Last year, I told you that I was reading the 30th chapter of every book of the Bible to celebrate my birthday. I have decided to do the same this year, and so far, Exodus 31 has been particularly encouraging.

(By the way, I haven’t made many resolutions this year. I want to learn to make jam, I want to do sit-ups everyday, and I want to stay positive. Reading the Bible definitely helps with staying positive).

Exodus 31 is well known among artists. God gave Bezalel “knowledge and all craftsmanship to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting and in carving wood, to work in every craft.” God says that He has “filled him with the Spirit of God.”

I often get two negative thoughts about art. 1. I should simplify. Should I be writing a novel, playing guitar and writing songs, painting, and doing graphic design? 2. It is not spiritual to do art.

This passage showed me that Bezalel knew how to do A LOT of different things, but they were absolutely needed for building the temple. I am meant to use all of my artistic gifts–that God has given me–to build up God’s house.

In the second half of Exodus 31, God talks a lot about honouring the Sabbath. (I am also doing my best on this one!). I often find that I need to not spend all my free moments making stuff, but to just Be. If I take a day off, my talents also find rest, and I am therefore able to more fully use them the next time they’re needed.

May you know God’s goodness and rest this year and use every gift He’s given you to glorify Him!

decorating food

January 14, 2012

Since making the decision to renew my visa here this summer (2.5 more years in Edinburgh!), I have been settling a lot more, buying things to make my flat more homelike, and dreaming up new things I can make and eat.

I’ve been putting up more paintings and photographs in the flat. Below are some photos I put up in the kitchen. The second photo is some rose lemonade I bought so I can use the bottle to make my own vanilla extract.

During Christmas, I got really into hot chocolate, which really got me into cute-looking tins. I also went to visit friends in London and got inspired to make my own granola. I will make this for the rest of my life!