“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16, NIV
When I graduated from college, I did not know what was next. I earned my degree in mathematics but felt led to embrace the creativity I had suppressed during those four years. So, I made a commitment to God: Wherever He guided me, I would follow.
Then God gave me the vision for Sharifa Creates. A do-it-yourself arts & crafts blog that shares my creative “light” and inspires others to do the same. On August 12th, 2014, I pursued the vision by publishing my first post.
Running Sharifa Creates has its hills and valleys. I have faced seasons of writer’s block and become frustrated with failed DIY tutorials. However, there are also times when readers share their Sharifa Creates’ creations and leave encouraging comments.
My journey as a DIY arts & crafts blogger carries on. How far will God take Sharifa Creates? I do not know, but I continue to follow Him. Only God knows what is next. I am confident that where He leads me will be much greater than anything I can ask or imagine. 8 years and 224 blog posts later and I feel like I am just getting started!
“But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.” – Isaiah 64:8, NKJV
Life is tough! At times it may literally feel like we’re being pressed together, picked at, and even cut down. Although uncomfortable, the hardships we face are not in vain. They are God’s way of molding us into who He created us to be. Each challenge develops our character, gifts, purpose, and faith in God! What results is a wonderful testimony of God’s grace and trustworthiness.
Today we’re making colorful clay ring dishes! As you create, take note of the similarities you have with clay. Watch first hand as a clump of clay is transformed into a unique and useful decorative accessory. At the conclusion of this tutorial my hope is that you’ll embrace the transformative molding process of life. God is making you beautiful! Continue reading “How To Make A Colorful Clay Ring Dish”→
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
God has placed treasures in each of us – unique physical and spiritual gifts. With these gifts, we have been called to glorify His name and draw people to Christ. Often we stifle our gifts because of fear. We fear failure, the opinions of people, and even God’s ability to transform our hearts.
We should not fear using our gifts for God’s Kingdom. God is with us! We are protected by His grace to do anything He’s called us to do. Walking in our purpose is the most fulfilling thing we can do. Continue reading “How To Make A Jewelry Box”→
In the age of social media, we are just one swipe away from a meme that tells us what women should do to be loved. We must be loyal, ladylike, and submissive. All while keeping up with our appearance and caring for others by cooking, cleaning, and nurturing. In reality, none of these things make you lovable especially in God’s Kingdom.
God’s love is unconditional! He gives it freely and consistently because we are His daughters. God does not require anything from us in return for His love. Granted, God may not like some of the things we do, but His love still prevails. He loved us first – before we loved Him, ourselves, or anyone else. The beauty in it all is that God’s love is personified by Christ. Jesus was crucified and resurrected from the grave so that we could be forgiven of our unrighteousness and have a personal relationship with our Father. God not only tells us that He loves us, He shows it! Continue reading “12 Scriptures on God’s Unconditional Love”→
“God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9
God is faithful. Although we do not always see God at work, we can know for a fact He is protecting, providing for, and guiding us. God will fulfill the promises He made to us for His glory and our good. God blesses us with the knowledge, wisdom, and resources to do His will. The process may take longer than we expect and it may bring challenges. However, God’s timing is perfect and the hardships we face build our character and prepare us for the journey ahead.
It’s not always easy to believe God’s promises for our life, but we must be encouraged and push forward. We should think of everything He has already done in our life. It is said over and over, but it is true that if God did it before, He will do it again. If that does not encourage you, then open His word! It is the best way to remind yourself of God’s faithfulness.
For today’s Motivational Monday, I have compiled twelve scriptures about God’s faithfulness. Write, meditate on, and pray over them in every season of your life. You will know without a doubt in your mind that God is faithful.