Scripture And Creativity: Guest Post: Collectively Caitlin www.collectivelycaitlin.comMacy from To Travel & BeyondHello lovely readers of Collectively Caitlin! I’m Macy from To Travel & Beyond and I’m so excited to be guest posting here today. I blog about traveling, weddings and other fun things surrounding life while running my own business. I’m a twenty something (24 to be exact, for only a few more days!) newlywed, living in Baltimore with my husband and our kitten, SharkBait. I can’t wait to share more with all of you today, and give you a glimpse into why being a creative is so important. 


I am going to be sharing my tips on remaining creative and being encouraged by scripture through good times and bad. Being a small business owner of a Wedding & Event Planning company, working a full-time day job, and also being a blogger, can be stressful and exhausting in many ways. Somedays I am left feeling alone and worried, which doesn’t help my creative process in anyway. I know there are people surrounding me with love and kind words, but sometimes looking to His word is what I need most. 


I started working in the wedding industry over 5 years ago, and I fell in love. I felt like making people happy and excited on their wedding day was one of the best things I could do. Giving the bride her bouquet, setting up the reception exactly how it had been planned, and putting together designs throughout the process filled me with joy. It made me realize that I longed to be creative in this way, and serve others through a very special day. I could tell that I was being called to do this, to talk to brides about their ceremony and find out more about their life.


A few years later, I started a blog. I still don’t remember why I did it, but this was another thing that filled me with joy. Sharing my stories, finding a community of amazing women, and spilling my hearts desires with others that understood. I felt again as if this was something I was meant to do. That is an odd feeling,finding something that you love and knowing that you can help others. Both of these things gave me a feeling of contentment, and a burst of energy to share my knowledge. But even with such love and admiration for these careers, there are times of self-doubt. 


There are many scriptures that I feel relate directly to the creative process and difficulties of a creative entrepreneur. It’s easy to feel like we are alone in this community by ourselves at times, but He is leading us towards our calling. He has a plan. Whether that is to create a beautiful product, or deliver a service to make someones day, the calling is there. 


In those times of doubt, anguish, or exhaustion, there are ways to step out of those feelings. We should take a step back, remember why we create, and practice to further our knowledge. Some of my favorite scriptures in times like this are the following:


“Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.  Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.”- First Timothy 4:14-15
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”- Colossians 3:23-24
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  - Ephesians 2:10 


We have the opportunity to use our talents for good and to glorify God, I think these scriptures further prove that. We should share our creativity and skill with whomever wants to take part. We are all in this together. 


I hope you have found encouragement in this post, and I look forward to getting to know you! Thank you again, Caitlin, for having me!