This might be a long one so grab some coffee.
I am getting ready to launch a new class in about a week and I am also headed to a retreat in a few weeks to CREATE.
Today's post is to "address" a comment left for me a few days ago (you can go read it in a minute!) and share with you my purpose (you may have to read a little between the lines.)
First, my new class coming up mixes "Faith & Creativity"
Part of the purpose of this class is to remind you to take time to "make time" and then spend that time listening, watching, focusing, refreshing and refueling. It is NOT to tell you, sway you or show you about Christianity or any religion.
In case you do not know me, I am not a "religious" person. What I have is a "relationship" with God and what I do is balance my life with Faith. It is the only way I get through the day.
It is a really wrecked world we live in and there comes a point where you know you have to STOP and then comes a time when we just need to be quiet, pay attention, listen....then create from what inspires and influences us. For me, it is my faith in GOD that inspires and influences me and I am secure enough to not be swayed by others and compassionate enough to never force it on others.
When I was developing this class, I knew that the word FAITH and/or GOD was going to immedialty turn people away. I hope that you continue to read this before you click away to another site because I want you to understand me . I know that we all come different backgrounds and I know that our beliefs are different BUT (and it is a BIG but), I also know that we all have a mind, a heart and a need for LOVE to connect in every way.
Now, coinsidently, without even planning this, the purpose of the CRAFT Beach Retreat is exactly the same as my new class..to "make time" and then spend that time listening, watching, focusing, refreshing and refueling..and then creating..
at the beach..for the Love of Pete..hello!
Although my class is not at the beach (sorry!), I am reaching out to you in a creative way..to remind you of things you already know, just maybe forgot to remember....To focus on taking time to write, to pray, to use words, reflect on memories, to reminense with photos, to make time being still & quiet and then to create based on what is written on your heart after being influenced by your own reflections.
You all know that I LOVE to create things, from paper, ink, fabric, batter, dough...etc. and what I believe is, GOD gave me the skills (and the big ol' heart to love to make things) for a reason.
"To Create" is part of my "purpose." and my faith fuels my creativity and supports my life entirely. (The world is tooooo messed up for me to even begin to handle it on my own.)
My class is NOT a class to tell you or even suggest to you that what I believe in or the relationship that I have with God is what you need to create about or with. I am simply using the abilities and skills that God gave to teach, share and inspire you to create. It might be with patterned paper..a bowl of cookie dough...a piece of wood, thirty different colors of paint, sometimes with a needle and thread, the possibilities are endless....my point is, I want to share, inspire and be a good creative influence on you.
Even though we are online, miles apart and our beliefs are different, through our fellowship and commitment to creating, we can do this together. We will apply our struggles and strengths, and well, some Mod Podge to creating and with HOPE…we will all "enjoy the process" and in turn, share our work, spread some kindness and inspire others...sorta like "Pass it On".
You are Welcome