Have you ever poured your coffee really slow? Try it. Pour the coffee, really slow. Add some cream, really slow. Stir, really slow. Isn't it beautiful?! Look at the colors twisting, dancing, combining until they are no more. Beautiful! We live in a world full of aesthetic moments. Almost anything can catch our attention if we slow down and pay attention. That way we notice the way it looks, notice why it does what it does, and how it puts a smile on our face. Our lives are full of slow beauty.
Slow down, take a moment and look at what God is doing around you. Thank him for his marvelous deeds and beauty that sings in our hearts!
Do you have a sewing machine and an extra hr? (wink, you know you do- "Chopped" on Food Network is an hr long!) What can you do with your time to help someone else? Even better, anonymously? here's an idea... how about sewing little baby blankets for your towns pregnancy care center. These are small for clutching (only 16x16) and can be embroidered later with the baby's name and delivery date. And, best part, they only take 30 mins total! How about some baby hats, pillowcase dresses, headbands, the possibilities are really endless.
The big idea here is to get generous for others. I personally don't have huge chunks of time, I have little 30mins here and there. What can i do in 30mins? What are some needs around me? Is my neighbor sick, can i make them some lunch? Is a friend needing something pretty, can i make a painting for them? Is someone new to church, can i have lunch with them? Is someone a new mom, can i sit at their house with them to keep them company, or invite them over? Do have a bunch of fabric laying around (me, me, me!), can i make something for someone? How can I bless someone today?
Throughout scripture we are told to remember the Lord's ways, recount his blessings, and record his workings. We do this so that we can pass these things on to our children, because it causes us to develop a thankful heart, and so that we will give Him the praise and glory when He works on our behalf.
Part of the starting place though, is for our eyes and heart to be open to Him. Are we observant? Are we looking for Him? Are we noticing what is around us?
That is part of the reason why I love sketchbooks. They not only hold all my currant sketches of ideas i could do one day, but also I use sketchbooks as a way to remember the Lord.
I look around me. I try to observe and notice. What do i see? What are common themes, images, colors that attract my attention? Record these! What people are you seeing, what do you notice in conversation? Record these! What verses are you studying, what do they remind you of? Record these!
Then as you find yourself "stuck", as I often do, I get out my sketchbook and remember that beautiful flower, remember that conversation, remember that answered prayer, and I can give Him praise even when I'm stuck. And, then later, maybe one of those little moments becomes a full fledged idea, and becomes the subject of a piece of art.