Dani Clements is a Creative Art Mentor, working in schools in Bedford, helping children to release creativity and connect with their emotions. She also runs her own business in Therapeutic Art and is about to start a new journey completing a Masters degree. She shares about what it looks like to bring the Kingdom in her workplace and how she hears from the Holy Spirit to guide her. She's seeking God first and making being obedient to Him her number 1 priority whatever the cost.
'God thinks about my work just like any other area of my life: full of hope, purpose and as holy and sacred. He's given me the desire to be excellent at my job, to plan well, read and learn, but he cares most deeply about the state of my heart and the hearts of all those whose paths I cross each day. I'm learning the power and freedom that I can experience when I serve my work place from the security of knowing my royalty. This enables me to champion others, adapt in stressful situations, and to love deeply and freely without guarantee of affirmation or thanks. At the end of my day I can ask Jesus what he thought about how I cared, or how I responded in situations. He is so lavish and kind in his affection for me, smiling over me for my efforts that day, and challenging me to love even deeper.
The truth is that He has made his home in me, and is already at work in the schools where I work. On the commute to work I speak declarations over myself which transforms my thoughts, shifts negative mindsets I might have and significantly increases my expectancy for the day. On days when I'm tired or overwhelmed, I stand firm on the truth of the authority that I carry and whose kingdom I am advancing, whether my body or emotions feel it that day or not. I regularly ask the holy spirit to either show me a specific individual that needs extra care, or something that collectively the group of children I am working with needs to hear. Whatever I hear him saying I will bring into the workshop I am running. If I feel there is a certain atmosphere or negative feeling in the room, I'll pray for the opposite to be released. If I'm stuck with planning or unsure how to help a child, I'll ask Holy Spirit to show me an idea, or bring to mind someone who will have a solution.
I'm keeping my heart open to hearing what Holy Spirit is saying about where to work and whom to work with. Last year I started my own business running therapeutic art workshops which has been growing in success and I assumed I would continue to grow it. However, in January, when an old friend mentioned in passing that funding is being released for post-graduates this coming September, my Spirit quickened. This began the tentative journey of applying for a Masters to study Art Therapy. Essays, interviews and continually following my peace, has resulted in me beginning my 2 year training next month. Financially, this doesn't add up for my husband and I, it's not a good decision if we want to try and buy a house and it doesn't make sense for the business which I had began to grow. But it makes sense because my Father said so.
It's His words that I put my full faith in, who I have given my life to, and who is the safest most loving person to trust with my work and with my whole life.'