I want to throw a little blog love over to Jessi of Naptime Diaries and Hannah of NewLove Ministries and Home Truths for the inspiration for this post. These are some ladies who have found their passion for creativity and ministry and they live it out! Some people take a while to find what it is that they want to be when they grow up and some people know when they're 7 years old.
If you are a friend of mine and you have a birthday or baby shower coming up in the next few weeks, please note that you may see some of their art in person shortly. Sorry if this totally ruins the surprise!
Anyway, I am crushing on Jessi and Hannah's creativity. They are amazing artists! What a wonderful way to share God's truths in a way that brightens your home/office/friends' house...
My dad used to tell me, "Find a job you love and you'll never have to go to work." I really enjoy my job. I get to be all science nerdy and travel and work with people all over the world. However, I think that no matter what you do, there will always be days that "you have to go to work." Everyone has a bad day now and then. But it's also important to remember what God said in Ephesians 2:4-10 (bolded for emphasis)
4 But because of his great love for us,God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do.That's right. God prepared us to do amazing things. Even when we have a bad day, it has to get brighter because we are hardwired for awesomeness. Whether we know what those things are or not is another matter, but that's why I think it's important to try new things and not be afraid. God is with us. It is his great love that made us alive and his grace that saved us. If God has done all those things for us, why not go out there, be awesome, help others, and be creative!
How about it? How are you creative? Do you design art? Do you cook? Bake? Garden? Perform? Whatever you do, go for it!
Speaking about trying new things, I tried a baked pasta dish last night with spinach, lemon and cheese. Yeah, we won't be trying that recipe again. It was too lemony and not enough spinach-y for us. And now we have tons of leftovers! Ugh... I think it would help if we added spicy sausage or something to it. We'll see... In case you are interested in trying the recipe here is the link.