Happy New Year

Posted: January 1, 2019 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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I’m only making one resolution this year and that is to avoid getting caught up in things over which I have no control. Things like politics. My word for the year is “REVIVAL” and the plan is to work toward things in Christ that will reach people and bless them, pointing them to the only real hope, Jesus Christ. He can turn this nation around, and frankly, He is the only One.

Now onto the focus of this site. First of all, I apologize, I got really busy this year and my posting here as suffered, as a result, my readership has shrunk a bit. So if you’re still here, thank you and my goal is to do better in 2019. I honestly feel like the things I do in ministry and in encouraging all the people God puts into my life to use their gifts to serve Him is probably the best way I can work toward revival. Hopefully you, dear reader will reap the benefits of that. So here are a few of the goals I have set for the year.

On this blog: I hope to post at least five days a week this year. I also plan to post creative challenges based on Scripture on a regular basis. I am unsure of the frequency of these, but I was thinking about daily. If you decide to do these, don’t feel pressured to do them all, just all them to inspire you to create. I would appreciate your feedback on the frequency and the content.

As far as the other content, I am hoping do more informational content as is usual, but I am also hoping to create more downloadable content that people can use in churches, etc.

Some of the art I have been doing over the last year or so, has not really fit into the content of this page so I’ve decided to move that over to a page a started a long time ago and left got dormant. It’s called Beware of Artists. The title is based on a quote attributed to Queen Victoria that said, “Beware of artists, they mix with all classes of society and are therefore most dangerous.” That’s the kind of “dangerous artist” I want to be.

Creacher, my webcomic also continues. I hope you enjoy it.

My hope is to do even more speaking this year. I have set a goal of 40 engagements this year, Lord willing.

On the personal side, I want to finish the class work for my Masters and get to work on my thesis. The theme I am planning on is one that is near and dear to my heart, namely “The Imaginative Church.” I also want to finally finish my novel “Masterpiece Max” and I have outlined another book of prompts which will be available soon. In my church ministry, my big goals include encouraging the people to be in the Word and to find new ways to use their gifts to serve the Lord and reach out community.

Now of course all of these are goals, and as I look at the list, I’ll be the first to admit, it looks aggressive, but it gives me something to shoot for. I will break these down into manageable steps and hopefully will accomplish.

What about you? What are your goals for 2019?

  1. imdonna says:

    Blessings from Florida, Dave!
    Sounds like a full plate for you this year! I am also planning to focus less on the political swirlings; outside of what I need to know to pray on target! I, however, have a goal to simplify this year. My first challenge is my studio; a sunroom which has, up till last week been rather over-stuffed with supplies and materials I am not using in this season. I’m in process of emptying the room to repair and replace the floor, and after it is complete, I will be mindfully replacing only what I will actually be using. I am removing distractions and clutter so that I can concentrate on creation❣️ I am also in process of cleaning out my inbox and cutting back on all the time it takes to tend to the “electronic office”. We’re “cutting the cord” on the TV, as well. I’m trying to figure out how to use social media to encourage and to share my “snapshots” and writings from Abba. I have started a fb page called “ My Father’s Eyes “, and also a website, “myfatherseyes.net”. I have no idea how to do this; so far I’ve just put a few drawings on, but I don’t even know how to post things where I want them, or how to change my template! So watching tutorials is a priority for me this month! I am a part of Matt Tommey’s Mentoring Group, as well as Created to Thive fb group, and Chaim BenTorah’s online mentoring group as well. These groups need to have my focus and attention this year, as I pretty much came to a standstill after my younger brother’s sudden death last March. I am part of another mentoring group that I am going to leave in order to apply myself to my creative calling and the study of God’s Word. We are now approaching the second year of our attempted downsizing. As I make progress in this area, I will make more room for my Papa’s daily direction and leadings (spontaneity!) My main ongoing goal for this year is to create something daily. When my studio is finished I will have the area for silk painting as well as the other mediums. Journaling is the other goal for this year. I really desire to get back to that; to that quiet place of intimacy where all my creations originate flow to and through me….
    I may not say much on your blogs this year; I’ll try to remember to hit the “like” button to let you know I’m seeing them. And with all the other things minimized, I won’t be merely shuffling so many things into folders to”read later”…..we all know how that goes, lol!
    Praying you reach all your goals this year; and that other aspiring artists discover your blog and make a connection which will launch them into art ministries. And that your ministry locally, regionally, and nationally takes off for you without overwhelming you! Fasten your seatbelt!
    Onward with excellence,
    your sister in Christ, Donna

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