The top one is the heavy thread I used for the trees. Next is a loose spun thread used on the darker meadow areas. Finally, the lighter meadow areas were stitched using a silk with flames, which means tighter areas and looser areas. Laid down with long stitches, these fibers show off their irregularities to make a rich background that looks complicated while actually being fast and easy to stitch!
Prayer: Father, thank You that our irregularities make us unique, beautiful, fitted for individual purposes in Your world.
“…this is the posture we’re supposed to take in our spiritual journeys. God delights for us to cup our hands in prayer and scrunch our faces against the vault of heaven in holy expectation that he will meet us in beautiful, mysterious ways.”
From my morning readings in “Wonderstruck”, by Margaret Feinberg.
A beloved sister in Christ gave me this book for my birthday. This is such a timely reminder for me, to look around at the beauty, the terror, the awesomeness of God’s creation and wonder at my place in it and His gifts to me.
Recently our pastor and his wife left for an encouragement trip to missionaries in the Philippines sent by our church 20 years ago. 20 years in the field! Perhaps this is normal, but I didn’t grow up in the church and it seems extraordinary to me!
He asked the church members to send cards of encouragement. There was just enough time for me to stitch this piece for them.
Prayer: Father, please bless this family which has devoted so much of their life to your service and service of your people. Bring them an ever closer walk, unexpected joys, long worked for successes, wisdom for their path.
The focus is on service. Not just for people we know and love, but for all of God’s creation. Which doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t start at home, as it were. But many of my NeedlePrayer projects are for people I have never met, and I never meet them. But I love them because God does.