Posts tagged ‘inspiration’

September 13, 2012

Need Inspiration?? Walk Away

Some people may consider this a horrible trait of mine, but in this season where I am not married and have no children, I often stay up ‘til the wee smas of the morning after a long day in my home office and read.  If I log off a couple hours earlier than usual, then I’ll head downstairs for some grub and, yes, a little movie/TV R&R—and then I head back upstairs to read.  It’s my little escape that keeps my mind off my company, blogs, columns, and social media outlets.  It’s these escapes that provide me with a bit of inspiration for the next day or for a new idea.  How do you get inspired?

DA Weddings Inspiration

On Monday I made a run to my local county library and left with 7 DVDs and 3 books.  Needless to say, my R&R will be particularly exciting over the next span of weeks and months! But this time it wasn’t the Lady of Avalon from Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon series, Farmer Giles of Ham by Tolkien, or The King’s Speech that inspired me, but Barbara Streisand in Hello Dolly!, that fabulous period musical directed by the late, great Gene Kelly.

I have ALWAYS been in love with (Barbara and) the golden gilded gown she dons for her appearance at the HarmoniaGardens in turn-of-the-century New York City.  It was this gown that inspired today’s wedding blog post.  My inspiration comes from ALL OVER so I just try to keep my eyes open and record my thoughts before I forget them.  You too can do this.

DA Luxury Inspiration

I may not indulge in too many little luxuries or spending sprees these days, but one of the luxuries I’ve maintained since my college years was my magazine subscriptions: usually Harper’s Bazaar, but also currently Marie Claire (my first subscription to them), Marie Claire @Work (if you ladies haven’t checked this new publication out, you should!), TOWN & COUNTRY, Elle Decor (Elle soon to come as well), and Latina that somehow wound up in my mailbox, but pleases me just the same.

Note: I RARELY purchase magazines off the rack unless it’s the occasional Martha Stewart Weddings or BRIDE’S Magazine from the airport convenience store.  With the great single and dual magazine subscription deals which are only a tiny fraction of the cost of actually purchasing the subscription off the rack as well as the plethora of magazine apps, there’s no need to pay full price unless you just feel like wasting money.  But back to the topic at hand….

Flipping through the magazines gives me the inspiration I need for things like my new blog DA Luxury or for products I would personally like to produce in the future.  Whether it’s a new jeweler like Efva Attling from Stockholm, Sweden (Harper’s Bazaar, September 2012), Aerin Lauder’s new venture (TOWN & COUNTRY September 2012), or new home and office décor from Restoration Hardware’s Big Style, Small Spaces.  Many of these individuals/products/pieces will be featured in my blog or added to my personal or corporate vision board for the future.

God Idea Inspiration

Sometimes reading or hearing about what someone else has done is very encouraging and a source of motivation for you.  If Kim Kardashian can make it with nothing but a pretty face and a hustle, can’t I who actually has talent?  If a college [drop-out] can create Microsoft or Facebook, can’t I create something equally or more useful and desirable?  What is awesome and sucks about all those particular products out there; can’t I take the best and worst of both worlds and create something much better?  The list goes on.  You never know what you see, hear, or do that may lead you to you next “God idea.”

Maybe you’re like RHONJ’s Teresa Giudice and know that you don’t want your new cocktail to be “diety” like Bethenny Frankel’s Skinny Girl cocktail supposedly is.  (Think this to yourself—do not trash talk your competition out loud, and certainly not on a national/international level!)  Maybe you want to combine the Martha Stewart of Generation Y.  Maybe you’re a man who wants to break the “gay male event planner” stereotype.  Do it!  If it is truly your passion and you have God’s seal of approval—regardless of what anyone says or thinks—you will succeed in His perfect timing.

Keep your eyes open to unlikely inspiration.  It doesn’t have to be deep, hidden, or mystical.  It can be as plain as watching your favourite commercial on TV or walking your dog in the park.  Whatever it is, pray that God would bring you God ideas—and that you actually see them.  If you are sincere in your petition, God will answer you!  Take heart: the worse the economy, the more God will want to bless His children financially!

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August 15, 2012

What Inspires YOU??

I have always been inspired by the most outrageous and unconventional things.  I definitely DO NOT have a mind like anyone else.  My thinking process is random—and likely confusing, most often to my dad (sorry Daddy!)—because it comes off as “featherbrainedness”, randomness, improper thinking, when really, it’s just my brain making connections between things the most would not think of or pick up on.

