In the Beginning . . .

“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.

2 thoughts on “In the Beginning . . .

  1. 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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  2. 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.

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