To Create

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What am I, if I am not creating for You? Why create, if it does not in some way glorify You? For vanity? Fleeting vanity.  

We were created with the desire to create, to self express. Most people, if not every people, create for their own notoriety. How long will the attention last? How long before you look at your work and hate it? If you are bound to create, if you have the pull to create, why not create something productive that will last? Something that will point others to the Creator, to the purpose and meaning behind all existence? Is it productive to create for the soul purpose of venting? Of letting off steam? It is productive to create to heighten your pleasure? To get other people to look at you? Of what value is your creation if it hurts someone else, or causes them to stumble? The answer, ‘For my own enjoyment, edification and expression,’ is not a good enough answer. It is in fact a selfish answer.  

“Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” -Romans 14:13 & 19 

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”    -Phillipians 2:3-4 

People’s convictions are different, depending on if they are in Christ, and how mature they are in Christ (however, truth is still truth, and all Christians are held accountable to the Word of God). So if a Christian does not yet feel the conviction to point others to Christ through their instinctive creativity, all I can say is this: Think about it. At least ponder why God gave you certain interests and abilities, if not to use them for Him, and for His Kingdom? 

Classic Books- Have you read them?

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This is more for myself. To keep track of some classic novels that I have or have not read, and those I want to keep track of. I found this list over ten years ago and have been slowly working on it. What books do you think need to be added? Name them in the comments. 😊 The ones I have already read are in bold.

1. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen

2. The Lord of the Rings- J.R.R. Tolkien

3. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte

4. Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling

5. To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee

6. The Bible- God-inspired various authors

7. Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte

8. Nineteen Eighty Four- George Orwell

9. His Dark Materials- Philip Pullman

10. Great Expectations- Charles Dickens

11. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy

13. Catch 22- Joseph Heller

14. The Complete Works of Shakespeare

15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

17. Birdsong – Sebastean Faulk

18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20. Middlemarch – George Elliot

21. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

26. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

27. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

28. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

29. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

30. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

31. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

32. The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

33. Emma – Jane Austen

34. Persuasion – Jane Austen

35. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

36. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

37. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

38. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

39. Animal Farm – George Orwell

40. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

41. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

42. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

43. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

44. Anne of Green Gables – L.M Montgomery

45. Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

46. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

47. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

48. Atonement – Ian McEwan

49. Life of Pi – Yann Martel

50. Dune – Frank Herbert

51. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

52. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

53. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

54. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

55. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

56. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

57. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon

58. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

59. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

60. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

61. The Secret History – Donna Tartt

62. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

63. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexander Dumas

64. On the Road – Jack Kerouac

65. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

66. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

67. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

68. Moby Dick – Herman Melville

69. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

70. Dracula – Bram Stoker

71. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson

72. Notes From a Small Island – Bill Bryson

73. Ulysses – James Joyce

74. The Inferno – Dante

75. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

76. Germinal – Emile Zola

77. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

78. Possession – AS Bryant

79. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

80. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

81. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

82. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

83. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

84. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

85. Charlottes Web – EB White

86. The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

87. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

88. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyto

89. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

90. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

91. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

92. Watership Down – Richard Adams

93. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

94. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

95. The Three Musketeers – Alexander Dumas

96. Hamlet – William Shakespeare

97. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

98. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

I have read 20 so far. 😊

Some Other Time

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When I awaken, in the quiet of the morning- I look out to find heavy clouds crowding the heavens. My room is darkened, as the sun hides behind those billows.. and yet I am comforted.

For just a moment, I lean back against my pillows and lazily gaze out at the shadowy morning, daydreaming- of doing nothing but sipping coffee and reading books under the covers.

I sigh, my heavy eyes becoming a little less heavy. Then I am up. I swing my feet over the edge of the bed, and they land on plush carpet. The day’s responsibilities and wonders will not wait for my romantic wishes. Maybe some other time.

Rock-a-bye Baby

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Sometimes my baby just wants to be held.

I sit on the floor, my legs straight out in front of me. And he, at eighteen months old, crawls into my lap.

His toes curl under his little bum.

He gathers is arms between his chest and mine.

He lays his head on my shoulder.

And I rock him.

I rock him back and forth, and side to side- sniffing his fine, fluffy hair, listening to his tiny breaths.

and I cry.