Are you tapping into the creativity that is on the inside of you and expressing yourself with something made by your own hands on a regular basis? If not, I hope this post will convince you to do so. Because as you will see, there are tremendous benefits to your entire being!
From my own experience, I can attest to the fact that I am a happier woman, wife and mother when I take time for myself to make something with my own hands.
You don’t have to draw or paint to create. You could make beautiful music on an instrument, write poetry, crochet or knit, bake and decorate cakes, create one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. The possibilities are limitless!
The point is: Do something with your hands that satisfies your heart and soul.
As I mentioned in my book, A Life That Flourishes,
“You are the crowning design of the Ultimate Artist. In fact, the Bible calls you God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10 NLT). And this word “masterpiece” is the Greek word poiema, which carries the idea of something that is artfully created.
Not only were you artfully created, but when you were formed you were also given specific desires, talents, abilities, gifts, and passions to help you fulfill God’s purpose for your life.
Furthermore, as a Christian, you have the Creator living on the inside of you! So, if you want to cultivate your soul and fulfill your God-given purpose, then it is important that you take time to explore those creative passions.”
You are so much more creative than you think you are! So let’s look at some of the benefits that taking time to create will bring into your life:
10 Benefits of Creativity
1. Joy – Creating brings tremendous joy! Apparently, the Lord loves and takes tremendous pleasure in creating. The beauty and splendor of His creation is all around us, and He creates new life each and every day. So when you create something beautiful out of the humblest of materials, you are able to partake of a little bit of His joy in doing so.
2. Self Expression – Creativity allows you the freedom of self-expression. There’s a deep sense of satisfaction that comes from making something with your own hands. Just like the Proverbs 31 woman who did everything under the sun, we can feel a sense of accomplishment and perhaps identify a teensy bit with her when we make things for our home and family.
3. Fulfillment – By allowing the creativity on the inside of you to flow out, you will be a more content and fulfilled woman. And a more content, fulfilled woman is less prone to feel sorry for herself or “put upon” by others as one who is dissatisfied and disappointed with life. When you have a deep sense of fulfillment, you are better able to meet the many needs of your family and others around you.
4. Authenticity – When you create, you put something of yourself into the work. It reflects you – your artistry, your skill and your ability. Even if you were to copy someone else, your piece would still be a bit different – uniquely yours. The more you create, the more you discover your likes and dislikes. You realize your desires more fully, and begin to develop your own ideas, style and technique. Your work reflects who you really are.
5. Sense of Balance – You are a whole person – spirit, soul and body. We know that our spirits need time in the Word of God and fellowship with the Lord in prayer. And we know that our bodies need healthy food and proper exercise. But our souls – our minds, intellect, creative center – also need proper care. By giving yourself an outlet for creativity, you allow your soul freedom to grow and soar. Engaging in creativity “fills your cup” and brings a sense of balance to your whole being.
6. Resourcefulness – Sometimes obstacles arise while you are creating, so you have to become more resourceful. You have to problem solve. This helps you think and process things in new and different ways. And as you overcome these challenges, you begin to feel empowered and able to face other challenges head on.
7. Stress Release – When you set aside time to create for your own pleasure and enjoyment, it helps relieve stress and built-up tension. You can lose yourself for hours and experience a sense of timelessness as you let your mind wander and dream while you work with your hands.
8. Improved Health – Studies have shown that stress can lead to weight gain, lower immunity to infections, increased levels of glucose, and heart disease. Since creativity helps to lower stress levels, it stands to reason that engaging in it will help improve your overall health (both mental and physical).
9. Continued Growth – As you give way to creativity and the enjoyment you gain from it, you begin to realize that you want to learn how to create even more. You’ll want to improve your technique and grow in your craft. Creativity brings a continual learning process that helps you to continue to grow.
10. Connection with Other Women – In order to improve your creative skills, you will begin to connect with other creative women who can teach you and help you along. In turn, you can do the same for other women. You will exchange ideas, techniques, provide feedback, and encourage one another. This develops a strong sense of community and connection which can be deeply rewarding.
I encourage you to find a hobby or creative outlet that you enjoy and pursue it. Learn to organize your time, energy and resources so that you can do something creative everyday – or at least on a regular basis.
Not only does creativity benefit you, it also encourages your children to explore their own creative passions, which can produce such a sense of pleasure and accomplishment in them. Model joy and excitement in creating for yourself and for others. And nurture the creativity that is in them!
Nurture your own creativity by joining me for my mixed media workshop for women and teen girls, You Are a Masterpiece. Click on the image below for more information.
Looking for a way to encourage your children’s creativity? Then I invite them (and you) to join me for any of my mixed media art workshops. Click on the image below for more information!