Musician, author, and podcast host Susan Hoekstra is on the Creatively Christian podcast, interviewed by Andrea Sandefur. Susan and Andrea talk about the differences between validation and affirmation, the gift of collaboration, and how judgment can affect our creative work. One of Susan’s original songs is also featured at the end of the episode. Susan Hoekstra has been featured in Just Between Us magazine, Christian Devotions, and is a featured guest on PROCLAIM FM radio and numerous podcasts. She is the host of THE NOTICE podcast. Her book "A FIRM GRASP" explores the need for acknowledgment and approval and how the God of mercy satisfies! In the Spring of 2022, she and her husband purchased Maple Ridge Place, a 14-acre property that has become the home of Affirm Ministries and Freedom Farm Ministries, offering workshops, one on one mentorships, praise gatherings, equine therapy, gardening, and more. This episode can also be found on YouTube. Show Notes The following resources were mentioned in the show or are useful resources recommended by the guests. Links might be marked as affiliates, meaning we earn a commission if you buy through the link. "A Firm GRASP: Feeling Validated in a Notice-Me World" by Susan Hoekstra - https://amzn.to/3bDzpHnRick Norris' episode on Creatively Christian: https://theophanymedia.com/rick"How to Stop the Pain" by James B. Richards: https://amzn.to/3ucPBWx [Affiliate]Maple Ridge Place (Farm Retreat): https://susankhoekstra.com/maple-ridge-place Learn More About Our Guest You can follow this guest on several platforms, including: Website: https://susankhoekstra.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susankhoekstra/The Notice Podcast: https://susankhoekstra.com/podcast Credits Today's episode is hosted by Andrea Sandefur. Andrea is a civil engineer turned stay-at-home mom and singer-songwriter. She plays the piano, leads worship at her church, and loves to write new songs. One of Andrea’s favorite activities is encouraging creative artists in her congregation through hosting artist showcases. Follow Andrea on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Support this show and get access to exclusive content by donating at https://www.patreon.com/creativelychristian. This show is produced by Theophany Media (https://www.theophanymedia.com). The theme music is by Bill Brooks and Andrea Sandefur. Our logo is by Bill Brooks. This show is hosted by Brannon Hollingsworth, Andrea Sandefur, Dave Ebert, and Rachel Anna. Jake Doberenz produces. Follow Theophany Media and the podcast on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.