By his words and his example…

“By His words and His example, Jesus taught us to reach out to people in need. If we preach only the spiritual side of the gospel and fail to live out the compassionate side of the gospel, then we become like the Levite and the Pharisee in the parable of the Good Samaritan (see Luke 10:33), passing by human suffering with a shrug of indifference.”

from “Friend of God, the Legacy of Abraham, Man of Faith” by Ray C. Stedman

Contemplari by Lawrence OP
Contemplari, a photo by Lawrence OP on Flickr.

We are called upon not just to think on God, but to act in His kingdom, for His children.  I thought for a long time that my chronic illness made this impossible for me.  Those of you who have been sharing my journey know that I found that that is not true.

I invite you to think about how you can act for God, and to put those ideas into place!


Cat’s Project for Bella – Come on! – 1st Layout

Here’s a concept layout.  I think this is the photo you liked, and the font for Faith is Harrington.  The rest of the quote would be in plain block letters.

Hebrews-11-1-Come-v1 by Carmen CS
Hebrews-11-1-Come-v1, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

In 20 point, this would be 9″x6″, and is just at the limit of what I think will provide good detail on her face.

If you were willing to go finer, it could get smaller or more detailed.  Going to a larger size would also allow more detail.  Maybe standard letter size, in landscape?  Or would you want to keep the book smaller?

Cat’s Project for Bella – Hebrews 11:1

Here’s a layout of the verse for Bella.  It takes up about 175 pixels in width.   So on 20 point canvas, it would be about 9 inches wide.  I don’t know how this compares on cross-stitch fabric…

Hebrews-11-1 by Carmen CS
Hebrews-11-1, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, we lift Bella up to you.  Please be with her, and help her to walk with you.

Crafting Hands, Praying Hearts Mission Statement draft

I’ve been working on material to help me present my craft group to potential members.  Here’s a first whack at a mission statement:

[033/365] 14th September by charliebarker

[033/365] 14th September, a photo by charliebarker on Flickr.

The mission of Crafting Hands, Praying Hearts is to use our creativity and our prayer to help those in need.  We will reach out to those struggling, those hurting, those who are heavy laden, identifying people with specific needs rather than generic problems.  We will do this by making tangible pieces infused with prayer, and then give the works to those people as a token of the prayer.

Wah!  Can you tell I’ve worked in the corporate world?  I’ll try to take another whack soon…

Is NeedlePrayer the Right Name…

… for my handcraft prayer group?  It’s the name I chose for my needlepoint ministry, but it seems like it might be too restrictive now I’m looking to do a group with mixed hand crafters.

NeedlePrayer logo by Carmen CS
NeedlePrayer logo, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

I don’t want the name to scare away people working in other modalities.  Especially young people who may be interested in other crafts.

Please let me know what you think, especially any different ideas – mine seem not quite it…

Prayer: Father, if it be your will, please help me to connect with a variety of hand crafters in prayer and service of your Kingdom.

I hope to be starting a NeedlePrayer group…


… this fall.  I’m seeking people who do handcrafts and would like to try combining them with prayer and service.  I will host the meetings in my house in Plumsteadville, PA, and they are open to anyone, although I have limited space and will need to know how many are coming ;-}

Needlepoint Demonstration by Carmen CS
Needlepoint Demonstration, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Would you like to join in?  Or do you know someone who would?  It will not be limited to needle crafts; I would welcome any kind of handcraft that you can do at least partly in my living room.  Please pass this invitation on!  Men, women, well-behaved children who do crafts all welcome!

Do you have experience with this kind of group and can you give me help in making sure it works well?

Prayer: Father, if it be your will, please help me to share the joy and fulfillment I have found in NeedlePrayer.


Cat’s Project for Bella – Whither Thou Goest…

Aresha Photoshoot, Lake GardensMight make a nice image for Bella to feel her mom still with her?
IMG_1271Maybe superimposed on a sunrise image?
Hold my hand1

Whither thou goest…, a gallery on Flickr.