Celebrating 8 Years of Sharifa Creates

“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! 

Peace & Blessings, 

Sharifa 💕

How To Make A Jewelry Box

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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.” 

Matthew 5:14-16

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”