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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

My box of 64!

Nothing in the world thrilled me as a little girl more than a box of 64!
I imagine that was how it was in the beginning, for God...with many more colors than in my box of 64....
God began with darkness...a piece of black paper ~
stroke by stroke, landscape after landscape, species after species,
and created it all...
the color, the texture, the patterns
ALL OF IT, creatively orchestrated by our GOD!!

That same amazing God created us, each unique in our gifts~

"We all have different gifts, each of which came because of the grace God gave us."
Romans 12: 6

Sometimes we get so darn busy with the duties of our daily lives that we forget that we were made by a CREATIVE God to express ourselves creatively. When was the last time you indulged in something creative....really creative?
I mean something like~
the possibilities are endless
"WHAT?" you say, "I don't have a creative bone in my body."

Re-read that passage from Romans, we all, not just your crafty neighbor or that fabulous art teacher you know, were created with GIFTS of creativity from GOD...
Creative gifts. It's just that sometimes in the harried lives we live or in the labels we believed as children we let that creativity slip away.

One of the most beautiful ways to NOTICE the amazing creation around us, is to engage in our own creativity. It is in letting God work through our creative spirit, that we can become God's creative masterpiece. If we can tap into that spirit that God has created us to be, then we can serve others through our creativity.

I know it's asking a lot....
We are SO busy doing what we have to, to get through the day.
But I beg you to humor me! BEGGING!!
Just the other night I sat looking through a Paper Crafts Magazine. I have a stack of them that I look at after my nightly devotional....I dream in paper~
I need to make time for that creative outlet, it's a way for me to show others God's creativity in me. I owe it to HIM to use the gifts he so graciously has given to me.

So if you think about it, pick up a box of 64 the next time you are at the store...and while you are at it, roll out some paper on the table and let yourself go....walk by and add to it, add to your masterpiece,
you just might rediscover those creative juices that you had as a little girl will come flooding back to you!!

We are never too old to rediscover that God-given creativity within us. I am reminded of a quote that I once heard,

"and now in age, I bud again." george hubert

I loved it when I heard it, it was so full of hope! Take some time to rediscover that creative spirit inside of you, ask God for guidance, follow HIS voice and not the voice of the world as He leads you where He wants you to go creatively. And pray for a sense of wonder about the world, you may be amazed to see that all things are new in Him. (Isaiah 48:6)

In Him,

most days you can find me over here, at my personal blogspot...
you are always welcome!

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Blogger Denise said...

Awesome, so awesome.

January 21, 2008 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Lori---when I first scrolled to the crayon box--my mind went instantly to YOU-and I didn't even know you were posting today (or forgot) ---- how incredible this is! "The possibilities are endless" are right! I read something from someone...somewhere on here or there last week that said take 5 minutes each day to destress by playing something you did when you were a child (or something to that effect)...I choose to color. I get to do that fairly often w/Rylan and Zackary...but maybe I need to take me some to work??? Just a thought! (HEE HEE)

January 21, 2008 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

My current outlet is cooking. I am trying new things which is an adventure in a country where it is a task to figure out if they even HAVE cornstarch. :) I am learning daily (thanks to many of you) to be open to what God is showing me about myself, and it is fun (besides, the twins REALLY love to cook)!

January 22, 2008 at 3:40 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

I have to say that writing is that creative outlet for me. But occasionally, my 15 year-old daughter still gets a school assignment where she has to use colored pencils or crayons, and I love to see her doing that again, and sometimes, I join her!

January 22, 2008 at 6:47 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

"and now in age I bud again" I LOVE it. That is such a beautiful statement. Loved your post today. I think that ALL of us do have God given talents, we just need to slow down sometimes to find them. Thanks.

January 22, 2008 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

Each morning I anticipate
My Café “stop”; the devotions are great!
Today your post did inspire
To put in rhyme my desire
To see what I (with God's help!) can create.

January 22, 2008 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Love this reminder that we are all capable of reflecting our Lord's creativity!

January 22, 2008 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Cory said...

This is a great article. My passion is quilting, and sometime life gets busy and I don't have the time to quilt. Then I start to yearn to quilt and that feeling doesn't go away until I find the time to do what I love.

I make quilts for kids in crises and I am honoring God with my creativity. I feel very blessed to be able to quilt.

Yes, we all have the ability to be creative and sometimes we need to explore different avenues to discovery what we enjoy.

Take care, Cory

January 22, 2008 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Heather@Mommymonk said...

This is funny - I'm in the middle of making play dough creations with the kids, cutting and pasting whatever we want to make and even coloring too. Except that our crayons are a hodge podge of princess crayons, Cars fat crayons, broken pieces of old crayons and whatever we can find!

January 22, 2008 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Praise and Coffee said...

Thanks Lori for such an inspritational post! You get us all thinking about what God wants and seeing bigger than maybe we have allowed ourselves to think.

Your creative gift is evident!

January 22, 2008 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger windycindy said...

Hi, I try to be a card maker. I also love to play around with collages. My problem is that I never feel my look as good as my friends' cards do!
I am 51 and feel 10 when trying to be creative. Hopefully, reading this will be my beginning of creating anew. Thanks,Cindi

January 22, 2008 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Joyce said...

I am one of those you wrote about that does not have a creative bone in my body. Then I got to thinking. I use yarn to make blankets and scarves. That is creative.

Love and hugs,

January 22, 2008 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Mary Lou said...

A great daughter is THE creative one in the family and her daughter may be following in her steps....My outlet for creativty was baking....guess I need to get back into it and do it to give away...The picture of the crayons brought a vision of God coloring the world as He made it...He has such a beautiful eye and He is oh, so creative....

January 22, 2008 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Keri Wyatt Kent said...

I'm the kind of person who breaks into a cold sweat when I walk in the doors of Hobby Lobby--I am not crafty. I've tried and failed at scrapbooking, rubber stamping, etc.
But i'm creative when it comes to writing and cooking. we each are unique!

January 22, 2008 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

What a colorful analogy! :) I love it! Thanks for a beautiful picture of the gifts God has entrusted to us. My husband has reminded my often of the incredible artwork God desires to create through us (and our colorful gifts) if we would just surrender our "brushes" to Him! :) Great post!

January 22, 2008 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Darnelle said...

One of the things I love about having an 8 year old (amongst 4 teens) is that she keeps that creative spirit alive in the house! You're right, I don't think God ever intended for us to "outgrow" creativity. Thanks for reminding all of us grown ups!

January 22, 2008 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger -TNChick- said...

Nice post. I am creative and I out that online in scrapbooking. I truly love to scrap my family, pets, and even His word. I've always loved being creative. I will admit that I don't always think what I create is good... but that doesn't stop me! =)

January 22, 2008 at 11:15 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

I dream in paper too, Lori! Thing is, I'm the girl who buys all the paper with the best intention of doing something with it and instead it rots in a rubbermaid container in my closet.

This post was so inspiring..something to really think about today..

Much love,


January 23, 2008 at 9:34 AM  

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