This post is just a word, non-child related, from this gal's heart. Here's the word(s):
My gifts and talents are created by You for Your glory. When I don't use them because of fears, intimidation, and/or insecurities, I rob You of glory that You've invested into me. I rob a potential moment of ministry between You and another person, also, by focusing on the fear rather than the glory. You created me to do good works that will bless Your name, that my soul is blessed is a by-product.
When I compare myself to another having a similar gifting or talent, I shift the focus from Your grace and unique craftmanship over my life to inferiority which leads to shame and hiding.
May I focus my eyes and heart on Your creativity, Your joy, and Your glory that You own and love to cultivate in me and remember that through Your effortful agape You designed me to proclaim Your beauty, whether through a drawing, a few notes on a piano, a scratchy pull along a cello, a tomato, or even a silly jig.
That's all for now. This concludes deep thoughts with Katie, pictures will resume at a later date.