Music to Heal and Restore Long Distance Relationships

This blog touches on the themes we’ve been looking at previously, but with a twist.

In earlier posts, I spoke of how music can help with the nurture and connection of long distance relationships by aiding with the creating, storing and retrieving of memories and precious moments in our stories. (Of course, you don’t have to be at a distance to enjoy such benefits). I also wrote about how we can use creativity to express uniquely personal aspects of our affections and joint experiences using small artworks and books.

In this post I want to share how these same things can do even more than create beautiful memories or fan the fires of romance and generally be used to build and strengthen relationships. They have potential to heal and restore them as well.

In a recent post for one of my other sites, I wrote a blog called In The Beginning, God Created…and I quote from that when I say, Creativity is the bridge between us that designs connections and links that draw us out of ourselves and into another.

Using music or art or text or craftsmanship of any kind, we can communicate wonderful things that would be almost impossible to express easily in a conversation. If a picture paints a thousand words, then, such things spell out volumes of content.  In addition, sometimes due to circumstances, conversations are unlikely or seemingly impossible. Looking for other methods takes creativity.

Elester DAd's day

It’s Father’s Day in the US tomorrow. (Not until September at home in OZ).  I wrote this song from the seed of an idea about an estranged relationship. As it unfolded, it spoke more and more deeply to my heart. It ministered to me. It was, and is still, a prayer.

It continues to hold relevance across more than one relationship. It’s a song of accepting responsibility and forgiveness and restoration. It feels like a theme that will see me out the rest of my days. It is the song of the Prodigal returning to his Father.

I pray that as it is played, others like myself will be drawn back and restored to fellowship in their relationships beginning with their Heavenly Father, where they can find healing and forgiveness out of which to address all the others.

When Jesus told us the greatest commandment was to love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your mind and all your soul and all your strength, he followed it up with ‘love your neighbor as yourself’.

When you love God with all your heart, you are then equipped to find the resources within you, to love others because you have known the way God has loved you. Loving yourself doesn’t bring this capacity…loving God does.

Come Home to Your Father this Father’s Day.

Art For Love’s Sake II


Hey there, 🙂

Back again.

Art For Love’s Sake

I really like this concept!

And now that I think about it, creating as a way to show my love for someone has been pretty much the way for me all my life!

Necessity is the mother of invention, they say and I believe both my parents have said this! ( Must be where I got it from! lol)
Having limited economic resources meant that my never ending parade of ideas and extended ideas, required other means if they were to find fruition.
That must be how I became the ‘recycling queen’ and why I always have an odd stash of assorted boxes, tins, envelopes and mailing boxes, magazines, cardboard rolls, tissue and craft paper, fabric, ribbons, electrical wiring…- and just as often as not, gathered, rather than bought. Recycling materials to me is not ‘cheap’, or a sign of poverty, but very much about creative innovation and especially clever.
If the ideas were interesting enough, the recycled element only made them better!

Naturally, no opportunity presented  a stronger desire to produce something wonderfully different and personal than a family members’ birthday, or Christmas!

Add to that, sustained stretches of being separated at different times from so many of my family for varying periods and reasons-so, I was always full of longing to tell someone how much I thought of them and loved them and prayed to God for them. Nothing has changed. 🙂

These days, receiving anything via snail mail is a treat, but to go that little further and make it preciously personal somehow-that’s where the value really kicks in!

Hidden  Treasures

The joy in giving this way cannot be computed! I can’t even begin to tally the value of all that has come to my heart, in understanding how to impart true value to those we love and hope to train up well thru this priceless jewel we call creativity. By living this way, I came to see how beautiful memories are created and even more importantly, treasured and stored in full hearts, as sacred and deeply loved. And I managed to teach my children the value of the same and they make their own beautiful lives the same way.

In the book of Proverbs, King Solomon wrote,
By wisdom , the Lord laid the earth’s foundations,
by understanding, He set the heavens in  place;
By His knowledge [the word for science] the mountains were formed and the clouds let drop their dew. Pr 3:19-20

I love thinking about this verse, and how God established the water cycle and astronomical navigation systems (!), but even more incredible is this:
By wisdom a house is built
By understanding it is established
By knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures…. Pr 24:3-4

When I read this, I realized that my Creator God had given me access to very same stuff He used for all of Creation, so that I could create my own little world to share, in and through my household, and that the treasures are all about the enriching of the relationship experiences that connect us.
What higher honour and purpose could their be for creativity, if not love?

Only that which is of love is going to last, anyway…but we can get into that next time!
Have fun creating!!!
And please share some of your creative stories! ( they don’t have to involve the Arts 🙂 )

Lisa