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On Owning Your Creativity

On Owning Your Creativity

The more I learn about myself, the more I’m growing to see that it is possible to be something, whether I claim it for myself or not. The truth about who we are isn’t based on our perceived reality, but rather exists outside of ourselves, because it is truth. I am not God’s child only when I choose to embrace this, I am His because He says I am:

for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’;  as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. (Acts 17:28-19)

In looking to God for truth, we can discover all that we need to know about who we are.

Truth is not subjective.

Our opinions about ourselves do not form who we are–they shape our behavior, and as such, they shape our response to our Creator.

As I slowly learn to embrace the truth about who I am in Christ, my response to Him is also shifting. Part of this shift includes the timid beginnings of art journaling.
Art Journal 
Henri Matisse once said, “Creativity takes courage”.

Courage runs in short supply with me. I am much less brave outwardly, than I am in my own head.

But like anything else, creativity can be practiced, it’s like a muscle that we have, that when it goes unused, turns slack on us.

At first, the slow stretching is painful–perhaps, messy. In the quiet moments of loosening our self-imposed discipline, to free up our hearts to beat a bit faster, old wounds sometimes crop up. The swirling of a certain color on the page reminds us of a loved one gone. The smells of bread baking or the act of chopping apples for pie catapults us backwards into the attic of our mind, leading us to comb through the cobwebs of forgotten days, both the delightful and the ones we’d just as soon forget forever.
Creativity is an act of bravery–but not one reserved for the already brave….

Finish reading at Living The Story, via Bible Dude.



If you’re curious about art journaling, or just about incorporating art into your worship experience, there will be an amazing opportunity at Refine {the retreat} to explore this. Don’t miss it!!

counting on, beyond 1000 Gifts
lunch with friends
church, community worship
clean laundry
a stocked fridge
a (crazy) busy month coming
homeschooling, learning alongside the children
early mornings before everyone wakes

sharing this post in community with Ann, Laura, and Michelle


  1. Love this, Kris! “I am not God’s child only when I choose to embrace this, I am His because He says I am.”

    You’re so right that truth is not subjective. Whether we believe it or not, Jesus IS Lord. And because I do believe it, I am His precious child, even when I don’t feel so precious. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh, Kris, I’m SO GLAD we’re neighbors at Laura’s today. Love this reminder that creating takes courage. And I think your seven year old should meet my six year old. They could create some amazing things together 🙂 Thanks for using your creativity to inspire mine today.

  3. For someone like me who has always claimed, “I’m not creative.” Thanks for the reminder. This year I’ve been thinking on this and coming to terms with it more and more. We’re only as creative as we allow ourselves to be. It’s there, we just have to uncover it and use it.

  4. Yvonne Reynolds

    So, I started a Bible verse journal, but the dust on it is so thick right now! It is probably one of those things that gets set aside because there are so many other things that I spend time on each day. I love the one you shared on Instagram recently. Maybe it is time for me to stretch in this area…

  5. Christa Sterken

    I loved your perspective here, happy to share (btw Kris…I have you as a link on my “worthwhile” tab on my blog. You have much to offer, never forget it


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