The First Artist
The first chapter of The Hidden Art of Homemaking (by Edith Schaeffer) is quite the introduction to a very inspiring book. It is most definitely not a step-by-step, detailed, how-to manual about household tasks such as sweeping, ironing, dusting, etc. Mrs. Schaeffer gets right to the heart of the matter, the heart of the home, the heart of the homemaker. This book is about creating a home, having a heart for home, and all those who live there.
The ideas that stood out most to me were her thoughts on God the Creator as the First Artist. My heart skipped a beat and tingles went up my spine when I read these words:
. . . we are created in the likeness of a Creator.
So we are, on a finite level, people who can create. Why does man have creativity? Why can man think of many things in his mind, and choose, and then bring forth something that other people can taste, smell, feel, hear and see? Because man was created in the image of a Creator. Man was created that he might create. It is not a waste of man’s time to be creative. It is not a waste to pursue artistic or scientific pursuits in creativity, because this is what man was made to be able to do. He was made in the image of a Creator, and given the capacity to create – on a finite level of course, needing to use the materials already created – but he is still the creature of a Creator.
Wow! These very thoughts are often on my own heart and mind. You can read more on that here.
Works of The Artist are all around us – to stimulate us and bring growth and understanding and sensitivity and appreciation and pleasure. Look around and see all that He created! And then He made us in His Image, and so we also must be artists. Our canvases may vary, our time and resources and talents will vary. But we are made to create.
My goal with this book study is to glean ideas and inspiration on how I can create more of a haven in my home, a sanctuary, an inviting place to be. I want to love and serve husband and children in ways God intended me to. I’d like for those entering our home to feel welcome and blessed. Edith Schaeffer helps us see, through her words, how to accomplish this by living creatively, by creating that atmosphere for my family and our guests. Just as the Lord did as He created our physical earthly home for us.
In our schooling, I am becoming more aware of the importance of creating and to make more of a conscious effort to give us all opportunity to be creative. Creating with words, creating with color, creating for others, creating for the pure joy of it.
A full list of my posts in the series can be found HERE.
Photo Credit: all photos in this post have been taken by members of my husband, my daughter or myself.
Sunrise; Autumn Color; Wind Ripples in the Snow; Dickson Falls, New Brunswick; Atlantic Shoreline, Nova Scotia; Art Class