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Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)
TITLE: Quilt of Insights
By LaNaye Perkins
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Put me behind a lawn mower, even out in a garden. Or, let me fix a fence and hop on the old tractor to do some mowing in the pastures. I can handle those things, it‘s as easy as breathing for me. I have always taken to running and managing this farm like it was second nature. I’ve done it for years, while raising a family and being a good wife to my husband. It’s not a feminist thing, it’s just how I am. Who God made me to be.
Never the less, I am sitting here with piles of fabric squares and feeling like I’m way out of my league. I’ve got an idea of how to do this, but it’s going to take a lot of prayers to do it right. First thing I suppose I need to do is lay out my pattern and start pinning the pieces together.
Alright the pattern is finally laid out. Thank you Lord for helping me to get the pieces laid out so nicely. I just love the way those colors worked together to make a pretty star pattern. I think I will name this quilt “Star of Bethlehem”. Every time I look at it I will praise you for your guidance. Not just in this pattern, but with the pattern you have laid out in my life as well.
Now it’s time to start sewing each piece together. Lord, this is so confusing. How do those women do it? They make all kinds of quilts and it looks so easy for them. I fear that if I work on this for the rest of my life I will never get it done. Let alone, done the right way, or done neatly. Okay Lord, I’ll quit with the theatrics. Just guide my hand and lead me as I continue to sew.
Lord, it’s been weeks and weeks. Progress is so slow, but I do see the pattern starting to come together. I feel like I may actually get this completed. I’m starting to feel a little confidence, like I can actually do this. WOW, that‘s a pretty cool feeling! It makes me feel like I do when you bring me into a new level of faith. At first I’m always uncertain and a bit scared. Then you gently show me how to do what you have set before me.
It’s done, I finally got the pattern together! Lord, it is so beautiful. This means that the hardest part is done. Now I need to get busy with the tacking and bottom layer. I still need your help to get it all together in the right way. I want this quit to be as near perfect as I can get it. Please just keep helping me Lord.
Has it really been months since I started on this quilt? I can’t believe it’s taken so long. Yet, it was worth the hard work and time it took. Lord I never would have thought we could create something so beautiful. I know it was your hand that guided me all the way, and I just want to thank you for all you’ve done. I am amazed you could use me to make something so pretty. Thank you Lord for showing me how.
I can see a bigger picture as I look at this quilt. I can see how the Lord takes all the pieces of my life. Then fashions them into a pattern he has picked, and creates something beautiful. Just like he did with this quilt. All the while showing me that I can do all things, through him From now on, every time I see this quilt. I will remember that no matter how uncomely I feel, the Lord can create something beautiful through me.
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