Stephen and Penelope’s in Amersterdam stirs my creativity. Their use of yarn in different ways pokes at the imagination and the incredible choices they offer make anything seem possible.
In 2Timothy 1:6 Paul tells Timothy to stir up his gift from the Holy Spirit. The Greek word invokes the idea of a bellows sparking embers into flames. We all have gifts from the Holy Spirit but it is up to us to nurture them, stir them up, and allow them to bear fruit.
The beautiful display of yarn at Stephen and Penelope stirs up the desire to create. It’s important to find what stirs the imagination. It could be a scene from nature, a piece of literature, scripture, music, or another person. We need to find these places that help us nurture our gifts and inspire us to use them.
Give yourself what Julia Cameron calls an Artist Date. Take yourself to the equivalent of Stephen and Penelope and feast your eyes on something you love, something that stirs up your imagination. This is an excellent way to recharge during what can be a stressful time of year. It can serve to spark the next creative endeavor.