Stress and Creativity

Written by Laura Frances

There's something to be said about stress inhibiting creativity. And this can be particularly frustrating when you finally grab some free minutes to write...and nothing comes out.

Growing up, I was often taught the illustration of being a vessel. What is poured in will overflow out, so be mindful what we allow to fill us up.

Luke 6:45 says: "A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of."

As mothers, stress is a common ailment. Anxiety and worry. Overwhelm. Anger and frustration. These are all feelings that unite us, because at one point or another, each one of us has fallen or will fall victim.

Where we step into troubled land is when our struggle with stress crosses a line into sin. When we allow that stress to guide our actions and words, and the overflow becomes something altogether out of control. I have been this woman time and again.

How then do we write and create when such filth clogs our hearts and minds? My advice and urging is this: don't.

As Christian women, we hold a responsibility before our Father to create in the light of the gospel. To set an example before others and in all things strive to share the love of Christ with a dark and stressed world.

2 Corinthians 4:7 says: "But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us."

In 1 Peter 5:7, we're instructed to cast our anxiety on Him, because He cares for us.

This would be my urging to you when stress and anxiety...even the uglier feelings of anger and disappointment...rear their heads. Those feelings are more often than not symptoms of an untended issue. And unless the Holy Spirit is leading you to write in order to work out and process your feelings, I would suggest setting everything aside and getting alone with Him.

We feel such pressure these days to accomplish. Perhaps some of that is because social media is a breeding ground for comparison. When we see other writer moms succeeding, we feel pressure to do the fast as possible.

But a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Your obedience to God and His Word is paramount above all else. (And as a stinging aside: if our reactions to another woman's accomplishment are jealousy and pressure to do the same...our hearts are not in line with biblical instruction. We are meant to rejoice with those who rejoice. Not desire to match or exceed them...)

Dear Christian Writer Mama, I see and understand you. I have walked that path a million times, and often see it looming again on the horizon.

Our Father cares so deeply for you. And will never misunderstand your heart. Trust Him and lean there. You are responsible first and foremost to Him. No other expectations exceed His.

Remember, friend: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

LAURA FRANCES grew up a shy thing, always daydreaming. She is now the author of the Slave series (a clean dystopian story) and Songs in the Night (a clean fantasy). Residing in midwest America as a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, and writer, Frances strives to convince others through the art of storytelling that they can do the things they think they can't.

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