“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
My five-year-old has been memorizing this verse this month, so it is written on the chalkboard near the breakfast table. This morning, as the rain gently hit the windowpanes, I read this verse with new eyes. Of course! That is why I have been feeling this way . . . that is why I am returning to this blog after so many months away!
January is always a beginning of sorts. It is a new year. I am in a new city, in a new house. “In the beginning, God created . . . .” In this beginning of 2016, as a woman made in God’s image, I am longing to create. My words will only be a cloudy reflection of His glory, mere reminders of His truth, but I feel God’s blessing to write them anyway.
Do we all get the creativity itch in January? I’ve been wanting to get out the watercolor paints, and I don’t know how to paint! How I’d enjoy an hour spent at a table strewn with construction paper hearts, Valentine stickers, and doilies! Mostly, I’ve been yearning for plain white paper that feels soft between my fingers, for a smooth writing pen in my hand, and for hours in which to sit in the silence of January and write children’s books.
But life with a young family is seldom silent (even in January), and hours on end are hard to come by. I’ve decided to be content with the surprises . . . an idea here, an hour to write there, a grammar school project that causes us to get out the art supplies. As my father-in-law once counseled me, “Life shouldn’t be about art. Art should be about life.”
In this new year, as we busy ourselves in our not-so-quiet days, I hope each of us lives so closely entwined with the Creator that when the snippets of time present themselves, our art will reflect His beauty.
It is SO good to have your blog back!! Thank you for the gift of inspiration and a beautiful perspective on life. We all benefit from your writing, Carol. It was meant to be shared. You’ve already made my day better. I was surprised by joy!
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I am so happy to read your words again! Yes dear, this was a fresh start for the day. Lord is our great inspiration for everything. Now I going to start all my daily chores with the lovely whispering of your words. Thank you.