How do we walk boldly and freely in our callings as creatives?
In this episode of Live Creatively, I’m chatting with Kat Armstrong. Kat is the co-founder of the Polished Network to embolden women in their faith and work. She is a powerful voice in our generation as a sought-after Bible teacher and innovative ministry leader. She holds a master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and is the author of No More Holding Back, The In-Between Place, and a 6-book series called the Storyline Project.
“Calling” feels like such a loaded buzzword these days and can trigger many different emotions and thoughts. So many of us have wrestled with the infamous question… “What is my calling?” I know I have and it can feel like a lot of pressure!
Kat and I address this daunting question and define what calling really is…and what it’s not. Kat shares how we can be empowered and emboldened to walk more freely in who we are created to be.
Listen in as Kat and I chat about:
- Defining and demystifying the idea of “calling”
- Why your career is NOT your calling
- Her perspective on “assignment living”
- How to walk boldly and freely in our callings
- Common struggles that hold us back from living out our callings
Kat shares so much wisdom and encouragement on this topic. If you have felt the weight and pressure of “figuring out your calling” that can be so heavy and overwhelming–this conversation will set you free! I’ve had the privilege of hearing Kat speak to this topic several times over the last few years and each time I do, I learn something new and walk away feeling encouraged, and I know you will too.
What does it mean to Kat to Live Creatively?
“For me, living creatively is expressing my faith through written word. So, I enjoy writing – that’s my creative outlet. If I didn’t do it professionally or as a side hustle, I’d do it as a hobby. I would read and I would write. It’s how I process and I feel like the creative process is when you’re wrestling with something that you’re just now learning and then you have to formulate it in words to summarize it to teach someone else. It’s right in that little process that I feel like I’m living creatively. And if I could boil it down and be super, over spiritual about it…living creatively is expressing my faith to God. It’s also just reflecting who He is. I truly believe God is the most creative being and His first act that we have recorded in history is Him creating the world and creating us. And I know that that had so much purpose and joy. And in the same ways that we create – our art, our music, our movement, visual designs, whatever it may – that’s how God is. And so I think that’s living creatively. ”
If you have ever wrestled with the question of calling and struggled to define it clearly for yourself, this episode is for you!
About Kat Armstrong
Kat was born in Houston, Texas, where the humidity ruins her Mexi-German curls. She is a powerful voice in our generation as a sought-after Bible teacher and innovative ministry leader. She holds a master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and is the author of No More Holding Back, The In-Between Place, and a 6-book series called the Storyline Project.
In 2008, Kat co-founded the Polished Network to embolden women in their faith and work. As the host of The Polished Podcast, she interviews working women at the crossroads of faith and work. Kat is pursuing a doctorate of ministry in New Testament context at Northern Seminary and is a board member of the Polished Network. She and her husband, Aaron, have been married for twenty years and live in Dallas, Texas, with their son, Caleb, and attend Dallas Bible Church, where Aaron serves as the lead pastor.
You can find all of the links to connect with Kat and check out anything she mentioned in the episode below:
Storyline Bible Studies
These studies guide you through the storyline of Scripture-each following a person, place, or thing in the Bible. Maybe you are practiced in dissecting a passage and pulling things out of the text to apply to your life. But now you may feel as though your faith is fragmented. The Storyline Bible studies help you put the pieces back together. You’ll discover cohesive, thematic storylines with literary elements and appreciate the Bible as the masterpiece that it is.
Each study is five weeks long and can be paired with its thematic partner for a seamless ten-week study to fit in a church semester. Every study features:
- Gospel presentation at the beginning of each Bible study
- Full Scripture passages included in the study so that you can mark up the text and keep your notes in one place
- Insights from female scholars and scholars of color
- Free resources for preaching and leading small groups
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