Good morning, my friends! I hope y’all are doing well and staying safe during this unusual time.
My moonflowers will probably be ready to transplant this weekend. We’re supposed to get some pretty gnarly weather today, so I won’t be doing a lot of yard work. The flower garden is starting to take off with lots of sprouts coming up. The garden is in our front yard, which faces east, so they get a lot of sunshine during the day.
You’ve probably noticed my title, and if you’ve read some of my other posts you’ll know that I am a Christian. One of my heroes is George Mueller. He had such a solid faith that God would provide. A compilation of his various answers to prayer was made. It’s called, “Answers to Prayer.” Simple title but powerful stories of a man who would simply ask God to provide for needs and God supplied in the most unique ways. I’ve been trying to live more like that. Ask God for needs (a few wants, too) and see how He provides.
I’ll be honest. Sometimes God gives me something I don’t want, but I take it and later on I’ll realize that I may not have wanted it but I needed it for whatever reason. A common misconception of God–even among Christians–is that God is like Santa Claus. You ask Him for something and He gives it to you. That’s not how it works. God is like a parent. He gives you everything you need, sometimes things you want (if they are beneficial to you), and disciplines you when you are disobedient. He watches out for you. I don’t have all the answers on why He allows bad things to happen. Maybe it’s because He’s a gentleman and will not step in where He isn’t wanted (or allowed). I don’t know.
Either way, I have been working on a cross-stitch project and finally finished it, found a home for it and even made a couple of bucks over it. While I was hand-stitching it together, I was asking God if maybe He would send me a sewing machine. It’d go a lot faster, and I could use it to make other things. Clothes, blankets, gifts, quilts, home decor, etc. I just don’t have the funds for a machine. I do want to share a couple of pics of the cross-stitch project, though!
Yep! I hand stitched that whole thing! By the time I was finished, my knuckles were dark and the tips of my fingers were howling. Anyways, I’d put the pictures of the blanket up on Facebook because I wanted to give it away. I found a home for it within probably 15 minutes of posting, but one of my friends offered to GIVE me one of her sewing machines. What?! Those things are expensive! I told her I didn’t want to take it if she needed it, but it turns out she has quite a few and just invested in an industrial sewing machine for her side business. Y’all. It gets better. She not only gave me this wonderful machine, she gave me two huge bags of fabric, some elastic, bobbins, and she asked me if I crochet. I said yeah, it’s one of my main things. She gave me a box of crochet thread. God not only answered my prayers, He went over and above anything I could ever imagine!
I picked up the stuff yesterday, came home and started acquainting myself with this machine. I haven’t used a sewing machine since high school, so it’s been a minute or two. It took a little while, but I wanted to make something or at least attempt to make something. I remembered buying some pillow forms at the craft store last year. I had wanted to crochet or knit covers for them but had never gotten to it. There was some very summery fabric in the box, so I pulled it out, found a pattern to guide me on Pinterest, and took off. The first cover I did ended up being inside out and the back of the cover was a little short, but it looked okay. Here’s a pic of that!
I corrected my math and remembered to not make it inside out, and it turned out fine! I made the second one this morning. Here’s the finished project.
That is my long and glorious tale of how God answered one of my prayers. Now I can really go to town. I’m already looking at sewing patterns (easy ones, lol). I may make my mom a skirt or two. We shall see where this all goes.
Until next time, stay healthy my friends, don’t pick your nose, and wash your hands! Love y’all!