Historical Inspiration

Example: Not long ago I was sitting watching Return to Cranford on Youtube and this thought-process overtook me.  Then my mind went to all the references of Beltane in The Mists of Avalon (the Arthurian Legend from the female point of view) by Marion Zimmer Bradley and it suddenly reminded me of the god of the Canaanites “Baal” also known as “Bel”.  Soon my research brought me to discover that it was, in fact, the Scottish god, “Belos”—derived from the Akkadian god “Bel”—who was the Baal of the Bible!  And now I’m dreaming of research projects and fellowships at Oxford of Cambridge!  (Hey, a gal can dream right?)

Wedding Inspiration

But my randomness and ability to be inspired also carries over greatly into my wedding obsession with DA Weddings.  You might think it odd, but one of my favourite furniture companies, Restoration Hardware, inspired a series of wedding inspirations I did.

The colours, the style, the design—all of it inspired various wedding themes.  I’m also inspired by songs, literary classics, outfits, and much more.

Your Inspiration

So here’s the big question: what inspires you YOU?  What brings you the inspiration when you write your own blogs, articles, and books?  What inspires your business decisions and inventions?  As some of you may remember in an earlier post on divine inspiration, I believe discussed the ability to sub-create (see Tolkien’s theory of Sub-Creation) which, summed up, is the ability for us to create in our own spheres of influence just like our Father God in Whose image and likeness we were created.  It is this same Father who gives us all good things, not just literal, but spiritual and mental too (James 1:17).  And not just that, but God also gives us the power to get wealth.

When people think about money, they usually think about just that—money and what they’d like to spend it on.  But it only makes logical sense to figure out where the money would come from and what will sustain all those exciting things you’d like to buy and, hopefully, invest in.

The power to get wealth is in the ideas, inventions, and enterprises that God is well able to give you so that you can fulfill your specific purpose in the world, fund the gospel as well as other charitable efforts, and yes, live comfortably.  God loves all of us; He actually likes His children.  It’s His good pleasure to give you all of the inspiration you need to employ your hands and fill your bank accounts.  He can bless you with:

  • Money Management Ideas (Stewardship)
  • Infant & Child-Raising Ideas
  • Educational Advancement Ideas
  • Governmental Policies & Community Ideas
  • Medical Discoveries & Advances
  • Artistic Creations
  • Inventions

These are just a few of the areas that God can give you ideas and inventions for.  Maybe you can already think of some other areas where God has inspired you, given you impressions, ideas to paten, clothing lines and accessories to create, and much more.  All you need do is ask God to lead you.

Set alone some time with Him each day, whenever you can, to just be quiet and listen to what He would say.  Have pen and paper, or iPhone, or whatever your note-taking preference is ready.  When you show God that you’re listening, He will speak.  He will show you things you never imagined and even if it doesn’t make sense to anyone else, it doesn’t matter.  After all, the inspirations are for you to put into motion—not others.  And in time, God will lift you up and your gift will make room for you and bring you before great men (Proverbs 18:16).

But until that time—and even after—be inspired!

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June 13, 2012

Plagiarise for Jesus!

Yes you heard me correctly and yes I spelled it with an “s” instead of a “z”.  [As a rule, I generally lean towards British spelling when I have the liberty.]  I was wondering what I should write about today and then it hit me—plagiarising for Jesus!  This may sound irresponsible and potentially illegal, but hear me out.  When I think of literature such as the Bible as well as other books with sound doctrine written by other men and women of God, I think of literature that is not “come up with” but rather, “downloaded” from another source.

Permission Granted

The word plagiarise means to steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one’s own; to use another’s production without crediting the source (Merriam-Webster).  As Christians and thus, as sub-creators, we possess the ability to receive divine downloads from heaven to be recorded for the inspiration, encouragement, and edification of mankind (see “Sub-Creation or Smuggled Theology”).  The Apostle Paul said this to his spiritual son Timothy:

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work,” (II Timothy 3:16-17).

Those of us with the ability to write were created to do so with the blessing of God as well as the ability to receive recognition and monetary compensation for it; His only request is that we give Him the glory for the ability to write it.  He is the Creator of everything after all.

 

The Best Inspiration

The leading of God is the best and surest way to write, or for that matter create, anything worth writing or creating.  If one attempts to write on their own—which is not wrong in any way—if innate ability is there, great work can indeed be done.  But with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, which is possible with or without being a Christian although it is much easier to come by as well as much more frequent, is the best way to avoid mediocre work and especially writer’s block.  In fact, every single time I have written under the leading of the Holy Spirit, I have never suffered a bought of writer’s block; not once.

