Happy new year!
It’s hard to believe that we’ve already embarked upon 2017, and I (you won’t be surprised here) have many ideas about the projects I’d like to work on, start, and of course, complete!
I’m hoping to share at least twice per week on the blog, maybe sometimes three times per week. November and December 2016 were a whirlwind of completing ornaments and then finally having some time to make some of the gifts I’d planned for my own family. Oh, and a very special birthday party for my (can you believe it?!) five-year-old daughter! In the next weeks, I’ll be mostly sharing those November and December (and earlier!) projects as I get started on my new projects for the new year. Who knows, maybe I’ll slip in some current ones, too! 😉
Like I wrote above, I have a huge list of things I’d like to accomplish this year. I’ve made a big master list (read:brain dump) on sticky notes in the front cover of my planner. I’ll be setting my monthly goals from that big list…and of course, any other projects that come up in the meantime, because there are always more! Rather than sharing my goals on the blog at the beginning of each month, I will just keep track of them in my planner (it has great monthly and weekly goal planning pages, I just love it!). I’ll just share projects here.
Even as I dream and plan about my sewing, papercrafting, home, and other projects, I have been contemplating how these hobbies of mine can be more intentional, with the focus on glorifying God in the things I do with my hands. I want to have in mind the concerns of God, not merely human (especially selfish!!) concerns (Matthew 16:33). “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent [Jesus]” (John 9:4). “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” (Colossians 3:23). God has given me the desire– really it is almost a compulsion– to create… and He gives the brilliant flashes of idea or insight that are clearly not my own. Any gifts that I have are from Him, and I think that it glorifies God to do what we do with excellence.
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:17