Sometimes I sit down to read the Bible and get so inspired by the first four words in the very first verse, I set it aside and start writing a blog post or a book proposal; or I plan a party to encourage women because that sliver of scripture inspired me so; or I open up my sketch book and start hand lettering those four God-breathed words. Four Words.
Being a creative woman is never boring!
There are always a dozen windows open on my desktop - recipes to try, succulent gardens to plant, blog posts to write, portraits of my children to capture, invitations to send... you get me. And yes, in case you were wondering, it's exhausting. Flitting and floating, I sometime lose my footing.
Recently I was at a gathering for other creative women where I had the privilege of chatting with Bible study author, Denise Hughes. She slipped me a gift, a copy of the first book in her new series, Word Writers, and my eyes got all big and round because, of course, I was ready to dive right in. Right then and there. I bubbled over, "I can't wait to read this, Denise, I haven't been consistent with a Bible Study these past nine months. I've been so busy with all the book writing and speaking and... and... and...
It was then that Denise quieted me with her gentle hand upon my arm: "I love creative women. They're a lot like helium balloons, always bobbing here and there. But a balloon needs to be tied down or it can get lost. God's Word is the string holding each of us in place."
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I'm pleased to say that the Philippians study Denise slipped into my hands is, indeed, working like a tether to ground me in the Lord again. I'm reminded of the lyrics to this old hymns:
"Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, Bind my wandering heart to Thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love; Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above." (Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing)
If you're a creative woman, or really any woman, always striving, always going, always bobbing... on the fringe of being too far gone - onging for the days when you simply sat in God's Word, fettered, tethered, and bound and determined to never stray, Word Writers - Philippians is a wonderful study to bring you back into a regular time with the Lord again.
And as a message of encouragement to you creative women, remember, your greatest strength is often your greatest weakness. though you tend to bounce around sometimes, the fact you are continually inspired is part of your "in His image" design. Before God created the heavens and the earth, He was, Himself, inspired - imaging each glorious facet of His creation. And the crowning accomplishment of all He made was you and me, all of us, embodying his Creative likeness. What a privilege, what an honor. So let yourself bob like a balloon on the winds of inspiration, but don't forget to stay grounded to the One who inspires!
Denise Hughes has a great big heart for creative women, in fact, she was one of the first to endorse Kelli Stuart and my new book, Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom:
“Mothers carry deep within them an innate desire to create beauty —whether it’s with shape or color, words or song. In Life Creative, Wendy and Kelli come alongside the artistic soul inside us all with wisdom and insight on how to care for our families while also caring for the artist within. ...an absolute must-read for creative moms."
— Denise J. Hughes | Author of the Bible study series, Word Writers and the book On Becoming a Writer. Editorial Coordinator for (in)courage, and Founder of Deeper Waters Ministry