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the story on #story2012

here’s the story on story.

wow. learned so much. loved it so much. so grateful for the chance to be inspired and among fellow “creatives”

the major takeway, not surprisingly, coincided directly with the lesson we were teaching in treehouse this weekend. God is funny like that.

first off was Bob Goff… if you follow me on twitter you know i was totally stoked to meet this author whose words had inspired me beforehand, then came to life when i saw him share his heart. i got to have my marked up, dog-eared copy of his book, Love Does, signed by him, and get a Bob Goff hug. In his gracious way, he replied to the photo i tweeted. i love when you meet someone and they exceed your expectations.

then erwin mcmanus had a moment with his son onstage as we watched… his son thanked him for the years he knew his dad took to minister to his son. powerful.

we heard from others… but i was waiting for someone to say “hey artists, it’s not about you, it’s about the creator that gives you the art” … enter Kyle Idleman. to be honest, i hadn’t read his book or known anything about the man… but he brought it. he reminded us that the creator of all things is our source when we “create”. he gave the example of the prophets of Baal. I dont think i realized that Baal was the god of weather… and to humble the people, God gave them a drought. Kyle went on to say that when we make our art an idol, or start to think of our creations as our own, instead of pointing directly to the one that empowered us to create… we are worshipping other gods. the one true God does not go for this. He suggested that if we make art our god, then the God of the universe, will meet us there, and take away our ability to create. Ultimately God wants us to worship Him and Him alone. This week in treehouse, this was our bible lesson and our main point… God is the only one to be worshiped. i love when worlds collide and God teaches me like this… instead of forcing me to experience a drought.

Phil Vischer was the next up and he told the tale of letting the “big idea” get in the way of what God wanted. He talked about the bankruptcy that his company went through… another reminder to keep the main thing in mind. and shared that his new venture is called Jellyfish Labs because jellyfish cannot locomote (my friends and i wondered if this is an actual word, but clearly it is) .. they can go up and down but it requires a current to move them from place to place. Phil is putting himself in God’s current, trying to go with God’s flow, not do his own thing.

this was incredibly timely for me because i think we are on the cusp of a “big idea”. i believe that the super ninja gummy bear is a big idea… and there are so many ways that we can use this character, but God has very clearly given us proof that he wants us to use the SNGB to point people to Christ. he revealed to me how we could teach kids to share the gospel with other kids… with the SNGB. instead of riding the fence and vacilating about the many ways that this fun little character can be utilized, the focus has to stay on the gospel. God gave this to us, and it is our job, my job, to make sure that we use Him like he intended when He gave him to us.

chicago is a beautiful place and i got to visit with some childhood friends, which just sweetens the experience. once again, STORY, made a huge impact that will affect everything I create (with Gods inspiration) going forward.

on the drive home i pulled up a file that i had written a few weeks ago. its a song. a christmas song. and i asked god to give me a tune. he was so kind to fill my head and i sang the song into my phone. man. God is just so kind to us. He wants us to remember that He is the one that gives and takes away. I’m grateful for the things He allows me to participate in every day.

what are you grateful for that God allows you to do?

Ben Arment… the best introducer and host. it was an honor to be at your event. your heart is glorious and i believe that you, like bob goff, love extravagantly.

also amazing experiences : Mason Jar Music, All Sons & Daughters, Sleeping at Last

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write here. write now. write on…

recently i’ve been caught up with the idea of writing songs. mostly because i want new songs for things…. and i was wondering why so many song writers were hesitant to want to co-write… until i had this really helpful conversation yesterday with ben.

the week before i had been talking about the idea of wanting to write songs, because i wanted a song that had a specific message in it … and wasn’t understanding why some of my inquiries had been shot down… but yesterday we were talking about writing in general.

ben is about to release a new song and he’s excited, but it’s been awhile since he released a new song so he’s anxious. a little bit. (he needn’t be… it’s a ridculously good song). anyway, in discussing how it can be nervewracking to reveal something you’ve been working on… this led to him talking about co-writing. when we talked about co-writing he mentioned how it’s difficult to co-write sometimes because you have to give up some of the control and sometimes it’s not EXACTLY how you wanted it. this made me think about scripts, stories… the things that i usually write. and i realized…i don’t really like to co-write either. not all the time, anyway.

i’d typically rather share in brainstorming and then one or the other person write the thing out. now, it makes sense to me… why certain songwriters dont want to give up the control or risk having to accept ideas into their work that they may not really want… with an untried, unproven writer. i don’t either! this was a very important lesson for me… humbling, and freeing at the same time.

now, sometimes you find your perfect writing partner… and that is why so many co-writers write so many things together… once you find one, that you trust. you will write with them any time. any thing. (my favorite co-writer is Jason Vaile. and i am grateful to have built a couple of great writing teams… wright’s direction team-book of destiny-ishine knect and currently lhkidz company of heartists).

i think because i have had great co-writers i didnt understand what i was asking when i wanted to write a song.

with that being said… i’ve co-written one song, that i’m waiting to see what happens. and am working on another. and once they are in a format that you can hear them… you will be the first to know.

i’m grateful for this realization and parallel. i love when you learn something while you are in a conversation with someone. that’s the best. thanks ben.

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dance like somebody’s watching.

dawn chrisostom loves dance. she loves it so much that she started a dance school so that she could share her love of dance and love of the savior all in one fell swoop.

next weekend my five year old will have her first dance recital. she goes to a school where they use praise songs to complement the study. i have to imagine that this rocks God’s world (ha… yeah, i know, an odd phrase, but still… you know what i mean)

dance like everyone's watching when you dance to bring attention to the creator of all good things.

i came home to find her in her recital costume, before recital day… i wasn’t pleased at first. actually, at first, i thought she looked really yummy… then i stressed about the new aqua tutu being strut across the front yard… and worried that it wouldn’t make it to recital time. i made her take it off. bummer. on mother’s day i’m wondering why i  haven’t learned more…

she loves dance. she loves thinking about dance.

you know who else danced? aside from wren in footloose (and all of his converts)… yeah, that’s right, king david. the same king david inthe bloodline of our savior. david danced.

2 samuel 6:14 David, ceremonially dressed in priest’s linen, danced with great abandon before God.

i imagine that if it had been appropriate and he had had access to an aqua tutu… he might have worn it…

what will dance about today? what will you celebrate and show off your joy in a grand way to the God who made you and loves you so much?

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dear fellow heARTists…

welcome to a place where you will be understood, appreciated, and ideally loved and appreciated. this is a place where fellow heARTists will share the ways that they are feeling, learning and growing.

God made some people to see the sky as blue. Then there are other people (like us) who were put here to interpret the shades of blue for others, so they can appreciate them. we think differently, we relate differently, we love hard core and feel intensely. we revel in the creation, as well as the creator.

not everyone gets us right away. they don’t have to. we have to learn to find our joy and acceptance in the one that made us in his image.

we have to see prayer as an ongoing conversation with the one that loves us more than we love ourselves. we will talk more about that later.

welcome. i hope you find something that feeds your heART.

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