I want to create.

I want to create. I want to find time for myself. I want to paint, sew, try a new recipe, build furniture.
“But I have kids. I have responsibilities. I need more hours in the day. I can’t do it.”

How often do we hear such words? From our own mouths? From the mouths of friends and neighbors?

As little children we create constantly. We create messes and chaos. We create smiles and laughter. We create artwork on paper and in the dirt. We create imaginary adventures in our minds and complex relationships with our toys. Our need to create is constantly fulfilled.
Our God is a creator.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

Not only did He create the world and all that is in it, but He then went on and created us. You and me. All of humanity in His likeness. (Genesis 1:27)

God made us to create, to discover, to share our passions and talents, to explore new possibilities, to draw and dance uninhibited like a little child.
I encourage you today to pick up a paintbrush, a pencil, a crayon. Sit down next to your child and model the creative spirit that your Father has given to you.

Be ok with the mess that will follow an afternoon of painting together. Laugh when your planned dinner masterpiece ends with a picnic of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Grab a friend and try something you’ve never imagined you could learn to do. Teach your daughter how to build a birdhouse. Show your son how to knit. Work in the garden with your husband. Take an art class with your mom, your brother, your dad or your sister.

Look at the pile of laundry waiting to be folded and know that it is ok to step aside from time to time and embrace the desire to create that the Lord has given you.
Emily lives in Salt Lake City with her husband Jeremy and their 3 wild and crazy kiddos! She loves reading, running, baking yummy treats for her family, her early morning yoga, walking to the library and all things creative and crafty. She especially enjoys exploring nature with her children and learning side by side with them. You’ll find her chatting about all aspects of life at her blog, Industrious Emily* and also sharing her crafty side through the blog, Life at the Table.
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2 comments to I want to create.

  • What a great reminder to slow down. Isn’t this what life is all about….it is so easy for us moms (and dads too) to get caught up with our plans, and miss the wonder of what our children’s hearts and minds.

    We need to truly pray for wisdom to discern the balance between planning and spontaneity and for patience while attempting to live it out.

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  • Thanks for this. I feel this way all of the time lately. There are so many creative things I want to do, but there are so many dishes in the sink and dirty clothes by the washing machine–all waiting to be washed! I’ve compromised by only allowing myself sewing time on the weekends and trying to be creative throughout the week with the food that I make. I’m also trying to harness some of that creative energy into thinking of things to do with my kiddos. Thanks for the reminder that it is okay to be creative and that is an important part of our being. :)

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