|A few of my daughter's creative pursuits|
The saying, “A Woman’s work is never done” perfectly describes our role as cross-cultural worker mamas. We care for children, cook and clean with few conveniences, home school, get involved with local schools, and study language on the side. We support our husbands’ ministry, invite people into our homes, and sometimes have ministries of our own outside of our families!
If you’re like me, you have so much on your plate that it’s hard to make time for yourself. You know you need to rest and re-energize yourself in order to serve more effectively and joyfully, but free time is hard to come by.
Out of Steam
At the start of the summer I was deep down tired after my eleventh and most difficult homeschool year yet. High school chemistry proved to be my nemesis, and helping my brilliant, dyslexic daughter to hunker down and learn from textbooks was trying. Throughout the year I participated in our weekly team prayer meetings and English club meetings. I hosted house church and women’s meetings in my home. My husband and I discipled a Turkish couple and reached out to non-believers. During the month of May I had one talk or message to prepare each week. I loved all of these activities, but by June I was plumb out of steam.
Summer has been healing for me.
I’ve had more time for things I enjoy, like meeting friends for coffee, reading, or going to the beach, but what really energizes me most is time to be creative. I enjoy making cards, scrapbooking, framing photos, and writing. I’m working on a new blog project. I make time for my creative projects one 25 minute baby step at a time.
Many of you provide inspiration as well. You wield your pens (or computers) to chronicle your lives and ministries through blogging. One of my favorite blogs is Earthen Vessels from the Philippines. Several of you, like Jen and Heather are photographers. A friend in the Middle East posts on her creative pursuits using ordinary, everyday materials at her disposal.
Waste of Time?
For me as a cross-cultural worker, taking time to be creative can appear frivolous when there’s always so much to do in my home and ministry. However, it’s an opportunity to get in touch with the “other me” that God created. Our creativity brings beauty into our homes. By taking time to be creative, we open ourselves up to new possibilities and talents, which God can use to bless others.
My question for all of you: What kind of creative hobbies do you have? How do you find time?