Wendy Speake is an actress who writes, Kelli Stuart a writer who sings, and both of them are passionate about encouraging moms to use their creative gifts for the glory of God! For the past five years they have co-hosted a retreat for creative moms, and dreamed of one-day bottling that sweet time of fellowship to share with other Renaissance Moms. Today they are doing just that through the pages of their new book, Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom. http://amzn.to/2dmHIJO )
When I got a call from Wendy a while back, asking if they might share a snippet of my story raising our daughter in their book, of course, I said yes.
If you believe that there’s Gospel-power in the creative gifts God has given each one of us, and deep down in the inspired lives of our children too, this book is for you!
By Wendy Speake
Our children’s gifts are sometimes buried deep. It’s up to us to mine the gift in them, extract it, and allow it to be shaped and polished to be useful in building the kingdom of God. (Kate Battistelli, Growing Great Kids http://amzn.to/2dbukVk)
I met Kate two years ago at a conference for bloggers. Sitting together over lunch one afternoon she shared with me a bit of her story. Given my own history as an actress I was captivated by the tale of her Broadway career. After all, she had whistled a happy tune with Yul Brynner, and danced with the king herself! What fun stories she regaled me with.
And yet, the highlight of our conversation was when we transitioned from tales of our own creative careers, and talked instead of our children’s dreams.
Since Kate and her husband had already raised a creative child who is now actively using her talents for God’s Kingdom work, I wondered what advice she might have for me. So I put it to her plainly over dessert, “I have a son who wants nothing more than to become a worship leader. He’s only twelve, but able to learn just about anything on the guitar. How do I help him?”
Kate didn’t waste a moment before two words tumbled over her lips, “Immerse him.”
She told me to immerse my musically gifted son in the arts, let him learn from the best local teachers, get him into voice lessons too, take him to concerts, and introduce him to as many instruments as he wants. “Of course this costs money, a lot of money. When Franny was young I worked an extra job, selling perfume in high-end department stores. It was hard on the feet, but it paid for her guitar. It’s the same guitar she uses sometimes onstage today.”
And then she told me not only to immerse him in music but to immerse him in the Holy Spirit. “I do not believe that there’s a Jr. Holy Spirit for our children. When they put their faith in Christ, they get every bit of Him up front. So immerse him in the study of God’s Word, immerse him in youth group gatherings, and immerse him in serving at church with all his gifts.”
When I came home from my trip I shared Kate’s advice with my musical husband, and he nodded, because God had already been speaking the same lesson to his heart. “Why don’t I offer to lead worship with him for the sixth-grade Sunday school class next fall? That way Caleb won’t just learn to play all of the songs; I can disciple him along the way—teach him what it means to lead others in worship.”
And now I get to encourage you with the same message that Kate spoke into my heart. Immerse your children in the overflow of your own creative interests, then discover what unique talents they possess and immerse them in their individual interests as well.
Life Creative: Inspiration For Today’s Renaissance Mom (http://amzn.to/2dmHIJO )) was written for moms who long to fit their creative passions into the practical places of their parenting days. God did a good job when he created you creative and then gave you children. Let us encourage you to dabble and delight in the cracks and crevices of your mothering moments.
We believe that there is, indeed, Gospel-power in your party-throwing, home-decorating, wreath-making, recipe-sharing, song-singing, hand-lettering, book-writing, pre-school party-planning days!
Join this modern day renaissance… and then invite your children to join you. For theirs is the Renaissance Rising!