Growing Your Creativity
By Darlene Larson
Everywhere we look uncertainty howls and hounds us to shake and quake in fear. A noisy world is thrust upon us with our tech tools. And many women are swirling, stuck, and sad. Perhaps, you relate to these words and phrases:
- A Muddied Mind.
- Waiting for the next domino to fall. You’re scared to death you won’t be able to upright your life.
No matter what is occurring in your private world, let me remind you of His mighty promise, “… for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever abandon you,” (Hebrews 13:5b NASB). He is aware of the current state of affairs within you and your home.
I repeat, He is aware. Years ago, during a 40-day period, I lost my last surviving parent, my mom, and my marriage of 27 years slipped through my fingers. As I exposed abuse, my three teens chose to live elsewhere, and our marriage home went into foreclosure. Parentless. Spouseless. Childless. Homeless. All within 40 days!
I learned how to bring my heart back into the game of life and have coached women for over a dozen years to also bring their hearts back through creating. Read more about Resurrecting the Writer https://speakupconference.com/resurrecting-a-writer/ here at SpeakUp.
Let’s reset our heart to create. As Christian leaders, writers, speakers, and influencers handpicked by mighty Father God to impact the Kingdom for His name’s sake, it’s crucial we invite inspiration to fuel the wellspring of our heart.
Creativity has long been a tag-along in my life and I’m thankful that Father God allowed it. As a young girl, my mom desired that her three young daughters would learn to sew, and she sent us to our 4-H leader weekly to teach us that fine art.
I had an elderly neighbor, Isabel, whose head of white hair resembled cotton balls. When I was 10, she taught me how to crochet, make a red pincushion out of a tuna fish can, and how to embroidery pillowcases. I coveted her yellow and hot pink Barbie dolls with their dresses made of feathers—and one Christmas she gifted my sisters and me with those dolls.
I learned crafts such as painting, ceramics, crewel work, braiding, hooking rugs, doing cross-stitch, and creating flower arrangements. Perhaps you’ve experimented with some of these crafts, but tucked the results away, thinking they were meaningless.
I ask you to reconsider. Creating with our hands, whether in the kitchen whipping up a new soup or digging in a garden with our hands, impacts our creativity when it comes to writing and speaking. Try it out. Grab your camera and head to a trail and snap fall scenes. Go to your local ceramic shop, sit on a stool, and paint. Consider trying something new to you that’s mentioned in this blog. Ask God to give you inspiration and creativity.
To grow your creativity, follow these steps:
- Be in the Word daily. Read a verse. Chew on it. “I shall run the way of Your commandments, For You will enlarge my heart” (Psalm 119:32 NASB).
- Create an environment where the truth speaks back to you. In my office hanging right beside me is this verse, “ Let your roots grow down into HIM, and let your lives be built on Him, then your faith will grow strong in the truth who were taught and you will over flow with thankfulness” ( Colossians 2:7 NLT).
- Dress and decorate with colors. Colors give life. God gave us the rainbow.
- Throw out anything in your home that doesn’t offer life to you. Ask yourself, is this giving life or taking from me?
- Rearrange your furniture.
- Create with your hands.
- Try a new recipe.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Read books of various genres.
- Exercise. Walk in nature.
- Write daily—just write.
- Visit a new store, museum, or creative outlet once a month.
- Speak kind words.
- Cut out phrases and pictures from magazines that grab your heart. Keep them in a binder.
- Light a scented candle.
- Take a day off and do something fun.
- Limit TV.
- Listen to worship music or to a helpful podcast.
- Limit screen time and social media.
- Pray and anticipate God opening your heart up to create.
Stir your inner wellspring to create in a way that will overflow to others.
Question: What new thing will you do this week that will spark your creativity and give you fresh inspiration? I look forward to reading your responses.
Darlene Larson is the founder of Hearts with a Purpose, and she coaches women around the world. A Professional Certified Life Purpose Coach®, Life Coach, Recovery Coach, and Grief-loss Coach, Darlene specializes in coaching women who are harried, hurting, and hungry, guiding them to the freedom of discovering their life purpose. She is the author of four books in the life changing devotional series, Enable Me, Lord to Shift.