Posts Tagged ‘harvest’

Fall is upon us!

I am so thankful and grateful for the abundance that is all around. I appreciate the cooler weather, shorter days, and changing leaves. I enjoy the taste of a bountiful harvest and the privilege to share what God as given to me with family and friends. Pumpkins, candy, lights, and costumes bring festivities to life, putting smiles on children’s faces and lightening up everyone’s mood. I love making traditional fall recipes; chili with corn bread, apple pie and vegetable soup. Life is such a blessing.

With each season, there is a new opportunity to start fresh. I am grateful for new beginnings and new chapters of my life. This season, I say goodbye to one residence and hello to a new one. Goodbye to apartment living and hello to house maintenance. I also had to say goodbye to an old friend and hello to new ones. One constant though, is my faith in God; that is unshakable.

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Harvesting Your Creative Talents and Gifts

This weekend I embarked on a new craft project that reminded me of the vast array of creative possibilities that exist within me and all around. While on a fun outing to the local craft store I found a black metal door or wall decoration with a black crow on top. The manufacturers had glittered the perimeter and outlined the frame in white but the middle was completely plain; a blank canvas. After careful consideration of my crafting options, I decided to take it home and see what to make of this little sign. With the help of my husband, stencils and some acrylic paint, I was able to transform this fairly boring object into an adorable and personalized work of art. Although the project took approximately 5 hours to complete, it was the most fun I’d experienced in months. It even spurred me on to try other creative projects like card making and updating my grandmother’s metal butterfly’s with matching mirrors. While that’s a much larger project that might take me several months, I feel confident in what action steps to take in order to update this family heirloom so that I can enjoy it for years to come.

All of these projects require harvesting my creative talents and gifts as well as letting go of any fear, doubt, or inner skepticism so that my God-given abilities can shine forth as beautiful pieces of art. What unique talents and gifts are beckoning for you to harvest this season? If you’re unsure, take a deep breathe and go into the silence for greater insight. Perhaps there is a project you’ve been wanting to work on but are overwhelmed by it and don’t know where to start? All ideas are manifestations longing to be brought into this world of form through your creative hands. Allow them to be expressed. I am so grateful I did because it was one of the most connective activities my husband and I participated in together in a long time. Sometimes we all need a break from the day-to-day routines and obligations to just play like we did when we were kids. What will you harvest today?