Welcome I shared on Friday about going deeper when we say grace before our meals. Today I want to challenge each of us to go deeper with when we say grace. Know that when we say grace, we are being the most gracious recipients of God’s compassionate blessings, and that extends beyond the food we eat each day.
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Food For Thought I want to start by sharing this quote I recently found in my Gratitude Journal.
You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and the pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing, and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British writer
I love this! Yes! Let us say grace before every single activity we partake in that brings us joy and fulfillment. We are indeed blessed with art, entertainment, hobbies, recreation, relaxation, enjoyment, and pleasure.
After reading this quote, I realized I need to be grateful for everything I have and everything I do, right down to the words I share each day on the blog. As I am grateful for the opportunity to share my words with you, I say grace. As I am grateful for the opportunity to relax with a good book, sitting in the warm sunshine of my deck, I say grace. As I am grateful as I walk the calm and quiet streets of my neighborhood, I say grace. As I sit down with new paints and canvas received as Christmas gifts, I say grace for my creative outlets that bring me joy and serenity. As I stand at the kitchen counter preparing a new recipe to share with my family and my readers, I say grace. As I clean and organize the cabinets and drawers, I say grace, knowing it is such a blessing to have enough stuff that it needs organization. As I try on the new outfit, I say grace. As I partake of a movie marathon that shares some of my classic favorites with my daughter, I say grace, not just for the movies, but for the memories and moments created. As I sit down to play the thousandth game of Scrabble with my mom and brother or the millionth game of Yahtzee with my dad, I say grace, knowing these opportunities will leave me all too quickly. As I sit in the car rider line waiting to pick up my daughter from school, I say grace, knowing my days as carpool mom are numbered. As I make the bed, fold the laundry, and rinse the dishes, I say grace, because God has blessed me with the life I want, leaving me fulfilled and loved.
Today, I challenge you: Say grace. Live a prayer-filled life. Express gratitude. Look at every little thing as a blessing. Without those little moments of joy and happiness, our life would lack big meaning.
Today’s Arts and Crafts
When I share my arts and crafts projects on here, it’s not necessarily that I think everyone is going to run out and copy exactly what I’m doing or even that I think my finished products are “that good.” My goal, however, is to inspire others to create! Our human ability to be able to create using our hands and imagination is truly a gift from God! I don’t know about you, but I want to take advantage of that gift as often as I can, whether I’m studying His word and making a Bible journaling page or recreating His beautiful creation (as best I can) in a painting or drawing.
I believe everyone should have creative outlets. Mine include painting, drawing, writing, cooking, baking, and photography. Some people use music, dance, and film as their creative outlets. Others have passions in sewing, quilting, knitting, or paper crafts. I know others who are into woodworking or furniture making/refinishing. Whatever interests you, find a way to #neverstopcreating.
Bible Journaling Page
Painting, Acrylic on Canvas
It’s the process, not the product!
I hope you will feel comfortable starting a creative project today, especially if it’s been awhile. Don’t feel intimidated, just start. You never have to show another person or you can show everyone you know and say, “Hey, look what I made.”