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.
Now it’s on to the background! To break up the work, I decided to concentrate first on a smaller design within the overall piece, which includes the moon and the moth, but not the words. This design I may use again.
Prayer: Father, our needs are shared. While each of us in unique, and experiences a unique life, many aspects are common. Help her to see how she may benefit from, and benefit, others in similar situations.
Unlike the other elements, I need to substantially change the tree. I need a branch for the moth and the cocoon to cling to. The challenge is to make the branches I introduce work visually as part of the tree the photo shows. The branches should be similar, but not identical.
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!