Ep 10 – Who’s Gonna Lead You In?

Welcome to episode 10 of The Kingdom Art Life.

As I’ve talked to artists of faith in different conversations, two of the questions that often come up are, one, how do I know what the Lord wants me to do in my career? There’s this anxiety about am I doing the right thing. And the other question is a more intimate question that I hear inside of what artists say; and it’s a question that we all face at some point, and have to answer for ourselves.

That question is Do I believe that God’s way will lead me to where I want to get to in my career? Today, I want to answer the second question first because if you don’t, first, believe that God’s way is going to get you where you want to go, then it doesn’t matter what He says to you or how He leads you.
It doesn’t matter whether you know it’s Him talking to you.
It doesn’t even matter if you know that what He’s telling you is the right thing to do.
If you don’t trust that what He’s directing you to do will get you what you want in your career, you won’t do it.

Think about it. We see and commit social injustices against each other in every sphere of society on a daily basis. And we know the right thing to do. But we don’t. Why? Because we do not believe that that thing we know is right is going to get us what we’re after. Nor do we believe that it’s going to allow us to keep the thing we’ve finally gotten, that we really wanted.

We don’t just want to do the right thing. That carries no motivation for us. We will do the right thing as long as it still gets us what we want, and as long as it still allows us to keep what we hold dear.

Think about your own life and choices. How many times has God led you to do something that you didn’t do. Why didn’t you do it?
If you were convinced that His leading was still going to get you what you were after, you would have done it with no hesitation.

But you were not convinced of that.
So, you didn’t do it.

Or, maybe it’s just me that had to confront that harsh reality about myself. So, let’s look at this.

Do you believe that God’s way will get you to where you want to be in your career?

In this podcast we talk about harmony. And harmony is about oneness of mind.
No struggle.
No strain.
Being settled.
Standing flat-footed.
Full acceptance.
And how can you have that?

How can you be settled and stand flat-footed in full acceptance if you, as a Christian with a secular art career, are not convinced that the God of your Christianity can lead you into your career’s promised land?

As people of faith, there are two critical questions that we encounter. One is finite. The other is perpetual and persistent and constant.

The first question is are you going to live this life with me or not. That is the question of salvation. Jesus says I died on the cross and I rose again and I’ve made this victorious life available to you. I’ve made it possible for you and I to be back in relationship with each other. Do you want it; yes or no?
There’s an immediate response to that. You either receive salvation or you don’t. And once that choice is made, you’re either saved or you’re not. Finite.

The other question is perpetual and it persists throughout the life of your faith walk. In fact, it is the life of your faith walk. And that question is whose report will you believe? Matthew 6:24 says it this way: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.
In John 14:23 Jesus says “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word; and my father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine but the father who sent me.

So, let’s look at this together.

Matthew 6:24 says you cannot serve two masters for either you’re going to hate the one and love the other. And by John 14:23 we understand that part of love is to keep the word of God. So are you going to do what I’m telling you to do, or are you going to do what they’re telling you to do; because you can’t serve two masters.

You cannot be led and influenced by two people. Let’s apply this to our career.

God is asking this:

Are you going to get connected to that director you’ve always wanted to work with by the way I’m leading you, or are you going to do it by the means you see everyone else doing it?

Are you going to go to those contract negotiations and say what I told you to say or are you going to follow the advice of your agent?

Are you going to say no to that project, like I told you to do; or are you going to say yes to that project because everyone else is telling you that your career won’t survive if you say no?

Are you going to make that phone call to the studio owner, like I told you to do; or are you not going to do it because of your own mind? You don’t understand how it would be possible for them to actually say yes to what I told you to ask them.

Whose report will you believe?
Guys, this is faith coming off the pages, out of our heads, into our everyday life.

I was talking to a group of ladies who I’m leading through a KAI intensive in New York. This past week we were talking about the same idea of trust and I led them through a series of questions. The first question that I had them answer for themselves was, what does it mean to trust someone?

