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what’s an #inspiration tour and why did you go on one?


inadvertantly i started on an inspiration tour on sunday. i was headed to dallas and remembered that i really wanted to check out this really cool creative work space i had been reading about for the past year. i tweeted them, and they quickly replied “c’mon!”

then i realized, i wanted to make the most of my day and half in dallas… so i planned a few more stops.Image


@aubreymc : got his kids’ music album years ago from my friends jennifer and mark wiggins. loved it then. started reading a blog a year ago… aubrey writes for this blog. i loved it and started following everything he does. my mom knows his stepdad from high school. we were meant to be friends. by the time our meeting was over, we had agreed to write a christmas musical together. #inspiredImage

Beth Dicker, my friend lived near me in texas, and we used to chat on the porch. Our kids are the same age. This woman is a great friend. We met for lunch in the new Klyde park in Dallas… she had to buy my lunch because my card didn’t work. so embarassing. (it was user error). #inspiredbythissinglemomImageweld, weld, weld… we finally  meet. this amazing work space has been all over twitter for the past year and i had been dying to check it out. rentable office space for creatives, specifically. the atmosphere is magic… just like i figured it would be. @weldImage

this guy… @austinmann, he is the chief welder! so glad to meet him. thanks @causeascenenash for the quasi-intro.Image

@jonathanmalm… Director of Echo Conference. Editor and creator of Sunday| Magazine and ChurchStageDesignIdeas.  http://www.sundaymag.tv  http://www.churchstagedesignideas.com. nicer in person than i even hoped he would be… two weeks out from a big event, but he spent an unrushed 45 minutes catching up and sharing his excitement about his dream job.Imagemy best friend in the world, since my junior year of high school.

Image@estherhavens – she always tweets about @weld, so it should’ve been no surprise to see her there! i had written about her and to her several times over the past two years… lovely to hug her neck. she inspires me 

btw… if we wanna have our very own @weld vote here: http://nashville.weld.co/

what have you done this week to get inspired? you just have to look for it.


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new creativity challenge should you choose to accept it

alright, you ready for a challenge?

this is an exercise to stretch your mind to think of things differently, and train you to look for spiritual applications all around you.

my kids always ask me, “does everything have to be a lesson?”
the answer is “yes, if possible”.

here is how it works…

go browsing.
( remember when you were shaping with your mom and she would tell the sales lady that she was ‘was just browsing’ so she would go away? or maybe that was just me an my mom)

anyway. go browsing in a store, in your closet, in your car. and try to make a spiritual application to everything you see.

for example:
kitchen counter:
cup- God’s love for us is overflowing
bowl – serving God is an act of worship
soda-we can have pep and excitement because of the promise of eternity
candle-we should be a pleasing aroma.

take a photo of several things and tell me the application you make, or make an application to the items in the photo I’ve included.


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our gifts are a liability.

… if they are not used to serve the one that gave them to us.

think about that. if you are not using the gifts that the creator instilled in you, yes, you specifically… then they become a liability. i dont know about you, but the thought of being a liability is not something that excites me. what does excite me, however, is using the gifts he has bestowed upon me … for an eternal purpose. that sounds a little churchy, right? but seriously… if you are going to use the gifts and talents afforded you, wouldn’t it be nice to know that your work has value that never ends?!

if one child learns a new thing about christ because of the way i’ve shared it (writing, video, design, brainstorming, event planning, discipleship, one-on-one contact, the list goes on)… then what greater joy can there be? how many people get to do things that they know have no end? well…. we all have the capacity for that. the real question is, will you choose to have eternal impact. will you choose to spread the word of God and the freedom found in his love and mercy… or will you not? and when you do… will you give him the credit? or will you take it on yourself.

this theme has permeated my bible study for the past few days, so i knew i had to share it with you. its way tooooo big to miss. consider this:

1 Corinthians 4:7 (The Message)

7-8For who do you know that really knows you, knows your heart? And even if they did, is there anything they would discover in you that you could take credit for? Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need. You already have more access to God than you can handle. Without bringing either Apollos or me into it, you’re sitting on top of the world—at least God’s world—and we’re right there, sitting alongside you!

you know what i love about creativity? you can’t even pretend it came from your human mind. i suppose you can pretend… but it wont be true. it will never be true that orginal thoughts and ideas did not come from the author of creation. you know? be careful not to boast in the gifts and talents that have been given you. this is a lofty calling and worthy responsibility. what are you going to do today to impact eternity?

the cast of big picture

the cast of the big picture at prestonwood

in this episode of the big picture the kids start to learn about what it means to witness something… then they go into a classroom where a teacher explains further what it means to be a witness. a witness to the things God has done. thank you teachers, for having an eternal impact.

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not just the bullet points

some people are creative with food.

as artistically creative people, we enjoy the process as much as the product.

the brainstorming sessions can be as satisfying as the end result.

we enjoy the words that form the thought as much as the formed thought.

we listen to lyrics the first time.

we want more than just the bullet points.

we have the bonus that our art (of any type) is an expression of our soul… and other people can see it, feel it, experience it… if they so choose, and if we choose to share it.

arguably, accountants are creative with numbers, spreadsheets, and the like, but their work is not seen or celebrated by the general population. lawyers are creative with arguments. doctors are creative with treatments. houseparents are creative with discipline, budgets, households. the list goes on. but this blog is not about them… this is about you.

Being entrusted with such a wonderful ability to view the world differently, comes with great responsibility to manage it and protect ourselves from letting our egos get involved. we must keep our mind on the fact that all good things come from God. it is not our own doing that allows us to “create” but the creator who infuses us with his spirit and his work.

our glory is his glory. share your recent artistic endeavors with all of us. we know where it came from.

James 1:17 (The Message)

16-18So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.

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