Creative Spirit

I am an artist.

Music and Roses


Writing and Reading

There is a piece inside of me that is most fulfilled when I am creating.

I love watching my girls create. They are so happy when they are creating something with their own hands.


All people are creative. Do you believe that? The older I get and the more people I meet, the more I believe it. All people are creative.

God is constantly creating, in us, through us, with us, and to co-create with God is our human calling. It is the calling for all of us, His creatures, but it is perhaps more conscious with the artist. ~ Madeleine L’Engle in Walking on Water

When did we begin to think of creating as something done only by children or artists?


Scribbly Painting

I have studied and wondered before about the Holy Spirit, about how mysterious He seems, about how we tend either to leave Him out or to feel embarrassed and awkward when talking about Him.

Holy Spirit stained glass

It is difficult to teach my little ones about Someone whom I so thoroughly do not understand!

I want to understand. So I wonder and I study even more, and I discover something about God’s Spirit which causes that creative piece of me to leap with understanding and kinship.

The Holy Spirit is the part of the Triune God who creates!

How did I, as an artist, not know that?

I look at the creation of the world:

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

I look at the creation of Jesus Himself within Mary’s womb:

And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God.

I watch my girls paint stories and think through this idea of the Holy Spirit being the Creator.

Watercolor 1

Watercolor 2

If God’s Spirit is creator and God’s Spirit lives in each of us, then are we meant to also live as creators in every facet of our lives?

I read this in Walking on Water:

What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint of clay or words. Creativity is a way of living life, no matter what our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts…Our freedom to be creators is far less limited than some people would think. ~ Madeleine L’Engle

I also read this from Emily Freeman at Chatting at the Sky:

I watched a woman with a pink apron on zip around the shop like she had a jet pack on her back. She wiped the counters, changed out the sprinkles, chatted with the customers. She was pleasant, lighthearted, intentional. “She works like she owns the place,” The Man said to me. I thought the same thing but with different words. She worked like an artist. She was motivated beyond what we could see, doing more than what was required. She seemed to fit there. Art isn’t so much the things we do but the way in which we do them.

My soul resonates with this idea. We are all creators. As the Holy Spirit creates life and beauty within us, we also create in the people and places we surround.

I see artistic potential in not only those pursuits the world would label artistic like painting and singing and dance, but also in small gestures done with great faith, like listening, waiting, and showing up…When believers embrace the unique shape of their soul and move into the world as the person we most fully are, art comes out. ~ Emily Freeman in Chatting with the Sky

I create by the way I live my life. I create art, I create worship in every facet of my life, from washing my children’s clothes to playing Bach on the piano.

Madeleine L’Engle embraces this idea when she writes about the creators who

express their caring…who shun shoddy workmanship, who are building their own furniture, making pottery, doing needlework in a striving for that excellence we have lost by some of our choices.

The Holy Spirit creates through me every moment of my day.


Ball painting


So live this life of creating. Love, serve, be wise, see the beautiful miracle that is life and let the Spirit create in you.

Art is when we do work that matters, in a creative way, in a way that touches them and changes them for the better. ~ Seth Godin in Graceful


Art credit: Dove of the Holy Spirit stained glass by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Elizabeth is a wife and a stay-at-home mommy to three beautiful girls; she is a musician and a writer.  Visit with her at where she writes and tries to thoughtfully engage life and culture as a way of loving God and loving others. She believes that God has made everything to be sacred, things in our daily lives and things in the world around us.

Walk in Kindness

Walk in Kindness

As our Wednesday AWANA ministry was coming to a close a few ladies and I gathered talking.  While the kids were scurrying to their buses one lady, let’s call her June, was graciously handing out her famous homemade cookies to every child and adult.  She must have made hundreds.  As June moved out of earshot one of the ladies sneered, “She’s too nice.”

Since that evening, I’ve spent hours thinking about those words, “She’s too nice.”  What June was doing for everyone, including an ungrateful woman, was living out the fruit of the Spirit, kindness.  In my opinion, one of the highest compliments a woman can receive is to be described as “too nice.”  If someone ever says that of you, you can know that you are truly exhibiting the Spirit’s fruit!

Just as God is kind, Christians are to be kind, too.  The apostle Paul warns Christians in Eph. 4:25-32 to avoid conduct that grieves the Holy Spirit and hurts the heart of God.  This includes several forms of meanness, specifically bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking.  As we banish these from out lives we are to “be kind one to another” (verse 32).  God tells us in Col. 3:2 to “put on a heart of kindness.”  As we remove meanness, we should put on kindness in each of our relationships.