One of the ladies said it was about fully believing the other person has your best interest at heart, and about having the confidence that you could put your life in their hands and be safe.

So I asked her do you believe that God has your best interest at heart?
She smiled. and she said, yes.

Then I asked her do you trust that your life is safe in God’s hands?
She smiled, again, and she said, yes.

Then I asked her if that’s the case, then why is it still so difficult for you to trust him with your career, to fully put your career in His hands and allow your career to be fully led and directed by Him?
And again she smiled, but this time with one of those DANG faces.

She had to pause and think about that one. And we all have to pause and think about this.
Because these are the things that we say.
These are the things that come out of our mouths.

Yes, I love God!
Ok. But, we saw what the bible says about loving God and what that looks like.

And we say yes I trust God!
And in the sharing of this conversation with you that I had with this sister, saying we trust God and walking in trust are two different things.

So the question, again, that were pondering is do we believe that doing it God’s way will get us to the place that we’re trying to go and our career life?

But, this is not only a question of destination.
This is also a question of quality and of experience.

If I do this God’s way, what is my experience going to be like?
Am I going to have to look stupid?
Am I going to have to do embarrassing things?
Am I going to have to do weird and bizarre things in front of everybody; because I don’t really know if I can do that.

And what am I going to have to go through?
Are you going to ask me to do uncomfortable things and look silly in front of people?

These are real concerns. And they’re ones that I, myself, have to confront. The Lord led me to quit my job recently; and even today, it’s a trust walk for me. The other day my father asked me did you even think about this decision before you made it? I’m doing what the Lord told me to do, and He’s asking me if I even thought about before I did it.

Having to look like you are irresponsible, naive, unfocused, or just flat-out disillusioned in front of people… that’s hard. And I imagine Jesus had to go through the same thing when he was talking all of that yim yam about my dad is going to raise me up in 3 days, and you can’t kill me I give my life. I mean he was talking a lot of mess. A lot of stuff.
And we see in the Garden of Gethsemane that even He had to confront this question.
And He had to make a decision about it before he could actually move forward.
Do I believe God that what you’re telling me to do is actually going to pay off?
Is it actually going to end up like you showed me and like you promised me?

Then there’s the question of quality.
When I get there what am I going to look like? What state of being will I be in?
Will I have gotten there and lost everything in the process; where I’m barely drag myself over the finish line? Am I going to get there but my spirit is so broken because of all the things I had to lose, all the people I had to give up doing it your way?
What quality will my being be in – getting there your way?

This, again, is another good question and another real concern. So, I want to encourage you about the quality issue through Daniel’s account with King Nebuchadnezzar.

In Daniel 1, we see the account where King Nebuchadnezzar takes control of Judah and he wants some young men whom he wants to raise up to serve under him. He tells one of his guys to go and get some of the children of Israel, some of the king’s descendants, and some of the nobles. The bible says that these were young men without blemish. They were good looking, they were gifted in all wisdom, they had knowledge, and they were quick to understand. The king wanted to take these boys and teach them the language and the literature of the Chaldeans. Basically, he wanted to indoctrinate them in the way of the Chaldeans living and thinking.

Now, the children of Israel, God’s people, are among some of these young men that are brought to be indoctrinated in the Chaldean way. It also says that the king set them up with daily provisions of food and wine and had training for them. So, for these young men, serving under the king for these young men was essentially living the life.

But in that group you had four young men of Israel: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Daniel makes the decision that he and the other three are going to follow God’s way instead of the Chaldeans’ as much as they can. The Bible says that Daniel purposes in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king’s delicacies or his wine. Daniel goes to share his decision with one of the chief eunuch’s, and the chief basically says listen, I appreciate your conviction. But I’m scared of the king, I don’t think this is going to work, and I can’t present you to the king looking worse than all the other boys.

So, Daniel says ok, you guys eat what you’re going to eat; but feed us vegetables and give us water. We’re going to do it God’s way. And in 10 days, test us and we will see who looks better.

The four men of Israel are going to do it God’s way and while all the other men are doing it the Chaldean way; and in 10 days there will be a comparison to see who comes out better.

