A New Year, a Sort of New Blog, and Art at Home

“Sabbath observance invites us to stop. It invites us to rest. It asks us to notice that while we rest, the world continues without our help. It invites us to delight in the world’s beauty and abundance.”~Wendell Berry

 

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2017 has arrived, and on the Lord’s Day in fact!  Every year, January 1st is a Sabbath for me.  A day to reflect, dream, pray, recalibrate, and put away all those lingering Christmas decorations.  I am beginning this year with a new blog.  Well, not exactly “new” per se, but re-focused.  One of my goals as a writer is to be clear, so I resolve in 2017 to be explicit on this platform to encourage what I call “home artists.”  Traditionally, we call people of this trade “homemakers,” but I think the term is ill defined.  Merriam-Webster defines homemaker as: “one who manages a household especially as a wife and mother.”  If this is true, then the term should be “home manager,” but the work of a wife and mother is that and more.  I believe we are all artists, made in the image of God, called to cultivate life in our homes and communities.  Yes, we manage, keep order, nurture, and share household duties, but what we are really doing is creating art-yes, even in the messy, incomplete dissonance of unfolded laundry, tantrum-throwing toddlers, burnt lasagna, and dust bunnies nestled in the paint-chipped corners of our homes.  We may not see it now, but God is using us home artists to cultivate life in the homes where He has placed us.  He is cultivating life in us as well.  So, my hope in this space is to share my story as it unfolds and to inspire yours as well as you cultivate life in your homes.

I will continue to write about faith and family with a specific focus on creativity.  God has uniquely wired us to be the wives to our particular husbands, mothers to our particular kids, friends to these particular people, and “for such a time as this” placed us at this location in the year 2017.  You are not an accident, and you are not supposed to look like her, act like her, keep a home like her, raise your kids like her, or do X, Y, or Z like her.  You are an artist, and you have a calling to be you, just you- loved and cherished by her Heavenly Father and Maker.  This will not be a platform for me to pretend to have it all together (ha! I don’t), or to insinuate that you are to cultivate life in your home the same way I do in mine.  My hope and prayer is that you will be inspired and empowered to  embrace your calling as a home artist, to use the gifts and talents you have to make eternal investments in the people and in the place where God has rooted you.  Here’s to 2017, and to cultivating life in our homes!  Cheers and blessings!

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