A Time for Change


“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:1-3, 5-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

My favorite book of the Bible is Ecclesiastes, which is kind of ironic because I hate change.

In chapter 3 the author writes there is a time for all things. When you hate change, that is the last truth you want to hear. He tells us that there is a time for all things, a time for joy and a time for sorrow.

And that is what the past 12 months have been for me.

After a lot of prayer and consideration, I left my position at Cross Point in March of 2017. Mourning the loss of that job has challenged my faith greatly these past few months.

In July a life-long dream came true, and I added the title Mommy to my resume. Adler challenges me to love and trust more daily. She is a pure joy.

On top of these two changes there was a life that happened. Saying goodbye to a friend who went to Heaven too soon. Saying goodbye to my Grandpa who went Home after a long life. Saying goodbye to friends who moved, both physically and emotionally out of our lives.

But now is a time to be born, a time to plant, a time to heal, a time to mend and a time to love.

A number of circumstances has found me at a new adventure and launching my own freelance design and handlettering business.

While my life seems to taken a dramatic turn this past year, a few things did not change. I love how art can tell a story, and my biggest desire is to communicate the most beautiful story of all when love conquered the world.

So take a look around my portfolio and shop and I cannot wait for us to work together soon!

A God Who Delights in Saying “Yes”

One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for. Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do.”

“I will do whatever you say,” Ruth answered. So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.

— Ruth 3:1-6

It has not been easy for Ruth and Naomi lately. One day they found they had nothing left. The men they loved gone and their livelihood and legacy with them. 

Pain, sorrow, bitterness, resentment plagued their hearts. 

When we loose what we love those feelings come easy. And Naomi embraced those feelings for a time, even changing her name to Mara, meaning bitter. 

But then Naomi pulled herself up, and with that encouraged Ruth to take a chance. 

Naomi saw that Boaz’s character was one go goodness, of faithfulness. And because of that she trusted him with a big ask.

When Ruth laid on the threshing floor asking Boaz to marry her, she took a great risk. She made a big ask. She made a bold ask. That is hard. That is countercultural. 

“And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask.” —Boaz (Ruth 3:11)

We see God’s character of one of goodness, of faithfulness. And because of that we can trust Him with all of our big asks. 

When we ask God he response like Boaz. 

“And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask.” 

All we need, all of our big asks, and our hearts deep longings our God delights in saying yes. Sometimes a yes is a not now, but that is an entire other blog post.

So now, we go and we make bold asks like Ruth. And we encourage others in their bold asks like Naomi. 

Cheap Volunteer Appreciation Ideas

When our services rely on volunteers it is essential we appreciate them. Here are a few cheap ways we appreciate volunteers on our teams:

Text messages: Check in and see how they are doing. A simple ‘what’s up’ can go a long way. 

Birthday cards: Purchasing cards in mass quantity can be pretty cheap but it is going to go a long way when you remember their birthday. 

Invite to partake in the idea process: This goes for creatives especially. We love when people value our ideas. A simple invite to a brainstorm meeting can go a long way to building equity. Even if you know the time doesn’t work for them, being remembered brings value. 

Coffee: When someone fills in last minute, a little special something can go along way in building equity. Bringing them their favorite coffee and a handwritten thank you card can add equity to the tank. 

Surprise and Delight: Having a small treat for the team every now and then, just because, creates a since of value. Maybe it is some candy you got the day after Halloween in the green room. Or you kick off summer with popsicles between services, whatever it is something unexpected brings value. 

How do you value your teams in budget-friendly ways?

Let’s All Create IV of IV


This is part two of a four-part series. Some of the concepts explored refer to an early blog post you can find here, here and here.

As artists we yearn to create, we desire to make and we long for our voice to be heard. And that desire, that deep longing, was encouraged by someone in your life. 

Someone came along and told you, you are good enough. Someone came along and called out a God-given talent in your life. Someone came along and invited you to create. 

That person, they hold a special place in your heart — the one who said “yes, you with the guitar! come create cool things with me!”. 

When we call others into creating, we are doing more than clearing our plate, we are giving purpose to others. 

And now it is your turn. As an artist, as a leader, as a Christian, we have a responsibility to see and encourage other artist, to call out their God-given talent and create a save place for them to create. 

This is not easy. Insecurity often comes with being an artist, with being human. Those insecurities lead us to desire to be the best. To long to kick others out of the game. Those insecurities overtake our desire to be part of a team.

We must fight against it. 

We must encourage others.

We must believe that we are stronger together.

So who can you bring into creating with you this week? What volunteer has more potential than what you are giving them? 

Let’s All Create III of IV

 This is part three of a four-part series. Some of the concepts explored refer to an early blog, you can find part one here and part two here.
Crisp, white, clean paper. It seems to always hold a beautiful, yet ironic poem. A poem that screams “CREATE!” while at the same time whispering close to my heart “you are not good enough.”
And when we put the final touches on our art, the whisper seems to get louder, like the ink somehow fuels that whispered into a yell. A yell that often becomes crippling to our desire to share.
So we take that sketchbook and stash it under the bed. The song finds its way to the bottom of the drawer. Our response to God’s great creation becomes buried because it. is. just. not. good. enough. The response that is within becomes trapped, and we suppress its desire to escape.
Yet, God calls us, in all circumstances to be brave.
Be brave and share your art.
If you consider yourself creative, if you are one of the adults who was able to cling to your creative nature then maybe, we are responsible to share our art.
Dig out that sketchbook and Instagram a page.
Find that song and post it on YouTube.
Respond to the world around you.
Respond to God’s love, His art, His creation.
And when you are brave, and you are share your art, you may just give someone else the courage they need to share their’s.

