28 Jul

During the Creative Process


I can only answer to that which calls me.

Often times we feel we should be doing more, something, anything.
We see what another is immersed in and shame ourselves for not wanting, doing, being more.
Overlooking one vital thing.

We can only answer to that which calls to us.

That thing that calls me.
That thing that calls you.
And we each have a unique calling.
THE thing that calls us by name, that wakes us in the night and shakes us gently in our days.
Appearing again and again in unexpected ways and unforeseen times.
It’s important to realize this.

We, you and I, are not missing out on anything that sits in the ‘should’ category.
It was/is not for us.
It is tagged for someone else and is thus calling their name and they are answering that call with all that is within them.

We, you and I, each have our calling and we can only answer to that which calls for us.
With all that lies within us.

Additional thoughts on this:  I believe this applies to both the big and small things that call to us.  Not just what we might think of as our life’s calling, but also those things that dwell in the smalls of life.  The quiet voice that leads in each moment when we pause to listen for it.  Those small things are what shape the big.  Each life has a calling and it creates peace in the heart to realize we aren’t messing up, missing the boat or any other explanation that might be offered when one life is compared to another, one person’s choice placed alongside another’s.

Something to think on today 🙂

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These things called to me so I added them to my journal. I fell in love with the shape of the bottle paired with the lovely color of the Rosé…so much so that I brought that empty bottle home with me from France 😉


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  1. That’s a timely subject for me. I am feeling much shifting going on in my soul…one thing is I have been giving into the deep calling to try painting with acrylics and learning from Melanie Morris online. But I stay connected to Flow as well. I am feeling a deep stirring, calling if you will, to take on more leadership in certain teaching and training of others in our church. Big steps of faith that I know will result in delight and joy.

  2. Cheryl mueller

    Your message was a lovely way to start this quiet, beautiful day. Something to ponder and to read again throughout the day.

  3. I went to a therapist after I lost my house in foreclosure, and I said to her, “I stay up all hours of the night. I don’t have regular hours. The night hours are mine. I can do whatever I want. I can read, I can write, I can paint, watch a movie, make popcorn. It’s a time for me to have my peace and think and create. But I feel guilty. I need to have “normal” hours like everyone else. I can’t function when they do. What’s wrong with me?” And she said just two words to me, “Honor yourself.” And so I did. It’s 2 am as I write this. My cup of Chamomile tea is fragrant, and I’m listening to the rain, the soothing music, and my heart. I have my peace.

  4. LHerman

    Being yourself feels good. If something doesn’t feel right, your instincts will let you know. That’s how we find ourselves💕

  5. I always enjoy readig each week your notes you send. I just want to get more out of my paiintings with more bright color. I like to be still and listen for our Lord, as the saying goes, Be still and Listen, that is so true. Have a Bless Day Dreama and Ron, you both are truly a blessing..

  6. Angel L Nahon

    You are so lovely to share with us each week! And you always seem to say what I need to hear. Especially when we have social media and can easily he influenced by what others are doing, it’s nearly impossible to not compare! Have a blessed week 🙂

  7. Peggy Bakos

    Thank you so much for those great words. I often think that I might be “missing the boat” on many things in life. When I sit back and realize that as long as I am doing the footwork on the direction that I want my life to go I know that it will all happen when it is my time. Many things call to me but because of my current situation I just keep those callings filed and know that they will still be there when my time is here.

  8. Cara Coolidge

    You are such a blessing. Thank you for this message.

  9. Sharon

    When I was young we couldn’t afford anything that wasn’t free in elementary school and numerous things “called” me, and so I just did what was available. Fortunately, these things included playing the violin, dancing, singing, drawing and painting. All that was left out was horseback riding, so I got a job at a pony ring before moving on to the stables. As I grew older the opportunities diminished, one by one. But now I get to reclaim a part of my youth through art, writing, and poetry (and Zumba). I am grateful for the ability to express myself and to have a daughter who, through nurturing, has become an accomplished violinist. Art will prevail.

  10. Charleen

    I try to answer when I am called.

  11. diane

    Dear Dreama, Thank you for your beautiful art ,it uplifts and inspires.
    Your words on calling are so true and so valuable, sometimes in fact a lot of the time i find myself looking at another’s talent and lifestyle and feeling that i should do more or do better, instead of appreciating all that i am. The other day i forwarded your website to a dear friend who was feeling down, because i knew that she would be uplifted by all that you give. With blessings Diane

  12. Darlene

    I love your posts. I love hearing everyone else’s posts too. The posts assure me that I’m normal. Right with everyone else. I feel the Lord pushing me hard to move on to great work. Then I completed an enormous commission work. The woman loved it. She promised. She’d get it framed and pay me. She didn’t and won’t give the painting back. I’m stuck. My feelings are all over the place. I know I’m a fool for being so trusting. She threw it back in my face that we didn’t have a written agreement. Again, I feel so stupid. Am I ever going to get past this? Thank YOU for being so positive and hitting the reset button to keep going.

