My friends Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart came out with a book that hit me right where I’m at. It celebrates a woman’s God-given creativity, smack-dab in the middle of this mothering season. Kelli and Wendy challenge us to use our talents for Kingdom work today! And then they take it a step further and suggest we invite our children to join us in this modern day renaissance!
Without giving too much of the book away, let me just say that God had something really good in mind when He created us in His creative image… and then gave us children.
I know it feels like two conflicting dreams most days, (your creative dreams and the dream of being a good mom) but God has good things planned for us creative mamas! And for our kids.
Are you a creative mom who’s put your writing, your painting, your singing, your photography, your home decorating, your dreams on hold as you raise your kids? Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom challenges us to use our gifts right where we are as part of our Great Commission call!
In our home, our local community, and out into the world.
Go ahead and minister to your kids with your singing and writing and baking and party throwing; use you’re gifts in your local church and at your kids’ school; and even out into the world in this digital age. That’s the great commission!
If I can do it, you can do it. If Alena can do it… so can your kids. Of course it will look different. It will look like you. And that’s beautiful.
Here’s an excerpt from Life Creative:
“When we fill our home with music that moves us, and an easel in the sun-drenched kitchen nook, not only are we constantly inspired, but our children have the opportunity to grow into inspired people too. As they watch us use our gifts in the local church to edify and encourage, they receive the over flowing example of gospel-centered creativity and mission-minded art.
All this sounds lovely, of course, except more often than not we don’t bring them with us into our art, because it’s all quite messy. So we set our art aside for this season with little ones at home, or use it as a holy time to pull away alone. But what if, instead of hording it up for our own self-expression, we shared with them the leftover art supplies and bathed them in the over flow? What if we choose to actively turn our gaze from our own present Renaissance, and put our attention on the Renaissance rising just down the hall?”
Oh, and I forgot to mention, Wendy and Kelli share a bit of Alena and my story in the chapter entitled “Renaissance Rising!”
Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom is available here!