Saturday, February 13, 2010

Living in the light of creativity...

Today I want to share some thoughts about nurturing creativity in our homemaking and in every aspect of life.  I need to be exercising my God-given gift of creativity in my homemaking (as well as in other areas) each and every day.

Quite a few years ago I happened upon some unique Thomas Kinkade calendars at the dollar store. They were unusual because each month emphasized living our lives in light of a particular quality. One that stood out to me was "Living in the Light of Creativity." I like to feel that I live my life in this way. I was thinking about this concept one afternoon as I worked in my simple scrapbook journal. I had cut out the little picture of this particular calendar page from the back of the calendar, and was preparing to paste it into my journal. I mused for a few minutes on what it means to live one's life in the light of creativity.

The artist, Thomas Kinkade, has written his thoughts on this calendar page. He wrote, "When I create, God lights a fresh candle of joy for the world." I thought, That's undoubtedly true for Thomas Kinkade. Each of his paintings will "light a candle of joy" for countless people all over the world.

But what about me? What does it look like when I live my life in the light of creativity?

When I personally create, I know it "lights a candle of joy" for me. I seem to need creativity in my life to feel truly complete. A little creativity each day -- be it in the craft room, at the computer, or in the kitchen -- seems necessary for me.

And just maybe, those on the receiving end of the creativity... a poem, a blog post, a devotional thought, a magnificent dessert, a homey meal, a cozy room, some homemade fudge, a hand-crafted gift... will have a "candle of joy" lit for them as well. Because when all is said and done, creativity is not just a God-given gift for our own enjoyment; it's meant to be shared.


  1. Thanks for your is something good to think on today!

  2. Thanks, Arlene! I'm glad that the post was a blessing to you! And it's always a blessing to me to have you visiting here at my kitchen table!

  3. Thank you for this! Sometimes when I am "creating" I feel more like I am playing.....then I feel guilty over what I'm not accomplishing. Rather, I should celebrate the creativity.

    You will have to tell us more about your scrapbook journal. Please!


  4. I love this! Though I sometimes feel guilty as Prairiemaid said. I love to create with rubber stamps, scrapbooking, etc. However, sometimes I feel like I should be doing something else either for t he house or for the children, then creating art. However, I always try to at least be creative in my homemaking (baking, teaching, decorating, etc.) so at least my creativity gets a little workout.

    Thanks for sharing this - I have always been a fan of Thomas Kinkade.

  5. Thanks for the thoughtful comments, Cheryl and Heather. I am so sorry it took me so long to respond to them. Life got really busy and I never got back here to this post. Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm so glad the post was encouraging to you!

    God bless,
    Mrs. T


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