Savoring the Creative

Genesis 1
1 When God began creating[a] the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was[b] a shapeless, chaotic mass,* with the Spirit of God brooding over…..
26 Then God said, “Let us make a man[i]—someone like ourselves,……
With the leaves blossoming and sunshine and school in full force there is something about Fall that evokes inspiration. Newness. Change. Growth. This Fall I have a six month baby and a toddler who wants to do things all by her self. I am lacking sleep and desperately needing some yoga classes. Yet, I still am trying to capture the creative process that God has given me by staying on top of my own learning agenda and keeping up with writing. What are you doing to help cultivate creativity in your life?
A journal is something that really helps me to open up my mind to ideas and to my personal emotions. I personally believe that emotions play a huge role in the creative process. I am not talking about being some famous painter who throws out his emotions on his sleeve for hours on end and the doesn’t do anything when in a sad state. You can be creative with the little things in life. Being intentional with your time can help cultivate this. Carving out even just a sliver of time to write, play an instrument, or read an inspiring article on wood working can make a huge impact on how big you could go if you only tried. What’s something big you want to make?
Are you down on the floor coloring with your kids? Are you allowing space to savor the moments you have now? Even making spaghetti sauce can be creative! You were made in God’s image and creating beauty is something all of us love and can do.
So as you think about what you are wanting to jump out and create let me remind you to enjoy the process and savor it. Find out what your hobbies are – it could be your next big thing! So often we get caught up in our day-to-day that we fail to see we are building and creating the life we want to live on a minute-by-minute basis. Savoring it is something God did everyday of His process in creating the World! Make sure you are savoring life even in your now.

Genesis 1: 12b 
And so it was, and God was pleased

So Savor: relish, taste, appreciate, and look to what you can create today. A better meal, a better blog post, a better enviroment for your kids to be in, a better attitude or maybe the start of that novel or book you have always wanted to write. Maybe your just creating the space in your schedule so that you can “create” eventually.
Here are some tips on how to create:
– Becoming aware of a challenge or opportunity within a domain of you personal interest
– Possibility thinking; problem finding – What are looking to change?
– Maintaining a healthy state of mind (alertness, attitude, brain health, and outlook)
– Applying thinking skills to develop solutions
– Learning future thinking – Go for the big goals and far-out their future
– Learning and practicing leadership skills
* Monitoring progress; sometimes requires starting over or admitting failure and wrong assumptions
– Reflecting on the experience, celebrating the solution or lack there of

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