1 am and the quilt was finished! This was a wonderful idea- I am very honored that my cousin and his wife thought to ask me to participate in this, and that they had enough confidence only having seen a pillowcase I made their son, to know that they would like something I created for the auction. As I worked on this quilt there were many trials, obstacles. I thought of my relationship with our Lord and Savior. At times it felt hopeless as I searched for fabric and lost an entire day of quilting, or when I cut the binding fabric wrong and then had to go out Saturday to purchase more fabric-endure more cost, endure more lost time. I found it all worthwhile though. I never wanted to just quit, I wanted to keep striving and complete it. I think at times that is how God feels with us, maybe Frustrated, maybe like He would like to shake us and say HELLO ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME?
But really, how often do you think He tries to get our attention and we are just oblivious. In this world you constantly hear of the bad- how money is disappearing, jobs are not available, houses are being foreclosed. LOSS OF HOPE seems to be the theme out there.
We as Believers in Christ know better. We know we have Hope that is Eternal. Hope that is ours for the keeping. I had given up to some degree on my quilting and this past week as I made a quilt that I had never made before. As each obstacle I encountered worked itself out, as my husband and children became very understanding this week as I had little time for them or the house I realized I had a restored Hope, a lite fire and a return of passion for something I truly Love. I had lost site of what I wanted when I started. I wanted my Quilting to be a Ministry of His Kingdom. I wanted each quilt to have love and hope sewn into it. This is what my Quilt Valor was for me.
It was like Romans 15:13 " May God, the source of hope, fill you with job and peace through your Faith in Him. Then you'll overflow with hope...
So those of you that find yourself today without hope. Maybe hope is lost due to a weakened relationship. maybe job or money loss, maybe health I say to you.
Remember the verses that follow. In these times of Hopelessness you feel- Call out to our Heavenly Father.
"I call as my heart grows faint, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe." Psalm 61:2-3
"I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my SONG. He has become my salvation." Psalm 118 13-14
I will add some more this week.
Have a wonderful week. I pray that whatever your trials are that you Praise God in the midst, that you cry out to Him for he already knows your request, that you lean on Him for strength and have a Renewed HOPE.