Funky Part 2: Create

Hello everyone! I’m SO EXCITED to share this next post and introduce you to one of my mentors , Terry Murillo! I’ve been inspired and encouraged by Terry since I was 15 years old, and I am beyond thrilled to have her as a contributor in this series.

There is something special about hearing the point, “Create during Funky Seasons”, especially when it’s brought to us by someone who truly lives this message and speaks life to people daily. What’s even better? This message incorporates one of my favorite subjects- the creative arts! Enjoy!-liz

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You Are Creative
Are you that person that is continually saying “I am not creative”?
I am here to encourage you otherwise.
In the book of Genesis, chapter one verses 1-27, we read how God is a creative God, and that we are made in His image.

His creativity doesn’t stop at creation week, nor is His technique limited to just verbal. In Jeremiah, He is a potter:

In Psalms, He is a knitter:


We must know full well that we have been given talents. Talents connect us to God, others and even ourselves.
I know we are not all artists, but I truly believe that we are all creative. I think the issue is we tend to confuse the word creative with artsy.

You see there are actually eight different ways we live out our creativity, they are known as Creative Intelligence:

Spatial– drawing, painting, web-design, cooking
Social– conversations, things that build relationship
Musical– concerts, karaoke, playing an instrument, dancing
Bodily– sports, any form of moving, reading body language
Logical– using numbers, schedules, budgets, apps
Intrapersonal– journaling, self-help books, meditation
Naturalistic– gardening, walks outside of a busy city, going barefoot, zoo’s, beaches
Verbal– story telling, essay writing, interviews, podcasts

God has given us all eight, just like we speak all five love languages, but there is one or two we tend to gravitate to more.

Let me tell you about my two friends; Risk and Routine.
Sometimes risk puts us in a rut and we need routine to get us out. But sometimes, routine puts us in a rut and we need risk to get us out.

What if in 2019 you choose to revisit an area you may have put on hold, due to routine?

In October, my mom sent me a picture of a sketch I did while studying fashion in high school. Little did she know, a few days prior the Lord was telling me to revisit my passion for fashion. I had done some t-shirt designs over the years that did pretty well so receiving that text was a confirmation to put a name on it and make it official. I designed a logo and announced a soft launch of WVN Apparel. A few weeks later I saw a contest requesting dress designs for the 2019 Dressember campaign. They are a non-profit organization fighting to end human trafficking. Without hesitation, I pulled out a sketch pad, drew out three ideas, took pictures of them and entered the contest. I didn’t even tell my family. On Christmas Eve I received an email, my dress made it to the top 4 and voters would determine the winner. Then on January 2nd I received the email that my dress had won by a wide margin. My dress will be available for purchase in the fall.

It’s a good thing our talents don’t have expiration dates.

Another option you can choose is to explore a totally uncomfortable creative outlet. I am choosing, bodily. I am being intentional about moving more and looking for creative outlets to do this.
Let’s say you choose music, start with listening to it more often, maybe explore a new genre, maybe make karaoke the end goal.

Or what if you choose to give to others the knowledge of your talents. My daughter Bethany is studying film and raising money to go to Spain this year to minister through the arts.

The idea is, whatever it is you choose to do, whether in a career/ministry or just for downtime, set out do it in a creative way. Begin each day asking the Lord for a dose of creativity.

I pray you see yourself as creative, if you didn’t already. And if you did, I pray you stretch your creative intelligence. -T


Meet Terry: I was born in New Mexico, raised in Denver and my favorite place I have lived is Hawaii (duh):). If I had to pick just two action words to describe me they would be teacher & maker, actually my son chose them, but yeah very accurate. I have to work at shutting those off. This year marks 30 chapters into my forever love story with Johnny, whom I met in College. We are so proud of our 3 adult children, our daughter-in-love and future son-in-love. After 20 years of full-time ministry, God sent us to Hollywood 10 years ago. We run a production company and believe that Hollywood is a Ninevah, not Sodom & Gomorrah. After 27 years of homeschooling I am slowly coming into my next. Connect with our family on Instagram @terrylouise_ifyouplease and @socalmurillos.

The One and Only Terry!

It’s Liz again:), what an incredible message on how to create while in the midst of funky seasons! A huge THANK YOU to Terry for sharing with us today! I am personally challenged and inspired to try new creative mediums. What will you choose to try? What creative gifts do you feel rising to the surface? I hope you’ll share them with us in the comments below!

I also wanted to share an opportunity to empower someone to use and share their creative gifts. As Terry mentioned, her daughter Bethany is a college student and will be heading to Spain to minister through the creative arts. This is going to be such an amazing opportunity for her and her team! If you would like to invest in Bethany’s upcoming trip, please click here.

Thank you everyone for checking out the blog today! The encouragement from this series is gonna stick with us- I just know it! peace-liz

Go the Extra Mile: Check out this brilliant song that is a new fave of mine! I hope it encourages you today!

New Series: Funky

Hey everyone! As promised, the new series officially kicks off today! I’m excited to share this journey with you:). As I mentioned in the last post, the last few months of 2018 had me feeling like I was in a funk.

I knew that I couldn’t have been the only one experiencing this, and as it turns out, I wasn’t. In this new series, I want to offer us some hope – in the midst of the funk we may be feeling, we can place rhythms and routines into our life that help us stay connected in community, and more importantly, connected to Our Creator. We may be walking through seasons of feeling “off”, but we don’t have to navigate the journey by ourselves. In fact, we shouldn’t try to do it alone.

One routine I firmly believe in: Visiting Others. I know, it sounds too simple to start with just visiting an encouraing friend, but trust me. the power of a visit impacts further than we can imagine.

