One thing I am finding more as I delve into the creative process is how healing creative outlets can be for our spiritual and emotional lives. Not only can art be an outlet for emotions we can’t readily find words for, but it can bring such healing in the sharing of things too deep for words to express.
I am thrilled to share the beautiful art of my friend Janine Crum today. Janine is a fellow Redbud Writer’s Guild Member and I had the wonderful opportunity to meet her in real life recently and chat with her over coffee about God, life, writing, and art.
“So, this whole journey of making more art and writing and seeking God deeply started about a year and a half ago when I was pregnant with my son, Levi.,” Janine says. “After his birth I was crippled by anxiety, panic attacks, and a deep depression that rendered me unable to care for my kids. Shortly into my journey I did a sketch in my sketchbook that really captured part of that process for me, and I shared it on my instagram.”
Having struggled with anxiety myself and finding writing to be an outlet for me, I also know the power of sharing these struggles with others. Not only can we seek God through the creativity He has given us, but we can bring the process to others who we might share our art with. That is what I love about Janine’s passion for delving into deep things not always spoken of so freely in Christian circles.
I also love these pieces, re-writing truths learned from Scripture and from fellow writers. Janine says, “one way that God sows His seeds deep into my heart is through the act of re-writing Truths I’ve learned.” This is a practice I have begun through this series and am finding this to be so true – that the re-writing and meditating on these truths is helping me seek God in deeper ways.
I hope you have been encouraged and inspired by the art in this series and that you will follow along with Janine as she seeks God and creates so beautifully from the overflow of what He is doing in her life!
JANINE CRUM: FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM, VISIT JANINE ON HER BLOG
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