Imagine if your home, church, or office removed bickering and instead overflowed with kindness.  In 2 Tim. 2:24, Paul exhorts Christians to not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all.  When we argue or quarrel we’re not living according to the new nature but instead the old man.  In Gal. 5:20 God lists strife, disputing, and dissension as evil deeds of the flesh.

There is a lady in the Bible, named Dorkus, who God described as a woman “abounding with deeds of kindness and charity, which she continually did” (Acts 9:36).  She had sewn garments for the widows (verse 39).  She saw a need and she filled it.

Jesus, our perfect example was “the kindness of God” in flesh (Titus 3:4).  The Gospels tell us that Jesus was moved with compassion as He looked upon the hungry multitude of people.  The disciples weren’t concerned with the needs (Luke 9:12-13) but the God of all creation was.  Isn’t that humbling?  Oh, for the grace to be more like Jesus!

As we spiritually prepare ourselves for battle each morning we need to ask God to work in our hearts.  We should pray for God to help us notice, care, and encourage the people He brings into our lives.

This week:

  • -Pray for greater love and compassion for others.
  • -Look for opportunities to ease someone’s burden and then go out of your way to be “too nice.”  What would make your spouse’s life easier?  Your children’s?  Or your coworkers’? What could you do to make their day brighter?
  • -Study the life of Jesus for more examples of kindness.  Journal the instances you find and take note of the circumstances surrounding His kindness.
  • -Pray for your enemies (Luke 6:28).  You can’t genuinely be kind to a person you hate and you can’t hate a person you’re praying for.

Our Plans Sometimes Fail Bitterly

What to Do When Your Plans Fail Bitterly

I remember the night well.  I had wanted to make a big move in our newly married life and our plans went all awry due to someone else.

I wept bitterly.

I didn’t understand why God wouldn’t allow it to happen.  Later of course, I did, as God (in His own perfect timing) took us somewhere else – somewhere where He worked deeply in our hearts and lives.

There are many nights and moments like that one.  It seems (often) as if MY plans and agenda are delayed. It’s always frustrating. But hindsight often teaches me what that moment was about. What lessons and truths I would have to learn through those stretching times.

MY plans.

It escapes me why I fail to see that life is like a river. I’m in that river trying to flounder and throw my weight around to swim against a current. A current that God has me in, for a reason. He wants me to go a certain direction at a certain speed. But I fight, and I flounder. Sometimes making progress, other times running out of breath in tears and finally giving in – letting that current take me where it will. It is in those moments that I see relaxing and giving up my control was the best thing to do after all. For that current often leads me to a rock where I can throw out my arms, grab hold, and rest on its strength. IT’S strength. Not my own.

We dive in so often. We dive in headfirst, feet first, or with a little flip in the air. We think we know what is best for our lives. Dipping our toes in and testing out the waters – that too, happens. But we don’t see the whole river and we think we know. WE THINK WE KNOW what it will be like.

I think that’s the beauty of God’s grace. He is there to catch us when we fall. When our own plans fail. Sometimes we fail to consult Him in our dreams and our choices. Other times, we do…but we think we hear His voice and then get confused when everything falls apart.  And they do…sometimes….fall apart.


But you know what?  It’s okay.  God is always there waiting for us to call out to Him.  He’s never tired of hearing our voice; always willing to bail us out and redirect us.


That’s a perfect Father, right there. And I’m so thankful.


~ Dionna Sanchez

An Embrace of Grace


I love a good hug.  My husband is a big guy and he has strong arms that hold tightly and I find safety in his embrace.  But unfortunately, life and work and busy happen creating empty space instead of an embrace between us some days.  When the hugs don’t or can’t come, I am left needy and missing a touch.  He, too, often feels the emptiness of the physical affection necessary to cover all the insecurities wrapped around his head and heart from the day.  We try to be there for each other.

Instead we each fail to meet each other’s needs.  Daily.

But the One who is always present fills the empty in the absence and wraps with arms big and wide.

When my world spins all around, I am often desperate to grab onto something to make it stop.  That is when the God of Grace grabs hold of me.

His grace embrace catches my sinful thoughts that want to run wild. They cover and protect me from my familiar enemies, such as fear or pride, which seek to pierce my heart and fill me with insecurities.

