So it seems I enjoy blogging at 9:30 p.m. at night … no, not really but it seems the only time I have right now! However, in other news, this happened today …
I have begun designing my very own course to help women free the creative piece of their identity puzzle! My absolute passion is to see people, particularly women, walk in their true identity and God has been speaking to me for quite a long while now about our identity being like a puzzle, made up of many pieces. Creativity is a big piece of our identity puzzle as we were created in the image of the ultimate Creator, however it is a piece that many of us struggle to recognise. He has been encouraging me to use all He has given me to design a course to unlock and set free this pivotal piece.
My testimony of discovering my true identity as a daughter of the Most High King is one of the reasons that I am so passionate about this subject. In our family we were encouraged to be practical, logical, rational, academic … as far from creative as possible. As far as I was concerned I didn’t have a creative bone in my body. And then my hubby and I attended an Open Heavens Conference at Bethel Church in Redding, California, almost two years ago. Everyone who knows Bethel knows that that you cannot take two steps without somebody giving you a prophetic word – it’s hugely exciting. Well, over that two week period, I received approximately five prophetic words from complete strangers relating to creativity, more specifically painting and writing. For a little while I thought that I was the only person who could go to a church like Bethel and receive so many prophetic words that were incorrect and needed to be flushed! But thank goodness God is gracious and He makes allowances for us being a bit slow on the uptake sometimes … He started reminding me of my childhood, memories of the poetry I wrote, memories of winning an art competition once, memories of baking and making clothes … memories of creativity. I came back from Bethel and started art classes, during my second class my art teacher told me that I definitely have a gift! This story doesn’t end with me selling my paintings for millions of Rands each (I wish!) … it’s more of a slow journey of finding what I love to paint and finding the time to fit art and creativity into my life. But I have unlocked a piece of my identity puzzle that I lived without for far to long and my dream is to help other women do the same.
An amazing friend of mine, Denise Padayachee, runs a ministry called Wells and she came up with an incredible idea that she called LaunchPad to provide support and inspiration to people wanting to live their dreams in business and/or ministry. LaunchPad provided me with the courage, knowledge and support I needed to make this dream of mine (and God’s) a reality.
I am designing the course so that, even if you can only draw stick figures, even if you have never sung, danced or played a musical instrument, it will provide a safe space to experiment with many different kinds of creativity and the ways in which they can be used to influence and transform lives. I am so excited about this journey and so blessed (and very nervous!) about taking this huge step and putting my dream “out there”.
But it helps to know that it is His dream too, and He is way more passionate about His daughters (and sons) than I am and His desire is for us all to live in the identity, destiny and purpose that He placed in our hearts and spirits before the world began. This course is just one of His keys and I am beyond blessed to be in a position to partner with Him in this space.