This past year was a learning year for me and my family. One constant that I can recall though: we had some great visits with friends:). Family and friends made their way to come see us and explore our new surroundings, and we were able to go visit friends and family and share in some deep conversations and of course…coffee:). Meals were prepared together, laughter and jokes filled rooms, hugs and more hugs filled the doorways. And in the midst of navigating the funkiness inside, I was reminded of the power of sharing time with others. Each visit uplifted us, encouraged us, and even challenged us to keep growing. Each visit also sent a message loud and clear- we had people who loved us and took time to share with us and even pray for us. Whether it was one hour or one week, we spent time visiting with each other and it was a blessing.

Friend, do you know that you are loved in the midst of your “off” seasons? You are. Do you know that spending time with those who love you can brighten your day and stir up hope in your heart? It can. You don’t have to try and navigate the difficult times alone- because when we make time to visit with life-giving people, the ones who get us and understand us, we can soak up the encouragement that God provides through our sweet time together. Does visiting people solve all of our issues? Nope. Will sharing time with others eliminate difficulty? Not at all. However, the encouragement we experience within those visits can refresh our spirits when we need it most.

Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, You see us and You know us-inside and out. All of our thoughts and experiences are before You. And in those times where our mind doesn’t quite know how to process the tough and funky spots we are navigating, we ask You to shine the light of Your Word into us so that we can see how to process and proceed. We thank You Lord, for surrounding us with Your love, and for placing us into our communities. We take comfort today as we remember that we are never alone on our journey of life. You promised to be with us, and You’ve surrounded us with others who want to encourage us and build us up. Thank You Lord for those times that we are able to spend with others, remembering Your truths and Your purposes for us. Thank You for providing us with times of refreshing when we need it God. We ask that You would help us to also be people that refresh those around us. You are so kind Lord, and we choose to remember Your goodness and faithfulness even in these funky seasons of life. Amen.

Go The Extra Mile: Friends, we are gonna talk more about sharing life with others in another installment of this series, so I encourage you, check back for the latest posts. In the meantime, check out this song as we kick-off the new series and be encouraged today!

peace-liz

New & New

I would say 2018 was the Year of the Father: in commercials and print, events in community (yay Olympics!) and in songs, in all forms of media, there were underlying messages of a supportive father who cared for his children. I truly believe this was a direct display and attention-getter of our Heavenly Father- He is always cheering for us, engaged and uplifting us, offering strength and even correction, tenderness and mercy, love and compassion, instruction and support.

Looking back at my 2018, a big portion of my year included a lot of new changes: New home, new church, new schools, new stores, new community, new routines, new atmospheric biome, *insert deep breath here*, new drs, new neighbors, new team, new sports, new, new, new, new, new. As I sit back and reflect on the year as whole, I also see a couple months that were clouded by this hovering “funk” (hint for our new series!). Times and seasons where I would normally be full of joy, excitement, and energy, that seemed cloudy, hazy, and even difficult to navigate. Not because of discontentment, or discouragement, but just because of learning how to process all this this “new” in a whole new way apart from what was familiar.

Time after time, I saw God faithfully step into the role of that Father, who was supportive, encouraging, instructional, and tenderly merciful through each step. For me, it truly was the Year of the Father.

“mercies”

You see, sometimes I think we are very good at doing so much in life and being busy with checklists and appointments and stuff, that we don’t slow down to process all the new information. Much like a computer needs to shut down and restart in order to update with the latest software, I needed to slow down and shut down the lies of the enemy in order to restart afresh and efficiently process my new life with Christ.

You may have already guessed it, my push-word for the New Year is : Slow.

While everyone else’s push-word may be a little more declarative or flashy, like, “Dominate, Radiate, Inspire, etc,…mine is declarative to me. My word reminds me that I have to make time for myself and for the things in this life that are priorities to me. Almost all of which are not things, but people, places, and designated rhythms and times. Slowing down enables me to savor each moment, each morsel, and each meaningful conversation. Slowing down my mind allows me to refocus on what is good and true. Becoming slower in speech allows me to connect more with those speaking to me, and allows me to listen better as well.

Friends, I’ve been a little too silent these past few weeks as I have been planning and preparing for this year on the blog, but please know that I haven’t been far removed in my thoughts towards you. I’ve been asking God what this year looks like for us in our messages, and who we (you and me) need to hear from. You’ll be excited to see some familiar guests on the blog in this new year, and I know you’ll enjoy hearing from the new faces and friends coming our way:).

So as we close up today, I want to begin our new year by asking you all to share your push-words for the new year. Share them in the comments, ask your friends to hop on and share too- because this new year will be so much better when we realize we are not traveling this faith journey alone.

Let’s Pray: God, I thank You that through every year of our lives, You are faithful. You have been faithful in the years behind us and you will be faithful in the years ahead. Help us to hold fast to the truth that You will never leave us or forsake us, but promise to be with us to the end of the age. We know that You are with us in the highs and lows of each season- You are present at every lesson learned, every victory, and every time we feel like we are completely blowing it. Lord, we dedicate this next year of our lives to You- all 525,600 minutes of it are Yours. Help us to grow together this year in our relationship with You and with others, so that we can make this world a better place. Amen.

peace-Liz

Go The Extra Mile: Check out this great song from one of my absolute favorite Switchfoot and be encouraged!

2019

Happy New Year Everyone!

I just had to encourage you that this new year will bring many wonderful things our way.

New chances for us to grow and develop. New adventures for us to embark on. And new opportunities to spend time with God.

New is new. New has never been done before. New is fresh and full of life. New…it’s sounds so good to me.

I wanted you to know that you are not alone as we say farewell to 2018 and as we embrace 2019. We’re in this together, you & me. And I, for one, wouldn’t have it any other way.

May you have a blessed beginning to your New Year, and may this new year hold beautiful chances for change, and awesome adventures for growing in our love for God and others!

Peace-liz