A Secret Source of Creativity

I’m fascinated with creative people like my cousin Ricci. She’s a writer, a wife, a mother of four, and she has the gift of faith.

Her mom is my mother-in-love’s sister.

Thursday morning, I saw Ricci’s home office for the first time. Peeking through the gauzy, brown curtains, I felt transported back in time to childhood when anything was possible–

To a place where inspiration bloomed.  

“This room feels like heaven on earth,” I said.

“If you make a place for heaven, it’ll show up.”

Ricci’s office is inside her sun-room, right off the kitchen. She calls it her Creative Space.

“Meet Tassels,” she said.

“How did Tassels get her name?”

(I knew there was a special reason. Ricci’s just that way.) 🙂

“Remember the woman in the Bible who was healed when she touched  the tassels on Jesus’ robe?”

“Ohhhhh, Tassels is a name full of faith.”

The room had a holy glow like a sanctuary. Maybe it was the way the sun sparkled behind the wind chimes.

Ricci’s bookshelves are full of pictures of her children–ages 15, 13, 10, and 8.

So much life and love here~

The Lion of Judah was poised behind her desk, protecting her.

Clues about the novel she’s writing surround her desk. I can’t elaborate, but it’s going to be amazing! Here’s a link to her recent Guideposts story, More Time with Dad. 

Oh, and I love this–

One of her daughters painted a Scripture verse in yellow. It’s beside her desk. It says–

The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 NAS  Click to Tweet

I looked around the room and thought,

Her office is so different from mine. I don’t have a bird named Tassels or wind chimes or…

But something occurred to me–

Creativity is a gift from God, uniquely designed for each one of us. Click to Tweet.

One more thing–

Right before I left, she added drops of myrrh to a dish of potpourri. The sweet, timeless fragrance filled the room.

“Tell me about myrrh.” I leaned forward. Couldn’t wait to hear.

“Mary Magdalene and the rest of the women who followed Jesus were called myrrh bearers. Mary Magdalene came to the tomb on Sunday to anoint His body with myrrh. It’s what the Wise Men brought baby Jesus.”

I’d never considered the significance of myrrh. 

Everything came together for me in that moment.

When we witness the divine creativity in others, we’re inspired to pursue our own. Click to Tweet

Want to boost your creativity? Spend time with creative people. Click to Tweet. 

Are you inspired by the creativity of others?

Do you have a Creative Space? 

Love,

Julie

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Anna Haney says:

    I loved this but I don’t feel creative these days.

    • I’m sure…..anytime we don’t feel our best physically, I think it can affect our creativity, Anna.

      I’m praying for healing and rest and restoration for you. And that God may even gift you in new areas–new ways to use your amazing love and creativity.

      I love you dearly. I’m praying for you daily.

  2. Thank you for this inspiring post, Julie. I enjoy seeing the spaces where writers work on their word-offerings to the Lord.

    • I do too, Dee Dee. I’ve always LOVED seeing Creative Spaces. (Now I’m calling offices Creative Spaces.) I

      Thank you so much for stopping by. 🙂

      So much love to you, my friend. And you are one creative person, for sure!!

  3. Patricia Martin says:

    Today is my last school day thanks to God and prayers!(;

    • Hallelujah!!!! Jumping up and down in my heart for you!!

      Email me with your snail mail address. I want to send you a little something.

      Wo-hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!! Hope you can celebrate tonight. Gluten-free cake maybe?
      XOXOXO

  4. Cathy Mayfield says:

    Oh, what to comment on first?!?! Okay, how about the four children 8-15 and still able to maintain a place of such peace and order?! I’m down to one, age 20, and I’ve never yet had such a blessing! There is a space in our house where I plan to create such a place, but currently, the ceiling is falling in from a leaky roof. It’s a long room with a fireplace (also unusable), so when it gets there, it’ll be wonderful. I have plans for a reading nook and a perfect place for my new desk (I’ll of course have a new desk for a new room!) right in front of a picture window overlooking our forest and creek! (That’s one part that’s already there!) It’ll be heaven!

