Posts tagged ‘Art’

November 19, 2013

How Writing is Like Acting

I was doing some personality research on characters for my next novel (which is really my first novel) yesterday.  I want to be able to write these characters and do them justice, so I do this research to get out of myself and into them.  I can’t be writing and say, “How would I respond to this?” Rather, I have to ask, “How would Character X respond to this?”  It’s much like the acting process.

In order to better understand the reactions of the four main characters (the characters through whom the story is expressed) in my novel, I did something I’ve never done before.  I took the Myers-Briggs Personality Test for each of them. For all sixty-some odd questions, I had to abandon who I am and what I would do or prefer, and ask who these characters are.  It was a great exercise, and the results were accurate.

Now, if I ever lose their voices, I have great reference points to regain them.


ISFJ: The Nurturer


ESTJ: The Guardian


ENFP: The Inspirer


INFP: The Idealist

I am definitely a character-based writer.  I think I love writing characters more than I love writing actual stories.  I am always looking for better ways to make my characters more real, more relatable.

And isn’t that what actors do too?
(Originally Published on Wilderness Adventure by Lydia Thomas).

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.


September 14, 2012

God the Artist: Sensitivity

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15 NLT).

“Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5 NLT).

I don’t know. God just “gets it.” Even when nobody else does.

September 14, 2012

God the Artist: Passion

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 KJV/NKJV).

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8 NLT).

“God’s love is meteoric,
his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
slips through the cracks.

 How exquisite your love, O God!”

(Psalm 36, The Message)

(NOTE: I almost never use MSG, but I was reading it last month as I cycled through the Psalms and well, this hit me).

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3).

When I think about God’s passion, I also think about His attention to detail…