Life CreativeThursday, October 27, 2016
Motherhood is a high and holy calling. Shaping little hearts and minds into followers of Christ is no small task. There is daily monotony contrasted with soaring joy as our children grow and learn. But somewhere in the midst of the teaching, snuggling, wiping and loving, we as moms can lose a bit of who God created us to be. We are all uniquely created in the image of our Creator, who is the most creative of all! Is it any wonder that he has put some of His creative curiosity and talents within all of us?
But how do we live out this passion to create when we can barely come up with a meal plan every week? How do we find space to clear our minds enough to put pen to paper or paint to canvas, when we can’t even find space to sit on our couch for all the laundry that has piled up? Wendy Speake and Kelly Stuart address these dilemmas and many more in their book Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom. They call this movement that they are inspiring a renaissance because historically, a renaissance man (or MOM in this case) is knowledgeable, educated, interested and/or proficient in a wide range of subjects. And while that may sound like a lofty call to “be all and do all” (which we all know is impossible), the idea is more that there is a time for everything and that we don’t have to choose between the high calling of motherhood and the God-given talents deep within our souls.
Through their book, Wendy and Kelli highlight the stories of many moms who have found the balance of motherhood and living out their creative dreams. Many people whom I have long admired are featured in the pages of Life Creative: Myquillin Smith (The Nester), Angie Smith (author), Lisa Leonard (jewelry designer) and quite a few others. All of their stories are inspiring and have one thing in common— they stopped making excuses and started seeking God for a way to use their creativity for his Kingdom. Additionally, in this book you will learn:
So what creativity is lurking in your heart? Behind the cracker crumbs and crusty juice cups, what gets your blood pumping? What do you stay up pinning on pinterest late at night? And how can you use these passions to glorify God? Sometimes, glorifying God means freeing ourselves creatively so that we can be a better wife and mother to our family. It doesn’t have to be a big multimedia plan, with worldwide distribution. In fact, most of the women mentioned in this book have made the greatest differences to those who matter the most, closest to home. So if you’ve ever struggled with the desire to be creative in the midst of a busy motherhood season, this book could be just the kickstart you need to begin living in the fullness Christ has given you. I highly recommend this book!
I'd like to thank Litfuse for this complimentary copy! All the thoughts and opinions of this book are my own-- it really is great!