  13. Thalia Newton

    Dreama, I am enjoying your course even though I can’t seem to catch up. I’m not worried because I don’t want to rush.
    I’m having trouble with the Facebook sign up. I’ll try again with both the Facebook and instagram.
    Loving what you do.

  14. Linda Brunk

    Oh thank you for your words Dreama

  15. Tommie

    Thanks for including me…I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’m unable to ge past the hole in my life left when John left. You are amazing and I’m so pleased with your successes! t

  16. Connie reilly

    I really enjoyed your message today. Just what I needed today.
    Where did you get the larger size journal with the hard cover? I have been searching everywhere for one like that with the decile edges.. the one you have in you store is not large enough for me.
    Thank you,

  17. Ellen Williams

    This is a beautiful thought, and so freeing. I’ve been shedding several ‘commitments’ that have gotten me scattered about, and in winnowing down who and what I spend my time with, I find more peace and happiness. Thanks for sharing this permission to listen to our own voice.

  18. Lynn

    thank you, Dreama.

  19. Oh Dreama! What a gift God has given you to share His love for you and for us through His words in your heart and your mind! Thank you, thank you! Your message today is so insightful and helpful and freeing! I’m going to print out several copies and put them in spots in my home where I can be reminded often to live out His calling for me, without comparing myself to others who seem to do so much more with their lives. Thank you so much, dear friend! ~ Pat

  20. Julie Mai

    Hello Dreama,
    Long time no see. I just wanted to share with you that I could very much relate to this. You have not heard from me in a year, as I have just desired to “be still”. Here is a little snipet from I piece I read. It reminded me of your piece. I may have a peek at that book you are referring. Seems to be exactly what I am “doing” this winter. I hope all is well. You water colours are lovely. Julie When you are in the space between stories, Charles writes, “The challenge in our culture is to allow yourself to be in that space, to trust that the next story will emerge when the time in between has ended, and that you will recognize it.” Or maybe there is no next story. Maybe this is how we begin to inhabit the present moment. No stories. Just NOW. And NOW. And NOW.

  21. Amy

    Drema, i do soul healing work and am on my neverending journey. I love the thoughts. Thank you for sharing all your gifts.

  22. Thank you, again, Dreama, for sharing your wise and warm thoughts. Each of us can look at our life as a prison – or as a castle. I will use your words to help me realize my castle is here within me.

  23. Karen Sharbo

    I am also a glass artist and brought home bottles from France over the years. So happy to know I’m not the only one…..

  24. Charleen

    So many lovely thoughts to fill my journal. I am getting excited.

  25. Mom has come to stay with us. She is fond of telling everyone I told her she couldn’t stay by herself anymore. We are in the throws of making space safe for her and a place to sleep for us in our 1100 sq ft home. My art corner seems to be disappearing and my days are in sheet rock mudding activities when I get a chance. My calling seems to be floating somewhere in a cloud.
    It was so uplifting to read your blog this morning. Always timely. I guess calling changes. I pray God fills me with joy and the opportunity to serve him and be creative during this period of my life. Thanks ever so much.
    Thank you for the quiet contemplation.

  26. Darlene

    Love you post on calling. Thanks for sharing. You are an inspiration!

  27. rejane

    BTW – How is ED?

  28. rejane

    Oh, dear Dreama,
    I have so many other “things” calling me! And they are not just “calling”. They are screaming!
    This rat race is taking the best of me… It’s the call of duty, it’s our health that needs attention, all these doctor’s appointments… It’s all the implications from our job, the trips, and I could go on and on.
    My poor page on facebook has been outdated for a few months now. I haven’t painted anything else, and I can’t do water color, … yet. Oh, well. Part of life, even though may times my desire is to say, ‘Stop the world! I want to paint!’
    (And while writing this, the smoke alarm went off — I let the spaghetti burn!)

    • Julie

      I love this! “Stop the World! I want to paint!” Just know that many of us out here are often too busy also to follow our passion but our calling right now might just be that caregiver role or the pot of spaghetti or even that desk job that pays the bills.

  29. jacqueline collin

    Your reflection is appreciated. The empty bottle of wine even more so because it means, I hope, you enjoyed the rosé in a beautiful setting. haha

  30. Cynthia Jennings

    I love this post on answering to our own calling! It is serendipitous that I should open your email and read it this morning. I am reading The Alchemist right now and have been pondering the topic. This book is wonderful way to explore realising your dreams and the meanings and directions of our lives. Thank you for saying that there is no need to feel guilty about not following other people’s callings. That makes so much sense, but I never thought it that way.

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