We’re trying out a new church right now. Trying out new churches are hard and we’ve been doing it for way too long now. A church many times is like your family and it’s hard to leave. It’s even harder when you walk into new church week after week, feeling alone, getting weird stares and trying to figure it all out without have the word “visitor” glaring from your forehead. We were at a church for awhile that we thought would be it be it but there was always something that kept us from just putting down roots and staying. So two weeks ago when Damion’s friend invited us to his church, which is five minutes from our house, we tried it not thinking that we would like it because it is part of a Mega church.
I’m not a mega church type person. Really and truthfully I think that churches should stay medium sized and support smaller churches with their extra income. However, this church is medium sized even though it is a branch of a mega church and the people there are real. In this case it means that they are personable, talkative and caring….. I’ve never seen a robot at a church….. yet….
So we’re trying to get more involved and our kids love it. LOVE IT. In fact a few minutes ago I was researching their Awana program online but that’s not anything that will really interest you.
Now that I’m way off topic, let me tell you what this whole post is supposed to be about. Elohim.
Elohim is one of the names of God and it means, “God the Creator”. The pastor this morning, Gary Thomas, taught about God the Creator and it was a great sermon to bring you back to some of the reality of being a godly person. Not only is God a creator but He created you to be creative. The pastor said that women specifically will focus on being a mother, devoting all to her family and lay down the creative side of her because of lack of time and trying to be a great servant of God. But God gave us creativity to serve our family with and to bring us joy.
I know there was a time when I had two babies, thirteen months apart, and I didn’t make time to be creative. I was tired and striving just to make it day to day. As they got older and I had more time I realized that so much of my life just centered around them and a lot of my joy was gone. In the process of serving them, I stopped making time for anything that made me joyful (sewing, painting, gluing fingers together, etc) and then I lost my joy. Did that serve them? No because kids need happy parents.
Many times I have heard women and mothers abuse the term, “time for myself”. I had a friend in college that was constantly calling in sick to work because in her words, “she needed time for herself.” To me that was wrong. However I think that many times as mothers or busy working women, it’s hard to find that time to be creative while still meeting our responsibilities. In an average day I have to run errands, clean house, fix meals, do homeschool work with the oldest two, tend to the needs of the resident toddler and solve world peace (mothers, you know what I’m talking about). Not to mention the days when I get a last minute call from someone that works downtown but shall remain nameless, saying.. ” I forgot this, can you bring it to me?” or “can you run to this store and get this item for me?”. I’m busy. Women are busy.
One thing that Pastor Thomas said today is that God gave you a chance to create your own life. I can’t tell you the errands I ran last week or how many times I vaccuumed the floors two weeks ago but I can tell you that Princess Newbie learned to say, “woah” and that Princess Girly Girl read two books by herself. What is going to matter fifty years from now? That my kids can say, “the house was spotless and everything was perfect but I barely saw my mother?” or them saying, “My mom spent time with me and taught me how to make things and be creative?” One of the things I cherish most is the baby blanket that my grandma crocheted for Princess Girly Girl’s birth. It’s a precious gift that she was able to give me because of her mom teaching her how to do it. Then when she couldn’t crochet anymore, my mom was able to take the same gift and crochet a baby blanket for Princess Goofy. Princess Newbie also has a crocheted baby blanket given to me by a dear friend who will never understand what an amazing gift that was and how deep it touched me. Now all my girls have blankets that were made by women I love, creating them with their own hands.
So yes women, be creative.. It’s a gift that God has given you. Use it to be your ministry or just to bring you joy. Whatever you choose, justs make time and do it. Sometimes serving God and being a godly woman is in the small things.