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~~~ "Creativity should be inspired, not forced, something we look forward to, not another obligation added to an already demanding schedule." ~~~
Our success driven culture dictates a good deal of our behaviors and this stretches most of us to our physical and emotional limits, leaving little or no time for creative pursuits. Consequently, time, or should I say, the lack thereof, is one of the biggest hindrances people have in becoming creative. This can change. Please take a few minutes to look around my site to learn more. To never miss a blog, please Subscribe Via Email or you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON NOW
I've written my first full-length novel. The process of taking a thought and turning it into compelling story has been captivating. I think one of my favorite parts of writing is that it can be fixed. This is not always the case when it comes to my paintings. Right now, I'm working on the third round of rewrites and edit's. I’m thankful for my beta readers who challenge me to make my story better. Hopefully it won’t be much longer before it’s ready to share with you. I’ll keep you posted.
I recently visited Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, where I took the picture on the right. This building in it's abandon condition, seen above and to the left, was my original muse for my fictional novel.
EXCERPT FROM FORWARD
Arleen Jennings’ book Created to be Creative takes seriously the attribute of the creativity of God and illustrates how this characteristic in people is a reflection of God’s creative nature. It is not a choice we have but a mandate. We are called to perform creative acts because we are made in God’s image.
Art is about communication. Communication through a very specific language of images, sounds, poetic words, and dance are forms. Communication is essential to our humanness. Only the dullest of thinkers believe that ordinary language is sufficient to address all the experiences of life.
Ted Murphy – Professor of Art, Houghton College
FROM MY PASTOR
“Arleen has drawn upon her two passions: the Word of God and her Artistic Gifting, to encourage us to allow ourselves to be challenged to discover our talents. Arleen will provoke you to push past your fear of failure and give yourself time to grow in the maturing of your gifting. Created to be Creative deals with more than art, the principles Arleen expounds upon in this book are applicable to all of our life endeavors. She will encourage you to never give up, but rather to try again and again until you discover your niche: what God has given you that may be hidden, even from yourself. Arleen encourages you to explore, and find the uniqueness that God has given you. You were Created to be Creative.”
Patrick Lyons - Senior Pastor, Gospel Fellowship Church, Belmont, NY
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It’s of utmost importance that we share theGospel of Jesus Christ with those around us. This is not always easy, but Pro 11:30 tells us, "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise." My desire, with this blog, and through my book, is to give you tools that will help you live out your salvation and encourage you to find ways to share your faith. Using creative outlets is a great way to open doors of communication, often presenting opportunities to witness.
Arleen Jennings was our guest speaker for our Fall Weekend Retreat. Friday evening she laid a foundation with truths from God’s Word and how these truths had worked into and through her life’s experiences, especially in the hard times. Her delivery was very similar to that of Beth Moore’s if you’re familiar with her Bible Studies. Saturday morning she encouraged us to use our God-given, creative talents as part of God’s design to give us an outlet for the stresses of life as well as our own need to create because we are, after all, children of ‘The Creator.’ There are many reasons God created us to be creative. I encourage you to read Arleen’s book and discover for yourself God’s message for us about creativity. Arleen is not only a good author who has overcome reading difficulties as well as other life challenges, but is also a gifted speaker with a special anointing of the Lord on her. Katie ~ Wellsville Full Gospel Women’s Retreat