Give My Creation...Life!

My daughter's friend was over yesterday. When I walked in the room, she said, "Mommy," (two of my kids' friends call me this. I love it.) "what have you been doin' today?" She said this with a little twinkle in her eye. I knew what she was asking. She's read my book and was a little perturbed with the ending-it's a cliff hanger-and has been bugging me to get going on the sequel. I smiled at her and told the truth, "I did laundry, went to the grocery store, vacuumed." She frowned. I gave her a shrug. I haven't been very motivated to write. I'm waiting on a publisher-again- and honestly haven't given it much thought.

If you read my other blog, you'll know I've been sewing. I made two bags last week. I was a sewing-maniac! Really. I'm not the kind of person who enjoys sewing. After my mom taught me, (she's a very talented and patient seamstress) I would do the absolute least I could to finish a project. Which, as you can imagine, doesn't do well. But, after finishing my bags I found myself back at the fabric store. Looking at, of all things, clothing patterns. What? I haven't sewn clothing since the maternity fiasco of '99. That was when I attempted to make a maternity top, which quite literally turned out like a tent. I buried it in the laundry room until I could bring myself to throw it away. I haven't sewn clothes since. Nevertheless, I sat in front of the pattern books and began to browse. I bought two patterns. They were on sale-$ .99 and $1.99. I figured even if I never make the blouses, I didn't put that much money into it. Thing is, I have every intention of making them! Weird.

So, I was thinking about this and why I'm being pulled toward my sewing machine and not my laptop. Then, it hit me. The more we create, the more we want to create. It's in our spiritual make-up. And it doesn't matter what we're creating, the urge is there. Just look at these guys-

Mrs. Duggar definitely has the creating-bug.

So, I decided what I needed to do was start writing again. I did. And guess what? The creative juices started to flow and with it, the ideas. I wrote three pages yesterday and will be doing more today. It's a good thing.

I know I've shared this quote from Pres. Uchtdorf before, but it bears repeating.

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before."

It is our divine nature to create, to follow in the footsteps of our Heavenly Parents. It makes us happy. It is something Satan and his followers cannot do. How frustrating for them to see us make something new. If you want to get over some discouragement (one of Lucifer's favorite tools) make something, create. It'll make you feel better and it'll tick him off.

Makes me smile just thinking of it.

I think I'll write. And, maybe someone could get Mrs. Duggar a sewing machine.


  1. Great post Julie! I had to go check out your bags. I love them! Good job and good luck on the clothes. =)


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