Well, that was a pretty long break, wasn’t it?! I have enjoyed a wonderful summer and the beginning of fall, too. I will share what I’ve been up to over the next weeks. For now, I need to go and start my household going, but I wanted to share something with you.
I have just started taking a course called, The Family Herbalist over at Naturally Healthy in an effort to better inform myself to help our family maintain health and restore health in times of illness. I am very excited to learn more and to share that learning with you.
One of my first readings is from a book called, Mommy Diagnostics by Shonda Parker. She said something in the Introduction that stood out to me:
Mom, you are an artist. God endows us with the unique ability to house and nurture His new creations in our wombs. Just as our healthy habits, spiritual and physical, provide the background colors onto our children’s divinely-designed body blueprints, our mothering attitude and actions paint the color in our children’s lives that will one day be a complete portrait of God’s creation.
I am an artist. I am not responsible for the raw materials I have to start with. I am only responsible for learning to imitate the Master’s art with Him right beside me at all times to guide and encourage me. Like a most wonderful teacher, He enjoys my uniqueness and creativity and certainly does not have one exact, right way I am to create my art. He provides me with the tools, my attitude and my actions, and I can choose to use them any way I wish. If I use them for beauty, my art will reflect this. If I use them in anger and bitterness, my art reflects this as well.
Mercifully, though, my art is not all in my hands. Sometimes, when the Master sees that I am struggling, He takes my hand and places His hand over top to add His very own brush strokes to my art, giving me an understanding of what it feels like to do the work of a Master.
And best of all, sometimes when I am resting from my work, the Master will fix my mistakes without my being involved at all. For it is only in my own eyes that my art is really mine. While the Master loves me to paint alongside Him, He will not allow me to ruin this work because, truly, the masterpiece is His.