My Word of 2016: Create

  It’s already February. How did it happen?

 I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while now. It’s a quiet morning and I really want to share with you. Bear with me.
For the last few years, I’ve chosen one word to help guide me or to focus on throughout the year. One year it was:Simple. Instead of having a stack full of devotional books beside me that I thought I needed to read in order to be more spiritual, I chose one. I kept it simple. Meal times were made more simple by choosing four or five dishes that were relatively healthy and that my family enjoyed eating. I quit trying to follow the popular diets of the world and chose to focus on the foods God created…fruits, veggies, real food. I simplified my closet to have the clothes I liked, the ones that made me feel good and got rid of the ones that didn’t.

Last year, my word was Listen. I tried to do less talking and more listening. (Not sure if everyone would agree, but I tried.) I focused on more actual bible reading and less commentaries, so I could hear what God was saying to me. What were others listening to in my words when I spoke? What kind of music was I listening to? Did it make me smile? What about those voices in my head? (And let me tell you….they talk some crazy talk!)

This year my word is Create. I know, I know…really?! When thinking about my word I really prayed about it. I wanted it to have meaning and to transform my life in a good way. It needed to be a word that could translate into many areas of my life. And “create” kept coming to mind.

CREATE—verb (used with object), cre·at·ed, cre·at·ing.

1.to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.

2.to evolve from one’s own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention.

3.to make by investing with new rank or by designating; constitute; appoint: to create a peer.

4.to be the cause or occasion of; give rise to: The announcement created confusion.

5.to cause to happen; bring about; arrange, as by intention or design: to create a revolution; to create an opportunity to ask for a raise.

First of all, I believe we are ALL creative. “So God created man in his own image.” Genesis 1:27. If we are created in God’s image like the bible says then we are creative. The God I worship created the heavens, the flowers, bugs, plants, fruits, animals that swim in the sea and fly in the air. He created each and every one of us so different and unique. No, we all can’t paint like Monet or carve like Michelangelo, but I bet we can cook or garden or photograph or sing or dance or build or write or work with numbers! 

So yeah. Create is more than arts n crafts. By looking at the definitions above, I see how I can create in all aspects of my life. 

 1. To cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve by natural processes. This is an interesting one. I know I am naturally lazy. It’s only taken me 40 something years to figure out how to have a clean home. Believe me, I’m not talking about being OCD and having my pillows all in order. I’m talking about creating a home that is  warm, clean, organized and welcoming. I have to really step out of my ordinary self to think AND follow through with clutter and cleaning. Not only does having a clean, (not perfect), home good when friends drop by, but also for my family. Superman works so hard everyday. I want him to feel relaxed when he steps in the door. I want anyone who steps into my home to feel loved and welcomed.

  2. To evolve from ones own thought or imagination. I sew, stitch, paint, cut, glue, knit, crochet, hammer, build, draw….But what does it all mean, if I do it only for myself? As I wrote about Here, I found that I could use my talent for creating to help others! I can sell my aprons, bags, loveys and jewelry, then give the money earned to a mission or charity of my choice! So this year, I’m going to take a leap of faith and sell my stuff at a few craft fairs and maybe online. I’m excited to think that my little crafts can help someone in need.  

   3. To make by investing in new rank; creating a peer. Invest in new rank? Create a new peer? What does this mean to me? I’m thinking about how I can invest in the bible study group I host in my home on Tuesday nights. I can create cards that have that week’s focus bible verses written them. I can teach ladies how to do bible journaling art. I look forward to teaching women how to doodle and color their prayers and scripture. My prayer is that in these ways others will be able to strengthen their relationship with Christ.

  4. To be the cause or occasion of; to give rise to. How cool would it be to cause someone to  do something good. What if I could round up a bunch of knitters and sewers to create scarves and blankets for the homeless? What if I could encourage friends to bring meals to someone sick or to a momma who just had a baby? What if I could cause a riot of joy in my city? Just sayin….  What if? 
 
5.To cause to happen, to bring about. The season has come that it’s my and my siblings turn to take care of momma. At 86 years young, she has much to do and live for. It’s soon coming time for her to move from the home she’s loved for 40 years into an apartment. In doing so, there will be many decisions to be made and hurdles to jump. What can I do to get those obstacles out of the way? How can I help her make wise choices? How can I help her create a warm and inviting new home?  I’m excited about this new adventure we are on.  

 In this new year, I know that nothing can happen unless I continually ask God to create a clean heart in me. Every day I need my spirit renewed. We can do everything through His power. 

Friends, I’m going to create this year. How about you? What is the word you are focusing on? Thanks for dropping by! 

 

The Mystery of the Frozen Felt

Chapter 1

It was a cold winter day. A few days before, the snow had fallen laying a beautiful white blanket on the yard. As Mary walked to the mailbox, the ground crunching beneath her feet, her dog, Sam, began to bark excitedly. Knowing that her dog’s excitement could be anything from a leaf blowing in the wind or a little critter scampering under a bush, Mary got her mail from the box and then called out to Sam “Ok girl. Show me what you found.” 

Chapter 2

The closer Mary got to the commotion, the more curious she got about what could be causing her dog to be so crazy. “Goodness gracious old girl! This must be something pretty exciting! What is it?” Sam spun around a few times, then found her courage to lean in to sniff the ice covered package in the empty flower pot.  

  Mary pulled the frozen bag from the pot and shook the ice off the bag to discover three yards of brightly colored felt. “Hmmm I wonder who left this here?”

Chapter 3

Inside the warm house and a hot cup of tea in her hand, Mary rummaged through the bag for more clues.  

 Aha! A clue! Mary put her sleuthing skills to work. This piece of water spotted paper was found within the bag. It’s a list of materials needed at the local Joann’s Fabric and Craft store. But how did it get in Mary’s flower pot? When did the suspect drop it off? What is suppose to be made with these items? Upon closer inspection, Mary discovers some detailed clues…”beads for the _____ flower” and broche pin for flower”. There is EVEN a name AND an address at the bottom of the paper. WHA-what!?! This must mean something!

Chapter 4

Feeling like the famous Nancy Drew, Mary put on her thinking cap, pulled out her trusty IPad and began to take a few pictures. She knew she was going to need a bit of help with this mystery. Immediately, she posted pictures of the bag of felt and the clue-filled note on Facebook. She waited….

Chapter 5

Just like in the books she read as a young girl, where  Nancy had a pal, Bess, who helped her with solving the mysteries, Mary, too has a pal…Angie! Mary knew she’d be the one with the answers.  

Angie 

sent me this message. Woo Hoo! Mystery solved! IT IS LESLIE IN THE CONSERVATORY WITH A CANDLESTICK! (For all of you babies out there, that is from an old board game called Clue.  The object of the game is to determine who was the murderer, in what room did it occur and with which object did he or she use. Every kid in the 1970’s played it.)

Angie contacted Leslie. Leslie had no idea what it was all about. Dang. Onto Plan B.

Hmmm Bess, uh I mean, Angie suggested I ask my neighbors. Great idea Ang!

Chapter 6

I texted my next door neighbor Lisa. Her son is getting married soon, so I thought she could possibly be doing some crafty stuff for that. 

 Mary walked to her next door neighbor’s house and put the bag of felt on Lisa’s front porch. The detective waited. 

 UGH! And no, the person who left it has not been back. Mary will NOT give up! She is going to post the picture again on Facebook in hopes that someone will recognize the package. Drawing on the skills of Nancy Drew, Mary will ask her friend Angie to contact Leslie again. Leslie is the big glaring clue in all of this. 

Stay tuned all of you sleuths out there! The mystery continues!