Let’s All Create II of IV


This is part II of a IV part series on being called to create. You can read part one here.

It is a deep desire within all of us to respond when we are moved. Recently, listening to an animation podcast, I was reminded how innate this is to our being. The cast of a popular cartoon was featured, and they were talking about how blown away they were from the fan art they received.

When we are moved by art, it is our desire to respond with our own art.

When we are moved by creation, by God’s art, it is our desire to respond with art.

Sometimes, the only way we know how to respond to this deep longing and feelings for our Heavenly Father, which even now I struggle to put to words, is through art.

We see it throughout the Bible, but David is one of my favorite examples of this.

“Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.”
— Psalm 42:7 (NIV)

And while I read that verse I consider unpacking it here. I don’t even know how to explain deep calls to deep, to be honest. But I do know that I know what it feels like.

The greats who created art during the Renaissance understood what David was saying. Maybe that is why then the Church was the center for the arts.

Michelangelo did not agree to paint the Sistine Chapel for Pope Julius II until he was given artistic freedom. His masterpiece tells the story of a fallen creation and the need for a Savor, Jesus. It is said, during the four years it took to complete, Michelangelo read and reread the Old Testament. The ceiling holds the response of an artist to beauty of a broken world receiving a Savior.

So what is your response?

When was the last time you created to respond to God’s beauty?

When did you created because your insides were going to burst if you didn’t?

When was the last time you created to simply respond to the Creator?

Maybe today you get back to creating, not because you have to, not because you want to, but because you need to.

“Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.”
— Psalm 42:7 (NIV)

Let’s All Create I of IV

This is part one of a four-part series. Looks for part two on Wednesday.

Ah, the joy that comes with opening a new box of crayons. Each color, perfectly sharpened. The bright colors, the perfect box.

Do you have that memory too?

Oh, and then there was the joy of a blank sheet of paper in front of me — it held so many possibilities to create a masterpiece.

One day something shifted. The blank paper was no longer a joy, but a burden. It stared back, with criticizing eyes as it whispered how you are not good enough. As a child the possibilities were endless. And now, it is seems like what we create isn’t even good enough to hang on the fridge — let alone share with the world.

What happened to the desire to fill the blank page instead of the fear that surrounds filling it?
In 1968 George Land gave 1,600 5-year-old children a creativity test, the same one NASA used to select those who were innovative, to see how many were creative. He then tested the same kids again when they were 10 and later at the age of 15. The scores plummeted as these kids continued to grow up.

Below is a graph of the results:


And what can we learn from Land’s research. At one time we were all creative. But through wanting to fit in, from an education system that often teaches us all to execute the same way we lost it.

Yet we were created by a creator to create. And with that, doesn’t it mean we are all creative?

God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature. […]” God created human beings: He created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. Genesis 1:26-28

Creating a Creative Meeting

If you are a creative, chances are you don’t like meetings. The stale conference room, the plain powerpoint presentation, and the person that just keeps talking (you know who you are).

But a brainstorming meeting, those can be different. Let me give you a little insight into our meetings at Cross Point. 

A brainstorm meeting is when we invite people from our staff and volunteers to circle up and dream about the next series.

Here are a few of my best tips for creating a great creative brainstorming meeting. 

1. Get off-site. No one is going to be able to focus when their desk with a to-do list is feet away. Move somewhere with a vibe and get away for a little bit. Sometimes this is a park, other times it is a place that goes hand-in-hand with your next series theme, and other times it is a room that can fit all of you. 

2. Set the atmosphere. Music, decor, temperature — it all matters. Christmas music needs to play when you are dreaming about December, not when you are imagining how you will kick off the new year. 

3. Lay the ground rules. Creatives hate rules, but we have rules of engagement for our meetings. We go over them and print them out for each person to have at the meeting (you can download the PDF below).

• No bad ideas. We are here to dream and encourage.

• The sky is the limit. There are no limits right now so give us your craziest ideas.

• Your ideas are valued. And even if you do not see your exact idea on a Sunday it may inspire the idea that is put into action.

4. Tactical learning. We are creatives, we think different. And you are likely the kid that never wanted to sit still. So when you get creatives in a room together don’t make them all sit still. Pull out the tennis balls, Play-doh and scrap paper.

5. Food. All good meetings have food and it is one of the easiest things I have found to theme. I always try to add peppermints to the tables as well. Studies show peppermint helps stimulate the mind and recollection. 

6. Different people bring different ideas. With that being said, invite everyone! The more the merrier. 

7. Focus on your mission statement and your target audience. Your mission statement will not change, the methods will. We create a profile of someone we are looking to target and refer to this character throughout our brainstorming meeting. Allowing people to remember the Why behind our ideas and our art makes the art that much stronger.

What are your tips for a great creative meeting?

Creative Meeting Rules

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