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January 17, 2013

This is Goodbye

I really hate to do this after my post yesterday, but trust me, this is the story of my life. I’m like, “Oh hey, I’m going to do this.” And God is like, “Oh hey, no, you’re not.” It’s all good though.

After further consideration, God really laid it on my heart that this blog has served it’s purpose in my life.  God may use the articles here to get others to consider artists and art in the light of the gospel, and it is my prayer that this will spur thought, writing, and action on the part of you, my readers.

I am so thankful for last year and all of the things God taught me through this ministry. It was a hard year, with hard lessons, but God has been good and faithful. And now it is time for me to more practically apply what I’ve learned in my life with a dream that long outdates this ministry! 

I am really thankful for the many artists who prayed and served alongside me in this: Kathleen C., Seth, RJ, Kathleen S., Hope, Leslie, Emily, and Abi. I would not have been able to do this without your insight and experience. Thank you for giving your time. 

I am also incredibly thankful for the support of my former church, Restoration Family Church of McKinney. I am not there anymore, but I am so thankful for the prayer and accountability that I received as I launched this blog from Pastor Derrick and Sister Melanie Scobey, Cynthia F., Linda S., and Jenay S. Thank you for the opportunities to serve in the arts at RFCOM, to be challenged and applying what I’m learning.  It meant alot to me then, means a lot to me now.

And thank you. Thank you for reading, commenting, emailing, sharing. What an encouragement to know that this was such a timely and necessary topic. May it continue to grow through you.

Normally, when I’m done with a blog, I close it down. I’m not going to do that with this, because I think we have some great material here.

Check it out. Share it. Talk about it.

Thanks again,

Lydia Thomas and the FortyOne20 Ministries team


January 16, 2013


Oh my.

Sorry it has been so long since there has been any new content here at FortyOne20. Hopefully, beginning in February, we will have some new content!  I (Lydia) have mostly fallen off of the face of the earth since mid-September, but I’m getting back on my feet again.

I still see a great need for artists to be reaching and be reached with the good news of Jesus Christ.


July 25, 2012

I Give Up

I wish I could walk you through what has been going on in my life since the beginning of this year, before the FortyOne20 Ministries blog was even launched. But I can’t. I wish I could help you understand that I’m not really giving up or walking away, I’m just at a God-0rchestrated standstill. But I can’t. I wish I could hang on to all of the people who are going to walk away from me because they don’t understand. But I can’t.

I wish it all boiled down to my circumstances. But it doesn’t. I wish it was as simple as my not having enough faith. But it’s not. I wish it was because I’m being sinful and disobedient, and hey, I just had it coming. But that’s not quite how it is. I wish you could help me. But you can’t.

Before I say what I have to say today, I want you to understand that I know exactly what this looks like. Please believe me when I tell you that under the surface something completely different is happening, and I can’t tell you about it because it’s between me and God. I’m a naturally transparent and vulnerable person, so I want to tell you about it, but this time (and perhaps only this time) I have to keep it close – it is that personal.

I want you to know I am at peace with what is happening. I do not entirely know why things are happening now the way they are – but… they are. I recognize that God is always good, all of the time, and that He works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. I love Him and am called according to His purpose, so like everything else, I know this cannot be bad. As with everything else, God is bringing me through the transformation process.

Lastly, I need you to know that this is not about you. I’m not sure it’s entirely about me. I’m not trying to hurt you when I do (or do not do) things – it’s just not personal. It’s about my relationship with God and drawing closer to Him as He strips distractions away. Please understand that there are days when it is excruciatingly painful, and I may just need to be alone with God. I love you all, welcome your encouragement and exhortations, but some days… Some days I may not receive it the way you intended it to be taken.


For month of August, there will be no content on the FortyOne20 Ministries blog. I am doing a guest post at Barefoot Hippie Girl sometime next week reviewing The Dark Knight Rises but otherwise there will be no content. I am hoping to use this next month to build content, re-vamp our online presence, design a logo, enlist some co-directors and develop the production proposals for our upcoming video projects. It is my intention to be back with content three times a week and our production plan in the beginning of September, but God may have another plan and direction for FortyOne20 Ministries, and I will wait for Him. I will update you towards the end of August if this is the case.

Right now, though, God’s mandate to me is simple: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

It’s funny because I always thought there must be something horribly wrong with a believer who is sitting still. Shouldn’t we always be going and doing? The story of Mary and Martha just came to my mind, when Jesus tells Martha that she is troubled about many things, but Mary chose the one important thing – sitting at the feet of Jesus.  I was also reading in Exodus 14 earlier this week where God leads the Israelites out of Egypt into a place where they are blocked in and can’t move. Moses tells them to stand still and wait for the Lord’s deliverance. There was simply no other option.

I know some people will mistake stillness for stagnation, and to be honest, I am a little worried about those people. I have to trust God, and do and be what He wants me to do and be – even when it looks like nothing.



July 10, 2012

July Announcements

Hey, everybody! It’s Lydia Thomas, Executive Facilitator here at FortyOne20 Ministries, and I wanted to let you know about some of the super-exciting and awesome things that are coming up!

