On #4thFridays {in which I take a deep breath and share the recording of my talk}

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Y’all. It happened. I arrived at our church building at 5:30 this past Friday evening. Spent a good 45 minutes setting up for the evening, praying, willing my nerves to settle, blasting this one song on repeat over the church sound system. It’s a song that draws me into step with Jesus as together we move into scary, uncharted places.

Places like 4th Fridays. Places like behind a microphone for the purpose of making my way through sharing a chunk of my soul, as opposed to leading worship (which actually is exposing my soul too, but in a different form).

I’d never done this before.

But they came — 30 or so of our church family and a handful of other, beautiful creative friends from around the city — and they listened. Rooted for me through my nervousness and were such gracious, engaged recipients of my heart for the first half hour or so of the evening.

And then it happened. They broke up into small groups, and y’all? The sharing of art and hearts and stories that unfolded — it undid me. I walked around taking photographs and videos and as I observed the interactions within those groups of around 7-9 people each, waves of HOLY washed over my heart.

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This was Kingdom stuff. Creative community for the glory of Jesus. Precious souls peeking out and allowing themselves to be seen and known in new ways, right before my eyes.

There’s so much more I could say, and I might, eventually — but right now feels like time for quiet pondering more than speaking.

That said, I’ll leave you with this, though my hands shake a little as I do. It’s my first ever attempt at “public speaking” in a non-worship-leading context. Going back to listen, I hear my nerves so frequently and if I’m honest, I was a little bummed by how much I felt like they affected my speaking.

BUT. I made it through, and a number of you have asked… so, without further ado, my talk from our first ever #4thfriday. The recording was cut off at a weird place at the end, and we can’t figure out why. But this is the first portion of the evening, followed by a little bit of a debrief at the end of the night.

So much love to y’all, my friends.

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6 Responses to On #4thFridays {in which I take a deep breath and share the recording of my talk}

  1. lisha says:

    you had me from the very beginning. truly engaging, passionate, spirit-filled. I can’t wait to see how this gathering develops. It’s God-good stuff Dana. I’m going to listen to this again as I prepare for Jumping Tandem.

  2. Caiobhe says:

    Dana, you are speaking to my heart. I love you and your spirit and your heart. So brave of you to share all of this, but so courageous and such a blessing. I hope I get to be part of more of your 4th Fridays.
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  3. Tara says:

    Oh my friend, you are UNDOING me too!!! As a poet, that Ecclesiastes text speaks to me and then to hear that we are God’s poetry. WOW! You are making me brave, friend. There is something so incredibly holy about sharing our own artwork but it also is indeed incredibly vulnerable too. It took me a very long time before I shared any of my poetry with anyone. Thanks for the reminder that my words are a gift to God. And my friend, leading worship/writing a sermon is comfortable for me but when I want to share a poem, a story, etc that is way more SCARY! I am excited that I will be in Colorado when you have your next 4thFriday. I hope I get to check it out! I think this would be so cool to do at the church I serve. LOVE YOU FRIEND!
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  4. Jolene says:

    This has spoken to me so much! I needed the reminder that I am God’s workmanship– God’s walking poetry. I far too often compartmentalize my creative process while I am doing “other tasks” I need to remember that every moment of my life is an opportunity to be fully present in the creative process. Thank you so much for sharing this with us
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  5. Amber C. says:

    This is sacred stuff, Dana, and I’m loving hearing your soul come through your words, especially in your fear. This is art, too – drawing words you’ve cultivated from your depths and putting them on paper to speak to an audience. I’ve felt this from the beginning: this is huge. I can’t wait to see how this continues to form as a community of creatives, as well as how it forms you as a creative soul and leader. And these pictures? So beautiful. Thanks for your boldness, friend.
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