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Write the Deep Waters -

I love to go to the ocean and gaze upon the vast expanse, imagining what lies on the other side, but the day I discovered the joy of SCUBA gave me an even greater perspective. While I love playing in the waves and find great joy in doing so, I never realized how limited that joy was. As soon as I dipped my head beneath the crystal clear waters surrounding Grand Cayman a whole new world was introduced to my senses. Vistas never before imagined sent my mind reeling with joy. Not only could I see a myriad of colorful coral and rock formations, I also became overwhelmed with the wonderful array of life I had never imagined so accessible. Before I went into the deep places, I knew logically that there was more life than I could see…but when I went deeper and opened my eyes to this whole other world, I experienced a deeper joy than I could ever have imagined possible. Our spiritual life is like that. We can be content with the shallow places and enjoy the waves, or we can plunge into the deeper places and discover a realm of life we had only heard of before. In your creative receiving this week, do not be content to merely dabble in the waves. Write and create in such a way as to lead others into the deep places of God’s nature and love. Do not be afraid of the deep places. The number one rule in SCUBA is simply ‘keep breathing’. It is no different when searching the depths of God’s creativity. Just keep breathing in His presence and enjoy the creative journey!

He leads me beside quiet waters.

Psalm 23:2b NASB

Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls;

All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.

Psalm 42:7 NASB

Lead to Deep, Lush, Green Pastures in Your Writing -

Now that you have an idea of whom you are receiving and writing for, what are the specific needs of that group? Taking a note from the Word of God, what are the areas of their souls that would do well to receive rest? Listen for songs this week that will lead those who hear or sing them to places of rest for their weary souls. A good shepherd leads his or her sheep to the green pastures they need…to places of sustenance and hope and assurance and freedom. Listen for the songs that will lead to rest and sustenance for a weary soul. Remember, a good shepherd leads by example…so go to that place of rest yourself…and feed deeply on the green pastures of the Lord’s presence. -

He makes me lie down in green pastures…

Psalm 23:2a NASB

Write Like a Shepherd -

A good shepherd knows the condition of his flock. Have you determined who your flock is? Is your flock a small group of believers you meet with regularly? Is your flock your generation? Does your flock contain wounded people? Is your flock those who have been disillusioned by the church? Determine who your flock is then ask the Lord to lead you to the songs that will meet their specific needs. Listen for the songs no one else is hearing or singing. Listen for the songs that will communicate something that has not been communicated. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you your specific flock and then be prepared to receive songs that will meet their specific needs. -

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Psalm 23:1 NASB

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Two Questions for Releasing Creativity -

I approach song receiving (and all creativity for that matter) with relationship in mind. Relationship is life. Without relationship there is no life. If we are creating to bless God and minister to others, there is a way we can build relationship through our creativity. When I approach ministry to others I simply ask two questions. One: Lord, would you give me insight into the needs of this person or group of people I am about to minister to as I receive this song? Two: Lord, would you allow me to feel toward them what You feel toward them? If I can approach my creativity with the needs of others in mind and, at the same time, have the compassion of THE Creator toward them on my heart and mind, I believe the Lord will allow me to go to places creatively that will set the captive free and heal a broken heart or release a deep joy in the heart of the person I am trying to reach. Be relationship-minded as you create today. And be prepared to walk relationally with hurting people – an watch your creativity expand exponentially as you focus on the Lord and upon the needs of others. -

The LORD is gracious and merciful;

Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.

The LORD is good to all,

And His mercies are over all His works.

Psalm 145:8-9 NASB

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God Wastes Nothing. Neither Should You -

As you ready yourself to receive from the Lord, remember that a transparent heart is a heart that has room to receive. Empty your heart to the Lord in honesty. He can handle whatever you have hidden there. Reality is He sees whatever you hide and loves you anyway – so why not unburden yourself and be a vessel He can flow through. As you receive songs from Father, remember this truth: He wastes nothing when offered to Him in honesty. He will not waste your sorrow…but will use it to bring joy in a song. He will not waste failure…but will use it to bring restoration and hope to others. He will not waste your pain…but will use it to bring healing and comfort to others. Allow the Lord the freedom to use whatever He will and wants as you receive from Him. Remember, take God outside of the box…and release yourself from any box you’ve placed yourself in today. -

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28 NASB

Write Your Song’s History -

Every time I receive a song from the Lord, I write the history of the song – the story behind the song. Along with any Scriptural reference used to inspire I write down what I was experiencing that brought birth to this particular song. Why? When I share the song publicly and share the story people can more readily identify with the song if they know its circumstances. When I write the history, I leave my family and those I minister to a legacy of God’s grace. Like breadcrumbs along the journey, I leave an ongoing message of the faithfulness of God in my wake for future generations that says, “I’ve been through what you’re going through. You can do this!” Why receive a song that has no story to tell behind the song? That’s like seeing a beautiful cloud and being able to get to the beauty but, after getting there, finding no substance. Always record the story behind the song. You never know who is going to need to hear it – whether it be a story of pain and sorrow and suffering or a story of laughter and victory and joy. -

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;

I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,

That I may tell of all Your works.

Psalm 73:28 NASB -

Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations;

You established the earth, and it stands.

Psalm 119:90 NASB

Write From the King’s Point of View

As new creations, we are called to seek first the kingdom of God. The way we do that is simply by seeking first the KING. When we seek the King, we naturally come to a place where we begin to see and view life and its circumstances from the King’s point of view. From that vantage point, we see with more clarity and grace. As you seek Him today, allow Him to show you what he sees when you or a family member or friend face trials or difficult circumstances. Write from this new perspective and watch freedom and victory flow where once bondage and defeat held sway. True wisdom, after all, is seeing life and its circumstances from God’s point of view. Draw near to Him in your writing and get a glimpse of what He sees today.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Matthew 6:33 NASB

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