Welcome to Day 3 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be…  Or…simply: Be…
Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin”
and in our homes and beyond.  If you missed The Introduction or you’d like
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Somewhere I came across this quote and saved it to share later.

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature
into his pictures.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Later came, and I read it again.

At first, the words seemed wonderful.

And then I realized this is NOT how I want to paint pictures, set a table, or plant a container garden.


If I could re-write the quote it would read like this…

As an artist I dip my brush into the heart of God and paint HIS reflection,
with awe and joy, into my pictures. ~ Diane Miller


Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be an artist.  Not in the standing before an easel with a pallet of paint kind of way.  Somehow in my heart I derived joy from creating.  Even it was re-arranging the items on the end table when I dusted for my mom.  Fortunately, my parents, allowed me the creative expression of re-arranging items.

One day my dad came home from a sales call to find that I had taken the garden furniture and set it into an arrangement I liked, added a step ladder, and placed six-packs of flowers on all the steps, as well as on empty planter boxes which I had turned on their sides and used as displayers for the six-packs of flowers.   The amazing thing to me as I look back, is that my dad didn’t take it all down, or ask me to, either.   No…he allowed this seven or eight-year-old girl to have fun with the plants she helped pick at the greenhouse.   He simply watered the plants in their places and allowed me to move this assembly around the yard as my creative heart desired.


Be Creative!

Creativity comes in all shapes and forms.  My creativity is more in the spatial vein.  And not so much in the pencil on paper vein.  What is your creative pursuit?

Please don’t tell me you aren’t creative.  I believe that it is utterly impossible.

Creativity needs to be practiced.  And the more you or I try our hands at some creative pursuit…the more creative we become.

Just in case you still doubt me…

This great planet we call earth was created by the most amazing creator of all…God.  What a glorious creation it is, too.

After he created the world…he created man, and woman,…in his image.   And since he is the most fantastic creator and we were created to reflect him.  Well….we are creative people.


So how are you creative?

Is it with words? Photography? Numbers? Food? Problem solving? Music? Textiles? Plants? _______?

There are a host of ways to be creative.


Be Creative!

If, by chance, you are still committed to the thought of NOT being creative, let me challenge you.

Think about your passions, the things that delight your eye or ear.  What is it that makes your heart sing?

Whatever that is….do it.  It might mean that you need to buy a set of paints, or take a class, or…

Like the old Nike slogan… Just do it!!!


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As an artist I dip my brush into the heart of God and paint HIS reflection,
with awe and joy, into my pictures. ~ Diane Miller


Today, I am an artist.  You are too….if you choose.

Today I will be creative.

  • Today I will dip my brush into the heart of God…
  • Today I will paint HIS reflection with awe and joy…
    into this blog, the grapevine pyramid I’m in the midst of making, and the photos I take.

How about you?

What will your creative pursuit be today?

Whatever it is….first…dip your brush into the heart of God.


(If you would like…save this 5×7 image to your desktop
and paste it into your program or take to your favorite photo printer.)

Be creative my friends!


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  1. Oh AMEN! I am learning to see myself as an artist – a painter, writer, lover of God!

    • Diane says

      Yay!!! I love that artistic you!! And I’m excited for you to be “finding” yourself in HIM. There’s no better place to be.

  2. Gwen says

    I love your childhood story of fixing the patio!! I agree you still like this type of art and we get the benefits of your efforts via the blog!!

    • Diane says

      Awww…thanks Gwen! 🙂 What a nice thing to say.

      One more thing….did you realize that either Day 1 or Day 1 in this series several readers replied to your comment? If not…be sure to pop back and check those out. They touched my heart. 🙂

  3. Mel says

    Oh, what an AWESOME statement about breathing life into your passion/creative side.

    And yup–creative in a number of ways. (just don’t ask me to draw a stick person! LOL) I’m a “people mover”–which requires a whole lot of creativity. I love the challenge to be ‘effective’, which is what I’m all about–it stretches me and makes me grow. Every once in a while I’m creative in the card making, bead stringing, crafty project sorta way. That’s decreased with circumstances as they are, but I still get to play and create and give away…….AND make disasters of the livingroom. LOLOL Oh, and I like that camera and taking photos cuz it forces me to see things differently and it keeps me humble. (go figure I’d need help with staying humble…..LOL)
    And today?
    I’ll send out those cards stacked on the table, put together a wreath for the side door and maybe make that connection with a person or two IF that’s in the Big Guy’s plans.
    You know how that goes….I make plans, He laughs. 😉

    • Diane says

      I am in awe of your creativity in relationships. That is truly an amazing God-given gift.
      Your day’s plans make me smile. I’m thinking the Big Guy might be smiling too! 🙂

  4. susan@avintagefarmwife says

    Beautiful post, Diane! I love your quote so much more than the original-it’s perfect. I agree we all have a measure of creativity within us because we were created after God himself. Who is more creative than that! We don’t acknowledge that side of ourselves many times or we disregard our own creativity while comparing it with others. That has always been my way of handling things…comparison. And finding myself lacking. I am working really hard during this season in my life to be happy being ME!

    • Diane says

      My sweet friend…it’s so good to ‘see’ you again! 🙂
      Oh…ugh…comparison. We all are way way way too good at that. God forgive us.
      Thanks for popping by with your lovely encouraging words!!

  5. Thank you for the inspiration. This is a lovely post.

  6. I creatively turned my blog site into fall today! Fall inspiration comes later in Florida!

    • Diane says

      Yay!!! Whenever we celebrate a change of season it’s Extraordinary!!
      Hope your weekend, Jeannie Marie is amazing!

  7. Beautiful blog! I love the sentiment of your post! It gives me more confidence in what I’m doing! I know it’s my calling, but just need reassurance now and then. I found your blog through Give Me The Goods Link Party. Hugs, Leena

    • Diane says

      Oh Leena….your words put a smile on my face! 😀 I love it when God uses us to give other the needed encouragement.
      Keep dipping your brush (or whatever your media) into the heart of God. 😉
      Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

  8. Jen says

    I love how you re-wrote that quote! I used to say I wasn’t creative. I think it caused a DING, DING, DING in heaven. God put me on a journey of discovering that was a total lie. I’m so glad He did because it helped me discover my passion for photography. It’s so true that we must practice creativity and through that, we get better and better.

    • Diane says

      I’m so glad you discovered your creative side. You definitely have it going!!!
      Thanks for your encouraging words, too!
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!!


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