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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)

TITLE: The Work of Her Hands
By Dawn Olsen
02/14/07


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As a small child, my Mom told me that I treasured a box where I kept bits of pretty lace, ribbon and fabric, bright buttons and scraps of paper. I don't remember the box but I've always been interested in handwork. Almost every year when Grandma came to visit she'd try to teach me to knit or crochet and one year it was Swedish Huck weaving. Mom taught me to embroider at a very young age and I still love choosing pretty threads and forming them into pleasing designs. In my teens another older lady gave me a pattern for a Lone Star quilt which I pieced in shades of orange and yellow. Grandma patiently straightened it out and quilted it for me as a graduation gift. I treasure it for the love it represents and the gift of her time and prayers.
Now I sit and quilt and wonder just what God wants me to do with my time. Does He find pleasure in the work of my hands? As I have pondered this question over a period of years I've come to the conclusion that as in I Thessalonians 4:11 it is good to work quietly with my hands. Reflecting on the Old Testament I note the exact specifications for the Tabernacle (Exodus 26-28) and the Temple (II Chronicles 2-3) for what must have been fantastic works of art. Artisans who did this work must have studied, trained or apprenticed for years to become masters. Apparently God appreciated the beauty of their handiwork. God created color for us to enjoy and to use to beautify our lives. Though my stitches might not be perfect I revel in the making of gifts for those I love. Each one is stitched full with love and prayers that it will bring the recipient tangible proof of my love. Somehow I hope the stitching might be a minute reflection of His gift of love and the colors of His magnificent handiwork.


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Donna Emery02/19/07
It's always good to use the talents that the Lord gives us. This is a nice comparison between your quilt and the grandeur of temples. Keep writing!