Think Big Video Project

If you follow us on Facebook, you already know that principal production for the Think Big video project has been postponed.This will be a three-part project that will include a) a five-minute introductory video to FortyOne20 Ministries and our resources, b) a ten-minute fiction narrative about how art can be used to reach people, and c) a ten-minute documentary about artists in community.

 Pre-production, however, is well under way, with proposals being drawn up currently.  Lord-willing, these proposals will be presented to potential supporters beginning in September until the full financial needs of this project have been met.  If you think you might be interested in supporting this project (in any way – prayer, advice, resources), please contact me (Lydia Thomas) at I would be more than happy to meet and go over the proposal with you when it becomes publicly available. Through out our time of support-raising we will also be recruiting artists to work with us on this project.

When the financial needs of this project have been met, we will prayerfully move forward into principal production in McKinney, Texas in January 2013. It is not only our goal to produce artistically excellent videos that reach and inform artists and art-observers, but to also be artistically excellent in our production processes by being intentional about discipleship and evangelism amongst  our fellow artists on set.

Lord-willing, in March 2013, these videos will be released to the public via this blog, our social media sites, and youtube. This will mark the launch of our video production division.

More details will be made available beginning September 2012 on a blog dedicated to our video production division. We will keep you posted. 🙂


More Content

Starting this week, it is our intention to post three times a week: one article, one artist’s pick/art review, and one new feature, a devotion. As time goes on, it’s possible that we will move to posting five or six times a week. We shall see.


Coming Soon

– Wednesday, July 11: First Devotion – Enjoying God

– Thursday, July 12: Photographer Kathleen S. talks about Absolute Beauty


Have a blessed day!


March 30, 2012

Here Goes Something!

“Where there is no vision, the people perish”

(Proverbs 29:18a).

 During my senior year in college, I read a book called The Fuel and the Flame by Steve Shadrach. While there were a lot of sound principles in this book, the most important thing I gleaned from it was the importance of having a clear life objective and vision, where the vision is what my life would be like completely surrendered to God and the objective is the specific way I surrender to and glorify God. The concept behind life visions and objectives is purposeful and intentional living. As Mr. Shadrach observes, “Without a thought-through, prayed-through, written-down objective for life, you’ll take any road.”

 At FortyOne20 Ministries, we don’t want to take just any road and so we have selected a vision verse from which all of our goals and objectives stem. Isaiah 41:20 says, “That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together that the hand of the LORD has done this.”

 The hand of the LORD has done this.  From this verse, we recognize that any creative merit in art originates in God Himself and that He desires to be glorified in artists, art-observers and art. We are intent on bringing this about in four ways:

 That they may see.  We will encourage people to create and observe art.

That they may know. We will educate people about Biblical and theoretical approaches to art.

That they may consider. We will engage artists and art-observers in purposeful and discerning creation and analysis of art.

That they may understand.  We will help artists and art-observers understand and pursue God’s will for them and their art.

 Finally, we’re in this together.  Artists will network with other artists, art-observers will network with other art-observers, and artists and art-observers will network with each other.

 In keeping with our vision, we have established some goals and objectives for 2012:

 Encourage artists and art observers to develop deeply intimate and personal relationships with God.

  • We will actively promote a personal relationship with God as being the only thing that can bring meaning, worth and fulfillment to an individual and that relationship can only be established through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
  • We will issue weekly challenges that will provide artists and art observers with questions or action steps related to that week’s addressed topic. These questions and actions steps are purposed to be prayed, thought and journaled about.

 Challenge and equip believers to reach lost artists and art-observers for Jesus Christ.

  • We will cultivate awareness about the condition and importance of lost artists and art-observers through our blog and viral video series.
  • We will address topics that are important and relevant to artists, art-observers and art.
  • We will address these topics artfully.

 Encourage artists and art observers to develop personal relationships with each other.

  • As a team, we will cultivate personal relationships by sharing what God is teaching us on an individual level.
  • As individuals, we will actively seek out opportunities to have meaningful conversations about art with those we come into contact with, sharing about God as we are led by the Holy Spirit.
  • We will be intentional about extroverting our feelings to sense the needs of fellow artists and art-observers and point them to Jesus Christ as the One who meets those needs
  • We will encourage and direct networking

 We are so excited to share what God has been laying on our hearts with you in the coming weeks and months.  He truly is the One behind all of this.

 The topics addressed in this blog are designed to get people thinking. By God’s grace, it is our intention to post a topic once every Thursday and a challenge for you to think or journal about (or maybe do!) that goes along with the topic.  We hope this will be a tool for you in your witness to artists and art observers. For fun, about twice a month we will issue an “artist’s pick” in which one of our contributing artists will choose a piece of art that speaks to them and talk about why.

 If you have questions or comments about any of the topics, you can email us at and we will get back with you. If we get several similar inquiries we may just do a post dedicated to them, so be on the lookout for us.  Abusive, rude or obscene comments will be discarded immediately at the discretion of the Executive Director.

 Finally, if you are excited about what we’re doing, find us and “like” us on Facebook ( We will have supplemental content there.