It Takes a Village

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracle, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individual just as the Spirit chooses. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many are one body, so it is with Christ. – 1 Corinthians 12:4-12

Mantel II

I think, in the almost three years of my children’s lives, we have collectively done about five crafts.  And I’m okay with that.

It’s not that I don’t see the value in doing crafts with my children.  It’s not that I don’t love the finished product when curious and growing little fingers explore with some paint.  It’s not that I don’t hope for them to appreciate or participate in the arts one day.

I do.

Rather, it’s just that with all the running around, cooking, feeding, potty trips, music class attending, library trips, story times, housework, and “No not now sweetie, Mommy is busy” excuses, we just haven’t done too many crafts.

Plus, I’m just not that crafty.  Period.

But I’ve decided that I’m going to let myself off the hook on this one.  I used to feel guilty that we were not finger painting and glitter sprinkling daily.  I’d see the pictures on Pinterest or the posts on Facebook from fellow parents with their amazing crafts, and think, “Oh, we really need to do some crafts.”  And then we didn’t… {read more here}.

Please join me over at Young People’s Ministries today for my second devotional of the month.  Thanks!




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