I think creativity is an important part of a woman's life. We all need an outlet whether that be cooking, baking, sewing, crafting, quilting, writing, scrapbooking, knitting, crocheting..... I don't think it's a good thing to always be working. There are, of course, things that need to be done on a regular basis, but after a while there's a sense in which we get tired, weary, and depressed. A sense that we need something to break the monotony of the everyday stuff. Being creative in our homes can be very rewarding. Knowing that you embroidered those pillowcases, or made those pillows for your couch, or framed vacation pictures on the wall, or quilted the cover for your favorite chair. The list of things can go on forever. It's such a sense of accomplishment. Also being creative for other people brings such joy. Sewing for charities, knitting scarves for a homeless shelter, making a scrapbook for a child or elderly person, baking cookies for a shut-in. It all matters. For you, the creative one, and for others that will enjoy what you've made. Now days, we have access to the internet which can show you how to make all kinds of things. There are such wonderful blogs out there that will give you ideas for things you never even thought about. But I suggest you try something and see how it makes you feel. If you feel frustrated by it, that particular venue might not be for you, but don't give up! Keep trying! The problem with me is that I like doing TOO many different things and can't make up my mind as to what I want to do next. Right now, I have fabric for a blouse to be cut out, a kitchen towel that is almost done being embroidered, a crocheted scarf that is half done, and a penny rug that needs a backing. So, try something. Have fun. : )
1. God first.
Matthew 5: 17 -20 The Fulfillment of the Law
*Note - I am not a Bible scholar or teacher. This "God first" section comes from notes that I take while reading the Word every day. The Lord speaks to each of us from His Word and I'm just sharing what I wrote down. : )
Jesus is speaking here - he gives a statement and then follows up with the consequence or reward.
1. He did not come to abolish the Law or the prophets
*He came to fulfill them.
2. Truth - nothing will be taken away or disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished according to God's plan.
3. Until then, anyone who breaks the commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least.
*But those who follow them and teach them will be called great.
4. Our righteousness has to surpass the Pharisees and the teachers of the law.
*If we don't, we won't enter the kingdom of heaven.
2. Family second.
Creativity as a family - I think having a weekly or monthly "Family Night" is so important. Here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing!
- think of ways to reach out to a family in need. What can you do together to help them?
- think of something to celebrate! Each family is different and each has something that they think is worthwhile, so celebrate it!
- a night of games with snacks
- what does your area have? Bowling? Evening tours?
- watch a family movie together
- get everyone involved in a hobby - with all the technology, I think our kids have forgotten how to work with their hands. Work on something for the home or for someone else.
- have an assembly line going on your kitchen table. Ahead of time, buy what you need to put kits together that can bless someone. Toiletry kits are especially good for homeless shelters. Put them all together as a family and then drop them off together. It's good for kids to see how much they have compared to other kids their age.
- read the Bible stories together. Talk about it. Share with each other. Pray together.
- when busy-ness sets in, we forget to talk to each other. Set aside time to just catch up and find out if there are any concerns or disappointments or worries or fears that need to be out in the open.
- it's wonderful to be a musical family (we are not - as far as singing or playing instruments goes). But we love music. Go to a concert and make a night of it.
- either read a book and come together to discuss it, or have a read aloud night.
Show and Tell Night
- we all have interests that we like to share. Have family members bring to the night something that they've made to show and tell why they made it, how they made it, and what they plan on doing with it.
Just a few ideas. : ) Have fun!
3. Everything else.
Field trips. So important to get your children out of the house! A lot of learning takes place at a factory, zoo, farm, historical site, science museum, etc. See what your community has to offer.
Dad stocking stuffers:
coffee shop gift card, drill bits, tool key ring, mini flashlight, wallet, tape measure, USB flash drive, nails and screws, beef jerky, car wash gift card, pocket knife
(these are fun to have under the tree for when someone comes to visit) -
coffee beans with sugar cubes and a nice mug
pound of pistachios
teacup with herbal tea and honey
deck of cards with snacks
more latter! : )
Thank you for your time.