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Category Archives: Creative Faith

Surfacing

I am 41 years old, and am starting to know who I am.  I think a lot of people don’t need to think about this to find strength for their lives, because life is busy and full of the daily tasks of surviving day-to-day.  But I lost three jobs in three years, jobs which I […]

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Release

I keep having the goldfish dreams … it seems to be pressing on me, tugging at me, eating away at me. I have this sense that God is wanting me to go ahead and explore this composition, but I am not clear on the reason for this. I suppose that the journey is in the […]

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Beautiful Grace

                I have been moved tremendously by grace this year. This has been a year I would not want to repeat, but one for which I am sure I will look back on as a year I grew tremendously. This was a year that I struggled with depression, […]

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God, What Are You Up To?

This entire month I have been seriously moved by my experiences drumming and painting in the presence of God. I am preparing for a show in January at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and am somewhat stressed about this as I always am preparing for a show. I am also quite interested in the way these shows […]

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My Heart is Changed

Tonight as I write I have realized that my heart is in a new place. I am changing, and I think it is for the better. I brought drums to church again today. Whereas before people needed to be called up to play along with the worship team, this time, all the footed drums were […]

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Blessing Others

I was asked by a friend to bring drums to church again on Sunday to play during worship. I told her some of the stories that I had about bringing drums to worship. She told me that I was being a blessing to others by continuing to bring these instruments every few weeks. It is […]

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Conviction

              Today I had something happen to me that I just felt I needed to write down.  Maybe I am writing this down more for me than for anyone (I have no idea if people even read this blog) … … and I know this has been a blog […]

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Happiness is a Drum

Every Thursday I lead a drum circle in the hospital where I work.  Participating in this form of guided spontaneous music-making is probably as theraputic for me as it is for my patients.  How often do you get to pound something for joy?  To take the tension of life and transform it into a dancable […]

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Blessing of the Hands: for GR CIVA

I wrote this for the meeting of the Grand Rapids affiliate of Christians in the Visual Arts which we had last evening.  This is the text of the small talk that I gave before we had a hand blessing for all the artists gathered at our monthly meeting.   ________________________________________________________________   A few words before we begin […]

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Learning a Lesser Way

So I am struggling with trying to figure out what God wants me to do with my art.  In the past week, I have come to the conviction that God is definitely moving me away from the things that typically are motivations for artists: to sell well, to be known, or to get bigger or […]

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