Daily embraces of His grace are the touches my soul requires as the cracks in my brokenness are filled in and made complete by God alone.

Sometimes my husband has to stop me in my tracks and grab hold of me to stop the spin.   It is the same with the Lord.  It is in His arms only that my thoughts are taken captive and made obedient unto Christ.  Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

It is His command.  . . His plea. . .   His beckoning to us.

The God of all grace is always waiting with arms outstretched to restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish us once again to Himself. (1 Peter  5:10).  Oh, how we all need those grace embraces many times throughout the day!

As much as I love being held in my husband’s arms, my internal desire is to fall into the deep embrace of my Father in heaven.   He is the One who calms my secret fears.  He is the One who wipes the tears that no one else sees.   He is the One whose Truth deflects those flaming arrows of the enemy that fly at my heart each day.   He is the One who will catch all of us up in His grace embrace.

So settle deeply into an embrace of His heart.  You will find it is an amazing place to find rest!

When You Feel Worthless

When You Feel Worthless

Someone very close to me recently went through a tough situation. They basically discovered something that made them feel totally unappreciated.


It caused them to feel pretty low about themselves.


I tried to encourage them and remind them that the world doesn’t say who we are – God does. But it was a tough struggle for them. Their self esteem took a big hit.


It caused me to think about all the similar times I’d been through where my own self worth was damaged because of someone else’s thoughts, actions (or inactions) towards me. How easily satan can use those times in our life to make us feel small and worthless.  He’s really good at doing that.


But, if we go around feeling worthless; aren’t we then agreeing with the perception of the other person? Aren’t we in fact, telling them that they were right about us in the first place?


Sure, sometimes someone else has a basis of truth in their assumptions or perceptions of us. Maybe we needed a little humbling. Maybe we needed to be reminded of some things or our character needed to be built up. But most of the time, we feel cruddy and worthless because we allow someone else to place a label on us. One that doesn’t really belong.


No one is worthless. Not you. Not me. No one likes to feel like the efforts they’ve made aren’t appreciated. It’s discouraging and frustrating. And it does make you take a second look at yourself and how you come across.  But other people don’t have the right to say who we are, either.


God says we are valuable. Priceless. Worth far more than rubies. He finds us beautiful, loveable, and He invests in us constantly. So it’s our choice to believe what “so and so” believes and says about us – or what God says about us.  For me? I choose to believe that God is right. That I AM worth something special. That I AM valuable. That I AM loveable.


Who do you choose to believe?

Embraced by God

Embraced By God

I’ll never forget the Sunday morning during the church worship service when our pastor instructed those of us in the congregation to turn to our neighbor and say these words, “I am God’s favorite.” I heard the words as they came out of my mouth, but I wasn’t sure I qualified for such a distinction. I’ve always known that God loves me and honestly speaking, that was enough for me. I was satisfied with that. But to consider that I could ever be God’s favorite, I thought, was overstepping a boundary. If God had favorites, then I certainly couldn’t be one of them. I thought that was a bit presumptuous on my part. Perhaps David, a man after God’s own heart, or the Apostle Paul, who wrote over half the New Testament and many other could stand ahead of me for the prize of being God’s favorite, but certainly not me. Those words troubled me at first. Initially, I thought, “How could I be God’s favorite? I have a past filled with mistakes. I have a history of broken relationships. I have issues and challenges.” The words motivated me to seek God and the truth of His Word. As I studied the scriptures I found the words of Jesus in John 17:22-23. It gives me a great sense of comfort and confidence knowing that Jesus prays for us. As we read this, we open the door and observe an intimate conversation between Jesus and our Heavenly Father. Here is a portion of what Jesus prayed.

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. (NLT)

God loves you just as much as He loves His Son! This love revelation has caused a love revolution in my own life. It inspired me to write a new book called Embraced By God. It’s a very encouraging book reminding the reader that God loves us as much as He loves Jesus. Think about that for a moment. The God of the universe loves us in the same manner that He loves Jesus. At first thought, you might find it easy to conclude that because you may have messed up in life way too many times, that God loves the next person more. But the word of God assures us, that because of Christ’s great sacrifice at the cross, it was enough to pay the penalty for all of your sin – once and for all! His love is not just for the next person. It’s for you! God has always loved you and He always will. He didn’t start loving you the day you accepted Christ as Savior. He didn’t start to love you when you decided to obey His commands. He loves you without condition and without exception right where you are at this very moment.