One thing we have observed frequently over the years is how the healing of our hearts can result in a release of our creativity. For example, we recall a woman who was a wonderful artist who had laid down her painting for years. As she began to work with us and pursued the healing of her heart, she eventually felt the desire to resume her painting. As a result, a gift that God had given her was now being used again and many were blessed by it. Most of all, God was blessed to see her heart becoming alive again. The painting was just an expression of what had occurred in her heart.
The Glory of God is a Heart Fully Alive
The above quote from Irenaeus is so very true and it is such a joy for us to see hearts come alive! God is the ultimate Creator—just look around you—and He made us in his image. That means that He placed creativity within us. And this creativity can come forth in a multitude of ways. It isn’t so much what we create, but rather that our hearts and minds are free and available to create. When we think about being creative, words that often go right along with this are imaginative, innovative, inspirational, ingenuous, inventive, artistic, original, resourceful, talented and visionary—to name a few.
But What If That’s Not Where I Am?
What do you do if these words do not describe you? In fact, maybe you feel quite the opposite of this. The first thing you do NOT do is to condemn yourself for your current state. God doesn’t do this and He doesn’t want you to do it either! The next thing is also something NOT to do—which is to believe the lie that creativity doesn’t exist within you! He designed you to be able to live from a heart “fully alive” and it is out of that heart that your creativity flows. You may be struggling in this area—maybe for a very long time—but He knows and He does desire to heal your heart and release you from this struggle.
The Next Step
There are many reasons why you may not be experiencing this release of creativity in your life. You may be struggling with depression, and if that is the case, it is important to reach out and find someone who can help. You may have suffered a significant loss and are in a grieving process. Allow yourself the freedom to continue on that journey until it is complete. Seek help for this as well if it seems to go on longer than you believe is healthy.
If you feel that your creativity has been shut down for a long time, consider allowing someone—a counselor or someone who is gifted in this area—to help you begin to explore if healing is needed. Our hearts take a lot of “hits” over the course of our lives, starting very early as children and continuing through the years. One of the ways we learn to cope with this is to close down somewhat or “resign” from living from our hearts. We have seen God do some wonderful things in opening up hearts to live again. It is painful but the pain is worth it!
The Connection Between Loving Yourself and Creativity
We were recently blessed to connect with a woman named Vernice, who epitomizes creativity and helps others find that expression as well. She became aware of us through our book, The Missing Commandment: Love Yourself. She contacted us and shared that a major theme she uses in her ministry to others is “F.L.Y.”—“First Love Yourself.” We love it! She has experienced what we have as well—that if we don’t love ourselves the way God does, it will be very difficult for us to live from a heart that is fully alive and creative.
We have given her the green light to begin incorporating quotes from our book into her artwork. How exciting is that! To learn more about her and her ministry, go to www.IamVernice.com. Stay tuned.
Until Next Time . . .
NOTE: If you or someone you know is in need of finding a safe place for emotional and/or spiritual healing and restoration, please contact us at The Father’s Heart Intensive Christian Counseling Ministry through our web site at www.fathersheart.com or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We are located in the North Georgia Mountains in a retreat-oriented environment and have established opportunities for ministry to individuals or couples for time periods as little as a few hours to as long as five days.