Investing the Masters talents

Last weekend we enjoyed a couple of beautiful spring like days. Although the temperatures were cold the sun was bright. I was so excited for weather change I began to dream of new spring nature journals for outdoor exploring. Monday morning I awoke to a blanket of snow and began to question the integrity of Punxsutawney Phil.

Deciding my hopes of spring were a bit premature, I considered other ways to prepare for the changing season. While at a used book store I found Drawing With Children by Mona Brooks. I really liked the description that it’s a creative teaching and learning method that works for adults too.Picture 047b

Drawing has always been an interest for me. Although I doodle and sketch a bit, I’ve not applied myself in years. A talent unused becomes a lost skill. I purchased the book with hopes of learning along with the littles.

Each of the littles were excited to jump into the lessons. We’ve gone through lesson one this week. We’re going rather slowly to keep Little Bear involved. Although the book recommends beginning with decent quality felt markers of varied colors and tips, I could not find supplies within the budget. I found some artist quality colored pencils on clearance at Michael’s instead. Our slower pace through the lesson doesn’t seem to bother the boys as they enjoy taking time to carefully add color to their drawings.Picture 048

Although we may not be sketching and documenting discoveries in spring journals, we are practicing our drawing talents to use when the time comes. Today Magoo was feeling a bit discouraged when he compared his drawing to another, and asked why we needed to draw. I explained to him that we all have skills and talents from God, and we should not fail to develop and use them. The portion God gives may be different between us, but if we practice our talent will increase. Picture 050

As we continue to practice drawing I am finding inspiration for next weeks devotion time. Regardless of what we think of our skills and abilities, or what others think….Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men… (Colossians 3:23)Picture 051
Do you have any hidden talents?


  1. We love using this book! It really does keep it ‘do-able’ to the kids and not so overwhelming as others. Super baby steps guide!

  2. Love it! I have two kiddos who love to draw and one didn’t at the beginning of the year. The curriculum that we ar following this year emphasizes a good but of drawing and creativity. We now all enjoy art activities. I am glad you had fun with it!

    1. The first thing that spoke to me in this book was regarding how we get discouraged with our results, so often stop drawing at a young age. I’m hoping we have fun with drawing for a long time!! What curriculum are you using?

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