I sat there in the little coffee shop on the square and wrote down the big rocks. I asked myself how I really wanted to spend my time this summer and I think it all boils down to this: I want to be creative.
When I'm creating - dreaming, taking photos, flying the drone, and exploring - I feel like I come fully alive. I was meant to create.
There's a park in my hometown and in reality it's pretty small. But I've always felt like it's gigantic. Like there are new places to explore around ever bend and turn of the path. Every year, the geese disappear and only return in the early spring, letting me know that warmer temps are coming. I've driven through that park so many times. I've stopped there for lunch breaks, shared my heart with close friends, gone to birthday parties, tried to walk myself into labor, prayed through the beginning of a miscarriage, and I even started my photography business in that little park.
When I create, I can't help but feel like one of those geese returning home. Like my heart has found the thing it was meant to do.
Creating for me is never about making something beautiful. It's about letting myself be moved and then moving others to the place I was when I was creating.
Creating for me is never about approval or the expected. It's about letting myself be totally wild and free in front of a King whose creativity knows no end.
And His love for me - the words that He spoke centuries ago and the words that He speaks to me today - are all caught up in this creative song. His love for me is the heartbeat of my creative soul. It's the inspiration that challenges me to see something new, do something brave, and create something wild and free.
A dream day for me right now looks like going to the Aviary Cafe and then on an adventure with one mission: creativity. One of my favorite spots for this right now sits just outside of my hometown at Stockton Lake. It's a mile hike to the edge of the water and Daniel loves to sit next to the lake and throw rocks.
So that's exactly what we did for my birthday this year! Cafe bon bons and then my Uncle Shane and Jianna joined the three of us for a lake adventure. I was just recording for our home videos when I started dreaming of creating a video about a verse.
Jianna picked the word "joy" and we settled on 1 Chronicles 16:23-36. The craziest thing is that Isaiah 43:19 kept coming to my mind as I was creating this video. It's the verse I've been memorizing since the Lord put it on my heart when I was praying through my Powersheets this month.
He is doing something new.
For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
He is going to bring about these words, which He wove into my heart at the beginning of the year...
"Just now I held out my hands as the Lord said to receive a blessing. He said over me:
'Rain instead of drought.
Moisture instead of dryness.
Fog instead of dew.
No more rocks.
No more hardness.
I make the ground
and I sow in it.
For this is the land I give you on this earth.
Fix your eyes.
Streams in the desert.
Soar on high.
Anointing instead of lies.'
He is with us.