Writing with God’s leading is a gift.  It is not like plagiarising a paper of someone else’s with or without their knowledge.  Instead, it would be as if I wrote a song and gave you the full permission to copyright and record it.  It is a privilege to be considered worthy of such a gift from such a God.  If you want to write that popular blog, winning article, or New York Times’ Bestseller, then trust God to give you the divine download you need to achieve what you must.

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May 23, 2012

Divine Inspiration

I once partook in a discussion on LinkedIn that referenced that statement of a man who refused to let God tell him what to right.  The absolute arrogance!  The utter ignorance!  *breathe Desiree* As I am sure you can tell, this declaration angers me to my core.  As an author and entrepreneur I have learned the immeasurable value of allowing God to inspire and direct my decisions.

Godly Literary Inspiration

The first and foremost example of divine—godly—literary inspiration and also the most trustworthy is The Holy Bible.  This book which has been around for thousands of years and was translated into English most popularly in 1611 (thanks King James), is the most solid example we have of the legendary and proven inspiration of the Most High throughout the ages.  Regardless of what some nay-sayers and learned individuals who are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of truth” (II Timothy 3:7) may say, the Word was, is, and ever will be true.  And not only true, but relevant.

The Bible told us that the world was round before the “church” and many scientists accepted it as truth.  Isaiah prophesied that God “sits on the circle of the earth” (Isaiah 40:22).  Empires that would rule the Ancient World were prophesied in the book of Daniel.  Both the Book of Matthew and Revelation speak of events that we see in our daily local and global news. These are just a few examples that prove the validity of the Bible.  You cannot tell me that the Bible was not inspired by God (II Timothy 3:16).

Many other books besides the Bible have been written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  Whether by ministers, business men, historians, or others, books are written every day by inspiration of the Holy Spirit and we know this because not only do they line up with the Word of God, but God speaks to us through them as we read them.  The result is confirmation, affirmation, encouragement, and growth for the readers in the arenas that the books cover.

Theory of Sub-Creation     

If you know anything about me personally, you know that I am absolutely obsessed with The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy author, J.R.R. Tolkien.  I am also equally obsessed with his theory of sub-creation and as such often see its effect in the world.  It most certainly adds a different, equally wonderful aspect to our discussion of Godly inspiration.  Tolkien’s theory summed up simply states that “[Tolkien] could view sub-creation as a form of worship, a way for creatures to express the divine image in them by becoming creators” (“Sub-Creation or Smuggled Theory”).

Tolkien was a Christian, as am I, and saw sub-creation as an opportunity to exercise our God-like characteristics endowed in Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness,”.  God created, therefore, we in His image, have the ability to create as well.  This is especially true for [fiction] authors who have the ability to create a world of their own with its own laws and beings in their literature.  Yet we can also adopt this theory as entrepreneurs.

Your ability to create a business of your own should come from the inspiration above and allow you to sub-create in your own right.  And although it is not the same as creating a story or movie, you can most certainly create a new niche in the world or re-create/re-define one that is already created.

What can you create this is uniquely your own?  For DA Weddings, not only do I create fresh wedding-related content, but I revel in creating fantastically-fabulous wedding themes and inspirations and for this blog I seek to create equally fresh content that will motivate and inspire you to do what you were meant to.  For my business, the parent company of both DA Inspires and DA Weddings, I assist others in their own sub-created literary pieces.

How Does Inspiration Come?

In my experience, the best inspiration comes directly from God.  Whether He “downloads” or “drops” it directly in my spirit such as in a picture or word image across my mind, or a direction to a particular item or subject.  Oftentimes, I will sit in front of a blank piece of paper, ask God to speak, and start writing.  He always comes through.

You can also be inspired by something you read, see, or hear.  Oftentimes when you are inspired by God via literature, it can be described as illumination (light shed upon a thing) or revelation (a direct message or “lesson” from God).  You are also able to see or hear something—whatever the source of it may be—and it can be harnessed as an inspiration for an idea.

The last way you can be inspired to write or build a business is to observe and be burdened by a need.  Plato said “necessity is the mother of invention”.  What needs in the world do you see that you believe you are meant to fill?  What  problems or dilemmas—whether they affect the quality or convenience of life—are you drawn to fulfill?  Many of the greatest inventors were those who invented by inspiration of God.

The word tells us that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning,” (James 1:17).  This tells us that God, who changes not, can inspire us to create just as easily as He inspired the prophets and apostles of old to write the Bible; every good idea, no matter what it is, is absolutely from God.

The word also tells us that “…you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth…,” (Deuteronomy 8:18).  This verse shows us that not only does God care about our financial stability, but that He gave us—past tense—the power or ability to get the wealth that we desire.  The ideas, inventions, and concepts He longs to give us are oftentimes the vehicles He uses to bless us financially.  What an awesome encouragement and promise to us!

