During 2013, dozens of talented writers are joining me to cheer you on in your storytelling. These guest-writers will share a few helpful words with you right here every Tuesday night, to encourage you as you #TellHisStory. (Come back after midnight to link up your story by clicking here.) And now, I’m delighted to introduce you to a dear friend and fantastic writer with a sweet spirit, Laura Boggess.
Playdates with God
Julia Cameron—that inspiring writer of The Artist’s Way—calls it an Artist Date. She describes it as a once-weekly solitary expedition to something festive that interests us. This, Cameron says, will keep our creative wells filled and feed our inner artist. You must go alone on the Artist Date, she says, because you are romancing, wooing, courting your creative consciousness.
In my writing life, I have found Cameron’s words to be true—with some variation. For the rich words to flow, my spirit does indeed need nourished; but this is not something I can achieve alone.
What Cameron calls her Artist Date, I call a Playdate with God. For it is when I invite the Creator into the moments of my life that wonder is loosed in my heart and on the page. So I make a commitment each week to meet with God in some new way—or some new place. Our adventures have ranged from parks to museums to the middle of my dining room floor—for any playmate can tell you that the joy is in the companionship, no matter where the meeting takes place. It’s a change of inward focus, a deliberate effort to heighten my awareness of God’s constant presence. This time I set aside to focus on His companionship spills over into every moment and fills the well of empty places that walking in this broken world can often leave.
Laura Boggess lives in a little valley in West Virginia where she works as a counselor. She is the author of The Wings of Klaio series and writes for TheHighCalling.org. Laura blogs at The Wellspring and loves Jesus and stories and happy endings.