Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Creative Worship: Part One

I wake one morning so weary.
And, the idea I cannot shake is to create something.
I'm reminded that when I am weary - creating is worship and rest and refreshment.

So an idea that has been brewing was brought to reality ~ today, lots of pictures of creating.
I know most of you don't want to see twenty five pictures of what I made - but it is part of the worship for me to create and take photos and enjoy them.

Using all things I had or gathered: an old Coke crate, nature goodies - pine needles that had fallen and pinecones from a nature walk, cranberries, split peas and candles!

The little metal cups are what usually hold the markers and colored pencils here - I just emptied them out to enjoy them for this!

The little wreaths are napkin rings that I found on clearance one year!

Every time I look at these pictures in the future, it will make me smile just like it made me smile the moments I was creating. And, I picture God smiling as I use what He made and gifted.
To pull this together took about 15-20 minutes yet what a difference!

Tomorrow, more of our quiet time together.

The finishing touches inspired by the split peas and cranberries in galvanized metal here.


Wendi said...

I don't mind seeing 25 pictures of what you make. I have gotten so many ideas from your creative moments. I really like the napkin ring wreaths. I imagine this looks very peacful and cozy lit up at night.

barbara said...

It's beautiful, Monica; I would have taken 25 pictures too! I have a crate in my Christmas decor that I was planning to pull out today to 'create' with as well :)

Ya know, you could use that crate year round - - change it with the seasons, or for school to keep all those little cups of pencils, markers & crayons corralled.

Merry CHRISTmas!

South Girl in the West said...

Just beautiful Monica. Wish i could take a tidbit of your creative mind and keep it for myself. Ah, what a wonderful thing to begin praying for! Thankyou for your inspiration.

Peggy said...

You have no idea how badly I needed this this very morning!! You see my husband and I were both discussing this very thing this morning. The weariness basically.... for us it is the dreariness. You see for a number of years by this time of year own ground was blanketed with a shimmering covering of snow. As the days quickly grew shorter and our nights increasingly longer we were greeted by the moon's reflection and hundreds upon thousands of twinkling stars. The sky was so clear and the lights were so bright it reminded of the heavenly hosts greeting our newborn Savior. After a move of over 3000 miles on the eve of our 2nd Christmas season in the midwest we are greeted with steel grey days, bone chilling humidity, and lawns and trees of brown. And a sense of how can it be the middle of December ALREADY? So thank you! This is just the medicine I needed today! Isn't the Lord good?? He gives us what we need, just when we need it!!

angie said...

So glad that you don't relegate the beauty to the dining room, or for just when company is over. You share it daily with your children. It looked like the crate is outside on the porch while the littles drink tea and color. They will feel so worthy and be so appreciative of beauty--God's beauty.
You mixed tin and glass randomly throughout the crate...and it is found beauty. Let me remember that Christmas didn't take place in a magazine-worthy setting, but rather a rustic stable.
Y'know that I have that wooden crate still sitting empty on the treadle of the sewing machine. Thank you for inspiring me to take a walk and find some of His beauty--physical and spiritual.

peggy said...

Tis the spirit in which the gift is made, and yours is beautiful. I'm sure God was smiling on your creation.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Love this! I always see ways to create on your blog. Take all the pictures you want. :)

Christy said...

That is beautiful! I love it with the candles lit. Simply lovely

Mrs. K said...

This is gorgeous. I have a black wood crate, similar to your Coke crate but with various size openings. I have always loved it (picked it up at a garage sale for $5) but never have known what to do with it. This is perfect and I have all of these things except the pinecones and greenery (hubby loves split pea soup so I always have them on hand).

Also wanted to let you know we hosted an Advent walk inspired by yours last night. Our caroling got out of order (I think the song leader missed the point) but it was so much fun and it really blessed our neighbors. Thanks for the inspirations!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi Monica,

I would happily look at 25 photos of what you are creating. I thought this was a really cute idea..and I just love the candles in the metal pails ;) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

Jennifer said...

So lovely! I just love your desire to create beauty! Thank you for sharing all your projects with us : )