At the end of the 10 days, verse 19 says that the king interviews the four of them and, among all the boys, none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Nobody looked like them.

It says, “therefore they served before the king, and in all matters of understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in his room.”

And later we find out that Daniel continues to do it God’s way, so much so that it leads to the king promoting him and making him ruler over the whole province of Babylon.
This is in Babylon. These people do not serve Jehovah.
This is over all the other young men who are learning and participating in the Chaldean way.
This is over all the other magicians and wise men.
Out of all of them, it was Daniel who was made ruler over all the province of Babylon and he was also made the chief administrator over all the wise men of Babylon… because he determined to do things God’s way.
He came out looking better.
There was nobody in Babylon found like him or like the four of them.
No one.

So, my question for you to ponder this week with God is:

Whose report will you believe?
Whose way will you follow?
Who’s going to lead you into the promised land of your career?
Is it going to be you and your own understanding and education?
Is it going to be other people whose examples you’re trying to follow?
Is it going to be your agent, you’re a manager, or is it going to be the Spirit of God.

What would a final settling of this question, and a commitment to the answer change for you?
What is the nagging hesitation that keeps you from going all-in?

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Ep 9 – You Won’t Have to be a Weirdo

Welcome to episode 9 of The Kingdom Art Life.

Romans 12:1 tells us to present ourselves a living sacrifice, or a sacrifice that will live, holy and acceptable unto God which is our reasonable service, or worship.

2 Corinthians 5:15 says that Christ died for us so that we could live for Him. Now even though we are Christian, we are artists fully and absolutely. But as Christians we can never, nor will we ever be, just artists.

The Lord invites us into relationship with Him at salvation, where we embark on a journey of learning about Him and about how to enter into His rest and manifest life more abundantly. But He also invites us into purpose. At the same time that we’re saying yes to receiving His love, His forgiveness, and salvation, we are also saying yes to co-labor with Him in His purposes for creation. In this episode, I want to focus on the co-laboring part, because as artists of faith with “secular” art careers, it’s difficult for us to imagine what this co-laboring with God looks like in our day-to-day art life.

And, truth be told, it’s scary for some of us to imagine what God might ask us to do. I mean, I get it. It’s already difficult enough trying to become a successful artist, however you define that. You don’t want to magnify that difficulty by being the annoying, religious weirdo who makes it uncomfortable for everyone around you. If it’s uncomfortable to be around you, that could mean you don’t book jobs, you don’t get asked to be a part of projects, you don’t get access to certain opportunities and inside information.

We avoid this co-laboring responsibility sometimes because we are reasonably nervous about what it might look like, and career-wise, what it might cost us.

But, take heart my friend.

This is not going to be anything like you fear it could possibly be. Co-laboring with God is organic, natural, even and it’s supernaturalness. But, before we get into that, let’s get clear about these purposes God is up to.

Now there are at least two things we know are huge on His priority list.

One is reconciliation.

And the other is the earth being full of His glory and full of the knowledge of Him.

Reconciliation is about being back in relationship with His creation, which starts at salvation. But it’s also about His creation being reconciled or restored back to the quality, the wholeness, the potency, the proximity, and the order in which He first formed it.

Basically, He wants to be back in relationship with His people and He wants them living in every form of abundance He’s laid up for them and made available to them. He wants his Earth taken care of the way He intended. And He wants everything happening on the earth to function the way He designed it to function. That’s reconciliation.

And, He wants the Earth filled with the knowledge of Him, of who He is, of His goodness, of His desire to be good to His creation, of His unfathomable capacity to manifest good in His creation, and for it.

Genesis 1:31 says that God looked on everything that He made and indeed it was very good. He wants the Earth full of the knowledge of the unsearchable depth of His love for all that He has made. And He wants it full of what He’s already done to show that, and full of what He’s willing to do to keep making that deep love clear.

Our artistic gifts and careers are a part of the way we participate in these two purposes and experience them in our own personal lives. But they’re also channels for us to facilitate that experience in other people’s lives.

