What do you do when your tween is too old for VBS and too young for the heavier
issues of high school, but you still want to give them a love for Jesus?
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When my daughter, Daley, was in fourth grade, she began to struggle with the issues of
identity, faith, and just plain growing up. Like many moms, I wanted something more for
her. I wanted her to believe in her God-given gifts and talents. I also wanted her to know
she was special and uniquely made with a purpose and a plan.
Most importantly, I wanted her to know Jesus.
When I searched for tween curriculum, and couldn’t find the perfect blend of age appropriate
topics, I decided to write and design my own studies. Being an artist and
graphic designer, I used art as a creative tool to explore and remember the Bible.
Little did I know, I was about to launch into a 10-year adventure of developing a non-profit
ministry called ThouArtExalted where our mission is to creatively equip this generation
to know Christ through the study of God’s Word.
But what’s the importance of art?
Using the word C.R.E.A.T.E, here are six reasons why I use art to teach God’s Word to tween girls:
1. Art reflects the C-reator
Did you know the fifth word in the Bible is create? I love this! We were made by the
Creator in His image and are called His masterpiece.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do
the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT).
Not only are we a reflection of God’s image (Genesis 1:27) but God’s artwork is all
around us displayed in the beauty of creation. Think about the color of the ocean, or the
texture of a hedgehog, or the pattern in a simple leaf. It’s amazing! I believe that when
we create, we are tapping into the creative side of God Himself.
Art inspires us to discover the “good things he planned for us long ago so that we can walk into them!” Art teaches us the creative side of God and also reveals who we are as individual masterpieces.
2. Art R-eminds us of Scripture
At ThouArtExalted, every piece of art we create is a reflection of Scripture. It’s a tangible
and accessible reminder of God’s promises. We study a passage of Scripture, then
create a visual connection through art. Just like Jesus used parables to teach people
Biblical concepts, I believe art is a powerful memory tool for teaching and connecting
with the Word of God.
“When I study Bible Studies with Ms. Annie, it always helps me remember, pieces that I
have done with art, because on each one of these pieces there are different Scriptures.
For instance, this one helps me to remember that I am an individual, and I don’t have to
be like anyone else.” – Caroline Grace.
(To watch Caroline Grace’s testimony, click here )
3. Art is E-vangelistic
From the paintings of the Last Supper to stained glass windows, art has always been an
evangelical tool and powerful form of worship. Great art can be compelling, yet also a
practical form of communication.
ThouArtExalted’s art pieces are designed to be tools that share the good news of Jesus. I have walked into many girls’ bedrooms where they can explain why the art reflects Scripture and what it personally means to them.
Not only does it encourage their journey with Christ, but it can help them talk about their faith with their friends. Art becomes an evangelistic tool that opens the door to share the true meaning of Scripture.
4. Art is A-rtistic
Art allows us to explore our artistic side. I can hear you saying, “But, I am not artistic!”
This is simply not true. Because we are created in the image of the Master Artist, we are
all creative. Art is not limited to a canvas. It can be gardening, sewing, cooking, drawing,
building, or even communicating.
There is no limit to creativity. Breaking the belief that we are not all creative is freeing! I see girls and women who cower at an art project because someone told them long ago they were not creative. Bah-humbug!
ThouArtExalted believes that while we are not all “fine” artists, we are all “fun” artists! We are all artistic.
5. Art is T-herapeutic
Art allows us to let go of the worries of this world and be still in the present moment.
When a group of girls gather together, I see the weight of the world fall off their
shoulders. And while they might be a little intimidated to get paint on their hands, once
they step into the creative process, they seem to let go of all the burdens they are
There is laughter, smiles, and fellowship. New friendships are made and memories are being sowed. Art is a safe place to cast off stress and allow God’s seed to be planted in their hearts.
6. Art is E-ncouraging
In today’s social media-driven society, tween girls are facing a real “identity crisis” as
they wrestle with feelings of intense inadequacy, distorted desires, and obsessions with appearance and performance. When they begin to focus on creating a piece of art
that reflects who they are in Christ, it breaks down walls of insecurity and frees them
from the pressure to perform.
Creating art encourages them to use their imagination and discover who they are as a masterpiece created by God. Art helps us to celebrate our uniqueness and not get weighed down by comparison and jealousy. Art liberates and encourages us to know that God has made each and every one of us with a special purpose and a plan.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
I have a passion for creatively teaching the Word of God. I want to help tweens know they are loved by the Creator who is crazy about them!
And I bet, you are a mom like me, who loves her girls and longs to share the love of Christ with them.
If your daughter loves to create, but you shy away from “artsy” things because you think you’re not creative, I want to encourage you!
You CAN do it. God created you to
be creative. Creativity is a process. It’s a journey. It’s not always perfect. And
sometimes, it’s about the lesson of perseverance and not so much about the end result. I am your biggest cheerleader!
If you’re interested in ThouArtExalted’s art-based Bible studies for tween/teen girls, you
can visit our website at www.thouartexalted.com to learn more.
Don’t forget to download ThouArtExalted’s FREE daily devotional app for tween/teen girls. We are reading through the entire New Testament in ONE YEAR!
Today, ThouArtExalted has developed nine art-based Bible studies for girls, including one Mother/Daughter devotional study, as well as one Bible Study for middle school boys.
Two Bible studies are written for women, PLANTED: Sit, Stand, and Walk with Jesus and Riding Tandem: Leaning into the Leading of God.
“Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the
majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O
Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.” 1 Chronicles 29:11King James Version
Annie Pajcic from ThouArtExalted. Christian Speaker, Author & Artist. The owner of ThouArtExalted, a non-profit ministry for women and girls.
This was Day 26 of The 30 Days of Tween Parenting Encouragement Blog Party!
What a blessing it is to share Annie Pajcic and ThouArtExalted Ministries with you! We have been so encouraged by the app with our tween girls- make sure you download it today! Then you can visit the store to check out the bible studies available. Pick a study to do with her or even grab a group of girls and work through one together. I just know you won’t be disappointed!
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