“Balanced” Challenge–Day Nine: Inspiration and Relaxation

This post is part of the Balanced challenge with Tricia Goyer—and you can join, too!

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Here is Tricia’s challenge for Day 9:

Give your mind a rest and a dose of good, old-fashioned inspiration. Carve out some time today to implement one of my tips about finding inspiration and enjoy the feeling of creativity. Then come up with your own list of ways you can find inspiration and share those on your blog.

Yesterday (the day I did this challenge) was not a day for carving out time. I’m happy to say that I got a lot accomplished (sent in two projects!) but I had two toddlers up until 5:00, and while I thought I might be able to take some time late in the evening, my husband ended up working all night long, so I was on toddler duty until Axton fell asleep.

Not to complain! It was a good day.

Even though finding quiet time to be inspired didn’t happen yesterday, I do have a few things that never fail to spark ideas:

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1. Prayer.

This is a huge one. I started my blog (a year ago this week!) after a time of prayer and fasting. So many fun, unexpected things have happened in the process. There is no successful project that I’ve completed without prayer. I’m so thankful that God hears us, cares about our lives in the most perfect detail, and offers guidance in a world that would otherwise be confusing and overwhelming.



2. Walking.

I’m blessed to have access to a quiet, mostly-empty, 1.75- mile stretch of road to walk. There are no houses, few buildings, no cars . . . just a huge water tower, a practice field, and an elementary school where the road dead ends. Though I’m (unfortunately) out of the habit of walking on a daily basis, walking almost never fails to stir my inspiration.

It’s funny; over the past two years I’ve discovered that different ways of “going walking” force my creative energies into different directions.

For example, if I walk in silence, I think about God. It’s impossible not to. The sky is huge and open and blue. The deer are rustling in the trees. The sound of the cicadas is a waterfall of nature’s song branching through the pasture. On these walks, I tend to be less “inspired” and more aware of how small I am, how big God is, and of how personal He is in my life.

I usually don’t walk in silence, though; I walk with music on.

If I listen to worship music while I walk, I tend to get inspired about things we can, could, or should do for church–sign team dramas, new songs for the praise team, choir songs, altar songs, that kind of thing.

If I listen to contemporary Christian–especially girl bands like Barlow Girl, Zoegirl, and Super Chic[k] or female soloists like Natalie Grant and Joy Williams, ideas for my YA novel start popping into my head–maybe because that’s what I listened to in high school. It’s actually pretty cool how it works!



3. Reading.

A good read always makes me want to go to the computer and churn out words–though lately, it’s been book reviews I’ve churned out instead of my own fiction.

There you have it–my three surefire ways to find inspiration. Share yours in the comments!

See yesterday’s challenge here.



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