In the first few episodes of the Kingdom Art Life podcast, I talked about the fact that the only way that we’ve known to do this is through the messaging in our art, whether that’s verbal, narrative, or visual messaging. But we also established that we have a life in art, not just a message in art. And these two purposes, reconciliation and the fullness of the knowledge of God in the earth, will flow through our life in art because we, as career artists in mainstream culture, don’t have a message that necessarily talks about these two things.

I have a PDF that I want you to read called The Ministry of Presence. I was introduced to this term by a dear sister of mine and it just really resonated with me. This PDF that I want you to read unpacks what it looks like to participate in reconciliation with God in our daily career life by simply being who we are in Christ and releasing what we are as we’re led. So, make sure you download that PDF. I promise it’s going to bless you and it’s going to relieve your apprehension about being a vessel for God on your job. I truly believe you’re going to read this and say you know what I could do this. This is not so bad.

Then after you read it, come talk to me. Let me know one or two things that really stood out for you, that shifted your mind, that relieved some of the anxiety you had about this. Let me know.

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Ep 8 – The Ease of Intimacy

Welcome to episode 8 of The Kingdom Art Life.

In the past couple of episodes, we’ve been talking about relationship. We’ve been talking about getting in touch with what God wants in a relationship with us; and what we think we’re involved in, in relationship with Him. In episodes 6 and 7, we talked about how this harmony between our faith, art, and career that we’ve been pursuing has to start with us and God having a unified understanding of what our relationship with each other is about. And, we have to understand where our career life fits in that relationship. Now, I’m assuming if you’ve come back to listen to episode 8, you’re ready to move forward in this relationship that we’ve been laying out in these past couple of episodes.

In this episode, I want to look at how this all-in relationship is lived out, particularly in our career life. So, let’s get to it.

The first thing for us to establish is that when we come into an all-in relationship with someone, that relationship is not confined to one area of our life. For instance, if we have a boyfriend, or girlfriend, our life with them is not just confined to our work life. It’s not just confined to our life at church. If I have a best friend, my friendship with them permeates all parts of my life. In the same way, an all-in relationship with God, first of all, is one that permeates all parts of your life.

God did not invite you to a career.
He did not invite you to a calling or purpose.
He did not invite you to a church relationship.

He invited you to build a life together, to walk through that life together. In the course of that life together, there will be career. There will be purposes that need to be tended. However, that’s not why He’s invited you to a relationship.

In the course of being together, there are things that He will need you to do for Him, just as there are things you’ll need Him to do for you. But you guys aren’t in relationship with one another just because of what you can do for each other. You guys are in relationship to build a life together –
a life of shared vision and purpose,
to walk that life together and enjoy each other as you walk that life together,
even while you’re doing career,
and even while you’re tending purposes.

The biggest barrier to living this all-in relationship is our misconception of what it looks like when we actually try to do it. I think we can all agree that relationship with God has been presented to most of us in a less-than-desirable way. From that, we feel like relationship with God is just too tedious. There are too many rules, too many things that we have to do that we can’t possibly fit into our already overwhelming schedule.

We don’t have time or the energy to pray or read our Bible for three hours every day.

We don’t even have time for one hour.

I mean, we want to get to know God more intimately but we can’t possibly measure up to what we imagine He wants from us. Nor do we want to walk around feeling guilty all the time because we failed Him.

Another thing we’re afraid of is what we might lose if we agree to go all-in. Does all-in mean that I have to leave my career and become a missionary for poor children in Uruguay? I mean, I don’t knock being a missionary but that’s not my walk.

Will I lose creative control?

Will I lose directional control over my art and career trajectory?

Does this mean that I won’t get to experience the career life that I’ve worked so hard for? It must mean that because there is no way that this is the career life for me that God would be pleased with.

Will I get my hopes up and trust in another person and be disappointed again; because I can’t take another person not doing what they said they would do. I just got myself put together from the last time. I’m in a good place and if that happens again, I don’t know if I’ll be able to recover this time.