    And that leads me to the next part – “If you make a place for heaven, it’ll show up.” What a beautiful thought! Of course, waiting for this bit of heaven may seem as long as waiting for our eternal heaven someday! 😉

    And last, inspired to create by others creativity. Every time I read a book…I want to write a book. Every time I see a handmade item…I want to make something. Every time I hear our daughters sing, watch them dance…I want to sing and dance. And I feel a moment of sadness, of incompleteness. But then, I think of the quilt I have started for our grandson’s crib for next winter, which will keep him warm from the cold and cover him with the prayers I say with every stitch. I see the stack of blank Little Golden books our eldest daughter is going to illustrate for the stories I’m writing for our grandson. And I remember the other day, while cooking some hamburger, I held our tiny grandson in my arms and danced around the kitchen while singing along to Bobby Bare’s “Singin’ in the Kitchen.” What a delight! (If you’ve never heard it, here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjN4_A5UqQA )

    Heaven? It’s wherever I am…any moment, any day, with my Jesus at my side!

    • Cathy, you just sound like so much fun (and creative!) to hang out with! I can just see you dancing around the kitchen. And Little Golden books–aren’t they they best?!

      I really believe that creativity is contagious.

      I talked to Ricci today and she said that Glennon Melton (do you know who I”m talking about?) has her Creative Space inside her closet!!! I love that! No rules about where to have one. And someone commented about that her Creative Space is inside her mind.

      Thank you, my friend, for always bringing us new things to ponder.

  5. Ricci’s beautiful office…ahem…Creative Space reminds me of your house and porch, Julie. So interesting, inviting, and serene. I hope to see it in person one day. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Ricci!

    • Yes, I hope so too, Vonda! We’ll sit and sip on the porch. Sweet tea, of course!

      I could’ve written lots of blogs about Ricci’s creativity. So much I didn’t get to say!

  6. What a wonderful place to visit! It reminds me of Gitz’s walls that she doodled on, and put her favorite quotes and verses on- I was so inspired by that. You can really come to know someone through a space such as this. You have me looking all around me now! xoxo

    • Yes, yes, Gitz’s walls! Vicky, you know our Small Group used Gitz’s book as our study topic this spring? Everybody said they LOVED getting to see her walls. Ohhh, that book–it’s life-changing. Unforgettable.

      Post pics of your Creative Space. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in your blog, have I?

      xo

  7. Kim says:

    Julie, few thoughts here.
    First I’m sitting in a garage in Monroe. Was helping son move out of UGA dorm and my car died on way home. Hopefully just alternator.
    Yes, heaven on earth. Create space and He’ll show up. I’m leading a bible study in a few weeks. It’s Not What you Think, by Jefferson Bethke. That idea is one weeks topic. I’m excited!
    Also, Create is my word for the year. Yes, I do need to clear and organize my craft workspace. But, God has been leading me to create in ways I didn’t expect. Relationships and community.

    • Hey Kim! I’m waving from here!! You’re probably nearby. And I hope by now, you’ve left the garage. 🙂

      So excited about your Bible Study. Haven’t heard of that book but am looking it up!

      Ohhhh, yes, that’s right. Create is YOUR WORD. How wonderful?!!! Please send pics when you finish. I love looking at what inspires my friends.

      And creativity is contagious. And it involves faith and community. Just like you said. We need each other….at least I think so.

      • Kim says:

        Yesterday was long, but overall a good experience. It so could have been worse, I know! I spent about 2 1/2 hrs at Taylors, off Spring St. And really, it was a blessing in disguise. We are going out of town this weekend for a wedding, and that is the car we would have driven. We are now taking the newer one. 🙂
        If you look up that Bible study, try both Amazon and Lifeway. Amazon gives you a better chapter description when you click on “Look Inside” and scroll down to Content, while Lifeway has a couple of short sample videos.
        Yep, I’m learning we do need community. It has been a fighting struggle for me, but it’s finally sinking in. And, it’s not bad like I feared.

