unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38
A striking thought came to me yesterday. As I began to look around my house and think about the craft projects I’ve done, I noticed a pattern. Most materials used for these projects were given to me by someone else. This is not true for all of my projects, but quite a few of them.
So, “curly cutie” and I were contacted yesterday by one of our very sweet neighbors who happens to be an older lady. She needed help threading her sewing machine. Of course when we arrived, she wanted to sit at the kitchen table and talk a bit, giving the back room (where machine is located) time to warm up. She loathes cold weather. We sat there as she talked about the goodness of the Lord in her life. I am always encouraged to listen to these “faith veterans”. They are so full of life and wisdom.
After a while, we moved into the back room, threaded the machine, and talked more. I did most of the listening, and was happy to do that. When we walked out of her home, we were sent with a homemade cherry pie (of course she laid some back for herself – gotta love it),
a pair of pajamas,
and stuffing to make a pillow.
Lol! Talk about “running over”. My arms were completely full. I was so glad that pie carrier came with a handle.
Later on that evening, I received a call from the same neighbor. She stopped by Joann’s (the fabric store) on her way home. What did she happen to pick up?
Material she thought I might be able to use to make that pillow with. Anybody else see a pattern here? First it was the quilt. Now, the pillow. Am I being forced to sew against my will? Lol! Or is this another “gentle nudge” from my Father?
I did forget to mention that I had a conversation with this very neighbor over two years ago. She had already mentioned to me her love of sewing. I asked if she would be willing to help me learn a few skills, as I had a desire to learn. She agreed, but did let me know I would need a machine. So, the machine that was given to me about two years ago was probably the result of a prayer that was prayed after this very conversation with my neighbor. After I finished my first quilt, I took it to her for evaluation. She was so happy and impressed. Maybe this is a “gentle nudge”.
You already know I “got down to business”. Lol! The flannel remnant she gave to me was approximately .611 yards long. I could have made one small pillow, but I wanted to do something a little different. So, I went through the house and found these……..
The color of these matched perfectly to the butterflies in the flannel. Here is what I made……
I cannot wait to show my neighbor! Where will this journey take me next? I fell so blessed that people have a desire to invest in me. I want to do the same thing for those around me. It’s so funny to me how people can see things in us that we can’t see in ourselves.
May there always be something “in my hands” to give.
What have you created lately (craft or non-craft)?