Thursday, January 3, 2013


What is it?

Creativity by definition is:

Creativity: n. 

the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc; originality, progressiveness or imagination.

The back story to why I posted the definition of creativity is this: We started back to our regularly scheduled programming homeschooling today after many, m a n y y y days off. We had a restful and fun winter break. My hard-working husband had been home on vacation almost the entire time and by the end of the day tomorrow, he will have only worked five days since December 14th. It was awesome!  And I thank God for that opportunity for family bonding.

I say all of that to say, we picked up with our Biblical worldview book 'What We Believe' Volume 2 'Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here?' by John Hay and David Webb published by Apologia Press If you homeschool now or plan to in the future, may I recommend that you find a way to include this in your curriculum choices? You will not be disappointed.

We had not read anything in this book for many weeks as I took a detour for a while and began showing my oldest son how to study the Bible for himself. The book I used was "How to Study your Bible" for Kids by Kay Arthur and Janna Arndt

So back to this morning. I opened up and read the following passage:

"God created all things for His enjoyment, but people were specially made to reflect God's glory. One of the ways we reflect His glory is when we create things." (page 47)

I just want to bring God all the glory in whatever it is that I do; whether that is art journaling, scrapbooking, card making, taking pictures, coloring with kids, painting, homeschooling, drawing, cooking, making frames, whatever.

Colossians 3:17 reminds me, "Let every detail in your lives-words, actions, whatever be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God every step of the way." 

My heart stands in awe of the One I love. The One I serve. The One I want to display to my children each day during school. To my family. To those who don't know Him...yet.  I am a detail person by nature so this verse resonates with me.

Details: attention to or treatment of a subject in individual or minute parts

Words: speech or talk

Actions:  something done or performed; habitual or usual acts

It is of utmost important to thank Him every step of the way. If you haven't started counting and writing down 1,000 things to be thankful for, you must start immediately. It is a life-changing activity and way of life. I have been counting since Spring 2011 and it has brought me great joy to recount the wonderful ways my Lord works. Check out to learn more.

Now back to creativity. I have been told by family member and friends that I am "so creative" and I do believe God has given me the ability to be creative but I read something this morning that helped clear up the creativity question:

"Creativity is not about what you can do or what you're good at. Creativity is a response. It is a way of worshipping God and who He is, a way of worshipping His infinite beauty and love. It's a way to demonstrate your love to someone who positively adores you." (page 48)

I am positively adored. Thank you Lord! My God-given ability to be creative is a gift. I don't say that in a boastful or proud way. I say that in a thankful way. He gave me a way to reflect Him. There is purpose behind everything that God gives or assigns to people. Some play instruments, some write music, some sculpt, some build, some write poetry, etc.  Whatever.  It is to reflect You, Lord. 

"The Heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship." Psalm 19: 1 NLT

My prayer is that as I am being made whole in 2013, that I would proclaim the glory of God and to reflect Him in my everyday, ordinary life. Every detail. Every word. Every action. Every creative thing I put my hand to; whatever. That it would be all done in His name, to honor Him. To bring Him glory.

"The glory of God is man fully alive." -St. Irenaeus