I find that so often mamas neglect the special gifts and passions God has given them, the things that make them uniquely THEM. God has made us body, soul, and spirit, and He wants us to take care of all of those parts of ourselves. These creative things sometimes seem so unimportant in light of the urgencies of daily life with little kids. But I’ve noticed—when we don’t cultivate those special creative gifts He’s given us, we kind of wither inside.
That’s not to say that we should express creativity at the cost of our families, but there are ways to flourish in the small moments!
I believe as people made in the image of God, we are all creative in some area. For me it is writing, making things, and maybe art? (Something new I am exploring.) For you, it might be cooking, event planning, decorating, organizing, serving others, or any number of other things. Don’t get bogged down in what you can’t do. Just do what you can. Find simple expressions of your passions. At risk of sounding like I have this all figured out, because I so do not!—here are a few ways I am incorporating soul-nourishing passions into daily life.
Write for just 15 minutes before the kids get up. It’s not much. One mom I read recently said, “I don’t have the luxury of writer’s block.” Seriously, that is so true. I hammer something out and it may or may not be good. But at least I am writing!
Very, very simple craft projects. I have a super simple brainless knitted dish cloth pattern that I have done while I school the kids or sit in a waiting room. It would be nice to make a sweater or a pair of socks, but sister, that ain’t happening right now! Sometimes I sew pillow covers. Straight lines that take about 5 minutes. That kind of thing.
A little art here and there. I nature journal with the kids. I stapled together a few pieces of paper for a mini sketch book and put it in my purse. Experts say “Are you sketching every day?” Well, no. That would be nice. Maybe one day. But just because I am not sketching EVERY DAY, I am not going to let that discourage me from sketching AT ALL. And every now and then, I just push aside the mess on the table and pull out my watercolors. Now that is fun!
Maybe you take one photo a day, plan a simple tea for a friend, or paint one wall of one room. Maybe you just organize one drawer.
These are ways to slip a little creativity, a little passion, into our daily lives. It may not be the perfect ideal we have in our heads, but those tiny moments can make such a difference in how we feel emotionally.
So: How are you going to incorporate a simple bit of creativity into your life today?