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Growing up, my dad had an organic garden. He loosened heavy Carolina soil, added long-forgotten leaves, and encouraged growth through constant care. He cultivated the garden year-round and we reaped the benefits all summer long.

I believe you and I do the same, even on the most humdrum kind of days. Think about it. We’re divinely inspired to crack open our Bibles, create healthy meals, organize a drawer, care for a neighbor, etc. You and I, we cultivate creativity every single day. How do I know this to be true?

Everyone is creative. Creativity is hardwired into our DNA by God himself. All of us were made to be creative people.” –John Piper

I know because the Creator of heaven and earth handcrafted each of us, creating us in His image. (Psalm 139, Genesis 1:26) Creativity is in our DNA. The beauty of this divine hard wiring is that it reveals how creativity is different for each of us, much like our fingerprints.

“Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.” –Robert E. Franken, Human Motives

Although a die-hard introvert, I love creating ideas and opportunities to love, encourage and inspire others. It’s why I’m active in my local church. It’s why I gather with friends and enjoy one-on-one chats. It’s why I’m already dreaming and planning a ministry for women on our property, Lord willing.

And it’s why I blog. It’s not about me. It’s about community; a place where we can share our stories, ideas, and challenges along the way. You won’t find an expert here, but my hope is that you will find divinely inspired encouragement as we discover ways to cultivate creativity in our everyday lives for God’s ultimate glory.

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When I’m not writing, you can find me enjoying my family, sipping on lavender lattes while writing poetry in my favorite local coffee, writing for Just 18 Summers, A3, Inspire A Fire and perusing “how-to” books on raising chickens. My first e-book is due to be released Tuesday, May 2, 2017. {Stay tuned!}

Cathy Baker is an award-winning writer who delights in observing God at work in the nuances of life. Her work has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Upper Room, Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family, etc. Her award-winning poetry has appeared in two anthologies. She is also a regular contributor for Just 18 Summers, Almost an Author, Inspire A Fire and a member of Cross N Pens.

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