“You are like light for the whole world. A city built on top of a hill cannot be hidden, and no one would light a lamp and put it under a clay pot. A lamp is placed on a lampstand, where it can give light to everyone in the house. Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven.”
– Matthew 5:14-16 –
Hello everyone! My name is Sharifa and welcome to my blog, Sharifa Creates. I have an incredible love for artistic creativity. I sew, craft, paint, draw… you name it and I can do it. If not, I’m always open to learning something new.
Expressing my creativity has not always been easy. There was a time in my life that I made every excuse not to bring out my sewing machine, do a quick sketch, or try out a new DIY project. What was stopping me? A simple but dangerous word: Fear. I feared what others would think of my work. I feared expanding my skill set. I feared being unique.
During this time, I remember thinking about how much I was not myself. Everything I did was to fit into some mold of what I thought people wanted me to be. It was only in my brief moments of creating that I felt like myself.
My passion for artistic creativity was not coincidental. God blessed me with this gift and I was going to continue to struggle if I did not fully embrace it. I realized that creating was (and still is) an act of worship and communication with God. When I create, I feel close to God. I had to have faith that what God had placed in me was sufficient. I had to be who He called me to be.
I started Sharifa Creates to share my creative gifts and document my journey as God directs me in using them. Through this blog, I hope others can be inspired to create and if nothing else, embrace and share their own gifts.