“The tongue can speak words that bring life or death. Those who love to talk must be ready to accept what it brings.” ~ Proverbs 18:21 (ERV)
If you’ve read much of the Bible, then you know that it has a lot to say on the subject of the tongue and the importance of your words. This doesn’t just apply to spiritual things, it applies to every area of our lives. So, don’t you think it’s important to encourage your teen (and all your children, for that matter) to speak good things over themselves?
As seasoned artists, we all tend to go through times when we have major “creative blocks,” times when we can’t seem to get our hands to draw or paint or sculpt that awesome idea inside our head, and even times when it seems like what we’re trying to create is nothing but rubbish (and I’m putting that mildly).
So you can imagine how frustrating it is for your teen who’s learning, experimenting, and trying to find his or her groove as an artist when they go through these times. Without the experience behind them to realize “it’s just a season,” they could grow weary and decide that they just don’t have what it takes and give up on their creative dreams.
In her book, The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron gives her reader a list of what she calls “Creative Affirmations.” She suggests that the artist speak the affirmations on a regular basis – daily if possible, and especially when experiencing a creative block.
I’ve taken some of Cameron’s affirmations, added my own, and deleted the ones I thought were a bit hokey. 🙂 I’ve also inserted scripture references where I believe they are relevant.
Creative Affirmations for Your Artistic Teen
- I am created in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26)
- I have His creativity within me. (1 John 2:27)
- My dreams & desires come from God; He will help me accomplish them. (Psalm 37:4)
- As I listen to the Creator within, I am led. (Romans 8:14)
- Creativity is God’s will for me.
- I serve God with my creativity. (Colossians 3:23)
- I am willing to use my creative talents for the Lord. (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
- My creativity helps me and others.
- I am allowed to nurture myself by creating art.
- There is a divine plan of goodness for me. (Jeremiah 29:11)
I encourage you to post these somewhere your teen can read them and say them on a regular basis. I believe they will do a lot for their artistic confidence.
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Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.