Family, these are all misconceptions. True, they are misconceptions that didn’t just appear out of thin air. But they are misconceptions, nonetheless. And we have them because of what we’ve been taught, or what has been presented and demonstrated to us. But that doesn’t mean that they are correct.

Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

The message translation says, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

In Hebrews 4:9-11 of the Amplified version, it says, “so then there is still awaiting a full and complete Sabbath-rest reserved for the [true] people of God. For he who has once entered [God’s] rest has also ceased from the [weariness and pain] of his human labors, just as God rested from those labors peculiarly His own. Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell].”

Listen, life is difficult. Life is difficult. Difficulty doesn’t suddenly come because we’re in relationship with God. A different form of difficulty is introduced when we get into relationship, but difficulty itself is simply a part of life. The beautiful thing about being in a relationship with God is that He makes us overcomers, victorious. Actually, He has made us more than conquerors. He says I’ll show you how to get to where you want to go without it destroying you, breaking you down along the way. Walking with God is supposed to be the easiest, healthiest, most restful, nourishing thing that we can do in this life.

It’s simple.

It’s supposed to be simple.

Just follow the voice.

Live your life and be attentive to that voice.

And when He speaks, follow it.

That’s it.

There’s no stress, no strain, no ritual, no quotas.

Just live and follow the voice.

And when God wants more than that, He has no problem asking you for it.

To follow that voice with confidence, we have to change two things:
One, our perception of where He is
Two, our perception of His interest in the everydayness of our career life.

1 Corinthians 3:16 says, “Do you not know that you are the temple of the Living God, and that the spirit of the God dwells in you.” 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Or do you not know that your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own. In The Message Bible Deuteronomy 30:11 -14 says, “This commandment that I’m commanding you today isn’t too much for you, it’s not out of your reach. It’s not on a high mountain—you don’t have to get mountaineers to climb the peak and bring it down to your level and explain it before you can live it. And it’s not across the ocean—you don’t have to send sailors out to get it, bring it back, and then explain it before you can live it. No. The word is right here and now—as near as the tongue in your mouth, as near as the heart in your chest. Just do it!”
Following His voice is not something that’s difficult to do. And it’s not something that you have to strive for or work hard for, or deny yourself something in order to do it. Think about text messages. The beauty of text messages is that they’re easy to use. And people are generally always able to respond to them. And I don’t have to do a whole lot just to ask a question, tell a joke and get a laugh, say I miss you, ask you what you want for dinner. I can just reach out, and it has the sort of immediacy that kind of feels like we’re just sitting right next to each other in a way that’s very different from the formality of a phone call or an email. There’s no prep time, no waiting until I have a block of time that I can set aside to call you, no making sure that I’m going to a place where I can hear you or where I have privacy. I can just text you. Just like I can say something to you if you were actually sitting next to me. Now, imagine this times a bajillion, trillion because God actually lives in you, so He is actually always right there.

All you have to do is say what you have to say.

When He talks, all you have to do is listen.

That’s it.

Now, sometimes texting is not enough. I may need a longer period of time, or have to talk to you about something that’s just too deep for text. Then, I just tell you I need to see you or have a phone call. God will do the same thing. If He needs more, He’ll tell you.

The second thing we have to get over is our perception of His interest in our daily life. Our tendency is to think that there are too many bigger, more important things going on in the world – so why would God care about the paint that I use?

And my question to you is, of all the bigger things going on in the world, why would anyone who cares about you care about the paint you use?

Because they care about you.

Psalms 56:8 NLT says this about God: “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You’ve recorded each one in your book.”

Psalms 139:1-18 says:

“O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD.
You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!
I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.
I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night— but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up, you are still with me!”


Now does that sound like someone who wouldn’t be interested in the “mundanity” of your life and career? Luke tells us that God even counts the numbers of hairs on our head. That’s how into us He is!!

So, what does all this look like in our career life?

