“Everyone who could make a contribution of silver or bronze brought it as the Lord’s contribution…And every skillful woman spun with her hands, and they all brought what they had spun in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. All the women whose hearts stirred them to use their skill …” Exodus 35:24-26
What is stirring at your heart today, crafting gals? What is the motivation behind this project you are diligently working on? Are you creating for your family? Donating to the church or making gift? Are you taking some much-needed respite? Who is being blessed by your skillful endeavors?
God is the Master Crafter and has created us in His image. (Gen. 1:27) So, creating and crafting is a beautiful way we reflect the Creator. He delights in the skills of your hands. He made you and gifted you as Artisans. He gave you the gift of enjoying your creative bent and He delights in the enjoyment you get from every stitch or brush stoke or clay pot or whichever medium you choose. Ecc. 3:13 even says we can “take pleasure in all (our) toil—this is God’s gift to man. And, from those whose hearts are generous He uses those skills to bless His kingdom work. (vs. 5)
Not everything we make needs to have some lofty spiritual purpose, but it should cause us to delight more in Him. It should bless our hearts and those around us. Its missional purpose may be rocking your baby wrapped in the hand crochet blanket. Or your daughter learning to paint a flower that leads to conversation about the Maker of flowers. It may be the scrapbook page that tells the story of your family and His legacy and saving grace. It may only look like a simple quilt, but the recipient sees a glimpse of the greater Gift Giver behind your gift.
Are you a skillful woman? Are you ready to see how God will use your skill for His Glory? God has given us things to be busy with; to be joyful and do good…and he even says “there is a time to sew!”
A few Falls ago, my sweet husband encouraged me to get my creative space organized. He gave me a budget and several trips to IKEA. I purged a lot! I narrowed the supplies to some of my top favorite mediums and crafts; painting, sewing & card making, along with some of the supplies I use to make gifts.A few pieces of furniture that I loved and couldn’t part with but didn’t work in this house were re-purposed for each “station”.
I framed some of my antique buttons and the ones I picked up on a trip to New York at Mood. There are four dress patterns that belonged to my grandmother from the 1950’s that I put in dollar store frames mounted on pretty scrap booking paper. The Wrapping Station is a great place to keep my supplies for gift wrapping available, because like most creative people, I’m usually rushing to finish! (and I love a wrapped gift with a beautiful bow!) When I am creating, this space doesn’t look like this, in fact, after seeing these pictures my heart is stirring to use my creative skills!