I posted that photo when I was just a few pages into Life Creative. I had no idea how meaningful this book was actually going to be for me. It has been ages since I read a book that made me cry, but the words of Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart touched me so deeply that I was moved to tears more than once. Two words appeared on the chalkboard in my room - Poeima and Avodah - both explained beautifully by the authors, each speaking hope into my life.
Although Life Creative is a book primarily intended to encourage women to flourish in the creativity God has given them, it is also uplifting in other ways. Each woman's individual worth as one of God's creations and one of His daughters (for those who have accepted His gift of salvation) is repeatedly affirmed. We are all God's poeima - His workmanship, His masterpiece, His poem. Each type of creative gift is recognized and valued, and women are encouraged to embrace their creative gifts and worship through them. Worship is explained as being avodah - work, worship, and service - all combined together.
Every single chapter of Life Creative spoke to me and encouraged me. I was encouraged to value my creativity, to nurture it, and to use it to bless others - first in my home, then in my community, and maybe someday in the world. In His timing, led by Him, and used by Him. This was particularly meaningful to me, since I've been struggling with feeling stifled. I've felt as if my creative side has been left behind and I have no time to indulge in those gifts right now. I've wondered if my voice was heard, if God had any use for me. Life Creative reassured me that my voice, my art has value. That even pouring out my art in my home has value. God sees, my family sees, and it is my act of worship. Every day.
I completely recommend Life Creative for every mom who either feels as if her creativity MUST find a release, or feels as if she isn't creative at all. Wendy and Kelli have written such an uplifting book for every mom.
Now, for the giveaway!
Is there room for creativity and children in a mother's life? Learn how to balance home, art, and family in Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart's new book, Life Creative. In this Pinterest age of handcrafted children’s parties, Instagram photos of beautifully decorated homes, and blogs filled with poetry and prose, it is clear that we are in the midst of a brand new artistic renaissance. Life Creative paints the stories of moms, just like you, who are fitting their inspired lives into the everyday, ordinary places of motherhood.
Join Wendy, Kelli, and other moms in celebrating the beauty of being a creative mom by entering to win the Called to Be Creative Giveaway (details below) and by attending their author chat party on October 27!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- One copy of Life Creative
- The Gracelaced Personalizable Mom's Wreath
- A handmade leather journal
- A Starbucks gift card
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 10/27. The winner will be announced at the Life Creative Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Wendy, Kelli, and other creative moms, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!
RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 27th!