Years ago, I had a friend whom I’ll call Michael who was quite successful in the professional theatre world. Michael designed sets for Hollywood films and Broadway productions, and was also an accomplished painter. When he became seriously ill, he asked me to help him “hear God’s voice before he died.” He actually said, “If … Continue reading The Gateway: How do Artists Hear from God?
Hearing from God is crucial to creating powerful, meaningful art. But what does that actually look like, and how do we really know it's Him? We’ve got 5 tips for you today that have been personally very helpful! 1. Be willing to be surprised. For years, I expected to hear God say words to me, … Continue reading 5 Practical Tips to Hearing from God as an Artist
Artists in particular can struggle with their identity. If our performance is good, the world says that we are good. But the opposite is also true. If our performance is not good, the world says that we are not good. Thankfully, this isn’t the only way to live! God wants our performance to become a reaction … Continue reading How to Pray for What You Need
As visual artists, musicians, dancers, and artists of all types we face unique challenges. It can be difficult to know how to bring our requests and concerns to God. Here are ten prayers to help you get started, with topics ranging from meaning in our lives and art, freedom to live out our calling, and … Continue reading 10 Prayers for Artists, Musicians, and Dancers
Many artists feel isolated. Many live in a very competitive world that encourages being self-centered, simply as a necessity to survive. But an artist who is isolated—alone—is always in a dangerous place. What does positive community actually look like? Here are some possible answers that I’ve experienced firsthand: Charles and Hasmick's Dinner Parties I had … Continue reading What Does a Positive Community Look Like for Artists?
Two weeks ago we posted an open letter from the artist to their worried parents and authority figures. This week, we offer a very similar letter, but with Biblical backing for the spiritual artist. There are many reasons to accept our artistic gifts as spiritual gifts from God, so we hope this helps you connect … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Worried Parents of a Christian Artist
Dear parents (and other authority figures), We know you may not be artistically gifted yourselves. You may not easily understand how we artists think and process life, which is often different (not better or worse) than you. Although you love us, you may not understand what we need to hear. Just like anyone else, we … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Worried Parents of an Artist
One of the most important ways to discover more about our identity as artists is to look at the spiritual gifts we’ve been given. Let’s dig a little deeper and really start to explore the nature of these gifts. I believe that God gives spiritual gifts to each person and these gifts become a big … Continue reading What are Your Spiritual Gifts as an Artist?
As a Jesus-follower I believe that God has a good plan for my life. Did you catch that? God has a plan. But how do I know what that plan is? How do I know what God is calling me to do on a daily basis? This article shares what I have come to believe … Continue reading How Do I Hear from God as an Artist?
My response to failure can too often be blame, guilt, and denial. You might reasonably wonder: does God blame me, too? Will He point fingers and try to guilt me into being better? Does He just look away and ignore my problems? Or does He respond in a different way? This article shares what I … Continue reading How Does God Respond to Failure?