Friday, February 10, 2017

Walking in Prayer





Lately our women's Sunday School class has been learning more on prayer, like what it is, what we should do, etc.  This has been a good lesson, and definitely something to think on

I hadn't given it a lot of thought til then.  I  mean, throughout the day it's nothing to have a talk with God about things that go on.  If I waited til the end of the day, I'd forget a ton of stuff to talk to God about.  So, while doing housework or quilting or whatever, I talk to God.  Sometimes it is little trivial things, like "Lord, what do ya want me to do about supper?", "Lord, help me find such and such", and then sometimes it's about the kids or hubby or other family/friends.  But, it still pretty well goes along with 1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.

George Mueller has come to mind a bit this week.  For those who don't know who he was, he was a German immigrant to England in the early 1800's, educated in Wittenburg, and began orphanages in England.  He relied on God to provide everything from lodging to meals.  He had a giant faith and a prayer life that I'd love to have.  


This has made me think...do we really pray for everything?  Do we trust in God for everything?  If not...we should.  


Years ago, I learned a lesson on faith and trusting the Lord in taking care of needs.  As a baby Christian then, I had no clue how to pray much beyond "help me!", and yet the Lord took care of legal matters, food, shelter, health, job, etc.  I know how it feels to be homeless, penniless, jobless, etc and have a child in tow.  I know how it feels to have a home but nothing in the cupboard as well.  But...I also know how it feels to have faith in the Lord and know that He will provide, all we have to do is ask.  



Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.


John 15:7 - If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.


Did this happen all overnight, learning to trust and pray?  No.  It took, at least for me anyway, 13 years of the Lord showing Himself in answering prayers in ways that I least expected.  He still shows Himself in the prayers asking how I will take care of the needs of the family when money is non-existant after bills are paid, how we will handle situations with special needs, how we'll handle this or that.

Don't get me wrong, I've had my share of freak out sessions when it's been a reaction to information or situation that comes up from what seems as nowhere.  Sometimes it takes a reminder from Pastor or Ms, Jane, or from my long time friend Susan, or from an online friend, or even a hymn heard on the radio...to put the focus back where it belongs and quit freaking out over things, that God is still in control.  It's so natural to worry...we women do that rather well...but He is still in control.

I look up to people like Mueller and Elizabeth Elliott (see quotes on the side) who have a long time testimony of faith.  One day I would like to be among their midst.

Have you prayed today and talked with the Lord and asked Him for your daily needs?


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Latest Obsession

It took me a while to figure out I hadn't been here in a long time.

OOOPS!

I've been working on quilting.  It has become an obsession of sorts.  It's been growing into a monster, that has me working at increasing skill and accuracy, as well as trying to learn designing.

In the past few months I've completed a few quilts by hand, and just this week completed 4 quilt tops for a ministry, with a couple more to go and then quilt them (most likely machined).

I also even completed a log cabin cross quilt by hand that I'd started last spring, and it is hubby's lap quilt now.  Then, out came the hexagon quilt I started 4 years ago and put away last spring when it got too hot to work under while hand quilting.  It's been getting a few stitches a day lately to work at getting it completed this year.

Last summer I was blessed beyond all measure with a half of a room full of fabric, as well as lots of cotton shirts and linens and so on that were given to be used in quilts for missions and charity.  I'm trying to make good and make plenty, as well as learn more along the way.

That's the fun part--the learning new techniques and designs and blocks and so on!

Right now I'm in the middle of learning how to reduce patterns, from full sized blocks down to mini blocks to make little quilts.  We're talking baby sized and below.  I love working with tiny pieces--yes, I'm odd lol.

You can see all the work that's been going on while away from here on my Instagram account at the top of the page.  You'll even see a cute cat or two that helps me.

I only wish there were more hours in the day so I could do quilting/piecing on a full time basis.  I have so many ideas to put on paper and make to designs that it's like an adhd moment with them all running around willy nilly.

What have you been up to lately?  I've missed you all!!!!




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