“Real creativity means listening to your heart,” my friend Yvette said. (I began sharing her story last week here.)
“Tell me more.” We entered her kitchen.
“This rug, for instance. I found it at a flea market. It was six dollars.”
“Did you know for sure it would match?”
“I didn’t care if it matched. I loved it.”
“Creativity isn’t about matching or being perfect.”
Incredible! Yvette’s teaching me the same things God’s been showing me.
“This was my grandfather’s pipe. And my grandmother’s snuff.”
“I love it! You keep your grandmother’s snuff on the kitchen counter. You’re breaking so many rules.”
“That’s what art’s all about. Being free. Being yourself.”
Maybe that’s what good writing’s about, too.
“How long have you known this secret?”
“It started when I was a little girl. I discovered treasures under my grandmother’s house–all sorts of bottles and tiny trinkets. I decorate with them because I loved my grandmother.”
Wow! Sounds so SIMPLE–my word for the year.
“Oh, look. Christmas candles and it’s not even December!”
Which takes a lot courage. To be different. Christmas candles in September.
We walked into her den.
“When I was nine,” she said, “I found my uncle’s miniature bronze horse–small enough to fit inside my palm. Love at first sight. I took it home with me. A few years ago, I felt a nudge to give the horse to my cousin. It should’ve been hers all along. I didn’t want to, but I knew I was supposed to. Does that make sense?”
“A few days after I gave it to her, I found this horse at a flea market. Can you believe it?”
“Julie, it’s an exact replica of the horse I gave away. Only a lot bigger.”
“It’s a miracle.”
“I know. In all my years of flea-marketing, I’ve never seen another horse like the one I gave away. Except for this one.”
Yvette had just given me another love lesson:
If God asks you to give something away, obey Him. Quickly. Blessings follow obedience.
Has God ever asked you to give away something you dearly loved?
Have you discovered art and decorating have nothing to do with being perfect?
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