Creatively, He might tell you throw a little yellow on a spot when your painting. He might say take that line to the right a little more. In the dance studio, you might do a move and He might say turn your head to the right when you do that next time. Cross your right leg over the front step to the back.

Business-wise, we go on auditions, we’re signing contracts, we’re making decisions, we’re hiring people, firing people, making choices between locations. We’re doing all kinds of things. And the Holy Spirit might whisper and say go talk to the lady in yellow. You know what don’t sign that contract today. Go stand in the front on the left for this audition. Before you go on that addition put on that purple shirt that you have. Ask that man about optioning your movie. Ask Him to explain to you what that is.

Socially, He might tell you ask that young lady to lunch. Bring your boss flowers. Write that after a card and bring it to Him tomorrow. Stop by your agent’s office and just ask how he’s doing.

Now some might say this is all too weird, too religious. And I say no it’s not. If someone was sitting right in front of me, a colleague that I respected artistically, and they told me hey you should try putting some yellow right there, I would look and I would say oh okay.

Or if I was at the dance studio and I had a colleague sitting right there watching, and they saw what I was doing and said hey you know what the next time you do that you should try putting your head to the right, I wouldn’t think that was strange at all. Why, then, would I think it strange that God is dialoguing with me like that?

Psalms 139:17-18 says, “How precious also are your thoughts to me, O God? How great is the sum of them? If I should count them they would be more in number than the sand.”

Guys, He is God. He has enough capacity to handle the issues of our world and talk to you about the colors you use in your sketch.

I started a Kingdom Art Life home group and one of the things we talked about is how we develop this intimacy?

How do we begin to hear God like this?
How do we develop that confidence that what we hear is actually Him?

Well, let’s talk about the confidence issue first.

I was taught that the Word of God, the bible, trains our spirit to be able to recognize when the Spirit of God is speaking to us. For instance, I could tell you that your mother said something to me about you. Depending on what I say and how I say it, you would be able to tell me whether or not that actually came out of her mouth. You would know if that’s something she would actually say because you’ve lived with her. You’ve gotten used to the way she speaks. You’ve gotten used to the kinds of things that she actually would, and would not say.

The bible’s the same way.

It helps us understand the kind of person God is, and the kind of things He would and would not say.

Another way to look at this is if there are a crowd of people talking, and my mother says something, even if she were far away from me, I would recognize her voice because I know what that voice sounds like… even in a crowd of people.


Because I’ve spent my life listening to that voice.

A crowd cannot hinder my ability to know when my mom is talking. I recognize the unique resonance and timbre of her voice.

God is the same way.

The more you spend time with Him, the more you recognize His voice when He’s talking to you.

The other issue is how do we even begin to develop this intimacy with God in the first place?

And my question to you is how did you become close to any of the people that are in your life now?

The same way you became close with them is the same where you’re going to become close with God. He is God, yes, but He’s a person.

The same way you would develop intimacy with any person is the same way you develop intimacy with God.

Over this next week, I want you to really ask yourself what were the things you actually did to get to know someone and get close to them? And what are those same things you can use and do to get to know God and get closer to Him. Some of it is just working on our awareness that He’s there, always there.

He’s not something that we have to put on or take off. Sometimes we think this way, that if we forget “to put Him on,” like a coat, then we don’t have Him with us.

For some of us it’s just about developing the confidence, or getting over feeling silly that I could just start talking to Him without the formality of having to block out time, find a quiet space, put my hands together, get on my knees and pray. That I can just talk to Him because He’s right there. I could be in the middle of a sketch and just talk to Him. I could be choreographing and looking for a step and just talk to Him. I could be looking at resumes and just talk to Him.

One person in our home group said that she started talking out loud about everything when she was by herself. This is how she started to practice that someone was actually there.

How easy is it to receive God’s interest and attention like this? I mean isn’t that what we all want, for someone to be that interested in the things we are passionate about, to be ready to hear about them whenever we’re ready to talk about them, and every time? What is it like to think about that? I mean can you receive that? Can you take that in as a reality for you? Is that going to take some mental rearranging?

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