when you dare to be who you really are.
You have the power to influence, to move, to make, to become.
You have the capacity to perform the human act of making art,
of doing work that comes from deep within you and touches something deep within me.
We make art with our lives."

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"The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."
~Vincent Van Gogh

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"The kind of creating God does is the kind only God can do.
But he invited human beings to join him as co-creators.
Not as equals with him, but as image bearers of him,
to carry his image into the world."

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"Much of the beauty that arises in art comes from the struggle an artist wages with his limited medium."
~Henri Matisse

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"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

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The photographers in The Creativity Project are such inspiring artists!
If you want to see their take on "Art", start with S. Badiyah Austin at this link.
You'll be glad you did!  Her images are brimming with life.
Then, visit The Creativity Project on Facebook to share your own art.
We would love to see your take!

Friday, November 7, 2014

In retrospect

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Our kids recently finished their fall sports season.
My girl?
She's #1.  They finally realized what I have known all along.

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She made the A team this year, which started off with a bang.
There were a few bumps in the road,
but Bethany is determined, and she did an amazing job.

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She's the kind of friend anyone would want on their team.

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And Ben?  He has been dreaming of high school football forever.

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Oh believe me, we tried to talk him out of it.
So of course the more we told him how hard he would have to work,
and how this is high school and they don't have to play you for one minute,
the more intent he was on playing.

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But hey, he worked his tail off, never missed a practice, and never complained.
So it's hard to argue with that.
He's tenacious.

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In retrospect, we can say that letting him play was a great decision.
Besides, he never got hurt.  And our prayer life got a workout.

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People have a lot of opinions about sports and kids, 
but sports have been a huge help to us 
in teaching our kids about persistence, adversity and teamwork.
Meanwhile, we are enjoying a little down time.