Yesterday I blogged about my early childhood memories in the Midwest. Today I would like to share a few paragraphs about the next several years of my life after that.
My Odyssey from “Renaissance” to “Reformation”
by Virginia Knowles in August 2005
When I was about seven years old, living in a suburb of
You see, historically speaking, the Renaissance in southern
In Spring 1977, we moved from
As God graciously brought this Reformation to each facet of my life, learning and the arts became a means to not only worship my Creator (who made each of us in his creative image) but to reach out with a redemptive mission and a message. This is what I also try to do as I home school my children. I don’t want to just expose them to the best in art, music, literature, and so forth – though these are very good things. I want to aim for spiritual transformation – to encourage them to seek God wholeheartedly and to use their gifts for the Kingdom rather than for themselves. We have a long way to go in this area; I must continually set myself to fresh resolve. This is also my prayer as I write each Hope Chest issue or book -- that whatever I say will bring honor and glory to him who gave me each gift.
Talk About It: How has God worked to draw forth creativity in your life? How can you use his gifts for his glory?
This article originally appeared in my e-magazine, The Hope Chest, in August 2005. You can read that entire issue here: Making Melody in Our Hearts.
It also corresponds with a recent blog post: This Is My Song and I Sing.