Friday, May 09, 2014

Consecrating Your Creativity

by Allen Arnold


Consecrating Your Creativity

You enter into holy ground when you create.

I invite you to begin your times of creating
by consecrating your life
– and your calling –
to the Creator.

I wrote this prayer for myself.
I hope it resonates with you.
__________

Creator God

You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

You created me with this unique passion to create.

You invited me into this calling.

Breathe into me.

Your presence here.

You have broken my chains.
Rescued me from the desert.

This is not about me.

This is not up to me.

Slay my striving.

Replace my productivity
with your presence.

Help me not look to the world for inspiration –
but to your boundless imagination filled with
truth, goodness, nobility, grace, love.

Help me not look to the world for validation –
for you have given me this calling.
Even deeper, you’ve given me my identity.
I am first your son (or daughter).

So I consecrate my identity to you.
My creativity to you.
My heart to you.
My life to you.

Reign over it all.

I hunger for you God.
Your mystery. Your wildness. Your holiness.

We get to do this together.
To create with words, songs, art.
Images and stories of freedom.
Of healing. Of hope.

I want to run with you. Ride with you.
Write with you. Sing with you.
Create with you.

May our time be blazing with life and light.

I cast out the enemy and any spirits of
distraction, despair or disheartenment.
The enemy has no place in the life-giving
process of creation.
He is the author of lies.
You are the Author of life.

Grant me your peace.
It casts out all fear.

Grant me your presence.
I am never alone.

If you’re not here, I call the whole process off.
I can’t do it without you.
I don’t want to do it without you.
May my face glow from your presence.

Let me taste your goodness.
Give me a glimpse of the eternal songs, stories
and images only seen by those
in the kingdom of heaven.

May my creation reflect you as Creator.

May my calling reflect you as the Caller.

May the work of my hands make you smile.

May we do this together, Father.

In the name of Jesus,

I give you...me.

Allen Arnold loves the epic adventure God has set before him. From the mountains of Colorado, he leads Content & Resources for Ransomed Heart Ministries (led by John Eldredge). Before that, he spent 20 years in Christian Publishing - overseeing  the development of more than 500 novels as founder and Publisher of Thomas Nelson Fiction. He was awarded the ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. But that doesn't really describe the man. Allen savors time with his family, craves the beach, drinks salsa by the glass, is hooked on the TV series "Once Upon a Time" and is passionate about helping storytellers write from an awakened heart. 

15 comments:

Ron Estrada said...

Thanks for sharing that, Allen.

Edie Melson said...

Exactly what I needed today. Thank you for this!

Nicole said...

In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

sondrakraak said...

I love the sense of belonging you've woven into your prayer--that we are not our own, but are under the Lordship and loving Fatherhood of God the Creator. And how intrinsic creativity is to our being made in the image of God. Thank you.

DiAnn said...

In the middle of edits, and this spoke to me. Thank you!

Michael Ehret said...

Amen.

Sherry Carter said...

I need to print this and put it up by my computer! Distractions so often get the best of me. And I'm a master at delaying tactics to avoid the hard work of writing - like checking G+ :(

Heather Day Gilbert said...

Ha--Sherry said exactly what I was thinking--I need to print this out! Thanks for refocusing our work today, Allen.

Darlene L. Turner said...

I needed to hear this today, so thank you! Beautiful. Many times I just sit down and write, but forget to stop and pray. No wonder the words don't come. Duh! Thanks for the reminder. God bless.

Kathy Rupff said...

Thank you so much, Allen. Beautiful! I plan to hang it in my art room and re-post it on my blog to share with other creatives. So glad to learn of you, and thanks again for sharing your heart, thoughts and ideas with others!

Horton Prather said...

Thanks for sharing such an inspirational prayer, Allen. I'm going to save this for those times when I feel like my writing doesn't make a difference in the vast sea of words out there.

Autumn Macarthur said...

Amen <3

Lisa Godfrees said...

Love this prayer. I might just make it into a poster for my wall. :)

Betsy St. Amant said...

Beautiful. Just prayed it, and bookmarked to return to it again. Perfect timing for me to read this, as God's timing always is :) Happy tears. Thanks for sharing your journey with us Allen! You're a blessing.

Jessie Gunderson said...

I'm glad you linked this from your article the other day. I'm writing this in the first pages of my journal for the new year!