        • Kim, Spring Street is about 10 minutes away. 🙂 🙂 Glad you had the car trouble warning and didn’t get stranded at the wedding.

          Okay–will look it up under Amazon and Lifeway. I love the title.

          I know what you mean about community. xoxoxoxoxoxo

  8. Ahhh…reading books, watching and listening to friends and family and neighbors, looking into the eyes of a fellow sister-of-the-soul writer, that’s what inspires me creatively. Like you!

    • I always start smiling even before I read your comments, B.J.

      Because we are Soul-Sisters.

      Some day I want to see a pic of your Creative Space! Bet you have inspiring animal pictures all around you.

  9. marci says:

    I loved this! And it inspired me. What wonderful creative space… It was so nice to see it. How nice to have such a space. My creative corner is my prayer space. Having a whole room would be a dream, and something I hope to work on. Recently I decided my little altar needed a cross. I needed a table top cross that was small, as the altar area is small. The little altar is a work in progress. The sale papers came out – before Mother’s Day and one of the stores had table crosses. I thanked God for providing just what I wanted. I bought a small plane wooden one, and one that said Faith on it.. They also had one that said Beleive, and I am tempted to go back and see if they still have some of the Believe ones.
    Your writing today was timely for me, as I am beginning a major project to reorganize my home. We have been an ’empty nest’ for quite a while, and I am wanting to do some rethinking of the space. Also the end of June, 2 aunts and an uncle are planning to come for a visit. So that is also inspiring me to get this project rolling and get things done before they come. I will be working hard on getting things done, but also not fretting.. And during my reorganizing, I hope to be creative too! Thanks for the inspiration, that is giving me the boost I needed.
    God Bless,
    Marci’a

    • You’re so welcome, Marci’a. You’ve given me a boost so many times. 🙂 Your comments, the prayer shawl, and your prayers. You have such a tender heart, my friend.

      I love that you KNEW you needed to add a cross. I have a handmade one that my husband made for me–must be 30 years old. I love it. So special to me.

      There’s a speaker/blogger/author named Glennon Melton who has her creative space in her closet! I don’t think it matters at all where we set up our spot–just having a place to feel inspired, be creative, and play.

      xo

  10. Yes, others inspire me. When I read your works, or someone like Ann Voskamp, I’m encouraged to dig deeper, go a little further in my mind, in ideas, in creativity …

    I don’t really have a creative space. I have an office … but it’s not right yet. I don’t have it ready or very organized … it doesn’t make me happy. Not yet. I’ve got work to do. I think we’ve moved so much that I’ve lost the energy to decorate. I need a kick-start. Maybe this was it.

    I love you.

    • Ohhhhhhhhhh, how honored I’d be…if you read this post about Ricci and got all inspired to turn your office into your Creative Space, Shelli!

      my words….or someone like Ann Voskamp……I can’t believe you put my name in the same sentence as hers. Oh, me, oh, my.

      Creative people are so much fun–which is why I’m hoping you and I will meet one day. 🙂 And I want to see pics of your office–both now and after you are “happy with it.” 🙂 And I have stacks of papers all over my desk. :/

  11. Patricia Martin says:

    Hi again Julie,
    My snail mail address is: P. O. Box 801 Licthfield Park, AZ 85340. How is Rick? Did you have a great mom’s day? Xooox

    • Hey once more, Patricia.

      Thank you for sending this! He is absolutely wonderful. I wrote a thankful prayer in my journal this morning. You’re so sweet to ask about him. Ohhhh, yes, Mother’s Day was great. I had a brunch here for our parents. Thomas and Katie and her family came. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  12. Patricia Martin says:
  13. She’s amazing. What a lovely place this is. Speaks volumes about creativity and arts.

  14. Oh, Julie! This is such a soul-comforting post. Thank you for inspiring me today.

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