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.
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.
When we give to God, we want to give the best. But sometimes that can stop us from giving at all. I frequently have to urge myself to keep working on a prayer piece on days when my brain is fried and it’s hard for me to pray coherently. But not working on the piece would be worse. Give your good, but look out for how to give your best!
“What you’re looking for here is momentum and progress. Have you ever tried to steer a parked car? It’s a tough proposition. Just get in gear and start heading down the road. The rest will work itself out as you go.”
From my morning readings in “You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream”, by Holley Gerth.
It’s so easy to just keep saying, “My plan isn’t quite ready yet. I’ll start when it is.” But the bottom line is that the journey is not going to match the plan anyway. Pick a direction. Start moving. Then worry about the details.
Starting to read, I came across this to share with you all:
“If prayer is fundamentally an expression of love— a single-hearted reaching out to the Other in a love relationship— it is more simple than any technique or way of praying. The most important thing in prayer is the heart’s inclination in relation to God.”
Simsic, Wayne (2012-03-28). Seeking the Beloved: A Prayer Journey with St. John of the Cross (Kindle Locations 119-121). The Word Among Us Press. Kindle Edition.
Praying for the inclination of all our hearts, and wishing you a blessed Christmas!