Hello friends! Last month I was in Cote de Ivoire, with no wifi. So, that meant I couldn't post any blogs. Well, I am now in Ghana, and I have wifi! So I decided to share on here one of my World Race blogs to give you an idea of what has been occupying my mind recently since I'm separated from my sewing machine for another 7(ish) months!
always had a creative mind. As a child I loved to use my imagination.
I loved playing outside, building forts and making playhouses.
Imagining how things could be, instead of how they were. Playing as
if everything was how it was in my imagination. I loved drawing and
painting. I loved playing with dolls, dress-up clothes, and my doll
house. I loved coming up with stories for everything I was playing
with. Starting in high school sewing and writing became my creative
outlets. Now sewing is firmly my art form.
love the process of sewing. Coming up with an idea tweaking it until
it’s just right in my mind, figuring out how to make that idea
become a reality, and finally doing so. I love making each project
different, rather than repeating the same thing over and over. The
project is quicker, but lacking in fulfillment for me if I just
repeat a project I’ve already done, if, say, I make two or three
identical dresses. (Thus, when I do make multiples of the same thing
I do them assembly line style, get ‘em all done at once.) It’s so
much fun to come up with an idea that is different, if only slightly,
than anything I’ve done before, and see it through to completion.
I would love it if I could draw or paint, or take amazing pictures,
and have these things turn out just the way I want them too, the way
my sewing projects do. However, I don’t have those talents. I must
confess that there have been plenty of times I have been jealous of
those who do have those talents. I’ve thought less of myself for
not being able to do something as well as someone else could. I’ve
focused on what I’m unable to do, my short comings, rather than the
things I’m strong in. I’ve wished God made me more like someone
else, rather than realizing God created me exactly the way he wanted
has the most creative mind there is. He came up with the idea for the
world and He spoke it into existence, and he didn’t make it
uniform. He made each corner of the world different, and beautiful.
As I sat at a window in a church balcony here in Cote d’Iviore, I
admired the landscape. There are palm trees, big, beautiful flowers,
bamboo, and plants and trees growing so many different kinds of
amazingly delicious fruits. It’s beautiful, and so very different
from home. But does the beauty here make my home any less beautiful?
No. The middle of Missouri, with it’s hills, forests, plains,
bluffs, creeks, rivers, lakes, seasonal trees and flowers, and, for
that matter, four different seasons, is just as beautiful. Different,
but equally beautiful, made by the same hand. God is creative, he
doesn’t make the same thing over and over.
104 talks about all the different places and things God made in the
Earth. As I was reading this Psalm, sitting up in that church
balcony, the second half of verse 13 really grabbed my attention. It
earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works”
the earth is satisfied with how God made it, how can I not be
satisfied with how God made me? Why, how, can I compare myself to
others? My talents to someone else’s talents. My body to someone
else’s body. My accomplishments to someone else’s
accomplishments. We are all made by the same God. The God who created
the world. A God who is creative, so he did not make us all the same.
No, he created us each individually, one of a kind. Creating us was a
process, and he enjoyed every step of it. He created us just how he
wanted us to be. God didn’t make us assembly line style.
you formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.
give thanks to you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
are Your works,
my soul knows it very well.”
this earth, as we seek him, he is growing us into who he wants us to
be. He is never finished with us. He never forgets his creations.
Over all, God has the same desire for each and every one of us. He
wants us to recognize
him as our Lord and Savior. However, the path he has for each of us,
the life journey he is taking us on is as unique as we each are. God
does not use the same exact mold or 5 step plan for each of us. No,
He’s creative. He goes through the entire creative process for each
of us. He comes up with an idea for each of us, for who we are and
will be, then he turns that idea into reality.
is the father of creativity.