You were created in the image of God, and whether or not you serve Him—which I pray you do—you were endowed from before the foundations of time with the abilities of your Creator to sub-create in your own right.  Allow God to inspire and direct your creations and you will be sure to build unique, relevant, and long-lasting businesses, literary empires, and the like if you simply trust God to guide you.

See also: “Sub-Creation or Smuggled Theology: Tolkien Contra Lewis on Christian Fantasy

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May 2, 2012

Write the Vision

I was sitting at my computer tonight saying God, show me what to write.  And He simply said, “write the vision”.  Now some of you may not be familiar with this phrase but it comes from the Book of Habakkuk in the Bible.  It reads as follows:

“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry,” (Habakkuk 2:2-3).

Now, we know that when we hear wisdom—whether Biblical or otherwise—we should not just listen to it and say “that’s wonderful”, but actually apply it to our lives.  Therefore, the first instruction of this verse is to “write the vision”.

Writing the Vision

Some of you may be wondering what the vision is that I speak of.  In the literal translation, it is the word which the prophet was given.  However, since this is not a theological blog post it we’ll focus on the, metaphorical application that will benefit your life.

What is your purpose in this world?  What dreams has God given you?  What visions do you desire to achieve?  That is the vision I speak of.  That is what you are to write down.  Writing the vision, dreams, and goals of your life is not only an encouragement to you, but an act of faith.

The passage itself is entitled “The Just Live By Faith”.  As Christians, we know that it is impossible to please God without faith.  However, we also know that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20 & 26).  Therefore, this means that when we realize our vision for our life that the first action we should take is to write it down.

Writing it down encompasses creating personal as well as professional vision/mission statements, goal lists (daily, weekly, monthly, annual, etc.), business plans, and more.  Whatever literature and lists, etc. that you can create to help organize your vision and goals, create it.  They are the act of faith that will propel you forward emotionally and professionally.

In writing your vision and goals, remember that it is an act of faith; not perfect.  The chances are very high that what you plan will not happen exactly the way or time in which you planned it to happen, but this is not necessarily a bad thing.  I’ll give you an example.  I recently made a temporary move from Tulsa, OK to Charlotte, NC believing that I would follow a particular plan which entailed me focusing largely on Desired Assistance, my virtual writing and editing company.  However, mere weeks later, I was led to create DA Weddings blog and now, this one.  It was been a most wonderful turn of events!  Step out on faith to write your vision and God will perfect it to align with His purpose and timeline for you.

Run with It!

The next part of this verse states “…that he may run who reads it…”.   As we started to touch on in the last section, faith without works is dead.  In other words, you can’t just write the vision and forget about it.  Keep it before your eyes.  Meditate on it.  Speak it out loud.  Then do what you’ve planned.  Run with it!  If you can’t expect to lose weight without eating differently and working out or having the perfect wedding without planning or hiring a wedding planner, than you cannot expect to succeed in business without making an effort as well.

If your business—like many nowadays—thrives on referrals, then network in person and on line to make contacts.  Create the actual plans and literature for the next phase of your business.  Start writing that blog or book.  Whatever you vision is, act on it.  As Marshawn Evans would say, God’s anointing [ability to function in your specific gift] is attached to your appointing [what you are purposed/gifted to do].  When you discover what you are purposed to do, you will have the ability to “run” and do just that.

Wait for It…!

This is probably the most frustrating part of the vision process.  We can write and we can work, but ultimately, we always have to wait.  Tarrying is an old school term for waiting and in English, we typically define it as a passive act.  However, it is actually an authoritative act.  In short, we are empowered to do what we must until the God-given visions come to past.

We must be patient.  There is always a perfect timing for everything whether it’s the writing and release of that book, the promotion of yourself or your business, that million-dollar contract.  Whatever it is, do what you know to do—don’t be passive—and if it’s meant to happen, you can absolutely guarantee that it will happen at the perfect time.

I encourage all of you today: go, write the vision!  Be specific as possible and do it in good faith knowing that if it is for you and if you work at it and towards it, it will happen!

Note: If you have visions and dreams that God has given you for your life and or business, create a Promise Journal.  Make a list of everything He’s said chronologically if at all possible.  Add to it when He tells you something new and comment on it like you would in a text book or essay when you start to see things come to past.  It’s a source of encouragement to you and, I believe, it is an affirmation that you trust God, acknowledge that He is keeping His promises to you, and encourages Him to keep doing what He’s doing in your life. It’s a wonderful thing!

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